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Hoan Bridge illuminating as a menorah to “Shine a Light” on antisemitism this Hanukkah season

In response to the sharp rise in antisemitism in the United States, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation has joined forces with the national Shine a Light initiative to raise awareness about modern antisemitism. The Federation will shine a light on antisemitism during Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, with Hanukkah on the Hoan. Each night of the holiday, the Federation will share video messages of support from local civic and faith leaders and will light the Daniel W. Hoan Memorial Bridge to represent the eight candles of the Hanukkah menorah. Shine a Light is a comprehensive initiative to spotlight the dangers...

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Liquidators of Chernobyl: Why December 14 honors the unnamed heroes who saved the world from radiation

“Very often I am asked why I feel so connected to the Chernobyl area, the answer is not always easy for me to be able to explain: I have always considered these men legendary, who in silence have worked for others. Courageous and admirable, in the critical and impossible situations in which they found themselves, they managed to manage honor, humanity and courage and there is no greater and more difficult undertaking than being able to manage these three things all together. And I always feel so small when I’m in the land of heroes, because the history of...

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Ukraine is Here: Immersive virtual platform allows anyone to experience Ukraine’s culture from anywhere

Google and the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine launched “Ukraine is Here” on November 24, a new online-space featuring Ukrainian culture hosted virtually on the Google Arts & Culture platform. The project was implemented with the support of Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska, and the work of almost a dozen partners, including the National Art Museum of Ukraine, National Center of Folk Culture “Ivan Honchar Museum,” the Museum of Theatre, and Music and Cinema of Ukraine, who participated in the creation of the cultural showcase. People from different countries will be able to explore authentic and...

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MCTS trims some transit service due to remote work schedules and Milwaukee County’s 2023 budget gap

Milwaukee County Transit System announced changes to service approved by Milwaukee County in the 2023 annual budget on November 21. The changes are due to a combination of several factors, including a projected 2025 transit funding gap, and a COVID-19-induced transition to hybrid work schedules downtown which led to reduced ridership on Freeway Flyer routes. According to a Milwaukee County Comptroller report released earlier this year, federal stimulus funds used by MCTS to maintain transit service will no longer be available in 2025. “The result will be a need to increase funding to MCTS by approximately $30 million simply...

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Wisconsin DNR Secretary Preston Cole retires after a 35-year career dedicated to public service

Governor Tony Evers announced on November 18 that Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Preston D. Cole would be retiring from the Evers Administration on November 23 after a long and dedicated 35 year career in public service. “Preston has been an integral part of my administration since day one, and we are sorry to see him go,” said Governor Evers. “With his help, we brought science back to the DNR, we helped ensure Wisconsinites have cleaner, safer water, and we are tackling climate change head-on, all while supporting our state park system and the outdoor recreational economy...

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A Polish legacy of faith: Historic St. Hyacinth Church recognized as a Milwaukee County landmark

The Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Landmarks Committee recognized St. Hyacinth Roman Catholic Church, at 1414 W. Becher Street, as a County Landmark on November 14. Named for Hyacinth of Poland, the Church was a Polish-American neighborhood institution for more than 100 years. It was a focal point for the immigrant Polish community to come together in expression of its culture and Catholic faith. “Naming St. Hyacinth a Milwaukee County Landmark means more than just a title, it means a task for the present and future of the Catholic presence on the south side of Milwaukee,” said Rev. Hugo Londoño,...

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