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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, July 25, 2014

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1. #MEETMKE: Diane De La Santos
This week #MEETMKE introduces you to Diane De La Santos. After holding an executive level position for a local hospital system, Diane De La Santos stepped down and committed herself to serving City on a Hill, which helps bring transformation to individuals, families, and neighborhoods in Milwaukee's central city.
2. The swings are back!
At 11 a.m. today, Mayor Tom Barrett - along with a group of city officials, designers, organizers and citizens - cut the ribbon on the new swings at the Marsupial Bridge.
3. Arena needs public champions to get it done
The Milwaukee Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force invited business leaders from Oklahoma City, Denver and Cleveland to discuss a new arena, mass transit and other infrastructure projects in Milwaukee.
4. The inside scoop: Get your ice cream from Uber on July 18
No matter where you are in the world, nothing captures the sweetness of a sunny afternoon better than ice cream. Today, you can get yours via Uber.
Tagged with: uber #ubericecream
5. Do you remember the museum's Urban Habitat and junkpile?
The Urban Habitat exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum was a popular one -- and one that remains embossed in the minds of many Milwaukeeans -- but maybe folks didn't quite realize it at the time.
6. Don't blink or you could miss this Barkhausen gem
Every week I drive past this place on 21st and Highland and it catches my eye. Though I haven't stopped and knocked on the door yet, I've been doing a little digging to see what I can find about the church at 1102 N. 21st St.
7. Greater Together Challenge aims for greater segregation awareness
Today marked the kickoff of the Greater Together Challenge, a competition launched to create awareness, hope and ideas to dismantle segregation, as well as address racial and economic inequality in greater Milwaukee.
8. Should the County sell O'Donnell Park to NML?
Northwestern Mutual has proposed purchasing O'Donnell Park from Milwaukee County for $14 million, though according the the plan NML would receive a $1.3 million credit to pay for parking structure maintenance. The public would still have access to the park, pavilions and parking structure. Is this in the long-term best interest of Milwaukee?
9. #MEETMKE: Chasin' Mason's Billy O'Dwyer
This week's #MEETMKE features one of Milwaukee's rockin' stars of Chasin' Mason - Billy O'Dwyer.
10. SURG hosts Packers, Brewers charity event for Children's Hospital
SURG on the Water will host a charitable ping pong competition between Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and local media personalities the evening of Sunday, Sept. 7 to benefit Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
11. What's the deal with all the salmon shorts?
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the debut of my favorite television show of all-time - "Seinfeld" - and it has led me to wonder something: what is the deal with all these salmon shorts? If you've been at Summerfest at all this past week, you know what I'm talking about.
12. #MEETMKE: Wes Edens is proud to partner with Refuge Smoothie Cafe and Milwaukee Downtown to bring you #MEETMKE, a new series of stories leading up to Downtown Employee Appreciation Week. What better way to start off the series than with Wes Edens, new owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.
13. 6 photos of disappeared Milwaukee
About a month ago, I posted some random photos of Milwaukee and the response was such that I decided to share a few more with you. This time, I realized as I looked through my previously un-mined selection of photos, there's a bent toward disappeared streets and ghost signs, with a dangerous hobby tossed in for good measure.
14. The Pfister renovations completed
The Pfister Hotel announced today that it has completed the renovation of its 176 tower guest rooms.The completed guest room renovations are part of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar reinvestment in the property, which includes new club floors, a high-tech executive boardroom and a 23rd-floor lounge.
15. Kaufmann's poetic speech wowed audience
Last year, developer / green entrepreneur / sustainable Milwaukee advocate Juli Kaufmann was honored with the Milwaukee Business Journal's Women of Influence award. This year, she served as the keynote speaker and delivered a speech that people will be talking about for a long time. And not just because it rhymed.
16. Do you wear shorts?
Try even saying the word "shorts" without the corners of your lips curling downwards and nostrils flaring. Will the weather get hot enough for you to wear shorts?
17. Afraid of heights? This job's not for you
Since 2002, Thomas Ellis has run operations at Al's Window Cleaning, the company that routinely washes the windows of the US Bank Center, which - with 42 floors - is the tallest building in the state. Does he ever get vertigo?
18. Milwaukee native wins Dos Equis Stay Thirsty grant
Hemad Fadaifar is the most interesting man in Milwaukee. Or at least thanks to a recent contest from Dos Equis, Fadaifar's life will be very interesting for an upcoming 21 days.
19. Public Museum honors Hopi request to remove masks from display
Milwaukee Public Museum has respected a request from the Hopi tribe of Arizona to remove some masks from display. A new exhibit featuring Samuel Barrett will replace the display.
20. 5 places / products to which Milwaukeeans insist on adding an "s"
Here in Brew City, we'll add an "s" to the end of any business name and call it that for the rest of our lives. But sorry, folks. It was never Alterra's and it's still not Colectivo's.
21. Repairs begin at the old Soldiers' Home
Today, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA) announced repairs will begin on a number of historic buildings on the sprawling grounds of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home Historic District, which I featured in a spelunking story last year.
22. Today we're gonna party like it's 1914
The building in which I work, now called CityCenter, but built as the imposing headquarters of the First National Bank, celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening today with a huge bash at the building, 735 N. Water St., and on the streets outside (weather permitting). Admission to the bash, which has three stages of live music, dancing, cocktails and more, is free, and it kicks off at 4 p.m.
23. Dryhootch to re-dedicate, expand National Avenue location
Dryhootch of America, Inc. has announced the re-dedication and expansion of its second Milwaukee location, directly across from the Zablocki Medical Center in Milwaukee, on Thursday, June 12 at 4:30 p.m.
Tagged with: Dryhootch veterans
24. ESPN 30 for 30 short on MECCA floor debuts
ESPN and its 30 for 30 documentary series has produced a short film on Milwaukee resident Andy Gorzalski's mission to bring the iconic MECCA basketball court back to Milwaukee. It's a must-watch for anyone who calls the city home.
25. KruegsFest raises money for Fisher House
On June 14, Milwaukee Harley-Davidson will host "KruegsFest," an event that will honor Wisconsin native, Sgt. Amy Krueger, who was killed in the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting.