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Volume 4 • Issue 8

August 2007

Father Groppi

By Michael Timm hen, during the open housing demonstrations, I marched on Milwaukee’s white south side, just a few blocks from my father’s store, some of my Italian buddies, with whom I used to run and play ball, threw rocks and shouted racist remarks. Yet there is hope. Some are able to remember. Some of my friends did not forget. They defended me courageously.” Father James Edward Groppi wrote these words in an autobiography that was never published, reflecting at once on the most remembered action of his life—leading marchers with the NAACP Youth Council to call for a Milwaukee open housing ordinance on 200 consecutive nights from August 1967 to March 1968—and his childhood home of Bay View, where he was born, raised, and worked in his father’s grocery store on Russell and Wentworth avenues. What some of his childhood friends remembered and some forgot was how Italian Americans had been treated as second-class

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Father Groppi and other freedom fighters on the steps of the Milwaukee Federal Building on Wisconsin Avenue. Jeannetta Simpson-Robinson, standing off to Groppi’s right, is identifiable by her distinctive updo. ~courtesy Charles L. Walton, Career Youth Development, Inc.

“Jesus Christ was a civil rights worker. The greatest civil rights worker, greater than anyone here. No one here has ever been nailed to a cross.” —Groppi, as quoted by Aukofer citizens or made the butt of ethnic jokes. Groppi’s father Giocondo ensured his son never forgot. Groppi wrote that his father rejected racial slurs like nigger—“That is like calling an Italian a Dago.” And though he did not like to directly compare his ethnic minority background with the struggle of black Americans because he saw the hatred and prejudice they faced as orders of magnitude worse, Groppi did not forget where he came from. White Priest, Black Constituency While Groppi worked to advance many civil rights causes before and after 1967, his leadership on the open housing issue represents him SEE PAGE 4

Citizen heroes chase KK robber, assist arrest By Michael Timm

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hristine Cruz, owner of Babe’s Ice Cream, 2264 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., thanks God for the vigilance and persistence of two women from Broad Vocabulary, 2241 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Amy Daroszeski and Jen Clark observed a suspicious man casing Kinnickinnic Avenue businesses and then repeatedly called police to report him early evening on July 3. But before police responded, the suspect robbed Babe’s, knocking Cruz’s head against her stainless steel refrigerator, and running away with $600-700 from the register, Cruz said. Following her instinct, Cruz picked herself up and ran out after the man, who simply walked out the front door with cash stuffed in his pants, Cruz said. Later police and her husband chided her actions.

“I thought, I’m not going to let the scumbag get away. I ran out and I just started shouting and yelling at the top of my lungs, Help!” she said. “I notice people running toward the parking lot at Lulu’s. I hear people yelling, Police are on their way!” She said she thought, “How in the hell can that be?”

“I don’t know what got into me but I decided to chase this man—in flip-flops, with a purse, and in a skirt...I wish I had been the one to tackle him.” —Amy Daroszeski It was Daroszeski and Clark who yelled to Cruz that police were on their way because the two had already called 911. Cruz didn’t discover why and how they fit into the ensuing chase until the following day. On July 4, despite the usually busy holiday, Cruz closed up her shop to go downtown to identify the robbery suspect in a police line-up. That was when she learned the man she identified as her assailant, Raymond L. Morrison, had also been identified as the man who robbed Broad Vocabulary a week and a half earlier. The evening of June 21, Broad volunteer Sarah Bare was confronted by a tanned white man who threatened her with a box cutter while he robbed the register of about

$320 in cash, including rolls of quarters, Daroszeski said. He got away. The Chase On July 3, Daroszeski, co-founder and co-owner of Broad Vocabulary, was closing down her store between 7 and 8pm. When she saw a man, “kind of creepy,” matching Bare’s description looking in the windows of Broad Vocabulary, Board Game Barrister, and other KK businesses, the alarm bells went off in her head. She kept tabs on him as he walked up and down the street between Lincoln and Ward, locked up, went in to warn to the manager at Board Game Barrister, then kept close to Clark and her 44-pound Belgian Shepherd, Creole. Outside on Clark’s cell phone, Daroszeski and Clark called the police non-emergency number to report the man. When there was no squad after about 10 minutes, they called again. By this time he had crossed to the east side of the street by the Boulevard Theatre. When he removed his bandana and moved toward Babe’s, Daroszeski said she knew he was going to rob it. He entered. Clark told the police switchboard he was robbing Babe’s. She was transferred to the 911 switchboard and had to restate what she was witnessing, as Daroszeski dragged Clark and Creole toward the ice cream shop. When he emerged from Babe’s, Daroszeski said he was walking fast. Daroszeski said she yelled, “He’s robbed the store!” Then Cruz emerged. The man ran across the street to the west. “I don’t know what got into me but I decided to chase this man—in flip-flops, with a purse, and in a skirt,” Daroszeski said. She wanted to be able to tell police which way he fled. She said she also persuaded some bikers at Lulu’s for Two Wheel Tuesdays to join in the chase. Clark and Daroszeski split up, attempting to outflank the fleeing robber: a group headed west on Lincoln while Daroszeski went down the alley west of Howell. Daroszeski said she lost him in the alley, but a group above the alley, on their upper back balcony, told her he’d gone south toward Lincoln. Wes Orloff, a Two Wheel Tuesday regular, was walking east on Lincoln to Lulu’s when he said he saw a man with no shirt stuff some-

Wes Orloff jumped fences and cut through yards before catching up with suspect Morrison in the alley between Smith and Austin streets. ~photo Katherine Keller

thing under a car in an alley. He didn’t think anything of it until people started running his way asking if he’d seen a man with no shirt. One of those outside was Cameron Roberts, Lulu’s owner and his friend, Orloff said, and he thought someone had been mugged. Bay View’s robberies earlier this year were still in his mind and pumped his adrenaline to defend the neighborhood, he said. At least six or seven people were “scouring the neighborhood” for the suspect, Orloff said, but as he ran down the alley he happened upon two groups of people outside who told him which way the man had run. Jumping fences and cutting through yards, Orloff caught up with the suspect in the Lincoln Court apartment tower parking lot, didn’t know what to do so he yelled at him, at which point the man took off again. “I chased him down to Smith Street, jumped on his legs and half-tackled him,” Orloff said. Morrison then allegedly told Orloff, “I’m going to cut you,” causing the Orloff to let him go, though he continued shadowing him about 10 feet behind.

Now winded, Orloff said he joined two other men to finally surround Morrison, who headed into an alley behind Klement’s Sausage, east of Burrell and west of Austin, north of Lincoln and south of Smith. There, a police squad was coming down the alley. An officer got out, drew his sidearm, and arrested him, Orloff said. When police patted him down, Orloff said he saw they

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How do you think the Cubs will finish the season? Interviews & Photos by Jason Haas

CONTENT CONSULTANTS Greg Bird, Jason Haas, Sheila Julson, Brandon Lorenz, John & Penny Manke, Anna Passante C OLUMNISTS Jay Bullock Amy Daroszeski Marina Dimitrijevic Terry Falk Ed Garvey Jason Haas Katherine Keller Jeff Plale Jon Richards Chris Sinicki Bethany Vannest Tony Zielinski

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C ONTRIBUTING P HOTOGRAPHERS Shane Doyle Jason Haas Katherine Keller Samantha Lukens Anna Passante Michael Timm

“The y’ll finish five games behi nd the Brewers.” —Tom Bran dste tter, S. Indi ana Ave nue

C ONTRIBUTING W RITERS Jennifer Krueger Anna Passante Michael Timm Jennifer Yauck

In celebration of Bad Poetry Day Aug. 18., here is a selection of really great poetry! Mercy By Lucille Clifton If you’ve ever had the chance to hear Lucille Clifton read her poetry, you know that her voice is steady and strong as she always communicates the most precise, poignant messages in just a few stanzas. In her collection Mercy, Clifton’s voice echoes as she so plainly yet so eloquently describes childhood, womanhood, motherhood, abuse, history, racism, and hope. Even those who dislike poetry will find truth and power in the words of Lucille Clifton. —Amy Daroszeski Final Girl By Daphne Gottlieb Daphne Gottlieb is a poet for people who think they hate poetry. Her poetry is punk rock and political, rooted in the spoken word movement. She’s at her strongest in poems such as “Female Trouble,” which deals with the murder of a transgendered woman in Gottlieb’s hometown of San Francisco, and “Speak Truth,” which explores the concept of truth in the transcribed words of Sojourner Truth, when the structure of the poem becomes part of the poem itself. —Bethany Vannest The Language of Saxophones By Kamau Daáood As a pioneer in the spoken word movement, Kamau Daáood’s poetry has the natural rhythm and flow of the jazz music that inspires him. The Language of Saxophones spans more than 30 years of Daáood’s best work. While many of the poems are about music, there are also beautiful poems about his hometown of Los Angeles (“Los Angeles,” “Leimert Park”), religion (“One”), and family (“Blue Pachuca,” “The Men”). Kamau Daáood is a must-read for fans of spoken word and jazz. —Bethany Vannest My Words Consume Me By Youth Speaks Poets As a high school English teacher who has taught creative writing for the past five years, I must applaud the young writers featured in My Words Consume Me: An Anthology of Youth Speaks Poets. This anthology is a powerful testament that, “Youth are the solution—not the problem.” Accompanied by a CD for the truest, most powerful experience with poetry, My Words Consume Me explores the many themes relevant to young people and what is important to them: love, violence, racism, acceptance, and growth. —Amy Daroszeski

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enough room here to give them full credit. Google or Wikipedia them and get filled in. Lucinda Williams? A treasure and eventual full-blown legend if she continues to evolve and I’ll bet she will—it seems like it’s in her blood. Something unusual happened during her first and second songs. She stopped playing. It seems she had a “coughing spell.” She handled it with grace, style, and humor. That says a lot about who she is. And then there was her music! And the lyrics! If you haven’t heard her, I hope you will. A night to remember.

