The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works’ annual Project Clean & Green program will run from April 17 through June 5, 2017.Project Clean & Green (PCG) is a citywide program designed to foster neighborhood pride through coordinated pickup of excess household debris, street and alley sweeping, nuisance inspections, graffiti removal, and other neighborhood beautification activities sponsored by community agencies.

How it works: Normally, residents are charged $50 - $150 for all bulky item pick-up requests larger than one (1)cubic yard (about the size of an easy chair). However, during a resident’s Project Clean & Green week, DPW crews will pick up unwanted household items at no charge to the resident. All City of Milwaukee residents are assigned to one of seven Project Clean & Green “zones”. Residents are encouraged to set out their extra unwanted items on their regular garbage collection day during their designated Project Clean & Green zone week. On their PCG pickup day, residents should place their unwanted furniture, mattresses, household items, up to two (2) cubic yards of tree trimmings and leaves, yard and garden waste, and up to five (5) tires at their regular garbage collection point – either the curb or alley line. For curb pick-up, please ensure that all items, including brush and leaves, are kept out of the street and instead placed along the area between the sidewalk and curb, on the lawn edge if there is no sidewalk,
or at the end of the driveway. For alley collection, place items at the alley line.
Residents can go to to find their specific PCG collection date.

What DPW will not pick up during Project Clean & Green:
 Appliances
 TVs and other electronics, such as computers, printers, scanners, tablets, etc.
 Construction debris
 Paint and paint thinner, motor oil, and other hazardous waste

Many of these items can be taken to either of two City Drop Off Centers for proper disposal. For a list of accepted items, Center locations and hours of operation, go to the DPW Drop Off Centers web page. For household hazardous waste, see for information on three permanent sites as well as mobile collection events. If residents miss their PCG pick-up date, please use the Drop Off Centers to dispose of your items. Additionally,
brush collection of up to 2 cubic yards is provided at no charge by request from April through November. For more information on Project Clean and Green, go to or call 286-CITY (2489).

                                       MPS high school earns top spot in the state  
                                        Three high schools nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report 

                                                                                   Additionally, three more MPS high schools have earned the distinguished honor of being Nationally Recognized by                                                                                      U.S. News and World Report. Schools that receive the "Nationally Recognized" designation must qualify as high-                                                                                        performing schools based on state exam performance. Schools listed in this category are in the top 17% of high                                                                                         schools nationally.  The winning schools are: 

                                                                                   MPS high school earns top spot in the state   Three high schools nationally recognized by U.S. News and                                                                                                    World Report    Media Contact Andy Nelson, Media Manager | Office: (414) 475-8675 | Email:                                                                                                              <>     MILWAUKEE - An MPS high school, Carmen High School of Science and Technology-South Campus, has been named the number one school in the state of Wisconsin by U.S. News and World Report, according to the 2017 list released Tuesday. Additionally, three more MPS high schools have earned the distinguished honor of being Nationally Recognized by U.S. News and World Report. Schools that receive the "Nationally Recognized" designation must qualify as high-performing schools based on state exam performance. Schools listed in this category are in the top 17% of high schools nationally.  

The winning schools are: 

