Steve Scaffidi - Around the Town with Mayor Steve
This past week, the City of Oak Creek expanded our social media profile with our very first Twitter Chat. On Wednesday evening May 8th, I invited residents to submit their questions, ideas, and comments to me for an hour-long Tweet Chat, and some great dialog followed! The Drexel Town Square development was the most frequently mentioned topic, but residents were also curious about our new logo, road construction plans, and future plans for the High School expansion. This format is another great way to connect with the community, and I will continue to host similar chats monthly. Next month’s topic is our lakefront, and what residents would like to see down there.
On two evenings last week, I spent some time with the local members of our Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, participating in two worthwhile events. On Thursday, I attended a concert by Snatam Kaur, a singer and songwriter who performs Indian devotional music called kirtan. This concert brought the community together for a night of music and a shared meal.
Peace Garden bricks in Kenosha'a Wolfenbuttel Park along Lake Michigan
On Saturday, May 11th, I made a trip down to Kenosha’s Wolfenbuttel Park along Lake Michigan for the dedication of a peace garden, where bricks were placed in remembrance of the tragedies that took place in Oak Creek, Aurora, and Newtown last year. Kenosha’s Mayor Keith Bosman and I spoke, and a letter from Steve Hogan, Mayor of Aurora, Colorado was read recognizing this garden as a symbol of hope for all the victim’s families, and for the residents of the affected communities.
On Friday, May 17th, we will be honoring our 2013 Oak Creek Citizens of the Year Lt. Brian Murphy and Officer Sam Lenda, recognizing them for the heroism and service to our community they demonstrated on August 5th, 2012. Their actions are a testament to the role of public safety and law enforcement in our daily lives, and I will be honored to share the stage with these two great men.