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Milwaukee Fortress reintroduces renovated landmark to downtown residents during grand opening

One of Milwaukee’s most recognizable historic buildings completed $51 million of restoration and opened its doors to the public on April 25 for tours, and in celebration of its transformation into a hub for a vibrant new community. Originally built in 1892, the Milwaukee Fortress has been a key landmark of the Brewers Hill neighborhood. The grand opening event had live music, food, guided tours, and highlighted its new phase as a mix of apartments and commercial space. “I think The Fortress is going to add an important vitality to this part of downtown. We continue to see more...

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Lake Express Ferry collects hundreds of bicycles for children in annual Earth Week Bike Drive

The Lake Express Ferry supported bicycle charities as a celebration of Earth Week and “green” travel options with its annual bike drive on April 26. In appreciation of bringing a gently used bicycle to the Ferry Terminal for donation, Lake Express is giving donors a complimentary certificate by mail. It will be redeemable for one round-trip classic cabin ticket, with a $161 value. The offer was presented to the first 500 bikes received, but even after that limit was exceeded the high-speed ferry service continued to offer free trips in exchanged for usable bikes. “A few years ago this...

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Milwaukee to celebrate Latino heritage as host of LULAC National Convention on 90th anniversary

The oldest and largest Latino Civil Rights group in America formally announced, on April 25 at a reception in the rotunda of City Hall, that it was coming to Milwaukee this summer to hold its National Convention – coinciding with the organization’s 90th anniversary. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will host their 2019 National Convention “Movimiento LULAC: 90 Years of Building Power & Transforming Communities Across America!” from July 10 to 13 at the Wisconsin Convention Center in downtown. Members of the national leadership team and local officials spoke during the City Hall gathering, about the...

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Cory Booker discusses our “humanity on the sidewalk” at Milwaukee roundtable on gun violence

Coffee Makes You Black was standing room only on April 23 as it hosted a “Roundtable on Gun Violence Prevention” with Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, to talk about issues surrounding the national health crisis that affects all levels of society. The 49 year old U.S. Senator from New Jersey selected Milwaukee as his first Wisconsin stop on the national campaign trail. He was both a moderator and contributor on the roundtable, which included Khary Penebaker, Tatiana Washington, Bria Smith, Heather Driscoll, Pardeep Kaleka, and Chantia Lewis. Each member shared their personal experiences from being affected by gun violence....

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Props and costumes from popular theater productions part of The Rep’s biennial storage sale

After two seasons of accumulating an inventory of items for its stage productions, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater held another Prop and Costume Sale on April 20 to clear out warehouse space. The “Get This Stuff Out of Here” event priced items for sale that included costumes, hats, shoes, accessories, fabric, props, set decoration, furniture, draperies, surplus tools, materials, and stage equipment from past productions. Some specialty props featured furniture and lots of snowy Christmas trees from Christmas at Pemberley, wall art, draperies, and swags from The Chinese Lady, super modern table from Junk, baskets from Guards at the Taj, American...

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City holds DNC 2020 brainstorming session to assist minority enterprises share in economic impact

As Milwaukee gears up for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, city leaders, members of Business Improvement Districts (BID) and Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NID) came together on April 17 at Riverwest’s The Vibe for a two-way fact-finding and brainstorming session about keeping the expected $200 million generated over 4 days in the city. The hope is to see that at least $50 million of the expected economic impact goes to local minority companies, by making sure Milwaukee business owners and entrepreneurs can participate in the 2,000 events that will take place outside of the Fiserv Forum. “We want to really...

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