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Industrial District of West St. Paul Avenue recognized in State historical registry

The Wisconsin Historical Society has listed the West St. Paul Avenue Industrial Historic District, in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, on the State Register of Historic Places. This district consists of 22 industrial buildings along 10 blocks between 11th and 21st streets. Each of these properties is now eligible for historic tax credits, which help offset costs associated with restoring historic buildings. The West St. Paul Avenue Industrial Historic District represents a period of industrial growth and prominence of the Menomonee Valley from the 1880s to the 1950s. The district was built by booming manufacturing businesses that produced a wide range...

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Milwaukee County nurse recruitment campaign receives international award

The campaign challenges nurses who “have what it takes” to apply to be mental health nurses for Milwaukee County. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced that the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) won a Platinum Award for Strategic and Integrated Communications. The “Nurse Recruitment Campaign” received the highest honor possible from the 2017 MarCom Awards, an international competition that recognizes excellence in marketing and communications. “With a national shortage of nurses affecting us in an extreme way, we knew that we needed to prioritize finding great talent to care for those with the most acute mental health needs...

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Slice of Ice kicks off with Polar Pals skating support at Red Arrow Park

After a warm November, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced that the Parks Department will kick off the ice-skating season at Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park on December 15, with free skate rentals from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Officials from Milwaukee County and from WaterStone Bank, the event’s presenting sponsor, will offer opening remarks before skaters take the ice. “Thanks to the continued generosity of our partners at WaterStone Bank, Pepsi, Starbucks, and The Ability Center, families who may not have otherwise been able to come out to skate can enjoy Slice of Ice—our own Rockefeller Center,”...

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Grotto of the Virgin Mary to be installed behind Joan of Arc Chapel

Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell announced that a grotto of the Blessed Virgin will be installed just west of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel on the campus grounds. The grotto will be in place by the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year. President Lovell recently completed an intensive 18-month Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP) based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, integrating university mission into the way leaders lead, teach and live. Lovell said his vision for the grotto was connected to his final project for the ICP program. The project, titled Sacred Spaces, catalogued the numerous...

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UWM earns national designation as “Military Friendly School”

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received national recognition as a destination university for service members seeking education and training to pursue a civilian career. Victory Media announced that UWM earned the Military Friendly School Designation and will be showcased in its annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools” and upcoming editions of “G.I. Jobs,” “Military Spouse Magazine” and on “Supporting veterans on our campus is a top priority,” said UWM Chancellor Mark Mone. “Our veterans are an important group in our remarkably rich student population because they bring diverse experiences, knowledge and history to UW-Milwaukee.” Military Friendly ratings methodology,...

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New study reviews stability of Metro Milwaukee’s teacher workforce

Metro Milwaukee’s teacher workforce shows increased stability, but departing teachers are increasingly younger and newer to the profession. A new report released recently by the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum finds that teacher workforce challenges observed two years ago in both metro Milwaukee and across the state are not as severe, as overall turnover has diminished and the supply of new teachers appears to be meeting the demand created by those departing. Nevertheless, a rising trend in the proportion of newer and younger teachers leaving the profession may signal the onset of a different set of challenges. “Overall, we find...

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