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If approved, a new MPS charter community school could open in the former Lee School on 9th and Meinecke...
If approved, a new MPS charter community school could open in the former Lee School on 9th and Meinecke...
But a school like the vacant Philipp, on 14th and Olive, is more appropriate in terms of size.
But a school like the vacant Philipp, on 14th and Olive, is more appropriate in terms of size.

MPS votes on new charter proposed for Lee, but that may end up elsewhere

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors will likely vote on the petition to create a new instrumentality charter school proposed for the former Lee Elementary School building at 9th and Meinecke tonight at its regular monthly meeting at MPS’ Central Services. 

Lee, built in the late 19th century, has been vacant since its program was ended in 2009. In recent months, one plan to open a community school and another plan by St. Marcus -- a sectarian voucher school -- to purchase the site were floated.

Though the site seems unlikely, the plan seems solid. (Update: the proposal passed at the meeting without discussion.)

On Sept. 29, MPS teacher and school coordinator Shawon Leflore-Turnch submitted a petition for a five-year charter for The Marian Wright Edelman Community School, which, the petition stated:

"will be a school that will initially serve 202 students in Head Start (K3) through fifth grade. Sixth grade will be added in year two, seventh grade will be added in year three, and eighth grade will be added in year four. Our school's philosophy of education is grounded in three guiding tenets. These core beliefs are central to the educational experiences that we will provide students. The three guiding tenets are: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Community Connectedness, and Culturally Responsive Behavior Management & Character Education."

According to the petition, the teacher-led school would open in fall 2016 and grow to about 300 students by year four, and will offer wraparound services to students and their families.

The program, the petition reads, would be, "A community school based on the proven models and research from the Coalition of Community Schools will serve multiple functions that will help to uplift our community. The Marian Wright Edelman Community School will be a neighborhood 'hub' that will provide a high-quality, public school educational option in an underserved neighborhood, social service supports for students, families, and the su…

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Dylan Ryan/Sand sweeps into Bay View on Monday.
Dylan Ryan/Sand sweeps into Bay View on Monday.

Dylan Ryan/Sand kicks off "Circa" tour here

You may know drummer Dylan Ryan more for his work with Cursive, Icy Demons and Chicago's Herculaneum -- he's also in an L.A. electro band called Rainbow Arabia these days -- but he's also got his own outfit called Dylan Ryan/Sand, which just released its second record and has hit the road.

The band, which also includes guitarist Timothy Young (who has worked with David Sylvian, Reggie Watts and Wayne Horvitz) and bassist Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto), and plays what it says, "ranges from incendiary proto-metal-esque solos to sludge-trodden group play."

As part of its tour for "Circa" -- which follows the debut, "Sky Bleached" -- the trio lands at Sugar Maple in Bay View on Monday, Nov. 3.

Here are some tasters for you to check out:

The Park East land is ready and waiting and the site could connect existing development while jump-starting new growth, too.
The Park East land is ready and waiting and the site could connect existing development while jump-starting new growth, too.

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.

Some folks are wondering if the block bordered by 3rd and 4th Streets, State and Kilbourn, is the main focus, especially with Goolsby's applying for a license for a Turner Hall bar and restaurant. (Today's article in the daily paper about how terrible the Milwaukee Theatre is could be read as another potential clue -- either pro or con -- for this site, which could be combined with the blocks to the west into a megasite.)

Others seem eager for a Wisconsin Avenue site, between 4th and 5th, that would also include part of the Grand Avenue.

One has to wonder if the anonymous winner of last week's auction of The Shops of Grand Avenue was the Bucks or a related entity. I hope not. Because though some say that the historic buildings between 2nd and 4th Streets that are part of the mall wouldn't be demolished in the Wisconsin Avenue plan, I'm not sure how that would be ensured.

Anyway, it seems a given that 4th Street would have to be closed off between Michigan and Wisconsin and that's a bad idea, too. There are already only two Downtown streets between the river and I-43 that run all the way from St. Paul to Juneau.

If they close 4th Street for new arena, there will be one: 6th Street. And please don't tell me they'd keep 4th Street open by building one of those tunnels like the one that has killed any hope for street life on Wells, between 4th and 6th Streets.

Everyone's saying we've got one chance to do this right. So, yes, please, let's do this right.

With a Downtown littered with open or already-arena-occupied space, why is there any effort to shoehorn something in where it doesn't fit? Some have said that the Park East site is a non-starter, but I believe Milwaukee will miss an opportunity by ruling out the Park East, or even the adjacent, mostly vacant, parcel of land just north of the BC, south of Juneau Avenue.

To build an arena in the Park East, the city w…

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The Brown Bottle Pub reopens at Schlitz Park on Monday, Nov. 17.
The Brown Bottle Pub reopens at Schlitz Park on Monday, Nov. 17.

Grunau names official opening date and chef for new Brown Bottle

For the eighth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Locavore, the newest restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2014."

Schlitz Park President Gary Grunau has officially announced that the Brown Bottle Pub will reopen Monday, Nov. 17 in the former Schlitz Brewery complex at 221 W. Galena St.

The restaurant will begin with lunch and happy hour service, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., expanding to include dinner on Monday, Dec. 1. A patio is slated to open in spring.

Grunau also announced that Ben Hudson, who previously worked at Bacchus, will be the executive chef at the restaurant, which has been vacant since Libiamo closed in 2012.

That restaurant had replaced the original Brown Bottle Pub which operated until 2004. The space was originally home to the Schlitz Brewing Co. tasting room, which opened in 1938 in the Stock-House building complex. 

"We want to honor Brown Bottle’s rich history by providing a nod to old world pub fare while offering a more modern style of food and atmosphere in a comfortable and convenient Downtown location," Grunau in a statement issued this morning.

Hudson said in the statement that the Brown Bottle will serve a mix of classic pub fare and comfort foods.

"Special attention will be paid to locally sourced foods from Wisconsin; vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options; and wholesome offerings," he added.

"We’re excited to introduce the Brown Bottle to a new era of guests and make it a dining destination in the Downtown and Brewers Hill areas whether to meet with colleagues or gather with friends," said Hudson, who is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore.

Davíans, which runs Schlitz Park's Schlitz Park Café in the RiverCenter and The Brew, which recently opened in the Stock-House, will op…

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