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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:16:07 CDT


Elite's flexible Quad space aims to keep kids and parents moving

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:02:00 CDT

Driving past, you might not really notice the changes at the Elite Sports Club-River Glen, 2001 W. Good Hope Rd., in Glendale, which was built as Le Club in 1972 and purchased by Elite in 2012. But on the inside, it seems that everything is changing.

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Op-ed: Why I chose and support public schools

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:06:00 CDT

We hear a lot about "school choice" in reference to voucher schools and other educational options. Nevertheless, I'm eager to share why my husband and I chose public schools for our kids - and why I'll continue to support them.

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High school cell phone policies suffer disconnect

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:02:00 CDT

Milwaukee high schools have very different policies on cell phone use on school grounds. It seems high school cell phone policies are a microcosm of the differences between city public schools, suburban public schools and private religious schools.

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SOS Wauwatosa hosts Support Our Schools Fall Forum on Oct. 3

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:56:00 CDT

Support Our Schools Wauwatosa (SOS) will host a free "Support Our Schools Fall Forum" to help parents and citizens understand concerns about funding shortages for K-12 schools in Wauwatosa and across Wisconsin on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

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WILL argues we should destroy MPS to save it

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:06:00 CDT

Last week, WILL's Will Flanders posted the third and final installment of this series of policy proposals, in which he argues that the state must destroy MPS in order to save it. His weapon of choice is immediate full-scale implementation of the OSPP.

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Cute overload: Rogers St. Academy kids judge mascots' ballet auditions

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:45:00 CDT

Yesterday morning, a group of kindergarteners from Milwaukee Public Schools' Rogers Street Academy visited BMO Harris Bank to judge auditions by local sports mascots for roles in the upcoming production of Milwaukee Ballet's "The Nutcracker."

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Pilot computer coding class helps prepare students for tomorrow's careers

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:56:00 CDT

For two weeks, eight teens participated in Layton Boulevard West's Code Academy, a pilot computer programming class that is teaching them skills they can parlay into careers in an increasingly technology-driven society, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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Kohl Philanthropies funds every single Wisconsin DonorsChoose class project

Tue, 6 Sep 2016 08:55:00 CDT

Today, Herb Kohl Philanthropies announced that it has funded the Donors Choose campaigns of nearly 700 Wisconsin teachers whose classrooms serve about 43,000 students in 140 districts.

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Brothers teach technology and entrepreneurial skills to city kids

Sun, 4 Sep 2016 11:06:00 CDT

Two brothers, who started the Young Enterprising Society (YES) in 2011, have recently focused on bringing their knowledge of technology to middle and high school students, mostly in central city schools, reports Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

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G9 gears up for effective Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:26:00 CDT

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the Delafield-based G9 is poised to present more important work. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, "The G9 Golden Celebration" will celebrate the leaders coming together to change the future of childhood cancer.

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Fact vs. fiction: back-to-school edition

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:56:00 CDT

Later this week, Wisconsin's children start back to school. In honor of that, Jay Bullock uses his column to take a look at some recent school-related fictions and attempt to explain the actual facts.

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Kenosha family sells everything and hits the road in RV

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:04:00 CDT

Bryanna and Craig Royal were high school sweethearts who got married, built a house, secured full-time jobs, had four children, adopted two dogs and found themselves in the midst of what they thought would be the "perfect" life. And yet, it wasn't...

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8 essential family road trip tips

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:10:00 CDT

Summer is a time to uncover the grill, determine which swimsuit still fits which child and plan the annual summer vacation. No matter what your destination, every trip is a learning experience. Here are my family road trip tips to help make it easier.

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LEGO KidsFest returns to Milwaukee for the first time in four years

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:10:00 CDT

The award-winning LEGO KidsFest returns to Milwaukee, for the first time in four years. The largest and longest-running official LEGO touring extravaganza will run Friday, October 7 through Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Wisconsin Center.

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Miltown LGBT Families bonds parents, provides support, spreads the love

Mon, 1 Aug 2016 13:05:00 CDT

Most new parents are in need of information and support, but for LGBTQ families, it's not as easy to connect with same-sex moms and dads who are knowledgeable about issues specific to their households. Recently, Laurie Marks and Joseph Brooks changed that with the launching of Miltown LGBT Families.

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Beat the heat at the Milwaukee Public Museum for just $10

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:16:00 CDT

We already gave you 10 ideas to find relief from the heat wave that's overtaken the Milwaukee area. Now the Milwaukee Public Museum adds another way to keep cool and have fun during the scorching weekend ahead.

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Op-ed: Politician-made perfect storm could damage our kids' schools

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:56:00 CDT

There's a perfect storm heading toward our kids' Wisconsin public schools, and the damage done would be 100 percent man-made by Madison politicians. Let me share three reasons why I'm so worried, why you should be too and what we can do about it.