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Bay View Organizations Bay View American Legion Post 180 2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (414) 483-0677

Butts are litter, our litter ends up on our beach

John Manke forwarded this editorial photograph that he received from an anonymous photographer in an email that was making the rounds in Bay View. The sign was posted on the port-a-john in Humboldt Park during the Humboldt 4th of July celebration. John Manke and his wife, Penny Manke, are two of the dedicated volunteers who stage the celebration each year.

G ue st E d i tor i a l Dirty money links AT&T and Wisconsin Democrats By Ed Garvey “For the first time in our politics, money is taking the field as an organized power. The question shall arise, and arise in your day, which shall rule, wealth or man; which shall lead—money or intellect; Who shall fill public office—educated and patriotic free men, or the feudal serfs of corporate capital?” Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Edward Ryan asked that question in 1873 and young Bob La Follette was in the audience. It inspired him to seek office and to reform our corrupt political system that was controlled by big corporations. La Follette brought the open primary and an end to corporate contributions to politicians with extended palms. For decades Wisconsin was known as a “squeaky-clean” state. No more. Today, our campaigns are a cesspool of corruption. Lobbyists spend millions to influence and even draft legislation. Legislators accept “honest graft” with the silly comment that they are not affected by contributions. (And the moon is made out of green cheese.) Has anyone ever given you $5,000? If so, you would remember the gift. And if it was not a family member, there were some strings attached. AT&T wants control of cable TV in Wisconsin. To prove how much they want it, they hired the chair of the Democratic Party at $2,000 per month to join 26 others to lobby for them. Imagine that. Democrats willing to give up local control of cable licensing that might well eliminate local access TV forever! That’s a long time. One would think Democrats would link up with the little guy. Thousands of dollars found their way into campaign coffers. The happy recipients assured us that the money would not influence them. And if you believe that, call me. Odd, but all those receiving money favor AT&T’s power grab. This is a disgrace. We need publicly financed campaigns. Now! Ed Garvey was founder and executive director of the NFL Players Association. He was Deputy Attorney General under Bronson La Follette and was a Democratic candidate for both U.S. Senate and Wisconsin governor. Currently he practices law in Madison, with an emphasis on environmental law. He is editor and publisher of FightingBob.com.

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Dear Compass Readers, Do you know where to find 3,257 cigarette butts in one hour? How about Bay View Beach?! Last April, 12 volunteers with the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt a Beach (AGLAB) program collected 55 pounds of trash, including those butts. Where do all those butts (and litter) come from? Are there that many smokers on the beach? Most of the cigarette butts and other litter on our beaches come from our streets, yards, alleys, and gutters. People drop their butts and other litter outside their home or your home and it gets washed or blown into our storm sewers that empty into the lake and then wash up on our beaches. What can we do about it? 1. Recognize the problem. There is no “away” when we throw something “away.” If you’re careless with how you throw away trash (you don’t bag it), some of it may blow into the alley or streets, get washed or blown into storm sewers and end up on our beach. 2. If you smoke outside, crush your butt out and then pick it up and dispose of it in the trash. Don’t flush it; dispose of it with other trash. Besides being ugly to look at and walk on at our beaches, AGLAB reports that cigarette filters “are made of plastic…which can take up to five years to break down. One study has shown that chemicals in cigarettes may harm certain microorganisms, small but important animals that support wildlife.” 3. Join an Adopt a Beach program. There will be another cleanup at Bay View Beach Sunday, Sept. 16 at 11am. To join the Bay View Beach Adopt a Beach email list, write to me: ssandy@wi.rr.com. I bet South Shore will be having a similar cleanup. You can also visit the Alliance’s website at greatlakes.org and search for Adopt a Beach. 4. Can’t make a cleanup? When you’re taking a walk, carry a bag with you. Pick up litter. You will make a big difference in your neighborhood and in the health and beauty of our Great Lake. When you visit our beaches, carry out what you carried in. Yes, it would be nice if there were more trash cans, but there aren’t. Just like your mother always said, clean up after yourself. Mother Earth will love you. Thank you, Stephanie Sandy P.S. Among the other notable things we cleaned from Bay View Beach: 140 food wrappers and containers, three balloons, 10 glass bottles, 614 caps/lids, 129 straws, 10 lighters, 10 pens, 731 small pieces of plastic, lots of Styrofoam pieces, and a partridge in a pear tree. (Just threw that last one in to see if you’re paying attention!)

Bay View Arts Guild Linda Beckstrom (414) 482-1543 bayviewarts.org, bvarts@yahoo.com Bay View Bicycle Club Dan Krall (414) 321-5212, (414) 299-0317 bayviewbikeclub.org membership@bayviewbikeclub.org Bay View Business Association bayviewbusiness.com Bay View Community Center 1320 E. Oklahoma Ave. Linda Nieft, (414) 482-1000, bayviewcenter.org Bay View Compass P.O. Box 070645, (414) 489-0880 Bay View Garden and Yard Society Lorraine Heins, (414) 482-3796 bvgays.com, bvgpresident@bvgays.com Bay View High School Alumni Association Sonia Simko (414) 379-3541 basketbabe53207@yahoo.com Bay View Historical Society Mark Nitka (414) 483-8881 bayviewhistoricalsociety.org Bay View Lions Club Joe Klinkiewicz (414) 282-1980 Bay View Matters groups.yahoo.com/group/bay_view_matters Bay View Neighborhood Assn. (BVNA) Anne Fisher (414) 297-9783 info@bayviewneighborhood.org bayviewneighborhood.org Bay View Bash Info: bayviewbash.org Beulah Brinton Community Center 2555 S. Bay St., Bob Gavronski (414) 481-2494 milwaukeerecreation.net/beulah-brinton Forward Bay View forwardbayview.org PO Box 70027, Milwaukee, WI 53207-0027 District 2 Community Liaison Officer Jose Arzaga (414) 935-7228, jarzag@milwaukee.gov Humboldt Park — Bay View Ice Skaters Greg Stilin (414) 483-2493

Compass is gem Dear Ms. Keller, I am writing to you to express my admiration and appreciation for the fine product you have put together. A colleague sent a copy of your July 2007 issue, which featured an outstanding article by Michael Timm on the South Shore Social Sailing Series. I am familiar with a number of Bay View community newspapers going back to the 1930s, and, of course, have seen a number of others in various towns. While all of the others have been nothing more than a series of ads separated by a listing of chronological events, yours is a literary gem giving the reader an emotional experience of what Bay View is all about. Your “Ahoy!” article states that you are “new to Bay View.” How can this be? Well, I have said before that Bay View is the only disease that is beneficial to mankind, but I had no idea it was contagious. Very truly yours, Royce J. Komor Ft. Myers, Fla. Komor’s name was incorrectly spelled as Kommer in our July issue feature, “Double S, Triple S.” We regret the error.

Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association Carolyn Selimi (414) 744-7095 Humboldt Park Watch Ruth Simos, (414) 483-9330 Interorganizational Council of Bay View Lee Morbeck (414) 282-7733 Italian American Mutual Aid Society Giuseppe Garibaldi Martin Martinetti (414) 482-1898 Louis Travis Post #14 AMVETS Martin Martinetti (414) 482-1898 Marian Center for Nonprofits 3195 South Superior St. (414) 483-2430, mariancenter.net St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care Sr. Edna (414) 977-5000 stanncenter.org South Community Organization Terri Toporsch (414) 643-7913 South Shore Farmers Market Kathy Mulvey (414) 744-0408

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Father Groppi FROM PAGE 1

at the height of his influence. For generating national headlines, the Associated Press named him “Religious Newsmaker of the Year” in 1967. Today, the open housing concept may be somewhat difficult to understand because it involves an assumption so basic it goes without saying—that no one, anywhere, can be denied housing on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, etc. In the 1960s, however, the battle for open housing had not yet been won. It was the Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council who took to the streets in this battle, and a passionate and determined Groppi who led their marches.

“The peace of Jesus Christ was the peace of inner conviction. He preached the peace of human dignity. He never meant that creative tension should be removed from the earth.” —Groppi, as quoted by Aukofer This white Roman Catholic priest’s involvement with black people and his strident call for reform rankled the political in-crowd. It also drew jeering from thousands of white Milwaukeeans. Their feelings about open housing and about him merged into a frantic, xenophobic hatred expressed most dramatically by mob violence directed at Groppi and his demonstrators when they first took their marches across the 16th Street Viaduct to the predominantly white south side. Margaret (Peggy) Rozga, a college student and Youth Council member in 1967, who married Groppi in 1976, recalled the fear of black Milwaukeeans suddenly having no place to go. Specifically, an “urban renewal” project was knock-

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ing down houses in an impoverished north side neighborhood, including the Youth Council’s headquarters at 1316 N. 15th St. Residents could not find alternative housing because they were discriminated against outside the “inner core,” where the city’s poor, disproportionately black, were concentrated. “So these were people who had to move and had no place to move, because if they moved west of 27th Street, those days, there’d be upheaval in the neighborhood they were moving into. There’d be fights. There’d be hostility toward them. That was considered the dividing line between the white and the black community. And black people who crossed that line found out that they weren’t wanted.” Rozga recounted the story of Ronald Britton, a black Vietnam veteran with a wife and an infant daughter. “They tried to rent a place on 29th and Burleigh, a lower duplex, and the

landlady said I can’t rent to you, what would my neighbors think?” Britton went to the Youth Council, which decided to picket the place he tried to rent. “It was Christmastime, Christmas 1966. We sang Christmas carols to the landlady,” Rozga said. “But you know, that case-by-case basis just wasn’t going to cut it.” Years later, in his essay “The Church and Civil Rights,” Groppi would compare the landlady to the Christmas story’s innkeeper with no room, who did not see “the face of Joseph.” And he compared Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier, who tried to wash his hands of the open housing issue, to Pontius Pilate. The battle for a citywide open housing ordinance brought Groppi and Maier into political opposition and the passage of the ordinance in 1968 was Groppi’s ultimate victory (see timeline below). From Bay View to St. Boniface From the “bocce alleys, the mandolins and accordions, the Garibaldi picnics, the crap games and swimming off the docks,” in Bay View, young Jim Groppi left for Mount Calvary Seminary in spring of 1956. He was inspired to become a priest after watching Gregory Peck in The Keys of the Kingdom. “I wanted my life to be that way,” Groppi wrote. “As an old man, I wanted to look back and say that I had served.” As a seminarian, he volunteered at a day camp for children in Milwaukee’s inner city. It was his first real contact with this population. “He was very moved by the poverty,” said Er-