​Carmen High School of Science and Technology: Ranked #1

  •    HAPA-Hmong American Peace Academy K3-12: Nationally Recognized    

 •    Rufus King International High School: Nationally Recognized   

   •    Reagan College Preparatory High School: Nationally Recognized  

This year U.S. News and World Report chose to not include high schools that only use IB (International Baccalaureate) exams for gold or silver medals. King and Reagan are both IB high schools and placed in the top 20 of state high schools on previous lists.  "This is a proud day for MPS. We congratulate the students, families, educators and support staff who continue to achieve great things in our schools," MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver. "As we reimagine high schools, we are replicating what is helping drive these successful schools."  Those efforts include:     •   Advanced Placement: Twelve MPS high schools now offer five or more Advanced Placement (AP) courses, with College Board's AP Capstone Diploma expanded to five high schools.     • Bridging the Digital Divide: Increased Advanced Placement telepresence course enrollment from 30 students in 2015-16 to 175 in 2016-17.     • Credit Recovery: Credit recovery course completion has increased 34% from 2015-16 to the current school year. This allows students the opportunity to put in the extra work and retake a course they may have failed previously. In addition, MPS served 630 participants in their Saturday Academy credit recovery and accelerated courses so far this year.     • Summer Academy: Increased our 2016 High School Summer Academy student participation from 1,476 in 2015 to 2,237 in 2016. These numbers include students participating in summer school through the federal GEAR UP grant.• Workforce Development: In collaboration with community partners, expanded and formalized a culinary arts program at four MPS high schools, with hundreds of students enrolled. • Classroom Technology: Our high schools achieved a 1:1 ratio of Chromebooks-to-students this school year, with 64,000 Chromebooks used by students at all grades in total. • Early Start: For next school year, MPS has shifted the high school and middle school calendar to an early start and early end date, giving students more time to prepare for college-ready ACT and AP tests. Rethinking high schools is one of MPS' eight strategic objectives or Eight Big Ideas to improve student outcomes.• More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;  • The MPS Class of 2016 earned $51 million in scholarships; and  • MPS is home to eight of the state and nation's top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post. Learn more about MPS by visiting our website    

City of Milwaukee Announces 2017 Project Clean & Green Program Dates

MATC Foundation Receives $104,000 Gift from

Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation to Support Student Scholarships

                                                                                        The MATC Foundation has received a $104,000 gift from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Hank Aaron Fund and the                                                                                                 Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation 4 for 4 Scholarship program. The gift will endow a scholarship at MATC for at                                                                                             least two students each year. The scholarship will be awarded to MATC Promise students, with a preference for students                                                                                             who have been referred by the Milwaukee Boys & Girls Clubs’ Chasing the Dream program and are pursuing a career in                                                                                               public service, social

                                                                                        work, paramedicine, education, or allied healthcare. 

                                                                                        “We sincerely appreciate the generosity of Hank and Billye Aaron,” said MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin. “The college                                                                                               shares

                                                                                        the Aarons’ commitment to helping young people develop their skills and pursue their passions. This gift will help make the

                                                                                        dream of college a reality for many young people in southeastern Wisconsin.” 

MATC recruiters will work closely with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee to encourage club participants to apply for the MATC Promise. 
The scholarship will be in addition to any Promise scholarship the students receive and can be used to help pay for books, transportation, or living expenses. Each $2,000 scholarship will be awarded over four semesters as long as students maintain their eligibility for the MATC Promise. 
More information about the MATC Promise is available at 

The MATC Foundation was founded in 1979 to raise funds for college programs and student scholarships. The Foundation currently manages more than 130 endowment and temporarily restricted funds worth over $13 million.

Summerfest Celebrates its 50th Edition with Throwback Thursday on June 29th
Presented by Pick ‘n Save     

MILWAUKEE (May 1, 2017) – In honor of Summerfest’s 50th edition, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. is excited to announce Throwback Thursday, presented by Pick ‘n Save, on Thursday, June 29, 2017.  In addition to special daytime headliners, special admission and beverage discounts will be offered from noon – 6 pm.

Throughout the Throwback Thursday celebration, fest-goers can enjoy music throughout the day from past decades by performers including:

  • Foghat – 4PM – BMO Harris Pavilion with Miller Lite
  • Tommy Tutone Band – 4PM – U.S. Cellular Connection Stage with FM 106.1
  • Fishbone – 4PM – Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard with Coors Light and Tap Milwaukee
  • Slaughter – 4PM – Harley-Davidson Roadhouse with Miller High Life
  • The Suburbs – 4PM – Miller Lite Oasis
  • The Church – 5PM – Uline Warehouse with Miller Lite and Super 18:  The CW & My 24
  • Berlin, featuring Terri Nunn – 5:30PM – U.S. Cellular Connection Stage with FM 106.1
  • Soul Asylum – 5:30PM – Miller Lite Oasis

As a special admission offer, Pick ‘n Save customers can receive four (4) FREE Summerfest tickets, valid for Throwback Thursday presented by Pick ‘n Save, June 29th (noon-6 pm) for every $50 they spend at Pick ‘n Save locations, from May 10 through June 13, 2017.  The offer is printed at the bottom of the receipt and must be redeemed in person at the Summerfest box office on June 29, 2017. Limit three (3) offers/ twelve (12) tickets per transaction.

