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Volume 4 • Issue 12

December 2007

Homeless in Bay View By Michael Timm

Meet Jim, Kathryn, and Glenn


rizzled, clear-eyed, and sagacious, Jim breathes slowly, deliberately, his breath coming deep from within a trim body covered in blue flannel, snow pants, and boots. His fingertips are yellowed and his lips barely emerge from beneath a thick outdoorsman’s beard. A fur trapper for 25 years, Jim has lived in the Wisconsin wilderness. He revels in na2007 Calls ture, loves for Shelter by bird watchSelected Zip Code ing, and can 53110 60 discern the 53204 501 call of tundra 53207 106 swans migrat53215 388 ing through 53221 86 the fog. 53235 10 With a gold Source: 2-1-1 @ Impact data cross necklace (*January-November) glinting on top of her red Mickey Mouse sweatshirt, Kathryn totes her CD player like a comfort blanket— though when it’s really cold she doesn’t use it because she’d rather keep her fingers warm by insulating her gloves with old newspaper than press its tiny buttons. She loves all kinds of music, from gospel to rock to country. Right now, her favorite song is “Paralyzer” by Finger Eleven. She fondly remembers when her 17-year-old daughter introduced her to the song and they turned it up in the car to rock out.

“Just getting through daily life, it’s hard. Finding things to do, or finding ways to make money, get basic needs met. There’s nothing really easy about it. Especially now it’s winter. That just makes it that much harder. Hard to deal with the cold.” —Glenn Quiet, courteous, alert, and cloaked in an olive drab army jacket, Glenn once pawned his Class of 1987 Cudahy High School ring. But through a stroke of fate, it was later recovered by police after that pawn shop was robbed, and now he again wears it proudly on his finger. Jim, Kathryn, and Glenn are all very different people with different stories. But they have one thing in common. They are homeless in Bay View. On a recent snowy Wednesday night, dozens of homeless, aged, and disabled people came in from the cold to enjoy fellowship and one or two helpings of the piping hot chili (and maybe some pudding for dessert) at Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1025 E. Oklahoma Ave., which sponsors a soup kitchen Wednesdays at 5:30pm. Jim missed that night—he was busy working the job he’s had since November, ringing a bell for the Salvation Army—but Kathryn and Glenn were among the diners.

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From January through November 2007, a total of 9,643 calls for some kind of shelter were logged by Impact, Inc., a private nonprofit serving Milwaukee County. Of the calls originating from a known Zip Code, 106 originated in 53207.

Kathryn’s Story


athryn is still troubled by the circumstances leading to her living out on the street, where the night wind penetrates multiple layers of clothes and blankets so that she finds it difficult to sleep. “I still feel the tremors of—It was just like an avalanche of bad events,” she said.

“It was just like an avalanche of bad events.” —Kathryn In 2005, Kathryn said, she was studying at Alverno College to become a nurse. She said her slide into homelessness started when she lost her job as a certified nursing assistant working with tracheotomy patients. Soon after, she said she was hit by a car. Then she said her son, now 19, was badly burned and hospitalized for more than a month. Kathryn said she was visiting him daily in the hospital, but

at about the same time, the mortgage on her Bay View home was going into foreclosure. “I kept holding on to school because as I was losing everything,” she said, choking back a tear, “school was the only thing left. And I was clutching on to that as hard as I could.” Her son pulled through, she said. But she lost the house. She has all but lost her education. After the foreclosure, she lost her two pet cats, Garnett and Emerald. Around the same time, she said she also lost custody of her daughter, who will be 18 in March. “During the time that my son was in the hospital and all this was going on, she was doing a lot of running away from home, and I was trying to do what I could to manage teens, but it’s kind of hard when you got the other parent who’s waiting somewhere in the neighborhood to help her,” said Kathryn, who described her daughter’s father as “always chasing the parties. He was not into SEE PAGE 6 the family life.”


Kinnickinnic River Trail moves forward By Michael Timm


he Kinnickinnic River Trail (KKRT), a 2.25-mile bike and pedestrian trail following mostly derelict railway and connecting the Third Ward and Walker’s Point to Lincoln Village and Bay View, is on schedule to be paved in 2008. The estimated $2.6 million project, 80 This composite rendering shows the pedestrian bridge above Chase Avenue where it crosses the Kinnickinnic River, with the UMOS parking lot in percent of which is the distance. The bridge, which will connect to the Kinnickinnic River Trail, may be completed as early as 2009. ~courtesy Bloom Companies, LLC funded through a teenth Street Community Health Center, federal Congestion Mitigation Air Qualschedule, Driscoll said. the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s ity grant and 20 percent through a local The Milwaukee Christian Center, which Community Design Solutions, and the match, will also feature a pedestrian bridge has partnered with Groundwork in the past Wisconsin Department of Natural Respanning Chase Avenue near Rosedale to clean the Kinnickinnic River area, will prosources. Avenue and the river. The bridge should vide in-kind labor to help build the trails. hopefully be done in spring 2009, said Grant for Connecting Trails The construction of separate walking Dave Schlabowske, bicycle and pedestrian trails stemmed from suggestions at an Nov. 29, Groundwork Milwaukee recoordinator for the city of Milwaukee DeOctober 2006 KKRT design charrette. ceived a $2,500 grant from the Kodak partment of Public Works and member of Following suggestions from the charrette American Greenways Awards Program. In the KKRT planning committee. participants, materials used for this project combination with $1,300 received through Schlabowske said the KKRT planners are will be salvaged from on the site. United Water, it will fund a system of pedesworking on the paperwork required to reSEE PAGE 4 trian trails and stairs connecting the Kinnquest permission ickinnic River to of the Wisconsin the section of the For more on various visions for the KKRT, see Department of KKRT running and click on Transportation along the aban“A Vision for the Kinnickinnic River Trail Corridor – PDF.” to advertise for doned railroad Pg 2 Prime Cut Barber contractors. “We Pg 3 A KK Holiday Thank You right-of-way behope to advertise this winter and begin Pg 3 Visions of Successful Schools tween Lincoln and Chase avenues. construction in the spring,” Schlabowske Pg 4 Emmy for Documentary The paths will provide direct access to the Pg 5 MPS New Year’s Resolutions said. river, said Mary Beth Driscoll, executive diPg 7 Your Carbon Footprint Along with the actual KKRT construcrector of Groundwork Milwaukee. Pg 8 Who Killed Tony Zielinski tion, multiple organizations have partnered Construction—excavation for limestone Pg 9 Yellow Perch Puzzle to improve the river corridor naturally and Pg 10 Bibelot Gift Shop slab stair cuts for these connecting trails, culturally in conjunction with the trail. Pg 11 School for the Deaf which will eventually be lined with chipped They are Groundwork Milwaukee, the Pg 12 Fighting Mortgage Scammers bark—could start as early as this spring, decity of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Pg 13 BVHS Violence Free Zone pending on the city’s actual KKRT paving Works, the National Park Service, the SixPg 14 What Would Jesus Buy?


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Deb Magolan Prime Cut Barber 2534 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (414) 481-4300 1. How long have you been operating your business in the King Building? I have been in the King Building for seven years, but I have been on the south side of Milwaukee for 32 years. 2. Your business is somewhat tucked away. How do your customers find you? They find us. Most of our customers followed us from previous locations. Some find us by word-of-mouth. Some see the barber pole on the front door of the building. 3. How long have you and your brother been working together? My brother, Robert Magolan, has worked with me for 22 years. 4. What has been your favorite era of hair fashion? I like the long shag. Robert likes the flat top. 5. Why is Bay View a good place to do business? Do you plan to stay? Bay View is an up-and-coming neighborhood. There is lots of competition but we are very reasonably priced so we have a good business. We charge $11.25 for a haircut for senior women (age 62 and up) and $13 for senior men’s haircuts. Stay in Bay View? Definitely, yes. 6. What do you like best about working with your clients? Most of our clients become friends. They invite us to weddings, birthday parties, and barbecues. 7. How has your business changed over time? We have Master Barber licenses. Styles change; people don’t. We do 50 percent men and 50 percent women. We do perms, foils, color. We have clients from all generations, who are age 1 to 99.

Deb Magolan (seated) owns Prime Cut Barber, 2534 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., in the King Building. She operates it with her brother Robert (standing). The business was established in 2000. Before that, the space housed a computer trainer. ~photo Katherine Keller

8. What would make Bay View a better environment for your business? There could be more community outreach between business and residents. Bay View Neighborhood Association brings business and neighbors together with Bay View Bash. There could be more outreach like that. 9. Do you think all parts of Milwaukee are as saturated as Bay View is with hair care businesses? Yes. They’re on every corner. We give personal attention to every customer. We book 30-minute time slots per haircut. We take our time. We’re not an assembly line. You have a name here, not just a number. 10. Do you ever run out of topics to talk about with your clients? No. People share experiences and so do Bob and I. They feel comfortable to talk about anything.

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Silver bells, silver bells...except I think they’re probably brass, those clarions of the holiday season rung by the stalwarts standing next to the Salvation Army cauldrons. The bell ringers become so much of a fixture this time of year that they’re nearly invisible, if not inaudible. Do you ever wonder what they do with that money? The Salvation Army website states that their “social service programs meet the basic needs of daily life for those without the resources to do so themselves. Often, the programs provide food, shelter, clothing, financial assistance to pay utilities, and other necessities based on the need.” One group of those who benefit from their services is the homeless. During this season, the sight of the homeless moving often gigantic loads of aluminum-can-filled black garbage bags stacked on a bike, in a stroller, or wagon plays out starkly in contrast to the abundance that characterizes the season. I first took an interest in the story of the homeless when I moved to Los Angeles after college and began talking with those who lived in the area of St. Andrew and Wilshire, as well as those who were habitués of Hollywood Boulevard, where I worked in a bookstore. I learned that the majority of them, if you earned their trust, talked relatively freely about themselves and their circumstances. I learned that some were mentally ill, physically ill, or struggling with addictions. Others held a strong distaste for the norm and preferred the freedom of street living. Each of those with whom I spoke was willing to allow me to record their story, but none wanted to be photographed and few would allow me to use their real name. They were ashamed of their plight or they didn’t want friends and family to discover their fate. This month Michael Timm writes, page 1, about three homeless people in Bay View. None of them wished to be photographed but each shared their story. I am grateful to Kathryn, Jim, and Glenn for their openness. I hope that their stories move you to volunteer at churches and charities that serve them and to donate food, clothing, and blankets that will be given to people who are living outdoors during these winter months. (Contact Unity Lutheran Church, United Methodist Church, and Bay View Community Center.) Our Trade Winds business feature, by Mary Vuk Sussman, introduces readers to Bibelot, a new gift shop with books, objects, garments, and jewelry made by local artists. The space is also the relocated Bay View Book Arts, which soon will offer book-, mosaic-, and doll-making classes. Q10 features Prime Cut Barber, owned by Deb Magolan, page 2. Tony Zielinski, page 12, introduces his commercial solar power initiative, and Jon Richards tells readers about equity stripping legislation he introduced, which would protect citizens from self-styled “foreclosure-protection” scammers. Terry Falk discusses the new Violence Free Zone program at Bay View High School, page 13. The program is already producing positive results. Read about the well-attended Bay View Partnership Meeting, page 3. If you want to see positive change at MPS schools in Bay View, join the partnership. They mean business! Our congratulations to Claudia Looze, John Gurda, and Bill Werner, Emmy winners, for their documentary, The Making of Milwaukee. See their photo and Emmy on page 4. My sincere thank you to our advertisers, to you, our readers, and to Mike Timm, Dan Gautraud, our writers and photographers, John and Penny Manke, Sharon Shell, and everyone else who helps create and distribute this newspaper each month. The best of this season to you and Happy New Year, Katherine Keller Editor & Publisher

