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1. The Milwaukee Trolley Loop returns on June 4
The trolley - making a 30-stop loop running through East Town, Westown and the Historic Third Ward - will be in action every Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. throughout the summer until Saturday, Sept. 5.
2. Renovation blows the roof off new Kopp's pizzeria
I'm enjoying watching the progress of some vintage Milwaukee buildings being prepared for the future.
3. Doors Open Milwaukee: Mapping and exploring the city's patchwork quilt
My role as cartographer, or map maker, for Doors Open is to help provide an easy-to-read map that guides you to any and all of the sites and tours that will be open on Sept. 19-20. Beyond the scope of providing directions to sites with the maps, I get to observe how Doors Open Milwaukee becomes a more inclusive way to get to know the City of Milwaukee and its nearby suburbs.
4. City launches new parking meter payment app
This morning, Mayor Tom Barrett introduced MKE PARK, a new parking meter payment app available for download on Apple and Android devices.
5. Mayor Barrett celebrates Arbor Day by planting trees with students
The last Friday of April marks Arbor Day, and to celebrate, Mayor Tom Barrett will help plant trees in a city-owned vacant lot located on the southeast corner of 14th and North at 9 a.m.
6. The old firehouse you just might miss
If, like me, your trips to the hardware store are extremely focused as you attempt to cut down the number of trips you'll need to make for even the simplest project, you might not notice the firehouse that forms part of Downtown's National Ace Hardware, 1303 N. 4th St., despite the fact that its Romanesque facade is painted red.
7. Bronzeville Week slated for Aug. 1-8
Culture, history, art, commerce and community and culture rooted in a rich urban tradition will be celebrated Aug. 1-8, when the third annual Bronzeville Week is held in Milwaukee, hosted by Ald. Milele A. Coggs and Friends of Bronzeville.
8. Friends of Lakeshore State Park show plan for new visitor and education center
The Friends of Lakeshore State Park board of directors invite the public to attend an open house on Tuesday, April 21 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Miller Room at O'Donnell Park, located at 910 E. Michigan St., for the public introduction of a design study by The Kubala Washatko Architects for a new visitor and education center on Lakeshore State Park.
9. MANDI winners awarded at gala
The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) highlight the unsung heroes working to revitalize Milwaukee's most distressed urban neighborhoods. Last night, winners were announced at an Oscar-style gala to a crowd of 840 people at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.
10. UWM student Fangmann committed to making a difference
In the age of selfies, one local college student stands out for being completely selfless. UW-Milwaukee sophomore Maggie Fangmann has clocked over 150 volunteer hours in the last year and a half alone.
11. Milwaukee's image problem in China
After a week in Beijing, Bobby Tanzilo ruminates on Milwaukee's image problem in China.
12. Milwaukee favorites for someone who's coming ... or going Sports Editor Jim Owczarski is taking off on a new adventure, leaving the Cream City after over three years. It's been fun, very memorable, and full of fun people, places, drinks and food. On his way out, he shares with you some of his favorites in all of those categories.
13. Ald. Davis announces new Midtown Center development proposal
The vacant Lowes Home Improvement store in Midtown Center is expected to be transformed into a new, state-of-the-art multi-entertainment complex, Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. said Wednesday.
14. Doors Open Milwaukee in March: Feasting on thick, juicy in-depth tours
Occasionally I like to compare the two main components of attending Doors Open Milwaukee to food, probably because I like both almost equally. Sometimes when you are on the go, something light and quick is just what you are looking for. But what about those times when you want to slow down, relax and take in something with a little more substance? This is where the second component of Doors Open comes into play: the in-depth tour.
15. State economic policies have consequences
By virtually every measure, Minnesota is taking Wisconsin's lunch money, according to a recent study by the LaCrosse Tribune, which lies right at the border.
16. Arena discussion should turn around and look north
In all of the discussions of the siting of a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, the discussion has been about connecting to Wisconsin Avenue and points south of the current Bradley Center. But, let's not ignore the other side.
17. Barrett, Donovan release statements after Manney appeal
Last night, a panel comprised of three Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission members upheld the decision to fire Officer Christopher Manney, who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton during a confrontation in Red Arrow Park last April. Mayor Tom Barrett and Ald. Bob Donovan both released statements in response to the panel's verdict.
18. One-time $2 M-CARD charge goes into effect April 6
This morning, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will begin charging $2 per card starting on Monday, April 6. The fee is a one-time charge for the smart card; after that fee, customers only have to pay for the fares that are put on it.
19. Northwestern Mutual Tower prepares for 27-hour concrete foundation pour
The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons is taking a major step forward March 27 and 28 when the concrete foundation for the 1.1 million square foot project will be formed in a continuous 27-hour concrete pour.
20. Giant water slide event coming to Milwaukee
Just when we thought the Milwaukee summer couldn't get any better, here comes "Slide the City!"
21. Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Match Day raises over $3.4 million in 24 hours
The 24-hour online giving event - built around funds, support and awareness for nonprofit groups in southeastern Wisconsin - wound up raising $3,490,552 for its 20 food and shelter organizations.
22. Meet the "Brady Street cheater"
Last Saturday was a 50-something degree day that was perfect for biking, grilling, the St. Patrick's parade and, apparently, confessing your sins at a busy intersection wearing nothing but tighty-whities.
23. Is the Starbucks CEO coming to Milwaukee?
According to an employee of the Starbucks at 17980 W. Bluemound Road, CEO Howard Schultz is scheduled to visit the store and hold a meeting for employees only at the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 790 N. Van Buren St., on Wednesday, April 1.
24. Community to rally for public schools two days before state budget hearing
Hundreds of parents, educators, students and community members will rally in support of public schools - and author Diane Ravitch will speak - this Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the MATC Cooley Auditorium.
25. Milwaukee County Parks awarded $635,000 grant
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Milwaukee County Parks will receive a grant of $635,000 as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.