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What’s All The Fuss About Alderman Keith Fair? INSIDE:

The Untold Story of Racine’s CAR 25


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ROBERTS ROOST I recently sat down with owner Paul and Karen Robert of “Roberts Roost,” a breakfast eatery in downtown Racine located at 600 6th Street. This quaint and comfortable diner, inspired by Paul’s memories of his grandmother, is worth checking out. The weekend special was the “Roost Benedict” which had an exquisite hollandaise sauce, sliced ham, traditionally poached egg cooked to perfection with a generous helping of hash browns. The mini homemade doughnut recipe that was originated from Paul’s grandmother is perfect for those who love their doughnuts dunked in coffee. Visit “Roberts Roost” and share in their excitement and enthusiasm. Q) How would you describe the variety of foods offered at your restaurant? A) We mainly serve down home country breakfast with occasional twists to our menu. More of the up North large country breakfast. Our lunch menu is small-incorporates a touch of breakfast with every lunch item. Q) What do you consider your signature foods? A) Our signature items are our buttermilk pancakes, homemade donuts, and buttermilk biscuits. We are also becoming known for our bloody mary bar and mimosas. Q) Who or what is your biggest influence on the food you prepare? A) The biggest influence to the preparation of our food was Al Wall – restaurant owner of “Obies” – Paul’s grandmother

and mother. Q) Who is your favorite chef? A) We enjoy a variety of chefs and their influences in down home cooking and bringing homemade recipes to the table. Q) What kind of environment do you feel the atmosphere of your restaurant inspires? A) The Roost staff is warm and friendly. We try to treat you like a part of our family. Q) Tell me about the original Roberts Roost and the photos that are on display in your eatery. A) The original Roost was actually a summer cottage that was converted to a year round home. Paul’s grandparents had many visitors from out of town to their cottage. Grandma always fed them with a home cooked meal all from scratch. The photos display the building of the cottage all the way until 4th generations were able to enjoy the

lazy days of Up North. Q) What are some of the challenges of starting a new business? A) The challenges have been from – waiting for city approval, to hiring staff, equipment failure and not knowing how busy you are going to be. Q) I know you left the Racine area for a time. Why did you decide to return to Racine and open your business? A) We returned to Racine because of the progression in the downtown area. Paul was born and raised in Racine and his parent still live here. We saw the need for a breakfast place in the downtown area and felt the need to “Come back Home”. Q) What are the advantages and issues with a restaurant in downtown Racine? A) The advantage of having a restaurant in the downtown area is many of the business owners sup-

port one another and we are finding many customers are seeking mom and pop type stores to shop and frequent. The major issue right now is road construction and the never ending issue of parking meters for our customers and staff. Q) What kinds of clientele do you feel your eatery attracts? A) We attract all people from singles, to couples, people with large families, business people; everyone is welcome at our restaurant no matter what your socioeconomics. Q) What new items or events do you envision for the future? A) We are hosting first Fridays, Party on the Pavement, Gallery Night and al the DRC activities that we are able to participate in. We also look to expand our evening hours with private parties and meetings. Q) What is unique about you restaurant? A) We are unique because we are the only specialty downtown breakfast restaurant; our place is small but full of heart. Paul and Karen, along with their staff, are friendly and familiar with the customers which makes you feel immediately at home. With that and the quaint, comfortable and quirky décor you can’t help but feel relaxed add ready to enjoy a truly “mom and pop” dining experience. Next time you think about going out for breakfast consider Robert’s Roost. Tell them Ann sent you! — Ann Saleno


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The Smoking Gun: Mayor Dickert And The “Sixth Street Cleanup”

Ginger’s Lounge, once a popular tavern before it closed down. Feb. 9, 2012, Mayor Dickert holds a press conference to announce plans for the “New Porter’s” retail and residential complex in the former, long-established furniture outlet. I sincerely hope this 5 million dollar investment becomes the anchor of downtown development that it is being promoted as. (for those unfamiliar with the term, “anchor” implies a solid, steadying influence) But if you listen closely to the Mayor’s words at that press conference, you hear him expressing a heartfelt thank you to the “Licensing and Public Welfare Committee”, for aggressively working to make the 6th Street corridor a great place to live, shop, work and play. Interesting. Just what has the Licensing and Welfare Committee been up to, to improve the quality of life in that particular neighborhood? Well, I’ve looked, and the only activity I can detect, is the closure of three nearby taverns. Perhaps you’ve heard of them, they are Ginger’s (at 337 Main St.), Park Place (500 Sixth St.), and The Place on Sixth (509 Sixth St.) which is now temporarily closed and under

