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a.MKE: Bye bye to Big Gulps in the Big Apple, Layton Blvd West Neighborhood project, TeamUp College Access Center and MKE: Unplugged 9.14.12

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NYC has become the first city in the nation to ban restaurants, theaters and concession stands from selling soda and other sugary beverages in containers larger than 16 ounces.  The new restrictions apply to any establishment that has a food-service license. City officials said they were willing to take dramatic action as a way to get the public to realize that empty-calorie foods are a menace.

The Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, a non-profit neighborhood development group in partnership with the nonprofit, Impact Seven Inc, are buying vacant buildings in their area to rehab and use as affordable rental units. The project is funded in part with $750,000 in federal funds given out to stabilize neighborhoods. 

A second Milwaukee Public Schools TeamUp College Access Center recently opened on the south side on 27th Street. The Center helps prepare middle and high school students for the ACT, SAT and GED exams and teach families how to help their children get into college. Typical costs for this type of college preparation can reach up to $2,000, both this and the north side center on Fond Du Lac provide these services for free.

This year marks the Peck School of the Arts 50th anniversary as they introduce a new, free live music series: MKE Unplugged. This monthly music series features intimate and stripped down performances from local and national acts, beginning Thursday September 20th.