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Volume 4 • Issue 5

May 2007

Local Latino baseball league games family events

Trowbridge open, for now By Jay Bullock


s preparations were underway at Trowbridge Street School and Dover Street School for a merger this fall, Superintendent William Andrekopoulos halted the process suddenly on May 1. However, there is no guarantee that Trowbridge will stay open beyond next year. Dover principal Jackie Laber was told earlier that morning that the item was being prepared to go before the board. Later, she was shocked to hear that the merger was off. Trowbridge principal Ella Hayes, though, was not surprised to hear Andrekopoulos’ decision. “All along it was a proposal,” she said, noting that the Milwaukee Board of School Directors had not formally approved the merger. Opening day ceremonies for Liga Latina de Beisbol feature Latin American flags and flower girls leading each baseball team around the base paths. ~courtesy Guerrero Duran Jr.

By Kenneth Blacks, BVHS Senior


hen Liga Latina de Beisbol was formed in 1983, nobody knew that it would grow to be a wellknown baseball league around the Milwaukee area. Francisco Espinoza, who died last year, founded the league, which started off with five teams and now has 11. Liga Latina games are every Sunday from April 15 to Aug. 26. Games were held only at Baran Park until 1997 when the league expanded. Since then games are also held at Humboldt Park (Keltner Field) and, once double-headers start later in the season, at Sheridan Park. League organizer Guerrero Duran Jr. talked about the history and positive influence the league has had on the community. “In 1984 as a bat boy in the league, I got an understanding of the league. Later I got more involved with operations and it wasn’t until this year I took over the league,” said Duran Jr. “The league is a venue for people to spend their Sundays. The games are packed with families and friends, and during championship games the park is usually packed with 200 to 300 people. The games are free, good quality, and bring young kids

Area schools to strengthen community ties through newspaper By Katherine Keller


he Bay View Compass has undertaken the first steps to collaborate with area schools who will create content for a new section in this newspaper.

The project is ambitious and is in the very early stages. A portion of the paper will be reserved for the project to include news, profiles, and features about elementary, middle, and high school students, teachers and staff. A goal of the project is to work with students who will learn journalism fundamentals as they contribute as writers, editors, and photographers. Field trips to the Compass office are planned to show project participants

out and give them something positive to do with their Sundays.” He added that level of play ranges but those at a high level are very competitive. “We have ex-minor leaguers, college, and stand-out high school players in our league,” Duran Jr. added. “The league itself is considered a hitters league. High scores for the most part. Example: 10-8, 7-6. It’s rare but does happen to see a 2-1 final in any of our games.” Each year the season opens with honor. During special opening day ceremonies, all teams line up behind third base in order, while in front of them a young girl accompanies each team with flowers. They follow in a procession from third base all around the horn, while flags are drawn up and a national anthem for each country representing the league is sung. Most of the players still have strong cultural ties to their homelands, Duran Jr. said, and are first- or second-generation Latinos from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, or Costa Rica. “It’s a real nice tradition, a good way to SEE PAGE 5

how a newspaper is put together including the digital layout process. A goal of the project is to work with students who will learn journalism fundamentals as they contribute as writers, editors, and photographers. An introductory meeting was held April 18 at Humboldt Park School attended by representatives from Burdick Elementary, Clement Avenue School, Dover Street Elementary, Fernwood Montessori, Humboldt Park School, Thomas More High School, and by Michael Timm and myself representing the Compass, MPS District 8 School Board Director Terry Falk, and Sonia Simko, who coordinated the start-up meeting. Also participating but without representatives at the meeting are Deer Creek, Downtown Montessori, Fritsche Middle School, St. Francis High School, and St. Lucas Lutheran. SEE PAGE 5

Both principals were hoping a voluntary merger now would stave off action by the district later. In the 2006 “right-sizing” process, which MPS uses to identify excess capacity and close schools to save money, Trowbridge and Dover were the two south side schools most considered. Neither school made the final list of MPS slated to close next fall, but Trowbridge, in particular, came very close because of its low enrollment and low participation from neighborhood families. Trowbridge’s reprieve may have been due to Bay View residents’ speaking out against its closure. Mary Morris is a part of the Bay View Community Partnership, a group devoted to bringing community and schools together, and spoke to Andrekopoulos on the day he stopped the merger. A merger would have allowed the schools to combine enrollment and invest the expected savings back into the combined school’s program, which could have provided additional teachers or services. Laber was even willing to change Dover’s program to accommodate the middle school students currently at Trowbridge. She said there were Dover students excited about being able to stay or come back for those grades. A merger between the two schools was discussed at an April 2 meeting with all the “big players,” as Laber calls them, including the principals, the superintendent, and the district’s finance director. Andrekopoulos asked for the school communities’ approval of a merger by April 20; the princi-

pals agreed to the plan and parents at both schools voted to go forward. After the vote, parents and staff began preparing for what seemed certain, and news of the merger began to spread into the community. And then word came that the merger would not happen. “I told him it would be a PR nightmare.” —Dist. 20 State Rep. Chris Sinicki to Superintendent William Andrekopoulos, May 1 Trowbridge’s reprieve may have been due to Bay View residents’ speaking out against its closure. Mary Morris is a part of the Bay View Community Partnership, a group devoted to bringing community and schools together, and spoke to Andrekopoulos on the day he stopped the merger. Morris said Andrekopoulos was concerned whether there would be strong opposition to the merger and closing Trowbridge. Morris acknowledged, “If Trowbridge can’t maintain enrollment, something has to happen.” But she also explained that there are many in the community attached to the school and willing to fight for it. That includes Morris’ daughter, state Representative and Trowbridge alumna Chris Sinicki. She also spoke with Andrekopoulos on the morning of May 1. “When I talked to him,” she said, “he was under the impression that the neighborhood was [officially] notified,” which, according to Sinicki, was not true. She also stressed that the community opposed a merger. “I told him it would be a PR nightmare,” Sinicki said. Community sentiment was indeed important to Andrekopoulos’ decision. “I got no sense that Trowbridge wanted to do it,” he said. Acknowledging the Trowbridge parent group’s vote for the merger, he said, “‘Agreed to’ is different from ‘wanted to.’” Andrekopoulos was already uncertain about the merger’s timing. “Families and children need to know about changes like this by Dec. 1,” he said, referring to the usual timeline for choosing a school to attend the following year. “At the end of the day, we just can’t rush into this.” Andrekopoulos had other concerns. The two schools use different methods to teach reading, which are not easily compatible. A merger would mean the loss of a sizable SEE PAGE 6

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What is your favorite thing to do in Bay View during the summer? Interviews & Photos by Jason Haas

CONTENT CONSULTANTS Greg Bird, Jay Bullock, Jason Haas, John & Penny Manke C OLUMNISTS Marina Dimitrijevic Jason Haas Michael Huebsch Jeff Plale Bob Reitman Jon Richards Chris Sinicki Bethany Vannest Tony Zielinski

The crack of a baseball bat is as much a part of spring’s soundscape as a songbird’s serenade. Kenneth Blacks, BVHS senior, contributed a feature story, page 1, about Liga Latina de Beisbol games in Humboldt Park.

dow n by the lake and “My favo rite thing to do is go ” base ball- catch on a nice day. cis —Justin Janaceck, St. Fran


C ONTRIBUTING P HOTOGRAPHERS Ellen Calvy Dodd Doug Germanson Jason Haas Samantha Lukens Michael Timm Angie Tornes C ONTRIBUTING W RITERS Greg Bird Kenneth Blacks Jay Bullock Katherine Keller Jennifer Krueger Penny Manke Daniel Muñoz Randy Otto Michael Timm Angie Tornes Casey Twanow John Utzat

“My favo rite thing to do is to eat at the many cafés on KK.” —Keith Lanman, S. Kan sas Avenue

We congratulate and celebrate those responsible for the renovation and improvements at Lewis Field. Angie Tornes writes about the park’s renaissance on page 9. How many of you remember when zoology students at Bay View High School brought ducklings to school? Jennifer Krueger was one of those students, who, in 1989, adopted her duck Lewie. That duck turned 18 this year. Read this remarkable story on page 7. Because this nation desperately needs health care reform and because different factions of the Legislature are making proposals for reform in Wisconsin—one of those is our regular contributor Rep. John Richards—I invited Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem) to write a guest column to introduce his plan, page 3. In a similar vein, Rep. Chris Sinicki, page 13, introduces Gov. Doyle’s prescription drug plan to replace SeniorCare. We note the passing of Strehlow Hardware and Paint, which has been a part of Bay View for more than a century. Greg Bird covers this story on page 10.

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Emerald, chartreuse, jade, lime, peridot—the hues of emerging leaves revitalize after winter’s stoicism. Springtime’s promise is inherent in a tiny tomato seed, the little blue eggs in the nest under the eaves, the riotous energy of a roomful of high school seniors awaiting those first notes of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

“I would have to say going out for walks along the lake and throwing tennis balls for my dog. That’s why we moved down here, actually, to be by the lake, and we meet a lot of really nice people walking our dog.” —John Osmanski, Superior Street

A couple of blocks north of Strehlow’s, South Shore Gallery & Framing marked its 11th anniversary in April. Owner Shelly La Londe, a warm and welcoming presence known to many in Bay View, has been moored on KK for over a decade but before she opened her store, she skipped around the globe like Conrad and Melville. Michael Timm’s profile of this intrepid traveler is on page 10.

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“At the end of last summer, there was a mus ic fest in Bay View arou nd the time of the Bay View Bash, and that was fun. Any thing outs ide. The park s are fun with my dog. Wal king arou nd KK is fun, all the little shop s and cafés and stores. Just to be outs ide is good .” —Emily Trigg, “near Mar quette”

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I close with a salute and my hearty good wishes to all the high school seniors in Bay View, those who attend BVHS or another school, who are about to graduate. Learn to listen to your heart, follow your dreams—be patient, work hard. It may take decades to fully realize your dreams, but don’t give up. You have time.

The Compass is collaborating with Bay View area schools to produce a section about and created by students of participating schools. Students will write about the news, events, and people at their school.

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Before leaving the schools theme, I announce on page 1 that the Compass plans to start a new section in fall about local schools, created by students at these schools. In order for us to accomplish this, we need sponsorship dollars to hire someone to oversee the project and to finance a new four-page section in this paper. This issue includes contributions that are a prelude to the project. Above I introduced Kenneth Blacks’ article. The other contributor is Dan Muñoz, who wrote “Misty’s Story,” page 5.

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As some of you know, Trowbridge Elementary was on MPS’ chopping block and it seemed a foregone conclusion it would merge with Dover Elementary in September. Early this month, to the surprise of many, Superintendent Andrekopolous announced that Trowbridge will not close. Jay Bullock, who writes our Hall Monitor column, reports the events that led to the nixed merger, on page 1. His column returns in June.

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We welcome Randy Otto whose first article we publish this month. Randy, who breathes music as some of us take in oxygen, reviews WYMS’s new format, on page 6. Branding itself more as RadioMilwaukee and “Eightyeight Nine” than its former “Eighty-eight point Nine” WYMS handle, the station, owned by Milwaukee Public Schools, has undergone a major transformation. Note: Milwaukeeans can still tune in to live coverage of school board meetings on 88.9.

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ment. To achieve this, we will give consumers and employers the incentives to establish and use comprehensive health savings account (HSA) plans.