ica John, whose husband Harry John financed this youth center through his De Rance Foundation. “I think that really was his first introduction to some of the problems the families were facing. A lot of the action that followed was inspired by that experience, I’m sure of that.” After ordination in 1959, he was assigned as assistant pastor at St. Veronica, 353 E. Norwich St., where he was verbally militant about civil rights. But not until the archdiocese moved him to St. Boniface in 1963 did his true calling emerge. While at St. Boniface, since sold by the archdiocese to become a parking lot for North Division High School at 11th and Clarke, Groppi became advisor to the Youth Council. He led them to protest public officials’ membership in the all-white Eagles Club and “de facto segregation” in Milwaukee Public Schools. “It was at this time that the priest first showed his uncanny ability to command the respect of black children,” Milwaukee Journal civil rights reporter Frank Aukofer wrote of Groppi’s “Pied Piper control” in his 1968 book, City With a Chance. Children picketed outside School Board President John Foley’s house in October 1965 and police asked Groppi to control the marchers. He borrowed a police microphone and silenced the crowd. “‘We have made our point,’ Father Groppi said over the loudspeaker. ‘Now we will march back to St. Boniface in prayerful silence.’ The demonstrators did just that,” Aukofer wrote. His relationship with black youth was a loving one. SEE NEXT PAGE

Groppi and the Battle for Open Housing Father Groppi depicted on a civil rights mural on First Street in the Fifth Ward in Milwaukee. ~photo Michael Timm

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Aug. 14, 1967 Father Groppi praised at a UWM dinner as a “saint in the flesh,” Aukofer wrote. Aug. 28, 1967 Groppi leads an estimated 200 demonstrators on the first march across the 16th Street Viaduct to Kosciuszko Park, where eight police escort marchers before an estimated 5,000 white counterprotesters. Demonstrators hold signs for Fair Housing, Black Power. In the Kosciuszko picnic area Groppi has a permit to use, marchers are surrounded. “A roar of shouts and boos went up from the mass of spectators, several of whom held up a Confederate flag,” Aukofer wrote. A parks employee tells Groppi he does not have permit for demonstration. “When you enforce the law on them,” Groppi responds, “you can enforce it on us.” Crowd thins as up to 125 cops in riot gear move in, but band of 600 white youths hurl projectiles, slogans: “We want slaves,” “Get yourself a nigger,” “Eee-yi-eee-yi-eeeyi-oh; Father Groppi’s got to go.” Crazy Jim’s used car lot is whites’ base of operations, “headquarters for hatred,” Aukofer wrote. That night, Mayor Maier issues a voluntary curfew, calling Groppi’s march an “unworthy cause.” Groppi vows to return tomorrow, asks for the National Guard to escort demonstrators to protect their constitutional rights, criticizes mayor of racial hypocrisy for calling the Guard out for Milwaukee’s black riot a month earlier but not for the “white riot.” Aug. 29, 1967 Groppi leads march again much to same reaction. “A grotesque effigy of Father Groppi, with swastikas painted on it, swung by its neck from a rope,” Aukofer wrote. A thousand people swarm police and marchers. Upon their return across the bridge the marchers “looked like refugees from a battle,” Aukofer wrote. Police protect marchers until tear gas shell allegedly fired into the Youth Council Freedom House, burning it down. Police dispute claim. Maier now prohibits night marches and demonstrations. Aug. 30, 1967 Youth Council marchers gather to peaceably assemble on private property of burned-down Freedom House. “Every time a demonstrator stepped out on the sidewalk, several policemen would rush in and arrest the person,” Aukofer wrote. 58 arrested. Aug. 31, 1967 400-plus gather at St. Boniface where Groppi denounces mayor and his proclamation prohibiting demonstrations, marches to city hall to protest. 137 arrested including Groppi and Alderwoman Vel Phillips, author of the open housing ordiance. Sept. 1, 1967 Maier announces ban will lift early, Sept. 2. National NAACP descends upon Milwaukee. March at St. Boniface, Groppi arrested again, marchers returning, standoff with police, tear gassing of parish buildings. Sept. 2, 1967 Comedian activist Dick Gregory arrives, joins Groppi as 1,000 march 16 miles to city hall and then the south side. September, 1967 Marches continue daily. St. Boniface a center of national attention, civil rights activity. Milwaukee Citizens for Closed Housing organizes to oppose Groppi, complete with Fr. Russell F. Witon, chaplain of a Port Washington hospital, also from Bay View, IC, BVHS: “We are not going to let those savages—those black beasts—take our rights away…It is the very devil that is behind these people and we have to pray for their souls,” Aukofer recorded. Group changes its name to Milwaukee Citizens Civic Voice (MCCV).

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Sept. 7, 1967 Commando sit-in of Maier’s office deteriorates into vandalism. Sept. 16, 1967 In response to pressure to excommunicate Groppi, Archbishop Cousins writes editorial in Catholic Herald Citizen: Groppi is not the issue. Oct. 8, 1967 Youth Council chases MCCV marchers, police stop marchers for crossing against the light. Police brutality as 13 arrested, 40 injured. Oct. 9, 1967 March, provoking police, 11 arrested, 27 injured. October, 1967 600 watch the Judiciary Committee hear 25 testify for, 11 against open housing ordinance; no action. Ben Barkin appeals for compromise, citizen-aldermen committee on open housing. MCCV presents 27,000 signatures on petition to have Common Council put open housing issue to referendum, which would mean council could take no action on item for two years. ACLU sues Milwaukee to block referendum on constitutional grounds. Dec. 22, 1967 A Milwaukee open housing ordinance takes effect, but with no teeth. Aukofer wrote that Groppi calls it “tokenism and crumbs.” Dec. 25, 1967 “Black Christmas” as Gregory urges Milwaukee blacks to boycott holiday shopping. March 4, 1968 Judge Tehan rules referendum proposed by open housing opponents would be unconstitutional and harmful. Therefore it cannot be held. April 2, 1968 Maier reelected in landslide. April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated. No rioting in Milwaukee. Groppi and Maier hold separate memorials for King. Maier’s is boycotted by Groppi and Youth Council. April 8, 1968 15,000 walk for King in Milwaukee, the biggest civil rights demonstration in city history, commandos keep march orderly. April 11, 1968 President Johnson signs federal open housing law. April 12, 1968 Maier announces he will recommend immediate enforcement of new open housing ordinance modeled after federal law. April 30, 1968 Common Council passes open housing ordinance stronger than federal law. Its new president, Robert J. Jendusa, formerly an opponent, casts crucial vote in support. July 16, 1968 Milwaukee County passes open housing legislation. Timeline derived from Frank Aukofer’s account in City With a Chance. Many others contributed to the fight for civil rights in Milwaukee, but this timeline focuses on Father Groppi’s involvement or events that are important in understanding the context of his work and the politics of the time. Marquette University Press will publish a new edition of City With a Chance in conjunction with the March On Milwaukee commemorative events at the end of September. The new edition will be illustrated and include a foreword by Fr. Matthew Gottschalk, Groppi’s friend and confessor, and an afterward by Aukofer. Proceeds from sale of the book will go to the Gottschalk’s House of Peace, Aukofer said.

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In an interview, Aukofer said Groppi related with the kids by being a mentor and always being there for them. “And I think that the kids were absolutely convinced that he was on their side and that he had all of their best interests at heart,” Aukofer said. “That gave him that kind of control over the kids. These were not dumb kids—they were ghetto kids, a lot of them—but they were really smart. Used to make up songs and so forth.” Pamela Sargent was a student at St. Boniface school at the time and she remembers her class had to have their parents sign a permission slip to go on Youth Council marches. Sargent said she was “one of Father Groppi’s little babies,” and loved to sing freedom songs like “Which Side Are You On?” and “Why Was the Darkie Born?” and “Oh, Freedom.” “I got to sing to him on his dying bed,” Sargent said. “He used to love to hear me sing.”

of respect within the black community as well as show whites that blacks were to be respected. Disliking “ecclesiastical gymnastics,” Groppi would offer Mass in a suit, without vestments, gather young people around the altar, sing black spirituals, and talk out problems of the day, Aukofer wrote. Groppi’s rise to prominence was a function of his intensity and spontaneity. “He did it with irreverence, nerve, dedication, and a disorganized kind of determination that kept people, even those close to him, wondering what he was going to do next,” Aukofer wrote. Sargent said he was “vivacious” and “born to fight injustice.” “He was intense, mercurial, driven, I guess. Very, very emotional when it came to civil rights issues,” Aukofer said. “And I would say, singleminded.”

Father Groppi accepting donations to bail out protesters in the county jail at Winnebago Courthouse, Oskhosh, Wis., Nov. 21, 1968. ~photo Mike Tomczyk, courtesy UW-Oshkosh Archives.

