Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service covered a wide range of stories focused on central city neighborhoods in the past year. NNS reporter Ana Martinez-Ortiz explains why the story republished here is her favorite among the pieces she wrote in 2018.
As part of the “Gathering Art, Stories and Place” initiative, artist Erick Ledesma celebrated the end of his residency at the Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch, unveiled a permanent installation and passed the torch to the next artist-in-residence, Celeste Contreras.
Milwaukee’s City-County Heroin, Opioid and Cocaine Task Force recently held its fourth community engagement session, at which the group heard suggestions for tackling the overdose epidemic, including safe injection sites, more stable transitional housing for recovering addicts and stronger drug-prevention education in schools.
Nearby Nature allows children in impoverished neighborhoods to engage with science by exploring the world around them. During lessons, children in the after-school program get the opportunity to interact with native animals, explore the outdoors and expand their knowledge of science.