Curt is Chicago native - but don't hold that against him. After stops in Madison and California, he moved to Waukesha in 2004 to open a downtown business.
Just in case you missed it, yesterday was the annual Maple Street Crack House Busting. Sorry I didn't get any photos, but I have included this reenactment so you can get a feel for the action...
Every year for the past three, a certain home in the 700 block of Maple Avenue is raided by the Waukesha Police Department and various interesting characters are led out in handcuffs.
The first time this happened, Labor Day weekend three years ago, it was quite the spectacle to witness. A large, black, armored vehicle sped up Maple avenue and came to a screeching halt in front of the suspected home. Six machine gun wielding men then jumped out of the vehicle and stormed the house- exiting moments later with almost a dozen "people of interest."
One year later, the Maple Street Crack House was raided again- same scenario.
And here we are, almost another year later, and the same house has been raided once more.
However, it should be noted that the bust came a little earlier this year. Its usual Labor Day weekend date was moved up closer to Memorial Day this time. Perhaps there was a scheduling conflict.
Word on the street is that the event will be catered next year. Not sure yet as to whether it will be a buffet style or a sit down meal. I really like a good buffet, especially if it includes a chef that cuts slim pieces of tender roast beef for you at the end of the buffet line.
But I suppose they may prefer the sit down meal as they don't want people up and wandering around while the police are in the middle of a crack house raid.
A DJ and dancing will follow.
Table centerpieces will be designed by a local florist.
Dress will be casual. You should probably wear something you don't mind getting holes in- just in case.
Also, for a small fee, you may pose for photos with the raid team afterward as well. All proceeds will be used to buy new bullet proof vests for the brave officers that have to bust this property every year.
Which brings a question to mind... is anyone wondering why the same rental property on the 700 block of Maple Avenue is busted on an annual basis and no one ever does anything about it?
No- I didn't think so. Sorry I even mentioned it.
On a positive note- I believe the home resides in the boundaries of the downtown business district. It's good to see that there are some businesses still thriving in these difficult economic times.