Around the Town with Mayor Steve

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This past Sunday evening we had our annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in front of City Hall, with hundreds of residents in attendance to watch three-year-old Michael Wilcox flip the switch, lighting the tree at the corner of Howell & Puetz. Michael was selected for the honor in a random drawing, and was very excited about his role in kicking off the holiday season in our city. Thanks to the Oak Creek Community Center, Mid-America Steel Drum, and the Oak Creek Celebrations Commission, for hosting a cookies and hot chocolate gathering after the ceremony, with the Oak Creek High School choir, and Dana and Michele Clark from Sweet Music in the Marketplace Village, providing the holiday songs. It was truly a wonderful community event, and it was great to meet everybody.

On Saturday, I did the ribbon cutting at our newest small business in the city, YoFresh Yogurt, at the corner of Howell and Puetz, in the North Shore Bank Building. Owners Steve Karabon and Annie Piontek officially opened on November 19th, offering frozen yogurt with a multitude of toppings, including fresh fruit, candies, and syrups. They are the first YoFresh franchise in the Midwest, and an already popular destination place in our city, particularly for the students at Oak Creek High School, located just a block away. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on the weekends. It’s great to see small business thriving in our city, and I encourage all of our residents to “shop local” whenever they can.

USA TaeKwonDo celebrated their 20th anniversary on Saturday, and Master James Lowe, a 6th Dan Black Belt, invited me to their anniversary celebration at their 2151 E. Rawson Avenue location. Many of his current students and their families attended the party, which included live martial arts demonstrations, and video highlights of Master Lowe’s accomplishments in his field. Several of the students did live board breaks, and I was impressed with their dedication to the sport. It’s refreshing to see young people so committed to fitness, and to a martial-arts discipline which requires attention to detail and a serious commitment to training. USA Taekwondo is also a weight station for the Mayor’s Fitness & Weight Loss Challenge, which runs until February 10th. If you would like to participate in the Challenge, which is free, just go to for details.

Our next Challenge event takes place this Saturday, December 8th, at Oak Creek East Middle School, with the Fresh and Clean Zumbathon. Hosted by Mike Krajewski, this Challenge event starts at 3pm (with registration at 2:30pm) and will feature a 90 minute Zumba workout. We’ll give away raffle prizes, and provide water and some healthy snacks after the event. It’s also a donation event, so please bring personal care products for the needy and homeless, and disaster relief efforts. We continue to sign up new Challenge participants, and I encourage all of our residents to get healthy and fit during the holiday season. Let’s make this year different!

Mayor Steve