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100 things for kids to do in Milwaukee

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:01:00 CDT

This list features fun stuff in and around Milwaukee for kids of all ages. From smelling the roses at Boerner Botanical Gardens to visiting Old World Wisconsin, this list is chock full of suggestions to keep your little ones entertained all year long.

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North Point Lighthouse hosts Graef book signing

Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:02:00 CDT

On Sunday, June 12, from noon to 2 p.m., award-winning children's book illustrator Renee Graef will be at the North Point Lighthouse Museum at 2650 N. Wahl Ave., for a book signing of her latest book titled "B is for Beacon: A Great Lakes Lighthouse Alphabet."

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Kick-off party and classes planned for Clarke Square Community Garden

Mon, 6 Jun 2016 16:17:00 CDT

The Clarke Square Community Garden is celebrating the launch of gardening season with a garden kick-off event, garden plots and two free gardening classes for those who'd like to learn more about gardening.

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Safe and Sound announces new hires

Mon, 16 May 2016 14:02:00 CDT

In April, Safe and Sound welcomed William Coleman to the organization as Program Director. Coleman will direct Safe and Sound's teams dedicated to neighborhoods within four Milwaukee (police) districts and each made up of a youth organizer, a community organizer and a CPU coordinator.

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Trombone Shorty pens award-winning book for kids

Mon, 16 May 2016 09:10:00 CDT

New Orleans jazz musician Trombone Shorty created an inspiring children's picture book based on his own life that documents his musical journey and his determination to make his dreams come true as a musician.

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Kohl's Wild Theater for kids set to open sixth season at the Zoo

Thu, 12 May 2016 14:03:00 CDT

Kohl's Wild Theater performing arts group at the Milwaukee County Zoo is set to start its sixth season with entertaining and educational theater pieces geared toward children.

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MKE Plays awarded prestigious NEA grant

Mon, 9 May 2016 14:36:00 CDT

The MKE Plays program has received a prestigious "Our Town" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, said Ald. Michael J. Murphy, who helped launch MKE Plays last year.

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A Teacher Appreciation Week gift guide

Wed, 4 May 2016 15:06:00 CDT

You may have forgotten Teacher Appreciation Day yesterday on Tuesday, May 3, but since we're actually in the midst of Teacher Appreciation Week, you actually have a bit of leeway - and this handy Teacher Appreciation gift guide.

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Parents to politicians: Stop cutting our kids' schools

Tue, 3 May 2016 18:56:00 CDT

As public school parents, it's tough to believe in our leaders in Madison. Many say that they support our kids' schools, but in vote after vote, they are not on our side. They don't stand up for our kids.

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UPDATE: Garfield School redevelopment gets WHEDA funding

Tue, 3 May 2016 08:34:00 CDT

Last year, the city approved a plan by Maures Development Group to redevelop a set of buildings, including the Henry Koch-designed former Garfield Avenue School, into mixed-income housing, a new America's Black Holocaust Museum and more. What's up?

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Marcus DeBack Playground renovation plans revealed

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:00:00 CDT

The MKE Plays program, which is helping to transform 12 of the city's most deteriorated playgrounds, will unveil plans for Marcus DeBack Playground during a news event Friday, April 29 hosted by the program's founder, Ald. Michael J. Murphy.

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German Language and School Society of Wisconsin celebrates its 60th anniversary

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:56:00 CDT

The German Language and School Society of Wisconsin (DSSV) will celebrate its 60th anniversary this weekend with its annual awards ceremony held on Sunday, May 1 at Marquette University High School.

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Bucks assist in encouraging local student achievement

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:06:00 CDT

Madison365 reports that the Bucks are lending a hand to encourage student achievement by donating groups of seats -- 30 tickets -- to Madison-area students who show measured improvement in the areas of literacy, behavior and attendance.

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Bringing home an older dog

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:37:00 CDT

My family recently adopted a new dog. His name is Beauregard, and he is a rescue from HAWS in Waukesha. We weren't looking to adopt another dog but sometimes fate just intervenes. We lost our Shadow a couple of years ago and after a period of adjustment Sydney was comfortable at home with her feline companions.

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New study shows it's time for a fresh school-funding lawsuit in Wisconsin

Tue, 1 Mar 2016 13:16:00 CDT

The other side might sputter and stammer that the current state of affairs when it comes to Wisconsin's school funding is good enough. But more and more research nationwide is showing otherwise, and now is the time to prove it in court.

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7 reasons kids will love MPM's "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:02:00 CDT

T. Rex's bigger and badder cousin Giganotosaurus is here and so are some of his friends, until May 15. The new exhibit at Milwaukee Public Museum is full of interactives and more that your kids (and you) will love. Here are some of them.

