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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

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1. MPL seeks public input on future of Forest Home Library
With the East Branch Library all ready and set to open tomorrow, the Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) has now set its eyes on its next redevelopment project: the Forest Home Library. However, it would like your input first.
2. Library explores Milwaukee's historic schoolhouses with exhibit and panel
Milwaukee Public Library looks into Milwaukee's historic public schoolhouses with a small exhibit and panel discussion at Central Library.
3. Drag queen bingo to benefit LGBTQIA students
The UWM LGBT Alumni Chapter of the Alumni Association plans to start a scholarship fund for LGBTQIA students. To raise funds, a "drag queen bingo" benefit event is set for Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Hamburger Mary's in Bay View.
4. Say H-E-L-L-O again to the historic Milwaukee City Hall letters
After more than a quarter century spent out of commission, the illuminated letters that once graced the side of Milwaukee City Hall will be back on display.
5. New East Library opens Saturday
The grand opening of the East Branch Library, 2320 N. Cramer St., takes place Saturday, Nov. 22 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be live entertainment, crafts, tours and a ribbon cutting at noon.
6. From the TV weatherman's handbook of unsurprising advice
When winter hits local television news stations go nuts with the kind of advice we've heard over and over again. Who doesn't know that you ought to slow down if the roads are covered with snow and ice?
7. Replace Downtown post office with new arena
In recent years, the Milwaukee Bucks have not had much to celebrate when they've conducted their annual preview luncheon with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. This year, however, there was a tangible buzz in the room at the event, which was held at the Harley-Davidson Museum.
8. Best Place hosts a German Christkindlmarket
Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery and Mader's Restaurant have partnered to create an authentic Christkindlmarket - a German Christmas market - that will run from Thursday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 23.
9. UWM's fitness center takes away the right to bare arms
UW-Milwaukee's Klotsche Center has banned sleeveless shirts because toned college students wearing them intimidate students who are new to college fitness.
10. State Fair sends out call for entries for annual poster competition
This afternoon, the Wisconsin State Fair began its call for entries for the second annual Wisconsin State Fairtastic Poster Art Competition. The contest, open to all interested Wisconsin artists age 18 and older, is currently accepting postmarked or hand-delivered first draft submissions through 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15.
11. This cold snap has nothing on 1913
Can you imagine how social media would've melted down exactly 101 years ago? Nov. 11, 2013 was the end of the "Big Blow," the "Freshwater Fury" or the "White Hurricane," a hurricane-force blizzard that killed more than 250 people and and destroyed 19 ships.
12. Cancellation of Awesome Con Milwaukee is decidedly not awesome
For fans of anything popular culture -- from comics, movies, games, television and celebrities -- Awesome Con is a place to embrace the potpourri of geeky awesomeness. The convention, which touts itself as an up-and-coming Comic-Con of sorts, was set to take place in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Center from Nov. 21-23, but faced with a set of logistical challenges, the con was cancelled this past Wednesday, just weeks away.
13. Wild turkeys and the White House: election week winners and losers
Now that we've had a few days to absorb the "Walker Threepeat," let's assess the biggest winners and losers from Election Day. Others have tried such lists, but this one will be snarkier. Someone has to do it.
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14. MPL issues RFP for new Mill Road and Forest Home libraries
The Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) today released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to seek proposals from developers who want to partner on a mixed-use development for the Forest Home or Mill Road branch libraries. This follows a Request for Interest (RFI), which was released in August of this year and resulted in several viable submissions.
15. Concerned citizens issue statement opposing the sale of O'Donnell Park
Days before the proposed sale of O'Donnell Park by Milwaukee County to Northwestern Mutual is considered by the complete Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, an ad hoc group of concerned Milwaukee County citizens have written a statement urging the supervisors to oppose the park's sale.
16. Germantown's Main Street undergoes renovations
Through a collaboration between business, community and civic entities, Germantown's Main Street has experienced a revival over the past three years. The successful restoration and re-opening of two historic venues, Old Town Inn and Von Rothenburg Bier Stube, have created a growing interest in preserving and celebrating the area's heritage.
17. Report reveals New York City investor as top bidder for Grand Avenue mall
The Milwaukee Business Journal reported Thursday afternoon that the top bidder in last Thursday's Grand Avenue Mall auction was Alex Levin, a Brooklyn real estate investor.
18. Menomonee Valley Partners announces Zetts as new executive director
This afternoon, Menomonee Valley Partners and its board of directors announced the appointment of Corey Zetts as executive director. Zetts takes the position after being named acting executive director last month.
19. Sheehy's call for taxpayers to fund new arena faces uphill climb
Over the years, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and its president, Tim Sheehy, have been vocal and ardent opponents of new taxes. That's why more than a few business leaders were still trying to process the messages Sheehy gave them when he spoke to the Milwaukee Rotary Club recently about the need to raise public financing for the region's cultural and entertainment venues.
20. Milwaukee shouldn't rule out Park East for new arena
Talk of the siting of a new arena is in full swing now. It seems like all of Milwaukee is a-buzz. While a number of potential sites are on the map, the Park East still makes sense.
21. Whiskey Bar hosts benefit for MPD officer
Air Force veteran and Milwaukee Police officer Chris Blazak is battling stage four cancer, and he and his family could use your help. A fundraiser has been planned for Nov. 9 at Whiskey Bar.
22. City will host Indonesian sister city signing ceremony Thursday
A Sister City agreement between Milwaukee and the Indonesian City of Medan will be signed during a special ceremony this week in the third floor Council Chamber and Anteroom at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.
23. Tap water might vary in taste and smell for some
Beginning in late October, the Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) will temporarily turn off its ozone system at the North Side Linnwood Water Treatment Plant so infrastructure improvements can be installed at the plant. As a result, some customers who use tap water originating from the Linnwood Plant may notice a subtle difference in the taste or smell of their water.
24. Milwaukee Public Museum dedicates solar panel wall
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Milwaukee Public Museum president and CEO Dennis Kois will dedicate the museum's solar panel wall, with a special acknowledgement for the donors who helped make the project possible.
25. Northwestern Mutual's proposal to purchase O'Donnell Park passes committee
In a 4-2 vote this morning, the Milwaukee County Economic Development Committee voted to recommend Northwestern Mutual's proposal to purchase O'Donnell Park from Milwaukee County for $14 million.