Let free market put patients first By Rep. Michael Huebsch


ast month, Assembly Republicans announced our Patients First health care reform agenda. It is fundamentally different than any other proposal put forward in Wisconsin because it puts patients in charge of their health care dollars and decisions, not bureaucrats and politicians. Today, Wisconsin families are making difficult decisions in order to afford health care. To make sure these families have quality health care, Patients First focuses on reforms that will make it more affordable. Simply turning the current health care system over to the government will not help families who can’t afford health care today. To give almost 640,000 people immediate cost relief, Patients First will make health insurance premiums tax deductible for everyone in Wisconsin. Patients First also creates tax-free health premium accounts to allow employees with more than one job to pool contributions from their employers to pay for insurance premiums. The long-term reforms in the Patients First plan will use free market principles to empower health care consumers to shop around for the best quality and price. This will spur quality improvements and innovative changes to how price and quality information is made available to patients. It will encourage healthy lifestyles that mean more money in our pockets each year and more money for health care in our retire-

To start, we will add an HSA plan to the insurance options for state employees. We are currently designing a comprehensive plan with the goal of covering preventative care, wellness visits, and disease management. Under the plan, the state will deposit a set dollar amount into HSAs that state employees can use to pay deductibles or other costs before they have access to catastrophic coverage also paid for by the state. At the beginning of each year, the state will again deposit its share into the HSA. Any balance from the previous year remains in the account and is the property of the employee who can use it for health care costs or continue to roll it over from year to year and build up savings for retirement health care. County governments are beginning to establish these comprehensive HSA plans and the results are staggering. In Manitowoc County, families have more choices in health care providers, and control over their own health decisions. On top of that, they save $4,100 a year in health care costs. Once this substantial consumer base is created, providers will begin reforming how they deliver health care and increase the amount of useful information available about cost and quality. Patients First provides incentives to encourage these reforms and provide the tools to establish HSAs.

ployees with workplace wellness programs. Under a comprehensive HSA plan, all employees will have the same coverage, but those who participate in the programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyles may be eligible for rewards and will have larger balances to roll over from year to year. At the same time, Patients First provides tax-free bonds and tax credits for health care providers to upgrade to electronic medical records, improving the quality of care and arming patients who decide to shop around for the best price and quality with their own medical history.

Dear Editor, Recently, the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey became a bestseller. In it, Covey demonstrates “that building a strong family is not a question of nature vs. nurture but of choice.” In other words, parents need to make tough choices if they want their family, i.e. their children, to succeed. I want to let your readers, many of whom are striving to create effective families, know about one of the best elementary schools in Bay View. It’s the school I send my children to and I want to share the news. I want to sing its praises and highlight its successes, proclaim its strengths and recommend it to parents everywhere who are also working to build and maintain strong families. It’s St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, the three-year-old school formed when six neighborhood Catholic parishes refused to let superior, faith-based education vanish from the Bay View area. Stephen Covey outlines in his bestseller that family has to be put first—not TV, not shopping, not job, but family. Parents who work to put family first sacrifice and know that a good

Bay View Bicycle Club Dan Krall (414) 321-5212, (414) 299-0317

Bay View High School Alumni Association Sonia Simko (414) 379-3541

Huebsch (R-West Salem) is the speaker of the Wisconsin state Assembly.

Effective education puts families first

Bay View Arts Guild Linda Beckstrom (414) 482-1543

Wisconsin has the unique opportunity to provide a solution to a national crisis and history shows we are up to the task. Our state has proven time and again that empowering individuals is always a better answer than expanding government. As with our groundbreaking welfare and education reforms, Wisconsin can again lead the way for the rest of the nation.

Next, Patients First establishes tax credits to encourage businesses to provide em-

Dear Editor and Neighbors, The possible closing of Trowbridge School is a sad situation. Sadder is the reaction of some of Trowbridge’s families to the thought of attending Dover Street School. As if this wasn’t enough of an insult to the Dover School community, Terry Falk thought it necessary to advise us, at a parent meeting, that should a merger occur we should not treat the new families of

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

Bay View Community Center 1320 E. Oklahoma Ave. Linda Nieft, (414) 482-1000

First, Patients First eliminates state taxes on money deposited into HSA accounts by employers and families, a tax cut enjoyed by citizens of nearly every other state in the country.

Dover/Trowbridge merger could make stronger school

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Over the past two sessions, we passed comprehensive legislation to lay the groundwork for the simple and understandable price and quality information consumers will need when making their health care decisions and purchases. Patients First builds on these reforms by developing the Wisconsin Physician Data Warehouse: a one-stop shop with information about the education, training, licensing, and background of Wisconsin physicians.

None of this is possible if government takes over a broken system and puts politicians and bureaucrats in charge of your health care decisions. Patients First will lower prices, improve quality, encourage wellness, and give people like you and me more control over some of the most important decisions we will ever make.


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Trowbridge as “the stepchildren.” Meanwhile, Dover appears to be treated as “the ugly duckling.” Dover’s students’ great state test results, hardworking faculty, and family involvement are what make Dover a strong community and we welcome new families with open arms. The merger may make an even stronger facility in which our children can grow and that, my dear neighbors, is what it is all about, the children! Good education to all, Dawn Sanders parent, Dover Street School

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school is essential to securing a good future for their children. Parents at St. Thomas Aquinas realize they have to make a commitment to their children’s education and it is what sets our school, head and shoulders, above the rest. The parents of St. Thomas Aquinas are part of a team of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, administrators, aides, priests, and tutors who surround our students with support. No child is left behind. What really makes the difference, however, is that our parents, the majority of whom work all day, still have time to volunteer, minister, donate, coach, mentor, chaperone, transport, raise funds, worship, and celebrate. We know each other. And this, I believe, makes the difference between a school where children are educated and a school where stable, well-rounded, promising leaders are graduated. We are a highly effective school family. Thanks for letting me share the good news. Sincerely, Diane Glisczinski parent, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy

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, 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 Speculators Investment Club John Shefchik (414) 817-1450 South Shore Park Watch Kathy Mulvey (414) 744-0408 St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care Sr. Edna (414) 977-5000



Youth track stars invited to compete May 22

Every summer, aspiring track stars run to Pulaski Stadium to compete in the largest citywide track meet known to Milwaukee—Milwaukee Recreation’s Hershey Track and Field Event. Cosponsored by the MPS Department of Physical Education, this year’s event begins with opening ceremonies at 5:15pm Tuesday, May 22 in the Pulaski High School Stadium, 2500 W. Oklahoma Ave. Athletes between the ages of 9 and 14 (as of Dec. 31, 2007) are eligible to compete. On-site registration will be held prior to the event from 4 to 5:15pm. Pre-registrations will also be accepted through May 17 in Milwaukee Recreation’s Office of Sports & Athletics, 5225 W. Vliet St., Room 163. Events include dashes, relays, softball throwing, and standing long jumps. Winners advance to district and state competitions with the chance to compete during the Hershey National Championship in Hershey, Penn. For more information about the program, contact Stacy Witters at (414) 4758906 or Rain date is May 23.

Seniorfest is June 13

Where can you learn to polka, watch a jazz concert, eat Serbian food, see Mayor Tom Barrett, play Potawatomi bingo, get a health screening, make a craft project, win door prizes, and meet with over 75 exhibitors—all under one roof? Seniorfest. Milwaukee Recreation hosts the 24th annual extravaganza for older adults Wednesday, June 13 from 9am to 4:30pm at American Serb Memorial Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave. Music and dancing begin at 9:15am. Seniorfest 2007 features musical performances by the Mike Schneider Band, the Mary Davis Trio featuring Lem Banks, and the Bob Kuether Band. Tickets are $4 in advance, $5 at the door. Free parking is available at St. Gregory the Great at 60th and Oklahoma. A trolley will shuttle attendees between Serb Hall and the parking lot; those with wheelchairs may park at Serb Hall. Call (414) 647-6041 for ticket information.

Shore Drive construction consternation

The replacement of a city of Milwaukee sanitary sewer for four blocks of S. Shore Drive from Estes to Russell required a four-foot wide trench down middle of the street. Thus street parking in the area was restricted with no parking signs. The construction started Feb. 26 but ran into a small complication in late April when maintenance work on the nearby Bay View Terrace parking lot caused an influx of vehicles seeking street parking. Dale Mejaki, Department of Public Works infrastructure operations chief, said DPW became aware of the conflict and asked its contractor, American Sewer, to hold off on work for a while to accommodate the displaced Terrace vehicles. But the city parking checkers didn’t stop working. “They were getting ticketed left and right,” Mejaki said, so concerned citizens called District 14 Alderman Tony Zielinski to complain. Zielinski met with citizens April 20, and resolved to ask parking enforcers not to enforce no parking signs along Shore Drive for the interim. Final restoration of asphalt was to begin the week of April 16, Mejaki said, but the courtesy delay for Terrace resulted in a scheduling conflict with American Sewer during which the no parking signs were up but no work was being done. The project was to be completed in early May, Mejaki said, ahead of schedule. -Michael Timm

Quiz your school board rep

Bay View resident Terry Falk ran for Milwaukee Public School Board saying he valued input from the public. Falk unseated District 8 School Board Director Joe Dannecker April 3 and was sworn in at Bay View High School April 20, when he fielded questions from students in civics class. The Compass plans to interview Falk but we want to pose your questions to him. Send us your questions for the newly elected District 8 school board director and we will get answers in a special schools issue in August.

Email, call (414) 489-0880, or write to P.O. Box 070645 Milwaukee, WI 53207-0645.

Money for lagoons

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker signed a resolution that would expand a pilot project designed to improve some of Milwaukee County’s parks and lagoons May 8. The resolution provides for $300,000 in general obligation bonds to be used to add McGovern and Washington Parks to a pilot program that includes Jacobus, Dineen, and Humboldt Parks. The program calls for stabilizing the banks of the ponds and lagoons and will help improve water quality.

New church in Hide House

A core community of about 75 people dissatisfied with the offerings of organized religion recently started their own church in Bay View’s historic Hide House, 2625 S. Greeley St. Services for the Mercy Hill church, affiliated with the Assemblies of God, launched April 29. One of its pastors, and on its team of “elders,” is Tommy Orlando. Born and raised Catholic on Milwaukee’s northwest side, Orlando attended Lutheran high school. He became frustrated with Protestant denominations where “pastors became the preeminent concept.” Inspired by six months filling in for a pastor in Italy’s International Christian Church of Padua, he returned to Milwaukee with the idea to create a church with the “heartbeat” he and his friends wanted. “It’s about knowing Christ and about building a community,” said Orlando, who rejects the “CEO structure” of American evangelical churches of the past quarter century that he said advance individuals and organizations at the expense of their ministry. Orlando also said Mercy Hill will attempt to balance evangelical, charismatic, and liturgical forms of worship. Mercy Hill draws from the south side, with parishioners coming from Bay View, Oak Creek, St. Francis, Cudahy, and also New Berlin and Racine, Orlando said. “It’s not about the culture of church. It’s not about political activism. It’s not about anything but wanting to be a community of Christ,” Orlando said. “…Our church is going to resonate with people who have felt disconnected, disenfranchised.” Bradley Winkler, Mercy Hill’s media contact, said he sent postcards to every 53207 residential

address advertising the church. The postcards depict a caricatured evangelical Christian with the words “We’re sorry” on the front and the back reading “Fed up with church? Hey, so are we.” For more information see or call (414) 915-7972. -Michael Timm

Four to receive honors for service

Beulah Brinton Community Center will honor four community members for their outstanding service Sunday, May 20 at 2pm at 2555 S. Bay St. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. Teri Jarvey-Berg will receive the first annual Carvell Campbell Distinguished Instructor Award. She’s been instructing for over five years, bringing enthusiasm and organization to the center and developing nine different toddler and preschool programs, said Bob Gavronski, Beulah Brinton’s director. The new award is named in honor of the visually impaired Campbell, who taught at Beulah Brinton for eight years before dying of stomach cancer in January 2005. Rick Knack will receive the second Audrey Netko Meritous Service Award. Knack went above and beyond the call of duty for over 25 years at the center, Gavronski said. D’Artagnan “Dart” Brown, who has coached a Believers of Christ basketball team for over 20 years, will receive the Volunteer Service to Youth Award. Brown is honored for inspiring his team and motivating parents to participate in the lives of their children. “Dart actually grew up at Beulah Brinton as a player and later became a coach,” Gavronski said. Mary Morris will be presented the Mary Martinetto Community Service Award for her more than 45 years of service to the Bay View community. Morris has volunteered on the Beulah Brinton advisory council since 1996, for the majority of that time as chairperson. Honoring Mary Morris Mary Morris has volunteered for parent teacher associations for over 30 years. A Girl Scout leader for 20 years, she started out as the Scout representative in the Trowbridge Street School PTA in 1962. She went on to become the PTA president there as well as holding many other PTA positions on the board. Morris helped Trowbridge PTA to be one of the strongest PTAs in the city. When her daughters (Chris Sinicki and Stephanie Harling) went to Fritsche Middle School, she started Fritsche’s parent, teacher, student association. When her daughters went to Bay View High School, Morris started Bay View High School’s PTSA. Involved with Bay View High School Athletic Booster Club, Morris has been president of the Milwaukee City Council of PTA/PTSAs, chairperson of the Partnerships For Prevention Project, president of the 4th District PTA, a member of the state PTA board, and treasurer for the Wisconsin PTA. While doing all this volunteer PTA work, she served on at least 12 MPS committees. She also was appointed to serve on the governor’s committee to study the quality of education in metropolitan Milwaukee. She has been treasurer for the South Side Foundation, which provides college scholarships, board member and treasurer of the Bay View Historical Society, and board member of the Bay View Community Center. She has also helped with the Bay View Bash and the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association. -Penny Manke