small town and we wanted to appease a big investor in a pet project we might manipulate the system to “clean up” the area around that project. And if such manipulation of the system resulted in a financial advantage of thousands of dollars for people we would prefer to have in the vicinity, well, that’s just good luck, right? Speaking hypothetically, of course. Certainly that couldn’t be happening in Racine, WI, we saved Joshua Glover from the slave master, just 158 years ago. (seems like yesterday) It must just be a series of weird circumstances that has resulted in the closure of 14 minority owned taverns in Racine over the last 6 plus years while several with worse police records (owned by whites) remain in operation, with the alcohol and the cash flowing. The persons who sat on the Licensing and Welfare Committee during this “Sixth St. cleanup” are: Greg Helding, Jim Kaplan, Melissa Kaprelian-Becker, Robert Mozol and Aaron Wisnefski. Serving on this committee is part of their duty as members of the City Council. These are elected positions. In closing , I want to be absolutely clear with you. I do NOT condone or excuse crimi-

heavy pressure for permanent closure. Perhaps the committee felt there were too many taverns downtown? Nope, that doesn’t seem to be the case, Envi (316 Main) is a recent addition to the district and a sports bar on the corner of Sixth and Main is opening soon. Maybe there was simply too much activity at these three locations that required police intervention. Nope, that doesn’t seem to be the case either, despite the image of criminality that one might derive from local reportage, these three targeted taverns have actually required less police intervention than some other taverns in the city. Many readers may not be aware that the City of Racine has a licensing quota on taverns. The number of licenses available is 128, and that quota is typically filled. What this means is, anyone who would like a license above the quota limit, must demonstrate how such licensing would have a positive impact on the community. And…, put down a $9,250 deposit in addition to the normal $750 licensing fee. Now, if friends and I were the Mayor Dickert. Mayor and the Council of a

by Kenneth Lumpkin

nality, thuggery or hooliganism in any way shape or form. My objection is to the effort by some portray them as a “Black” issue. If Racine (and all of what we call “America”) is going to truly succeed as a “land of opportunity”, it will only do so if all citizens are treated equally. Part of what that means is that the concerted effort to portray minorities as criminal while turning a blind eye to the offenses of the white majority has to end. The methodology employed in the cleaning up Sixth St. should be an embarrassment to all fair-minded citizens. Unfortunately, it is only symptomatic of a much larger national problem. The imprisonment of millions of young minority men for petty drug offenses while those who perverted our national economic intent and stole billions through Wall Street trickery still roam free, should sicken any but the most craven among us. But all politics are local and Racine is where our focus is today. CN


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WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT

ALDERMAN KEITH FAIR? the newly enacted nuisance ordinance. On August 23, 2012 Racine County circuit judge Gerald Ptacek denied Fair’s attorney motion to dismiss the temporary restraining order. Fair’s attorney arguing that WI. State Statute 125 deals with liquor licenses and closing of bars, and that the city is trying an end around to circumvent that process. Ptacek disagreed and continued the temporary restraining order, scheduling the next hearing for September 13, 2012 at the Racine County Courthouse. On September 13, 2012 Fair’s attorney Vincent Bobot claimed the city ordinance does not warrant the action against fair, stating the public license and safety and Racine Common Council would Alderman Keith Fair has been portrayed as both a victim and a have to authorize such action. Specriminal in the press. cial prosecutor hired by the city Thomas Binger prior to the hearing There seems to be two camps on tence. Most recently a due process submitted two affidavits one signed the Alderman Keith fair issues. hearing was recommended by the by Mayor John Dickert the other One ideology is he’s a no good low Racine public license safety comsigned by Police Chief Art Howe down, who uses the race card like mittee March 26, 2012, and afstating they were using state statute a Las Vegas blackjack dealer. The firmed by the City of Racine Comother camp sees him as a victim, mon Council April 4, 2012. The receiving unwarranted attention by police claim they have responded city officials, a political lynching of to 70 calls to his establishment rea black Alderman. Alderman Keith quiring excessive amount of police Fair represents the second district man-hours. A number of revocation in the City of Racine, the district hearings were scheduled, three of encompasses most of Downtown, the hearings were postponed due to and a portion of the Southside of Fair’s attorney Patrick Callahan not Racine. Al- being able to attend due to family derman Fair emergencies. The fourth scheduled owns and op- due process hearing was scheduled erates a bar to convene on August 8, 2012, at (Place on 6th) the hearing Fair’s attorney Vincent located in his Bobot asked that public license and district at 509 6th Street in the down- safety chairmen Greg Helding retown area of Racine. Fair opened cuse himself due to potential prejhis bar in September 2009, from its udice and conflict with Fair. The inception there have been calls, to hearing was adjourned and to this the nonrenewal of his license and date not been rescheduled. multiple due process hearings to reOn August 16, 2012 circuit voke his license and close his bar. Judge Charles Constantine closed To date Fair has been to the public Fair’s Bar (Place on 6th) issuing license and safety committee over a temporary restraining order cit14 times in his short 3 year exis- ing it was a nuisance and enforcing

