Monthly Archives: October 2013

Spotlight on History: Irish in Janesville

 

The book and documentary about Irish in Janesville by David Haldiman is available for sale at Rock County Historical Society

The book and documentary about Irish in Janesville by David Haldiman is available for sale at Rock County Historical Society

October 2013 saw the first ever Irish Fest in Janesville.  The event was a big success, bringing out people from far and wide.  They came to coming to celebrate the Irish heritage and culture of Janesville.  Many  admitted they did not know that Irish roots in Janesville were this strong before.

One of the central events of the festival was the unveiling of a documentary and book by David Haldiman about the Irish in Janesville.  David is a documentary maker and a long-time friend of Discover Janesville.  In our conversation we spoke about the long history of the Irish people in Janesville and Wisconsin, the journey that brought many to Janesville and Wisconsin, and much more.

If you would like to purchase High Our Hopes and Stout Our Hearts book and DVD by David Haldiman, you can do so by going to Rock County Historical Society or by clicking  HERE: 

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Spotlight on Autism: Tami A. Goldstein and “Coming Through the Fog”

Author of "Coming Through the Fog" with her therapeutic dog Tag.

Author of “Coming Through the Fog” with her therapeutic dog Tag.

Tami A. Goldstein is the mother of a child who made a functional recovery from Autism.  Based on her experience, Mrs. Goldstein wrote and published a book titled “Coming Through the Fog” documenting her and her daughter Heather’s, experiences.  In her search to help others struggling with Autism, Tami became a public speaker and an advocate.  Tami has also earned several certifications, most recently becoming a licensed Craniosacral therapist as she continues to look for ways to help those on the Autism spectrum.  We sat down for a conversation about the book, what it was like raising Heather in Janesville public schools, the hope that Heather’s functional recovery brings to others, and what future may hold for both of them.  Be in the know.  Discover Janesville.

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Keeping the city safe

This is part two of my conversation with Janesville Police Chief David Moore, published in the Janesville Messenger.

What about the do-not-serve list? According to Janesville Police Chief David Moore, there are a lot of people who drink a lot of alcohol and utilize a lot of fire, police and ambulance services.  The police department has asked bars and liquor establishments to not serve alcohol to those individuals.  All individuals on the list were notified, as was the media. Every 90 days the list is re-examined and names are removed in exchange for the more restrained use of city services.

The idea for the list came from Office Joe McNally, who researched similar intiatives in Madison and Green Bay.  With the help of Assistant Police Chief Dan Davis, the list was implemented in Janesville. “We’re challenging all our officers to be problem solvers, to look at those core issues,” Moore said.  “And what can we as a police department do to resolve those core issues so we don’t have to go the same calls for service again and again.  That’s the philosophy we have here in the police department.  Be engaged in your community and be problem solvers.”

Officers continually are faced with new challenges, however, none has been so great recently as the new concealed carry law.  Moore acknowledged that the law has been a big challenge for the department.  Moore said that the laws’s implementation went rather well, and he credits the police officers for that.  Whether or not it’s made Janesville safer, however, remains unclear.  “I’m not seeing any evidence of that, but I can’t say that we aren’t either,”  Moore said.  In the past, if an officer encountered a weapon on a citizen, the officer knew there was a crime and there were procedures that were followed in order to protect the office and the public.  Now it simply might be that the citizen is conducting legal business.  It becomes much more difficult for the police officer to determine if there is a crime and the officer’s safety or other citizens’ safety is in danger.

Other than safety, Moore says his main concern with the concealed carry la is the secretive nature of the law.  Wisconsin’s’ concealed carry law prohibits revealing information regarding license holders and applicants, according to a report by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.  justice Department officials are forbidden, for example, from revealing whether those involved in crimes are licensed to carry.

“When a concealed carry person does something wrong in our community – and it has happened – I can’t comment on that publicly,” Moore said.  “I don’t think that’s fair.  I don’t think that’s American and I don’t think that’s how government should be.  I’m much more transparent and open that what the concealed carry law requires.”  For example, Moore cited an incident where a concealed carry permit holder committed suicide in public.  According to Moore, there were significant mental issues in the person’s background and he still was able to qualify for a permit.  Because of the law’s privacy provisions, the public would have no way of knowing.  In another instance, there was a person who “shot up” a neighborhood – randomly firing shots in the air – and was a concealed carry permit holder.  Moore says he was not able to comment on it.

“When you violate a law in your community with a weapon, your police should have the ability to share it with you community.  Then the community can decide how we feel about that.”  Moore said that his greatest challenge has been to continue to provide what he considers to be exemplary police service in tough economic times.  “We were on the verge of losing the Fourth Ward and Look West to thugs and criminals,” Moore said. “and through hard work of neighborhood activists partnering with police, we made those neighborhoods safer and made the whole community safer.”

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