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Remembering Joe Bartolotta: A beloved culinary icon and community philanthropist

Joe Bartolotta, co-owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants, passed away “peacefully in his sleep with a smile on his face” on April 22 at the age of 60. Bartolotta was beloved by the Milwaukee community for his hospitality heart, generosity, and desire to help people. In 1993, he and brother Paul started their first restaurant, Ristorante Bartolotta, in Wauwatosa. The restaurant group now operates 15 restaurants, including Harbor House, Lake Park Bistro, and Pizzeria Piccola. After dealing with the affects of diabetes for three decades, in February 2013 Bartolotta had a successful kidney transplant. He spoke often about the transformative...

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Lindsay Heights honored as Milwaukee’s first “Eco-Neighborhood” tour designation

Walnut Way Conservation and the City of Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office, hosted a ribbon cutting on April 18 at Fondy Market, to celebrate the completion of green infrastructure and clean energy projects in the Lindsay Heights Neighborhood, as well as the city’s first Eco Tour designation. The neighborhood was one of two communities nationally to receive the Partnership for Resilient Communities award from the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC). The Partnership provided technical resources, access to a large national network of sustainability experts and peers, and provided $150,000 for Walnut Way to expand its work on climate resilience, specifically...

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Earth Day Challenge: Outpost Natural Foods pledges to purge petroleum-based plastic packaging by 2022

Outpost Natural Foods recently announced its commitment to eliminate petroleum-based plastic co-op packaging and consumables by 2022, and has organized a comprehensive internal committee to tackle the wide-ranging issue. The co-op has tasked itself with this challenging goal as the environmental problems associated with single-use plastic continue to ratchet up, both locally and globally. Outpost has already taken the first steps to reducing single-use plastic. “As spring arrives it is more clear than ever how plastic litters our public spaces. With a low percentage of plastic actually being recycled into new materials it is crucial that we use our...

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Art display of River Deities reflect immigrant cultures that settled along South Side waterways

As part of the restoration of Pulaski Park on Milwaukee’s south side, handful of river deities were given temporary residence along the Kinnickinnic River Trail between 13th and 16th Streets. The detailed works of art were installed as panels and spaced out along the trail. The displays are part of a public art project sponsored by the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, KK River Neighbors in Action, and the Haggerty Museum of Art. The panels include bilingual stories about each deity, and were produced through WaterMarks: Art and Science Walks. The collaborative programming series focuses on the Kinnickinnic River...

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Local refugee women crochet plastic bags into craft items and earn income while saving environment

Displaced women from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who settled in Milwaukee have built a growing business by “upcycling” plastic bags and using them to create beautifully designed handmade baskets and mats. The group of craftswoman comprise 12 refugees who have each come from very difficult and unimaginable situations. Now living in Milwaukee, the women are doing the best they can to contribute to a society that has been so welcoming to them. They are supported by Why Not Now Missions, a local nonprofit focused on empowering vulnerable populations so that they can reach their full potential. “It...

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Chinese owners of former Northridge Mall get served with demolition order by city

The City of Milwaukee issued a raze or restore order on April 11 to the owner of the former Northridge Mall building, a move that will lead to the removal of the long-vacant structure. Mayor Tom Barrett and Alderwoman Chantia Lewis of the 9th District stated that the site, which is owned by a company based in China, has become a public safety hazard and a blight to the area residents. “The Chinese company that owns the building has refused to secure the building or make repairs, and since 2017 we have seen repeated trespassing and vandalism there,” said...

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