Misty’s story Small steps lead to success

As a pilot project for future cooperation between local student writers and the Compass, District 8 School Board Director Terry Falk invited a Bay View High School student to write a “success story” about the school. Dan Muñoz informally mentored several students, including Misty McKay, for their first semester. The following is his account of her academic and personal progress through their freshman year. By Daniel Muñoz, BVHS Freshman


isty McKay is an African American freshman at Bay View High School. The odds seem stacked against her, and she hasn’t always been successful, but she is determined to change her luck. “I’m proud of achieving the goals that were thought impossible,” said Misty. In the first mark period, Misty had a 1.833 GPA, and was not proud of herself. She told me a few things about striving for success. “When I get out of high school, I want to go to UW-Madison to get a master’s degree in pediatrics. As long as I’m still in high school, I can

Latino baseball league popular as ever FROM PAGE 1 start off the season,” Tigres’ player Pascual Rodriguez said of the opening day ceremony. Rodriguez, who is in his 21st year playing in the league, has quite a bit to be honored for. He’s not only played professional baseball in the Minor League for the Cleveland Indians but also earned 14 championships while in Liga Latina. In the Minor League competition is steeper, he said—in Liga Latina it’s fun and in the pro’s it’s business.

Christian Olivas poses with the Mets, opening day. ~courtesy Guerrero Duran Jr.

Rodriguez is not only a baseball player but an ambassador to the community. Outside of baseball he is a principal at Bruce Guadalupe Charter School and also used to be a coach at Bay View High School. Outside of school he runs the Felix Mantilla Little League, named for the former Milwaukee Braves utility infielder, for kids age 5 to 15.

achieve this by joining clubs and other creative activities and stay determined to achieve my goals. I don’t want to be a bookworm, but I do need to study hard and maintain the grades I have been getting. It will be hard, but I will get there. No one can stop me,” Misty said. In the second mark period, with some mentoring, she brought her grades up to a 2.666 GPA. She earned a 3.0 for the fourth mark period. She is aiming for higher. For example, she was working on a report on Nelson Mandela. She came to me and for the first time I saw her in extreme happiness. She was so proud of herself. She is going to try and get

an all-star tournament in Rockford, Ill. “Spanish is what is mainly spoken, although English is also used especially because the majority of the umps don’t speak Spanish,” Duran Jr. added. For more information go to Blacks is a graduating senior at Bay View High School who will attend Morehouse College in the fall.

Honoring Beto Avila This is the 24th year of Liga Latina, Beto Avila level of play. “Beto Avila” honors Roberto “Bobby/Beto” Avila, the first Latino to win a batting title in the American League, finishing with a .341 batting average in 1954. That same year, Avila led the Cleveland Indians to the World Series. Toward the end of his career, he played briefly for the Milwaukee Braves. After his career, he also became associated with building the Mexican League. -Kenneth Blacks

into the Renaissance program, which awards students points for excellence in attendance and GPA. These points can add up to rewards like letters for letter jackets, and book bags or sweatshirts with the Renaissance logo. Misty’s plan is to break the cycle of many stereotypes brought upon her by others. In science, Misty has one of the top grades of the class. I was her mentor in physical science and at one point, Misty had better grades than me! “When I get out of high school, I want to go to UWMadison to get a master’s degree in pediatrics. As long as I’m still in high school, I can achieve this by joining clubs and other creative activities and stay determined to achieve my goals. I don’t want to be a bookworm, but I do need to study hard and maintain the grades I have been getting. It will be hard, but I will get there. No one can stop me.” —Misty McKay

Area schools to strengthen community ties through newspaper FROM PAGE 1 Christine Kadow, principal of Fernwood Montessori, said their students created and published a school newspaper during the current academic year and that a visit to the Compass would provide added insights into the publishing process. Kadow summed up the spirit of the project and its goals, “Fernwood looks forward to not only sharing our information, but reading about our fellow Bay View schools and community happenings. We are proud to be a member of the Bay View neighborhood and look forward to strengthening those ties.” This issue includes the very first contributions for this project by two students from Bay View High School. Freshman Daniel Muñoz contributed “Misty’s Story,” this page, about the achievements of a student whom he mentored. Kenneth Blacks, a senior, wrote the story on page 1

“When I got my second report card and I saw how I had improved, I knew I could achieve anything I wanted to. I felt so proud of myself. I know my mom was too,” she told me. At that moment, her face lit up with joy as she knew that her life changed because she gave effort. Now she knows she can be anything she wants to. She has kept her A in science, brought up her grades in English and pre-algebra, and is working on world studies, chorus, and gym. She plans to change her study hall to Spanish 1 because you need two credits of a foreign language to go to college. If she continues like this, she could graduate by the end of her junior year. My tutoring has brought Misty through many achievements. It was not me who changed her, but herself for caring enough about her life and her dreams. Her motivation was her dreams. She was and is determined to succeed. Tell me, If you knew that you could have your greatest desire, only as long as you make something of yourself, would you do it? Muñoz is a freshman at Bay View High School majoring in the math and science department.

about the Latino baseball teams that play April through August at Humboldt and Baran Parks. Blacks, who plans to pursue a career in sports journalism, said he’ll be attending Morehouse College this fall. The Compass will solicit sponsorship from local businesses and organizations to support the project and plans to keep the student section of the paper free of advertising to permit the maximum space for the students’ work. The name of the students’ section has not yet been determined; students will provide their recommendations for its title. With sufficient resources, web-based journalistic features are also envisioned to supplement and reinforce the print content, creating a dynamic media learning environment that is unique in Milwaukee. If your business, foundation, or organization would like to contribute, contact the Compass at (414) 489-0880 or

Ambassadors like Rodriguez are part of what Liga Latina is all about, Duran Jr. said—not just playing baseball but getting kids and the community involved. “The league is growing every day. The league puts out good recognition for teams, the Most Valuable Players, exposure of the Latino community, and a positive image for the race as a whole,” Duran Jr. said. This year, league teams will also play in



Trowbridge open, for now

Just Like A Column

Sometimes an artist shapeshifts one’s world


By Bob Reitman

grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction that currently funds some of Trowbridge’s reading curriculum. He also noted the cost of renovating Dover to blend programs and accommodate middle school students. At an estimated $600,000, those renovations would eat up most of the savings from the merger.

I’m sure that at certain points in our lives certain events occur that change us. We remember these events with great clarity—like a lightning bolt from a stormy sky. One of those events occurred for me back in 1964. I was living in a rooming house on Prospect Avenue. A woman named Susan Selves lived in the same building. I was under the weather that day, just staying in my room waiting to feel better. Susan knocked on my door and said she had an album that I might like to listen to—Another Side of Bob Dylan. I turned on the record player and started listening to side one. I had never heard lyrics like that before and the music fit like a glove. The song “Chimes of Freedom” was the one that stunned me and shifted my world. It resonated within me as no music had ever done before. It was a gesture and a moment that I am thankful for to this day. By the way, he still resonates.

Suddenly, the merger that seemed a certainty was a no-go. Trowbridge teacher Jennifer O’Connor agreed the change in course was unexpected. She said the teachers “didn’t get a lot of information, just bits and pieces. The teachers had never talked about it before. The two principals made the decision, and we didn’t know until the last couple of months.” Even so, changes were happening. Trowbridge and Dover teachers recently met to talk about their futures together. Yet O’Connor was excited that Trowbridge would remain open. “It’s really what we wanted. We have a real love for that school.” Parents thought the merger was a done deal, too, with many enrolling their children in different schools for fall 2007. Jane Pachner said she had made other plans for her daughter. “But I love Trowbridge,” she said. “I hope it stays open.” However, without something different to attract students and boost enrollment, Trowbridge won’t stay open long. Terry Falk, new District 8 school board director, doesn’t want to see Trowbridge “limp along” for another year only to close. “What we need to do,” he said, “is stop closing schools one at a time. I would like to have a school plan for the entire Bay View community with representatives from all schools—parents, teachers, administrators—coming together to look at the needs of the Bay View community.” The Bay View Community Partnership is taking steps in that direction. The group’s May 2 meeting agenda included Trowbridge, and a number of parents and staff attended to discuss the school’s uncertain future. Everyone who spoke agreed that it would take a major effort from the whole Trowbridge community to attract new students to the school. It will be a challenge. According to Morris, only a third of the students in Trowbridge’s attendance area choose Trowbridge. A number of them instead opt for citywide programs such as Elm Creative Arts, or Fernwood Montessori K-8, just a few blocks away. Something different will have to happen at Trowbridge to bring those students back. Whatever change happens, it needs to happen fast. Andrekopoulos said, “We need solutions by October.” The clock is not so short for Dover. Though many in the Dover community are disappointed not to be merging, that school’s larger enrollment leaves it safer than Trowbridge. But enrollment issues won’t go away. Laber warns, “there just are not enough students in the neighborhood to support all the schools.” The next Bay View Community Partnership meeting is 4pm, May 23 at Bay View High School. Note: Last month in his Hall Monitor column, Bullock erroneously called Dover’s Direct Instruction program “phonics only.” DI is a research-based program that includes phonics as just one reading strategy.


Eric Beaumont’s Top 10 List 1. The Clash, Sandinista! (CBS, 1980) 6. The Wailers, Best of the Wailers (Beverley’s, 1970) 2. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, Ellington Indigos (Columbia, 1957) 7. Augustus Pablo, King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (Yard, 1976) 3. Hugh Mundell, Africa Must Be Free by 1983 (Rockers International, 8. Django Reinhardt, The Best of Django Reinhardt (not a compilation, despite the title) 1978) (Capitol, 1960) 4. Louis Armstrong, The Essential Louis Armstrong (not an anthology, de- 9. The Jam, Setting Sons (Polydor, 1979) spite the title) (Verve, 1957) 10. Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Def Jam/Columbia, 1988) 5. Linton Kwesi Johnson, Forces of Victory (Island, 1979) Eric Beaumont lives on Milwaukee’s East Side and listens to Reitman on WUWM.