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Fair’s bar, The Place on 6th, may be shut down permanently.

62. 09 sub 8 and sub 13 to enforce the state nuisance law. Judge Ptacek scheduled the next hearing for October 23, 2012. Under the city ordinance for nuisance property the chief of police is required to notice the nuisance property by registered mail. If the owner responds to the notice with a nuisance abatement proposal, the chief of police may accept, reject or work with the owner to modify the proposal in his or her discretion. If the chief of police rejects the abatement proposal, and determines that an agreement on an appropriate abatement proposal cannot be reached or determines that owner abatement is for any reason unsuccessful, the matter shall be referred to the public safety and licensing committee. If the chief of police’s determination is affirmed by the public safety and licensing committee and approved by the common council, the council may order the owner to pay the actual cost of any


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Inside The Place on 6th. police call for any nuisance activities occurring. Mayor Dickert and Police Howe have elected to use state statute 62.09 and Sub 8 and Sub13. Examining the nuisance ordinance and the state statute it seems that both have a provision for the defendant which gives the defendant a legal right to abate the nuisance. An unidentified source stated

to the process has stated” A closed session meeting was held on September 25, 2012 with the public license and safety committee regarding the case against Fair, the city is trying to play catch up.”Alderman Fair stated “they keep doing things wrong, win at all costs, there vindictive and that blinds them to the law.”

The police officers and witnesses now are required to spend possibly two days giving testimony on the nuisance property hearing at taxpayers expense.

“What is the City gaining?” “If the goal is to close down the Place on 6th, why doesn’t the city use the due process procedure to take away his liquor license.” Examining the public license and safety committee minutes and the Racine Common Council minutes there seems to be at no time a request for a hearing on a nuisance property. A source close

The communicator decided to investigate a little deeper into the allegations made by the city, and if the procedures to close Place on Sixth were done correctly. Most investigations start with the 5W’s who, what, where, when, why, and sometimes how. Most of the 5W’s are easily answered but the why question stands out. Why not just

have Alderman Helding step down as chairman of the public license and safety committee and conduct another due process hearing. There are enough members on the public license and safety committee to conduct the hearing without Alderman Helding. Certainly the due process hearing would have been scheduled and completed by now and most likely the liquor license would have been revoked. Why incur the cost of a special prosecutor and the expense of a nuisance property hearing, when the results could likely be less satisfactory to the city? Alderman Helding stated in the daily paper after the third attempt at a due process hearing “the city will try to reschedule the hearing as soon as possible.” “The tough part is that we have to schedule it so that all the police officers and other witnesses are available.” In contrast a typical due process hearing last approximately 3 to 4 hours, the nuisance property hearing that is scheduled for October 23, 2012,

starting at 830 in the morning is scheduled to continue into October 24, 2012. The police officers and witnesses now are required to spend possibly two days giving testimony on the nuisance property hearing at taxpayers expense. But Why? What is the reason not using the due process hearing? Who’s making the decision? Where is the common council and the public license and safety committee? When in the history of Racine has a police chief and mayor taken it upon themselves to sign an affidavit to close down a legal business? The communicator is beginning a series of articles investigating due process hearings, the correlation between white bars and minority bars and how the process works. The series is called Racine’s Black and White. As for Alderman Keith Fair and his bar, we will let the process stew in its own juices, and eventually the questions will be answered. CN


