Former MPS superintendent backs Common Core education standards

Howard Fuller sees school choice as a critical component to the future of education, but says politicians, educators and parents must work together. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

Former Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools Howard Fuller is voicing his support for Common Core, saying the standards would help improve education in the state.

Visitors to weekly bed giveaway dream of comfortable place to sleep

Steve Grabosch, founder of Adullam Outreach, shows visitors around a warehouse on a recent Thursday morning. (Photo by Brendan O’Brien)

A community center called Adullam Outreach gives away donated mattresses, box springs and furniture on the city’s North Side.

Guest House homeless shelter breaks ground on new addition

A $500,000 gift from the Zilber Family Foundation brought the Guest House of Milwaukee in reach of its $2.6 million goal to build an 8,000-square-foot addition and expand services for homeless men.

Greater Together Challenge finalists tackle segregation with range of ideas

Ken Hanson, CEO of Hanson Dodge Creative, explains the Greater Together Challenge at an event in mid-June. (Photo by Patrick Leary)

Fifteen finalists have been selected from more than 130 submissions to the Greater Together Challenge to dismantle segregation in Milwaukee.

New bus routes from city to suburbs ‘off to a good start’

Hopeful job applicants get off the bus at BuySeasons on South Moorland Road in New Berlin, at the end of the new MCTS Route 6. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

A Milwaukee County Transit System spokesperson says the agency is “very pleased to see the high ridership” on Route 6 to New Berlin. Riders hope the routes will offer more access to jobs.

Interactive art project plants “LUV” seats at bus stops

Artist Evelyn Patricia Terry worked with community members to craft mosaics as part of an exhibit called Creational Trails.

Tree stumps topped with artistic mosaics are brightening up bus stops along Wisconsin Avenue.

CVS goes tobacco-free

CVS Caremark pharmacies went tobacco-free in their stores last week—a full month ahead of their originally planned October 1st implementation date.  This is great news for all of us in Milwaukee!  Even better, they just announced their refusal to carry any e-cigarettes, which are unregulated and can still create addiction-like changes in the brain. On […]

Hunger Task Force farm teaches children about food, community

Talulah, 4, picks chard from a raised garden bed at the farm. (Photo by Amber Storm, MilwaukeeByStorm.com)

Volunteers and Hunger Task Force staff joined together to harvest crops that will be distributed to local food relief agencies.

Can urban gardening pay off?

Urban agriculture is thriving in Milwaukee County as vacant lots are transformed into gardens and the University of Wisconsin Extension (UWEX) provides 72 acres of rental plots to eager urban farmers and community gardeners, providing fresh food for themselves, farmers’ markets, grocers and local restaurants. UWEX Urban Agriculture focus dates back to the early 1970s […]

Council member to introduce legislation requiring body cameras on police

Tracey Dent, community organizer, collected more than 2,100 signatures on a petition in support of police body cameras. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

New legislation is anticipated this week that would require police officers to wear body cameras while working in the community.