Village Spillage clicked off its second birthday last week. I wrote a 1-year recap last year, and figured I should do the same again.
- 115 articles, up from 81 the previous year.
- Two elections, November, with extensive coverage of the State Assembly primary and April, with the WFB School Board and a Trustee race.
- Heckers, Bella Donna, Creme, and Great Harvest Closed.
- Berkeley's and What's Poppin' opened.
- Trustee Brennan resigned in September (and died this month). Trustee Schmid and Cheng left the board, to be replaced by Trustee Foster, Miller, and myself.
- My wife caught a bad guy.
- Media coverage from the JS/NOW crawled to a halt.
- Ice Rinks returned to WFB
- WFB created a BID
The biggest story this year was the overdose of a WFB student and the community outcry from learning a drug house was in operation for far too long in our Village. Admittedly, the consequence of a story like that had a dramatic affect on traffic to the blog, as many in the Bay were seeking information and subsequently discovered Village Spillage.
My birthday wishes from last year:
- Silver Spring fills all the vacant properties with tenants that bring a new vibrancy to WFB -- Well, not quite. But we do have two new restaurants, which is huge.
- WFB completes the street-scaping plan for Silver Spring - Will be completed in 4 days!!
- Contested races for Village Trustee in April 2009 -- I was 1 for 2 on this.
- Whitefish Bay brings back Trick or Treating on the day the rest of the country does it: October 31st. YEAH! I got this one right! (For 2009 and 2010, at least.)
New birthday wishes:
- Gotta wish for more Silver Spring merchants again. With the streetscaping complete, a new BID and retail recruiter on the job, we need this wish to come true.
- More media coverage. I realize this won't come true.
- I have a number of wishes that I hope come true about WFB's governance, of which I am a part. I hope to learn how to execute the change I've written about over the last two years.
Finally, I encourage anyone reading this to subscribe via email. How many of the 115 articles about WFB have you read, because you don't check the NOW website incessantly?