Andrea Waxman

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Every School A Sanctuary

Every School A Sanctuary

Immigrant students organize to create safe havens in MPS schools.

Non-Profit A Key Player in Avenues West

Non-Profit A Key Player in Avenues West

Faith-based City on a Hill combats poverty, brings change to neighborhood.

Veterans Struggle At UW-Milwaukee

Veterans Struggle At UW-Milwaukee

UW work group seeks to improve process, give Vets more credit for military classes.

250 Mentors For Black Youths

250 Mentors For Black Youths

Annual “We Got This” event pairs African American men and boys, all tuxedo-clad.

Entrepreneurs Pitch Ideas At Conference

Entrepreneurs Pitch Ideas At Conference

St. Ann’s Center’s north-side campus provides incubator for possible start-up businesses.

City Launches Effort To Combat Violence

City Launches Effort To Combat Violence

100 attendees from across spectrum of the community attend strategic planning session.

I Am A Boy of Color

I Am A Boy of Color

Milwaukee mother of two multiracial sons authors a book about minority boys from many backgrounds.

City Outlaws Panhandling on Medians, Ramps

City Outlaws Panhandling on Medians, Ramps

Violators could be fined or imprisoned.

How to Strengthen City Neighborhoods

How to Strengthen City Neighborhoods

Social service leaders hope new partnerships lead to stronger neighborhoods.

Teens Learn Healthy Business Skills

Teens Learn Healthy Business Skills

Teens Grow Greens members pitch product ideas to business leaders

Teens Produce New Online Magazine

Teens Produce New Online Magazine

Provides platform for teens, young Milwaukeeans of color.

Poets Take “Soapbox Therapy” To Sherman Park

Poets Take “Soapbox Therapy” To Sherman Park

In wake of violent uprising in neighborhood, two spoken word groups perform.

Sherman Park Residents Express Shock, Sorrow

Sherman Park Residents Express Shock, Sorrow

Violence in neighborhood is reaction to racism, lack of jobs and quality education, they say.

Study Aims To Improve Health Of Children With Asthma

Study Aims To Improve Health Of Children With Asthma

Seven million children have asthma in the United States.

Westlawn Gardens Begins Rebuilding Process

Westlawn Gardens Begins Rebuilding Process

Residents moving out as state’s largest public housing complex gets torn down, rebuilt.

Artists Lead Gathering on Racial Justice

Artists Lead Gathering on Racial Justice

Diverse group gathers at Alice’s Garden to declare that Black Lives Matter.

Local Filmmaker Wins National Award

Local Filmmaker Wins National Award

Tyshun Wardlaw wins at Annual American Black Film Festival with film about urban agriculture in Milwaukee.

“I Am 53206”

“I Am 53206”

Young people from MICAH march for equality in city’s most impoverished and segregated zip code.

Arts @ Large Purchases 1890s Building

Arts @ Large Purchases 1890s Building

Built by Patrick Cudahy, the building housed a meat market. It's soon to be a haven for artists.

Combining Coffee And Education

Combining Coffee And Education

MKE Grind program offers teens mentoring, business skills and barista training.

Crowd Gathers for Justice, Better Policing

Crowd Gathers for Justice, Better Policing

Two years after Dontre Hamilton’s death, his family and supporters march to demand changes.

Crime Should Be “Number One” Issue

Crime Should Be “Number One” Issue

Panel of experts discusses research on racial inequality and violence in urban areas.

Tavis Smiley Comes to Milwaukee

Tavis Smiley Comes to Milwaukee

PBS Host comes to tout MATC Promise program on his One Great Idea tour.

International Institute Helps Refugees

International Institute Helps Refugees

Agency provides transition between refugee camp and a new life in Milwaukee.

Fondy Farmer’s Market Has New Leader

Fondy Farmer’s Market Has New Leader

Jennifer Casey says she will build on legacy of longtime executive director Young Kim.

New LISC Director Has Big Resume

New LISC Director Has Big Resume

Donsia Strong Hill is attorney who worked in private sector, state and federal government.

