Uno Throwdown: New rules in the house
The creation of the game happened one night probably a decade ago. My younger brother, my then-girlfriend and I, drunk on coffee, began stuffing the rule book with variations. Since then I've never played an "official" game of Uno.
Growing up in the golden age of action figures
Not everything sucked when we were kids. I know this because my daughter plays with a bunch of the toys my parents saved from my childhood. As the new "Star Wars" opens this weekend, I'm reminded that we grew up in the golden age of action figures. Before video games and technology turned them into something else.
A look at the South Division dome, a South Side icon
Today, I found myself driving past Bluemel's Garden Center, which is closed for the season, at 4930 W. Loomis Rd., and I couldn't resist the urge to stop and see the old South Division High School dome, which was built into the garden center's building.
Who was Betty Brinn?
Here's the scoop on the amazing Betty Brinn, namesake of the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in Downtown Milwaukee.
Fernwood Montessori addition beginning to rise in Bay View
In February, the school board tapped Foundation Architects to design an addition at Fernwood Montessori School in Bay View. Work began this summer and the new 21,566-square foot addition, which includes a gym, is going up in the west playground.
Bingo raises big bucks for kids
Since 1994, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino has raised millions of dollars for dozens of children's organizations. For the past few years, OnMilwaukee staff members have called a bingo game in support of the program, and senior writer Molly Snyder seems to have a calling for bingo calling.
MYSO receives award from Michelle Obama at the White House
Today, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra announced that it is one of 12 programs that have been selected to receive an award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
MPS student shares fallen WWII soldier's story in remarkable way
At the beginning, all Julia Brunson had was a name: Eugene Mlot. By the end of her experience, she had close friend from generations past that she'd never even met.
Sprecher Soda with Santa offers sweet sips and charming photo gifts
Santa is gearing up for three special sessions at Sprecher Brewing Company, where he'll be on hand to pose for charming photos with you and your family that can be printed on Sprecher root beer bottles.
6 dope ducks on the Riverwalk
Every now and then, I like to get out of our Downtown office and stroll around to clear my head. I've always been vaguely aware of Gertie the Duck and her statue, but I never really stopped to look.
MPS seeks input on a potential new program at Happy Hill
The former Happy Hill Elementary School has been closed since 2006. But don't think folks at MPS haven't been thinking about it. Now, the district is again turning to the community as it seeks to re-open the school - built in 1958.
Maker Faire concocts geek-chic DIY fun
Maker Faire rolled into Milwaukee this weekend with a stop at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Running along Harvest Fair, kids of all ages were treated to all sorts of science projects, maker projects and DIY culture. Some 175 vendors participated, and organizers said more than 45,000 attendees visited the show.
9 cat questions my 7-year-old asked our vet
My 7-year-old daughter is a big fan of cats, and not coincidentally, she's a big fan of our veterinarian, Dr. Becky Banks, from the Small Animal Hospital. In honor of OnMeowaukee Cat Week - and Becky and Mara's friendship - my daughter prepared nine questions about cats for Dr. Banks, which I shared with Becky over coffee. Here they are, in Mara's own words.
Free, family-friendly Maker Faire comes to State Fair Park
More than 150 makers will showcase their work, knowledge and skills during the 2015 Maker Faire Milwaukee - a free, family-friendly event, Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27 at Wisconsin State Fair Park.
"Innovation in Education" showcases teachers, students making difference
Educators Credit Union, My24 and CW18 will team up for "Innovation in Education," an initiative focused on showcasing teachers and students throughout Southeastern Wisconsin schools making a difference in their classrooms and communities.
Milwaukee schools host Friday walk-in to support public education
This Friday, Sept. 18, families will gather outside more than 80 Milwaukee Public Schools and walk in together to show their support for public education. Once inside, parents and community members will share information about the state plan to take over schools
Dog and caregiver reunited after a month-long search
Last month, OnMilwaukee.com reported on Alana Wooldrige's missing dog, Fenrir, a pitbull she adopted in New Orleans who disappeared from her yard on July 21. After weeks of searching, social media posts and daily interactions with various animal organizations, Alana and Fen were reunited tonight.
$5 million committed to Milwaukee Succeeds
Milwaukee Succeeds, the cradle-to-career community education collaborative that launched nearly four years ago, today announced that five prominent funders have joined together to commit $5 million over the next four years to help sustain and accelerate its efforts.
Is this Milwaukee's last piece of "dangerous" playground equipment?
Is this old school piece of playground equipment dangerous or fun or both?
Bucks and MPS team up for new school attendance initiative
This afternoon, the Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Public Schools announced a joint initiative, featuring Jabari Parker as spokesman and aimed at increasing awareness of the value of attending school all day, every day.
Suburban spelunking in Slinger: winners announced soon
Last week, I got a message from Paul Walter, a co-facilitator at the Slinger Authors' Camp, a youth program that's part of the Fox Valley Writing Project (which is, in turn, affiliated with the National Writing Project). The 17 kids in the program are suburban spelunking in their town.
Help find Fen!
Last week, Fen - a 2-year-old pitbull - was most likely taken from his backyard in the Harambee neighborhood. His best friend and caregiver, Alana Wooldridge, would really like to get him back.
Montessori pathway is a silver lining in the education omnibus
The WMA managed to get an alternative teacher-licensing track included in the omnibus that allows graduates from a program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, (MACTE) to apply for a Wisconsin state teaching license to teach in a public or charter Montessori school.
Lowell becomes 7th MPS IB school
Lowell Elementary School is MPS' 7th "International Baccalaureate" school; district now home to more than 25% of the IB schools in Wisconsin.
SOS Wauwatosa parents respond to Sen. Vukmir and Rep. Kooyenga's statement
Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) shared a statement earlier today. The following is a statement in response from Mary Young, Wauwatosa Support Our Schools (SOS) President.