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The UNTOLD STORY of Racine’s CAR 25 A follow up story from a recent article in the Racine Communicator has uncovered information to the bidding process for the new operation and management of Racine’s community access channel Car 25. Car 25 is the City of Racine’s local community channel, Racine residents and community groups are encouraged to become member producers for Car 25 using the equipment for production and programming to produce programs or cover events of their choice. Community access channel also covers Common Council meetings, Committee of the Whole meetings, press conferences and matters addressing the city. The funding comes from Time Warner through a percentage of gross revenues. The City of Racine collects 10% of Time Warner and AT&T gross revenues from the City of Racine. The agreement stems from equipment placed on city property in lieu of payments for the use of that property. Revenues range from

There have been suggestions of unethical activity surrounding the request for proposals.

600,000 to $800,000 to the City per year. The community access channel receives approximately 10% of that amount. Currently car 25 has a staff of one full time employee, Scott Nelson (10 years) and one part time employee working 15-20 hours per week, the station operates on a budget of approximately $75-$90,000 a year. In April 2012 the City of Racine sent out a request for proposals (RFP) for the operation and management of Racine’s public access channel Car 25, the proposals due date was May 11, 2012. At that time only one proposal was submitted and the cable commission in their minutes

suggested that another RFP should be authorized. Rob Krug a cable commission member stated in the July 16, 2012 cable commission meeting minutes “I met with Mayor Dickert regarding the RFP”. Krug then stated “the cities request for proposal went out, only one response came in.” “After the deadline passed, three more proposals came in.” “The city is not happy with having only one response, so they will reopen the process so that they have four responses to consider.” Another request for proposals (RFP) was sent out September 14, 2012 with the proposal due date October 15, 2012. In the July 16, 2012 cable commission meeting minutes Mary Jerger - Osterman stated “The current staff does a good job, but has reached their administrative capacity, the idea of a third party is to use their management and organization skills and deeper pockets.” A sticking point between the current station operator Scott Nelson and some members of the cable commission is revenue growth through commercials and sponsorships. In the May 21, 2012 cable commission minutes Nelson states, “ This hasn’t been done I have concerns regarding stepping into uncharted territory with Time Warner and their ad sales and advertising departments, This has been highly forbidden in years past, and is not truly the intent of community access television.” There have been suggestions of unethical activity surrounding the request for proposals. Wayne Clingman a critic of the current cable commission had requested an open records request as to the responses to the first RFP. Clingman said “To this date I have not received a word, the request went out in early July.” An unidentified source stated” Scott Nelson’s Company the current operator of Car 25


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was the only bidder in the first RFP.” The Communicator acquired copies of each RFP and examined the differences between them. A striking difference between the April 2012 RFP and the September 14, 2012 RFP, in the September 14th RFP missing requirements included, “The promotion and education of the public with respect to the City of Racine’s public access television services for promoting community dialogue and community diversity.” This requirement along with “the contractor must show proof of experience in the operation and management of a public access television organization.” Another section states, “Contractor shall pay for prorated public utility and maintenance services to the facility, including, but not limited to water, telephone and electric, heating and janitorial /custodial.” Also a substantial reduction in administration and management requirements were also not included in the September 14, 2012 RFP. Examining the City of Racine meeting minutes for the Cable Television Commission July 16, 2012, commission member Alderman Hart questioned “Why is the city even putting out an RFP”, In the same meeting member Alderman DeHahn stated,” I’m bothered that the RFP was put out without us knowing about it, it makes us look like clowns.” Larry Gregg another member stated “The station manager job description is what we need, not to bid out $300,000 to do the same job Scott is doing.” The September 14, 2012 RFP as of press time was not posted on the City’s website. The cable commission minutes of July 16, 2012 also states, “Rob Krug was called into the office to discuss all this with the Mayor because he authored the RFP”. Rob Krug currently is in partnership with Mick Wynhoff and John Acheson, in a video company called Random Creative Group http://www.randumcreativegroup.com/team.html located at 1509 Rapids Dr. Racine. Cable Commissions members include Chairman Ron Thomas, Alderman Ron Hart, Alderman Ray DeHahn, Larry Gregg, Rob Krug, Mary Jerger-Osterman, Kimberly Kane, Walter Feldt, and Doug Davis. CN

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Do-It-Yourself Heart Surgery by Tom Attea