88.9 FM becomes RadioMilwaukee By Randy Otto


aving been a devoted listener of the adventurous radio stations WZMF and WTOS during their late 60s/early 70s heyday, and also being a loyal listener to WMSE (91.7 FM), the station affectionately known as “Messy Radio” in its early days but now going by the handle “Frontier Radio,” since its inception on St. Patrick’s Day 1981, I eagerly anticipated the debut of the “new” WYMS (88.9 FM), now going by the moniker “RadioMilwaukee” since its format change Feb. 26. For one thing, I am still lamenting the station’s decision several years back to abandon its long-standing jazz with live local DJs format. In that regard, I am hardly alone. On the other hand, any station that can offer its listeners a variety of musical genres on its menu is a welcome development. Hey, perhaps RadioMilwaukee just might be the long hoped-for Milwaukee version of the adult alternative format that has been a longtime fixture of Chicago’s venerable WXRT. Having sampled RadioMilwaukee’s offerings for a week recently, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the variety of music is there in abundance. The bad news is that RadioMilwaukee is not Milwaukee’s answer to XRT. But both stations do share an interesting trait. One of the hallmarks of XRT since its arrival in the early 70s is that during every hour of every air shift, at least one blues cut is played, a tradition that continues to this very day. Since Chicago is known worldwide as “Home of the Blues,” it was a great way for XRT to identify with its hometown and fill a void on the local airwaves. RadioMilwaukee does something of a similar nature. After listening for several hours, one discovers that the station plays at least one hip-hop track each hour, sometimes more. And RadioMilwaukee literally goes to the ends of the Earth to find its rap cuts. I’ve heard rap from the UK and hip-hop from Australia during my sampling period. However, this musical genre is already well served on the local airwaves on stations such as WKKV and WJMR. Having sampled RadioMilwaukee’s offerings for a week recently, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the variety of music is there in abundance. The bad news is that RadioMilwaukee is not Milwaukee’s answer to XRT. On the other hand, blues and “nonsmooth” jazz, the core of the old WYMS, is nowhere to be heard on RadioMilwaukee. Fans of those genres can still find

some refuge at WMSE. Frontier Radio’s long-running afternoon “Blues Drive” shows are the only regularly scheduled programs of that music on Milwaukee radio. In fact, one of the “Blues Drive” hosts, Sonia, continues the legacy of Mannie Mauldin, whose overnight “Blues In The Night” shows were for many years a mainstay of WYMS. Sonia learned her radio craft under Mannie’s tutelage.

Local music, as essential to the history of Frontier Radio as the blues is to XRT, is sadly lacking on RadioMilwaukee, contrary to the station’s pronouncements that it is a “Voice for the Community.” During my week of sampling, I only heard recent cuts from local acts Codebreaker and Black Elephant, along with an old BoDeans track. In fact, one of this year’s most acclaimed local releases, the new album from Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, has been conspicuously absent from the RadioMilwaukee airwaves. Perhaps Cebar’s long-running “Way Back Home” show on MSE might have something to do with it. Stations with wide open playlists like RadioMilwaukee are a key ingredient in providing exposure for local acts that are generally ignored by commercial radio. Perhaps in time, the station might substitute some of those rap tracks with more local music, which would go a long way in making it the “Community Voice” it aspires to be. Okay, so now that we know what RadioMilwaukee doesn’t offer, what exactly can one expect to hear? As mentioned previously, a huge variety of music, sometimes bewilderingly so. Mixed in with current tracks by Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone (who could soon become known as the “Queen of RadioMilwaukee” if the station hosts aren’t careful), one sample hour featured the following...Arthur Conley’s “Sweet Soul Music,” Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” Barry White’s “Never Never Gonna Give You Up,” and Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me.” I told you the tracks ran the gamut of musical styles. One aside, though. While one would have to listen for quite some time to hear a

song repeated, it is evident certain acts are heard over and over again, as if they were “core artists” for the station. In particular, tracks from The Doors and Barry White (acts who are well represented on local commercial stations) are heard in abundance. One can only guess why these acts would get so much airplay on RadioMilwaukee. Market research, perhaps? It has been said that a more accurate name for RadioMilwaukee might be “Radio iPod,” as the mixing of genres is akin to a radio version of a potluck dinner. I have found myself warming to the station’s mix after a week’s worth of listening. I found myself recalling that the first place I heard records like Isaac Hayes’ soundtrack from Shaft, Sly & The Family Stone’s “I Wanna Take You Higher” and “Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey,” and Wendy Carlos’ landmark electronic album “Switched-On Bach” was....WZMF! I detect a bit of that adventurousness on RadioMilwaukee. Perhaps after over 30 years of FM radio music formats, I have become conditioned to hearing a certain music genre on a given station. Even WMSE, it must be said, does assign specific music genres to particular time slots, which is a factor in that station’s success. Hearing no more than three hours of a certain music genre at any time gives the listener the impression of musical spontaneity, although there is a format system at work. Using a huge number of volunteer DJs to present MSE’s programs also lends to that spontaneous feeling. Blues and “non-smooth” jazz, the core of the old WYMS, is nowhere to be heard on RadioMilwaukee. Fans of those genres can still find some refuge at WMSE. RadioMilwaukee employs a core group of on-air talent heard on a daily basis, sharing another trait of commercial radio. But the musical Osterizer heard on RadioMilwaukee does indeed present a distinct choice for area music fans who don’t want to invest in satellite radio. This is especially true if you’re not particularly fond of what’s being offered on Frontier Radio at a given time. The more the merrier, I say. It will be fun to listen to the continuing evolution of RadioMilwaukee. RadioMilwaukee WYMS (Your Milwaukee Schools) can also be streamed at WYMS is run by not-for-profit Radio for Milwaukee, financed by Peter Buffett. Otto, longtime Milwaukee music lover, is a station volunteer at WMSE. Frontier Radio WMSE can be streamed at


Lewie the duck, BVHS alum I By Jennifer Krueger

’m a lifelong resident of Bay View. When the Compass expressed interest in my pet duck, I was eager to pen a few lines about Lewie. Lewie has been as much a part of me as if he were my child, and recalling his story is almost like writing my autobiography. I graduated from Bay View High School in 1990. During my junior year, I acquired Lewie. I was in the zoology class run by the soon-to-retire Mr. Hosler, who ran a program giving students the opportunity to raise chicks and ducklings. Every year eggs would hatch in the classroom incubators, delighting even the most surly teens. In 1989 it was a bit different, as the ducklings hatched early, over the weekend. We came into class Monday morning, greeted by the man from the farm carrying a bakery box of 50 hatched ducklings. The box was alive with the sound of pecking and peeping. We peered inside, wondering which one we were going to take home. I knew right away; I didn’t like the boring yellow ducklings. No, I wanted one of the handful of brown ducklings. I spotted the “right” one and gently plucked him from the box, lest anyone else get my ducky. For the next few weeks students walked around school with their little ducklings in a variety of containers. Math exams were made lively by the sounds of panicked peeping from freshly-awakened ducklings in search of food, water, and comfort. I carried Lewie kangaroo-style, in my top pocket lined with tissue. Lewie is a Khaki Campbell duck, a breed created in England at the turn of the last

century by Mrs. Adele Campbell. Campbell hybridized the Rouen, Mallard, and the Indian Runner ducks in an attempt to produce a superior bird. Indeed, Khaki Campbells are the highest producer of eggs of any duck breed, sometimes laying as many as 300 per year.

ple overwhelmed by the demands of the care required.

In Wisconsin, we think about hunting ducks in the fall, but most of us probably know little about how to raise them in the spring. Ducks need to be properly and regularly bathed or they become smelly and crusty. The other thing to understand is that bird babies imprint on adults—“Mommy” is the first thing they see. And since they don’t know that they’re ducks, the imprinting process can get muddied when creatures other than their own breed come into contact with the hatchlings. To Lewie, I have always been his one and only mom. For the next few weeks BVHS students walked around school with their little ducklings in a variety of containers. Math exams were made lively by the sounds of panicked peeping from freshly-awakened ducklings in search of food, water, and comfort.

Lewie, 18, is a Khaki Campbell (young Lewie photo courtesy Jennifer Krueger). ~photo Samantha Lukens

As a rule, ducks do not make great pets. I state this because year after year shortsighted people pilgrimage to the 7-Mile Fair and plop down five bucks for a live Easter present for little Susie and Johnny. These unfortunates invariably end up at South Shore or Humboldt Park, dumped by peo-

Lewie eats a daily chowder blend I buy from a chain pet supplier, but his diet is regularly supplemented with an assortment of human food. Lewie loves lettuce, peanuts, ramen noodles (heck, any noodles), and especially potatoes. One night I came back to my plate to find Lewie standing in my mash potatoes, paddling his little feet in the gravy while chowing down on the corn niblets. Being the wild man that he is, Lewie also loves natural foods. Lewie will stalk worms in the muddy garden with the cunning of a lion, and minnows are no match for his grasping bill. For this we’ve had a pond in the yard for most of his life, where Lewie has wiled away many a hot summer day floating casually in its cool waters. Contrary to Lewie’s ego, he is not as tough and untamed as he thinks, and over the years has had run-ins with stray cats and dogs, hawks, and the occasional weirdo neighbor. Lewie’s life sounds rather bucolic if a bit mischievous, but quite frankly, male ducks

can be mean. They have no problem with biting for any reason, real or imagined, and can draw blood. Lewie has done so several times. Lewie can also be a sweetheart. In ducky terms, Lewie can be downright cuddly, but you have to live with someone as long as I’ve lived with Lewie to know what a “cuddly duck” actually is. It’s not an overt show of affection; he’ll sit close and make gentle plucking sounds, letting me rub the back of his neck. And no, he’s never flown south, nor has he tried to. He does not relate to anything having to do with wild waterfowl, and is indifferent whenever a stray female shows up in our yard in search of food or a strapping new mate. Khakis are bigger than Mallards, and when standing can be knee-high. They also have a distinct high-pitched quack. While Lewie spends many hours outdoors, he is an indoor pet. I also have two beagles, and the trio sleep and eat in their own bedroom, partitioned off to protect each animal’s territory. The dogs behave with Lewie, but they have no problem eating his food, or vice versa. And ducks should not being eating food made with chicken. It just smacks of cannibalism. Carpeting is not an option; all of my flooring is hardwood or vinyl. It makes “accidents” easier to clean. In his youth Lewie was fairly accurate in going on the paper. As he’s aged his accuracy has decreased. Mind you, his messes are not as repulsive as the parks get from the geese. Lewie could not have lived this long without his vet, Dr. Ron Greenwald of Veterinary Medical Associates in Greendale, who has clipped his nails, administered shots, and repaired a broken bill. In our zoology class Mr. Hosler told us to expect our ducks to live seven to 12 years. On March 19, Lewie turned 18. Lewie has exhibited all of the classic signs of growing old. He’s had a few mild seizures, arthritis, and cataracts for a few years now. None of his conditions are severe and he can still get around fine, albeit a bit slower. He no longer walks up and down the stairs as he did in his youth, but he no longer steals food from my plate!

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similar real-time buoy project is underway at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Michigan. This summer GLERL buoys will stream data from two sites in Lake Erie, one in Lake Huron, and one in Lake Michigan. In the future, one regional data source could manage real-time data from GLUCOS, GLERL, and other networks, allowing researchers to easily share data.

Network of high-tech buoys to be deployed By Casey Twanow

-Casey Twanow


n a sprawling workroom at the west end of the Great Lakes WATER Institute (GLWI), multicolored cables in coils and crates crowd the floor space. Metal shelves line the walls, stacked with labeled bins of electronic parts. Workbenches display circuit boards in various stages of rewiring. Several four-foot tall hazard buoys—white cylinders marked with orange diamonds— stand upright in a clear section of the room. Tall antennas top the buoys; insulated cables and metal mooring lines are stretched on the floor in front of them, along with waterproof housings for electronics.

Locations around Milwaukee’s harbor where GLWI scientists plan to deploy buoys this month.

send scientists real-time data. Real-time data, relayed from instruments on the lake, tells scientists what is happening in the lake right now. This lets scientists respond to interesting events, such as current or temperature changes, by heading out on Lake Michigan, or even by remotely turning on sampling gear positioned in the lake. Along with real-time data, these buoys offer other advantages over monitoring the lake from a research vessel alone. They can collect data round-the-clock from multiple sites, and provide long-term data sets that give scientists a clearer picture of trends in currents, temperature, and water quality. They can also monitor the lake in conditions too rough for a research vessel.

tains multiple sensors that record oxygen levels, pH, turbidity, and other water quality measurements. In early trials, there were problems with the radio link through which the buoys send data, but improvements have extended their radio range from hundreds of yards to several miles. Two larger, solar-powered buoys are being assembled to expand the GLUCOS network, and will be able to stream data from the lake for months at a time. These buoys will communicate with shore through a wireless internet connection, powerful enough to transmit images from underwater cameras.