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Uno Throwdown: New rules in the house

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:00:00 CDT

The creation of the game happened one night probably a decade ago. My younger brother, my then-girlfriend and I, drunk on coffee, began stuffing the rule book with variations. Since then I've never played an "official" game of Uno.

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When pets seem human

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:19:00 CDT

OK, so your dog or cat isn't really a human, but he or she might be very human-like in some ways. Research proves domesticated animals can do a lot more than we thought. Local pet owners share stories.

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Port Exploreum is more than a museum

Mon, 4 Jan 2016 09:02:00 CDT

What do you call a museum that's sorta not a museum? If you're the Port Washington Historical Society, you call your new hands-on Lake Michigan experience the Port Exploreum, which offers three stories of permanent and changing exhibits that focus on Lake Michigan.

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Growing up in the golden age of action figures

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:13:00 CDT

Not everything sucked when we were kids. I know this because my daughter plays with a bunch of the toys my parents saved from my childhood. As the new "Star Wars" opens this weekend, I'm reminded that we grew up in the golden age of action figures. Before video games and technology turned them into something else.

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Who was Betty Brinn?

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:28:00 CDT

Here's the scoop on the amazing Betty Brinn, namesake of the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in Downtown Milwaukee.

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Congress finally acts on No Child Left Behind, but doesn't move ahead

Tue, 8 Dec 2015 13:03:00 CDT

Hindsight has left all of us pretty much in agreement that NCLB didn't work as promised. But the Every Student Succeeds Act takes much of what NCLB did - including the equally Orwellian name - and makes it a double.

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Bingo raises big bucks for kids

Sat, 5 Dec 2015 20:36:00 CDT

Since 1994, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino has raised millions of dollars for dozens of children's organizations. For the past few years, OnMilwaukee staff members have called a bingo game in support of the program, and senior writer Molly Snyder seems to have a calling for bingo calling.

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Begel's top four reasons for giving special thanks on this special holiday

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:03:00 CDT

Sometimes a day like Thanksgiving can be a little confusing.Do you give thanks for your new job or your new car or your new girlfriend? Dave Begel has four very special reasons to give thanks.

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"Good eggs" run Robyn's Nest organization

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 11:05:00 CDT

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin offers an array of social services, including The Robyn's Nest, run by Lona Long and a team of volunteers to provide clothing and other items to kids and foster families.

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Immigrant children's American dream thwarted by nightmare of deportation

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:56:00 CDT

As Madison365 reports, for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants - and, in many cases, their children - living in the United States, the national debate of immigration reform will decide their futures.

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MYSO receives award from Michelle Obama at the White House

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:26:00 CDT

Today, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra announced that it is one of 12 programs that have been selected to receive an award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

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Sprecher Soda with Santa offers sweet sips and charming photo gifts

Mon, 9 Nov 2015 16:16:00 CDT

Santa is gearing up for three special sessions at Sprecher Brewing Company, where he'll be on hand to pose for charming photos with you and your family that can be printed on Sprecher root beer bottles.

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How safe is UWM? The reasons we don't need guns on campus

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:26:00 CDT

If we're going to have the "guns on campus debate" - and due to warring pieces of legislation, we must - let's at least argue the issue using accurate information. And according to that information, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, if it were a city, would be one of the safest around.

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DPI aims for better equity in Wisconsin's K-12 teachers

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:06:00 CDT

I have good news, and I have bad news. The bad news is that two recent analyses of who teaches where in Wisconsin's K-12 system confirm what we all suspected, which is that the schools with the poorest, hardest to teach students by far have the most inexperienced and poorly trained teachers, and that problem is growing. The good news is that there's an effort afoot to try to improve that.

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6 dope ducks on the Riverwalk

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:18:00 CDT

Every now and then, I like to get out of our Downtown office and stroll around to clear my head. I've always been vaguely aware of Gertie the Duck and her statue, but I never really stopped to look.

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Maker Faire concocts geek-chic DIY fun

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 19:23:00 CDT

Maker Faire rolled into Milwaukee this weekend with a stop at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Running along Harvest Fair, kids of all ages were treated to all sorts of science projects, maker projects and DIY culture. Some 175 vendors participated, and organizers said more than 45,000 attendees visited the show.

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9 cat questions my 7-year-old asked our vet

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 18:14:00 CDT

My 7-year-old daughter is a big fan of cats, and not coincidentally, she's a big fan of our veterinarian, Dr. Becky Banks, from the Small Animal Hospital. In honor of OnMeowaukee Cat Week - and Becky and Mara's friendship - my daughter prepared nine questions about cats for Dr. Banks, which I shared with Becky over coffee. Here they are, in Mara's own words.

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