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Tasty treats help Alan Goodman win Near West Side’s 2019 Rev-Up MKE small business competition

Near West Side Partners announced that Alan Goodman of A Goodman’s Desserts has been named the winner of the fourth annual Rev-Up MKE small business competition and plans to locate his business in Milwaukee’s Near West Side. The winner was selected at the conclusion of NWSP’s “Shark Tank”-style live pitch event in which five finalists pitched their business ideas before a panel of judges and members of the public. Inpower was named as the runner-up and recipient of $4,000, in addition to being selected as the WaterStone Bank Audience Choice winner for an additional $1,000 prize to support its...

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New PSA message shares “Back-to-School Essentials” for students to survive classroom shootings

Following one of the deadliest years on record for school violence in 2018, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is debuting its latest PSA, “Back-to-School Essentials,” a powerful and impactful video that highlights the anxiety and fear students face in the reality of school shootings. Since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook School almost seven years ago, reactive measures to gun violence such as active shooter drills and bulletproof backpacks have increased. Many students fear that it is only a matter of when, not if, a shooting will erupt on their school campus. Subconsciously accepting shootings as regular occurrences has become...

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Crowd protests Milwaukee Police documented on video helping ICE arrest local husband

Jose Alejandro De la Cruz-Espinoza, a Milwaukee resident, was with his wife and three young daughters on Monday, September 23, 2019 when he was seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, with the assistance of local police officers in violation of Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) policy. Two staff members from Voces de la Frontera responded to the hotline call from De la Cruz and promptly went to his location, at 5th and Becher Street, to verify his report. Upon arriving on the scene they witnessed first-hand the apprehension of De La Cruz-Espinosa by ICE, in collaboration with the...

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Mayor Tom Barrett presents Common Council members with proposed 2020 executive budget

Mayor Tom Barrett presented his 2020 proposed executive budget to Common Council members on September 24. The Finance & Personnel Committee of the Common Council will hold hearings on the Mayor’s Proposed 2020 Budget beginning October 4. That will be followed by a joint public hearing with the Mayor and Council about the budget on October 7, where residents can share their views on the City’s finances and proposed 2020 spending. The Common Council is scheduled to adopt the City’s 2020 budget at a special meeting on November 8. Mayor Barrett’s 2020 Executive Budget Address, as as delivered on...

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Lex Allen shares journey of self-discovery with a love letter to Milwaukee in “Let Go” music video

“I can’t be the everything to everyone all the time. I’ve got to do some things for me, got to clear my mind. Take myself to the beach on the countryside, walking down the street, whiskey neat, feeling just right, no one’s problem in my ear. I can talk without a care because I’m pretty high, city streets, favorite beats, and a bike ride. Me, myself, and I. It’s time to let go.” – Lex Allen, I.D.E.N.T.I.T.Y. Lex Allen put on a magic cape, mounted an enchanted bicycle that came all the way from Burning Man, and shared a...

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County redirects $4.1M from budget to restore cut MCTS routes but special event lines to end in 2020

Amidst current fiscal crisis in Milwaukee County, the 2020 budget will include a temporary solution that invests more than $4 million in additional local funding for routes slated for elimination. However, the Special Events routes like the Brewers Line, State Fair, and ethnic festivals will not be saved. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) announced on September 19 that the 2020 Recommended Transit Budget would include a re-direction of $4.1 million in funds to restore multiple routes originally slated for elimination. “I am fully committed to having world-class public transportation throughout the county,...

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