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Rockin’ with the Calamities, pg 15

Bay View Parks Cleanup, pg 4

Volume 3 • Issue 4

April 2006

Earth Day at South Shore Park

By Stephanie Lowery


ne decade ago, a small Earth Day celebration began in Bay View. Children would go with their teachers for a walk around South Shore Park to admire their surroundings. Then, two Bay View area women, Teri Rudolph and Patti Sereno, decided it would be nice if they had something more: perhaps a class or a presentation to take the students to on Earth Day. Rudolph and Sereno began working with Bea Reinders, a member of South Shore Park Watch, and together they created an Earth Day celebration that would come to be loved by thousands of elementary school children over the years. Reinders has only become more involved over the past 10 years. “The program is completely volunteerbased,” Reinders said. “Without the community engaged we wouldn’t have such a good program.” United Water, the contractor that runs the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage

District’s two treatment plants, does provide a stipend to provide lunch for the various sponsors, said Reinders.

“It’s a lot better than a lecture. They like to go ‘ewww’ when they pick up something that’s slimy, and you can just tell they’re having a great time.” —Russell Cuhel, Great Lakes WATER Institute senior scientist Every year, Reinders, along with South Shore Park Watch member Kathy Mulvey, aids in recruiting businesses, educators, and organizations to set up presentations and workshops for public and private elementary school students. This year’s event is Thursday, April 27 at the South Shore Park Pavilion from 9am to 1pm.

Bay View students participate in observing, identifying, measuring, and recording information about invading mussels on Earth Day 2004. ~ photo Cuhel/Aguilar

“This year we should have nine different presentations, of which the students can pick two to attend,” said Mulvey. “There are about 450 kids expected to attend this year.” Reinders said the technicalities of the presentations this year are currently works-in-progress, but no matter what the outcome is, the kids always have fun. Russell Cuhel, senior scientist with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Lakes WATER Institute who specializes

in the physiological ecology of aquatic microorganisms and undergraduate research opportunities, has been involved with this program for several years. He said he agrees with Reinders that the kids have a great time at this celebration. “They seem to respond to our question and answer session,” he said. “It’s a lot better than a lecture. They like to go ‘ewww’ when they pick up something that’s slimy, and you can just tell they’re having a great time. SEE PAGE 7

Beulah Brinton celebrates 25 years By Stephanie Lowery


or 25 years, there has been one location where members of the Bay View community have flocked for their recreational needs. From cake decorating classes to karate, the Beulah Brinton Community Center has been a staple for community fun. Now, Beulah Brinton is in the midst of preparing for its 25th anniversary celebration. The Milwaukee Recreation Department is inviting the public to attend the celebration at the city’s only stand-alone community center, 2555 South Bay St., Sunday, May 21 at 2pm. The program will begin at 3pm.

25 years of leadership 1981-1997 Ron Englehart 1984-1990 Gene Campbell* 1997-2001 Bob Gavronski 2001-2003 Jamie Maltbey 2003-present Bob Gavronski

*worked at the same time as Englehart

The celebration will highlight the dedicated service of Brinton’s coaches, instructors, volunteers, and staff. The program will also feature historical photographs and items that have been stored in Brinton’s own time capsule for the past quarter-century. “As we celebrate Brinton’s 25th anniversary, we are taking the opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the outstanding success of this community center,” said Recreation Supervisor Bob Gavronski. “We are planning a memorable celebration, and we hope the public will join us.”

The Brinton Community Center is named for Beulah Brinton, the Bay View resident who founded what is considered to be one of the first social centers in the United States. In 1922, Brinton opened her Bay View home to provide English language and homemaking classes for immigrants. As the needs of the community grew, a residential house was no longer large enough to accommodate everyone. In 1924, Brinton partnered with the Milwaukee Recreation Department to host the programs in an old firehouse until the Bay Street facility was built in 1981. Brinton’s original home still stands on Superior Street, now the home of the Bay View Historical Society. Milwaukee Recreation is a department of Milwaukee Public Schools, established in 1911 to provide the entire community with affordable and enriching recreational activities. The center bearing Brinton’s name has provided years of memories to the city of Milwaukee, in particular, the community of Bay View.

“I remember taking so many different classes there when I was little,” said Elyse Alamilla, a Bay View native and current sophomore at Alverno College. “I have so many good memories of that place, and it’s good to know that it’s still thriving after 25 years.” Beulah Brinton is not just a staple in the Bay View area. According to Gavronski,

the community center services the whole city, as well as surrounding areas.

“It’s not just the 53207 Zip Code. We have people coming from all over the city and the suburbs because we offer great programs that are not expensive” like many of the community centers in outlying areas, he said. The center serves some 200,000 people annually according to its weekly attendance figures of approximately 4,000 users, Gavronski said, though there are many repeat users. In fall of 2005, Beulah Brinton set a record for participation in its classes with over 2,000 children and adults enrolled for the first time for a single season, said Gavronski. Gavronski said he is very proud of this number and hopes that the success of this community center will continue to grow over the next 25 years. INSIDE Pg 2 Public Art at South Shore Pg 3 GMIA Master Plan Grievances Pg 4 Blue Water to Close Pg 4 Anodyne to Open Pg 5 Lt. Gov. to Speak on Massacre Pg 5 New Student Bus Pass Policy Pg 6 Governor’s Visit to Bay View Pg 6 Save the Birds Pg 7 Little Blue Church Pg 8 Student Wins Da Vinci Contest Pg 9 Fears about Bay View? Pg 10 A Story of Salvation Pg 11 Health Care Frustrations Pg 13 Guided Electric Bus Plan

A place for everyone Open: Mon.-Sat. 8:30am-9pm 1,200 average patrons per week Senior programs including volleyball, soccer, bingo, cards, pool, and darts. Youth and adult programs including aerobics, ballet, baton, Red Cross babysitting, music classes, yoga, and athletic leagues for golf, tennis, basketball, and volleyball. (414) 481-2494

“It’s exciting, all the success we’ve had the past 25 years,” said Gavronski. “And I’m proud that I’ve been there, having the privilege to work with a lot of great people. I’m excited to have an opportunity to share [our accomplishments] with everybody” at the anniversary celebration. Bay View Compass PO Box 100 Milwaukee WI 53201-0100

April 2006  

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