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Middle schoolers at MPS' Golda Meir have created a winning app and advance to the regionals in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.
Middle schoolers at MPS' Golda Meir have created a winning app and advance to the regionals in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.
Golda Meir's winning squad of seventh graders.
Golda Meir's winning squad of seventh graders.

Golda middle schoolers advance in mobile app competition

Last month I wrote about the launch of the new high school at Milwaukee Public Schools' high-performing and in-demand Golda Meir School in Brewers Hill.

The school already has a relationship with Milwaukee School of Engineering and hopes to expand that connection.

On the heels of that I received related news that a team of middle school students from Golda is one of two Wisconsin school teams among 80 winners in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. (The other school is Washington Island High School, on, well, Washington Island.)

Now in its second year, the challenge is a national competition that encourages students to create a mobile app that addresses an issue or need in their school or community. This year's event elicited nearly 800 app ideas.

The Golda team of 7th graders – Victoria Aguado, Phoebe Odegaard, Claire Gerlach, Natalie Redding and Allison Gatz – based in the school's upper campus, where the middle school is located and where the high school opens next autumn, contributed an app called Virtual Energy House 101 that teaches energy conservation.

Their elder colleagues on Washington Island created Infinite Tutor to offer students round the clock access to their teachers and homework.

"We saw some fantastic creativity and innovation in the first Innovative App Challenge last year, and this second competition is shaping up to be similarly exciting," said Verizon's Andrea Meyer.

"It is delightful to see children as young as 6th graders identifying problems and conceptualizing solutions that can be developed into a usable app."

One middle school team and one high school team win from each state and move on to a regional competition and, hopefully, the national event.

The Best in State teams will get access to a self-guided app development course developed by MIT Media Lab’s App Inventor team. They will be able to complete and test their apps with a faculty advisor.

The best in state teams move to the regionals on Feb. 4. Then, 24 teams wil…

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Instead of a meat-laden pizza, maybe a green salad with a nice mix of nuts, shaved carrots, cucumber slices and a reasonable serving of dressing?
Instead of a meat-laden pizza, maybe a green salad with a nice mix of nuts, shaved carrots, cucumber slices and a reasonable serving of dressing?

Stats might urge you to eat healthier Super Bowl Sunday snacks

Welcome to Healthy Living Week at OnMilwaukee.com! The resolutions are made, now the real work begins. But we're here to help get you – and keep you – on track with stories about medicine, diet, exercise, spiritual and emotional health, and more. Healthy Living Week is brought to you by Pairdd: easy gluten-free cooking at your fingertips.

Did you know that Americans  consume 27 billion calories from just potato chips alone on Super Bowl Sunday?

Or that we ate 1.23 billion chicken wings during the game last year?

Or that more than $1 billion was spent on alcohol?

Or that in 2010, 40 percent of fatalities on the day of the big game were the result of drunk driving?

Those are some mind-boggling numbers and surely ought to serve as a reminder to drink in moderation and ride with a designated driver or call a cab if you've been indulging.

But what about the snacks? Have you ever been to a Super Bowl party stocked only with healthy food? Would you, could you enjoy such a party?

What would you serve? Instead of taco dip, maybe whole grain chips and guacamole? Instead of a meat-laden pizza, maybe a green salad with a nice mix of nuts, shaved carrots, cucumber slices and a reasonable serving of dressing? Maybe a dash of goat cheese for some zest?

A number of online resources can help cut the calories and fat out of a meal of unwieldy and unrecommended proportions (and portions).

For example, The Daily Green has some tips for cutting 1,700 calories from your Bowl snacking.

There are also healthier Super Bowl snack recipes at WholeLiving.com and EatingWell.com. Even CNN has some suggestions.

I guess you could also fast for a couple days before and after to make up for that annual caloric explosion, but even that's probably not the greatest of ideas. Moderation, folks. Moderation.

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Aimee Mann and Ted Leo were inspired by the Bronze Fonz.
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo were inspired by the Bronze Fonz. (Photo: Christian Lantry / Rolling Stone)

"Milwaukee" by Aimee Mann & Ted Leo finally emerges ... Fonzie makes the cut

Back in December 2012, we reported that Aimee Mann and Ted Leo were collaborating on a song about Milwaukee.

Well, the song has now officially emerged on Rolling Stone's site and despite Mann's suggestion that the Fonz reference in the earliest version of the song might not survive, Bronzie is – as Leo assured his Twitter followers – mentioned in the first line.

The collaboration is credited to The Both and the song will be the second track on the duo's self-titled debut, set for April 15 release on Mann's SuperEgo label.

"Walking along Milwaukee's riverfront between sound check and show time last year, Aimee and I were startled by a very disconcerting bronze statue of Arthur Fonzerelli, a.k.a. 'The Fonz,' a.k.a. 'The Bronze Fonz,'" Leo told Rolling Stone. "In that very moment, we knew we had to start a band to immortalize it (more than a bronze statue already immortalizes something), and the Both was born."

Live versions of the song surfaced last year on the internet, including this one recorded in Lisbon in November, and featuring Mann's not-especially-flattering explanation of the song's inspiration.

Interestingly, last May, Pennsylvania singer/songwriter Ben Smith was inspired by Mann's inspiration by the Bronze Fonz and wrote his own song.

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Will Chill on the Hill be joined by a beer garden this summer?
Will Chill on the Hill be joined by a beer garden this summer?

Next up, beer garden #3: Humboldt Park

Supervisor Jason Haas announced today that he's working with the Parks Department on a beer garden for Humboldt Park in Bay View this summer.

This beer garden would be a partnership with St. Francis Brewery and would open in May if approved by the County Board.

The groundbreaking Estabrook Park beer garden is run by Hans Wesigerber III's ABC Estabrook, Inc. Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool operate The Landing beer garden in the Tosa park.

"This is a great opportunity for Humboldt Park and to show off what the neighborhood has to offer," Haas said in a statement. "We are hoping to build off the great tradition of Chill on the Hill by bringing more people to this jewel of Bay View."

Haas and Humboldt Park Watch host a meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Humboldt Park Pavilion Meeting Room, 3000 S. Howell Ave., to get public input on the proposal. Parks Department and brewery representatives will be available at the meeting to answer questions about the proposal.