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International Institute helps refugees transition to new lives

Published April 17, 2016

Refugees from Myanmar, Mirjan Abdul Ghaffar and her family arrived in Milwaukee on Oct. 1 with practically no belongings. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports, however, that she and her family, like many refugees, were welcomed to the city by the International Institute.

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A new day for Moody Park: After years of delays, revamped park finally opens

Published Aug. 24, 2015

Years ago, at the old Moody Park, 2200 W. Burleigh St., there was nothing to do but play basketball on a few broken-down hoops, said Lawrence Pollard, 13, who lives nearby. Pollard, his aunt and a few cousins from the neighborhood were on hand, along with hundreds of others, for the grand opening of the revamped and much-improved park, according to a report from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

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26 blocks on Lincoln Avenue

Published July 17, 2015

When we lived on the East Side, my husband John and I walked so much, we sold one of our cars. We walked Downtown, up to Whole Foods, over to the Milwaukee River and all the way to Marquette University where we both went to school. That changed when we moved to West Allis a year ago, but driving down Lincoln Avenue one day - the vibrancy of it all - convinced me to pick up the habit once more.

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Young adults in YouthBuild help construct Habitat for Humanity houses

Published July 3, 2015

A year ago, Michael Merkel was a homeless high school dropout, sleeping on cold park benches on the North Side after one too many arguments with his mother. After two months of avoiding the police, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports the 18-year-old found himself in front of a counselor who directed him to MATC's YouthBuild, a program that gives low-income, at-risk youth and young adults experience in the construction trades.

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From Conejito's to church fests: A MKE native's annual summer return home

Published June 30, 2015

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.

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City steps up efforts to prevent home foreclosures

Published May 25, 2015

When Charmion Herron's mother died in 2010, she - along with her three sisters and brother - thought the family home was gone for good. There was no will, major repairs were needed and the house eventually became the property of the city following a tax foreclosure hearing. Now, talking with Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and relaxing in the living room as the owner of the home where she spent her teenage years, it all seems surreal.