Around the Town with Mayor Steve

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Mayor & Council |

As we approach August 5th, the one-year anniversary of the Sikh Temple shooting, we remember and honor the victims of that tragedy, six brave souls who have left a legacy of hope for a better, safer world. Members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, and residents of Oak Creek and surrounding communities, will come together this weekend for a series of events highlighting the lives lost, and celebrating the spirit of recovery and goodwill which our city has seen since last summer. All of the events are free and open to the public, including a 6K run and walk on Saturday morning, kicking off at 10am at Knights Community Stadium, located just east of Oak Creek High School.

On Tuesday, August 6th, we’ll celebrate the 30th year of National Night Out at the Oak Creek Community Center. National Night Out connects law enforcement to neighborhoods, giving residents a chance to interact and engage with their public safety officers, and to learn about local programs designed to make our community safer. Beginning at 6pm, exhibits and demonstrations on self defense, security awareness, neighborhood watch programs, and the new Charlie Check program will take place, wrapping up with a flashlight walk at 9pm, with fireworks to follow. The Oak Creek Lions Club, and Lionettes, as well as the Oak Creek Kiwanis Club will be on-site, providing food and beverages at a nominal cost for the thousands of residents who stop by.

We’re wrapping up the 2nd year of the Mayor’s Landscaping Awards in a few days, highlighting the green-thumb work of our city’s top gardeners, and local businesses who demonstrate a commitment to improving the natural beauty of our city. A six-member committee made up of local business leaders, residents, and city staff, will visit each nominated property, and announce the winners at a Common Council meeting in September. Thanks to all the neighbors, friends, and family who have sent in nominations for this year’s awards, and to all of our residents who spend countless hours in their yards each spring and summer, planting flowers, picking weeds, taking pride in their landscaping projects, helping make our city beautiful.

On Saturday, August 3rd, I’ll be running in the Chardi Kala “ Turning Tragedy into Triumph “ 6K, as you’re running by, tap me on the shoulder and say hi! Let’s show the country how Oak Creek Cares.

Mayor Steve