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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

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1. Win a date for "The Surface" from Lizzibeth and Wantable
Maybe you made it to the Milwaukee premiere of locally filmed and produced movie "The Surface" at the Milwaukee Film Festival. Whether or not you did, you should enter to win this great date night for the film's opening at Marcus Theaters North Shore!
2. Kuhn shaves off his beard for prostate cancer awareness
Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn shaved off his trademark beard to help kick off the "Green and Gold Movember" initiative with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin to raise awareness for prostate cancer and the importance of screenings.
3. Northwestern Mutual tower construction hiring is on schedule
Northwestern Mutual is on track to meet commitments for construction of the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, according to the first quarterly report submitted by Prism Technical to the city of Milwaukee. The company has promised to tap small business enterprises (SBEs) for 25 percent of the project costs and utilize city residents through the Resident Preference Program (RPP) for 40 percent of the hours worked on the project.
4. Take your company to the "Next Stage"
Empower your people to think like entrepreneurs and serve your customers. That was the leading takeaway message from the panelists at the first Next Stage Workshop recently presented by BizTimes.
5. Framing the Future Gala celebrates 30 years of Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the Framing the Future Gala with presenting sponsor, the Helen Bader Foundation. The organization invites all members of the public to support Habitat's mission at the Gala on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin.
6. Historic building reuse: A catalyst for revitalizing neighborhoods
An evening of presentations and discussion about the catalytic impact of historic tax credits for Milwaukee's neighborhoods featuring keynote speaker Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development consulting firm.
7. MCTS adds stored value on bus smart cards
Today, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) added stored value on MCTS M*CARD smart cards, now available for purchase at 55 retail outlet locations scattered throughout the county. The additional option of stored value comes two weeks after MCTS began selling one-day, seven-day and 31-day smart card passes.
8. Milwaukee fallen firefighters ceremony
A ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 8, at a.m. to remember the fallen firefighters of the Milwaukee Fire Department.
9. Greater Together Challenge designed to rectify Milwaukee's problems
The Greater Together Challenge will take place on Monday, Oct. 13. Fifteen people will present ideas to dismantle segregation and racial and economic inequality in Milwaukee and the winner will receive $5,000.
10. The Ambassador Hotel flashes a familiar sign
The Ambassador Hotel completed restoration of its 85-year-old neon rooftop sign. Its preservation and restoration was quite a challenge.
11. New role for the Germania Building
Schnetzy and Liebert's four-domed classic revival masterpiece at 135 E. Wells St., is getting a new lease on life.
12. Rockwell Automation contributes $2.5 million to Discovery World
Discovery World and Rockwell Automation Inc. today launched a three-year project that will include a Rockwell contribution of nearly $2.5 million.
13. WSSP introduces FM signal: 105.7 The Fan
Entercom Communications officially announced that its all-sports talk outlet, 1250 WSSP-AM is expanding onto the FM dial on 105.7, with an HD frequency at 103.7-2. The station, located in Hales Corners, is rolling out a new look behind the frequency as SportsRadio 105-7 The Fan.
14. Catch the East Town market before season ends
If you are looking for something fun to do on your Saturday morning, you should check out the East Town Market while you still can this fall. I sat down with Emily Linn, assistant director of East Town Association, to talk about what goes on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cathedral Square.
15. 5 ideas for O'Donnell Park
Now that NEWaukee is partnering with Northwestern Mutual to help gather community ideas for sparking life in O'Donnell Park, Milwaukeeans will get a chance to sound off on what they'd like to see happen on this prime Downtown and lakefront real estate. Here are a few ideas to get you talking.
16. City app lets you access services on your phone
Yesterday, Mayor Tom Barrett unveiled a new mobile app that offers access to a range of city services. Today, I downloaded it, nosed around and took it for a spin to get an annoying pothole filled.
17. 5 Doors Open MKE highlights
This past Saturday, Sept. 20, a friend and I deemed ourselves "urban explorers" for the day. We hopped onto the green line (a proper urban adventure isn't complete without some form of public transportation, right?), ventured from the East Side to Downtown where we visited various landmarks that had their doors wide open for the general public as part of Doors Open Milwaukee.
18. Brew City Cigar Festival giveaway
If you enjoy fine cigars, local food and jazz this giveaway is right up your alley.
19. Report examines Menomonee Valley's successes, future potential
A new Public Policy Forum report issued today examines the success of the Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley's development and its potential for the future.
20. 5 more random photos of the Milwaukee landscape
Back in spring, I posted some photo outtakes from my wanderings around town and you seemed to enjoy them. So, here are five more from the archive.
21. Lakefront gets brighter with new lights
This afternoon, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced that lights along the lakefront will get an LED lightbulb facelift.
22. Hunger Task Force receives $25,000 pledge from SWARMM Events
This afternoon, Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee's free and local food bank, announced a new partnership with SWARMM Events. The new partnership includes a commitment from SWARMM Events to donate a minimum of $25,000 to Hunger Task Force over the next year.
23. 5 things we'd want from St. Louis if they take (buy) Miller Coors
The mill is buzz with news that Anheuser-Busch InBev is talking with banks about financing an acquisition of its rival, SABMiller. That got us thinking ... if Busch takes Miller Brewing from Milwaukee, what would we want from St. Louis?
24. 6 must-see Doors Open Milwaukee sites
There are few events more exciting for me than Doors Open Milwaukee, which takes place this coming weekend, Sept. 20-21, as dozens of locations around town as venues of all kinds swing open their doors to let Milwaukeeans see inside. There are churches, schools, office buildings, historic sites and much more.Here are six you won't want to miss!
25. A bit of pioneer history, right on your desktop
I love finding bits of Milwaukee history and now more than ever they're easy to find online.