Ten years ago the old railway corridor that splits the Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods was in disrepair. The trail that the train tracks ran along was a hub for illegal dumping, crime and drug use. Today – after extensive rehabilitation – the trail has been transformed into a tree-lined community space.
Harriet Dorsey, the oldest resident of Walnut Way, celebrated her 106th birthday this week. State representative Elizabeth Coggs (10th District) joined the party, held at the Clinton Rose Senior Center, 3045 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. In 2006, when Dorsey was 100, she was inducted in the Milwaukee County Senior Hall of Fame, receiving a special “Century of Service Award.” The long-time community volunteer has been called “the Queen Mother of the African American community.”
Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cárdenas recently presented her final official event, Cantos Latinos, at the Milwaukee Public Library. Five Latino poets spoke about how their culture and heritage affects their work.
Wisconsin Community Services creates opportunities for offenders and ex-offenders with mental illnesses and addictions as well as high-risk youth and adults. The organization recently won the 2012 BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award at the MANDIs (Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation) awards ceremony.
A recent career fair for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee drew 265 applicants to fill about 50 positions at local clubs throughout the city.
If you’re interested in lowering your energy bills, the Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (Me2) program may be right for you. The program, designed to help homeowners save money on energy costs, is recruiting in Layton Boulevard West, Lindsay Heights, Thurston Woods and other central city communities this spring.
Built in 2011, Veterans Manor Apartments in Milwaukee is the only establishment of its kind in the state of Wisconsin. It offers residents a comfortable place to call home and services such as an on-site counselor, weekly support group meetings and, most of all, a sense of community. Veterans Manor won the 2012 PNC Trail Blazer Award at the MANDIs (Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation).
While Latinos seem to agree that there should be more Latino state representatives from the south side, they disagree which redistricting map is most likely to accomplish that goal.
Nearly a year after decorative markers intended to help “brand” Clarke Square were completed, they have been installed at five locations throughout the community.
LISC Milwaukee recently honored 16 organizations for their work to improve their neighborhoods at the 13th Annual MANDI Awards. More than 700 corporate leaders, neighborhood activists and government officials attended.