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Milwaukee dramatically increases the amount of curbside recycling collected under new program

The City of Milwaukee is transforming its curbside recycling program. Starting in June, the City began a transition to an every other week, spring-through-fall, citywide collection schedule. The winter collection schedule, December-to-March, will continue to be varied which allows for snow operations. With the help of a $649,000 grant from national nonprofit The Recycling Partnership, the City will deploy more than 18,600 new rolling, lidded recycling carts and fund education and outreach around the schedule change and recycling for good. Wheeled carts roll easily to the collection point, provide more capacity for recyclables, and reduce litter by protecting your...

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Pride flag raised at Wisconsin State Capitol for third year to recognize contributions by LGBTQ+ community

Governor Tony Evers signed Executive Order #120 on June 1, ordering that the Rainbow Pride Flag be raised over the Wisconsin State Capitol during the month of June in celebration of Pride Month. The Rainbow Pride flag began flying over the East Wing of the State Capitol building at noon on June 1 and will end at sunset on June 30. Additionally, Executive Order #120 authorized state buildings and any jurisdiction of the state of Wisconsin to fly the Rainbow Pride Flag during the month of June. The governor also signed two additional executive orders relating to LGBTQ issues....

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Milwaukee Film expands “Minority Health Film Festival” under the new name “Cultures & Communities Festival”

Milwaukee Film announced on May 19 that its annual Minority Health Film Festival would be renamed to Cultures & Communities Festival (C&C Fest), presented by the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Taking place September 6 to 12, C&C Fest will feature both virtual and in-person activities. The goal of the one-of-a-kind event is to promote individual and communal wellness improvements, while inspiring attendees to celebrate their cultural heritage and authentic selves. Now in its third year, the festival will continue to use groundbreaking films, nationally recognized speakers, local insight, and various events to spark conversation and empower action. “Film is another...

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MATC ReStart scholarship program continues to help students with outstanding debt return to college

Students who were forced to step out of their studies at Milwaukee Area Technical College between December 2004 and May 2019 due to debt owed to the college have an opportunity to return, thanks to a scholarship program called MATC ReStart. In its second year, MATC ReStart helps eligible returning students repay up to $1,500 of past-due balances owed the college for expenses such as tuition, books, and other fees. They must apply by August 2 and fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or create a payment plan at program orientation. “Our research showed that...

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Riverworks Financial Clinic expands its services to assist Milwaukee residents reach financial stability

The Riverworks Development Corporation, a neighborhood-based nonprofit known for its economic and community development initiatives on Milwaukee’s north side, announced on May 13 that the Riverworks Financial Clinic would expand to help more people overcome barriers to financial empowerment. The growth is the result of cross-sector partnerships galvanized to address the lingering financial hardships experienced by residents due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The expansion is a part of Riverworks’ broader vision of building wealth and prosperity in the Harambee, Riverwest, and surrounding communities. “Over the last year, the pandemic exacerbated existing needs of Milwaukee residents – especially black and...

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Kelsey Montague to bring acclaimed #WhatLiftsYou interactive street art to Downtown Milwaukee

Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 and the Wisconsin Center District (WCD) announced on May 13 the commissioning of internationally-acclaimed street artist Kelsey Montague for a one-of-a-kind mural on the north wall of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Known for her iconic installations around the globe, the mural will be her first in Wisconsin. Montague’s #WhatLiftsYou project has resonated with millions by offering pedestrians interactive photo ops, which have been made popular by social media influencers in recent years. “I’m delighted to be chosen for this project and bring my work to Milwaukee,” said Kelsey Montague. “When contemplating a subject matter, I...

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