Thank You from BVNA

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

KK Holiday: It’s a Wonderful Life in Bay View was a delightful success this year. Despite sleet, snow, and weather advisories, KK Holiday’s invaluable participants, sponsors, and volunteers banded together. Residents of Bay View came out and showed their support. Thanks to much effort and countless hours of planning by the Public Spaces Committee and the Event Planning Committee and co-chairs, KK Holiday became a reality to showcase the flourishing artists, businesses, schools, culture, and spirit of Bay View. Businesses offered their space, extended business hours, and displayed festive decorations. Artists invested hours preparing, and then fought the elements to set up their special exhibits at the KK Art Crawl. Rainbow Randa the Clown decorated the faces of many children that evening, while Dawn and Ana Schuessler shared their love of music and dance with kids at Apple-A-Day Massage. Thanks to Anodyne Coffee Roasters, South Shore Gallery & Framing, Bay View Fine Art, Allis Street Condos, Stone Creek Coffee, Babe’s Ice Cream, Starbucks, Bay View United Methodist Church, St. Thomas More High School, and Harry W. Schwartz for investing their time and effort into the community. Many thanks to Ann Beier, director of environmental sustainability, city of Milwaukee, for helping judge window displays! Future Green won the window decorating contest. Runners up were Tease Beauty Salon and Bay View Homes. We encourage you to stroll down Kinnickinnic Avenue to see all the businesses’ seasonal window displays. Please remember to support local business. A special thank you goes out to the students at Clement, Fernwood, Dover, Trowbridge, and Humboldt Park schools for their efforts to bring the holiday spirit to Zillman Park with their beautifully decorated Christmas trees. The Christmas trees were generously sponsored by state Senator Jeff Plale, state Representatives Jon Richards, Christine Sinicki, and Pedro Colon, County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic, and Annona Bistro. Thanks to all who brought canned goods to donate to Bay View Community Center’s food pantry, bid on silent auction items, purchased the work of local artists, baked or bought bake sale cookies, and braved a snowstorm to come out and support Bay View. We welcome 2008 with enthusiasm to continue our current programs and excitement for the new events we have in the works! We look forward to your support in the coming year and wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year! Anne Fisher, Chair Bay View Neighborhood Association

Bay View Area Redcats Ron Bird/Jerry Fritsch (414) 482-7264

Local schools visioning session for BVCP By Michael Timm An appeal for broader community-school mutualism underlay a recent visioning session on the future of public schools in Bay View. Sixty people attended the Nov. 28 meeting held in the Fritsche Middle School library, including teachers, principals, neighbors, and also representatives of the city, clergy, police, DA’s office, Alverno College, TALC New Vision, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and MPS administration. The consultant firm alinea solutions, LLC donated its time to run the session, which consisted of participants writing their ideas about what they thought successful Bay View schools would be like on Post-It Notes. Those ideas are meant to inform a more formalized mission and vision of the Bay View Community Partnership (BVCP), a community group that started in 2006 to involve the community in improving Bay View schools. Bay View resident Shemagne O’Keefe, who works for alinea, said she is concerned about local schools and worked with BVCP to organize the session. BVCP was instrumental in bringing the Violence Free Zone program to Bay View High School, which has dramatically reduced student truancy thus far. The meeting at Fritsche signaled that BVCP is seeking a wider reach among all Bay View public schools. Increased school funding, more communityschool and adult-student involvement, academic


improvement, support for the arts, and more positive relationships with law enforcement were among participant visions of success read aloud at the meeting.

Superintendent, Board Member Speak MPS Superintendent William Andrekopolous said he was “extremely impressed” with the turnout and organization at the BVCP’s visioning session. He said no other area of the city was organizing to the extent Bay View appeared to be, and pledged his support to do “anything that I can do to help you, assist you, support you,” but that he needed to “paint reality.” Andrekopolous framed the MPS situation historically. In the 1990s, he said, the district focused on its parts; now, he said, it needs a collective view of the whole. He said people needed to face the fact that neighborhood schools are not primarily serving children from the neighborhood. “In this community, and this is no different than anywhere else in the city, very few kids go to school in the community,” Andrekopolous said. Although there are 1,000 high school aged kids in the Bay View area, he said only 100 go to Bay View High School, some 7 percent of the school’s population. Burdick gets 26 percent from neighborhood and Garland, 23 percent, he said. Andrekopolous also anecdotally described two situations that he said disturbed him: first, that industrial and technical employers he’s

talked to don’t care about MPS kids—they care about kids in India and China—and second, that many MPS graduates don’t want to stay in Milwaukee. Nonetheless, he said, “All of our children need to be college-ready when they graduate.” He added that with the taxpayer outrage over the MPS property tax hike, “the rules changed.” “The belief system about funding our schools has just been altered,” said Andrekopolous, who essentially said that to work within the budget determined by Milwaukee taxpayers, MPS needs to get kids off buses and close schools. “Continuing the status quo is not going to get you to a success in this area.” Neither Andrekopolous nor District 8 School Board Director Terry Falk publicly addressed whether this philosophy would close schools in Bay View or how it would affect their student populations. Falk also took the opportunity to speak. “I think we are our worst enemies in this community,” Falk said. “Milwaukee has always had an inferiority complex.” Falk framed the low numbers of local participation in neighborhood schools in terms of a population shift. He half jokingly pointed to the lack of a Catholic birthing boom on the south side as one reason for the low numbers. Falk pointed to Cudahy and St. Francis school districts, which he said have also been affected by lower local enrollments, and that as many students are flowing into districts like Greenfield as are flowing out.

Bay View Arts Guild Linda Beckstrom (414) 482-1543, Bay View Bicycle Club Dan Krall (414) 321-5212, (414) 299-0317 Bay View Business Association Bay View Community Center 1320 E. Oklahoma Ave. Linda Nieft, (414) 482-1000, Bay View Community Partnership Bay View Compass P.O. Box 070645, (414) 489-0880 Bay View Garden and Yard Society Lorraine Heins, (414) 482-3796, Bay View High School Alumni Association Sonia Simko (414) 379-3541 Bay View Historical Society Mark Nitka (414) 483-8881 Bay View Lions Club Joe Klinkiewicz (414) 282-1980 Bay View Matters Bay View Neighborhood Assn. (BVNA) Anne Fisher (414) 297-9783 Bay View Post 2879 VFW Ken Ricciardi, (414) 744-9234 Beulah Brinton Community Center 2555 S. Bay St., Bob Gavronski (414) 481-2494 Forward Bay View PO Box 70027, Milwaukee, WI 53207-0027 District 2 Community Liaison Officer Jose Arzaga (414) 935-7228, Humboldt Park — Bay View Ice Skaters Greg Stilin (414) 483-2493 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, St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care Sr. Edna (414) 977-5000 South Community Organization Terri Toporsch (414) 643-7913 South Shore Farmers Market Kathy Mulvey (414) 744-0408 South Shore Garden Club Sharon Napierala (414) 769-6418;; Paula Grosenick (414) 482-1256 South Shore Park Watch Kathy Mulvey (414) 744-0408 South Shore Speculators Investment Club John Shefchik (414) 817-1450 South Side Scholarship Foundation Jim Gilmore, (414) 481-9050


Kinnickinnic River Trail moves forward

Many of the KKRT project partners gathered for the Nov. 29 presentation of the Kodak American Greenways Award administered by The Conservation Fund. Back row, left to right: Dave Schalbowske, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the city of Milwaukee; Dave Grusznski, program manger, The Conservation Fund; Angie Tornes, senior recreation and conservation planner, Rivers and Trails Program, National Park Service; Mary Beth Driscoll, executive director, Groundwork Milwaukee; Andrea Fuentes and Evan McDoniels, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center; Jenni Reinke, outreach assistant, Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers; and Gloria McCutcheon, regional director, Wisconsin DNR. Sitting are Milwaukee Christian Center crew members, left to right: Josh Sierra, Javier Acevedo, and Joshua Declet; with Jonathan Becerra in front. ~courtesy Groundwork Milwaukee

Producers John Gurda, Claudia Looze, and Bill Werner won an Emmy Award for their documentary, The Making of Milwaukee. ~courtesy Claudia Looze

Emmy for Making of Milwaukee Former Bay View resident Claudia Looze won an Emmy Award along with current Bay View resident John Gurda and Bill Werner for production of The Making of Milwaukee in the category of documentary of historic significance. Looze now resides in Madison where she is a program manager for Wisconsin Eye, the state’s internet and cable television station. Maurice Wininsky also won an Emmy for composing the documentary’s music. The Emmys were awarded Nov. 19 in Chicago.

The “Empowerment Village,” a proposed three-story, 48-unit housing development to provide the mentally disabled population with a safe and supportive place to recover. Cardinal Capital Management would partner with Our Space and the Red Cross as service providers. ~courtesy Cardinal Capital Management



Housing for Mentally Disabled Proposed Cardinal Capital Management, Inc. has proposed a three-story, 48-unit housing development for the mentally disabled at 2702 S. Sixth St., west of the freeway, south of the river, and north of Rosedale Avenue on a portion of land currently owned by the county. This site is near what would be a western trailhead for the KKRT. Joe Thomae, asset manager for Cardinal Capital, said it is their intent to integrate the KKRT into the property. He said they have no intention of blocking the trail or access to the river, “such as it is.” The developer would partner with Our Space, Inc. and the Red Cross, which would provide supportive services for the mentally disabled population. District 14 Alderman Tony Zielinski hosted a public meeting Dec. 11 to gather input on the project. Zielinski said his support for the proposal would depend on what existing neighbors and environmentally interested people have to say. The proposal will likely be up for Common Council approval in late December or January. If approved and with an ideal timeline, Thomae said the development would open in late 2008 or 2009. In the interests of full disclosure, Michael Timm was one of over 100 participants at the October 2006 KKRT charrette.

