Hundreds of bicyclists expected in Cudahy this summer

March 31, 2010

Bicyclists from across the world will converge on Cudahy this July when the city hosts a “SUPERWEEK” bike race, sponsored by South Shore Cyclery.

The South Shore Cyclery Classic on July 15 will be one of 17 consecutive days of this year’s International Cycling Classic (ICC) bike races. Also known as “SUPERWEEK,” the event series will feature races in 14 cities in Wisconsin and Illinois.

“With Cudahy’s beautiful bike trails and parkland along Lake Michigan, as well as the South Shore’s enthusiasm for recreational bicycling, this event is a natural fit for our community,” said Scott Wilke, owner of South Shore Cyclery in a news release.

The professional bike race at 6 p.m. on July 15 will begin and end near Wilke’s bike shop and museum, following a nearly one-mile course down Packard Avenue and residential side streets.

The race, featuring hundreds of professional and amateur cyclists, will be the centerpiece of a full day of activities that is expected to include bike safety checks, helmet-fittings for children and kids’ bike races, along with food, music and other entertainment.

Cudahy has committed to hosting a “SUPERWEEK” bike race each year for a minimum of three years. It costs $15,000 each year to bring in the event. The city hopes to cover all expenses through donations from businesses and residents.

Oak Creek church expansion may result in incidental taking of rare snake

March 31, 2010

~photo courtesy A.B. Sheldon, Wis. DNR

~photo courtesy A.B. Sheldon, Wis. DNR

A church construction project in Oak Creek could result in the incidental taking of a rare gartersnake under an incidental take permit that the Department of Natural Resources is proposing to authorize for the project.

Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk.

The proposed Oak Creek Assembly of God Church construction project involves the expansion of the church building, parking lot, and stormwater detention pond. The expansion areas currently consist of paved parking lot, manicured lawn and a managed stormwater detention basin.

DNR said the presence of the state-threatened Butler’s gartersnake has been confirmed in the vicinity of the project site. DNR has determined that the species is likely present due to the presence of suitable habitat and that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some snakes.

The project will minimize impacts to the Butler’s gartersnake by conducting snake removals, installing snake exclusion fencing, minimizing habitat disturbance, creating additional habitat for the snake and conducting habitat management in the future.  »Read more

County bus gets caught in Oklahoma Ave. sinkhole

March 30, 2010

~photo courtesy Adam Michaels

~photo courtesy Adam Michaels

Workers have removed a Milwaukee County bus from a sinkhole near Kinnickinnic and Oklahoma avenues in Bay View. It happened Tuesday afternoon as the bus was turning east onto Oklahoma Ave. from I-794.

Read the full story here.

NPR correspondent Juan Williams to speak at UWM

March 30, 2010

Juan WilliamsPolitical writer and National Public Radio correspondent Juan Williams will speak at UW-Milwaukee Tuesday, April 6 as part of the university’s “Distinguished Lecture Series.”

Williams is the senior correspondent for NPR’s “Morning Edition,” a political analyst for Fox Television and a regular panelist for Fox News Sunday. Williams will discuss his ability to examine the U. S. political landscape — from a liberal as well as conservative point of view.

Williams is the author of six books including, Enough-The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure that are Undermining Black America- and What We Can Do About It, My Soul Looks Back, and Eyes on the Prize and has established himself as a bestselling author and expert in both American history and politics.

The lecture is scheduled from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on April 6 in the Union Wisconsin Room, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

Tickets may be purchased at the UWM Bookstore in person or by calling 414-229-4201 or 1-800-662-5668. For more information, call 414-229-3728 or visit the “Distinguished Lecture Series” webpage at

Advance tickets

  • $5 – UWM Students
  • $8 – non-UWM Students
  • $10 – Faculty, Staff, and Alumni
  • $12 – General Public

Door tickets (evening of event)

  • $8 – All Student with ID
  • $12 – Staff, Faculty, and Alumni
  • $14 – General Public

Humane Society gets ball rolling on spring training

March 21, 2010


~photo courtesy Wisconsin Humane Society

The Wisconsin Humane Society has named all puppies and dogs available for adoption in honor of Milwaukee Brewers players.

Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Trevor Hoffmann, Yovani Gallardo and many other canines are all waiting to be adopted.

As part of the Humane Society’s spring training promotion, the four-legged Brewers fans are also learning new training cues while they get ready for a new season with a new family.

All adopters will receive some sort of free prize — ranging from free behavior seminars and $10 off dog manners classes, to waived adoption fees.

During the spring training promotion, all dog adopters will also be entered into a drawing for two tickets to a Milwaukee Brewers home game. The promotion ends Saturday, April 3. »Read more

Public Input Session March 23 concerning 55 acres of County Park Grounds

March 19, 2010

A public input session will be held at the Milwaukee County Parks Administration Building, 9480 Watertown Plank Rd., on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm.   The future potential uses and improvements of a 55-acre parcel of land located directly to the north of the Parks Administrative Building will be discussed.