Spiritual & Civil Rights Leader “He didn’t try to be a leader of a movement. He was thrust into it,” said Jeannetta SimpsonRobinson. Simpson-Robinson, former vice-chair of the Milwaukee chapter of Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and CORE’s national Midwest secretary, said she had to vigorously defend Groppi in Chicago because the national CORE people couldn’t understand how Milwaukee was letting a white man lead its civil rights movement. She said she was involved with Groppi as a costrategizer at St. Boniface and recalls knocking on doors to get bail money whenever Groppi was arrested. Her mother would often be in jail with him. “God-sent. He was sent by God for that time, that moment,” she said. Groppi had an ability to unite spiritual belief with social action. “He was able to relate the Gospel to the everyday situation,” Sargent said. “As kids we understood this was not only a civil rights issue, it was a spiritual issue, and that Jesus would not have wanted it this way—he created the world for everyone.” Rozga said this ability also applied more generally. “And I think that was his unique gift,” Rozga said. “That translation of abstraction, abstract policy questions into what does this mean for this person that I know and care about and love? And when the people that he knew and cared about and loved were African American, city policy often meant denial of rights.” At Bay View High School, the young Groppi, captain of the basketball team, met his first black man on the court. Unable to block his opponent’s shot, Groppi fouled him into the crowd and received a kick in the gut in kind. After the two quickly reconciled, Groppi wrote an English paper on the topic. Eventually he would incorporate the idea that “Respect always precedes love,” one rationale for the black power movement, into his essay, “The Church and Civil Rights.” In federal testimony, Groppi similarly argued that educating the white community was the most essential factor to improving race relations. Groppi also became known for the Youth Council’s “commandos,” citizen bodyguards of mostly young black men who protected the marchers and looked after the children. The commandos were intended to generate a sense

Intensity and Purpose “What made it really different with Groppi and what made it a national story is that here was a white Italian American Catholic priest running around with a group of preteens and teenagers in the inner city, running civil rights protests,” said Aukofer, who first met Groppi when covering a trip of Milwaukee clergy to Selma, Ala. in 1965. “My initial impression was of a restless and serious young man, preoccupied with the moment, always looking over his shoulder to see if something was happening that he might be missing,” Aukofer wrote. Rozga said Groppi was under tremendous pressure through all of the civil rights action and had very few confidants. She was one. But even amid the intense action at night, life went on during the day.

“I think it started here in Bay View. Started with the neighborhood that created Jim Groppi…We need to see ourselves in the light of that past. And I think that will make a difference in how we act in the future.” —Peggy Rozga “He often brought Youth Council members to [his father’s] store,” Rozga said. “One of the informal parts of the whole movement was that there was a place to eat. So he would bring a station wagon full of kids to the grocery store. Everybody would eat while they were there. Then they’d buy lunch meat and rolls and cheese and whatnot to take back to the Youth Council.” Rozga recalled sharing “crusty Italian bread, portabella, provolone, prosciutto, salami.” She also pointed to one episode describing the way he processed information. Groppi was in the St. Boniface basement and it was time for lunch. “Somebody said, Father, what kind of sandwich should I make you? And he didn’t answer. And the person asked again. Do you want ham and cheese? What do you want? And he didn’t answer. And Celestine [Friend] said, oh, he has a tape recorder mind. He heard your question and in five minutes he’ll answer you. And sure enough that’s exactly what happened. Everybody went on eating their sandwiches, talking about something else, and he said, uh, give me salami.” His apparent preoccupation was partly a function of the immense pressure he was under, Rozga said. “And at that time the police followed us ev-

erywhere we went. Everywhere,” she said. “Went out to dinner, the police came and sat at the next table. Went to buy gas, the police parked down the street.” The police attention came as his profile grew. Groppi, who did not mince words, knew how to touch the pressure points of society; when he pressed for action he pressed hard. “He was a lightning rod for the bigots and he was also sometimes a lightning rod for people in the black community,” Aukofer recalled. “There were times when the Youth Council would be marching through a black neighborhood and there’d be black folks sitting on the porch yelling at the protesters to get out of the neighborhood because they wanted peace and quiet like anybody else and they weren’t out marching.” But, while the primary opposition to an open housing ordinance was political—the mayor and the white Common Council majority—behind this opposition stood entrenched racism that had not yet been confronted. A man of conscience, Groppi acted as the conscience of the city, forcing that racism out into the open. As Aukofer wrote, Groppi became “the sandpaper that rubbed the white majority raw.” Thousands rubbed back when Groppi led 200 marchers into the south side across the 16th Street Viaduct, breaching Milwaukee’s “MasonDixon line” in August 1967. “I’m 53,” said Sargent, “but I was a kid going over that bridge. I had never seen hatred like that in my life. People were hanging out of windows telling us to go back to Africa, calling us niggers. To this day I wear a scar on my forehead where I was hit by a brick…I had to wait until I was an adult to reflect I could have been killed…You saw the hate mail he got? Reading it, I didn’t realize I was in harm’s way until I reflected.” Aukofer was also present. “It was pretty spooky. It really was. I was walking south on 16th Street past Crazy Jim’s auto place and the bricks and the bottles started coming. That was frightening. To have the cops around. I think, though, maybe the most frightening time for me personally was near Kosciuszko Park, the anti-demonstrators were kind of closing in, and all of the sudden, a whole bunch of the Milwaukee cops, who had riot guns, shotguns, pointed in the air, just let loose three or four blasts of their shotguns into the air,” said Aukofer. “I think almost everybody jumped out of their skin but it scared the hell out of the counter-protesters too.” A Revolutionary, A Priest “He was a very decent man, a very, very decent, very loving man,” said Sargent. “How do I say it? He always had a sense of fairness, he believed in human rights, civil rights for all people.” John described him as “humble” and “so warm and understanding and compassionate toward everyone,” but recalls that he shared privately how difficult things were for him, that he was “being persecuted terribly.” Aukofer described Groppi as “a first-stage revolutionary,” per Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer, someone passionate about stirring things up on behalf of a single issue, but not effective for longterm organizational development. “In a lot of ways Groppi was kind of a tragic figure…” Aukofer said. “He wound up driving a bus in Detroit, I think it was, and really dropped off the map. Because different stages of the whole civil rights movement had come in. First there was black power, and then consolidation of some of the gains, and there was no place for him anymore. He was a defrocked Catholic priest who had gotten married and basically drove a bus and he did a few other things and then he died of cancer.” Groppi died in 1985, survived by Rozga and

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The Light of the Past This spring, Rozga’s play March on Milwaukee, based on the open housing marches, debuted at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha where she is a professor of English. The play will also be performed at the north side YMCA. Rozga is thrilled at the intergenerational dialogue it has generated, weaving the next generation into “the Milwaukee tradition of constructive social action.” “I think that story hasn’t been told. I think it started here in Bay View. Started with the neighborhood that created Jim Groppi…” Rozga said. “We need to see ourselves in the light of that past. And I think that will make a difference in how we act in the future.” Sargent now has two adult children and nine grandchildren. “I give credit to Father Groppi for putting that fire inside me,” she said. “That allowed me to raise my children and grandchildren colorless.” Were he here 40 years after the open housing marches, what cause would Groppi champion today? “His love was always young people who feel lost,” Rozga said, “who feel disenfranchised, who feel that they’re not getting what they should be getting from school, or they don’t see job opportunities in front of them so their vision of the future is bleak. He never stopped wanting to work with down-and-out kids. That was always his love.”

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Greenprint legislation passed unanimously

Rotary benefit gala for volunteer Florence Nevins, Milwaukee businesswoman and volunteer at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, has collected jewelry for resale to support the center. “Sometimes that’s how we met the payroll,” said Sr. Edna Lonergan, Rotarian and director of St. Ann Center.

On a 16-0 vote July 26, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors approved the Greenprint (or Green Print) legislation introduced earlier this year by District 4 Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic. The Greenprint is a comprehensive environmental plan for Milwaukee County that includes lower energy consumption, using more renewable energy sources, turning unused parkland into native grasslands, managing stormwater runoff, requiring higher energy efficiency standards in new projects, and the creation of a cabinet-level position to oversee the plan’s implementation. The legislation was supported by a concerned citizen coalition including the Sierra Club, Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, the Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods Coalition, the Park People, Milwaukee County Conservation Coalition, the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, IBEW Local 2150, Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers, Groundwork Milwaukee, Urban Open Space Foundation, Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, One Wisconsin Now, and Institute for Wisconsin’s Future.

Help sought for back-to-school kits Seventy-five percent of all MPS students receive free or reduced lunch, which means they come from impoverished homes or homes with borderline incomes. In 2002, it was observed that August was the month of heaviest emergency food pantry usage. To prevent families from having to choose between buying food or getting school supplies for their children, the then-Southeast Clergy Association and the Bay View Community Center sponsored a joint campaign to provide families with hundreds of back-to-school kits, said Roger Hawthorne, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church. Grace Presbyterian is again conducting its back-to-school kits campaign to benefit children at Trowbridge Street School, only half a block away.

Amy Daroszeski, Broad Vocabulary, tucked Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book of J.K. Rowlings’ wizarding series, into a bag for an eager customer just after midnight, July 21. Across the street at Harry W. Schwartz, a line of customers wound through the store as they waited to purchase the book. 8.3 million copies of Hallows sold worldwide the first day, a publishing record. ~photo Katherine Keller

will enable families to obtain food—and equip their children for school.” To help, contact Hawthorne at (414) 483-7060 or gracepresbayview@hotmail. com.

PCB contamination fear cordons public fields In July, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) donated fertilizer to Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Department because its nitrogen content was insufficient for sale as the commercial fertilizer Milorganite. When it was learned this fertilizer contained PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), an industrial pollutant not legally discharged since the 1970s, sites at which the fertilizer had already been spread were indefinitely closed on health grounds. In all, 31 sites (five at county parks closed July 20 and 25 at MPS fields closed July 24 plus a site at the county grounds) were fenced off as a precaution to prevent human exposure to any level of PCBs, longterm exposure to which can cause cancer. At press time, preliminary testing of soil at

“Essentially the challenge is either to provide the actual supplies a child will need to return (or enter) school, or to donate the money that such can be purchased,” Hawthorne wrote. “Our hope, of course, is that

those sites had shown minimal levels of PCBs but further tests sanctioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were expected before the fields will be reopened. Early reports indicated as much as 85 parts per million of PCBs in fertilizer used at the county parks and 2.2 parts per million in that used at MPS fields. At press time, the highest amount of PCBs detected in the soil was 2.7 parts per million from a site at Wick Field. Up to 10 parts per million of PCBs are federally permissible in sewer sludge; 1 part per million is considered the acceptable maximum for Milorganite. At press time, it was thought the source of the PCBs was most likely sewer sediment that had historically accumulated within sewer pipes and was recently cleaned out by MMSD, which plans to modify its procedures to test for and contain sediment contamination. In the Compass readership area, the MPS field closures have affected Bay View High School, Emigh Field, Kosciuszko School (South Stadium), Lewis Field, Lincoln Field, and Pulaski High School. That’s in addition to the county park field closures at Sheridan and Grant Parks.