Kathleen Keller and Pandora pose by the pile of toys donated this year for the Bay View Community Center. Keller said this year’s event was the best one in nine years. With donations and some of her own money, she contributed four plush toy dogs and four bikes. ~photo Michael Timm

Pandora’s Toy Box At Pandora’s Bar, 2320 S. Howell Ave., there is an annual benefit called Toy Box with live music when people bring toys and food to donate to the Bay View Community Center. This year’s event was Dec. 8. It featured live music by T. Keller and Jim Mishler of Plafftone Productions, said Kathleen Keller, owner of Pandora’s Bar. Her husband is in the band, which donated their time. This was the ninth annual Pandora’s Toy Box and the 11th year Keller has sponsored a “hunger stomp” where food is also collected and donated to Bay View Community Center. She said this year’s event was the best one in nine years.



MPS New Year’s resolutions By Jay Bullock

The calendar threatens: 2008. That means it’s resolution time. The Milwaukee Public Schools just completed some self-reflection with a longterm strategic plan, “Working Together, Achieving More,” which has some goals that could be read as resolutions. But I thought it would be helpful to offer MPS some resolutions of my own for 2008. 1. Make High Schools Safer. The state budget process ate the funds that would have placed Milwaukee Police Department resource officers in schools. As skeptical as I usually am of, well, everything the superintendent tells me, the numbers showing improvement from schools with resource officers last year are undeniable. I suggest parole officers: They can work with offenders—often the most unmanageable students—as well as offer the interventions that the resource officers would have. Parole officers may also be less controversial for those worried about police in schools. 2. Make Schools Neighborhood Hubs. If MPS wants to bring students back to their neighborhood schools, it needs to remind the neighborhoods that the schools are there. MPS keeps taking baby steps, with Community Learning Centers, the “Our Lights Are On” program, and a languishing Neighborhood Schools Initiative. However, Milwaukee’s schools and neighborhoods would be better places if the schools could become centers of activity evenings, weekends, and all summer long. Market school buildings to community groups, church groups, arts organizations, and anyone else who can help make schools into a hub of activity within the neighborhood. Groups who use buildings regularly will be more likely to help keep them clean and maintained—and to come back as volunteers

during the school day. 3. Bring Parents In. I would love to have a parent in my room, all day, every day, even while I’m teaching high school seniors. Students have completely different behavior and motivation with adults other than school personnel in the room. My students don’t care one bit when the principal walks in, but let a parent in—it’s like flipping a switch.

Milwaukee’s schools and neighborhoods would be better places if the schools could become centers of activity evenings, weekends, and all summer long. MPS should work to bring more parents back to their neighborhood schools, and even work with local employers to find ways to make it easier for parents to spend even part of a day in school. 4. Make Reading Inescapable. There is no greater bane for my high school colleagues than students who cannot read. Not just students with cognitive or learning disabilities, either, but able students who have somehow made it 16 or 17 years in life without learning to read or comprehend what they read. This is the biggest reason test scores crater in high school. Every student should read every day, silently and aloud. MPS should work with parents to get books and reading into the home, and make adult literacy programs attractive and available throughout the district. None of these resolutions is unrealistic; if MPS keeps these resolutions, we will see safer schools, full of adults and students engaging in literacy together. That’s a vision for 2008 that I hope we can all support. Bullock is a Milwaukee Public Schools English teacher with a blog at Contact him at

Alchemist Theatre debut

Redken Colorist at Salon Thor

One year after the Compass reported that Alchemist Theatre was coming to Bay View, the innovative 36-seat theaterfor-rent creative space and accompanying lounge at 2569 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. is now ready to host productions. Alchemist opens with The Show, an original sketch comedy in act one followed by an improvisational Dickensesque holiday play in act two, featuring Karen Estrada, Matthew Huebsch, Doug Jarecki, Andréa Moser, and Jason Powell. The Show runs Dec. 14-22, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and 10pm, with 7:30pm shows Monday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 20. Tickets are $15. Next up at Alchemist is Berzerk, Jan. 12, a series of locally written plays produced by Insurgent Theatre, a Milwaukee-based theater company founded by Tracy Doyle and Rex Winsome. Starting Jan. 20 and performing every other Sunday afterwards is The Gentleman’s Hour, produced by a comedy sketch group of the same name including Johnny Beehner, Mike Kauth, Tyler Kroll, and Patrick Schmitz. At Alchemist Theatre, owned and operated by Erica Case, Aaron Kopec, and Michael Temple, performing groups rent the theater space but keep all ticket sales. Snack and drink sales go to Alchemist Theatre. The smokefree space offers state-of-the-art sound and video equipment to complement live productions. It is intended to be a space where creative people can come together to work on projects in different media and a theater venue accessible to “the average joe.”

Salon Thor, 3128 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., opened Oct. 24. It offers facial and body waxing, as well as hair cutting, color, and highlights. The approximately 1,700square-foot space was formerly a duplex. Owner Thor Xiong apprenticed at Capricio Salon and Spa before opening his own salon. For Xiong, the move to Bay View made perfect sense. “I just knew in my head and my heart that I wanted to be in Bay View,” Xiong said. Xiong said he is the only Redken Certified Colorist in Milwaukee and one of only a handful of stylists in Wisconsin with this certification. “When looking for a colorist, it’s a way Redken promotes people and gives their stamp of approval, saying that this person is worth to see,” Xiong said. Salon Thor is open Tuesdays through Thursdays 10am-9pm, Fridays 10am6pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm and every other Sunday, but only by appointment. (414) 482-2225 ~Lindsey Huster

• • • Coming soon:

Quigley Tax Service Quigley Tax Service opened a new location at 3064 S. Delaware Ave. Dec. 1. Quigley offers tax preparation services, small business consulting, business planning, and nonprofit corporation consulting. After working at the Marian Center for Nonprofits for three years, Jon Toutenhoofd, who owns the tax business with Lance Quigley, developed a model involving quality-of-life issues for seniors that he hopes to continue to use at Quigley. “We are a social enterprise involved in helping funding for community projects for senior issues, which works on quality of life for seniors,” said Toutenhoofd. The business began over 15 years ago, said Toutenhoofd. The space is approximately 900 square feet and leased from Dan Marty, who owns the building. There are three other Quigley locations, one in Richfield and two in Milwaukee. Quigley Tax Service is open 9am9pm Monday through Saturday and by appointment on Sunday. ~Lindsey Huster




So without her house of seven years and without a job, Kathryn was on her own. She said she spent last winter at a shelter but has been outside “several months now.”

Glenn’s Story


lenn is less disturbed about what led to his homelessness—he’s been homeless before—and more concerned about how hard it is for him to get a job so he won’t have to be homeless anymore. It’s hard, he said. “I was working through a temp service and I got laid off because they didn’t need any more people and they didn’t really have any more work for me, so at the time being, I more or less kind of got stuck, you know,” said Glenn, who did assembly work. For a while, he lived with a friend, who had to pay additional rent he ultimately could not afford. “’Cause he’s on a fixed income. He’s on Social Security. It was kind of hard for him to pay an extra $150 a month,” Glenn said. “His budget was really tight.” So this past April, Glenn ended up back on the street. An ex-girlfriend had left her husband and became homeless herself, and Glenn said he wanted to look after her. They are currently camping out in a tent each night, not as a couple, but watching out for each other, he said. Glenn hopes to get into a shelter for the winter. He said he’s been homeless during the winter before, but this will be his first outside. But he wants to make sure his friend can get shelter first because there are very few shelters for single women. “She was in one last year, I think, the Cathedral Center for Women. But she missed a night or whatever and they wouldn’t let her back in,” Glenn said. She may be able to get into an overflow room, but not until Dec. 15, he said. “So I’m kind of more or less waiting to see if she can get in there. If she can get in there, then I’ll go either to the mission or the guest house or some other shelter or whatever.”

Jim’s Story


im said he has been homeless for about 10 years. Born and raised in Milwaukee, son and brother to factory workers, he chose a transient lifestyle as a fur trapper for its freedom and contact with animals and nature. When it wasn’t trapping season, he would work odd jobs in roofing or carpentry or house repair. He never got a driver’s license. For about 25 years, this life, which took him throughout the state in pursuit of raccoon and muskrat, was everything he could hope for, he said. Until things “tapered off.” The price of fur declined, partly because of mild winters that allowed fur buyers to stock up, Jim said. He also pointed to DNR water management policies, “which were built around things they could sell licenses for” and thus “not conducive to fur-bearing habitat.” Additionally, especially in Waukesha, Dodge, and Racine Counties, he said that suburbanization “was wiping out habitat big-time.” And about 10 years ago, he said his body just couldn’t perform as it had. “Aches and pains,” Jim said, laughing. “Just getting older. When you live outdoors all the time like that, the weather has an effect on you. Like, if you’ve lived in a house all your life is one thing. Living outdoors all your life, like homeless people do, it’s a whole ’nother ballgame. You get aches and pains you don’t realize. Just being out in cold weather all day. Your hands will swell up. Your face will swell up. Your feet will swell up. Just from the cold.”

Because of his current homelessness, he calls his decision to do what he loved “a very poor life choice.” “When you get older and your body falls apart, or begins to, it gets a little rough and there’s no backup,” he said. “When you’re done, you’re done. There’s no Social Security. There’s no pension. There’s no nothing. It’s just being a dealer in commodities at a very low level.”

“I thought I was going to die underneath that bridge. Because I just simply would not be able to get out of there, because it would be too cold, be too windy; I couldn’t generate any warmth in my own body.” —Jim No longer a trapper, he still spends his nights living in a tent, with three other homeless tent mates, on “a tiny little piece of isolated, forgotten territory that still has brush and trees and a fox, coyotes, rabbits, possums, and skunks and raccoons.” Before settling in his current location, however, Jim lived under a freeway bridge. And a few years ago it got so cold he thought he would not survive. “I thought I was going to die underneath that bridge,” he said. “Because I just simply would not be able to get out of there, because it would be too cold, be too windy; I couldn’t generate any warmth in my own body. And, I thought I was going to die underneath there, so I thought, okay, I’m going to at least receive communion before I go back there.” Going to church led to him “surviving most of the extremely cold weather in a very safe and warm place.” Later, Jim saw an eye doctor for puffy and watery eyes, only to discover a thyroid condition had been affecting his metabolism, sapping him of energy. He has now received medication for the condition and “everything is fine.”

Struggles & Survival


omeless life is a challenge. “Just getting through daily life, it’s hard,” Glenn said. “Finding things to do, or finding ways to make money, get basic needs met. There’s nothing really easy about it. Especially now it’s winter. That just makes it that much harder. Hard to deal with the cold.”

