Statewide cuts to public transportation and other budget concerns have led to the elimination of Route 18, which serves the Clarke Square and Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods. Reductions in bus service across the city will begin Jan. 29.
Manni Marquez, director of the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative (CSNI), was recently selected as the 2011 “Mi Comunidad” award winner. The award recognizes an unsung hero in Milwaukee’s Hispanic community each year. Marquez has been active in the Clarke Square neighborhood for more than 15 years.
If you feel welcome when you drive along Fond du Lac from 18th to 27th Street, it might be because of the banners hanging from the signposts. The banners read, “Welcome to Marketplace: Advancing Economic and Environmental Innovations.”
Four days a week, “Ashley” (not her real name) attends Our Next Generation, a community-based nonprofit that offers after-school academic and enrichment programs. Ashley and her tutor, Sammie Lou Krieger, have worked together for six years, meeting every Monday for a one-on-one tutoring session.
At 14, Darrin Madison is too old to be a member of the Urban Ecology Center’s Young Scientists Club any more, so he returned as a volunteer.
A large crowd of families filled the auditorium at the Mexican Fiesta office at 2997 S. 20th St. recently to celebrate El Dia De Reyes, The Day of the Three Kings. The event marks the day Catholics believe the Three Wise Men followed a star to Bethlehem bearing gifts for baby Jesus. It included gifts for children, re-enactment of the Nativity, a performance by Ballet Folklorico and Mexican treats.
Lisa Randerson, an instructor in the Early Childhood Services program at Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, has worked to instill a sense of wonder and curiosity in young children for 21 years.
After taking a trip of a lifetime as a Peace Corps volunteer, a Milwaukee native returned home four years later to share what she learned with the Lindsay Heights community.
Next Door Foundation’s Educare program offers “a prep school for low-income kids” in one of Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods.
Julie Esteves, bilingual co-director of a school-readiness program for young children, has grown personally and professionally during her 17 years at COA in the Riverwest neighborhood.