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Spanish language collection at library The Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., is organizing a Spanish language collection. The collection of roughly 1,000 materials (currently interfiled within the general stacks with red and yellow “Español” stickers and less than 2 percent of all branch materials) will be housed near the front of the library when completely assembled, making the collection roughly the size of Zablocki Library’s Spanish language collection, said Chris Gawronski, Bay View’s branch manager. Responses to a survey by UMOS (United Migrant Opportunity Services) one year ago suggested the desire in the community for a Spanish language collection specifically at Bay View, Gawronski said. Bay View has also seen an increase in Spanish speaking patrons, especially since library hours changed in 2005, with Bay View expanding its hours but Forest Home Library reducing hours, especially its Thursday night hours, Gawronski said. The collection should be physically in place by the end of next month, if not sooner, with its new cataloguing category functional by the end of the year. There is also an effort to add more Spanish language titles to the collection.

Boulevard opens 22nd season The Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2252 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., opens its 22nd season with Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing), Wednesday, Aug. 15. The oneman play, featuring Tom Dillon and directed by Boulevard artistic director Mark Bucher, runs through Sept. 2. The New York Times called Eno “a Samuel Becket for the John Stewart generation,” and praised the play, a 2005 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama, “To sum up the more or less indescribable: Thom Pain is at bottom a surreal meditation of the empty promises life makes, the way experience never lives up to the weird and awesome fact of being. But it is also, in its odd, bewitching beauty, an affirmation of life’s worth.” The 22nd season lineup: The Book of Liz (Sept. 12-30), The Internationalist (Oct. 10-28), Indian Blood (Nov. 14-Dec. 2), Say Goodnight, Gracie (Jan. 16-Feb. 3), and Catholic School Girls (February-March, 2008). Two more shows are projected for April and May, 2008. Tickets are $20 or $21. Shows are 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30pm Sundays, and 7:30pm on the opening Wednesday and only Thursday. For tickets, show times, or more information, call (414) 744-5757 or go to boulevardtheatre.com.

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Bay View High School All-Class Reunion at Festa Italiana July 22

Richard “Dickey” Wenzel, class of 1948, emcee in 1987 and again in 2007, with his dance partner and longtime friend Janis Mae Hansing-Liedtke. They have known each other since kindergarten and have danced together through the years. They opened the show with a bang, performing their routine to “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and finished their performance with a jitterbug.

BVHS alumna Gwendolyn Minor-Jones, class of 1997, performed a praise dance while her godmother, Princess Hill-Sills, a BVHS grad and BVHS teacher, sang. They touched the audience with the beauty of their performance.

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~courtesy Shane Doyle, Doyle’s Photography

National Senior Center Week This month AARP Magazine named Milwaukee one of the top five cities for Baby Boomers to live in. The reasons cited included fantastic recreation opportunities and free, state-of-the-art fitness centers located in senior centers throughout the county. Milwaukee’s five senior centers will join thousands of senior centers across the country in celebrating National Senior Center Week Sept. 10-14 when each center will showcase its existing programs and offer special events for the community. Participating senior centers include Clinton and Bernice Rose Senior Center, 3045 N. Martin Luther King Dr., (414) 2632255; Kelly Senior Center, 6100 S. Lake Dr., (414) 481-9611; McGovern Park Senior Center, 4500 W. Custer Ave., (414)

527-0990; Washington Park Senior Center, 4500 W. Vliet St., (414) 933-2332; and Wilson Park Senior Center, 2601 W. Howard Ave., (414) 282-5566. Participation at these centers is free and open to anyone age 50 and older. Kelly Senior Center specializes in holistic health programming, history programs, card games as well as ceramics. A garden area has been installed in the back courtyard. This will eventually serve as an outdoor classroom for environmental education programs. This center along the lakeshore has wireless internet. In March 2007, Wilson Senior Center became Milwaukee’s first nationally accredited senior center. This sprawling center houses enthusiastic artists, music, and dance groups, exercise classes, foreign language lessons as well as a wireless Parkside Café. Extended evening hours

are offered on Wednesday nights from 4:30 to 8:30pm to accommodate daytime workers. Wilson Park Senior Center will host an evening open house Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 4:30 to 8pm.

Euphony: A Celebration of Song & Dance

McGovern Park Senior Center is known for jewelry-making classes using silversmithing techniques, lapidary, yoga, walking and dart ball clubs as well as quilting and other crafts. Clinton and Bernice Rose Senior Center is known for its performing dance groups, the Roselettes and Country Dustbusters, as well as a variety of craft groups, exercise classes, card clubs, and billiards. Washington Park Senior Center is known for its computer classes, hand weights, water exercise, yoga, Tai Chi, dance classes, and woodshop.

Soulstice Theatre will present four summer performances of “Euphony: A Celebration of Song & Dance,” an evening of music and choreography featuring many area performers, plus the students of STArS (Soulstice Theatre Arts School).

All five Milwaukee centers offer computer labs with internet access, fitness centers, travel opportunities and daily meals.

Shows are Aug. 15-18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $7 for children under 7. All shows will be presented in the third floor auditorium of the Marian Center, 2900 S. Shore Dr. Entrance is at the far southwest corner of the building. Use elevator. For information or to order tickets: (414) 431-3187 or soulsticetheatre.org.

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HALL MONITOR Starting school in the budget dark

First aid for history’s paper trail

By Jay Bullock

It would be the first time since Tommy Thompson signed the 1999-2001 budget Oct. 27, 1999 that the Milwaukee Public Schools will begin a school year without knowing for certain what state aids will be coming.

The Senate and Assembly have passed two very different budgets; the committee designed to resolve the differences has met, as of this writing (Aug. 1), only twice. The differences are significant for MPS: Gretchen Schuldt, a district financial policy analyst, said the Senate budget provides more resources for the district than the Assembly’s. “It’s better for MPS,” she said, “better for educating children.” Peter Blewett, president of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors agreed, saying, “The Assembly budget hurts Milwaukee big time.” The 2007-08 budget MPS passed in May was based on Governor Jim Doyle’s proposed budget, and Blewett said the Senate bill was much closer to what Doyle outlined. Representative Chris Sinicki (D-Bay View) was also unimpressed with the Assembly budget. In particular, Sinicki cited Assembly changes to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. The Assembly budget expands choice to all of Milwaukee County but, Sinicki said, funds the expansion only with tax dollars from the city of Milwaukee. The Senate does not expand the program and addresses the so-called “funding flaw”—that Milwaukee property taxpayers pay more for a student to attend a choice school than for that student to attend MPS. Blewett also noted that the Senate budget

provides more funding for special education and includes a program for MPS to improve math and science test scores and graduation rates. The Assembly removed those items, even though some passed the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance.

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ay View resident Doug Stone conserves paper. His business, Fulkerstone, contracts with individuals and institutions to repair works on paper.

Perhaps most critical to MPS are the revenue cap levels, which determine the maximum levy rates for school districts. The Senate version keeps expected increases, but the Assembly version cuts them, which could cost MPS more than $6 million next year.

Since 1976, Stone has worked with private collectors, galleries, and museums all over the United States. Locally, he has done book conservation for the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Nationally, his clients include both the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Texas Tech in Lubbock. Coincidentally, both projects were conserving old globes, including the Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718) globe, circa 1680, in the collection at Texas Tech.

MPS must finalize its budget in October and set the levy rate. If the state hasn’t passed a budget by then, both Blewett and Schuldt said, MPS will need legal advice about how to proceed. Local School Board Director Terry Falk said the board has not yet discussed the possibility of no state budget, or of a budget closer to the Assembly’s version than the Senate’s. Falk suggested Governor Doyle may very well veto his way back to where he started if that happens.

The business name is derived from a contraction of his wife’s maiden name, Fulkerson, and his last name, Stone. Linda Stone, originally from Buffalo, N.Y. and Stone, from Cambridge, Mass., met in Boston. They moved their fledgling enterprise to Bay View in 1978. Although not a preservationist, Linda’s science background contributed to Stone’s understanding paper chemistry when he began learning his craft.

Even if MPS finds itself short once the state budget passes, Falk doesn’t expect mid-year layoffs or cuts to current programs, instead citing schools or programs scheduled to begin later that could be delayed or scaled back. Perhaps by the time you read this the budget will be done. If not, Sinicki suggests contacting friends and family outside Milwaukee. Milwaukee legislators already know how important a timely and supportive budget is for MPS. That message should be sent to legislators in the rest of the state, she said.

Stone prefers to be considered a paper conservator, which he said differs from the concept of restoration. “A paper conservator is someone who specializes in paper. Restoring it, fixing it, [but the main thing is that] you have some guidelines versus what a paper restorer does,” Stone explained. “A restorer can add new things to the item, whereas a conservator’s aim is to do as much to the object with the materials available, change it as little as possible

Jay Bullock is a Milwaukee Public Schools English teacher with a blog at folkbum.com. Contact him at mpshallmonitor@gmail.com.

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that he does not make his own paper—although he is able to—nor does he use historical reproduction paper in his work. Stone said his mission is to use the best materials available that are “reversible.” That means he uses materials that can be removed from the paper and replaced with a superior product later on, if necessary. “I don’t try to fool the customer; I use materials that work well with the structure of the paper. I want the artwork to dominate, not the restoration job.” Stone did not study paper conservation in college. He majored in archaeology at UW-Madison. After participating in digs in India, Stone moved back to Boston to work as a picture framer. As he pursued that vocation, he concluded that he knew little about the paper he used in his finished product. He became

curious about paper and archival framing techniques and began to ask fellow framers about those materials and techniques. When they couldn’t satisfy his inquiries, he posed them to conservators but was still deterred. His curiosity drove him to move from framer to learning the paper conservation trade. In the beginning of his paper conservation career, Stone said that he tapped into the expertise of members of the papermaking industry in Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s paper industry, he said, prompted him to permanently relocate from Boston to the Midwest. The Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton (IPC) was very helpful to Stone in the early years. He noted a particular instructor from the IPC, Ed Dickey, who was integral to Stone’s comprehension of paper structure and its chemical composi-

tion. The IPC is an impartial scientific institution that local papermakers use to test and develop innovative paper products. Stone created a climate-controlled studio, regulating its humidity and temperature depending on the project. The tools Stone uses are objects familiar to the average household including knives, spatulas, Tupperware, and razors. Other tools include dental instruments, water pastels, and erasers. Stone uses presses to flatten the paper, which improve the integrity of the paper and make it easier to work with. Stone is certified by and a professional associate of the American Institute of Conservation, or AIC. The mission of the AIC is to codify the craft in order to prevent destructive methods performed by earlier conservators who worked on paper prior to the development of the science

In addition to map and document conservation, Stone repairs book covers and bindings. ~photo Samantha Lukens

and technology that guides contemporary artisans, and to provide its members the knowledge gained through mutual experiences. He said that today’s paper conservation techniques are relatively new, going back to the 1960s. The AIC guidelines are based on scientific data, practice, and expertise that members share in order to maintain the integrity of their craft, Stone said.

