May 21 2012
Wisconsin’s recall elections are coming up quickly and the State Department of Transportation is reminding campaign volunteers that campaign signs are not allowed within the right of way of state and federal highways. That goes along with commercial signs or signs for garage sales. So according to the DOT, the right of way along urban highways is from the road to at least one foot past the sidewalk. The DOT says that the signs are prohibited under state law and will be removed. People who place them are subject to fines from $10 to $100.
Graduation rates for Wisconsin Public High Schools and Milwaukee Public Schools are improving. Wisconsin Public High School students reached 87% in 2011, which is an increase of 1.3 percentage points over the class of 2010. Milwaukee Public Schools improvement increased to 62.8% from 61%. MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said “We have much more work to do, but these numbers, along with ACT score growth and growth in 10th grade test scores, show that we continue to move in the right direction.”
Now through June 8th, the Milwaukee Area Labor Council is hosting its annual “Health and Hygiene Drive” for Milwaukee’s homeless population. Two-dozen Milwaukee area homeless shelters are in need of health and hygiene products for their clients. Items include toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair care products, deodorant, laundry detergent, first aid supplies, plus much more. Items can be dropped off on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the United Way’s office, at the Milwaukee Area Labor Council offices or at any Milwaukee Fire Department station.
Leaders from around the world are in Chicago right now for the NATO Summit. This is the first time an American city other than Washington has hosted a NATO Summit. On Saturday, President Obama announced $3 billion in private sector pledges for food security in Africa. The goal is to achieve sustained agriculture growth and raise 50 million people out of poverty over the next ten years. The Chicago Police Department expected big crowds from protesters, so they called on out-of-state personnel including officers from Milwaukee to help out their law enforcement. Milwaukee police department sent about 100 officers.
Milwaukee’s Common Council Committee recommended approval for the rezoning of the former Columbia St. Mary’s hospital for UW-Milwaukee. The university plans to use the buildings mainly for academic purposes, such as its honor college, student services and a child care center. The Columbia property also will have an honors college residence hall for ninety students or so, and that will open in the fall of 2016. Since the committee recommended approval, university officials have met several times with nearby residents in regards to their concerns about how the former hospital complex will be redeveloped.
Starting June 14th, the Bayshore Farm Stand will offer fresh produce at its town center. The farm stand will also offer mini workshops on urban gardening. The project is a partnership between the Jewish Community Center, Growing Power and Bayshore Mall. The stand will be open all year round. During the summer, it will be set up outside in the town square, then from October through May, it will be moved inside to the JCC’s J-Shore near the food court.