May 9 2012
Mayor Tom Barrett won yesterday’s Democratic recall primary and will now face Governor Scott Walker in the June 5th election. Barrett defeated his biggest opponent, Kathleen Falk, by more than 20% points. Barrett said, “We know that the real battle is ahead and it’s really going to be a battle for the values of Wisconsin.” As far as the race for Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor, Madison firefighter Mahlon Mitchell has defeated two opponents and will now challenge Republican incumbent Rebecca Kleefisch. Barrett and Falk, along with the other two democrats in the primary, Secretary of State Doug La Follette and State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, are expected to appear at a unity event at 11:15 this morning.
The Hank Aaron State Trail is going to get a $27,000 sculpture. Mineral Point Artist, Peter Flanary, created a piece of work called “Bridge” and it’s a sculpture that consists of 20 glacial boulders that are about two feet in diameter. The boulders are fitted and pinned together to represent the idea of connection and the Menomonee Valley Partners donated the sculpture to the state last month. The Hank Aaron Trail follows the Menomonee River from Lake Michigan West about 11.5 miles.
Now through May 11th is National Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a time to recognize the efforts of the men and women who educate children throughout the state of Wisconsin and the nation. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is asking students, parents and the public at large to thank a teacher who made a difference in their life – whether it’s through a phone call, card, email or other contact. Milwaukee Public Schools is celebrating teacher appreciation week and is asking for the public to take a short survey on who their favorite current MPS teacher is and why.
This Saturday is the 20th annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive”. It’s the nation’s largest one-day food drive event. Here in Milwaukee, over 1,200 letter carriers from rural and urban post offices will pick up bags of donated food along their routes. Then over 80 volunteers will sort food donations on site at local post offices as letter carriers return with mail full of food. The Hunger Task Force will sort and deliver food to area food pantries and soup kitchens free of charge. Last year, over three million pounds of food were collected throughout Wisconsin and the U.P.
What’s known as a “Startup Weekend” is being planned for Milwaukee. It’s an event that has happened in cities around the world and it’s aimed at bringing together entrepreneurs to launch companies during a 54-hour event. Milwaukee Startup Weekend organizers did get approval for the event from the national group so now they’re working to figure out a date, place and other details. People who participate in this event are primarily software developers, graphic designers and business people -- focusing on building software apps and developing a commercial case around them.
Missing Milwaukee: The Lost Buildings of Downtown – is a book of vintage photographs taken by local photographers of a number of downtown buildings that have been demolished. The author of that book, Yance Marti, is giving a tour of the vanished buildings in downtown Milwaukee this Friday. Buildings include the Norman Apartments, Belmont Hotel, the Elks Club, plus much more. Marti is a local architectural historian and web developer of old Milwaukee dot net. For years, Marti has researched these missing structures and has shown their importance to downtown’s history. Historic Milwaukee is hosting Friday’s event and it starts at 5:30.