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.
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.
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.
The residents, businesses, organizations and community development agencies that make up Washington Park Partners are hard at work beginning to implement a new five-year Sustainable Community Plan. The plan addresses seven areas of neighborhood life WPP considers crucial to a sustainable community.