Sobering Statistics about Milwaukee Homeless • 1 of 4 homeless adults is under age 30. • 3 of 4 chronically homeless adults are male. • Almost 1 in 5 homeless adults is a veteran. • 1 in 4 homeless adults receives neither government benefits nor employment income. • 61.8% of Milwaukee homeless are African American; 40.2% of Milwaukee citizens are African American. • 71% of homeless adults are childless. • Almost 60% of homeless adults have been homeless once or twice in the past three years. • 33.3% of homeless reported they are mentally ill. • 30.3% reported they suffer from drug abuse. • 29.8% reported they suffer from alcohol abuse. • 16.9% reported they suffer some physical disability. • 6.4% reported they are victims of domestic violence. • 27.7% reported they became homeless because they lost a job or can’t find work. • 14.3% reported they became homeless because of eviction or foreclosure. • 13.3% reported they became homeless because of AODA problems. • 11.9% reported they became homeless because their wages were too low. Source: Homelessness in Milwaukee Point in Time Survey of Milwaukee’s Homeless Citizens, Jan. 25, 2007

Kathryn has a tarp, sleeping bag, blankets, sweatshirt jackets, a coat, a scarf, and gloves. “But the wind still goes through all that,” she said. “And a lot of times I just don’t really sleep. I just stay awake for the night.” In the morning she will go somewhere to use the restroom, brush her teeth, and wash up. In the evenings, she likes visiting the Beulah Brinton Community Center to watch adults play volleyball and to socialize with the staff. Kathryn’s church fronted $600 to move her personal belongings to public storage, she said. Friends also helped, but Kathryn said they also sold or got rid of some of her possessions. She also said she’s mad because she’s still owed “thousands of dollars in past child support.” Kathryn added that she looked for jobs, got a few interviews, but feels she was discriminated against because she is homeless. She is currently unemployed. “I have no goals right now. I just try to get through one day to the next. I can’t make any promises to anybody. I can’t even make any promises to myself. I just don’t know what’s going to happen in one day,” she said. This summer, Glenn was sleeping under a freeway bridge—until law enforcement removed all the belongings in his encampment while he was out for the day. He said he was once ticketed by police for “working a sign” that said he would do odd jobs. “Turns out I had a warrant for something else from a couple years ago,” Glenn said. “I ended up going to jail for five days. It was scavenging [from recycling bins], out in West Allis.” Because he receives food stamps, Glenn said, he has to do a certain amount of job searching. Glenn said he’s applying at Speedway, Pick ’n Save, Home Depot, Menards. “I’ll be happy as long as I can get a job, I don’t care if it’s $7 an hour, as long as I’m making 40 hours a week—at least—not making mucho bucks,” he said. “Once in a while I go canning,” he added, “but that’s basically just to provide cigarette money.” In her 14 years as one of the owners of Mill Valley Recycling, 1006 S. Barclay St., Joanne Beck said she has built a relationship with five to 10 daily walk-in customers, at least two or three she knows are homeless. “I know people by name. I’ll actually pull over and give them a few dollars. I’ll give food,” she said. Beck said from her perspective homelessness in Milwaukee hasn’t changed greatly since her grandfather started a business on site in the 1920s, but a relatively new city ordinance has changed the way some homeless do business. Shopping carts on streets became illegal—so now they push baby buggies full of cans or scrap. “This is their sole income,” Beck said. “I think they literally walk all night and all day to get their five pounds.” Glenn said he and his friend aren’t the best at canning. “Other guys do a lot better than we do,” he said. “We’re lucky sometimes to get like 10 pounds or so, and the other day we got 10 pounds and that’s six and a half bucks.” Like Glenn, Jim just wants a decent job that pays a living wage so that he can afford housing. But Jim hasn’t had luck. He feels potential employers want younger, stronger bodies. “You can fill out applications all you want…” Jim said. “I’ve actually seen guys putting stick ’em notes on bulletin boards in grocery stores, and I’m reading the note as they’re putting it up there and I said, ‘Wait a minute, I can do that,’ and the guy just turns around and he looks at me, ‘I don’t think so. I think I know somebody, maybe he’s 27, he’s got maybe 30 pounds more muscle on his body than you do, and we’ll trust him. He’s going to do the job for me.’”

Feeding the Hungry Since 1982, the Bay View Community Center, 1320 E. Oklahoma Ave., has provided a food pantry dolling out a five- to six-day supply of food for people in need. It serves all of Zip Codes 53207, 53235, 53221, and 53215 east of 38th Street and south of Becher Street, said Linda Nieft, president and CEO. Patrons register in a private office when the pantry is open (Tuesday 4-7pm, Wednesday and Friday 2:305:15pm); the homeless, a minority of those served, selfdeclare and can use the address of the closest government office, Nieft said. An average of 400 people use the pantry per month. “Two years ago, 200 people per month would have been a lot,” Nieft said. “The use of the pantry has increased tremendously over the last five years…The other thing we’ve seen an increase of is people between the ages of 50 and 60.” They may not yet be eligible for Medicare or other health benefits, Nieft said. “A lot of the people we serve are working. They’re paycheck to paycheck and something extraordinary happens,” Nieft said. Getting food at the pantry encourages them to pay heat and rent so they don’t get into worse trouble, she said. “It is amazing to me, but 53207 is still the Zip Code that has the most people come to us,” Nieft said. In 2006, Nieft reported 5,576 people (or 2,165 families) served; 53207 contributed the largest share of this total, followed by 53215, 53221, and 53235. “We’ve never had to turn people away for lack of food,” she said, but sometimes so many people show up that they are asked to come back another day. Thirty-three churches contribute food to the community center and corporate donations also help, but “50 percent of our food walks in the door,” in the form of donations, Nieft said. How you can help: Drop off non-perishable food items only, Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-9pm, Friday 8:30am-6pm, Saturday 9am-12pm.

Helping Hands


acing disappointment and loss, Jim, Kathryn, and Glenn each brighten when they recall someone who has gone out of his or her way to help them in some small way. For Kathryn, it was the man who brought her blankets, let her sleep in his basement, and occasionally takes her home to his family to eat dinner. She also appreciates that Unity’s Pastor Amy Becker has stored her art supplies in her office. “I doodle, draw, paint. I just enjoy doing it,” Kathryn said. “Kind of helps me relax or gets my mind off things. So I come in and do that.” For Glenn, it was a woman who hired him to cut her lawn and took him to Best Buy to buy him a cell phone with prepaid minutes so he would have a phone number to be reached at for job applications. She also gave him a sleeping bag. For Jim, it was a librarian at Zablocki Library. “She got me a library card,” he said. “I didn’t think there was any way in hell I was going to ever get a library card. But, I had an address, through a clinic. This woman bent over backwards. She went through her book, her book of rules and regulations, and she found this particular clinic was in the book.” Jim holds libraries with a certain reverence, using his library card only sparingly. “Taking a book out of the library—that’s like the public trust. And the weather is not kind to books,” Jim said. As a result, when he does take materials out, he puts them in baggies and wraps them up in plastic grocery bags.

Laundromats & Libraries


ublic libraries are also sometimes sanctuaries for the homeless. “No one causes any trouble,” Jim said. “When homeless people go to libraries, they’re there for refuge and also education. They read papers and books and whatever.” Bay View Library Manager Chris Gawronski suspects one or two regulars might be homeless. One man regularly comes in for the daily newspaper, he said. “It’s not really a question of whether you’re homeless or not. It’s how you behave,” said Gawronski, who said the homeless don’t really cause any more problems inside than any other patrons. “Once in a while we have to wake them up.” Outside on the library property, however, people with alcohol have loitered. This summer Gawronski asked the same three or four guys drinking in the parking lot to move along. When he had to do this repeatedly, he called the police. SEE NEXT PAGE



Loitering and alcohol are also sometimes a problem at the neighboring Laundromat, Just Add Soap, 2534 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Mike Marx has owned the building and run the Laundromat for four years. “If the guy’s clean and sober, I’ll just tell him it’s time to move on,” said Marx, who said he calls police once or twice a month to resolve a homeless loitering situation. “If a person’s drunk you just have to have the law come and help you resolve it.” Marx said he doesn’t believe the homeless are a threat and views their situation with compassion. “I think basically they stay within the law,” he said. “But as a business owner I understand that the goals of a business owner are so strict and disciplined that it’s hard to shift from that discipline of being a business owner to being a humanitarian on the spot. That’s something I feel has to be practiced.” He said he regularly has helped out people who look like they need a hand by giving them cash for a meal at McDonald’s. “Laundromats are wonderful,” Jim said, “because you can get really wet, stop at a Laundromat, and for like 50 cents you can dry your clothes, at least your coat, your hat, whatever. And plus, be in a warm place at the same time.”

Outlook & Hopes

Top Five Stated Reasons for Needing Emergency Shelter in 2007 Requested to Leave by Some Entity 3,305 Low or No Income 2,862 Evicted from Home 934 Domestic Violence 801 Not Yet Homeless 650 Source: 2-1-1 @ Impact data (*January-November) becoming homeless than 10 years ago, points out the need for more sweeping societal changes. “One of the things I do is I sit out here on the park bench,” said Jim. “And I just sit there and I watch traffic go up and back. And it’s one person in one car, going wherever they go. And that is a waste of just an incredible amount of resources.” Jim, who serves on a committee on poverty at Unity Lutheran, said his opinions on poverty are changing. “One of the members of the committee said we don’t want to reinvent the wheel,” he said. “Well, no one really invented the wheel; they just discovered something round. So, maybe we want to discover something that’s more equitable for everyone.”