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Historic Bay View Saveland Pond was once Tippecanoe Lake By Anna Passante

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ipe dreams. We all have them. The dream house, dream car, dream vacation, dream lake in your own backyard. Wait. Dream lake? That’s right. That was the dream of Great Lakes Captain John Saveland, and he made it real. He came from a maritime family. Captain John Saveland’s father, Tennis Zacharias Saveland, a Norwegian sea captain, immigrated to America with his wife Paulina and their eight children in 1844. Their sons Edward, Jacob, John, Theodore, and Zacharias all became Great Lakes ship captains. Captain

Captain Saveland’s house abuts the Saveland Park lagoon. ~photo Anna Passante

built on the burned-out foundation of Isaac Austin’s old barn. Lumber was donated, and the fieldstone used to rebuild the foundation was collected from the nearby Howard’s Woods. The grand opening of the Tippecanoe Community Hall took place July 28, 1893, and featured R. Bruce Douglas’ Indian club swinging act. On Aug. 13, 1994, descendants of Tennis Zacharias Saveland celebrated the 150th anniversary of their ancestor’s arrival in America. Walter Saveland III is the fifth from the right, in second row, wearing the striped tie. His father is kneeling in the front row, the first on left. ~courtesy Walter Saveland III

This 1915 photo shows the Tippecanoe Community Hall after the Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church remodeled it. The second floor wraparound veranda was removed and the stairway was moved from the side to the front of the building, but the cupola was retained. ~courtesy Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church

John Saveland was part-owner of a number of Great Lakes schooners, including the Ebenezer and the Grace Grummond. Along with being a ship captain, Saveland was also a coowner of a steamboat and vessel supply store on S. Water Street. In 1890, Saveland bought a 20-acre tract of land in the Town of Lake from farmer Isaac Austin and built a home, which still stands, at 3723 S. First St.

It seems you could take the captain from the lakes but you couldn’t take the lake out of the captain. In order to create his own lake, the retired Saveland tapped into a deep artesian well, flooding two acres of his property. A pump house was then built to sustain the water supply. Residents rented rowboats, canoes, and sailboats from the captain’s personal nautical gear collection, and cruised happily around the lake. Saveland’s handyman, Jerry, hauled the equipment out of a large barn on the property. Ice skating on a nice winter’s day was also a treat for residents. Saveland named his lake “Tippecanoe” as a tribute to Republican President William Henry Harrison, who had victoriously led

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U.S. forces in the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe in Indiana Territory against the forces of Shawnee Indian Chief Tecumseh. Harrison used the slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too” in his 1840 successful presidential campaign in an attempt to remind people of his heroism in the battle (his grandson, Benjamin Harrison, was president at the time Saveland filled his lake). Later, the surrounding area would be known as the Tippecanoe neighborhood. Tippecanoe Lake was such a great success for Captain Saveland that he went on to build the Tippecanoe Community Hall across from the lake at 125 W. Saveland Ave. Carpenter Bradford Burdick was hired, and with the help of volunteers, the hall was

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Tippecanoe Lake also underwent a remodeling of a sort. When the nearby St. Francis Major Seminary dug a deeper well, they inadvertently tapped into the underground vein that supplied water to Tippecanoe Lake. Like pulling the plug from the bathtub, the lake was drained nearly dry. Captain Saveland died in 1909, and in the 1930s, his only surviving child, Helen Saveland Thompson, donated the Tippecanoe Lake tract of land to the Milwaukee County Park Commission. Saveland Park was the result, a 2.9-acre park with a lagoon (the remnant of Tippecanoe Lake), shelter, and kiddie pool.

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By 1915, declining attendance, perhaps due to the mass use of the automobile, caused the hall to close. The hall was sold to the Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church for $2,000. The old building was remodeled a number of times, but much of the original hall remains, including the original fieldstone foundation and the wooden floors on the second floor.

According to Walter Saveland III, a greatgrandson of Captain John’s brother Jacob, “There was a Saveland clan gathering at Saveland Park on Aug. 13, 1994. Descendents of Tennis Zacharias Saveland came together to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his arrival in America.” And what better place to celebrate such an event than in a park named for Tennis’ son, Captain John Saveland.

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The two-story hall, topped with a cupola, had tall windows on the second floor overlooking a wide veranda that circled the building. Low-hanging eaves on the hipped roof completely covered the veranda. Fan-shaped windows at the roofline featured multicolored glass. Surprisingly, the second floor dance hall had a no-liquor policy. A crackling fire provided warmth for the dancers as well as the October hay riders and winter skaters. The dance hall became so popular that the streetcar line was extended in order to provide transportation to the dances. The hall also served as a place to hold recitals, funerals, Sunday school classes, and weddings.

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it all on wind yet,” he said. Among those factors are changes in the net input of sediment from the Fox and other rivers entering the bay and the influence of invasive species, such as zebra and quagga mussels, that filter particles from water as they feed. But whether caused by wind changes or mussels or some combination of factors, large changes in sediment accumulation “can substantially influence how the bay works in terms of chemistry and biology,” said Waples. Perhaps most significantly, increased accumulation can lead to a deficiency of oxygen—that is, hypoxia—in the bottom waters of the bay. Hypoxia is brought on when bacteria feast on the sediment’s abundance of dead plant and animal matter, consuming oxygen in the process. The condition can stress or kill fish and organisms that dwell on the bottom of the bay.

Winds of change in Green Bay By Jennifer Yauck

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im Waples may be a Packers fan, but when he speaks about winds of change in Green Bay, he’s not making reference to Brett Favre’s inevitable retirement. Waples is a biogeochemist at UW-Milwaukee’s Great Lakes WATER Institute, and for the last several years, he has been studying how wind patterns in the Great Lakes region impact Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. He and fellow researcher Val Klump say summer winds in the region have shifted their average direction significantly within the last two decades, and the shift may be causing sediment to build up in the bay.

About 132,000 tons of sediment per year—that’s around 24 dump trucks worth per day—empty from the Fox River into Green Bay. Sediment is material such as eroded soil, minerals, and decaying plant and animal matter that is suspended in a body of water and eventually settles to the bottom. Historically, typical summer winds blowing over the Great Lakes came from the southwest, setting up a pattern of water circulation that helped flush this sediment out of Green Bay and into Lake Michigan’s open waters. Like a conveyor belt, the winds blowing along the length of Green Bay pushed

The average August winds in the early 1980s blew along the length of Green Bay from the southwest (indicated by arrows in drawing A). By the late 1990s, the average winds blew across the width of Green Bay from the southeast (drawing B).

warm surface water, and sediment, out to the lake, while cold water from the lake then moved into the bottom of the bay. “When most people think of climate change, they think of warmer global temperatures, but here we’re showing there are more subtle changes—like regional wind shifts—that can affect our lakes.” —Jim Waples, WATER Institute biogeochemist

But since about 1990, the region’s average summer winds have been coming more frequently from the east. The most probable cause of this wind shift is a southerly shift in the dominant storm track, the path that storms follow, over the Great Lakes basin. Waples and Klump wondered if the change in average wind direction could inhibit the exchange of water between the bay and lake, effectively slowing down the conveyor belt

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did find a knife, “like a big pocket knife.” By then, the whole area was saturated with police, at least four squads, Daroszeski said. Aftermath Following their robbery, Broad Vocabulary’s principals debated installing security cameras but ultimately decided it was against the store philosophy to have cameras watching everyone, Daroszeski said. They now have a sign posted in the window that there is never more than $50 in the register and have reinforced the policy—stressed during the string of Bay View’s robberies earlier this year—that whoever closes the store have a friend with them or come pick them up. They also will not open the register to give change to strangers. (Morrison had allegedly asked Cruz for change for a dollar twice before attacking her.)

Babe’s is planning to install security cameras, Cruz said.

and trapping more sediment in the bay. To test this idea, over the last several years they collected sediment cores—long cylinders of sediment obtained by sinking a hollow pipe vertically into the bay floor—from the southern half of Green Bay. Then, by slicing the core into equally thin sections and estimating the age of each slice using a technique known as radiometric dating, they determined how much sediment accumulated over various time periods—that is, they determined rates of sediment accumulation. So far, the researchers’ data show that indeed, at some locations, sediment has been accumulating nearly twice as fast as it did before the winds shifted during the late 1980s. Waples cautions that additional factors can affect the rate of sediment accumulation in the bay, too, however. “We can’t pin

The buildup of sediment also has implications for the economy and recreation in the Green Bay area. Sediment that settles in the bay’s channels and harbors presents an obstacle for ships and boats, and needs to be dredged annually—at a cost of about $14 per cubic yard—in order to maintain the waters’ navigability. “If the bay really is retaining more material, this problem may be exacerbated,” said Waples. In the future, the researchers are interested in studying how wind directions and sediment accumulation are linked to oxygen consumption in the bay. Their work so far, however, already underscores a valuable point: climate change may have subtle effects at the regional scale. “When most people think of climate change, they think of warmer global temperatures,” said Waples, “but here we’re showing there are more subtle changes—like regional wind shifts—that can affect our lakes.” The Great Lakes WATER (Wisconsin Aquatic Technology and Environmental Research) Institute is the largest freshwater academic research institute in the Great Lakes region. More information: glwi.uwm.edu.

