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Hartford-based manufacturer Broan-NuTone was recently recognized as the grand prize winner of the “Oh the Humanity” contest hosted by Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity in partnership with AM 540 ESPN Milwaukee. The contest aimed to honor volunteer groups for their philanthropic support of the nonprofit organization and to encourage more businesses and individuals to donate their time, talent and treasure.

Broan-NuTone, which manufactures residential ventilation products, has provided Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity with bathroom ventilation fans, kitchen range hoods, door chimes, medicine cabinets, wall caps and ceiling fans for construction and renovation projects. 540 ESPN Milwaukee randomly selected contest winner Broan-NuTone among volunteer groups who shared ways they have impacted Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. To celebrate the honor, Broan-NuTone took part in a live broadcast of one of the station’s talk shows earlier this month.

Milwaukee Film Festival

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival experienced record attendance with nearly 55,200 audience members participating in its 15-day run from Sept. 26 – Oct. 10. This year’s attendance surpassed 2012 attendance by about 10 percent. The festival, which celebrated its fifth year, screened 241 films from 44 countries. More than 60 film screenings were sold out. The festival is organized each year by Milwaukee Film, a nonprofit cultural institution that creates communal film viewing experiences for the city. Films in this year’s festival were presented at Milwaukee’s Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill.

Anodyne Coffee

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company has opened a new roasting and café operation at 224 W. Bruce St. in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. The micro-roaster hosted a grand opening party with a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this month. The new location contains a repurposed 40-foot bar, exposed cream city brick and natural lighting. The café also has a stage for live events, a training lab for wholesale accounts and café staff, and a special viewing area where customers can watch the roasting process in action.


The City of Milwaukee has partnered with local software startup company H2Oscore to enable residents who receive a Milwaukee water bill to access an online display of their water usage from a smartphone or computer. The free capability is open to both residential and commercial water users through the web portal The city is also offering participating homeowners an incentive to conserve water. Homeowners will automatically be credited one penny for every gallon of water they save as compared to the same month in the previous year. Participants can then use those credits like they would a gift certificate at a number of local businesses.

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