What are you doing to reduce your carbon footprint? Interviews & Photos by Jason Haas

The Numbers


im, Kathryn, and Glenn are not alone. Homelessness is a problem in all of Milife on the periphery of society has a psychowaukee, and Bay View is not immune. logical effect on the homeless. It also proFrom January through November 2007, a total vides them with a unique perspective of society. of 9,643 calls for some kind of shelter were logged “Losing everything, you feel disconnected,” by Impact, Inc., a private nonprofit serving MilKathryn said. “And it’s a great sense of being diswaukee County. Of those calls, 8,495 were for connected from everything you like and love and emergency shelter. everything that equals you. Everything that you The requests for service Number of 2-1-1 align closely with the povResources That Can Help erty rate within respective Shelter Requests 2-1-1. If you are in need of shelter, social services, Milwaukee Zip Codes, said by Year information, or resources dial 211, 24 hours a day. Bob Waite, Impact director 1997 1,597 of telephonic services. Temporary Library Cards. To apply for a one1998 6,166 year temporary library card, bring proof of a shelter Of the calls originating 1999 10,782 or temporary address to a public library. Libraries from a known Zip Code, 13,230 also offer adult learning services and job and em106 originated in 53207. 2000 ployment resources. Inquire with a librarian. In selected adjacent Zip 2001 14,599 Codes, 501 calls origiOther Meal Programs. Bay View United Meth2002 11,407 nated in 53204, 388 from odist Church, 2772 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., first and 14,605 53215, 86 in 53221, 60 in 2003 last Sunday of the month, 3-4:30pm. Immaculate 53110, and 10 in 53235. 2004 15,121 Conception, 1023 E. Russell Ave., last Saturday This combined 11.9 perof the month, 12-1pm. 2005 16,333 cent from the southeast 2006 16,075 side—including Bay View, like that you would have displayed in your home Source: 2-1-1 @ St. Francis, and Cudahy— and stuff, it’s suddenly gone and cut off. And that’s Impact data compares to the 1,153 calls, the part that equals you, is what I’m saying. That’s or 12 percent, coming from the part, I guess, that hurts the most, you know.” the single Zip Code with the highest percentage of Glenn’s family lives out of town and he only calls: 53206, bounded by North Avenue, Capitol talks to them once a year. Drive, I-43, and 27th Street. “I know my mom worries about me, she cares Impact recorded 16,075 shelter requests in 2006 about what happens and all that, but I have a hard and projects 10,519 for 2007. The significant drop time even knowing what to say to her sometimes,” should not be misleading. This year, because Imhe said. “It’s like I feel like I’m the biggest loser pact’s dispatched case workers are no longer fundof the family. Everybody else has got pretty much ed, families have to call shelters directly instead of their act together and here I am constantly strugjust calling 2-1-1. “The need is still huge but the gling, trying to make something go.” access points have changed,” Wait clarified. The prepaid minutes on Glenn’s cell phone have On the southeast side, Hope House, 209 W. run out—he can’t afford more—but he hasn’t given Orchard St., is a prominent 65-bed emergency up hope. Although he was struggling even before he shelter for men and transitional living shelter for was homeless, he views his as a temporary situation. families and single women. So far in 2007, 47 “You gotta keep on plugging away somewhere, do people from 53207, predominantly male, have what you can,” he said. been served, according to Hope Kathryn and Glenn both said House director Ken Schmidt. Requesting Is Who there’s a need for a day shelter on Ninety were served in 2006. the south side—someplace open Shelter Assistance According to a Jan. 25, 2007 during the days for both men and in 2007 survey of Milwaukee’s homeless women with showers and closets, Family 4,998 conducted by the Milwaukee especially for weekends and holi- Single Woman 3,004 Continuum of Care Commitdays, and for third shifters. Glenn 1,459 tee, 452 of 714 homeless citizens Single Man would also like something like a interviewed, or 63 percent, said 86 Couple homeless resource center. they spent the last night in emer161 Youth Jim, who said from his perspecgency shelter or transitional housSource: 2-1-1 @ Impact data tive there are now more people (*January-November; **some ing. Except for one who indicated from a middle-class background duplicates within each request) spending the night in prison, the


remainder were considered unsheltered—on the street, in a temporary situation, or “somewhere else.” The accompanying point-in-time census counted 1,470 homeless on the day of the survey, but stressed that this number does not represent the entire homeless population. The number of calls and shelter service point counts likely underestimate the total number of homeless in Milwaukee. Shelters are often full and some people, like Jim, choose to camp instead of bunking in what they perceive as a restrictive environment. “They’re way too restrictive. I mean, especially

s. That ’s abou t it. Mos tly “Try not to drive as much, I gues drive as much. It’s not hard just that. Try to walk and not doing those things!” —Bob Niele n, Cudahy

“I used to ride my bike but I got broken into and it was stole n, so my carb on foot prin t is... I don’t kno w. I wor k in an amb ulance so I drive arou nd all the time . I’m consciou s of it, but I have to get back and fort h from wor k. —Ch ad Dahlman, Rive rwe st

in the winter,” Jim said. “Do I need to get shown the door at 7 o’clock in the morning when it’s what, 15 degrees out, and where am I going then? Whereas, it’s 7 o’clock in the morning and it’s 15 degrees, I’m staying in my sleeping bag.” How you can help: Unity Lutheran Church is seeking tarps, blankets, and rope for tarps to dispense to those in need. Drop tarps and blankets off at 1025 E. Oklahoma Ave., or ask about volunteering with the Wednesday night soup kitchen. Impact, Inc., 6737 W. Washington St., also accepts tax-deductible donations.

“I wor k for Aurora at the Wes t Allis Memoria l Hospital, and ever yone is real concerne d abou t the envi ronment. So we all got toge ther and decid ed to use reus able tum blers in place of the dispo sable coffee cups, and it is ama zing how much less garb age we have beca use of the no Styrofoam cups. I mean, we still have some , it’s not tota lly gone, but just with this initi al start, I was very ama zed at how many cups I used in a wee k, and now how many I do not use. So I think it’s a great star t.” —K aren Kirchhof f, Wes t Allis

One “I coach the Apollo Alliance in the state of Wisconsin. of our primary goals is to work on legislation and public policy that promote s renewable energy, alternative energy sources, and help grow the economy into green jobs.” —Phil Neuenfe ldt, Walker ’s Point

“Not hing yet. But my next car is prob ably going to be a hybr id.” —So ugat a Sark ar, Oak Cree k

“I only live a mile from my workplace, so I usually walk or bike.” —Harmony Bettenhausen, Riverwes t


Who Killed Tony Zielinski? First murder mystery a success Twenty-three teams participated in the Bay View Compass presentation of Who Killed Tony Zielinski? a murder mystery game, Friday, Nov. 16 at the Marian Center, 3211 S. Lake Dr. Ninety-five ticketed guests participated and eight Bay View area residents played suspects. Who Killed Tony Zielinski? was written by Michael Timm. Thus Spake Zielinski, the public artwork whose unveiling was central to the mystery, was created by Milwaukee artists Sean Bodley and Nick Hartley. Ben Kammin, finger-style guitar musician, played for guests during the prelude of the drama. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the Compass website. Thanks to Linda Mrochinski and the Marian Center, Jennifer Nolan and dancers from Trillium Dance Studio, to all who helped plan and stage the event, and to all who attended. Whodunit? It was supposed to be a public relations gala with a new Bay View masterpiece of public art unveiled, but alas it turned into…murder! After Alderman Tony Zielinski (Tony Zielinski) paraded into the gym escorted by beautiful bellydancers (Trillium Bellydance Studio), he was confronted by an injured John Martin (Frank Mulvey) whose frustration about a missing blue birdhouse boiled over. Then he was approached by an airy Melva Merchant (Lori Snarski) who wanted Zielinski to sample her magic air from Tanzania and was privately upset that Zielinski refused her a license for her magic air business. But that was nothing compared to the flourish caused by Jolene Jablonski (Jennifer Krueger), whose eighth grade love for Zielinski had never truly died. But it was the traveling Southern Maoist preacher Thaddeus P. Cornelius (Jason Haas) who really killed Tony Zielinski, because the alderman wouldn’t agree to mandating that the Quotations of Mao Tse-Tung be read in Milwaukee Public Schools. Cornelius met with intoxicated insurance salesman Thomas Twiddler (Joe Dannecker), who convinced Cornelius that he would institute the program if he eliminated the incumbent politician— his competition—for him. Cornelius killed Tony with a hammer and sickle he hid within his copy of the Quotations of Mao Tse-Tung. He took advantage of the commotion after Jablonski hurled herself toward the sculpted likeness of Tony Zielinski shockingly revealed to be the public art created by Arlene Artiste (Alicia Lugauer)—but to her chagrin, censored!—and after truant student Sybil Sue Simski (Sonia Simko) started assaulting Zielinski with ketchup packets in anger over his denial that she was indeed his lovechild. Cornelius isolated Zielinski and struck him down in cold blood before Jablonski arrived to find her erstwhile lover dead. FBI Agent Gretchen Coolidge, alias Kira (Kate Oscarson), undercover as a bellydancer tailing Zielinski on allegations of a dirty public art


MELVA MERCHANT (center) played by Lori Snarski

ARLENE ARTISTE (right) played by Alicia Lugauer

Congratulations to the Winners! 1st Place Manders 2nd Place Sherlockettes 3rd Place Gruesome Three 4th Place Team West 5th Place The Watsons 6th Place Jokers

KIRA (A.K.A. GRETCHEN COOLIDGE) played by Kate Oscarson

THADDEUS P. CORNELIUS played by Jason Haas

JOHN MARTIN played by Frank Mulvey

THOMAS TWIDDLER played by Joe Dannecker

SYBIL SUE SIMSKI played by Sonia Simko

One of 23 teams at the murder mystery consults with each other and reviews their notes. Teams mingled and interrogated the suspects to find out who had motive to kill Tony Z. and to discover other clues.

contract—for Arlene was not only his secretary but also his sister—wasn’t swift enough to prevent Zielinski’s murder. The critical clue was that Tony Zielinski’s final words, written in ketchup on a McDonald’s napkin, were “you paper tiger”—part of a quotation by Mao Tse-Tung. His last words were to both insult and implicate the man whose name he did not remember but whose book he did. Zielinski used Chairman Mao’s Chinese phrase, meaning something threatening in appearance but not in actuality, to refer to Thaddeus P. Cornelius, who Zielinski found weak for resorting to murder to advance his religio-political agenda.

TONY ZIELINSKI played by Tony Zielinski JOLENE JABLONSKI played by Jennifer Krueger ~photos Ken Mobile


Tackling the yellow perch puzzle liminary information suggests the 2005 perch may have been similarly successful. “That tells me the regulations we have are on the right track,” said Eggold. Still, invasive species—a potentially significant factor humans cannot control—are a “big wildcard,” said Eggold, and whether perch can fully recover remains to be seen.

By Jennifer Yauck ohn Ebersol remembers a time when rowboats used to crowd the nearshore waters of Lake Michigan between Russell Avenue and Iron Street, their occupants angling for yellow perch. Back then, in the early 1950s, perch were plentiful. And from fishing pole to fish fry platter, they contributed to the distinct social fabric of Bay View. “My neighbors and I all fished for perch when I was a little kid,” said Ebersol, a longtime Bay View resident. “I can remember five-gallon pails full of fish. We’d clean them in the backyard, then throw some on the grill and give some away.”


The most recent yellow perch population decline has been especially steep, with the estimated perch population plummeting from a high of 24 million to a low of 700,000 —a drop of more than 95 percent—since the early 1990s. But Lake Michigan perch aren’t so abundant anymore, as Ebersol is well aware. “You can get some perch now,” he said, “but not a lot, not like it used to be.” The fish population began declining dramatically in the early 1990s, and has yet to fully recover. The decline has prompted researchers to study why such changes occur and fisheries managers to work at rebuilding the population. Looking for Clues Experts say fluctuations in perch abundance are normal. Indeed, Lake Michigan’s population took a nosedive at least once before, in the late 1950s, and remained low until rebounding in the 1970s. But this most recent decline has been especially steep, with the estimated perch population plummeting from a high of 24 million to a low of 700,000—a drop of more than 95 percent—since the early 1990s. Past research by Great Lakes WATER Institute scientist Fred Binkowski and other


Yauck is a science writer at the Great Lakes WATER Institute. GLWI ( is the largest academic freshwater research facility on the Great Lakes.