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Morrison, of Cudahy and unknown age (both 1969 and 1964 have been listed as his birth year though his record was confirmed by fingerprint ID according to Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern), was previously convicted on two felony charges, driving or operating a vehicle without consent in 2005 and substantial battery with intent of bodily harm in 2002. He was previously convicted of various misdemeanors including operating while revoked in 2005, resisting or obstructing an officer in 2004, criminal damage to property in 2000, carrying a concealed weapon in 1999, and theft [of ] moveable property in 1998. A plea agreement was reached with regard to charges of retail theft in 2001. He has also been charged with various license violations and fraud to obtain a license. Morrison is charged with two counts of robbery with use of force for the Babe’s and Broad Vocabulary robberies. A trial date was to be set at an Aug. 14 hearing. “I really firmly believe that if Jen and I hadn’t been watching this, I think he would have gotten away. Even though she [Christine] was yelling, nobody was running after him,” said Daroszeski. “I wish I had been the one to tackle him.” Orloff credits all those who participated in the chase. Cruz is still a little shaken by the incident, but thankful that Morrison was caught.

Morrison was tackled and arrested in this alley (looking south, toward Smith) between Austin and Burrell streets. ~photo Katherine Keller

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“The community actually really cared. I have to thank God for that,” Cruz said.

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State budget now in conference committee R EPRESENTATIVE R ICHARDS

Jon Richards is the state representative for Wisconsin’s 19th state Assembly District, which includes Bay View, the Third Ward, eastern downtown, and the East Side. He can be reached at (888) 534-0019 or rep. richards@legis.wisconsin.gov.

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he Legislature is currently debating the state budget in Madison. My major concern is that middle class families in our community, and our city, are well represented in the final bill. Our city has unique needs because we face unique challenges. The Legislature must make sure the choices it makes are fair to Milwaukee’s taxpayers, schools, universities, police, fire and highway departments, and people who need health care. The budget process occurs once every two years and usually takes a long time. This year is no exception. It takes so long because of a variety of factors. A political difference among parties certainly plays a role, but so does the desire from all stakeholders to create a final document that serves Wisconsin well. It wasn’t until the Assembly Republicans rejected the Senate’s version of the budget and created their own document that Milwaukee had a serious reason to worry. Milwaukee County was one of the few counties in the state to receive an arbitrarily larger cut in local government funding. In this budget cycle, as is tradition, the governor led off the process with an ambitious budget including many much-needed initiatives for Milwaukee. He included increased funding for police protection, historic investments in our public schools and universities, and other investments to ensure that the state’s economic engine remained healthy and strong. The governor’s budget then went to the Joint Committee on Finance, a bipartisan legislative committee in charge of reviewing the budget and making recommendations and changes. Not every provision is ultimately agreed to in JFC, but Milwaukee wasn’t forgotten. Then the budget bill was debated and modified by the state Senate. Many pro-Milwaukee initiatives survived. It wasn’t until the Assembly Republicans rejected the Senate’s version of the budget and created their own document that Milwaukee had a serious reason to worry. Under the Assembly Republicans’ budget our city’s public schools would see historic cuts leading to larger class sizes and teacher layoffs. Our university took a hit as well, with funding cuts and financial aid cuts that could lead to tuition increases. Our local government was also attacked. Milwaukee County was one of the few counties in the state to receive an arbitrarily larger cut in local government funding. The Assembly Republicans also took away proposals that would have expanded access to quality, affordable health care to nearly every man, woman, and child in our state. Because both legislative houses disagreed on a budget document, the process has now moved on to a conference committee consisting of even numbers of Democrats and Republicans, with members of both houses serving. Over the next month, this committee must come up with a budget both sides can agree on. If they cannot, essential public services could be jeopardized, schools will not know what resources they can afford, and universities will not know how much tuition to collect from students, among other things.

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I had the opportunity to sit on the conference committee last month and fight for a reasonable solution to our health care crisis in Wisconsin. I also had the chance to stand up for our city and demand equal treatment in the final budget document. I am confident that at the end of the day an agreement will be reached that will take care of Milwaukee’s middle class families.

Assault continues on family planning R EPRESENTATIVE S INICKI By Chris Sinicki

I was outraged when my majority colleagues in the state Assembly introduced a budget that, if passed, will make life harder in many ways for our state’s families. One set of budget cuts is the de-funding of the family planning network across the state. As a result of these cuts, 33 family planning clinics in Wisconsin could be closed. Another 20 could be affected so negatively they would struggle to stay open. And, as a result, the state would have to pass up more than $1.5 million federal matching dollars that now flow here. De-funding the family planning network could close 33 family planning clinics in Wisconsin and affect another 20 so negatively they would struggle to stay open. Protecting access to family planning is a critical issue basic to the physical and financial health of families across the state. The data available about the benefits of family planning are compelling. Without access to birth control, the average woman would have between 12 and 15 pregnancies in her lifetime. That is why 90 percent of all women have decided to use birth control at some point in their lives, according to a 2005 Guttmacher Institute report. The ability to plan and space pregnancies has improved maternal and infant health everywhere and has increased the wealth of the average family as women have been able to acquire more education and enter the workforce in greater numbers. Affordable access to birth control improves families’ chances of prosperity, since it allows them to chart their economic futures to the best of their abilities. Closing family planning clinics across the state will hurt women of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Removing access to legally-prescribed birth control severely limits how people can plan their work lives or plan for continuing education. In addition, with 66 percent of women working, Wisconsin ranks fifth in the nation for females in the workforce. Working women add money to family budgets and raise family incomes and financial security across the state. Without the ability to plan their pregnancies, women are significantly less able to work to help support their families. Many Republicans in the Legislature have long searched for such methods of undermining family planning services in Wisconsin, even going so far as trying to convince Wisconsin residents that their pharmacists, nurses, and doctors should be able to with-

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hold prescriptions for birth control, pain medication, and medical care if the provider feels morally opposed for any reason. Over the past three legislative sessions, Republican bills have been introduced to try to legalize these outrageous practices. Therefore, I have introduced the Birth Control Protection Act, which prohibits pharmacists from denying women valid birth control prescriptions. As a legislator I am dedicated to ensuring that parents all over the state have the resources and options they need to provide for their families. Access to affordable birth control helps Wisconsin’s families make their most important life decisions in a responsible, careful way. Chris Sinicki is the state representative for Wisconsin’s 20th state Assembly District, which includes southern Bay View, St. Francis, Cudahy, the airport, and other parts of the south side. She can be reached at (888) 5340020 or rep.sinicki@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Milwaukee is first U.S. fair trade city A LDERMAN Z IELINSKI By Tony Zielinski

Adding to its many designations, Milwaukee can now boast to be the nation’s first “fair trade city” after the Common Council passed my fair trade resolution in July. I believe the fair trade status will help the city economically and in other ways. Fair trade city status is the right thing to do from a human rights standpoint because of the horrible sweatshop conditions that produce far too many products that make it into this country. But fair trade is also important because sweatshop practices in other countries are costing Americans family-supporting jobs, and government must use its purchasing power to lead the way to social justice. With adoption of the resolution, the city of Milwaukee joins more than 300 Fairtrade Towns within the United Kingdom and Europe. Michael Howden, coordinator of the Milwaukee Clean Clothes Campaign—an effort to convince stores here not to carry sweatshop-produced clothing items—said the fair trade city status is important for all Milwaukeeans to embrace. “We’ve found that most

of the Milwaukee residents we talk to about the fair trade issue agree with the moral and ethical stand that is being taken against the degradation, exploitation, and abuse that occurs in sweatshops, and now we’re moving forward with educating people so that governments, businesses, and individuals can make responsible buying decisions and support fair trade,” said Howden. Avalon Theatre Update The Avalon Theatre is still well over a year away from being reopened. The reason for the delay is that the project is turning out to be more expensive than originally planned. Originally, the project was to cost in the neighborhood of $4 million but now could be as much as $7 million. So far I have secured financial assistance for the project and I am in the process of securing significant additional financial assistance. The plan is to retain the historical integrity of the building while expanding the number of screens. A couple of extra screens will be added in the balcony that will be closed off from the main theater. Each one of the two screens should accommodate 150 people. Additionally, the apartments will be replaced with an upscale boutique hotel. Another addition will be a 5,000-square foot full-service restaurant. This restaurant will also provide food and beverages for the moviegoers wanting to eat and drink during the movie. Tony Zielinski is the city’s alderman for District 14, which includes Bay View. He can be reached at tzieli@milwaukee.gov or (414) 286-3769.

