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1. Abele set to ink deal launching Near West Side economic development fund
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will on Thursday, Oct. 1, sign an agreement with local business and community leaders following the sale of the City Campus facility to Wiegand Enterprises. The agreement will launch a $1.6 million economic development fund that will help invigorate Milwaukee's Near West Side.
2. New micro-hotel planned for Bay View in former Down & Over Pub space
A dog-friendly, upscale micro-hotel is planning for a 2016 opening in a prominent Bay View building located along South Kinnickinnic Avenue, according to Ald. Tony Zielinski.
3. Downtown's newly lit fish are flashy, fast and fun
The fish are back, Milwaukee, with the relighting of "Dream with the Fishes for Aurora" on the Milwaukee RiverWalk on the side of Riverside Theater.
4. Milwaukee Riverkeeper releases the 2014 Milwaukee River Basin Report Card
Today, Milwaukee Riverkeeper released its fifth Annual Milwaukee River Basin Report Card, a detailed summary of the health of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic River watersheds. Overall, the Milwaukee River Basin received a C- in 2014, slightly lower than 2013's overall grade of a C, but up from 2011's overall D+.
5. Water and laptops don't compute
In an age of Apple Watches and Google Glass, shouldn't laptops be impervious to water damage?
6. Wisconsin Center District Board selects Downtown arena advisory team
On Friday, Wisconsin Center District (WCD) Board Chairman Scott A. Neitzel presented selections to the board on an initial team of advisors who can assist with the Milwaukee arena negotiations. The WCD Board unanimously approved the Chairman's selections.
7. MillerCoors celebrates 160th anniversary
Earlier today, MillerCoors commemorated its 160th anniversary with a small celebration - attended by public officials, employees, community leaders, media and more - outside Miller Brewing Company's facilities, at 3939 W. Highland Blvd.
8. Marquette rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree
The idea of Bill Cosby speaking to a crowd full of young impressionable minds ready to head out into the world and their smiling family members seems unthinkable now. But back in 2013, before anyone really truly knew of Cosby's accused crimes, that's exactly what happened at Marquette University's graduation ceremony. Today, Marquette attempted to undo that now in retrospect squirmy choice, rescinding Cosby's honorary degree from that day.
9. Abele, Bucks release statements on city approval of arena financing
This afternoon, the Milwaukee Common Council approved the city's contribution to building a new Downtown arena. Shortly after, County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee Bucks released the following statements.
10. Common Council approves city contribution to new Bucks arena
The Milwaukee Common Council approved, by a 12-3 vote, the city's contribution to the building of a new arena Downtown for the Milwaukee Bucks, the final thumbs up required for the project to move forward.
11. Walker drops out of race, says voters should focus on fewer candidates
With falling poll numbers and reports of his fund-raising drying up, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ended his bid for the Republican nomination for president Monday. At a news conference in Madison, Walker put an end to his run just over two months after announcing his candidacy in July.
12. Doors Open Milwaukee: Our own top 10 places to see
I asked a couple of Doors Open Milwaukee Committee members, who have been working on this event along with me for the last nine months, to offer their individual top 10 lists. With varying backgrounds and tastes, yet both with a love for the city and this event, these individuals know Doors Open. Take a look at who they are, and check out what they want to see. You may want to follow in their footsteps.
13. Doors Open Milwaukee: Thanks for the feedback
One of the best parts of Doors Open is reading the feedback shared by attendees. Here's what you had to say last year.
14. Riverside Theater announces new marquee
This morning, the Pabst/Riverside/Turner Hall group announced that the Riverside Theater will get a brand new marquee, as well as a 40-foot tall vertical sign, in collaboration with local signage company Poblocki.
15. Davis proposes district amendment for minority-owned businesses
Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. is proposing an amendment to the tax incremental district for the new Downtown arena that would provide unique opportunities for minority-owned businesses.
16. Hillary talks issues at Thursday UWM campaign stop
UWM's Wisconsin Room was packed for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on as she tackled hot button issues such as gun control, minimum wage and women's rights at her campaign stop Thursday.
17. USS Milwaukee commissioning set for Nov. 21
At a press conference held at Discovery World yesterday, Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the USS Milwaukee, the fifth U.S. Navy ship to be named for the Cream City, will hold its commissioning on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. at Veteran's Park.
18. First garden reaps food and thought
Today, as I pull out the remnants, I remember the crazy outburst of my very first garden and all of its significance gets etched into the big picture of food production.
19. NM's Rose Parade float supports fight against childhood cancer
Northwestern Mutual, presenting sponsor of the Rose Bowl Game, announced that its float in the 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda in Pasadena on Jan. 1, 2016, will support the fight against childhood cancer.
20. What are they building on Commerce Street?
In past few weeks, a low-slung wooden structure has been going up on the north side of the street, where Vine Street intersects. What is it?
21. County and Bucks announce completion of Park East land sale for arena
County Executive Chris Abele, joined by Bucks President Peter Feigin, representatives from organized labor and other arena supporters, will announce the approved sale of Park East land to the Milwaukee Bucks at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Block 7 of the Park East, located on the corner of 4th Street and Juneau Avenue.
22. Goldmann's Department Store sign finds a new home ... in North Dakota?
The former Goldmann's Department Store is in the process of becoming the new home to the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center. As a part of the renovation process, however, its iconic sign was taken down. After spending some time for sale in the construction lot, the popular Milwaukee and Mitchell Street landmark has found a new home. But, not in Milwaukee.
23. Open Streets "Ciclovia" MKE: Aug. 29
Head to the South Side this Saturday and re-imagine Milwaukee without cars. Bike or walk down the middle of the street as vendors, performers and community events line the sidewalks.
24. Milwaukee Public Market supports Victory School's Italian Immersion Program
The MPS Victory School received a generous donation from the Milwaukee Public Market to expand its Italian Immersion Program.
25. Dr. Luis "Tony" BŠez named winner of 2015 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
Dr. Luis "Tony" BŠez, Ph.D., a social justice, civil rights and education advocate who has served the Milwaukee community for more than four decades, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award.