New York, NY – As the holidays approach, unpleasant memories…
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett underwent a series of tests at the Wheaton Franciscan Heart Hospital of Wisconsin. Nothing alarming was found. While scheduled meetings on the Mayor’s calendar have been postponed, he continues to monitor city business from the hospital.
The Mayor was hospitalized after over-exerting himself. The Mayor completed an organized 20-kilometer run at the Pettit Ice Center and was treated for exhaustion following the race.
In last Saturday’s home opener, the Wave scored the final 10 points of the game, coming back from a 10-2 second half deficit to sweep the season series with the defending champion Baltimore Blast. Carlos Munoz scored three goals, including the gamewinner with 0:20 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
At halftime, 200 men and women were sworn into the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. The game was followed by a post game concert from American Music Award winner, Daughtry.
Madison — Jessie Rodriguez was sworn in this week
as the Legislature’s second Latina lawmaker and the first
Hispanic GOP legislator.
Rodriguez, an immigrant from El Salvador, defeated
Democrat Elizabeth Coppola last month in a special election
for the 21st District Assembly seat vacated by former
Rep. Mark Honadel (R-South Milwaukee).
Kenosha Unified school officials have worked out a plan to dismiss Frank Elementary students safely at the end of the school day as the nearby tactical response situation continues.
District spokeswoman Tanya Ruder said parents picking up students should use the east entrance of the building and go to the gym. They them will go in groups to retrieve children from classrooms before exiting back out the east side of the building. Children who live in the neighborhood and walk to school will stay in the school with the principal until the situation is resolved. Students who ride the bus will be escorted to their buses by teachers.
A comprehensive audit of Kenosha Unified School District’s curriculum found little consistency in how children are taught throughout the district, and rated the district’s Transformation Plan as inadequate.
After serving for 9 years on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, Marina Dimitrijevic has decided to run for the Assembly seat of the 19th District. In her Facebook page Dimitrijevic states that she is ready to take the fight to Madison, “I am running for State Representative in Assembly District 19, which includes my neighborhood in Bay View, the East Side, Downtown, Riverwest, and the Third Ward.”
Police are investigating the death of a threemonth-old baby girl, who had been sleeping in the same bed with her parents and 15-month old sibling. The Kenosha Police and Fire departments responded to report of a 3-month old baby who was unconscious and not breathing at a residence at 5 a.m. Wednesday. No cause or manner of death has been determined. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.
WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus announced that Ali Pardo will join the RNC Communications Department as Hispanic Media Press Secretary.Continuing to strengthen ties with the Hispanic community, Ali’s hire comes on the heels of the recent announcement of GOP Hispanic engagement teams in eight states.
“I am excited to announce that Ali Pardo will join our team as Hispanic Media Press Secretary,” said Chairman Priebus. “Ali is part of our effort aimed at building a lasting national field organization, with an emphasis on engaging and building relationships in Hispanic communities throughout our country.
Every year for the past 32 years UMOS has recognized Hispanics throughout the state for their personal and professional contributions to the communities where they live and work. This year, at the 33rdannual UMOS Hispanic Awards Banquet, Mayra Alaniz was recognized as the Hispanic Youth of the Year, Ruben Burgos as the Hispanic Man of the Year, Maria Castrejon Perez as the Hispanic Woman of the Year and Jimmy and Elena Castaneda as the Hispanic Family of the Year. The event took place at the Italian Community Center on October 12th. Governor Scott Walker made a special guest appearance to recognize the recipients and address the audience.
KENOSHA – The Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin signed a deal with Hard Rock Cafe International to develop and manage an $800 million casino at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park, BizTimes reported. BizTimes editor Steve Jagler told WISN 12 News that Thursday’s expected announcement on the deal is a game changer. “Putting that brand on the building changes the conversation on so many different levels,” Jagler said.
The project still needs to be approved by Gov. Scott Walker, BizTimes reported.
The Hard Rock Cafe business is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
WISN 12 News has reported that seven out of 11 Native American tribes in Wisconsin support the Menominee plan. Among those who do not are the Potawatomi Tribe that runs a casino in Milwaukee.
“A worldwide destination is at stake now. It’s not just a generic casino proposal that somebody could say, ‘We don’t need another casino.’ It’s not just a casino, it’s a Hard Rock casino,” Jagler said. The Potawatomi is concerned about losing visitors from Illinois.
People like Alfred Esguerra from Chicago said he would make the trip to check out the casino. “I’m about 45 minutes away from Chicago but it’s worth the trip if they’re going to shop and go to the casino, it’s really good,” Esguerra said.Chris Ksobieck from Greendale said he doesn’t want Potawatomi to lose out on business, but thinks the economic boom that a Hard Rock business will bring is too good to pass up. “I think it’ll bring in more business to the area and more revenue and more jobs so it’s a positive, I think,” Ksobieck said.
Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman told WISN 12 News a press conference is expected to be held around noon Thursday to formally announce plans for the casino.
Opponents of Bear Development’s proposal to build mixed income, downtown rental housing on the former Wells Co. industrial site at 5821 Fifth Ave. met tonight and vowed to take their fight to City Hall. While there was disagreement on specific tactics, all agreed their strategy needs to focus on keeping the five-story, 60-unit building — with 40 of those apartments to be rented at reduced “workforce” rates — out of downtown.
Mayor Keith Bosman and district Alderwoman Chris Schwartz have publicly stated their support for the proposal.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 305,000, the second-lowest level in six years. Steady declines in applications show that very few companies are laying off workers. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average declined 7,000 to 308,000, the lowest since June 2007. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. Fewer layoffs suggest employers are confident enough to maintain their staffing levels. But companies have been reluctant to take the next step and ramp up hiring.
The Milwaukee Film Festival plans to feature 240 films from 44 countries this year. The 15-day festival starts today with the U.S. premiere of the film “Break Up Man” from Germany as well as a party and live music.
Among the kinds of films offered are feature, children’s, documentary and shorts. It will take place at three Milwaukee area cinemas.
MADISON – Wisconsin was selected to receive an additional $13.4 million grant for the expansion of the State’s home visiting services in at-risk communities. The Home Visiting Initiative consists of in-home services provided to pregnant women, children from the time of birth to eight years in age, and their families to help communities improve maternal and newborn health, increase school readiness and reduce child maltreatment and domestic violence.
The Wisconsin Home Visiting Initiative supports eleven evidence-based programs at twenty-five locations, including five tribal communities, three Milwaukee programs and five rural counties. The new three year grant will be used to continue existing programs and to expand the initiative into three new locations.
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County is taking a proactive approach to help people understand and enroll in health plans as the Affordable Healthcare Care Act (ACA) is rolled out October 1st.
The County’s core services provide an opportunity to leverage contacts with the community into enrollment. Using existing resources and staff, County Departments will help clients they are already serving understand and enroll in the ACA. Milwaukee County is also partnering with the Milwaukee Enrollment Network to educate and assist residents with enrollment. The network is made up of several organizations including the Milwaukee Healthcare Partnership, the State of Wisconsin, Covering Kids & Families and IMPACT 2-1-1.
Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. joined St. Marcus School teachers, staff, students and supporters at their “March on Malcolm X” last week. The purpose of the march was to rally support for St. Marcus School to purchase the long vacant Malcolm X building from Milwaukee Public Schools for a second campus to provide top quality education to another 900 children.
Sheriff Clarke said, “Expanding a successful school in the city is a crime-prevention initiative, and that’s why I joined them. Any area official who talks of doing everything we can do to reduce poverty and reduce violence, can put their money where their mouth is by participating in this anti-crime effort.”
The group marched from St. Marcus School on the corner of Palmer Street and North Avenue to the former Malcolm X Academy at 2760 N. 1st St.
Milwaukee-Wave Owner Sue Black unveils NEW Milwaukee Wave to media, sponsors and fans today outside of U.S. Cellular Arena.
As the Milwaukee Wave approaches it’s 30 year anniversary, Owner Sue Black revealed a NEW look, attitude and mantra. Including NEW logos, website, striking uniforms and NEW Milwaukee Wave of Hope Board of Directors.
The Milwaukee Wave will open up the 2013/2014 Major Indoor Soccer League Season against the Baltimore Blast Saturday, December 7th at 6pm. The Home Opener features, “A Salute to our Armed Forces” along with a post game concert. The complete 13/14 season schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
George F. Banda, former U.S. Veteran Specialist 4th Class and Silver Star of Gallantry recipient, will serve as the honorary parade marshal in the 42nd Annual UMOS Mexican Independence Parade.
The parade will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 15th. The parade will start at 20th and Oklahoma, proceed east on Oklahoma, to north on 6th Street, right on Rosedale, and end at the UMOS Center on Chase Avenue. The theme of the parade is “The Spirit of September 16th.”
The UMOS Mexican Independence Festival will take place the same day from noon to 8 p.m. on the UMOS Center Grounds at 2701 South Chase Avenue. The festival will feature the “El Grito” presentation, six bands, dancers, carnival rides, a variety of food and merchandise vendors, and community resources booths.
George Banda was drafter during the Vietnam War. He was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism in Ground Combat, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and a host of other accommodations.