“No, no, don’t take me into surgery!” Ray yelled, as he was being wheeled to the operating room. “But you had a heart attack. If we don’t operate, you’ll die,” the dutiful attendant said, squeezing his shoulder to indicate care. “I know, I know!” Ray said, “But if I wake up, I’ll have to pay the medical bills. Dying seems easier.” “But you have health insurance,” the attendant said. “We checked your card. Otherwise, we couldn’t do anything for you.” “Are you kidding?” Ray exclaimed. “By the time the insurance company deducts all the things they won’t pay for, my responsibility will be at least half!” “Are you sure? You have a good policy.” “That’s why I said half. A bad policy and I’d be responsible for more.” “But we can’t let you die,” a female attendant said, as they wheeled him into the OR. “Please, please, have mercy,” he said, “I can’t afford to live! Just let me die in peace!” “It’s against the rules,” she informed him. “Now that you’re here, we have to operate.” When he was under the lights, the surgeon peered down on him. “What do you figure?” Ray asked him, “$100,000?” “At least,” the surgeon said, and nodded toward the anesthesiologist. Ray looked behind him and saw that he was about to be sedated. Weak as was, he realized he had only one choice. He jumped up and grabbed the scalpel from the surgeon. “What are you doing?” his would-be savior demanded through his mask. “I need that.” “I’m going to perform the operation myself,” Ray replied, holding the scalpel above his chest. “Yourself?” the surgeon asked. “You can’t do that. You’ll bleed to death.” “Better now than for years to come!” Ray raged. “How much more will it cost if I lie down and do it?” “I don’t know,” an attendant said. “We don’t have any experience in selfsurgery.” “I’m the only one in this room with a license to perform a heart operation,” the surgeon advised him. “But I can’t pay for it without wrecking my life. Either I operate or I die!” “Call security,” the surgeon told an attendant. “Yes, Doctor Johnson,” she said, and headed for the phone. “Don’t do that!” Ray called, “I can’t wait. I need to operate now.” Just then he staggered a bit. “What if I just have angioplasty?” he asked the surgeon. “You need a quadruple bypass.” “What about if I only have a double? Can I save half?” “Same price,” the surgeon said. “And a single?” “It won’t help. Your blood vessels are all clogged. To much rich living.”

“But don’t you see? That’s why I can’t stand to be poor. I’m used to living well.” Then he raised the scalpel again, and looked at the surgeon. “Cut your fee in half or I operate right now.” The surgeon looked around, uncertain about what to do, and Ray moved the scalpel closer to his chest. “Once I begin, you’ll be out of the picture. Half or nothing.” “All right, all right” the surgeon conceded, “Just get back on the operating table.” “But you have to put in a claim for the full price. That way my responsibility will be even less.” “I can’t do that,” the surgeon told him. “It’s unethical.” “Then, let the surgery begin,” Ray threatened, and grabbed his blue robe to cut a hole in it. “I won’t tell anybody about the special rate,” the anesthesiologist confided to the surgeon. “I want a deal from you, too,” Ray said. “I never reduce my rates,” he replied, with a look of condescension toward the surgeon. “Anesthesiologists are always surprisingly expensive, and we intend to stay that way.” “Can you operate without it?” Ray asked the surgeon. “No way, you’ll move too much. We even have to stop your heart from beating.” “You do?” “Yes.” “Do you have to restart it?” “We have to try,” the surgeon said, with some impatience. “Come on, now, saving half on my rate is a good deal.” “And I’ll tell you what,” the anesthesiologist said, “I’ll take off ten percent.” “You can’t get a better deal than that,” the surgeon told him, and held out his hand. “All right, you win,” Ray said. “Maybe now I can afford to live.” With that, he handed the scalpel back to the surgeon and fainted onto the operating table. The OR staff quickly hooked him up to the EKG and the anesthesiologist administered the sleep potion. “Half price,” the surgeon said, scalpel at the ready. “It’s enough to make me feel like a humanitarian.” “A humanitarian?” the anesthesiologist said, reminiscing about his idealistic student days. “Do you think I can qualify as one at 10% off?” CN


