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Volume 4 • Issue 2

February 2007

Ballroom to belly Bay View dance at a glance

By Mary Vuk


hat was it Nietzsche said? I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.

Walking on Water By Linda Fausel


Frozen fun at ice fishing clinic

ominika Lulewicz, 7, sat on one of the overturned white buckets atop the frozen lagoon at Humboldt Park. As her father John watched, she carefully lifted the tiny bobber attached to her fishing pole up to reveal a single yellow kernel of corn dangling on the end. Without a word, Dominika dropped it back into the coffee can-sized hole, watching it disappear into the dark, cold water. “I’m just going to wait,” she said.

Mike Fitzgerald of Franklin (left) and Eric Ross of South Milwaukee. Fitzgerald drilled holes with his power auger for the fish clinic’s students. Ross is holding an electronic fish finder. ~photo Katherine Keller

Remember this rule of thumb: “Thick and blue, tried and true—thin and crispy, way too risky.”

Dominika and her brother Alexander, 10, were among the dozens of kids and parents who braved single digit temperatures on an icy cold Saturday morning to attend one of several free ice fishing clinics offered for kids 15 and younger in Milwaukee and Waukesha at six participating parks. The kids learned about the event from a flyer handed out at their school, Tippecanoe Elementary. The clinics, in their sixteenth year, took place between 9am and 3pm, Feb. 3. They were sponsored by the Milwaukee County Parks, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Council of Sport Fishing Organizations, and the Waukesha County Parks. Matt Coffaro, regional fish biologist with WDNR, said the clinics have been very successful. They are held in both winter and spring and serve about 2,500 kids. SEE PAGE 15

MPS a public safety issue? By Laurie Szpot


he agenda for a special meeting of the city’s Public Safety Committee scheduled for Feb. 1 included an item to focus on what committee chair and District 8 Alderman Bob Donovan called a “crisis” at Milwaukee Public Schools. But the disorderly incident in the Bradley Technology and Trade School gymnasium after a Jan. 30 boys basketball game between Bay View and Bradley Tech—plus its massive police response and widespread media coverage—added urgency to the PSC discussion. It also delivered a blow to Bay View High School’s image as the school struggles with the systemic problems facing MPS. Donovan, who had already been hounding Superintendent William Andrekopoulos about MPS safety issues, invited Andrekopoulos and the entire school board to the meeting in a letter dated Jan. 16, in which he stressed that MPS

has serious problems with violence and that something needs to be done to address them. Donovan criticized that MPS and others seemed to downplay the problems. “Given the volumes of calls from citizens, police officers, and even your own teachers, I’m here to tell you a crisis does exist and most citizens already know it,” Donovan’s letter stated. At the meeting, Donovan pointed out that the police department has 16 officers who “do nothing but deal with school issues” every day, that requests “for police service from MPS exceeded the 11,000 mark” last year, and that “43 percent of police calls for service on the 8am to 4pm shift are generated by MPS.” Several aldermen, school officials, citizens, and police representatives attended the meeting. At the meeting, Andrekopoulos explained that measures had already been put in place last year


If you like to move your body to music, no matter what your age, Bay View boasts at least six dance hot spots, with another on the way later this year. Dance classes abound in every style: belly dancing, hip-hop, jazz, swing, ballet, tap, and ballroom (rumba, salsa, mambo, tango, cha cha, Viennese waltz, polka, and foxtrot)—take your pick. Belly Dancing Undoubtedly, the most popular dance form in Bay View’s dance studios is belly dancing, both the classical Egyptian and the modern American Tribal Style. At the Trillium Studio, 3074 S. Delaware Ave., owner/instructor Jennifer Nolan has more than 80 belly dancing students with ages ranging from 17 to 62. Belly dancing is also taught by Jada at Joyce Parker Productions, by Donna Sell at the Donna Jeanné School of Dance, and by Tina Skenadore (Middle Eastern) and Sarah Beyler (Anjum) at the Shape Up Shoppe as part of the club’s body jazz, aerobics with choreography program. Nolan has been teaching belly dancing for five years. “I’ve always been really interested in dance, and when I saw a belly dance performance, I just thought the women looked so happy. It was such a joyful dance that I wanted to learn,” Nolan said. She formed the Trillium Tribal Bellydance troupe in 2006 and also took a lease on her

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Three young students dance under the guidance of Donna Sell of Donna Jeanné School of Dance at Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church. ~photo Brandon Lorenz

current space and opened the studio. She teaches belly dancing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays. A beginning belly dance student at Joyce Parker Productions, Linda Klemp, said after her first class, “It was fun. I can’t wait to come back.”

Jada, belly dancing instructor at Joyce Parker Productions, has been dancing for 30 years and has had bilateral knee replacement. “You don’t have to be young,” she said. “Belly dancing is a gentler exercise.” Added Annie McGahee, a classmate of Linda’s, “I felt so comfortable. I feel confident I can actually do it.” Jada, belly dancing instructor at Joyce Parker Productions, 2685 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., has been dancing for 30 years and has had bilateral knee replacement. “You don’t have to be young,” she said. “Belly dancing is a gentler exercise.” Dave Lachance, a Gulf War veteran, agreed. He said that before he began belly dancing he had constant back pain. He said SEE PAGE 7 Bay View Compass PO Box 100 Milwaukee WI 53201-0100

February 2007  

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