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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

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Lace up your skates, Milwaukee, the season's about to begin.
Lace up your skates, Milwaukee, the season's about to begin.

Slice of Ice opens Friday at Red Arrow Park

Thanks to the early frigid temps, ice skating begins Friday, Nov. 29 at Red Arrow Park's Slice of Ice rink, 920 N. Water St. You may recall that unusually warm weather delayed the opening of the rink last year.

The rink didn't open until almost mid-December last year and it also opened more than a week into December in 2011.

"This is the earliest we’ve opened since I can remember, and it looks like a great weekend to come out and embrace the start of winter," said County Executive Chris Abele, who will be on hand at 11 a.m. Friday to help kick off the season at the refrigerated rink.

On opening day you can get free skate rentals and free soda from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Otherwise, during the season, which typically ends around February or March – again, it's weather-dependent – skates can be rented for $7 per pair for ages 17 and under, and $8 per pair for adults. Residents and visitors with their own skates can skate for free.

Unlike me, Abele seems excited about this unseasonably cold weather we're experiencing.

"It’s great to see that Red Arrow Park will be open for families to enjoy throughout the Holiday Season," he said.

But maybe my lack of excitement is just because I'm not much of a skater – even after taking lessons. I must be seriously balance-challenged. But I love watching the skaters while I sit inside the warming house, preferably near the fireplace, with a hot latte.

The rink is open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. through Dec. 21.

Sunday, Dec. 22-Tuesday, Dec. 24, the hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2-11 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 26-Monday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-midnight; and Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-1 a.m.

Hours for later in the season haven't been announced yet. You can get those by calling (414) 289-8791 or visiting countyparks.com.

Lace up your skates, Milwaukee!

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WISN's Jason Newton is leaving to take a job in his hometown.
WISN's Jason Newton is leaving to take a job in his hometown.

Jason Newton leaving Channel 12 for hometown post

The Baltimore Sun reports today that WISN-TV anchorman Jason Newton has taken an anchor position at WBAL in his hometown of Baltimore. The station, like Channel 12 here, is owned by Hearst Television Inc.

According to the report, Newton will anchor three morning newscasts beginning Dec. 16. Newton will debut during the station's live coverage of the holiday lighting of the Mount Vernon Washington Monument on Dec. 5.

"This is a dream come true," Newton told the paper. "I look forward to joining a newsroom known for its award-winning investigative journalism and political coverage. WBAL-TV is the station I grew up watching. Coming home to cover everything that makes this city special is an honor and a privilege."

"It appears that Newton is being groomed to be the WBAL anchorman of the future," the newspaper says.

"Newton will be a great addition to our newsroom," news director Michelle Butt told the Sun. "As a native Baltimorean, he knows how to connect with our viewers and is invested in our community."

Teen Vogue says MPS' Alliance School is one of the five coolest high schools in the country.
Teen Vogue says MPS' Alliance School is one of the five coolest high schools in the country.

Teen Vogue celebrates MPS' Alliance School & other educators feted, too

I'm not one to put much faith in the endless lists in every imaginable category, but I know how hard Tina Owen and the rest of the team at Milwaukee Public Schools' Alliance School of Milwaukee, 850 W. Walnut St., so I can't help but be excited about this...

In a story for Teen Vogue called "The Coolest High Schools Across the Country," writer Heather Schwedel toasts such renowned schools as New York's LaGuardia High and The Brooklyn Free School.

But also on this very short list – just five schools – is Alliance!

Schwedel writes:

"High school can be a tumultuous time for anyone (growing up will do that to you), but research shows that certain students feel the struggle more acutely: LGBTQ teens are more likely than their peers to suffer from depression and have thoughts of suicide. To tackle this issue head on, Alliance High School was founded in 2005 as a safe space for all teens – no matter what their sexual orientation may be. The school's policy of acceptance for all and zero tolerance for bullying has made it a haven for students (gay or otherwise) who have faced harassment in more traditional school environments. Part of the Milwaukee public school system, Alliance has expanded to serve middle schoolers as well as high schoolers, making it the first educational institution of its kind in the States."

Go Alliance!

In related news, Dr. Darrell Williams, principal of Milwaukee Public Schools’ Casimir Pulaski High School since 2011, has been named national "Principal of the Year" by the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

NABSE members from across the country nominate principals "who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills that have led to a greater sense of student, teaching staff and parental community support."

Meanwhile, six Milwaukee Public Schools educators and administrators have been honored for their commitment to physical education by Wisconsin Health and Physical Education.

Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton and retire…

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Justin Vernon and Chris Porterfield appear in a video for a cover of Field Report's "I Am Not Waiting Anymore."
Justin Vernon and Chris Porterfield appear in a video for a cover of Field Report's "I Am Not Waiting Anymore."

Go behind the scenes as Blind Boys of Alabama & Sam Amidon cover Field Report

The Blind Boys of Alabama and Sam Amidon have covered Field Report's "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" and we wanted to make sure you saw a behind the scenes video that features Chris Porterfield and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

Vernon produced the Amidon/Blind Boys version of the tune.

As we await promised "Field Report news in 2014," we offer this link to the video.

You can see Field Report's video for its version of the song here and you can stream The Blind Boys of Alabama's version of "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" here.