In addition, from noon-6 pm on Throwback Thursday presented by Pick ‘n Save, all beverages will be 50% off (excluding ice cream drinks and smoothies). 

“Throwback Thursday celebrates five decades of bringing music to the community with a nod to the past, featuring performances by Foghat, Berlin, and more,” stated Don Smiley, Summerfest President and CEO. ”To keep the celebration going, we will carry over the retro feel of the day with some of our evening headliners on June 29th – Toto, Peter Wolf, Brian Setzer, and Hanson.  Since 1968 we have hosted the best in the music business, and Throwback Thursday is certainly a day to reflect and reminisce,” Smiley added.

About Pick ‘n Save
Pick ‘n Save is the largest of four grocery banners of Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR).  In its 42nd year and with over 100 locations throughout the state of Wisconsin, Pick ‘n Save is Wisconsin’s grocer, offering customers fresh products, restaurant quality prepared foods, meal ideas and food and beverage pairings at everyday low prices.  Pick ‘n Save is where Wisconsin saves!

About Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance
Summerfest 2017 presented by American Family Insurance – the festival’s 50th edition – will take place June 28 – July 2 and July 4 – July 9 from noon until midnight and will be closed Monday, July 3. Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, hosting the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 850,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. For more details, visit, or Twitter: @Summerfest.


​​Today, over 3,000 Milwaukee area science supporters added their voices to the unprecedented numbers marching worldwide for science. Republicans, Democrats, young and old gathered at a rally at Red Arrow Park this afternoon before heading to the streets to remind those that represent them that evidence-based policy matters.  


​                                                    Susan G. Komen Wisconsin is pleased to announce it will grant $1,040,788 throughout the next year. To help                                                                                                  achieve Susan G. Komen’s bold goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026,                                                                                              Komen Wisconsin annually funds local projects to help meet the most critical needs of the community, including                                                                                              projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support,                                                                                                    including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance. 

Eleven organizations in Wisconsin will offer programs that reach the most vulnerable populations in the region, including rural, underinsured, and uninsured men and women. These programs help to ensure access to breast education and services that can lead to early detection of breast cancer.

About Susan G. Komen and Komen Wisconsin Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Wisconsin is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Southcentral Wisconsin, Southeast Wisconsin, and Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure®, Komen Wisconsin has invested $17.9 million in community breast health programs in 22 counties and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 414-389-4888 or visit

Science Supporters Step Out in Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) has funded its first Transform Advantage loan to a homeowner on Milwaukee’s Near West Side. Under the Transform Advantage program WHEDA is partnering with four Milwaukee-based nonprofit agencies to offer home buyer counseling, property repair and rehabilitation assessments as well as general contracting coordination. Services are available in six Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Motivated local volunteers started coming together in January to arrange a satellite March for Science in Milwaukee, and became first-time grassroots organizers. Like most of the March attendees, they had never done anything like this before and had never felt the need to until recently.  

A number of speakers energized the crowd at the pre-march rally, including:

    •    Medical Educator and Researcher Dr. Janis Eells
    •    Student and STEM advocate Nabeel Quryshi, young winner of the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair
    •    Cientificas de Milwaukee Alumna and Mentor Dayana Alaniz
    •    Senior Electrical Engineering Student Mike Ballo
    •    School Advisor and PhD Candidate (Urban Education) Joey Zocher and three students

With the lovely spring weather and family atmosphere, the March for Science – Milwaukee could have been mistaken for a temporary science festival. However, the messages touched on today by the speakers and demonstrators, such as science education, policy, and sustainability, will not fizzle after the march. A new group called the Milwaukee Area Science Advocates (MASA) has been formed, which will emphasize “sustainability, science education, and public health,” says Elizabeth Ferris, media spokesperson for March for Science – Milwaukee. MASA is recruiting for longer-term help in focusing on science advocacy in the Milwaukee area, and will have more information in the upcoming months.