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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Abele leads celebration to reopen Moody Park
County Executive Chris Abele will join Amani neighborhood residents and community partners on Thursday, Aug. 20 to celebrate the grand re-opening of Calvin Moody Park, 2200 W. Burleigh St.
5. Thanks New York, we love you, too
With seemingly half the city now living somewhere in the 718 (and 212), maybe it makes sense that New York is paying a little more attention to Brew City. Whatever the reason, there's been a flurry of newspaper love from the Big Apple over the past 24 hours.
6. West Bend man wins $1 million jackpot at Potawatomi
Get ready to feel a surge of irrational confidence, because somebody actually won big at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino this weekend.
7. Court upholds residency requirement for city employees
On July 21, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision upholding the City of Milwaukee's 75-year-old residency ordinance. The ordinance requires all city employees to become residents of the city within six months of hire, and to remain residents as a condition of being employed by the city.
8. Doors Open Milwaukee: City's biggest open house needs volunteers
Doors Open is quickly approaching, and we need hundreds of volunteers for this year's event. I could go on an on telling you how fun it is, how much you are needed, what an important role every volunteer has in the event and how I bet you'll be back next year if you give volunteering for Doors Open a try this September. It's fun, it's easy and it's rewarding in so many ways. But don't just take it from us.
9. Another cat encounter from Milwaukee's past
On the afternoon of Nov. 30, 1936, people at the busy Downtown intersection of 3rd and Wells Streets were startled by the appearance of a gorilla walking a lion. The former was actually a familiar enough sight in Milwaukee, as William "Gorilla" Jones was a famous boxer who'd fought in Milwaukee seven times. The latter, however, was new.
10. Downtown Employee Appreciation Week: July 27 - July 31
Milwaukee's Downtown workforce will be thanked and celebrated for its hard work this week. gives you a day to day rundown of the week's big events.
11. 12 bodacious Ren Faire bosoms
Some go to the Renaissance Faire for the turkey legs, but some go for the buffet of breasts.
12. A moment of silence for the goat, please
The recent Milwaukee lion drama calls to mind two past Milwaukee cat encounters: one with an escaped leopard in the early 1900s and another with a "lion" in 1920.
13. "Real" Milwaukee lions
A report that a lion was roaming in a Milwaukee neighbor has so far been found to be untrue. Yet, lions lurk all around greater Milwaukee.
14. Arena proposal to be addressed during Tuesday town hall meeting
A proposed new Downtown arena will be one of the key topics discussed during a town hall meeting to be hosted on Tuesday, July 14 by Ald. Robert J. Bauman in the Milwaukee Public Library's Centennial Hall.
15. Don't miss your chance to Slide the City
Just when we thought the Milwaukee summer couldn't get any better, here comes "Slide the City!"
16. City of Milwaukee asks for feedback on Lakefront Gateway Plaza designs
Last fall, the City of Milwaukee - with the cooperation of Milwaukee County - began its search for a design for the Lakefront Gateway Plaza, a 1.5 acre property in between the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Summerfest grounds and in front of Discovery World, with the mission to turn the area into a public plaza. The teams have been narrowed down to four, design ideas have been presented and now, the City is looking for citizens' feedback.
17. Aldermen: MCTS strike is a major hardship for many
A joint statement from Alderman Robert J. Bauman and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II: The work stoppage by the Milwaukee County Transit System bus drivers may be just another news story for many across Milwaukee and the metro area, but for tens of thousands of City of Milwaukee residents it is a major, life-altering hardship.
18. Is it stealing if you empty a Little Free Library?
In the past month, our Little Free Library has been completely cleaned out three times. Is this taking the "free" in Little Free Library too far?
19. Strikes halts MCTS bus service for three days
All Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus service will be suspended as of 3 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, because of a strike by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998. The ATU members will not report to work for 72 hours, but will return at 3 a.m. on Saturday.
20. Doors Open Milwaukee: An inside look at Milwaukee Firehouse Engine Co. 2
On a recent afternoon in May, Amy Grau and Keith Stachowiak were invited to have lunch with the firefighters at Engine Co. 2, on 7th and Wells. It was an opportunity that could not be turned down.
21. Wisconsin rates well in "The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States"
Recently Thrillist released its ranking of all the States in these United States of America. Called "The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States," it places Wisconsin in some great company.
22. The selfie: the adult version of "Hey mommy, look at me"
Selfies boggle the mind. Why in the world would someone think that the rest of the world is interested in some picture that people took of themselves doing something funny or stupid or anything. It's just like babies building blocks and saying "Mommy, look at me."
23. Special event pays tribute to life and work of Paul Jakubovich
On Tuesday, June 16, an event coordinated by the Historic Preservation Commission and the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance will pay tribute to the work and contributions of Paul Jakubovich.
24. Did you know Milwaukee has a neighborhood named Valhalla?
While casually looking at the Milwaukee neighborhood map, I noticed that there is a neighborhood on the Northwest Side called Valhalla. What?
25. Are these among Milwaukee's oldest sidewalks?
Will sidewalk replacement work in Washington Heights spell the end of some of the city's oldest surviving sidewalks?