MPS Defends Its Handling of Bomb Threat

MPS Defends Its Handling of Bomb Threat

School system defends decision not to notify parents about bomb threat at South Division.

Shelter for Homeless Women Changes Focus

Shelter for Homeless Women Changes Focus

After 20 years, Nia Imani Family Inc. will now serve only first-time mothers and children.

MANDI Finalist Seeks Safe City For All

MANDI Finalist Seeks Safe City For All

Safe & Sound works with residents, cops and community groups to help neighborhoods.

Sojourner Center One of Nation’s Largest

Sojourner Center One of Nation’s Largest

$20 million family peace center offers array of services to domestic abuse victims, families.

Homeless Families Struggle to Find Shelter

Homeless Families Struggle to Find Shelter

Most shelters full, families are particularly hard to place.

Urban Ecology Has Brainstorming Session

Urban Ecology Has Brainstorming Session

Neighbors meet with architects to discuss renovating Washington Park Urban Ecology Center.

Agency’s Work With Abusive Men Wins Award

Agency’s Work With Abusive Men Wins Award

Non-profit Alma Center cited for innovative work to combat domestic violence.

New Mural for Washington Park Neighborhood

New Mural for Washington Park Neighborhood

Located at 31st and Lisbon, it's an artistic tribute to the old Milwaukee zoo.

Finney Library Will Be Turned Into Arts Incubator

Finney Library Will Be Turned Into Arts Incubator

New owner of Sherman Park property working with artists like Reginald Baylor.

First Ciclovia MKE Is a Success

First Ciclovia MKE Is a Success

Bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages joined the fun.

Fashion Designer Wins Business Plan Contest

Fashion Designer Wins Business Plan Contest

Lindsay Heights BID picks three best plans to promote economic development.

Public, Charter, Choice School Leaders Together

Public, Charter, Choice School Leaders Together

They build relationships at Schools That Can training session.

Tough Childhood Helps Community Leader Guide Kids

Tough Childhood Helps Community Leader Guide Kids

Ceso Sprewell, cousin of NBA star, loves working as Boys & Girls Club manager.

A Community Leader for 30 Years

A Community Leader for 30 Years

Sojourner center's executive director Carmen Pitre has been helping vulnerable people for more than three decades.

New Community Garden for West Side

New Community Garden for West Side

Neighborhood House project near 27th and State will bring green space and healthy food to residents.

New App Helps Domestic Violence Victims

New App Helps Domestic Violence Victims

Created by Sojourner center and UWM students, it's available to 99 percent of smartphone users.

Helping Police Build Neighborhoods

Helping Police Build Neighborhoods

Fatima Benhaddou is the new program manager of police department's federally funded Building Neighborhood Capacity Program.

Humane Society Impact On One ZIP Code

Humane Society Impact On One ZIP Code

Spay/neuter rate has risen 455% for some 15,000 animals in inner city 53206 ZIP code.

New Mobile App Pinpoints Housing Hazards

New Mobile App Pinpoints Housing Hazards

Community groups using new app, which uses crowdsourcing to inventory and map all neighborhood housing issues.

Teaching Kids How To Be Green

Teaching Kids How To Be Green

Terry Evans, new leader at Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park, helps kids learn all about the environment.

Can Wellness Center Revive North Avenue?

Can Wellness Center Revive North Avenue?

Groundbreaking for new center at 16th and North shows impact of Walnut Way's leadership.

Program Helps Train Urban Business Owners

Program Helps Train Urban Business Owners

Small Business Administration's "street-wise" MBA trains people to run their own businesses.

Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative Will Expand

Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative Will Expand

Partnership of Greater Milwaukee Foundation and city adds four neighborhoods to six already getting help with economic development.

Residents Support Changes at Washington Park

Residents Support Changes at Washington Park

Quality of Life Plan works with residents, landlords and police.

Renovation Razes Johnsons Park Pavilion

Renovation Razes Johnsons Park Pavilion

Center for Resilient Cities helps renovate park near 18th and Brown streets.

Latino Powerhouse

Latino Powerhouse

For more than two decades, Latino Arts, Inc. has brought great artists from Latin America, Spain and other Spanish-speaking areas to Milwaukee.

