May 16 2012
The Green Bay Packers announced that August 3rd will be its annual “Family Night”. The event will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Foster Care Adoption Program. The family night event will feature a scrimmage between the Packers’ offense and defense, followed by on-field football drills. The event will also be televised, so Packers fans living in Milwaukee will be able to watch it on WITI-FOX 6. Tickets will go on sale June 25th at 9 a.m.
Milwaukee’s Art Museum is proposing a $5 million addition. The addition would be a glassy atrium, which would give the museum a new entrance on a prime spot of lakefront that really isn’t used that much. It would include a café, sculpture, places to buy tickets and possibly some commissioned works of art. The $5 million building is part of a much larger project trying to reorganize the museum’s permanent collection galleries and to bring the spaces in the war memorial complex up to standards for environmental controls. If approved, the museum hopes to begin construction in the fall of 2013.
Safe and Sound is working alongside Drug Free Communities Coalition to organize several youth listening sessions. The goals of these sessions are to talk about social and cultural norms related to alcohol and marijuana use, and really delving into the root causes of underage drinking throughout the community. The coalition will conduct between five to eight circles with youth at various organizations in the neighborhood over the next few months. Today is the first youth listening session and it will be held from 5 to 7 at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee and at the Hmong American Friendship Association.
State election officials say that local governments can ban concealed weapons at the polls – that includes anything from city halls to assisted living homes. Government Accountability Board officials say that Wisconsin’s concealed carry law contains a provision that allows organizers to ban weapons at special events and an election qualifies as a special event. Officials at the polls also have the right to maintain order and could legally order someone with a concealed weapon out if that person is disrupting the operation. If the Department of Justice agrees, then the GAB’s staff will recommend local officials come up with their own weapons policies for the polls.
Wisconsin students are exceeding the national average when it comes to eighth-grade science results. According to a recent report, Wisconsin’s average score is up two points from 2009. State Superintendent Tony Evers said, “Wisconsin’s achievement was among the top third of states for the 2011 NAEP Science Assessment and though our students maintained their achievement levels on this assessment, we must see more progress for all students and close the gaps among students.”
Milwaukee’s Habitat for Humanity has a goal of building 10 brand new homes in five days for its annual “Build-a-Thon.” Earlier this week, over 250 volunteers started work on these homes near 17th and Locust on the city’s north side. The homes will go to 10 Milwaukee families. The Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun donated $50,000 to help out habitat. That money will help pay for all the materials to build one of the 10 properties. Milwaukee’s Habitat has been building homes in the area for the past 27 years and it will break ground on its 500th home next month.