Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Congratulations, Angie McCarthy, and thank you!

http://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/news/local/2015/02/27/homeless-oshkosh-daybyday-shelter-cold-poverty/24133491/ 

Thank you, Angie McCarthy for having such a huge heart and caring as you did for the guests at Day By Day. Its success will forever be your legacy, and you have more than earned your wings in Heaven. On personal note, thank you for being such a wonderful supervisor. Your kindness and friendship will be cherished by me forever.

And congratulations on your new position.

School board candidate drops out of race

As of this writing, this is little known political news in Oshkosh, and certainly something that has not been covered by the media thus far, to my knowledge. While I’m happy to be the first to publicize it, I am dismayed to say that the general election on April 7 has become stranger and stranger, with the dropping out of one of the candidates for the Oshkosh Area School District’s Board of Education.

On Sunday, Feb. 15, Huma Malik sent an email to the district expressing her intent to withdraw from the race because of a heavier-than-expected school schedule, having recently gone back to college.  I was told of this news on Feb. 19, but haven’t yet seen it anywhere, so thought I would take a moment to make the “announcement,” if you will.

Though she dropped out approximately six weeks before the election, Mrs. Malik’s name will still appear on the ballot, per state statutes. I will editorialize on this whole situation more in a future posting, but for now, just the news.

With her dropping out, that means that the three candidates running for school board will all, more than likely, get elected, as there are three seats open – unless of course, Mrs. Malik would garner enough votes to get elected herself. In that case, I believe the district would appoint someone to fill her seat.

Likewise, there are three seats open on the Oshkosh Common Council; and three candidates running. So unless someone would mount an ambitious and successful write-in campaign, all three candidates are shoe-ins for the available seats.

The only contested race is that of Mayor of Oshkosh – with Steve Cummings and Caroline Panske seeking the seat. However, as most, if not all know, the title of mayor is ceremonial only and gives the holder of that position no more power – voting or otherwise – than any other council member. Because Cummings and Panske both currently serve on the council, not much will change here with the election.

In all my years of observing local elections as a voter and citizen, and covering them as a reporter, I’ve never seen anything quite this unique, or strange. You can’t even really say “May the best candidate win,” because the way it stands now – in a manner of speaking, and in most of the races, they all will.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Eye on Oshkosh learns about a dog rescue operation in Oshkosh

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online and will be airing on Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications cable access channels in the next two weeks. I had a super enjoyable conversation with Jim Deering from N.E.W. Pawsibilities, a dog rescue organization based in Oshkosh, but serving all of Northeast Wisconsin. It can be seen here: http://youtu.be/ePzD5pA4AlE

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Oshkosh Independent is launched online; publisher discusses it on Eye on Oshkosh

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh has been taped and is now online. Community activist Justin Mitchell stopped by to give us an update on his shoreland preservation project and to discuss a new publication he's just started. Some special guests joined us in the last part of the show to discuss an upcoming concert in Oshkosh. Watch the episode now. http://youtu.be/oPQXfbUwUd0

Friday, January 23, 2015

Eye on Oshkosh looks at new laws for 2015

The most recent episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online at our You Tube channel, having been taped last evening, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Local attorney George Curtis explains to host Cheryl Hentz what some of the new laws are and what laws will be proposed in the upcoming legislative session. There are some things that consumers, in particular, want to be aware of and speak to their local legislators about so as to best protect their interests. Here is the link for this episode: http://youtu.be/1WNjlaxGsKI

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NC hotel creates unique dog adoption program

Guests at most hotels are welcomed by a smiling face. But there is one hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, where they are also welcomed by a wagging tail and a lick to the face. It's all part of a unique adoption program being used there to save shelter dogs from euthanasia, by finding them loving fur-ever homes. Read more at this link. http://news.yahoo.com/hotel-hopes-guests-head-home-rescue-dog-154114130.html

Friday, December 19, 2014

Grassroots effort underway to reduce Wisconsin's prison population by almost half

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now uploaded to You Tube. It will begin airing in the Oshkosh area during the next two weeks. In the meantime check out my conversation here with three local women - two of them Catholic nuns - who are part of a movement to reduce Wisconsin's prison population by nearly half. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTY9DFhy1xs