GLUCOS is at the leading edge of realtime, buoy-based technology. Most buoys maintained on the Great Lakes measure surface weather conditions, but GLUCOS buoys will provide detailed profiles of water temperature, lake currents, and water quality. A watertight canister holding a buoy’s electronic equipment is lowered from the research vessel Neeskay.

This is the headquarters for a collaborative effort behind GLUCOS (Great Lakes Urban Coastal Observing System), an array of buoys that will help scientists monitor Lake Michigan. This month, GLWI scientists will deploy five GLUCOS buoys in and around Milwaukee’s harbor. Each buoy will carry instruments to measure water quality and computer and communication systems to

Scientist Tom Consi says, “We hope to become the center of a Lake Michigan- or Great Lakes-wide buoy network.” The GLUCOS network’s success depended on a buoy design robust enough to withstand Great Lakes storms. For this, the collaborating scientists looked to Greg Barske, the GLWI instrument shop coordinator. Barske machined watertight aluminum canisters to house the buoys’ electronics underwater, safe from rough waves. He also created custom pieces like frames that securely mount radios atop the buoys, and clips that let the scientists easily connect cables to the buoys when launching them from a rocking boat. The buoys also needed to be versatile enough for a range of research applications. This was achieved with computer software created by GLWI’s information processing scientist Tom Hansen and five UWM engineering undergraduates. The software allows onboard computers to transmit data from a variety of interchangeable instruments. For the students, Consi says, “It’s been an unparalleled engineering educational experience.” On trial runs, buoys carried “thermistor strings,” which sense temperatures in the water column at meter intervals, and “sondes.” Each torpedo-shaped sonde con-



tep right up to the box office, get your ticket, enter through the lobby, and find a seat. The dancing rays of the projector will move you to laughter, tears, or sheer terror. There appears to be an unlimited number of movie theaters around the city, but the truth is the golden era of the silver screen took place in the first half of the 20th century. Bay View had its share of theaters with the Comique, Union, Avenue, Mirth, Lake, and Avalon. The Comique (1905-09), a silent movie theater that sat 200 patrons at 2244-46 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., was said to have projected movies onto a sheet of muslin cloth. The owner, John Freuler, was a cofounder of the Western Film Exchange that produced early western films. The Comique building most recently housed Southeast Beer & Liquor but today is up for lease. Storefront windows replace the recessed theater entrance. In 1906, the Union (or Union Electric) opened at 2159-61 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Originally a vaudeville theater seating 300, it was later known as the Rex from 1911 to 1913 and the Badger in 1914. According to neighbors, it featured unusual animated cartoons accompanied by a pianist. The theater closed around 1920 and later housed a woodworking shop that was destroyed by fire Feb. 16, 2000. The Avenue (1910-61), with its prominent marquee, once stood at 2311 S. Howell Ave. as the first Bay View theater built exclusively for motion pictures. The 480-seat theater was built in 1910 and remodeled in the 1930s in the Art Deco style. The Art Deco exterior featured a smooth concrete front, vertical fins, and blue and white veined architectural glass panels. In 1935, it was renamed the Aragon. The auditorium interior featured colorful aquatic and angelfish panels. Later it was dubbed the Pix. The building was razed in 1972. The Mirth (1913-52) originally occupied a one-story, flat-roofed structure at 2651-53 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. In 1922, a red, twostory brick building seating 900 moviegoers replaced the original structure. Later, the Christian Science Society and then the VFW Zamlen Holman Post No. 9378 occupied the former theater building, which still stands.

The instruments carried by the buoys can be easily reconfigured, so the GLUCOS network will provide the infrastructure for a variety of Lake Michigan research projects. Scientists can also add buoys in the future to increase the number of sites they monitor.

Building the Buoy Network

By John Utzat

A GLUCOS buoy.

Scientists at GLWI will use the cameras to study the nuisance algae that fouls Lake Michigan beaches and the migration and spawning behaviors of fish populations. Knowledge and technology from GLUCOS will be relevant well beyond Milwaukee. For instance, carbon dioxide sensors attached to the buoys will help scientists understand the Great Lakes’ role in the regional carbon cycle and global climate change. GLUCOS can also serve as a model for real-time buoy networks in coastal areas and large lakes around the world. The Great Lakes Urban Coastal Observing System (GLUCOS) collaborators are Tom Consi, Greg Barske, Harvey Bootsma, Tom Hansen, John Janssen, Val Klump, Rob Paddock, and Jim Waples. UW-Milwaukee students contributing to the project are Jesse Kipp, Don Murray, Andy Schneider, Korey Verhein, and Josh Zagorski. The Great Lakes WATER (Wisconsin Aquatic Technology and Environmental Research) Institute is the largest freshwater academic research institute in the Great Lakes region. More information:

The Lake opened March 3, 1926 at 2893 S. Delaware Ave. At one time, the façade featured horizontal and vertical marquees lit by incandescent bulbs. The theater’s earliest equipment included two Simplex projectors and an RCA high fidelity sound system. The 1,000-seat theater with a balcony was later renamed the Bay. The theater closed in 1965 and since was purchased by Mark Gubin for his photography business. The horizontal marquee is still present with three Romanesque style windows above it. The Spanish-Mediterranean style Avalon at 2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. opened May 4, 1929. The 1,500-seat theater was the first in Milwaukee to be equipped for talking (sound) movies. At one time, thin white clouds, produced by a motion cloud projector, drifted across the blue twinkling starlit ceiling. Ornate spiral columns, stucco walls, and an elaborate wrought iron stairway beautified the interior—along with a black bubbler. Closed in 2000, the Avalon was purchased in 2005 by Lee Barczak who plans to reopen it next year. In 1981, Henry Landa opened the 123-seat Gallery Cinema at 2901 S. Delaware Ave. Some of the seats, along with a projector, came to this latter-day theater from the old Lake/ Bay across the street. Many a former patron remembers being greeted with the aroma of freshly popped popcorn while gazing at old movie posters. The theater specialized in classic films like Gaslight and North by Northwest. Most unusual was the before-movie commentary provided by the theater owner. The Gallery closed in 1990. See page 14 for more on historic theaters. 8

Park phoenix rises in three acts By Angie Tornes



he stage was set: a tired little urban vest pocket park whose actors were teenagers looking for a place to smoke. Rusting 1960s vintage play equipment lacking key components occasionally played host to children under a watchful parental eye. The park, bordered on one side by an elevated highway, largely covered in asphalt, and surrounded by a six-foot chain link fence, fostered an impression that a jailhouse lurked nearby. A Mediterranean style Works Progress Administration-era field house in the park was ingloriously dressed with roof-wrapping barbed wire. Though it lies adjacent to an actively used ball field, it was essentially ignored by the community. It was a desolate set indeed.

How this diamond in the rough, called Lewis Play Field Tot Lot, was transformed and resulted in multiple beneficial outcomes is noteworthy. The city of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works (DPW) had $85,000 in its 2004 budget to improve the four-acre parcel and was open to ideas for community engagement. In spring of 2004, neighbors interested in the park’s improvement requested planning assistance from me, the senior planner of the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program, a community conservation and recreation outreach program of the National Park Service. This fortunate coincidence of circumstances set the stage for Act II: creating a new life for the park.

Saplings were recently planted at Lewis Field. The city’s DPW had $85,000 in its 2004 budget for the fouracre park’s makeover. ~photo Angie Tornes

of Forestry tree contributions, and good will on the contractor’s part. The public was actively engaged throughout the process; it also contributed to interesting developments (see sidebar). The friends group created flyers inviting residents and businesses to attend an open house on the park’s redesign; the flyers were distributed in a five-block radius. Two local newspapers followed the story and collectively published five articles to date. A community website and chat room tracked progress on the installation. The media and the community now eagerly anticipate the ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for June 2 at 1pm. Mutual goals of beautifying the park, enhancing the community, and reducing stormwater runoff were achieved in the redesign and the eventual October 2006 in-

stallation. The existing asphalt surface was reduced by 65 percent and replaced with sod, pervious surface, trees, and berms. The small volume of future stormwater runoff will be redirected away from the combined sewer and into an on-site rain garden. The surrounding sixfoot chain link fence has been replaced with a four-foot fence on one side paralleling an alley. Curvilinear paths have replaced straight paths. Aesthetically pleasing ADA accessible play equipment has been installed, water pipes to the bubbler repaired, and barbed wire from the field house removed. The basketball court has new hoop nets and freshly painted backboards and its asphalt will be sealed and painted next spring. A sculptural piece at the intersection of two paths will be created and installed in the near future. The park has been conspicuously and beautifully transformed, like a phoenix from the ashes. But the benefits extend beyond park transformation into community transformation and good will generated towards DPW and the city. Never before had this community been so engaged from start to finish in a civic project: the enthusiasm was palpable. Neighbors introduced themselves to each other, networked to accomplish their pieces of the project, and inadvertently generated a sense of neighborhood pride and empowerment that has been parlayed into other community projects. They are immensely pleased with their interaction with DPW staff as the project progressed and seeing their ideas come to fruition. Nearby businesses are enthralled with the improvements and the opportunity to become engaged in

the project. Tony Zielinski, alderman of the 14th District, has been supportive and kept apprised of the project, and the mayor plans on touting the project at the upcoming ribbon cutting as another example of the city’s commitment to reduce stormwater runoff.



he stage setting now offers an inviting, attractive vest pocket park. The actors are the entire community who delight in using the park or admire it from outside. There is no expected end to Act III, as an engaged community will ensure the park is stewarded well into the future. Edited and reprinted with permission by the author. This article originally appeared in the April 2007 issue of the APWA Reporter.

Unexpected finds at Lewis Field When the public learns of something that piques their interest, expect the unexpected. Chris Rieck-Risser, a member of the Bay View Historical Society, offered to research the history of the play field’s namesake, Dr. Paul A. Lewis. The city’s records indicated that the doctor was born near the park in the surrounding Bay View neighborhood and dedicated much of his life to researching and fighting polio and yellow fever. The historian took the information further by discovering the doctor lived and conducted surgery at 2519 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., and revealing the editorial career at Reader’s Digest of his only son. Sharon Wargin, a local hairdresser who is a descendant of the Kashubes (Bay View’s Jones Island fishing community), embraced the project as she recalled fond memories and shared images of her girlfriends’ “Pony Tail League” at the park. Branko Radicevic, who with his wife owns Three Brothers Serbian restaurant down the street, shared his stories about playing at the park as a child and eagerly awaits the park’s restoration to its former dignity. In addition, without solicitation, many others and civic groups offered to donate services or funds. -Angie Tornes


Bath, haircut, nail trim, and ear cleaning.

Curvilinear paths, less asphalt, plastic play equipment, and a rain garden have replaced the allure of the old metal caterpillar. ~photo Angie Tornes




he RTCA staff formed a “Friends of Lewis Play Field” committee, consisting of neighbors and representatives from local civic organizations, and coordinated collaboration between it, members of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, RTCA, and the city’s DPW recreational facilities coordinator, Michael Sanders. A public open house was held to solicit community ideas about what they’d prefer to see in a redesigned park. The landscape architects offered their services pro bono and incorporated these ideas into a concept plan and a preliminary cost estimate for installation. The plan and estimate were reviewed by DPW staff for feasibility and changes were made accordingly. The park’s transformation took a longer time than anticipated as well as patience and a concerted effort by everyone involved. Local citywide politics and pet projects taking precedence over Lewis Play Field stymied progress, but DPW staff rode through the turbulence, never losing site of the end goal. Meanwhile, the friends group diligently organized a silent auction and fundraising letters were widely distributed to neighbors, local businesses, and corporations: $2,354 was raised. An application for Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars was superseded by projects with waterfront, causing DPW staff to creatively search out alternatives including Stormwater Reduction monies, Division



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Framing gallery celebrates 11 years KK to lose longtime anchor business By Greg Bird

By Michael Timm



helly La Londe’s life is a bit like a Clive Cussler novel.