This northeast quadrant of the Milwaukee County Grounds has recently been dedicated as the newest addition to the Milwaukee County Park System.  This park property is centrally located within the culturally rich and environmentally divers area of Wauwatosa surrounded by the Menomonee River Parkway, Underwood Creek Parkway, Hoyt Park, Hansen Golf Course, the Milwaukee Regional Medical Complex, and the proposed UWM Innovation Park.

Any individual or groups interested in the future of this unique park are encouraged to attend and share their perspectives.  This informal meeting will allow an opportunity to view relevant maps and discuss the future of the site with Parks Department representatives.  For further information about this public session contact Jim Keegan at 414-257-PARK(7275).

Students qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals up again

March 19, 2010

The Department of Public Instruction reports the largest increase in recent years in Wisconsin public school students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals based on household income.

This school year, 39 percent of public school students in Wisconsin qualified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. The rate is up from 35.5 percent last year.

While 2009-10 enrollment in school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program went down by 7,440 students from last year, enrollment for free or reduced-price school meals went up by 26,343 students. Overall, the state experienced an 8.8 percent increase in the number of public school students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.  »Read more

Danny Gokey, Joan Jett to perform at Summerfest 2010

March 19, 2010

Summerfest officials have announced several more headlining acts that will perform during this year’s summer music festival, including Milwaukee-native Danny Gokey, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Roots and Modest Mouse.

Gokey will headline July 4. Back on “Danny Gokey Day” — May 8, 2009 — Summerfest President and CEO Don Smiley publicly invited Gokey to return to the grounds after his stint on American Idol.

  • The Wailers, June 24
  • The Roots, July 1
  • Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, July 1
  • O.A.R., July 1
  • The Bravery, July 2
  • The Devil Wears Prada, July 2
  • Modest Mouse, July 3
  • Danny Gokey, July 4

Summerfest will take place June 24-July 4 from noon until midnight daily. Advanced discounted tickets are available at

Justin Bieber to headline Marcus Amphitheater during Summerfest

March 16, 2010

Summerfest officials have announced that 16-year-old pop-singer Justin Bieber will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Sunday, June 27 at 7 p.m with special guest Sean Kingston.

Bieber’s debut album, “My World,” was released late last year and includes singles “One Time” and “Baby” – both of which have seen much airtime on local radio stations.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, March 27 at noon and include Summerfest admission.  Tickets can be purchased at the Marcus Amphitheater box office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, online at and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Summerfest 2010 will take place June 24 through July 4 from noon until midnight daily, along Milwaukee’s lakefront.

Discovery Channel’s ‘Life’ premieres March 21

March 15, 2010

11-Part Series Narrated by Oprah Winfrey Begins March 21

The earth is home to more than 30 million different animals and plants — every single one fighting to survive. From the makers of PLANET EARTH, the epic television series LIFE is the definitive exploration of our planet’s living things and their spectacular, bizarre and fascinating behaviors. The 11-part natural history series, a BBC and Discovery Channel co-production, begins March 21 on Discovery Channel and is narrated by global media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.

LIFE is epic in scope, yet intimate in its storytelling. It breaks all previous filmmaking conventions. More than four years in the making, with over 3,000 days of filming in the field, LIFE spans every continent and every habitat. Each episode focuses on a different animal or plant group, engrossing viewers with never-before-seen behaviors using the latest in state-of-the-art high-definition filming techniques. From strange creatures, such as the star-nosed mole that hunts underwater using bubbles to smell its prey, to grand spectacles, like millions of fruit bats darkening the Zambian sky, each episode tells mind-blowing stories of survival with drama, humor and suspense.

“PLANET EARTH set the stage, and now LIFE brings you the cast of characters,” said John Ford, president and general manager of Discovery Channel in a press release. “Once again we’ve partnered with the BBC to create a visual masterpiece that is jam-packed with enthralling stories about the creatures on our planet. This is the kind of series Discovery was meant to do. Anyone who’s ever been curious about animal behavior will fall in love with LIFE.”

Source: Press Release, Discovery Channel

MPD warns of ticket scams as NCAA approaches

March 15, 2010

As Milwaukee prepares to host the NCAA basketball tournament on March 19 and 21, the Milwaukee Police Department is warning consumers about the hazards of buying game tickets from unconventional sources.

Scam artists tend to prey on consumers during high-profile events, often times trying to sell fake or counterfeit tickets to fans for quick cash. By the time the purchaser finds out the tickets are fake, the seller is long gone with the money.

MPD recommends only buying tickets from the event site or a trusted source. Buying tickets on the secondary market from a reputable ticket broker offers the piece of mind of having someone to go back to if there is a problem with the tickets, MPD said.

MHSA students in an international first of its kind

March 15, 2010

"TeenWrites - Change"

Source: Press Release, Milwaukee High School of the Arts

Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA) and Thurston Community College of Suffolk, England, in collaboration with Skylight Opera Theatre of Milwaukee and Gecko Theatre Company of London, England will present “TeenWrites — Change” at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 at 7.00 p.m.

“TeenWrites — Change” is a new musical developed from the writings, musical composition and choreography of students in many Milwaukee Public Schools including MHSA.  It will feature performances by students at MHSA and also an exchange school in Thurston, England.  »Read more

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