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Island Knights: Milwaukee native puts tech skills to work supporting rescue operations in the Pacific

A 2016 Dominican High School graduate and Milwaukee native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on the island of Guam. Petty Officer 3rd Class Grace Shoulders is an information systems technician serving with HSC 25, known as the “Island Knights,” a versatile squadron that’s capable of completing a number of important missions for the Navy with the MH-60S “Seahawk” helicopter. An information systems technician is responsible for diagnosing and correcting computer issues as well as conducting maintenance on computer equipment. Shoulders credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned...

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Milwaukee resident reflects on spiritual service during Veterans Day as a chaplain in the Navy Reserve

As Americans reflect on the service of military men and women this Veterans Day, some may not realize that they are fellow residents with those who serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Lt. Cmdr. Brian Comrov, a resident of Milwaukee, supports and defends freedom around the world, as a Navy chaplain. Comrov is a 1989 Brisk Yeshiva Academy graduate and also earned a degree from Upper Iowa in 2005 majoring in psychology. Reservists seamlessly support and actively aid military missions while continuing to lead their own independent lives in the civilian world, according to Navy officials. “The Navy Reserve...

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Historic block of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel campus sold for adaptive redeveloped

J. Jeffers & Co. announced on October 31 that it had closed on a real estate transaction to purchase the Journal Communications Building and the adjoining properties from the Gannett Newspaper company. It plans to begin an adaptive reuse plan of the historic block and the buildings on it. Joshua Jeffers, President and CEO of J. Jeffers & Co., noted that the floor plates for the main Journal Communications building were 56,000 sq. ft., which creates major physical challenges for getting light and air into the center core of the building. “Our company’s core competency is in complex historic...

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Sixteenth Street expands access to critical services with new health care center on south side

The clinic will be located within a new apartment building, aimed at addressing the community’s housing needs. Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network presented details on October 23 about the opening of a new clinic. The facility would address critical issues that affect the health of Milwaukee’s underserved communities. The clinic is expected to open in late 2020. It will offer access to community-based primary care, dental hygiene, and a pharmacy. The services are made possible by a donation of approximately $6 million from Froedtert & the Medical College of...

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Milwaukee celebrates and honors the service of veterans during 4th Annual Veterans Week

The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber is hosting Milwaukee Veterans Week from November 4 to 11, featuring a series of events to celebrate and honor the service of Milwaukee’s veterans. Milwaukee Veterans Week was created to encourage the public to support the local veteran business community, by offering a series of business-focused events throughout the week. In addition, the programing was designed to encourage the community to observe Veterans Day on November 11 by patronizing local veteran-owned businesses. “Milwaukee Veterans Week has evolved to become this community’s go-to way to recognize and celebrate Veterans Day,” said Saul Newton, Executive Director of...

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Beloved founder of Milwaukee Irish Fest passes after long battle with cancer

CelticMKE, the organization behind Milwaukee Irish Fest, announced the passing of its visionary founder Edward Ward from cancer at his home on October 13, surrounded by his family. What originated as the seed of an idea for a three-day event to celebrate Irish music and heritage in a city known for its German roots has emerged into a thriving year-round organization centered on the mission of preserving and promoting all things Irish in the Milwaukee area and beyond. “We have lost a true champion of Irish and Celtic music and culture. More importantly, we’ve lost a dear friend,” said...

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