The county executive’s budget Twilight Zone S UPERVISOR D IMITRIJEVIC By Marina Dimitrijevic

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Zone. This fiscal delusion is like a broken record that keeps playing the same old song. There is talk once again from the executive branch of more cuts to quality of life services such as our county parks system and the Milwaukee County Transit System. The proposed closing of the only two Milwaukee County-run community centers is just plain illogical. While we are in the preliminary stages of the budget process, it is still appalling that the county executive’s department heads are submitting the same budgets the public and County Board rejected last year. Over 500 residents attended the Milwaukee County Board’s annual public budget hearing to voice their opposition to cuts in parks funding, pool closings, and transit fare increases. The proposed budget cuts will have long-lasting effects on both the parks and transit systems. Cutting over 50 parks employees, along with closing pools and community centers, will only serve as the demise of one of our most precious resources, the Milwaukee County Parks System. We should be investing in our amenities, turning things around, and promoting and preserving the parks for future generations. The proposed closing of the only two Milwaukee County-run community centers is just plain illogical. Our parks and recreation programs offer many self-improvement opportunities for the youth and seniors in our community. These programs have proven to be successful in preventing crime by providing productive, recreational alternatives for young people. Lastly, the transit proposal to eliminate 13 routes and cut service to 13 more is a move in the wrong direction for public transit in Milwaukee County. We should be reducing the fares and increasing service in hopes of attracting new riders and reducing traffic and pollution. In addition, the proposal to charge $1.50 more per roundtrip for disabled residents is wrong. For many, Milwaukee County-run Transit Plus is the only transportation option and provides hope for independence. A core part of Milwaukee County’s mission is to provide safety-net services to people who need the most help.

for its children. That includes the arts. The new board made sure that there were significant changes in the school system’s budget. But shouldn’t we be concentrating on the basics—reading, writing, and arithmetic? Do we want children painting when they should be reading? And the cost—isn’t all that art stuff a waste of money that is just going to raise our taxes? The real tax wasters are uncontrolled health care costs, unsound educational practices, and energy-inefficient buildings and transportation. The real tax wasters are uncontrolled health care costs, unsound educational practices, and energy-inefficient buildings and transportation. Additional art, music, and other specialists add value to education in cost-efficient ways. Students who develop and express creativity in art class are likely to transfer that creativity to writing and other problem-solving situations. Studies show that students who take music do better in math. Researchers speculate that music wires the brain in a way that promotes math skills. Students who practice a musical instrument for hours are likely to transfer those same work habits to their academic assignments. Students who are physically fit are likely to miss fewer days of school and be more attentive in the classroom. Spending hours on drill and practice for standardized tests is not likely to improve basic skills because students are likely to be taught “test-taking” skills rather than real math or reading. If school is a series of endless drills, students are more likely to hate school and drop out rather than advance academically. That does not mean we should eliminate standardized testing. Nor does it mean that we want our children involved in mindless art projects cutting out endless cookie cutter snowflakes in the winter or hearts for Valentine’s Day. Parents should be on the lookout for busywork assignments like “word

search” and “fill in the blank” worksheets in children’s backpacks. These are clear signs that children are not receiving challenging academic assignments. If you see this kind of work coming home, start asking questions at your school. Busywork and teaching to the test are where the real waste is in our classrooms. Good teachers know that incorporating art, music, and physical education with the basic skills is likely to create better-educated children in the long run. Terry Falk is the Milwaukee Public Schools Director for District 8, which includes Bay View. His column is scheduled to appear every other month in this paper. To contact him, call (414) 510-9173 or email falktf@milwaukee. k12.wi.us.

Funding for technical colleges depends on conference committee

By Jeff Pale

ducation is the cornerstone of a strong economy and one that needs to be addressed on all levels from the state and federal government. Throughout my time in the Legislature I have remained committed to ensuring a quality education for our young people and preparing them for whatever path they choose upon completion of high school. Whether it is the pursuit of a degree from the fine University of Wisconsin, one of our re-

The County Board will receive County Executive Walker’s proposed 2008 budget at the end of September. As I have done in the previous years, I will hold many listening sessions throughout our neighborhood to gain your input during the budget process. With your help, we can bring the 2008 budget out of the county executive’s Twilight Zone and start making real progress in Milwaukee County.

As John F. Kennedy once said, “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.” The University of Wisconsin system and our private colleges and universities are a key component of Wisconsin’s economy and an integral factor in attracting young people to our state and retaining them upon graduation. There has been much focus of late on the UW system and its importance to Wisconsin. From changes in admissions policies to budget funding for new facilities to incentives promoting faculty retention, the UW has been at the forefront. There are other institutions in Wisconsin that must not be overlooked in the process. Wisconsin’s technical colleges play an equally vital role in economic development in Wisconsin. They are a fundamental component in preparing adults for the workforce in a vast number of industries. For many young people—and returning students—in pursuit of prosperous employment, technical college is the best option. A well-trained workforce is vital to any economy and something that must be given attention.

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nowned private schools, or a degree from a technical college, ensuring our young people have the tools they need to contribute to the growth of our state is critical.

Manufacturing has long been the cornerstone of Milwaukee’s economy, but the industry has suffered here in recent years. This prolific past we enjoy in manufacturing can again be a gem of this part of the state. We see more and more jobs leave Wisconsin and an increasing number of young people follow suit. The manufacturing industry is revolutionizing into one that is highly technological and the workforce must transform alongside it to keep these businesses in Wisconsin and open doors for new industry. As it stands, Wisconsin’s workforce is experiencing a severe shortage of skilled labor. Failure to plug this hole will undoubtedly result in further loss of industry and further citizen flight from Wisconsin. In the state Senate budget package the importance of technical colleges was addressed through support for increased funding in areas including training programs, faculty development grants, and incentive grants. Unfortunately, this support was not upheld in the Republican-controlled Assembly and we must now look to the conference committee to uphold funding for Wisconsin’s technical colleges. Milwaukee Area Technical College alone serves 60,000 individuals and has the potential to serve so many more. We must make this growth a priority for the good of Wisconsin’s future. Growth and development in education will translate into growth and development for Wisconsin. Success in Wisconsin’s technical colleges will translate into success for Wisconsin. As John F. Kennedy once said, “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.”

Marina Dimitrijevic is the county’s supervisor of District 4, which includes Bay View. She can be reached at mdimitrijevic@milwcnty. com or (414) 278-4232.

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Jeff Plale is the state senator for Wisconsin’s 7th state Senate District, which spans from Milwaukee’s East Side to Oak Creek, including downtown, the Third Ward, Bay View, St. Francis, Cudahy, and South Milwaukee. He can be reached at (800) 361-5487 or sen. plale@legis.wisconsin.gov.

8TH DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTOR By Terry Falk

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ore teachers for the students! Milwaukee Public Schools is increasing art, music, and physical education in our elementary schools this fall. The last MPS School Board election sent a clear message to the school district that the public wants a more well-rounded education

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Jursik wins County Board District 8 seat Patricia Jursik, 3,104 (54%) Chris Kujawa, 2,622 (46%)

5,745 voted in the special election Aug. 7. Results are unofficial until verified by the Milwaukee County Election Commission. District 8 encompasses St. Francis, Cudahy, South Milwaukee, and parts of Oak Creek.

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Trade Winds

Avalon funding delays

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phoenix from the ashes, said in late July he was waiting for written commitments on “a series of loans and grants.” “Some of these things just take a lot longer than we were led to believe,” said Barczak, who described progress on renovating the historic atmospheric theater as “in limbo” until he has guaranteed financing to undertake the estimated $8 million project. “We’re just itching to start,” he said, and has an has architect, engineer, construction manager, and demolition plan all lined up, though he declined to identify the principals given the financial uncertainties. Preliminary roof work and testing inside for harmful elements has been done, Barczak said, “so we know what the lady looks like inside.” Barczak could not affirm the earlier-indicated January 2008 opening date and did not specify a construction timeline. He stressed that patience is needed by all parties and hopes “to have reconciliation [with regard to securing loans] in the next few weeks.” The building’s last commercial tenant, Fetish Hair Salon, 2637 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., is expected to move out soon and only a few residential tenants remain, Barczak said. Front Room Photography, 2483 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., moved down the street to the former Cream City Music location, 2637 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. In the meantime, Barczak has allowed a temporary art gallery, Temporary Contemporary, to occupy one of the vacant first floor retail spots at 2469 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Its hours are Friday 4-6pm and Saturday 1-5pm or by appointment at (414) 429-0980.

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Bay View Baptist Church sells building

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Harbor Baptist Church, currently at 1235 N. 12th St., July 27, said Peter Wolf, longtime parishioner, former church financial secretary, and its agent for sale.

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1. How many years have you been in business? Family business started in 1977— Rochester Hills, Mich. and 1997 in Milwaukee—Oak Creek. 2. How did you learn to make pastries? From my parents—years ago they baked daily at home before opening Bongiorno Bakery in 1977.

Aggie’s Bakery owner Aggie Purcell stands by her wedding cake display. ~photo Michael Timm

3. What do you like best about the baking business? One-on-one contact with my customers and hearing how they enjoyed what I had baked for them. 4. Do you speak Italian? Yes, fluently.

The Bay View Baptist congregation is dissolving after 115 years due to “declining enrollment and a wish for our ministry to be enhanced,” Wolf said. But with its charitable gifts and endowments from the proceeds of the sale, “We’ll be around in spirit for, obviously, a long time,” Wolf said.

5. For how many generations has your family been in the U.S.? What part of Italy is your family from? Three, my parents, myself, my children. Sicily.

Bay View Baptist expects to dispense about $750,000 to charitable causes, Wolf said. Some of that money will be spent on mission and ministry programs, for example spirit care for the elderly and shut-in.

8. How have brides changed in their wedding cake wishes during your career? They want more personalized and elaborate cakes.

He said other money will be dispensed, half as one-time gifts and half as endowment funds, to the following organizations: St. Ben’s, Bay View Community Center, Hope House, Milwaukee Christian Center, four national American Baptist Church offerings, and American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin’s Camp Tamarack.

10. Is there an Italian equivalent to kringle? No, not really. But we make a great strudel, made Best of Milwaukee in 2003.

6. Was there a bakery in this building before you occupied it? If not, what business? No—it was a sub shop. 7. What is the most challenging aspect of your business? Doing so many wedding cakes. Always needing more space and, as the business grows, more cake decorators.

9. What is your personal favorite flavor cake? I love the tuxedo—one layer white and one layer chocolate with a layer of raspberry filling.

Aggie’s Bakery Aggie Purcell 1800 E. Howard Ave. (414) 482-1288 aggiescakes.net If you would like to suggest a business for Q10, send it to Q10@bayviewcompass.com.

Carte Blanche Studios in Walker’s Point L

ate last month, Carte Blanche Studios opened at 1134 S. First St., in the 5,000square foot, three-room, fourth-floor loft serving as multipurpose/multimedia creative space. Carte Blanche is the brainchild of Jimmy Dragolovich, a Milwaukee-native filmmaker and director who recently returned from New York.

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The space will host live music, art exhibitions, comedy nights, showcases, and performance art. Classes offered include acting studio, piano, banjo, guitar, video editing, video production, deejay, Adobe Photoshop, and belly dancing. Theater productions, starting with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (auditions Aug. 21-22), are also planned.

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In addition, Carte Blanche offers video production services to film, edit, and produce music videos, commercials, or promotional videos. Other digital media services are offered and the space is also “for hire.” For more information call (414) 7582999 or email carteblanchestudios@gmail. com.

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