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.
Neighborhood children were treated to a tasty breakfast and an early visit from Santa Claus at the Journey House Breakfast with Santa. The event took place a week before Christmas at Journey House Youth Center, 2212 W. Greenfield St. It also included five tables where children could create arts and crafts projects for gifts.
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. (LBWN) recently received a $112,000 grant from Wells Fargo to continue home renovation efforts in the neighborhood. The money will be used for the Turnkey Renovation program, a project in which foreclosed homes are purchased, renovated and fitted with the latest in energy-saving technology.
Most members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee leave when they finish high school. But 19-year-old Erick Perkins has returned to the program at North Division High School as a volunteer. The aspiring entertainer credits the club with helping him realize his gift for music.
Only about half of Clarke Square residents filled out their 2010 census forms, information that the federal government uses for multiple purposes including allocating funds to communities. As a result, the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative is taking its own census.