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Author: Lee Matz

State of the City: Mayor Tom Barrett presents a review and roadmap for Milwaukee in 2020

Mayor Tom Barrett delivered a positive outlook for his annual State of the City address on February 10 at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, highlighting Milwaukee’s accompaniments and a roadmap for 2020. From education, to health care, to the Democratic National Convention in July, Mayor Barrett’s upbeat speech covered a range of topics and issues that the city needed to address over the year ahead. “We’re starting to get the attention we deserve because special things are happening in Milwaukee,” said Mayor Barrett, after reading a list of news headlines that all touted the city’s renaissance. In some ways...

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Long overdue exhibit finally honors Milwaukee’s African American Veterans at War Memorial

For the first time in its 62-year history, and coinciding with the annual celebration of African American History Month, the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center officially unveiled its new mural featuring the contributions of African American men and women in the U.S. military on February 3. The exhibit, located on the 3rd floor of the War Memorial Center, documents African American participation in all of the wars fought by the United States. It reflects a national history with images like Crispus Attucks, the first American to die in the American Revolution, Colored Union Troops, Buffalo Soldiers, veterans of both...

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Sheldon Lubar: Climbing mountains for adventure and as a metaphor of life’s journey

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill The book Climbing My Mountain: My Life, Words, and Values by Sheldon Bernard Lubar Ph.D. was officially released during a public party last month at the Milwaukee County Historical Society. The new memoir details the experiences, successes, and deeply held principles from one of Wisconsin’s leading entrepreneurs and most generous philanthropists. In his ninetieth year, the renowned civic leader penned an account of his life and in a refreshingly candid record. The book is divided into two parts, separated...

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The Big Plunge 2020: Hundreds pack Bradford Beach for frosty New Year’s Day dip in Lake Michigan

Crowds of people crowded the cold shores of Milwaukee’s Bradford Beach to make the annual Polar Bear Plunge on January 1 and welcome the New Year, in a tradition that goes back to 1916. This year the air and water temperatures were the same at 39° and the waves mild. The milder conditions compacted the beachfront area, which was more congested with fire pits and camps placed far closer to the waterline. Rescue divers from the Milwaukee Police and Fire departments were again deployed along the beach, about 50 meters from shore. Lacking any formal sponsors, the free event...

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Spirit of Thanksgiving: Sheriff Earnell Lucas and MCSO Deputies deliver holiday dinners to local families

“This is only the beginning. In our first year, we learned more about the process and how to get things done in this community. But more importantly, we learned a lot more about ourselves, what our capacity is to deliver a high level of service, and bring some satisfaction and joy to our community. This year is only the beginning. Look at us three years from now, and you might not even recognize us as being a law enforcement agency first, but an agency that is a part of this community, and that works in harmony with our community.”...

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John Ridley: On graphic novels and connecting art with social justice in Milwaukee

“Community service is the rent we pay for living.” – Judge Derek C. Mosley Milwaukee-native and Oscar-winning filmmaker John Ridley kicked-off the eagerly awaited inaugural Social Justice Summit at Nō Studios on November 15. The two-day event “Art Activated” was designed to help Milwaukee residents build personal networks, encourage ongoing conversations, expand the circle of people who want to identify social issues, and match them with others who are skilled at solving those problems. Before the showcase of events began, Ridley sat down with the Milwaukee Independent to talk about the influences of art on his life, particularly comic...

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