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1. Means resigns from school plan after MPS Board voices opposition
The much debated Opportunity Schools Partnership Program (OSPP), created to allow a takeover of a few Milwaukee Public Schools, received a blow Wednesday when Demond Means resigned as the hand-picked leader of the program.
2. A visit to Postman's Plot
There's a new pop-up park on Wells and 2nd Streets called Postman's Plot, a small greenspace celebrating the founding of the National Association of Letter Carriers. Yesterday we stopped by to deliver our love letters to Milwaukee.
3. Postman's Plot gets a facelift
Inspired by an unexpected collaborator located several miles south, Postman's Plot - found on Wells Street and 2nd Street - now has an updated look with a plethora of new seating options and a mailbox to send letters to Milwaukee.
4. 11 things the new Milwaukee flag looks like
So, Milwaukee has a new flag - at least unofficially. Will it make its way to becoming the official flag of the city? That we don't know yet, but we do know the new design reminds Jessica McBride of ... something. 11 somethings to be exact, listed here.
5. 500 Fathers needed to stand up against violence in Milwaukee
Alderman Khalif J. Rainey is calling on Milwaukee fathers by the hundreds to attend a special news event on Friday, June 17 at Moody Park to make a commitment to helping end violence in Milwaukee. This event is part of Milwaukee's 500 Fathers initiative.
6. City Hall hangs giant rainbow flag in honor of Orlando victims, organizes vigil
Hearts and minds throughout the nation and the globe were with those who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones in Orlando. On Monday afternoon, City Hall joined in paying tribute and showing love, hanging a large pride flag from the building.
7. Hunger Task Force wins WaterStone's 95th anniversary video contest
WaterStone Bank announced today that local nonprofit Hunger Task Force has won the top prize in the bank's 95th Anniversary Video Contest, receiving a donation of $50,000.
8. D'awww! Meet Zola the Zoo's new baby giraffe
Get ready for an overload of adorable, as the Milwaukee County Zoo introduced its newest baby giraffe, named Zola - a word of African origin meaning "to love" - to the world.
9. Bounce Milwaukee makes a delicious offer, no matter what language you speak
Popular Milwaukee custard stand Leon's has made national news due to its policy that employees may not speak in Spanish. In response, local playhouse Bounce Milwaukee has an offer for the area's many residents who speak other languages.
10. Does Milwaukee really need a new flag?
Somebody somewhere needs to sit me down in a corner and explain why the City of Milwaukee needs a new "People's flag" to replace the one we've had for over 60 years.
11. Take a free, six-mile ride on a new Harley-Davidson Roadster
Harley-Davidson launched a new concept in Milwaukee, Portland and Los Angeles today: a pop-up bike share that gives riders the chance to test out the new Dark Custom Harley-Davidson Roadster. In Milwaukee, the pop-up popped up in the Third Ward on Broadway.
12. Cathedral Square bus stop gets a St. Josaphat Basilica makeover
Save for a visit from a street-corner preacher, a trip to the bus stop rarely qualifies as a religious experience. However, those taking the bus to or from the Cathedral Square stop on the corner of Wells and Jackson might sense a little extra spirit.
13. Armed Forces Week events honor service members
Armed Forces Week kicks off today, and there are several ways for you to honor the men and women who serve our country. The week culminates on Saturday, with Armed Forces Day. There are several events over the next week to celebrate Armed Forces Week.
14. BRT meeting unveils updated maps, conceptual costs and new information
Milwaukee County and MCTS will hold another public meeting this week to get input on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Feasibility Study. The meeting on Wednesday, May 18, will feature an open house format from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marquette University Campus Alumni Memorial Union.
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15. Over 300 Milwaukeeans help launch Milwaukee Water Commons' "Water City Agenda"
On May 12, Milwaukee Water Commons hosted its Confluence Gathering, an event to launch a series of bold water initiatives for the city of Milwaukee under the banner of the "Water City Agenda." Over 300 people and 30 organizations were in attendance.
16. Polk Street renamed Summerfest Place
Milwaukee World Festival's application to change the street name was considered and pursuant to an Ordinance passed by the City of Milwaukee Common Council, and signed by Mayor Tom Barrett, East Summerfest Place became effective on May 10.
17. Inaugural Cream City Comedy Festival aims to serve up a weekend of laughs
This weekend, from Thursday until Sunday, you can take in the best of Milwaukee's comedy scene, as well as comedians from around the region. All weekend long, in clubs scattered around the city, more than 60 comedians will showcase their talent.
18. Milwaukee Turners announce first Jane's Walk for May 10
Milwaukee Turners will celebrate urban visionary Jane Jacobs Tuesday, May 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Turner Hall Ballroom in conjunction with the first Milwaukee iteration of Jane's Walk.
19. Jump from romance novelist to news comes with a steep learning curve
Like most people, I've been a consumer of news for the majority of my life. But four weeks ago, I started working at OnMilwaukee, and for the first time I'm part of providing that news, not just absorbing and reacting to it. And the two sides of it are more different than I expected.
20. Milwaukee Water Commons announces "Water City Agenda" on May 12
On Thursday, May 12, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Best Place, Milwaukee Water Commons is hosting its Confluence Gathering, an event to launch a series of bold water initiatives for the city of Milwaukee under the banner of the "Water City Agenda."
21. 50 Cent is "In Da Club" tonight at Plum Lounge
Curtis James Jackson III, otherwise known as 50 Cent, visits Milwaukee's Plum Lounge tonight. So, you really could possibly party like a rockstar. Or rap star. So get in da club!
22. Riverwest24 registration process switches gears
This year, the process to apply for a coveted spot in the Riverwest 24 will change, according to co-organizer Steve Whitlow.
23. Vote for Milwaukee as a great city by the beach
Milwaukee: a great city by the beach? YES! Outdoor Magazine kicked off voting for their "America's Best Town" 2016 yesterday and Milwaukee is nominated.
24. Why you should wear jeans to work on Wednesday
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and in order to raise awareness, Mayor Tom Barrett endorses Denim Day on Wednesday, April 27 as a way to build a community of support for survivors.
25. Milwaukee Common Council elects Ashanti Hamilton as president
In a vote this morning at City Hall, the Milwaukee Common Council has unanimously voted for Ald. Ashanti Hamilton to serve as the Common Council President for its 2016-20 term.