The fifth child of 10 (five sisters, four brothers), La Londe worked at framing galleries while studying at MIAD in her late teens. She traveled to Paris to study design, then jumped to Athens, where she worked for a firm designing menus for Hilton International but ended up selling T-shirts to tourists. After returning to Milwaukee for her sister’s wedding, La Londe was off again. This time to a fishing trawler in the Bering Sea and then onto a NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association) research ship headed to Tierra del Fuego, at the other end of the world. She traveled through South America—“I love Brazil. It’s one of my favorite places”—before landing back in the States, this time in Seattle, where she worked as a printmaker for local and regional artists.

~photo Samantha Lukens

In Seattle she met the father of her daughter, Indie, who was born in Tucson—“I’m a single mom and I always have been”—but not before a jaunt to Bali, Indonesia. Raising a child and the need for family drew her back home, where she worked for her father’s business, LaLonde & Stafford, Inc., laying decorative concrete on Brady Street. It was 11 years ago, after frustration while typing for a temp agency, that La Londe was driving down KK and saw the storefront that has since become hers.

n 1905 Czar Nicholas II reigned in Russia, Teddy Roosevelt lived in the White House—and in Bay View, Strehlow Paint and Hardware began serving the community it helped build. A century and two years later, this longtime anchor business on Kinnickinnic Avenue has a Going-Outof-Business sign taped to its front window.

Forsythias flank La Londe’s storefront of 11 years. ~photo Samantha Lukens

“The windows were all papered up and she had weird antiques in the window but she needed a framer that day,” La Londe said. So she started working for $12 an hour for the gallery’s owner, Kit Kolterman, who died one year later, but not before selling the store to La Londe, whose father purchased the building. (She now manages the property and lives upstairs with Indie, a Pius XI freshman.) In April, La Londe celebrated the 11th anniversary of her business, having overlooked the 10th anniversary last year. The celebration coincided with Gallery Night, when her gallery hosted the artwork of Bay View painter Michael Kutzer. Beyond the bamboo shoots by the door inside 2627 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., the colorful wall of 2,000 miter-cut frame samples dominates the warm, woody 700-square foot interior. La Londe plans to rent gallery wall space to artists, and wants more community art openings in the “intimate space.” La Londe said she does all the framing herself and estimates 90 percent of business comes from the neighborhood. She’s seen a lot in 11 years. She’s framed a seven-foot Jesus for St. Josaphat’s Basilica, an “African death club,” perhaps 100 Brett Favre jerseys, and a map of the world with a man’s travels marked by pins. The busiest time used to be Christmas, but now business is filling out throughout the year. “Business is great. There are lots of new faces. The trend is younger couples, really nice people.” The biggest job she recalls was framing 64 home photos for city’s Department of City Development—in two days. A memorable job was hanging a vintage six-foot French Taittinger’s champagne poster featuring Grace Kelly in a black evening gown—20 feet up. Over her 11 years, she’s witnessed the cost of materials increase from $7-10/foot for a standard frame to $15-20/foot. She competes with retail framers like Michael’s or Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts, which she said mark up prices to put them on sale. When Indie is older, La Londe may return to her globetrotting ways. For now, she loves Bay View. “I feel fortunate,” she said. “I feel like the luckiest person because the people here are so supportive of local businesses.”

Paul Strehlow started Going out of business after 102 years. selling paint and wallpaper in 1905 at 34 Kin- ~photo Samantha Lukens nickinnic (since the late 1920s known as 2675 S. Kinnickinnic) Ave. In 1912, he added hardLehmann remembers the early days when ware. Strehlow’s store outlived two other local people did all their shopping in Bay View. “[Inhardware stores, Stollenwerks at Ward and KK, ternational] ship crews would come in and buy which closed in the 1950s (now Faust Music), power tools to take home.” and Blackwood’s at Rusk and KK, which shut The tools used for the busy service part of the its doors in the 1970s (now being remodeled). business were modernized years ago, but two special things remain from the first store. The oak hardware wall with its ladder, and one that tops it all—the Detroit Scale, still certified annually by the city. Lehmann proudly said it’s the last one in the Midwest. Lehmann will also retain historical archives of the business, one of True Value’s oldest Midwest affiliates.

Strehlow’s Detroit Scale is still certified. ~photo Samantha Lukens

Later, Audrey Strehlow and Steve Riga sold the Strehlow property and business to Art Steinborn and Mickey Wollschied, who then sold, in 1989, to 11-year Strehlow employee Jim Lehmann, who started working at Strehlow while at Bay View High School. In 1998, Lehmann brought in Randy Krenn as half-owner of the business. After Reinhart Hardware closed in 2002, Strehlow became Milwaukee’s oldest operating hardware store.

Lehmann said his property has been optioned by Bay View purchasers he declined to identify because no sale has been finalized. The potential buyers have agreed to let Lehmann continue to run Strehlow’s service business for screens, storm doors, etc., in the property’s back building (no business name yet). Independently, Lehmann has also been helping with his brother’s business, JTL Remodeling.

Imagine the community issues discussed at Strehlow over all the years!...“A lot of things got covered here,” Lehmann said. “[We] solved a lot of the world’s problems.” Now, a changing business environment has contributed to the “demise” of the store, said Lehmann. “For about the last year and a half, there was not a whole lot left over after meeting expenses,” Lehmann said, as a number of factors “nibbled” away at Strehlow’s business. Strehlow’s traditional clientele, Bay View residents and local landlords, continued to age and face health problems, while many new local property owners are absentee landlords preferring to deal with vendors in their home area or look only to the bottom line, Lehmann said. “We’ve lost longstanding commercial landlord [and factory] accounts…shoppers will buy at a big-box lots of things [in one trip] including what they would have stopped here for.” History of Service Over the years, Strehlow contributed to the community through discounting materials for church festivals and events like the South Shore Water Frolics and Bay View Bash. Lehmann will miss the customers. Imagine the community issues discussed at Strehlow over all the years! Jim, Randy, Dave, and Art—and their customers—have been psychologists, marriage counselors, development consultants, and more. “A lot of things got covered here,” Lehmann said. “[We] solved a lot of the world’s problems.” Lehmann offered his observations on one of the street’s problems. “Haven’t had any problems with Bay View High School students at all,” he said. “But the environment of lots of students milling about on the street deters some shoppers.”


What’s Next? Employees Art and Dave are retiring. Krenn said he will find another situation, hopefully in Bay View.

Relic of another age: the rolling ladder suspended from track on ceiling. ~photo Samantha Lukens

The 2,000 square foot retail slot may be available for lease, Lehmann said. Lehmann is worried about the future of his lifelong home of Bay View. He cautions businesspersons that Bay View is “a little oversold, over-hyped.” It’s “at risk of losing that ‘Mayberry’ small-town feeling,” he said. He also fears pressure from big developers. “Promised green spaces are gone, give [developers] an inch and they take a foot,” he said, referring to the mature pine trees removed along Chase Avenue north of Holt Avenue, part of the old Caterpillar factory site that will become a TCF Bank. “Neighbors need to give their inputs. [Developers] must get scrutinized more.” Asked if anything could turn it around for Strehlow, open for roughly the next six weeks, Lehmann said, “Win the lottery.”


Trade Winds B U S I N E S S

Endless Lighting, Sound, Video, Security Mby Apple A Day Massage is Endless oving into the retail slot vacated

Lighting, Sound, Video, Security.

Owned and operated by partners John Wojciechowski and Jason Khron, the business moved from its 900 square feet at 4822 W. Howard Ave. into the 1,700 square feet at 2227 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and was to open May 1. Wojciechowski became aware of the opportunity through John Endries of Hair Experience, the building owner. The business installs and networks residential, commercial, and industrial electronic systems such as intelligent lighting (automated lighting used in clubs or on stage), custom home theaters, high-end sound systems, DJ equipment, plasma TVs, and security systems. For example, Wojciechowski outfitted Lady Bug on Water Street with its 15-foot video wall and sound system and renovated the Steny’s Sports Bar interior. Wojciechowski hopes his move to Bay View will help build up more clientele. He said the demand for surveillance systems is pretty high right now and he is circulating a flyer discounting systems for Bay View businesses in wake of the 200607 robberies. For Wojciechowski, his work is an expansion of the family business; his father owned Custom Design, which supplied DJ equipment for the commercial field. The business also installs mobile audio or video systems, in RVs, boats, limos, or cars. “Unlike Circuit City and Best Buy, we’re not really out there to suck anybody in. We’re about building a relationship with someone,” Wojciechowski said. The business has five employees. Its retail hours are 10am-5pm, Monday through Saturday. (414) 755-2082.

Pet spa now open B

ay View seems to be frothing with spalike entities—Actaea Works, Apple A Day, Aveda, with Bay View Naturopathic Clinic on the horizon. The newest spa is not for bipeds, however. Sarah Jahnke and husband Brett are coowners of EmBARK!, a pet grooming and spa business that opened April 18 at 1208 E. Oklahoma Ave. Their 850 square feet are part of the space formerly leased by House of Magick, which moved to Cudahy earlier this year. Jahnke said it was the best location for the best price. The new business, which serves dogs and cats, is Jahnke’s first. She’s lived in Bay View for four years, and has three



dogs—Freemon (German shepherd), Willis (Lhasa apso), and Laddie (collie)—she takes to work with her. Jahnke has worked in the pet industry for 14 years and as a pet groomer for eight years in Glendale and St. Francis. “A lot of the shops I’ve worked at care more about quantity than atmosphere and making things more comfortable to the pets,” Jahnke said. “I wanted to create something calmer and more relaxing for the pets.” Thus the “spa” concept. EmBARK! features a bathtub on stilts and also a floor tub. Pets are groomed with haircuts and baths but also pampered with facials or paw soaks. Jahnke adds that she’s an authorized FURminator facility (for big time shedders). Look for the grand opening celebration June 9, featuring pet games, coupons, and food and beverages for both humans and their pets. EmBARK! is open Monday by appointment, Tuesday 7am-5pm, Wednesday and Thursday 11am-5pm, Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-4pm, and evenings by appointment. (414) 747-8830. -Michael Timm

Sikh Temple moving to Oak Creek ATemple at 441 E. Lincoln was sold

fter a year of a pending sale, the Sikh

April 6 for $272,500 to “the same purchaser of the corner of KK and Lincoln,” James Overland of the Overland Company, which handled the sale, told the Compass.

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Head Granthi Sardar Gurmail Singh said the property was sold to the entity 441 E. Lincoln LLC. The Sikhs currently remain onsite. The growing community of Sikhs is moving to a significantly larger space in Oak Creek once construction of their new gurudwara is completed, probably by mid-June, Singh said. That structure will be 17,500 square feet on 13 acres of land at 7502 S. Howell Ave., according to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin website. The local Sikh Temple was established in October 1997 with roughly 25 families and has grown to roughly 400 people, according to the website. Dan Lee of Van Buren Management, which manages the property for 2306 United LLC at the corner of KK and Lincoln, declined to comment at press time except to say that the purchaser of the temple was an multi-person entity and that further details would be forthcoming in a week or two.


Task Force on Global Warming established S TATE S ENATOR P LALE by Jeff Pale


here has been much talk as of late at the state and national levels addressing global climate change. Around the country, states have been taking measures to control emissions harming the environment. Now is the time for Wisconsin to investigate what action can be taken here to reduce emissions. In the wake of studies conducted by a number of governmental and non-governmental groups around the globe, much publicity has been granted this subject matter. In response to this growing concern and the responsibility we have at the state level to protect the natural environment, Governor Doyle has created the Task Force on Global Warming. I have been honored by an appointment to this task force and look forward to working with this esteemed group of people addressing global climate change on the state level. Included in this group are co-chairs Roy Thilly of Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. and Tia Nelson of the Board of Public Land Commissioners, Representative Phil Montgomery (R-Green Bay) as well as a number of representatives from businesses including General Electric, Clean Wisconsin, Johnson Controls, We Energies, and Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives. The object of bringing this diverse group of people together is to discuss and analyze possible solutions to global warming chal-

lenges threatening Wisconsin’s economic and environmental future. The task force will create a state plan of action to present to Governor Doyle to reduce our state’s contribution to global warming. Additionally, the task force will work with the Department of Natural Resources and the Pubic Service Commission to obtain an estimate of greenhouse gas emissions in Wisconsin.