DNR fisheries biologists aboard the research vessel Gaylord Nelson conduct a graded-mesh assessment. ~courtesy Wisconsin DNR

members of a consortium called the Yellow Perch Task Group has linked the drop to poor recruitment—survival of young perch long enough for them to be able to breed. Factors that may impact recruitment include overfishing, predation, invasive species, food availability, weather, and lake currents. John Janssen, a WATER Institute scientist, has been exploring the possibility that the perch population may have been hit with a one-two punch in the form of lake currents and invasive zebra mussels. According to Janssen, newly hatched perch spend about 40 days floating passively in the lake, going wherever its currents take them. By the time they are old enough to swim, some perch may have drifted back to the area where they were likely born and where food is plentiful, the rocky habitat of western Lake Michigan. Others, however, may have drifted all the way across the lake to the soft-bottomed habitat of the eastern shore. Before the invasion of zebra mussels in the early 1990s, this habitat sup-

~courtesy Wisconsin DNR


ported an abundance of Diporeia —small, burrowing, shrimplike organisms—upon which young, hungry perch could feed. But now Diporeia have largely disappeared, likely a casualty of the mussels, which compete with Diporeia for food. As a result, soft-bottomed areas of the lake have become veritable food deserts for young perch, Janssen said. And that presents a potentially serious problem. “If they can’t find their way back to a food-rich habitat, they may have trouble surviving,” Janssen said.

Scientific name: Perca flavescens General: As predators of small aquatic organisms, and prey for larger predator fish, yellow perch are an important link in Lake Michigan’s aquatic food chain. Spawning: In Lake Michigan, yellow perch typically spawn between late May and early June. They do not build nests, and abandon their eggs after spawning. Diet: Yellow perch are primarily bottom feeders. They eat almost anything but prefer minnows, insect larvae, plankton, and worms. Size: In Lake Michigan, adults range from 8 to 12 inches in length. Age: In Lake Michigan, yellow perch live up to 12 to 14 years. ~compiled from Wisconsin DNR (www.dnr.

Putting the Pieces Together As researchers continue to investigate this and other possible reasons for the decline, fisheries managers are monitoring the perch population. Every year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts a series of surveys to assess the abundance of perch at various life stages. The survey information gives managers an idea of where the population is headed and an opportunity to respond accordingly. Between 1995 and 1996, for instance, the DNR dropped the sport-fishing bag limit from 50 to five perch per day. It cut commercial perch fishing altogether. The idea, said DNR fisheries supervisor Brad Eggold, is “to maximize the population’s potential to rebound.” And there are some signs the population may indeed be rebounding. Those signs come in part from the DNR’s winter graded-mesh assessments, in which nets of different-sized mesh are used to catch perch of different sizes and ages. The greater the number of sexually mature perch, age 3 or older, the greater the population’s reproductive potential. According to past assessments, perch born in 1998, 2002, and 2003 have survived to sexual maturity in relatively high numbers. And pre-


Trade Winds

level I looked for stuff that I liked—[that would make me] say ‘ooh, I love this,’ which I would want to purchase for myself or someone else. That’s really the criteria,” she said. Kinney said that she thought the south side of Milwaukee was ripe for a specialty shop like the Bay View Arts Gallery and Bibelot. “Quite honestly, the south side doesn’t have as many shopping options as the East Side, the Third Ward, Brookfield, or the north shore. We get all the big chains. And generally, small independently-owned gift shops or specialty shops are pretty rare. “I want people to say when they’re looking [Bathrick]’s old office—became available, it for a unique gift: ‘I know just where we was a sign for me to return,” Kinney said. should go.’ “We left the Hide House because we wanted As opposed to having to drive all the way up to be on the first floor and needed control to Mequon or all the way out to Brookfield of the entrance. The new space provided or down into the Third Ward, they actually exactly that, and additional square footage can stop on Greeley and Deer Streets and as well.” possibly find exactly what they are looking The first gallery show for,” she said. will open on Gallery Bibelot (n.) Kinney is Night, Jan. 18, 2008, 1. A small decorative object; a trinket. encouraged by the but Bibelot is now 2. A miniature book, especially one large groups of people open for the holidays that is finely crafted. who visit Hide House and features one-of- Source: American Heritage Dictionary either as guests for the a-kind and limited many special events edition books, paper held in the ballroom art, and other items made by local artists. or as members of Mercy Hill Church, an The gift shop merchandise is sold on independent church which holds two consignment, as is the gallery artwork. services on the second floor of Hide House Kinney sells work by local book artists she every Sunday. She said that a core group admires, although not all the work in the of photographers and painters have been gift shop is book art. at Hide House for at least three or four years. There is also That Frame Shop, which “Most of the gift shop artists, I knew as specializes in commercial and institutional bookmakers first,” Kinney said. She said framing on the second floor and appears to that most book artists do other kinds of be growing. artwork to subsidize their bookmaking, and that Bibelot is an outlet for that sort of “If one other gallery opens in that merchandise. building, it will change the whole direction of Hide House for me because it will Kinney said she modeled her customer become an art destination spot,” she said. profile on herself. “On a thoroughly selfish Kinney said that her goal for 2008 was to get Hide House back onto the Gallery Night map. “I’ll be open. I’m hoping that both the church and framing shop will do their own thing. Then if the artists in the building know that something is going on, it’s more incentive for them to open their doors,” Kinney said.

Locally wrought objets d’art at Bibelot in Hide House

By Mary Vuk Sussman


ay View Book Arts Gallery came full circle when it relocated recently from KK to Hide House, its original home in 2002. Co-owners Robin Kinney and Dawn Donner have added a gift shop called Bibelot (pronounced BEE-bah-low) at the new location, 2625 S. Greeley St., suite 100. The new gallery and gift shop opened Nov. 23. For the holidays, Bibelot will be open

weekends, 12-5pm, or by appointment at (414) 758-8699. Starting Jan. 3, Bibelot will be open Thursday through Sunday. Kinney said that although she and Donner loved the busy location on KK, there were problems with heating, cooling, and insufficient space. “When the space at the Hide House—Gib

“I want people to say when they’re looking for a unique gift: ‘I know just where we should go.’ As opposed to having to drive all the way up to Mequon or all the way out to Brookfield...” —Robin Kinney “The first time around, I was new to the gallery business so I had enough of my own mistakes to make. Now I feel I can think about this in a bigger picture. My gallery is important but Hide House is equally important to build as an art destination on the south side. I’m certainly more than prepared to do this,” she said. Kinney credits a major book arts show last year at MIAD with helping to spark local interest in and understanding of book arts.

The dress and cape is an artist’s book entitled “The Queen of the Night,” by Petra Press. It is a recycled wedding dress that has been dyed, rusted, printed, and painted. The text occurs on the bodice, along the skirt, and in layers of crinoline. The cape is also dyed and printed, with text on the inside lining. The mosaic (above left) is a detail from Dawn Donner’s glass mosaic “Sasha.” ~photos courtesy Robin Kinney

It also helped generate interest in her show, which occurred after the MIAD exhibit. Kinney believes that her business depends on having three tiers: a gallery, a gift shop, and classes. “If you want to be a small retailer in any city you have to be more than a store. You have to be more than just one thing. It takes a lot of work to get people to come through your door. If I can get people to come through my door one day to see a gallery show, the next day to purchase something in the gift shop, and the third day to take a class, I’ve already beefed up the potential three times. I think if you look around at successful independent retailers in Milwaukee, you will see that most of them do more than one thing,” she said. Kinney cited Garden Room on Capitol Drive, Paper Boat Boutique on Howell Avenue, and Harry W. Schwartz as examples of the kind of business model she was following. Kinney’s central love is bookmaking. She prides herself on sharing that love with others. She said that her gallery and gift shop are a means to sustain this central love. “I’d be making books and teaching other people to make books even if I didn’t have a gallery space. No matter how much hard work it is, I’m never tired of it. I love being there. I love showing people how to make books. I love that look on their face when they make their first book because it’s just the sheer joy of ‘oh my God, look what I made!’. “I’m sure if you talk to most gallery owners, they have to do a lot of things to keep themselves solvent. That’s life. I’m happy with that. I wish we were all independently wealthy, but we’re not. That’s just how it works,” Kinney said.

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St. John’s for the Deaf N By Anna Passante estled in a grove of trees at the top of a circular drive, the building at 3680 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. is still fondly remembered by past residents as St. John’s for the Deaf. From 1876 to 1983, St. John’s dedicated itself to the education of deaf children.

The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi religious order staffed the school, teaching speech and lip-reading along with manual signing and finger spelling. Tuition was $12 a month. Half the school population could not afford to pay, so the school had to raise money by having the industrial arts classes construct church furniture for area parishes. Reverend Theodore Bruener, the rector of Pio Nono College, established a school for deaf children on the Pio Nono campus May 10, 1876. The school began with two students, but by the fall of that year, the enrollment had climbed to 17. As the deaf school’s enrollment continued to grow, a separate building was needed, and in 1879, a two-story cream-colored brick structure was erected just south of Pio Nono College (current site of St. Thomas More High School). Basic reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as industrial arts classes for boys and home economics for girls, made up the curriculum. The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi religious order staffed the school, teaching speech and lip-reading along with manual signing and finger spelling. Tuition was $12 a month. Half the school population could not afford to pay, so the school had to raise money by having the industrial arts classes construct church furniture for area parishes. The picturesque school grounds featured a small manmade lake with little islands and rustic bridges connecting them. A large cage, housing a variety of animals, was placed in the center of the lawn. Through the wire cage, the students fed the animals grass, leaves, and nuts gathered from the nearby woods.


Fire Destroys Building Sadly, tragedy struck on July 31, 1907, when a fire broke out in the attic of the school’s south wing. The fire was reportedly caused by “spontaneous combustion.” According to a report in the Aug. 1, 1907 Evening Wisconsin, Roger Gerend, the brother of the school’s procurator, noticed smoke coming from the south roof near a chimney at 3:45pm. Luckily, there were fewer students on campus than usual. “Usually, we have seventy-five inmates, a great portion of whom are on their vacations,” Reverend Stephen Klopfere, the vicepresident of the school, told Evening Wisconsin. “The younger children had been dismissed for the day. Only a few of the larger girls were in the building when the fire started.” Firemen accessed water from the manmade lake. When the lake was pumped dry and gravel and mud began to clog the fire hoses, the firemen resorted to taking water directly from the nearby artesian well. The firemen fought bravely, trying to save the school. Four firemen were nearly killed when the wall of the chapel collapsed and narrowly missed them. Although no students were injured in the blaze, one missing student caused anxiety for the sisters. A boy, who had arrived at the school only two weeks before the fire, couldn’t be located. After a frantic search, he was found battling the blaze with a chemical fire extinguisher “fighting the fire like a demon.” The entire south wing was destroyed, and the other three wings sustained substantial fire or water damage. Sadly, the chapel was completely destroyed, but fortunately, the volunteers had saved much of its contents. The monetary loss was $30,000; fire insurance covered about $25,000. There was, however, one fatality. In the basement dining room firemen found a pet parrot lying dead in the bottom of his cage. The bird had been singed by fire and according to firemen probably “suffocated.” One can only surmise there was a ceremonial burial by the students for a pet that once gave joy to the student residents of St. John’s for the Deaf, especially during mealtimes.

Above and below, the scene of the 1907 fire, allegedly started by “spontaneous combustion,” which destroyed the original St. John’s School for the Deaf.

Over a Century of Service The school was rebuilt in a year. Due to his great admiration for the red-tiled monasteries of Europe, Procurator Reverend Matthias Gerend selected the Italianate style for the new building, which architect Pe~All photos courtesy of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Archives ter Brust designed. During construction, bricks were recycled from the old building, with students helping in the construction. This new school building served the deaf students until 1966, when the beautiful old structure was razed due to a need for a larger building. (It was also thought that the old structure was a firetrap.) That same year, a new modern school building, designed by the architectural firm of Brust & Brust, The original building that burned in 1907. opened. Enrollment reached its height, 161 students, in 1968. As the deaf school entered the 1980s there were insurmountable financial problems and a declining enrollment. During the 1981-82 school year there were about 130 students. The school closed its doors for good in 1983. In the early 1990s, St. Francis School District purchased the building and opened Above and below are two views of the building that replaced the fire-damaged Deer Creek Elementary building lost in 1907. Note the Italianate style. School in fall of 1992. Very little tangible proof remains to remind one that St. John’s for the Deaf had once existed at this site. All that is left is a worn concrete pillar with a faded angel holding a scroll that still stands sentry at the base of the circular drive and a stencil on the gymnasium floor that reads “St. John’s.”




introduced a resolution that begins the process for the establishment of a residential and commercial solar power initiative in Milwaukee.

With the low-interest loans, money saved through reduced energy costs, and other existing governmental programs it may be possible for applicants to break even when they convert to solar power. Better yet, this initiative will not have any negative tax levy impact for the citizens of Milwaukee. The problem with getting more people to use solar power is the exorbitant installation cost associated with the solar panels that can run anywhere from $15,000 to considerably more. The way we can hurdle this problem is for the city to use tax-exempt revenue bonds to pay for loans for the installation costs. These types of bonds reduce the interest rate on the loan for the individual applicant. For example, people could pay around 7 percent for the traditional loan but with the city’s bond that rate could be as low as 4.5 percent. Then, the homeowner would pay the city back through a special tax assessment for the next 15 years. Tentatively, the way it could work in Milwaukee is to designate a time frame in which people may apply for the program. Once the deadline has passed the city will review the applications and rank them in order of strength. That is, credit worthiness is one key criterion. The applications will also be required to include cost estimates for the project. In this way, people who work to identify the least expensive installation costs through quotes from qualified companies will have a higher ranking for access to the program. Another way to rank high is to demonstrate that applications have been made to take advantage of We Energies Focus on Energy tax credits, which is another program to help defray the installation costs. With the low-interest loans, money saved through reduced energy costs, and other existing governmental programs it may be possible for applicants to break even when they convert to solar power. Better yet, this initiative will not have any negative tax levy impact for the citizens of Milwaukee. It should be noted that this program is not only designed for solar panels but also for solar-generated hot water and home insulation. Initiatives that provide an impetus for solar power are critical for our future in terms of our economy and our environment. That is, the less we have to rely on foreign oil, the lower our imbalance of trade becomes. At the same time, our energy bills will also be lower. Another benefit is the number of jobs that will be created to install these solar panels. From an environmental perspective, solar power significantly reduces the transmission of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to pollution and global warming. Tony Zielinski is the city’s alderman for District 14, which includes Bay View. He can be reached at or (414) 286-3769. 12

Helping hand with heating costs

Providing protection from mortgage scams




ow that winter has swept into town, we’ve all had to give in and turn up our home thermostats. As we do, many of us are very concerned about the additional strain winter energy bills add to our budgets. For help with heating bills, the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides once-aseason grants to eligible households. Many families across the state who work in offices, factories, or other settings receive this assistance for their heating and electrical costs. The program has started and runs until May 14, 2008. As of mid-November, almost 63,000 Wisconsin households had been granted average payments of $330 for heating and 56,500 an average of $230 for electrical costs. Last year, 140,000 households received checks that were usually applied directly to their utility bill. WHEAP also can provide crisis assistance if eligible households have received a disconnect notice or are almost out of heating fuel. To apply for these utility bill grants, residents must visit a local WHEAP agency (see below) and fill out a Home Energy Plus application. To be eligible, households must directly pay for their utility costs or be able to show these costs are included in their rent. They must show proof of income as well. WHEAP is designed for families with low to moderate incomes. This means an eligible single person will have annual income up to $15,315; a family of two, up to $20,535; a family of four, up to $30,975. State monies allocated to the WHEAP program are limited, so apply early! One person from each household must bring the most recent utility bill, proof of the last three months’ income, and the Social Security card of each household member. It is important to note that senior citizens and those with disabilities may call to ask for a home application visit: (414) 906-2802. Call (866) 432-8947 with questions about the WHEAP heating assistance program, or visit Residents can also ask for information about assistance for weatherizing homes at this number. For additional information on energy-saving ideas for homes and businesses, efficient appliances, renewable energy and a cash-back rewards program for purchasing Energy Star qualified appliances, call (800) 762-7077 or go to, a partnership program between the state and utility companies. If you run into difficulties applying for a WHEAP grant, please call my office toll-free. Where Residents May Apply (no phone applications) •Bay View Community Center, 1320 E. Oklahoma Ave., Mon. and Thurs. only, 8:30am–4pm •Beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay St., Fri. only, 8:30am–noon •SDC Center, 931 W. Madison St., M-F, 8:30am–4:30pm; Sat., 8:30am–2pm (you must call ahead for these Saturday appointments, at 643-8444) •Maximus Agency, 1304 S. 70th St., M-F, 8am–4:30pm •UMOS, 2701 S. Chase Ave., Wed. only, 10am–4:30pm 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) 534-0020 or rep.


have recently introduced legislation to curb the awful practice known as “equity stripping.” Equity stripping occurs when fly-by-night operations scan foreclosure listings, approach the individuals on those lists, and then offer them a life-saving, seemingly affordable repayment plan on their home’s mortgage. In reality, the terms of these lending agreements are nearly impossible to meet. If homeowners miss just one payment on their agreement, they lose their homes and are evicted by the lending flimflammers. Mortgage scams are not just a problem for the unfortunate homeowner who gets involved in them. These mortgage scams were extremely common in the 1920s, and it is thought that they are one of the reasons the economy collapsed in that decade. My legislation, “The Homeowner Protection Act,” would stop these scammers by placing more restrictions on their activity and by providing additional protections for the homeowner in any home mortgage lending process. My bill would require all foreclosure reconveyances to be by written contract, prohibit the foreclosure purchaser from entering into a foreclosure lending agreement unless the homeowner has the ability to pay, and prohibit a foreclosure purchaser from entering into repurchase or lease terms that are unfair or commercially unreasonable. The bill also creates a regulatory structure for foreclosure consultants. A foreclosure consultant is someone who assists, for a fee, a foreclosed homeowner with services such as stopping the foreclosure sale, obtaining a loan or saving a property from foreclosure. Mortgage scams are not just a problem for the unfortunate homeowner who gets involved in them. These mortgage scams were extremely common in the 1920s, and it is thought that they are one of the reasons the economy collapsed in that decade. These scams are also a problem that is particularly harmful to our city. Milwaukee is one of the leading cities in the country for foreclosures, so we are also one of the leading cities foreclosure scammers prey on. My bill was introduced last month, and the response has already been overwhelmingly positive. So far my legislation has received bipartisan support from both houses of the legislature, as well as the support of good-faith lenders like Chase Bank. The bill is likely to start out in the state Senate, and I am working with the leaders in that house to insure that the bill moves through the process in a timely manner. It is my hope that it will become law by the end of next year. In the meantime, there are ways that you can protect yourself and people you care about from mortgage scammers. If you’re worried about not being able to pay your mortgage bill, two organizations can offer you free advice that can help: the Homeownership Preservation Foundation at (888) 995-4673 or the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council loan advice line at (414) 278-9190. You can also contact my office if you need assistance with this or any other issue. 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) 5340019 or



he exquisite coastline we enjoy in Milwaukee County is an asset to us all. The development of the downtown area offers an urban landscape, picturesque skyline, and expansive lakefront area enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. As you travel south in Milwaukee County the scenery changes as development falls away and foliage thickens. Trees line the streets of Bay View, and as you continue south, you will find a natural jewel of St. Francis: the Seminary Woods. This plot of land also houses a small cemetery and one of the oldest Catholic seminaries in continuous existence in the country. Additionally, this plot of land, owned by the Catholic Church, makes up a considerable portion of the city of St. Francis.

While I comprehend the potential tax dollars being sacrificed in St. Francis by preventing development, it is a cause worth fighting for. In this time of shrinking green space and condominiums springing up seemingly overnight it is important to keep preservation in mind. As the Archdiocese of Milwaukee prepares to sell the land containing the Seminary Woods and cemetery, a large amount of public concern has arisen over its preservation. With its sale on the horizon there exists an increased amount of concern that condominiums will spring. As one of many Milwaukee County residents who holds dear the Seminary Woods, I remain dedicated to preserving the area for generations to come. An appraisal of the land is not yet complete but land value has been estimated between $2 million and $8 million. Currently, an application has been submitted to the federal government requesting a 40 percent contribution of the cost through the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). Roughly half of the money is being sought from Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund. Recent changes to authorization of monies from the Stewardship Fund state that starting in 2011, any funding sought will have to go through approval by the Joint Committee on Finance. In addition to state and federal funding, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has agreed to contribute $400,000 to the project. While several sources have been addressed, a funding hole remains. There is a large coalition behind the Seminary Woods preservation including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Friends of St. Francis Green Space, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy. I am confident that through the cooperation of all interested parties this gem along Lake Michigan’s shores can be preserved. While I comprehend the potential tax dollars being sacrificed in St. Francis by preventing development, it is a cause worth fighting for. In this time of shrinking green space and condominiums springing up seemingly overnight it is important to keep preservation in mind. 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.




fter a three-month process, the County Board was able to adopt a budget which preserves our quality-of-life services and is also fiscally responsible. In this County Board legislative cycle, we will be taking up a possible countywide smoking ban on county-owned, public properties. We will also be looking at the possible sale of the Mental Health Complex at the Milwaukee County Grounds and possible purchase of St. Mike’s Center to house our mental health operations.



hen violence erupted in Milwaukee schools last year, a cry went up for a cell phone ban, handcuffs, and police. But external force will hold down violence only so much. Other solutions that get at the root problems must be found. That is why programs like the Violence Free Zone (VFZ) project and Police Liaison Officers show so much promise. When the VFZ team found that 300 students were coming tardy to school every day at Bay View, team members started patrolling the streets, finding the kids who were late. Within three weeks, tardies dropped from 300 students per day to only 50.