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A Message To All Casual Dressers: STOP WEARING PAJAMAS IN PUBLIC! Let’s face it, when we normally step outside each day to go to work, run errands, or just go about our daily activities, the last thing we wish to see beginning the day is some chick in pajama pants and slippers standing outside the courthouse or the library or the grocery store. I could say that I don’t expect it when we first wake up each morning to leave the house for our day, but in truth, the lack of impropriety that folk seem to have for dressing themselves has become all too commonly shocking to my eyes. Up until now, the only thing I have ever been able to do about it is some small sarcasm and to just shake my head. Now, there is this newspaper were I can voice my opinion. So have fun reading what I am about to say. So to continue further on the subject, seeing a woman in pajama pants and slippers is one of the more common fashion taboos I see almost every day. However one woman took it a step further; she was standing outside Workforce Development Center about a month ago wearing not only pajama bottoms and slippers, but pajama top and a bonnet to boot! I am not sure if she at least had a bra on underneath, but it certainly wouldn’t make sense if she had managed that and not all the other attire when stepping out. To be clear, I certainly do not wish to leave you handsome men out of my delightful portrayal of slacking dress-codes; your derriere doesn’t need to be in my eye-line anytime anywhere! I have seen more boxer designs and colors than I truly care to say, as most of us have. Your junk in the trunk hanging out the back of your oversized, overpriced pants is not cute or sexy. It doesn’t belong in the public domain. It belongs in the privacy of your home and not the street. I will add that for you young men that paid a pretty penny for the oversized pants falling off your behind, on purpose. This look you have in mind is not “sway” or “fly.” In the prison system, where the whole idea originated from, was to let the other men in prison know that you were somebody’s bi--! Pants worn just below the behind let everyone else know that, ‘that behind’ belonged to someone and wasn’t to be touched by any other man. So the question remains, are you somebody’s bi---? How do you like those overpriced trousers now? Beautiful breasted women of the world: I beg you. RESPECT THE BREAST as well as yourselves. When you happen to be a larger chested woman, you don’t need to have them popping out to be noticed. Trust me on that. Measuring your cup as well as the circumference around your body just underneath the breast line is the best way to find a well fitting and comfortable bra. Victoria’s Secret I know will do this for you. If funds

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are tight as mine are, there are bra’s everywhere. Take the time and effort to make the boobies feel better. Your body will thank you for it as well by improving your posture and lessening the ache on your back. Gals, I do know for a fact that if you have money for a manicure, pedicure or the handy dandy I-Phone, you have money to find a well-fitting bra. Individuality is a great and wonderful thing. I respect those of you that wish to flaunt your fabulous for, but please, do it within reason that shows respect and love for yourself as well as your fellow persons. Some of the most beautiful people that I have spotted in this city didn’t have a size 0 or were on the cover of Vogue magazine. They were oversized, average, and/or walked proud; they didn’t have it all hanging out and took the time to dress themselves in the morning. Boobies, bellies and but ts were not busting out. Bottom line, when you wake up each glorious day, by all means put on clothes that make you look good, but for heaven’s sake, put clothes on before you step outside. There’s no slumber party down at the Piggly Wiggly in the middle of the day. CN


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Racine area schools are invited to register for an innovative fund-raising and school-spirit-building event, the 3rd annual “Ride the Root” for RACINEkids. This exciting opportunity is open to all Racine area public and private schools. This fundraisers requires no pizzas or cookie dough to sell and deliver. Instead, a fun day where families can show their school spirit and raise funds for their school. Families from each school register for the event, collect pledges, and each school or group keeps 100% of the pledge money their families collect! Sponsors this year include In-sinkerator, Advantage Promotions, Minuteman Press and Plan Ahead Events. The Bike for RACINEkids event starts at the Kids Cove Area of North Beach in Racine and travels along Racine’s Root River Pathway. This event will be held Saturday, October 13th. Each school or parent organization is responsible for collecting their own participants’ pledges and providing two event volunteers. All pre-registered par-

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ticipants will receive a t-shirt. The t-shirts are custom imprinted with the schools design and school colors. For more information, visit our website, www.racinekids.com, or email support@racinekids.com. About Plan Ahead Events: Since its inception in 2007, Plan Ahead Events has grown to more than 100 locations across the U.S., Canada, Spain, Ireland and Australia. The company is a division of the United Franchise Group and specializes in event planning for trade shows and conventions, corporate meetings, retreats and promotion of new products or strategies. PAE’s event specialists can also assist with planning and procuring products for company branding and recognition programs. To learn more about Plan Ahead Events, visit: http://www.planaheadevents-sewi.com Patrick Flynn Regional Vice President


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