While preserving our natural environment is a responsibility we have to future generations, Wisconsin also stands to greatly benefit economically. Wisconsin is in the perfect position to facilitate growth in the renewables industry. While preserving our natural environment is a responsibility we have to future generations, Wisconsin also stands to greatly benefit economically. Wisconsin is in the perfect position to facilitate growth in the renewables industry. With our prolific past rooted in the manufacturing industry, this tradition can be carried on through a new industry in renewables. This, combined with our vast agricultural resources and prominent research institutions, is the perfect formula to come out on the forefront in providing renewable energy not only to Wisconsin’s citizens and industries, but to neighboring states as well. Through improved technology, energy drawn from renewable sources will be provided with greater efficiency with less cost to consumers. Wisconsin will undoubtedly thrive by stepping out on the forefront of these improvements. In 2003 Governor Doyle formed the Task Force on Renewable Energy. Through efforts of the task force and a number of others at the state capitol, legislation was crafted addressing Wisconsin’s future energy needs. A portion of this legislation ensures that by 2010, 10 percent of energy used by the state of Wisconsin will be renewable, jumping to 20 percent by 2020. As the ranking Democratic member of the former Senate Committee on Energy Utilities and Information Technology, I worked to introduce and pass this bill, which went on to be signed by Governor Doyle. I look forward to continuing to work in this area through service on the governor’s recently formed task force. If you would like further information on the Task Force on Global Warming do not hesitate to contact my office. As agendas are set and progress is made I will ensure all interested parties are kept informed. Regards, Jeff Plale 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

Getting more police and protecting our jobs A LDERMAN Z IELINSKI by Tony Zielinski


n initiative I started to get a third Milwaukee Police Department class for this year was successful! In other words, instead of only two police department classes this year there will be three, and that means that more cops will be trained this year so we have more cops on the street next year. This, in combination with an initiative I started last year that resulted in 40 additional cops being trained, means that we will have close to 100 more cops on the street next year. Getting more cops on the street is a top priority of mine because a strong and visible police presence is critical if we are to efficiently wage war on crime. Nevertheless, we still do not have enough police officers and I will continue my efforts to get more cops on the street.

I am still working on the second part of my anti-sweatshop ordinance that expands the scope of the “Clean Clothes” ordinance so that any city purchases over $30,000 require bidders to sign affidavits stating that the products they are providing for the city be manufactured by nonsweatshop businesses. This is a significant expansion in that not just clothing but any manufactured item is impacted. Another recent success as a result of my initiative is in the area of leveling the playing field for our domestic manufacturers vis-à-vis the rest of the world so we can help keep our good paying jobs here. This is how it works: For any apparel purchases on the part of the city of Milwaukee over $5,000, Milwaukee has a “Clean Clothes” ordinance requiring bidders to sign an affidavit stating that wages paid to their workers are within our definition of nonpoverty level wages. (In those instances where there may be no responsible bidders then the city would accept the lowest nonresponsible bid.) The previous formula resulted in a lower wage figure than the new formula. This means that workers in other countries will have to be paid more money in order for those companies to be considered a responsible bidder. Because these workers will have to be paid more, the manufacturing playing field for our companies is more level. That means it is easier for our domestic companies to compete for these contracts and thereby help retain and expand our existing job base. I am still working on the second part of my anti-sweatshop ordinance that expands the scope of the “Clean Clothes” ordinance so that any city purchases over $30,000 require bidders to sign affidavits stating that the products they are providing for the city be manufactured by nonsweatshop businesses. This is a significant expansion in that not just clothing but any manufactured item is impacted. We would be the first municipality in the country to pass such an ordinance and upon passage


it is anticipated that many other municipalities will follow suit. There exist a number of organizations that have formally endorsed my antisweatshop initiative. The list includes but is not limited to the following: Milwaukee County Labor Council, Wisconsin Fair Trade Coalition, Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 4603, and Students for a Democratic Society-Milwaukee Chapter. In closing, I plan on maximizing the intent of the ordinance by providing domestic companies with a detailed list of the types of contracts where they will have a more level playing field. Moreover, I will work with other municipalities so they also pass similar legislation so we can have even more impact on our economy. Tony Zielinski Tony Zielinski is the city’s alderman for District 14, which includes Bay View. He can be reached at or (414) 286-3769.

County parks celebrate centennial S UPERVISOR D IMITRIJEVIC by Marina Dimitrijevic


his summer will mark the 100-year anniversary of our Milwaukee County Park System. The County Park Commission was established Aug. 20, 1907 when the commission began to acquire land throughout Milwaukee County. As many of you know, the landscape architect who designed New York’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted, also helped design many of Milwaukee County’s parks, such as Washington, Riverside, and Lake Parks. The first director of the parks system, Charles P. Whitnall, had a vision to protect and preserve Milwaukee’s natural beauty and leave it untouched by the thriving industrial revolution at that time. He envisioned a utopian environment where residents could depart from the demands of city life. It is because of the vision of Charles Whitnall and other policymakers who played a significant role in the creation of our public parks system that 100 years later we are still able to escape the city life and enjoy the natural beauty Milwaukee County has to offer. I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the awesome resources we have in our public parks system. We have 150 parks and parkways and over 15,000 acres of parkland. Milwaukee County’s Parks Department operates 15 golf courses, 10 swimming pools, two water parks, three recreation centers, over 100 miles of bike trails, 183 picnic areas, 117 tennis courts, 33 rental facilities, and a marina in downtown Milwaukee to name a few.

It is because of the vision of Charles Whitnall and other policymakers who played a significant role in the creation of our public parks system that 100 years later we are still able to escape the city life and enjoy the natural beauty Milwaukee County has to offer. I invite you to come celebrate the 100year anniversary of our parks system at two free concerts in 4th District parks. On Fri-


day June 8, from 6 to 8pm at South Shore Park (in front of the pavilion) come out and meet your neighbors at a free concert by One Drum, a multicultural ensemble. This event will feature art on display by the Bay View Arts Guild and a public art walk with the South Shore Park Watch. On Friday, June 15 from 6 to 8pm the Latin Salsa group Nabori will perform in front of the pavilion in Pulaski Park, 2677 S. 16th St. More information on these events and a calendar of summer events in our neighborhood are featured in my spring 2007 newsletter, which can be found on my newly redesigned website, Marina Dimitrijevic is the county’s supervisor of District 4, which includes Bay View. She can be reached at mdimitrijevic@milwcnty. com or (414) 278-4232.

Smoking ban common sense for our state’s health R EPRESENTATIVE R ICHARDS by Jon Richards


ne of the hottest issues the Legislature is considering this year is a statewide smoking ban in restaurants and bars. The vast majority of people in our neighborhood who contact me on this issue favor a statewide ban. Such bans already exist in Chicago, New York, and the entire state of California. In our state Appleton, Madison, and Fitchburg have already passed a similar smoking ban. People in our community who work in, and own, bars and restaurants have told me they like the ban because it will allow them to escape the secondhand smoke they are exposed to every day. In addition, business owners tell me they like the statewide approach because it will prevent them from losing customers to surrounding communities that do not have a ban. The most common reason people share for why they support a smoking ban is that they do not like going out to our neighborhood bars or restaurants and coming home smelling like smoke. Many tell me they would be much more likely to patronize the bars and restaurants in our neighborhood if smoking was not allowed. I took your comments and suggestions into account, and responded by coauthoring and introducing the Breathe Free Wisconsin Act. The legislation would institute that uniform ban on smoking in public places, which an overwhelming majority of people in our community have been asking


for. The bill would not intrude on your ability to smoke in the private places, however.

The vast majority of people in our neighborhood who contact me on this issue favor a statewide ban. Such bans already exist in Chicago, New York, and the entire state of California. This legislation is a potential victory for the health of our neighbors and Wisconsinites statewide, but it is also yet another example of the good the Legislature can do when it works together in a bipartisan way. The Breathe Free Wisconsin Act is backed by legislators on both sides of the aisle and by Governor Doyle. I am looking forward to working with them to make this bill a reality. It is also important to note that my bill is endorsed by a broad coalition of business groups and public health organizations that are looking out for our citizens, including the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association of Wisconsin, American Cancer Society, Wisconsin Medical Society, Smoke Free Wisconsin, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Ministry Health Care, Wisconsin Public Health Association, and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards. This broad and diverse coalition gives the smoking ban great momentum to become law this year. While the bill has been introduced, there is still time for you to send me your comments and thoughts on the legislation. You can learn more about the bill by going online at, calling my office toll free at 1 (888) 534-0019, or by emailing me at

seniors was not an option. In spite of our efforts, the federal agency decided our successful senior prescription program should not be approved. They chose to end SeniorCare’s funding in favor of a complete implementation of their national plan, Medicare Part D. However, not to be discouraged, state officials set out, in partnership with citizens in my district and all over the state, to create a solution that would fix some of Medicare Part D’s problems and still save our seniors and those with disabilities more money than the federal program would alone. A month later, I and almost all the members of the Wisconsin Legislature applaud Governor Doyle’s new proposal, WisconsinCare, a home-grown program that has been created to take the place of SeniorCare. With WisconsinCare supplementing Medicare Part D plans, seniors now enrolled in SeniorCare will continue to be able to purchase the prescriptions they need in an affordable and efficient way. The new program will give seniors the same easy access as SeniorCare does to prescriptions at a lower price than the federal program. WisconsinCare, just like SeniorCare, will also use a onepage application and will not require an enrollment or annual fee. Since the federal government has finally agreed to provide the state with some federal money to

fund WisconsinCare, Wisconsin will also be able to expand access to even more individuals and provide prescription drugs at the low cost SeniorCare enrollees are used to. Seniors already enrolled in SeniorCare will automatically be enrolled in WisconsinCare, and can receive assistance to be signed up for the Medicare Part D plan they need. Seniors not already enrolled in SeniorCare can sign up for WisconsinCare when the program begins next year. This is welcome news for the seniors in my district and a major victory for Wisconsin. We told the federal government that we knew the right way to provide our seniors with the drug coverage they needed, and I’m glad they finally agreed to work with us to do just that. I want to thank all the area seniors who signed petitions for SeniorCare and have been active in the fight to save it. My office will continue to be a resource for information in the months to come as more news on WisconsinCare and other Medicare Part D options become available. Anyone with questions is welcome to call my office toll-free at (888) 534-0020. 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 near south side. She can be reached at (888) 534-0020 or rep.sinicki@legis.

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

WisconsinCare replaces SeniorCare R EPRESENTATIVE S INICKI by Chris Sinicki


or many months, Governor Jim Doyle and state legislators have lobbied the federal government to do the right thing for our state’s seniors by letting Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program continue. They and our congressional delegation all tried to convince the federal Department of Health and Human Services that pulling the plug on SeniorCare without letting us take care of our


More on Historic Bay View Theaters

CALENDAR May 14-18 Bike-to-Work week. May 17 Sarah Morgan appears in the next installment of the Distinguished Speakers Series to discuss transgender health care. Broad Vocabulary, 2241 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 6pm.


Comique: City of Milwaukee inspection records of 1907 listed the theater as the Comique Moving Picture Exhibition Parlor.

Program on invasive species. 6:30-8:30pm, Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Sponsored by Sierra Club.

Avenue: In front of the theater was a streetcar safety island where the southbound cars stopped, making it convenient in an era when neighborhood patrons often walked or used public transportation.

Forward Bay View Business Social. Schmooze with fellow Bay View business owners and professionals. Lee’s Luxury Lounge, 2922 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 7pm. Email to RSVP with names and business info.

Mirth: In 1938, publisher Erwin Zillman of the Bay View Observer newspaper broadcast a series of programs entitled “What’s New in Bay View” live from the theater’s stage. The series was transmitted by radio station WRJN, the Wisconsin Racine Journal News, which at the time had a Milwaukee presence. The station was then noted for its popular Polish music programs.

May 19 Historic Milwaukee, Inc. Spaces & Traces tour 9am to 5pm. This year’s tour focuses on Bay View. For more information call (414) 277-7795. BVNA general meeting at Urban View Condominiums at Kinnickinnic and Becher. 6:30pm. Tour and demo of Dinner By Design by Jill Corbett (owner), meeting’s guest speaker. Door Prize Drawing for BVNA members. Info: Anne Fisher at

Avalon: In 1949, a segment of a radio program called the “Bay View Show” was wire recorded live on stage at the Avalon. In this portion of the hour-long show contestants competed in a Bay View quiz. The program in its entirety was then broadcast by radio station WEXT. Future actress Salome Jens once worked at the Avalon as a cashier when she was 16. Jens would win the title of Miss South Shore Water Frolic in 1951. She appeared in the 1961 film Angel Baby with Burt Reynolds and has since been in many other productions. In 1952, a youthful Sherry Lou Daley, founder of the Daley Debutantes, exhibited her baton twirling skills on stage at the Avalon after having a bit role in a 1952 movie starring actress Debra Paget. Actress Fern Formica, a Munchkin from the 1939 Wizard of Oz, signed autographs for Avalon patrons in the 1990s. -John Utzat

58th Frolics schedule set The future of the South Shore Water Frolics was precarious late last year, but organizers have stepped up to prepare for the 2007 installment, set for July 13-15 in South Shore Park. In April, the Bay View Lions Club announced the tentative activities schedule for Milwaukee’s oldest festival tradition. Over 25 food and merchandise vendors are planned for all three days. If you would like to volunteer or find out more about how you can help make the Frolics a success, contact Lions President Jim Klinkiewicz at or (414) 282-1980.

Friday, July 13th Fish fry 4-9pm; music by Crossfire (country rock) 6-10pm; movie on the beach (back for 2007) at dusk; fireworks following movie. Saturday, July 14th Parade, 11am (starts at KK & Conway, ends in South Shore Park); music by Forge Fire 1:30-5:30pm; Discovery World 3-4:30pm; free kid’s games on the hill 3:30-4:30pm; music by Barbeez 6-10pm; Atomic fireworks by Bartolotta’s 10pm. Sunday, July 15th Bay View Arts Guild sponsors 12th annual arts festival 10am-5pm; 9th annual classic car show 11am-3pm; music TBA 1:30-5:30pm; free kid’s games on the hill 3:30-4:30pm; music by Barry’s Truckers 6-10pm; Atomic fireworks 10pm.

2007 Municipal Slow-Pitch Softball Standings Social Starlight (coed) Mondays at Sijan #2 Shepherd’s (2-0) Fire Pit Sports Bar (1-0) Coops (1-1) The Saloon (1-1) Firehouse (1-1) Midnight Movers (1-1) Gary J’s Pub (0-1) Ramrod (0-2) Social Starlight (W) Mondays at Sijan #4 Club Paragon (2-0) Johnson Controls (2-0) R&R Construction (1-0) Rookie’s Sports Club (1-1) VA Medical Center (1-1) Toni’s (0-1) Firehouse (0-2) Jetsetters (0-2) WELAC-Red (M) Tuesdays at Sijan #2 Sparky’s (1-0) Buckshots (1-0) Team APWU (1-0) Cardinal Club (0-1) Slammers (0-1) The Slugs (0-1) Social Starlight (coed) Wednesdays at Sijan #2 Packy’s P&G (1-0) Aurora (1-0) Jonny Hammers (1-0)


Jersey’s Pub & Grill (1-0) DeMarini’s Slicers (0-1) Gurerillas (0-1) Packy’s Pub (0-1) Puddler’s Hall (0-1) Tournament (M) Wednesdays at Sijan #3 Brothers Bar & Grill (2-0) Club Paragon Gators (2-0) Asche’s (2-0) Thirsty Fox (1-1) Amann’s Southridge Barber (1-1) Booze Brothers (0-2) Ricky Bobby Inc. (0-2) VK Streichers (0-2) Super-Saver (M) Thursdays at Sijan #2 Bay Street Pub Landmark 1850 Inn White House Ed Thomas Insurance Milw. Church of Christ Tournament (M) Thursdays at Sijan #3 Elbow Benders (2-0) Sandcastle (2-0) PTP (0-2) Corner Club/MFD (0-2) Culture Vulture (coed) Thursdays at Sijan #4

Eppstein Uhen Architects (1-0) Zooperstars (1-0) All in the Family (1-0) Bookland Bums (1-0) HGA (0-1) Sac Rats (0-1) Kahler Slater Sluggers (0-1) Artful Dodgers (0-1) Social Starlight (M) Mondays at Emigh Y-Not II (2-0) Skin Tattoo (2-0) Jersey’s Pub & Grill (1-0) The Saloon (1-1) View Inn (1-1) Club Garibaldi (0-1) The Wet Bandits (0-2) JF Menzia & Sons (0-2) Power Tournament (M) Tuesdays at Sijan #3/Emigh Brew Town Homes/TPS (3-0) Sid Grinker Co. (3-0) (3-0) Packy’s Pub (3-0) Taylor Made Express (3-0) Bigalkes/Buckhead Saloon (2-1) Extreme Softball (2-1) Couri Insurance (2-1) Bosco’s Hi-Fi Lofts (1-2) Coach’s Softball (1-2) Master Screen Printing (1-2) Dunn’s Sporting Goods (0-3) Longshots/Michael’s (0-3) Amann’s/Unicomm (0-3)

Cleveland’s Lounge (0-3) Catfish (0-3) Lincoln Field (M) Mondays at Lincoln Rookies (1-0-1) G&C Drywall (1-0) Gerry’s Diamond Tap (0-0-2) Bandidos (1-1) Time Out (1-1) Nut Busters (1-1) The Stone (0-0-1) Puddler’s Hall (0-2) Social Starlight (M) Tuesdays at Lincoln View Inn (2-0) Mamies (2-0) MJ’s on Milwaukee (2-0) Rails Inn Depot #5 (1-1) The Shockers (1-1) Mac’s Madhouse (0-2) Morelias (0-2) Sandcastle (0-2) Social Starlight (M) Thursdays at Lincoln Steve’s on Bluemound (1-0) Bill Hall of Fame (1-0) Firehouse (1-0) Coop’s (1-0) Budmen (0-1) The Bottle (0-1) Coach’s (0-1) Don’s Pub (0-1) *All results as of May 7

Pest Fest. Lake Park bluff. Join as Park People attempt for world’s longest garlic mustard pull, 8-10am, 3233 E. Kenwood Blvd. May 22 Review architectural treatments for bridges, frontage road access plan, freeway alternatives. Public information meeting on I-94 north-south corridor, 4-8pm. West Middle School, 8401 13th St., Oak Creek. May 23 Review architectural treatments for bridges, frontage road access plan, freeway alternatives. Public information meeting on I-94 north-south corridor, 4-8pm. Best Western Airport, 5105 S. Howell Ave. Bay View Community Partnership, 4pm at Bay View High School, 2751 S. Lenox St. June 2 Ribbon cutting. Lewis Field. 1pm. Mayor plans to attend. Also reunion for Bay View Pony Tail League (champs of the 1959 City Girls Softball League). Cookies.

C L A S S I F IEDS APARTMENT FOR RENT 2629 S. KK Ave. 2 BR upper, parking, heat included. Laundry hook-up avail. June 1. $775. (414) 481-1820.

ROOMS FOR RENT Walker’s Point Mansion -✰✰✰✰✰5-Star Rating. Extra Clean, Quiet, Furnished. Shared Kitchen. $63 & Up/Week. (414) 384-2428.

DANCE, TWIRLING CLASSES CONGRATULATIONS “LESLYNETTES” In honor of 40 years, the LESLYNETTES invite you to attend a FREE baton twirling class for Baton Twirling Beginning through Advanced, Ages 3 years to 20. Call for more Information: 414-483-8196.

DANCE, TWIRLING CLASSES CONGRATULATIONS “LESLYNETTES” 3 Time Members of Team USA—Flag Corps England 2000 France 2003 Netherlands 2006 Would you like to Dance, Twirl Flags, Rifles, etc. during the new season of May, June, and July? Call for more Information: 414-484-8196

PLANTS FOR SALE HOSTAS. You dig. $5-$10. (414) 483-2496

BEAUTY Sharon’s Salon Services In-home Hair Care. (414) 483-4420 (414) 483-2496

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June 3 CD release party for Unity in Harmony compilation. Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, 703 S. 2nd Ave., 5:30pm. June 6 Open Door Free Clinic for the uninsured and underinsured. Unity Lutheran Church, 1025 E. Oklahoma Ave. Sign-in 5:45pm. Patients seen 6:30-8:30pm. June 8 Free concert. South Shore Park, by pavilion, 6-8pm. One Drum, multicultural ensemble. Also Bay View Arts Guild artwork and South Shore Park Watch public art walk. June 9 “Biodiesel 101.” Milwaukee Biodiesel Cooperative presents at 5pm, followed by general meeting at 6pm, Future Green, 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. United Community Center Annual Fiesta. Walker Square Park. 4th Annual Worship Tour (Ecumenical CoopInterfaith Partnership). Bay View area tour: St. Luke’s Episcopal, Prince of Peace Lutheran, and Islamic Center. Lunch and interfaith presentations. Car-pooling. Starts 9am at St. Luke’s. Info: Sue Johnson, (414) 744-3736. Walk/food pantry donation, 9am. Meet at South Shore Yacht Club 8:30am. Bring donation of food or money for BV Comm. Center. June 11 Bay View Arts Guild studio tour of artist Shelly Rosenquist. Info: or Linda Beckstrom at (414) 482-1543. June 13 Open Door Free Clinic for the uninsured and underinsured. Unity Lutheran Church, 1025 E. Oklahoma Ave. Sign-in 5:45pm. Patients seen 6:30-8:30pm. June 15 Free concert. Pulaski Park, 2677 S. 16th St., by pavilion, 6-8pm. Nabori, Latin Salsa. Welfare Warriors Summer Sizzle Wine Tasting 5:30-7:30pm. Bucketworks, 1319 N. Martin Luther King Dr. Info: Sandee Stadler, (414) 405-2282. June 15-17 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair. Custer, Wis. Website: June 21 Sierra Club meet & greet in South Shore Yacht Club, 2300 E. Nock St. Rare opportunity for nonmembers. Bring a snack to share to second story deck, 6-8pm. thru June 23 Southern Comfort, paintings by Bobby Spillman. jw lawson Fine Art, 2925 S. Delaware Ave. (414) 562-4568.


April showers bring... Why did the turkey cross Delaware Avenue? Doug Germanson took this picture of the bird walking south on Delaware after it sauntered down a nearby alley and Bennett Avenue. Germanson’s wife, Gail, said they thought it was “quite odd to see a hen turkey walking down our street, especially with the local

New Greenhouse Students, teachers, staff, and parents at Fernwood Montessori School, 3239 S. Pennsylvania Ave., dedicated the new greenhouse April 27. Students have already begun growing plants in the structure, under construction since November 2006. ~photo Ell e n

National Grocery Bag Project Dover Street School is a “city within a school.” To bring environmental awareness to the community, Dover “citizens” took part in the 14th annual National Grocery Bag Project. Messages of recycling and “going green to stay clean” were colorfully decorated by students on more than 200 brown bags. Pick ’n Save used the bags to pack the groceries of its customers on Earth Day weekend, April 21-22. The grocery bags were provided by the Pick ’n Save store at 250 W. Holt Ave. ~courtesy Susan Kraft, Dover Street School Mr. Bell, the father of student Jonathan Bell, works for the Environmental Protection

Stand For Peace Peace Action Wisconsin activists made a stand for peace at Layton and Howell avenues, April 21. ~photos Samantha Lukens

Terry Falk was sworn in as Milwaukee Public School Director, District 8, April 20 at Bay View High School.

Park in Parking BVNASpace and IN:SITE teamed up to

bring temporary public art to Bay View May 5. One of the installations was a “park” in a parking space on KK. ~photo Michael Timm



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