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1. Open Road Angels host benefit ride for local radio legend Larry Hansen
Larry's Benefit Ride, Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m., takes place at the Okauchee American Legion Post, N50W34750 Wisconsin Ave. It will help raise money for local radio veteran Larry Hansen to buy a prosthetic leg after he was hit by a driver while working on his car.
2. Winter parking restrictions in the city lifted early
This afternoon, Mayor Tom Barrett announced that winter parking restrictions in the City of Milwaukee were lifted, effectively immediately.
3. Let's talk about "fake news"
I'm very concerned about the problem of "fake news" and what it means for journalists, politicians and the media-consuming public. But, really, this isn't a new concern of mine. For many years, I've battled with the concept that the internet is always right.
4. Friends host fundraiser for seriously injured Larry Hansen
On Dec. 8, Larry Hansen was injured in a horrendous and freak accident by a presumed drunk driver. While working on his car in his Okauchee garage. Five surgeries and 42 pints of blood later, Hansen has lost a leg, has a broken back and faces more surgeries.
5. Fun with inflammatory polarizing statements
Today the Riverwest Neighborhood Facebook Group succinctly mapped out what online conflicts look like after a user posted one inflammatory, polarizing statement.
6. Some MCTS fares going up in 2017
For the first time in more than five years, some MCTS fares are increasing. The costs of a regular and premium 7-Day and 31-Day Pass are going up next year, while single ride fares, 1-Day Passes and reduced fare passes are staying the same.
7. Ice skating returns to Center Street Park
Thanks to another generous donation from WaterStone Bank, the ice rink at Center Street Park will be back this winter - bringing with it a new pond hockey tournament. The rink will be open for skating on Saturday, Dec. 17, weather permitting.
8. Milwaukee's tackling lead water problem with free filtration products
The City of Milwaukee is attempting to mitigate lead water concerns by distributing water filtration products to those most in need.
9. America may yet survive four years of Trump
In this darkest moment in modern U.S. history, I'm looking for a silver lining. This is the best I've got: The president is not a king. Donald Trump cannot tear up the Constitution and keep his job.
10. City of Milwaukee and Bublr Bikes install 10 new bike share stations
Installation is complete for 10 new Bublr Bikes stations in and around the City of Milwaukee, bringing the number of bike share stations in the Bublr Bikes system to 57.
11. Area leaders unite to form Regional Transit Leadership Council
Southeast Wisconsin leaders officially announced the formation of the Regional Transit Leadership Council ("Leadership Council"), an unprecedented public-private platform for collaboration across jurisdictions and sectors.
12. Inspiration, loving memories help spark rebirth for West Side playground
Marcus DeBack Playground, the inspiration for the MKE Plays program, is now open again after a year of engagement, planning and construction. A celebration and ceremony marking the reopening is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at the playground.
13. Milwaukee NARI Home & Remodeling Show announces special attractions
The Milwaukee NARI Home & Remodeling Show will be held Friday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 9, in the State Fair Park Exposition Center, featuring an interactive Smart Home Gallery, a "Create and Take" area, live music, a 50/50 cash raffle and much more.
14. City of Milwaukee announces organics collection pilot program
DPW announced a one-year pilot program to study the impact of a residential collection program for food and yard waste. The pilot study zone will target a limited number of households that include the Bay View, East Side and Riverwest neighborhoods.
15. Coast In Bikes announces move
Coast In Bikes, 703 S. 2nd St., announced via Facebook that the bicycle shop would move to its third Walker's Point location later this fall. The new location is at 838 S. 1st St.
16. Take a free bike ride along the streetcar route to the Sept. 14 Night Market
Bublr Bikes and the Wisconsin Bike Fed, in cooperation with the City of Milwaukee, are leading a free group ride on The Milwaukee Streetcar route on Wednesday, Sept. 14, starting at 5:30 p.m.
17. MCTS announces changes for several bus routes through Downtown
The sale and demolition of the Downtown Transit Center means changes for several MCTS routes that run through Downtown Milwaukee.
18. Milwaukee County Parks seek community input for future planning efforts
Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture will issue a household survey to gather community input for its two major planning efforts under the campaign "Parks With Purpose."
19. Advocate: Milwaukee is the most underappreciated gay Mecca in the U.S.
This morning respected national gay magazine The Advocate posted a glowing blurb and slideshow of images from "Images of America: LGBT Milwaukee," by OnMilwaukee contributor Michail Takach, with a headline bound to really garner some attention.
20. Soldiers Home buildings to be converted into apartments
The Alexander Company and the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee announced today that it will lead a team of local organizations to rehabilitate and restore six buildings at the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home, a National Historic Landmark District.
21. My first spin through a SPIRE Fitness spin class
OnMilwaukee intern Lily Wellen had never before done a spin class like the one she tried at SPIRE Fitness. It was very high energy ... and kind of insane. See what other thoughts she had during this crazy exercise experience.
22. MFD, On Purpose Journey announce Sept. 11 commemoration plans
The Milwaukee Fire Department and On Purpose Journey Inc. will hold an event on Tuesday, Aug. 2 to reveal the 2016 We Are One logo and give further information about Sept. 11 events planned for this year's 15th anniversary of the 2001 attacks.
23. Shorewood Garden Tour blooms this Saturday
Ready to stop and smell the roses? And the lilies and the poppies and peonies and the violets? Good, because the 2016 Shorewood Garden Tour takes place Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
24. Artists, healers and activists unite for #BlackLivesMatter gathering
In recent weeks, headlines have been rife with news of police brutality against members of the black community. Lives have been lost. And hearts are heavy. But community members are rising up in an effort to promote unity and healing for Milwaukee and beyond.
25. HACM and Bublr Bikes partner to expand bike share into low-income communities
The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) and Bublr Bikes announced a new partnership to promote equitable use of the bike share system through an innovative outreach effort in two HACM neighborhoods, using a $64,000 grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership.