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Denisha Tate: Standing apart to stand for what is right

“There are sometimes when you have to stand alone and you may go against popular beliefs, because something inside of your spirit tells you that there’s something different expected for you, and you go with it.” – Denisha Tate Paralyzed at 17 for six month, Denisha Tate refused to accept the initial diagnosis because the condition stood in the way of her helping others embrace the power of joy. Guided by a deep sense of faith, her many years in leadership roles at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee have left a positive impact on a generation...

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SPAM Sizzle Tour coming to Summerfest for fight against hunger

The SPAM food brand is bringing its big flavor to the World’s Largest Music Festival as part of its Tiny House of Sizzle Tour on July 1 and 2. Condensing Milwaukee’s backyards and kitchens to just 185.37 square feet, the Tiny House aims to bring the community together around food. The Tiny House will travel coast to coast, sharing dishes and simple recipes served right from the Tiny SPAM kitchen. For canned meat lovers, nothing beats the sound, smell, and taste of SPAM brand products sizzling in the frying pan. Spam, the iconic square-shaped combination of pork, water, salt,...

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Kinnickinnic River and Pulaski Park could be restored after years of neglect

The waterway cuts through the heart of Milwaukee and was one of its founding rivers, yet it supports no aquatic life and unsuccessful flood management efforts of the 1960s transformed it into a graffiti covered concrete channel that resembles a drainage canal today. One of the three intersecting rivers that drew traders and settlers to build Milwaukee along its riverbank, the Kinnickinnic (KK) River has been referred to a Milwaukee’s Lost River in modern times. Flowing through Southside neighborhoods, the river can easily be mistaken for a a concrete drainage ditch. In 2011, workers removed 1,000 feet of concrete...

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Historical exhibit celebrates half century of Summerfest

A comprehensive exhibit at the Milwaukee County Historical Society opened to the public on May 18 and features 50 years of Summerfest memories. The display illustrate decades of festival highlights through large graphic panels, interactive components and displays of original posters, banners, and vintage memorabilia. Visitors can dig deep into Summerfest’s history, from its “founding fathers” to the world-class musicians that make it the festival it is today. “My favorite part of the exhibit was reading the old newspaper clippings. They offer a really interesting context. We take Summerfest for granted now, like it was inevitable and happens every...

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Crews reshape roadway as first streetcar rails installed

Work is finally underway for Milwaukee’s new streetcar system, as the three month process of track installation began on May 17. Beginning down the block from the Amtrak Intermodal Transit Station, and across from the U.S. Post Office on St. Paul Avenue, the northbound lanes of Broadway between Clybourn Street and Kilbourn Avenue were closed to traffic. Broadway was reduced to a single southbound lane between Clybourn Street and Kilbourn Avenue. Crews tore out 8-foot sections of the street, creating a 2-foot deep trench through the roadway center. After the rails are installed, the area will be repaved. Holes...

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Steve Marcus brings vision of public art to downtown

Sculpture Milwaukee, an outdoor urban sculpture experience in downtown Milwaukee, began installations for its June 1 to October 22 viewing season. Featuring 22 sculptures by 21 artists, the pieces will be positioned along Wisconsin Avenue from 6th Street to O’Donnell Park when the work is completed by the end of May. All the art is free to the public, and the installations include internationally renowned artists such as Santiago Calatrava, Tony Cragg, Alison Saar, Joel Shapiro and Jessica Stockholder, as well as three Milwaukee-based artists, Michelle Grabner, Paul Druecke and Jason S. Yi. Sculptures range in size and material,...

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