Last month the County Board wrapped up the budget process by overriding many of the vetoes issued by the county executive. Among the 23 vetoes, the county executive cut funding for public safety, parks, housing, and important safety net services. Funding for prevention programs such as alcohol and drug abuse and programs that help keep juveniles out of trouble would not only compromise our public safety, but also put an unnecessary burden on our courts system. The County Board voted to override the vetoes in this area. When we provide prevention programs, we reduce crime and also reduce extra spending in these areas. It’s a smart investment with many benefits. The county executive also vetoed key safety net programs such as mental health and disability programs. The County Board was also able to override these vetoes. It is critical that we maintain services in our community for those who need it the most. An amendment I sponsored, which asked for resources from future land sales to be used toward affordable housing projects, was also vetoed and overridden. Our goal is to continue to make Milwaukee County an affordable place to live and these resources will help make this possible. In addition, the County Board also overrode the veto that would have cut $2 million from our county parks department. Our county parks system is an asset to our community and must not be faced with any further cuts to funding. We will continue to find creative ways to fund our parks system and increase revenues. I am particularly working to secure a non-property-tax, dedicated funding source for the long-term maintenance and preservation of our parks system. Lastly and in this County Board legislative cycle, we will be taking up a possible countywide smoking ban on county-owned, public properties. We will also be looking at the possible sale of the Mental Health Complex at the Milwaukee County Grounds and possible purchase of St. Mike’s Center to house our mental health operations. I am also happy to announce that in 2008 the Greenprint legislation I authored will begin to be implemented beginning with the hiring of the director of environmental sustainability who will help us implement the new environmental goals and efficiency measures. We will also begin updating our facilities to become more energy efficient. I wish you and your families very happy holidays.

The VFZ is a national program that came to Milwaukee’s South Division High School a couple of years ago. Beginning this fall, MPS had the south side Latino Community Center teamed up with the north side Running Rebels to extend that program to six MPS schools including Bay View High School. The six VFZ youth advocates at each school aren’t there primarily to enforce school rules. They talk with students to discover problems and prevent violence. When the VFZ team found that 300 students were coming tardy to school every day at Bay View, team members started patrolling the streets, finding the kids who were late. Students were asked why they were late. The team found it just wasn’t that students couldn’t get up in the morning. Some students had problems at home, with classes, or with transportation. The VFZ worked to solve these problems. Within three weeks, tardies dropped from 300 students per day to only 50. When the VFZ finds conflicts between students, they get students together. VFZ team member Naomi Perez sees very little organized gang activity at Bay View High School. But groups of students hang together at Bay View just as they do at any high school. Get to the group leaders and violence can be dramatically cut. Now students are coming to VFZ advocates telling them that the students want to resolve issues rather than fight. Last year a rotating group of Police Liaison Officers patrolled the halls at Custer while two permanent officers were stationed at Bradley Tech. The officers at Custer weren’t getting results but violence dropped at Bradley Tech. Officers at Bradley Tech saw their role as counselors. The officers at Custer were just patrolling. Quickly MPS and the police department switched the program at Custer to model the program at Bradley Tech. Most teachers really do care about children. But in the last few years, we have dramatically cut the number of teachers and other staff members at MPS high schools. With 40 students in a class, teachers have little time for each individual student. Many students come from families with little adult involvement. If we wish to dramatically cut violence in our schools and this community, we have to get more positive adult role models into the lives of these children.

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

Terry Falk is the Milwaukee Public Schools Director for District 8, which includes Bay View. To contact him, call (414) 510-9173 or email




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The Daring Book for Girls By Andrea J. Buchanan & Miriam Peskowitz The Daring Book for Girls is a manual of everything that a young woman would want or need to know, including how to change a tire, do a cartwheel, or play the French version of hopscotch. Inspired by The Dangerous Book for Boys, this book was created for young women and teens but women of all ages will find useful tads of information and tons of walks down memory lane. Buchanan and Peskowitz do a fantastic job of teaching young women how to make just about anything, get along with just about anyone, and take on just about anything. The book is positive, self-affirming, and fun—a must-have for every young woman today.

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The Night Before Christmas ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their bed, While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads,And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap...When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name: “Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!” As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too. And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack. His eyes — how they twinkled — his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly That shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself. A wink of his eye and a twist of his head Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose. He sprang to his sleigh, to his teams gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!” Some attribute authorship to Major Henry Livingston, Jr., others to Clement C. Moore

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BAY VIEW COMPASS KIDS Dinosaurs walk the halls at Deer Creek By Caytie Joe Boknevitz, Deer Creek sixth grade ince Deer Creek was allowed to build two dinosaurs, a team of eighth grade students and a team of sixth grade students were assembled to create these giant reptiles. Both grades started the dinosaur by having a class meeting to try and figure out what dinosaur they wanted to create.


The sixth grade class decided to build

This picture shows the eighth grade team that constructed their dinosaur. From left to right: Jack Junker, Damon Shulz, Patrick Newell, and Nick Zbichorski.

the Pteranodon because they wanted a dinosaur that could fly. The didn’t want the Pterodactyl because it was not very original. Once they had decided on the Pteranodon the first construction period was set up for after school. That night, two students showed up. We discussed what materials we were going to use for the body and wings, as well as discussed the possibility of making the wings move.

We secured the two motors to the platform and connected them to the chains. We ran electricity from the motors to a car battery and a switch. This was easy because we are studying electricity in science class. The chains didn’t work very well because they kept rubbing together, so we changed the chains to ropes. For the next 25 days the construction went on. The body, neck, legs, and head were created out of chicken wire. The wings were then bent and designed out of quarter-inch copper wire. Before the wings could be connected, we had to create a wood platform to use as the support base for our dinosaur; it also was a place for us to store the car battery which was

years. The show was an hour and a half long, and featured 15 huge life-sized dinosaurs, the largest being a Brachiosaurus that was 45 feet tall and 85 feet from head to tail. These dinosaurs walked, ate, and fought while shaking the stage wherever they were performing. The setting of the stage was covered with lights and speakers weighing over 110,000 pounds.

our power source. Once we built the platform, we attached the dinosaur to two PVC pipes, which we connected to the platform to demonstrate that it was flying. Then, we hooked a chain to the inside ends of both wings and passed the chain through Along with this show, the PVC pipe down to where Time Warner Cable created the motor would be attached. a “Build-A-Dinosaur ConNext, we secured the two mo- This picture shows the final product of the eighth grade students, the Kronosaurus. test.” This contest was created tors to the platform and confor fourth through eighth grade nected them to the chains. We ran elecdone, they put strips of cardboard around students in the eastern Wisconsin area. tricity from the motors to a car battery the circles for even more strength. Next, Each school was allowed to enter two diand a switch. This was easy because we are they sprayed foam between the pieces of nosaurs, created by teams of 30 or fewer studying electricity in science class. cardboard, creating a solid figure. Then students. Each team had to create any they used knives to cut off extra foam and The chains didn’t work very well bethree-foot dinosaur they wanted, real or shape the dinosaur so it looked like the cause they kept rubbing together, so we fiction. Along with the dinosaur, a disreal Kronosaurus. The eighth grade then changed the chains to ropes. After that play board about plastered the entire dinosaur, so that all we covered the entire body with tape to the dinosaur and bumps were smooth. The head, which make it smoother; we covered the wings a timeline showwas the most complicated part, was then with a quilted material. After, we covered ing the creation constructed out of cardboard. Then, the the body with a casting material. Then we of the dinosaur head was attached to the body and was painted the dinosaur different shades of also needed to plastered to match the rest of the body. green, and added black spots. Finally, we be created. The A wood base was created so the dinosaur made the eyes out of material, the tongue competition could be mounted for display. The base from construction paper, the teeth out of started Oct. 1, was spray painted black, and the dinosaur pipe cleaners, and two eggs out of balloons and the judgwas spray painted yellow and black. The and casting material. ing took place eyes were created out of marbles and were This is an underneath shot Nov. 29. Time inserted into the head. The teeth, made showing the two motors used Warner Cable to make the Pteranodon’s of foam board, were placed inside the stopped at each wings flap. dinosaur’s mouth. of the schools Seven schools created dinosaurs for the and filmed their dinosaur for the Wiscompetition, and a team of five judges consin On Demand Channel Nov. 19. spent seven minutes at each dinosaur to On the 29th, three awards were given; a examine it and ask questions about the first place award was given to the winner creation to the student presenters. When of both the fourth through sixth grade the judges finished, they presented the division, as well as the seventh and eighth eighth grade Kronosaurus with a third grade division. The criteria for judging This picture shows the final product of the sixth grade place award, and the sixth grade Pteranwas originality, creativeness, quality of students, the Pteranodon. odon with both the fourth through sixth display board, and the overall group pregrade championship award, as well as the Once the dinosaur was done, Time sentation. There was also an award given “Viewers Choice Award.” Warner Cable stopped at Deer Creek and by Wisconsin On Demand, for the diinterviewed two of the students. After the nosaur whose video was watched with interview we made the two display boards; the greatest frequency. one was a timeline showing the construcThe content on this page was created by students at tion process and the other contained facts Deer Creek Intermediate School, 3680 S. Kinnickinabout the Pteranodon. nic Ave., St. Francis. This school is a participant in the By Samantha Jankowski, Deer Creek The eighth grade students chose the Bay View Compass Community Partnership Program that fosters the education and talents of young sixth grade Kronosaurus as their dinosaur. The first people interested in the arts of journalism, writing, editthing that they did was create the spine of rom Dec. 5 through Dec. 8, the ing, photography, and design. Thank you to Deer Creek the dinosaur out of PVC pipe, which gave Bradley Center hosted the “Walkcoordinator Mr. Chris Piper. Mr. Peter Graven’s eighth it a lot of support. The next phase was to grade class and Mr. Piper and Mrs. Kelli Krall’s sixth ing with Dinosaurs” experience. graders participated in the Build-a-Dinosaur contest. place cardboard circles on the spine to This show illustrated the entire lifeline illustrate the depth of it. Once that was of the dinosaurs, lasting over 200 million All photos courtesy Deer Creek Intermediate School.

Walking with Dinosaurs: The Live Experience





December 2007  

December 2007 Issue