A Guide to Milwaukee Murals

A Guide to Milwaukee Murals

New web site maps and explains more than 70 central city murals.

MPS Expels Construction Skills Training Program From North Division

MPS Expels Construction Skills Training Program From North Division

Program had 275 students enrolled and long waiting list, but program's founder had 25-year-old forgery conviction.

Artists Transforming the “Artery” Bicycle Trail

Artists Transforming the “Artery” Bicycle Trail

Trail runs north from Beerline trail, from Keefe Ave. in Riverwest north to Third and Capitol Dr.

“Shooters Are Killing Folks Who Look Like Themselves”

“Shooters Are Killing Folks Who Look Like Themselves”

City residents discuss gun violence and possible solutions at neighborhood meeting.

Columbia St. Mary’s Offers Free Dental Care

Columbia St. Mary’s Offers Free Dental Care

Program serves 46 schools, treats 7,000 kids, and lots of cavities.

TRUE Skool Moves Downtown

TRUE Skool Moves Downtown

After-school art program for teens times grand opening at Grand Avenue Mall for Friday's Gallery Night.

Help for Homeless Women

Help for Homeless Women

City's only transitional shelter for women and children offers apartments and life skills.

New Efforts to Upgrade Metcalfe Park Neighborhood

New Efforts to Upgrade Metcalfe Park Neighborhood

City government, foundations, non-profits and faith groups work together to improve housing and bring jobs.

Free Construction Trades Classes Fill Need

Free Construction Trades Classes Fill Need

North side program has taught some 400 people, helping meet post-recession needs in the industry.

Can Art Transform a Neighborhood?

Can Art Transform a Neighborhood?

Art work in Burnham Park, one of four art pieces created as part of the Typeface project, gets good marks from residents.

Insurance Companies See Demand for Obamacare

Insurance Companies See Demand for Obamacare

Companies selling in Milwaukee County are optimistic about new health care system.

Small Businesses Wanted

Small Businesses Wanted

New Milwaukee program helps businesses "Scale Up" and expand, first of its kind in nation.

Few Milwaukeeans Sign Up for Obamacare

Few Milwaukeeans Sign Up for Obamacare

Super-high volume on federal web site makes it difficult to enroll.

Milwaukee Leadership Program Featured at National Conference

Milwaukee Leadership Program Featured at National Conference

Cardinal Stritch program works with local groups to train neighborhood leaders.

Can Milwaukee Succeeds Actually Succeed?

Can Milwaukee Succeeds Actually Succeed?

Ambitious education effort by Greater Milwaukee Foundation faces "daunting" challenges.

Art A’ La Carte

Art A’ La Carte

Truck studio delivers art to kids in parks

Police Website Posts Inaccurate Data

Police Website Posts Inaccurate Data

Website shows more crimes than what actually occurred.

Who’s Helping Milwaukee Succeed?

Who’s Helping Milwaukee Succeed?

The Milwaukee Succeeds project to increase student achievement includes many partners.

How to Build a Block Club

How to Build a Block Club

Neighbors band together on near North Side but encounter challenges.

Habitat Takes On Washington Park Neighborhood

Habitat Takes On Washington Park Neighborhood

Habitat for Humanity works on a five-year, $20 million project to revitalize the Washington Park neighborhood.

Eight Neighborhoods Targeted for Home Improvement Loans

Eight Neighborhoods Targeted for Home Improvement Loans

City $900,000 in loan money available for home loans.

Barrett Seeks Business Supporters for Residency Requirement

Barrett Seeks Business Supporters for Residency Requirement

Mayor addresses 300 business execs, says ending residency requirement could depress city property values.

A New Community Group Rises

A New Community Group Rises

Block clubs have combined to create a new non-profit serving the neighborhood at 8th and Burleigh.

Teaching Men Non-Violence

Teaching Men Non-Violence

The Alma Center teaches self-control to ex-cons and others with violent histories.

How to Raise Chickens

How to Raise Chickens

Former aldermanic aide Alex Runner is among 14 city residents raising chickens -- and enjoying fresh eggs -- since a new ordinance was passed.