Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

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The holidays are a great time to spend time with friends and family — particularly in Milwaukee where there are many holiday events. And Adam Carr knows all about it.

Carr is the deputy editor for community engagement at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, which covers the central city, a diverse group of neighborhoods on the near north, west, and south sides of the city. Carr shares some of the many community events happening this month.

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As the weather cools and the holidays begin, there's so much to do in the city of Milwaukee. Sorting through the lists of community events can be overwhelming, which is why we turn to Adam Carr. 

Carr is the deputy editor for community engagement at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. The news organization covers the central city, which includes a diverse group of neighborhoods on the near north, west, and south sides of Milwaukee. Here are Carr's highlights of a few events taking place in the central city this November:

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Halloween, Oktoberfest, and Dia de los Muertos all make October a time to party in Milwaukee. This month there are so many community events in the area, both to celebrate the holiday and celebrate what it means to be a Milwaukeean. 

Ana Martinez-Ortiz is a community engagement reporter for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Here are her top picks for must-attend events this October.

Allison Dikanovic

Editor’s note from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service: Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has changed the names of youths in New York’s justice system upon request to ensure their safety and privacy.

Although they already face obstacles, the real challenge for young people in New York’s youth justice system comes when they return home, those who work with them say.

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There is so much to do in Milwaukee in September, and it can be a little overwhelming sorting through the variety of community events. Luckily, Milwaukee's own Adam Carr is on top of it.

Carr is well-known for his tours of the city and he's also the deputy editor for community engagement at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. He shares some of the events he's excited about this month:

Michelle Maternowski

Three years ago, Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood erupted in protest. After the fatal police-shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith, tensions between police and the community culminated in the protests that made international headlines.

After the smoke cleared, the neighborhood came together and got to work. Promises were made by city officials to improve police-community relations and invest more resources in the community. But what has actually materialized?

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Editor’s note from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service: To protect the privacy of the children included in this story, Camp Reunite requested that NNS only use first names for campers.

Bridget Davis eagerly waved one hand in the air and wiped a tear from her eye with the other one as a yellow school bus pulled up in front of Taycheedah Correctional Institution. Her son Lawson was on the bus, and the last time she saw him was more than a year ago, when she dropped him off at school.

“I can’t wait to see him,” she said.

Mark Doremus

Look around Milwaukee and it’s easy to notice a rise in reckless driving. And while sometimes you wish that there were a police car in the area to stop a reckless driver, there has also been a rise in police pursuits in Milwaukee. And that has people worried as well.

If you were on social media over the weekend, you probably saw the video.

A stolen Ford Escape tumbling end-over-end on North 45th and West Center Street after rear-ending a taxi and striking a pole — with police in hot pursuit.

Courtesy of Department of Corrections

There were few surprises in Gov. Tony Evers' two-year budget proposal, but one thing stood out to many: an increase in the Department of Corrections budget. The proposal includes increased funds to replace the embattled Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth prisons, which have been the subject of several costly lawsuits in recent years.

When it comes to replacing Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth prisons, there is no shortage of opinions. Or outrage.

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

After serving as the managing editor of news at USA Today for nearly two-and-a-half years, Ron Smith is back in Milwaukee as the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service's new editor. Smith, a Marquette University alumnus, has joined forces with the Diederich-School-of-Communication-sponsored organization to rethink how the city does journalism. 

Smith plans to educate and illuminate the community through something new to NNS: original beat reporting; focusing on underrepresented topics, groups and individuals.

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Milwaukee native Joseph Zilber, the son of poor Russian Jewish immigrants, remembered growing up in Lindsay Heights behind his parents’ grocery store at 11th Street and Meinecke Avenue, according to his daughter, Marcy Zilber Jackson, Zilber Family Foundation president.

Elliot Hughes

After years of traffic fatalities and injury accidents trending down, both are now on the rise and are soaring to levels not seen in recent years. As police regroup, Milwaukee residents are grappling with the idea that a green light doesn’t mean it’s safe to go.

One night last November, Nicole Demmith was washing the dishes at her home near the intersection of Muskego and Becher streets when she heard yet another car accident outside her door — only this one came with a particularly awful clap of thunder and metal.

Black Women in Milwaukee Say ‘Me Too’

Jan 30, 2018
Elizabeth Baker

Although much of the focus of #MeToo movement has been on high-profile perpetrators and victims, WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's event Across the Divide: From #MeToo to What Now?, discussed what sexual harassment can mean to those without a platform.

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If the opioid epidemic is a suburban problem, someone forgot to tell Gidget DeLaTorre, 51. She’s lost two close friends to overdoses in the past 10 months and her son sits in prison, after his life spun out of control due to an opioid addiction. All of them grew up on Milwaukee’s South Side.

Sue Vliet

In 2014 the number of people receiving FoodShare benefits in Wisconsin dropped precipitously. And that sounds like a good thing: less people needing financial help to buy food should mean that there are less people in need. But it seems that might not be the case. As reporter Jabril Faraj found out, the change in recipients could have more to do with changes to eligibility requirements.