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The Best of Patch: August

A look back at the top headlines from Fox Point-Bayside Patch in 2011.

At year's end it's nice to take a look back at where you came, which offers a good look at where you're going. At Patch, August brought a feisty recall elections, a tough arrest of a very angry drunk driver, a perfect bone marrow match for a Fox Point native and so much more. Take a look at the controversy, passion and memories that were made in August at Fox Point-Bayside Patch.

As local business struggle through the recession, Patch took a look at a handful of places in Fox Point and Bayside in our Surviving America series. In this piece, we took a look at Art Trooper in Audubon Court.

When Ann Deuser opened in 2008, she had no idea that the recession would victimize many friends and neighboring business. And while she says selling luxury items like art can be worrisome in this economy, some luck and creativity have helped her business stick around.

As the Wisconsin recall elections heated up, Patch took a look at the influence of social media and how much new technology plays a part in swinging votes. Both Democrats and Republicans across Wisconsin harnessed the power of Twitter and Facebook to lay out their positions, trade barbs with opponents, provide details on upcoming appearances, post photos from the campaign trail, and even tell supporters where to get yard signs. However, some candidates refused to use any forms of social media whatsoever.

After tailgating multiple vehicles on Interstate 43 and following one man into a parking lot, this woman did not go quietly with police. When officers asked the woman what had happened, and she said, "Just because I am drunk he thinks he can have his way with me.” However, heavily slurred speech and glassy eyes from a few drinks played a big part in this situation.

It was a 10 out of 10, perfect match.

Jacob Adashek hit the jackpot in the gamble for a bone marrow donor as the Fox Point native and leukemia patient found a perfect match.

What has made is the amount of support he has received from family, friends and community members. More than 500 people have helped and followed Jacob's search for a bone marrow match on a Facebook page.

For the second year in a row, ACT test scores have dropped at , but school officials say one needs to look beyond the numbers to get a clearer picture of why that's happening. Read on to see what School Board President Marilyn Franklin and District Administrator Rick Monroe had to say about the trend of falling scores.

Chances are, the next time they drop the puck at center ice for a Milwaukee Admirals game at the Bradley Center, few fans will recall the name Erwin J. Merar. However, if it wasn’t for Merar and his business savvy and commitment, Admirals hockey might never have existed. Merar, 87, of Bayside, passed away on Aug. 15, leaving behind his wife, Emmie, and sons David and Robert along with a large extended family. Click the link above to read about Merar's long hockey legacy that will be left behind.

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