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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

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1. Report reveals New York City investor as top bidder for Grand Avenue mall
The Milwaukee Business Journal reported Thursday afternoon that the top bidder in last Thursday's Grand Avenue Mall auction was Alex Levin, a Brooklyn real estate investor.
2. Menomonee Valley Partners announces Zetts as new executive director
This afternoon, Menomonee Valley Partners and its board of directors announced the appointment of Corey Zetts as executive director. Zetts takes the position after being named acting executive director last month.
3. Sheehy's call for taxpayers to fund new arena faces uphill climb
Over the years, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and its president, Tim Sheehy, have been vocal and ardent opponents of new taxes. That's why more than a few business leaders were still trying to process the messages Sheehy gave them when he spoke to the Milwaukee Rotary Club recently about the need to raise public financing for the region's cultural and entertainment venues.
4. Milwaukee shouldn't rule out Park East for new arena
Talk of the siting of a new arena is in full swing now. It seems like all of Milwaukee is a-buzz. While a number of potential sites are on the map, the Park East still makes sense.
5. Whiskey Bar hosts benefit for MPD officer
Air Force veteran and Milwaukee Police officer Chris Blazak is battling stage four cancer, and he and his family could use your help. A fundraiser has been planned for Nov. 9 at Whiskey Bar.
6. City will host Indonesian sister city signing ceremony Thursday
A Sister City agreement between Milwaukee and the Indonesian City of Medan will be signed during a special ceremony this week in the third floor Council Chamber and Anteroom at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.
7. Tap water might vary in taste and smell for some
Beginning in late October, the Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) will temporarily turn off its ozone system at the North Side Linnwood Water Treatment Plant so infrastructure improvements can be installed at the plant. As a result, some customers who use tap water originating from the Linnwood Plant may notice a subtle difference in the taste or smell of their water.
8. Milwaukee Public Museum dedicates solar panel wall
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Milwaukee Public Museum president and CEO Dennis Kois will dedicate the museum's solar panel wall, with a special acknowledgement for the donors who helped make the project possible.
9. Northwestern Mutual's proposal to purchase O'Donnell Park passes committee
In a 4-2 vote this morning, the Milwaukee County Economic Development Committee voted to recommend Northwestern Mutual's proposal to purchase O'Donnell Park from Milwaukee County for $14 million.
10. 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!
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.