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1. I've been dying to tell you this
It was my birthday and I was rehearsing lines for a play about Oscar Wilde. I got a call from my father saying that my mother had died. He had been worried that she was sleeping late and went into her room to check on her. He said that when he touched her, "she was so cold." She had a smile on her face and an old Violent Femmes T-shirt on. She had the last laugh.
2. Blue moon magic
The Blue Moon rose on July 31, 2015. This astrological wonder hadn't occurred since 2012 and won't varnish the sky with its indigo face again until 2018. To my delight, the early hours of the "morning after" presented a celestial show that will have to sustain me until I can witness it again.
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3. NYC Calatrava baby reminds us it also happened here
Yesterday, a baby was born in New York's Calatrava. That is so 2010 Milwaukee.
4. Please water a street tree
With no significant recent rainfall coupled with summer heat, the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works officials are asking citizens to give newly planted trees a drink.
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5. Mayor Barrett to help unveil new pocket park
On Friday morning at 9 a.m., Mayor Tom Barrett and several others will unveil Sunshine Park, a new pocket park located at 14th and North. The park serves as the first of more than 20 vacant lots in the city being turned into urban orchards and pocket parks.
6. CJ Lomas Foundation brings hope to heroin epidemic
In addition to the hefty work it does through the family support group, the CJ Lomas Foundation has hosted The CJ Lomas Recovery Foundation Golf Outing each year to raise money for opiate recovery organizations and to provide financial assistance for those in need to get help. This year, the event takes place on Friday July 24.
7. Green Luminary: All Peoples Church
Today, I talk with All Peoples Church, 2600 N 2nd St., about its green efforts. Linda Muth, the church's minister of partnerships, discusses the churches strategy.
8. Reddit to the rescue: Milwaukeeans helping Milwaukeeans
Milwaukeeans band together in hard times - and this Reddit thread is an example of how we do so.
9. From Conejito's to church fests: A MKE native's annual summer return home
Steamy and stormy. That's how I think of Milwaukee summers. And incredibly hectic, too. Summer in the city is always crammed with more festivals, fairs and block parties than civically necessary or nutritionally advisable. But it's an integral element of my longtime summer routine - returning back home for 10 days of fun - and I'm too old to stop now.
10. "Salad Shaming" happens
Sluts can relax. There's yet another demographic being shamed.
11. Fatherly encouragement from a fast asleep daughter
My Dad's finally out of the hospital after nearly 10 weeks and he's on a solid road to full recovery. But, needless to say this Father's Day means a bit more. It always should, though. For all of us. A simple reaction from my daughter truly helped me see this.
12. Facebook has changed birthdays
Saying "Happy Birthday" is fun and it's super easy via Facebook. Plus, it's nearly impossible to not do.
13. 5 life hacks to make gardening easier
Many of us could use a little simplicity in the garden. Here are five ways to make things a little easier for you.
14. Milwaukee County to lead development of Bus Rapid Transit service
In an effort to further expand the robust economic value of the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), County Executive Chris Abele has directed the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation to explore connecting the region's two biggest job centers with Bus Rapid Transit service (BRT).
15. Treasurer Coggs targets vacant properties in stable neighborhoods
City Treasurer Spencer Coggs announced today that he will pursue an accelerated process to obtain eligible vacant tax delinquent properties in stable neighborhoods before they become eyesores.
16. A potential clear skin solution
Penelope Shihab, founder of biotech company MONOJO and CEO of Milwaukee's Columbia Biotech USA has an innovative take on creating and maintaining clear skin.
17. Updated: Belly up to the Barre
Looking for an invigorating exciting class to add to your workout mix? The Barre Code could be just the answer.
18. Sit less, move more
We sit way too much. Many of us have desk jobs where we sit for eight to nine hours a day. After we leave the office, we sit in our car to run errands. We follow that by sitting down to eat dinner. Our day ends by sitting on the couch to unwind by watching some television or browsing the Internet.
19. No gardening space? No problem with container gardening
Brighten up your patio, deck or front entrance with containers. They're an excellent way to add color, fragrance and beauty where plantable space is limited or non-existent.
20. Cobalt Glassworks adds more luster to an East Side gem
A while back I had the pleasure of exploring the 1876 cream city brick house at 1363 N. Prospect Ave. Designed by architect James Douglas, for grain broker Gilbert Collins, the house has since been converted to office space, but it retains many of of fabulous details. The other day, Cobalt Glassworks' Jon Schroder sent me some photos of newly restored vintage windows from Collins House.
21. Buy a dream date for charity
WGIRLS Milwaukee, the city's premiere non-profit organization for professional women, presents Milwaukee's 24 most eligible singles at the organization's 6th annual fundraiser, Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction "Meet Your Match."
22. Grow a butt
It would seem that Sir Mix-a-Lot was ahead of the curve(s) when he confessed, "when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face, I get sprung." Milwaukee-area fitness professional Angelina D'Amico is taking full figured advantage of the bodacious booty trend.
23. MFD undertakes smoke detector sweep today
Milwaukee Firefighters - along with Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing and Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Lipski - will go door-to-door in the neighborhood at 10 a.m. Friday checking for working smoke detectors and offering fire safety education.
24. Milwaukee County awarded for health and wellness efforts
On April 23, Milwaukee County will receive an award from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) for its approach in developing programs that improve the health and wellbeing of County employees.
25. Murphy on continuing the search for solutions to tragic, senseless violence
A statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy.