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INSIDE our kids issuE: Spooktacular details   page 6 free little libraries   page 8 Youth art contest   page 13 Choosing schools   page 19    and more!

WHNA 2011-2012 board of directors PRESIDENT Larry Kilmer The Highlighter is a quarterly publication of the Washington Heights Neighborhood Association. Washington Heights includes the area from Highway 41 to N. 60th Street and from W. Vliet Street to W. North Ave. You can expect your Winter Highlighter in mid-December. To submit an article, please contact Matt, or Jane,

EDITORS Matt O’Neill & Jane Konkel

LAYOUT & DESIGN Nicole Julius

WRITERS Alilia B. Laura Burke Dan Cody Jim Grote Barb Haig Beth Haskovec Joan Janus Mary Jumes Carol Justin Willie Karidis Larry Kilmer Debbie Knepke Kristin Mainville Mary McGrath Kayla P. Jon Rupprecht Tina Samuels Heidi Steeno James Steeno Brian Williams-Vanklooster

PHOTOGRAPHERS Jane Konkel Audrey O’Neill Tina Samuels Ella Sobczak

Kristin Mainville Jon Rupprecht Melissa Scanlan James Steeno



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AREA 5 Larry Kilmer


VICE-PRESIDENT Heidi Steeno 475.6274

AREA 6 Dan Cody

PAST PRESIDENT Dan Cody 324.6056

AREA 7 Nick Bambulas & Sofi Thorne 745.4410

TREASURER John Augustyniak 467.3146 SECRETARY Stephanie Moffett  805.2824 REPRESENTATIVES AREA 1 Jane Konkel 949.1577 AREA 2 Scott Silet Gary Haertlein


AREA 3 Mike Graf


AREA 4 Jim Grote



AREA 8 Corbett Reinbold AREA 9 John Augustyniak 467.3146 Mark Drzewiecki 476.1858 AT-LARGE – EVEN YEARS Anita Duschak 732.2177 Stephanie Moffett 805.2824 DAN STOTMEISTER NORATRINIDAD-SCHOLLE AT-LARGE – ODD YEARS Kevin Ronnie 732.9932 Vivienne Tait 442.5444 Jon Rupprecht 476.1947

LIAISONS VLIET ST. Heidi Steeno 920.639.1476 NORTH AVE. Vacant RAINBOW ASSOCIATION Mary McGrath 258.2991 OTHER REP YOUTH Wendy Baker






WEBSITE (COMMUNICATION) Geri Miller 774.0701 GREEN COMMITTEE Joan Janus 476.3606


PRESIDENT Larry Kilmer, WHNA President Hello Heights neighbors. I am very excited to serve as the newest Washington Heights Neighborhood Association President. My wife Kelly and I moved to the Heights three years ago. A lot has changed in our lives in the past three years. We bought our first home, we adopted our first dog, and now, before this article is published, we will have had our first baby. I am very excited to experience many more firsts in the Heights. Last year I was the association Vice-President, hearing many stories and meeting many people that have contributed a lot to the neighborhood. I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make the Heights such a great place to live, work, and play. Continuing to build on this great foundation, I have three main areas of focus for the next two years. First and foremost, alluding to my previous point, I plan to support all of the great existing activities already happening in the neighborhood. Please frequent our website and Facebook pages to stay up-to-date on all of the events. Second, I hope to use my background and experience in urban planning and architecture to continue to support the great redevelopment work happening along our two commercial corridors. North Avenue and Vliet Streets are the facades of our neighborhood, they are the first impressions for newcomers, and they are vital to maintaining a high quality of life in the Heights. Lastly, I hope to focus energy on


reducing and preventing foreclosures in our neighborhood and strengthening ties between homeowners, renters, and landlords. I will leave you with one last thought:we live in the best neighborhood in Milwaukee because people have graciously given their time and energy. Please consider volunteering for just one event this year – it really makes a difference.


I look forward to the next two years of serving as your association President. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in becoming involved or have any questions, 414-899-1082 or

ABout the front cover Ella Sobczak captured the cover shot, using an Olympus E-510 and carefully arranging other Heights kids around the 48th Street Little Library. Ella showed up to be in the picture, but proved herself to be an excellent photographer. After the shoot, all of the kids grabbed a book and just started reading (see below).

You could be the next Highlighter cover photographer! Don’t forget to submit your best winter Heights photos for consideration – on Facebook or to

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1) Alexis boogies with new friends; 2) Serena, Lorelei and Alana love to sing and dance each week; 3) Joe Biewer, Teresha and Alexis dance in the aisles

A Magical Summer at the Shell by Kristin Mainville

“Mom, can we go to the band shell tonight?” My four year old asks me, followed by my three year old stating that she is going to the band shell to dance with her friend, Lorelei and that she is going to “freak out!” These are just a few of the remarks given by my daughters throughout the summer, concerning the Washington Park Band Shell. Wow, what a summer it has been! Not only did my girls look forward to attending, but so did my husband and I, who are new to the Washington Heights neighborhood. One of the first weeks we attended, my husband noted how good the artists sounded, almost shocking that it was a free concert in the park. It seems bizarre to think that at one time neighborhood organizers were concerned about the attendance for performances. It was very easy to observe how with each passing week, more and more friends and neighbors were in attendance for the event. We invited several of our friends throughout the weeks and by the last performance at the end of August, we had numerous friends coming to watch the shows from all over the city and local suburbs. I am sure that when my daughters think back to enjoyable experiences of their childhood, they will think about all the fun that they had at the band shell. The number of children in attendance was remarkable! When I looked around the park, I would observe kids rolling down the hills, riding their bikes, playing tag and most of all singing and dancing. There was not one week, that I can recall, when the band that was entertaining had any problem with the kids dancing on stage. Lastly, I would like to comment on some of the “regulars” that we all began to know and love watching every week. Dancing right alongside

the kids was Mr. Joe Biewer. If you went to any of the band shell shows this summer, I’m sure you saw him with his Hawaiian shirts and walker. He would place himself right in front of the stage, in the middle. Joe, who now lives in West Allis, shared with me all of his stories of going to the band shell years ago when they called it Music Under the Stars and how big name acts would come from all over to perform at the shell. Joe shared with me that he has tried to never miss a show within the last two years when the band shell started to be “kickin’” again. He was so elated to see all the young people at the shell again and immersing themselves in all of the beauty that shell has to offer. I can only hope that the band shell is just as enjoyable next summer as it was this summer. I know my kids will be asking every week for quite some time if they can go dance at the band shell, but until then, I will look forward to next summer and seeing you at the shell!

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The Spookiest Night of the Year is Almost Here! by Heidi Steeno & Dan Cody

Washington Heights’ Spooktacular is everyone’s favorite night of the year! Young and old look forward to our neighborhood’s nighttime trick-or-treating event. Not of the trick-or-treating age? Volunteer for the event or simply come out and see all the great costumes and the spooktacularly decorated homes and you’ll feel young at heart again! Start planning now so you and the whole family can participate this year on Saturday, October 27 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. This year’s Spooktacular will take place in Area 6. Neighborhood food vendors will also be set up throughout the area serving up warm drinks and tasty food. Even though we aren’t keeping the area a secret, you’ll be in for some hauntingly great surprises! All participants of Spooktacular must register prior to the event. At registration children will receive an official Spooktacular band that must be visible on their trick-or-treat bag as well as additional instructions for participating. Washington Heights Neighborhood Association membership information will be available at both registration events. This is a great time to become a member or renew your existing membership. Save time at registration by visiting www. and printing the Spooktacular registration form, filling it out and bringing it with you to either registration event. Membership forms can also be printed from Please note, only cash or check will be accepted at registration. Please call the WHNA information line if you need to register after October 20th at 414.297.9617 or send an email to


* Receive a $2.00 discount at pre-registration when you donate a 1 lb. bag of candy per child. For everyone’s safety, candy must be individually wrapped and factory sealed in its original bag.

Many helping hands are needed for Spooktacular. Consider volunteering at one of the registration events, help with candy counting, carve a pumpkin for Spook Central, or for security during the event. Please contact Michael Ward to volunteer for this year’s event by sending an email to or call

Saturday, October 27th • Noon to 3:00PM Free costumes will be available to all Washington Heights Neighborhood Association members who register for Spooktacular at the annual Costume Bazaar on Saturday, October 27th from noon to 3:00PM at Small World Day Care (4808 W. Lloyd Street). Children must be accompanied by a parent and be registered for Spooktacular to borrow a free costume. There are dozens of great costumes in all sizes to choose from and materials will be provided if you wish to make your own costume. For more information about participating in the costume bazaar, please contact Liz at 414.444.0339.

SPOOK CENTRAL COSTUME CONTEST Saturday, October 27 • 6:00PM Sharp! Gather at Spook Central (Mt. Olive Church & School Parking lot 5327 W. Washington Blvd.) for the opportunity to win fabulous prizes. Be sure to be in costume if you want to be included in the judging! Creatively carved pumpkins will also be on display for all to enjoy. Late registrations will be accepted at Spook Central.

DECORATE YOUR HOME A team of judges in disguise will be out in Area 6 during Spooktacular looking for the best decorated homes. Prizes will be awarded for the most haunted places!




Wednesday, October 17th • 6:00 to 8:00PM • Cold Spoons Gelato (5924 W. Vliet) Saturday, October 20th • 10:00AM to 3:00PM • Divine Word Church (5505 W. Lloyd) $5.00 for children and grandchildren of WHNA Members* $10.00 for non-members* $12.00 late registration for anyone registering after October 20th

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Spooktacular has always been a tradition for my family every year. I know it’s almost time when we start carving pumpkins. First we carve one for each person in our family and then we sign up to do one of the letter’s that spells Washington Heights. My mom always says don’t pick the hard letters! Every year it has to be different; even if we get the same letter we design it differently each year. My favorite thing is seeing all the pumpkins glowing with their lights at Spook Central. Nighttime trick or treat is the best, everything looks cooler and it’s a little spookier too. We check out all the decorated houses for new and good ideas for when Spooktacular comes to our area — we always have a great time! Alilia B. — age 9

Join the WHNA by Mary McGrath, Membership Committee Chair

As the cooling weather encourages you to move away from in front of your air conditioner, your aerobic exercise assignment is to jog toward your front door and determine if there is a WHNA decal posted on a window near your entrance. If there is, you are a valued member of the “Washington Heights Neighborhood Association” and have rightfully earned praise from our community. WHNA members provide financial support that allows for the ever-increasing number of yearly events made available to all of us. WHNA members can also benefit from a reduced fee for some events. Through interest in the neighborhood, and participation in its group efforts, WHNA members add value to the neighborhood and increase its visibility in the larger Milwaukee community. Acquiring a WHNA decal is as simple as filling out the form found at neighborhood events sponsored by the association or accessing the WHNA membership form available online (this form may be accessed at; and mailing the completed form to the address found on the form. Membership dues reflect your level of ability to offer financial support; you choose your support level that can range from $5 - $30 yearly. A Benefactor level, of $100 is also to be considered. Although the neighborhood map found on the first page of this “Highlighter’ indicates nine “areas”, the neighborhood also contains “Area 0”. This (“Area 0”) contains the names, addresses, and interests, of current members who live outside the Washington Heights Neighborhood and continue to offer their support. Membership Committee volunteers look forward to receiving your membership form and thank you, on behalf of the Washington Heights Neighborhood Association, for your interest and support.


I remember when I was little the first time I got to night time trick or treat was in Washington Heights with my mom, aunt, and cousins. We were so excited to go we got into our costumes in the middle of the afternoon and whined and complained saying “Is it time to go yet?” or “Can we walk around and watch people who are still decorating?” When it started to get dark my Mom came and told us it was time to take a secret trip to the “Area” to see all the other kids and adults dressed in costumes waiting for the costume contest to start. The houses were always so cool and different. For the first couple of years we never made it to all of the houses; there just too many and our feet hurt from all that walking. We’re back every year to see who can hit the most houses and now it’s a contest between us! Kayla P. — age 14

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Free Little Libraries by James Steeno

Discovering a few fun-sized book dwellings in nearby neighborhoods definitely turned up the fascination to a rolling boil, and inspired our block to build and host one. Books are tremendously wonderful, reading is fantastic, and building and installing a Little Free Library® developed into a festive collaboration of neighbors. This is our story. Our neighbor Jerry, who’s retired, has a creative flair for building useful thingamabobs, and has full access to a cache of tools. He agreed to create and construct our Little Free Library. Additional friendly neighbors chipped in building materials that were gathering dust in dark regions of their attics, garages, and basements. Some objects arrived with thrilling stories, such as the Plexiglass (used for the door in our little library) that survived a five-alarm fire less than a year ago in Pulaski, Wisconsin. Once Diggers Hotline had surveyed the lot marking all must-avoid buried hazards, the finished library structure was safely transported out of Jerry’s workshop. It journeyed by wheelbarrow to the corner of agreeable-neighbor Terri. He approved our block’s wee little library. Obliging-neighbor Eli, with posthole digging gear in-hand — and a great chiropractor on speed dial — burrowed a hole for the library column foundation to securely rest in. With pedestal in place, library mounted and fastened, it was time for a dedication ceremony. A dedication ceremony the following week kicked off an ice cream social in Randy and Nickie’s front yard. Alderman Michael Murphy joined in the festivities, as many charitable neighbors gathered to fill the library with books of every flavor. A list of neighbors signed up for a month of mini-librarian duties for the first year as stewards and caretakers of the little literary locale. You may visit our Little Free Library (#2469 on the national registry) on the southwest corner of N. 52nd and Vine Street; take a book, leave

a book, and enjoy the intellectual adventure. To learn more about Little Free Library, visit Consider hosting one on your street. One interesting idea would be to create themed libraries. If you have a block of garden experts, host a garden themed library. The possibilities are endless. Other Free Little Libraries found nearby: 1. Northeast corner of Washington Blvd. near 48th Street intersection 2. Northwest corner of 57th and Vliet attached to brick of building 3 Southeast side of Martin Drive near Highland Blvd. 4. East side of 59th street, mid-block between Vine Street and Washington Blvd. 5. East side of 46th street mid-block between State Street and Martin Drive 6. Southwest corner of 68th and Blanchard Street Got books? If you have books you’d like to donate, please drop them off anytime at Appraisals by Schley/James Steeno Gallery 5700 W. Vliet Street. The books will be distributed to the library stewards to ensure full shelves of interesting books for all. The grand opening of the 52nd Street Little Library (No. 7 above)

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FREE BIG LIBRARY – WASHINGTON PARK LIBRARY by Brian Williams-VanKlooster, Branch Manager, Washington Park Library CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS The Milwaukee Public Library has a fun-filled slate of programs for children at the Washington Park Library. Every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. join library staff in the story nook for family play dates featuring a story and lots on interactive play. Each week features a new theme: Down on the Farm, Kindermusik, Messy Art, Pizza Parlor, Post Office, Build Your Own Gingerbread House, and Dinosaur Digs! Weekly story times for children ages 0-5 featuring fun stories, songs and finger plays are held on Fridays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Come to Central Library for a special Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. There will be live entertainment, live animals from Hoffer’s Tropical Pets, face painting, pumpkin decorating, treats and stories. Take part in the Washington Park Library Fall Harvest Celebration on Monday, October 15th from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Need help with homework? Washington Park Library has certified teachers available daily to help children and parents with homework questions. Teacher in the Library is available Mondays-Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

outside the building will be moved and a temporary location will be established. Sign up for regular project updates by sending an e-mail to Washington Park Library Branch Manager Brian Williams VanKlooster

LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES You’ve probably noticed the sprouting of many Little Free Libraries around the Washington Heights neighborhood. These libraries are part of a national movement to help promote literacy and a love of reading. Readers can take or drop-off a book to share their collections. Milwaukee Public Library would like to encourage the neighbors who have a Little Library to register their library and to consider installing a sign that directs passers-by to their nearest “Big” Library. This is something the Library is willing to undertake. The Library would provide the signs and likely do the installation. Visit for information on Library registration. Contact MPL for “Big” Library signs via email Find complete information on all library programs and services at “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter @MilwaukeePubLib.

WASHINGTON PARK RETROFIT PROJECT – PARDON OUR DUST! Washington Park Library will be undergoing an upgrade this fall with installation of new self-service check out stations, an improved sorting system to help staff more quickly process returns and a new laptop vending machine. How will this impact visitors to the library? Construction will begin in October and be completed by the start of 2013. During construction, the entrance area may be temporarily shifted. The book drop located

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Meet Your Local Family Dollar Store by Jon Rupprecht

On August 30, 2003 a new Washington Heights neighbor arrived. In this case the neighbor was a store, a business unique in our neighborhood. And it was a neighbor quite literally, since it is located just across the street from the official boundary of our neighborhood. The Family Dollar store at 55th and North Avenue opened for business that day, and has prospered ever since. I stopped at the store one evening to ask some questions, and I learned a lot. First of all, while we speak in general of “dollar stores”, there are actually three particular franchises in this business: Family Dollar, Dollar General, and Dollar Tree. The Family Dollar franchise has been in business for 53 years, and is headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina. Secondly, not everything for sale in these stores is priced at $1 or less (I confess that I once thought that). But the highest-priced item you can find at our Family Dollar store is around $30, in the electronics department. I learned all that from Carmen O’Connor, area operations manager for 14 Family Dollar stores in southeast Wisconsin. She informed me that there are 27 Family Dollar stores in Wisconsin, with the 28th store scheduled to open on September 20th at 91st and Appleton. In addition, all Family Dollar stores will be going through a remodeling process during October and November. Their new look is already visible at the Family Dollar store at 76th and Howard, where a 30% increase in sales is reported after their remodeling. I was impressed to see the variety of merchandise for sale in the store. Carmen emphasized that the store is “a one-stop shop” business, offering not only household items like small electronics, name-brand soaps, cleaning chemicals and paper goods, but also clothing, food

Equanas Johnson; Quinesha Brown, store manager; Retessa McAllister, at cash register

and health-care items. Food items comprise 25-30 % of their sales, and Proctor & Gamble is their #1 supplier. Also, contrary to a common assumption, Family Dollar stores do not stock any seconds or outdated merchandise. Carmen reports Family Dollar prices are 11-25% below the prices of their competitors, including Wal-Mart. As a result, she was happy to tell me that “we do a very, very, very good business here”, even though the average ticket per shopper is around $10. Carmen pointed out that Family Dollar is an organization that “is there for the community.” In our ongoing emphasis to shop local, how about making it a point to be sure that our community is there for Family Dollar!

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New Local Arts Organization Hosts Art Programs for Kids at Washington Park Library by Beth Haskovec

Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) is new to the neighborhood. This small nonprofit arts organization recently relocated their administrative offices to a storefront on 43rd & Vliet Street. Their staff of five is busy working behind the scenes to provide Milwaukee youth with arts enrichment programs to enhance human potential, advance learning, and cultivate community. This Fall, A.W.E. is partnering with the Milwaukee Public Library to host a series of drop-in programs designed for children from

Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Each visit begins with an A.W.E. artist reading aloud a story and then discussing the book or illustrator. Participants will then work on imaginative art activities relevant to the book or the artist theme for the day. This is a great opportunity for children and families to be creative, try new techniques, and have fun expressing their inner artist. A.W.E. will be at Washington Park Library on each Wednesday beginning November 28th from 5:30-7:00pm. To learn more about this programming, or to see when A.W.E. will be at other Milwaukee Public Library branches, contact Reanna at 414-933-3877 or visit their website This programming is possible with the support from the MPS Partnership for the Arts and the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation.

FREE Arts Programming at Washington Park Library Wednesdays November 28th, December 5th, December 12th, December 19th • 5:30pm – 7:00pm

The State of Real Estate in the Washington Heights by Mary Jumes, CRS

For this issue, I was asked to report on how to make the moving process a little smoother for children. There are a lot of reasons for moving; need a bigger home, job changes, etc. – having a family discussion about why you’re moving, what you’ll miss about what you are leaving and what you are looking forward to in your new location, will help with this transition. Ask your children what they would like to know about their new home – don’t make assumptions. A calendar showing the order in which things will occur during the moving process can be a useful tool, and allowing children to participate in the packing process can help empower them (I know where my favorite toy is). Plan a time to say goodbye to friends and develop ways to stay in touch. Celebrate your arrival at your new home. Explore the new neighborhood with your children so they won’t feel like they might get lost. Now for you kids that are reading this, moving can be an awesome adventure. You get to meet new people and make some new friends. If your folks are okay with it, you can help decorate your new room. Also, you get to discover all the cool things in your new neighborhood. Remember, the grown-ups are probably worried about how disruptive this move might be, so try to help them. After all, they might be nervous about making new friends, too.

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OCT. 12-13 ������������������������������������������� HALLOWEEN GLEN Hawthorn Glen • 1130 N. 60th Street • 6:00-8:00pm OCT. 14�����������������VLIET STREET COMMUNITY GREEN MARKET • LAST MARKET OF THE SEASON! Senior Center 10:00am-2:00pm OCT. 17������������������������SPOOKTACULAR REGISTRATION Cold Spoons Gelato • 5924 W. Vliet Street • 6:00-8:00pm • for more information OCT. 20����������������������SPOOKTACULAR REGISTRATION Divine Word Church • 5505 W. Lloyd 10:00am-2:00pm • for more information OCT. 26���������������� MORBID CURIOSITIES: A THRILLING HALLOWEEN SHOW AT JAMES STEENO GALLERY 5:00-9:00pm • 5700 W. Vliet Street through November 10 • OCT. 27��������������������������������������������������COSTUME BAZAAR Noon-3:00pm • Small World Daycare (4808 W. Lloyd Street) 5:15PM • LATE REGISTRATION at Spook Central (Mt. Olive Church 54th & Washington Blvd. 6PM Spook Central COSTUME CONTEST (Mt.Olive Church) 6:30-8:30pm SPOOKTAULAR – NIGHT TIME TRICK OR TREATING (Area 6) for more information


NOV. 16 & 17�����������WESTSIDE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Friday, • 5:00-9:00pm; Saturday • 10:00am-4:00pm Start your holiday shopping early by visiting the merchants on Vliet Street, North Avenue and Martin Drive. Visit with Santa, participate in a make & take project and more! SATURDAY, NOV. 24�������� SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY A day to support local small business owners, help fuel the economy and invigorate our local community. NOV. 28��������������ART AT WASHINGTON PARK LIBRARY BY A.W.E. 5:30pm-7:00pm • See page 11 for more details HAVE A NEIGHBORHOOD EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO INCLUDE IN OUR FALL HIGHLIGHTER CALENDAR? Email the Highlighter at to let us know!


DEC. 1���������������������������������������������� FOODIE GIFT GIVING Visit the merchants on Vliet, North and Martin Drive to purchase dining gift certificates and foodie gifts for giving, or treat yourself to a wonderful holiday dinner! DEC. 5��������������ART AT WASHINGTON PARK LIBRARY BY A.W.E. 5:30pm-7:00pm • See page 11 for more details DEC. 8 ����������� GIFTS FOR ANIMALS & THEIR LOVERS HOLIDAY SHOPPING 10:00am-4:00pm • Visit the merchants on Vliet, North and Martin Drive for treats, accessories, art and more for pets, owners and animal lovers. DEC. 12������������� ART AT WASHINGTON PARK LIBRARY BY A.W.E. 5:30pm-7:00pm • See page 11 for more details DEC. 15��������������������������������������� KIDS’ SHOPPING EVENT 10:00am-4:00pm • Holiday shopping for the youngest shoppers presented by the merchants on Vliet, North and Martin Drive, plus make & take projects for gift giving DEC. 19������������ART AT WASHINGTON PARK LIBRARY BY A.W.E. 5:30pm-7:00pm • See page 11 for more details

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Fall Youth Art & Coloring Contest Presented by the Vliet Street Business Association by Heidi Steeno Share your creativity by participating in the Fall 2012 Vliet Street Business Association Youth Art & Coloring Contest. The contest runs from October 1-31, and is held in conjunction with National Arts & Humanities Month. We know every day that the arts are celebrated throughout our neighborhood, but October is a special month to celebrate because it is the largest annual celebration of arts and humanities in the nation! The Fall Youth Art & Coloring contest is designed to encourage active participation in the arts in our neighborhood during October. Youth ages 18 and younger are encouraged to submit a contest entry and be part of the Vliet Street celebration. All entries will be on display November 10th-30th at our Vliet Street businesses. The fall coloring contest page features the Washington Park Band Shell. Youth age nine and younger are invited to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint or any medium and embellishment they can think of to decorate the Band Shell coloring contest page. The contest page is in this issue of the WHNA Highlighter as separate insert, or you can pick up a coloring sheet at any of the businesses that are also drop off locations (listed below). Youth ages 10 to 18 are invited to create an original 2D or 3D Washington Park Band Shell using materials of their choice. The possibilities are endless – painting, sculpture, found objects, pencil, popsicle sticks – let your imagination run wild! Due to display space limitations, we ask that art contest entries do not exceed 18 inches in any direction. Prizes will be awarded in all age categories and will be announced in early November. Additionally, the general public has the opportunity to cast a vote for the “People’s Choice Award” during Westside Holiday Happenings weekend November 16-17 by visiting the businesses that have entries on display and casting a vote for their favorite entry. The “People’s Choice Award” will be announced on November 19th. All entries will remain on display at local businesses through November 30, 2012. Entries may be dropped off from October 1st-31st at the participating businesses listed below. Additional coloring contest pages may be picked up during this time frame by visiting these same businesses. For more information or for additional coloring contest pages, please send an email to Heidi Steeno at or call 920.639.1476. You may also visit Art & Soul Gallery or Artists Working Education, Inc. to pick up additional coloring contest pages. Entires will be on display November 10-30 at: Cold Spoons Gelato (5924 W.Vliet), Rainbow Booksellers (5704 W. Vliet), James Steeno Gallery (5700 W. Vliet), Fred’s Frozen Custard & Grill (4726 W. Vliet), and A.W.E. (4315 W. Vliet). Good luck to all!

PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES Art & Soul Gallery 5706-08 W. Vliet Street Artists Working in Education, Inc. (A.W.E.) 4315 W. Vliet Street



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RULES OF ENTRY: The contest is free and open to all individuals age 18 and younger. Please include the artist’s name, age, address, phone number, and parent’s or guardian’s email address on the back of the entry. All entrants will be notified by email of the locations entries will be on display in November. Limit one entry per individual. All entries must be submitted by October 31, 2012. Winners will be notified by telephone or email. Entries will become the property of the Vliet Street Business Association and will not be returned unless special arrangements are made.

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Himalayan Yoga & Meditation

Peaceful Minds for Happier Homes by Tina Samuels How do we handle daily stresses of life and prevent our frustrations from boiling over onto those we love? And how do we keep our minds flexible to adapt to our changing roles in the lives of our loved ones they grow? “Without the science of meditation (and hatha yoga), I would not have been as effective as a parent, wife, friend, teacher,” says long-time meditator and yoga instructor, Denise Cronk. “Meditation works in such a wonderful way. You sit and think of a huge laundry list of things you think you should be doing. Then you let the thoughts pass by. Then you find the peace and quiet.” Denise discovered the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition and its founder, esteemed Himalayan yogi, Swami Rama, more than 25 years ago. “Swami Rama always said, ‘Don’t believe a word I say.’ That meant do it and see the results for yourself.” Denise continues, “I’m a rebellious skeptic, so I took on the challenge and tried it for a month. The challenge hit me right between the eyes! My responses to problems came more quickly—I didn’t have to call ten girlfriends to poll them about what to do! When the kids or my husband faced what seemed to be insurmountable issues, navigating through them became easier, faster, and more efficient. Then it hit me: If ‘this’ or ‘that’ had happened a month ago, you would’ve had to peel me from the ceiling! That was it—I was sold.” The Himalayan Yoga and Meditation center where Denise shares her appreciation of the Himalayan Tradition and over two decades of teaching experience, was founded under the direction of Swami Rama in 1971. It is Milwaukee’s oldest nonprofit school of yoga and meditation. Formerly known as the Yoga Society, the group served primarily on the East side for over 40 years before opening the doors on its new center at 50th and Vliet this May. Himalayan Yoga and Meditation offers a variety of classes in meditation, hatha yoga and wellness and hosts workshops and seminars in related areas including Eastern philosophy, Ayurveda and yoga therapy. Classes are taught by local faculty with many years of training and practice and by visiting yogis, scholars, and teachers from around the world. Open to everyone, the center welcomes individuals interested in learning about yoga for the first time to students who are long-time practitioners.

Yoga Society’s Farwell Avenue space in 1979.

Instructor Denise Crook with students.

Himalayan Yoga & Meditation 5000 W. Vliet St Contact: Jyoti Bratz (center administrator), 414-273-1621, Tues-Thurs 4-8PM The style of yoga taught at the center is a comprehensive mind/ body system known in Sanskrit as raja yoga, the king of yogas. The primary physical component, hatha yoga, is the practice of the physical asanas (postures) guided by breath. The student becomes aware of the effects of breathing patterns and physical postures on the mind. Pranayama breathing exercises, proper nutrition and contemplation of fundamental truths further aid in balancing emotions and creating a stable mind. The practice of meditation increases mental focus and clarity. The combination of these practices leads the student towards harmony with one’s self and surroundings and increased happiness and effectiveness in life. As Denise found, these effects translate well to home life. “As a parent, when you are calm and sattvic (peaceful), your family feels the security in that. They know and trust your decisions. And yes, as teenagers, they didn’t always like my decisions!” Denise laughs, “But they knew they had security and love at all times. That is the most priceless gift anyone could give.” Since the center’s founding, the ancient Himalayan Tradition’s gentle approach and breadth of wisdom has attracted thousands of students in the Milwaukee area, compelling them towards greater selfknowledge and inner peace and inspiring them to share that peace in their homes and beyond. As Swami Rama taught, “The home is meant for you and your family to learn how to love. And that love should then expand to your community, to your nation, to all other nations, and ultimately to the whole world. Through love you can transform the whole of society.” The group is honored to share the gentle, mindful Himalayan practice with the Washington Heights neighborhood and looks forward to serving as a holistic health resource for its new community. Current course schedule and special event listings can be found at Instructor Jillian Holly.

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Friendly, Knowledgeable Staff Pipe Cutting and Threading Window & Screen Repair Lock Re-Keying The Vliet Street Community Green Market is held Sundays through October 14th.

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Celebrating 40 Years In Business

by Joan Janus

I’d like to introduce you to a vibrant and active group of neighbors just to our East, the Washington Park Partners (WPP). The WPP target area is 30th to 47th Streets, Meinicki to Juneau. The mission of the Washington Park Partners is to lead a community-wide effort of diverse people working together to build a thriving neighborhood. The partnership consists of neighborhood residents, businesses, organizations and other stake holders. Our vision for Washington Park is a vibrant community where people want to live, learn, work, visit and play. To implement this vision, the partners have created a Sustainable Communities Plan with action steps in seven categories: Housing, Business & Jobs, Arts & Culture, Safety, Education, the Park, and Health & Wellness. You may have seen some of the great work done by WPP committees. The housing committee was instrumental in the new construction and the Business & Jobs supported the updated look of Guru Foods. The art and culture committee supported the Pop-up art gallery by Express Yourself Milwaukee on 33rd Street. The Washington Park committee supports the maintenance of the park for safety and security. In collaboration with Our Next Generation, the Education committee was able to distribute 500 stocked book bags for children in the neighborhood. Finally, the Safety and the Health and Wellness Committees are busy working to improve the quality of life for the neighborhood – one example is WPP’s support for the Sunday farmer’s market in front of the Washington Park Senior Center featuring fresh produce and other local products. The WHNA is one of the Washington Park Partners. To learn more and to get involved, visit their website,

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Nico Scanlan sells bags of worm castings to help your garden grow.

Bloomin’ and Groomin’ in the Heights by Carol Justin St. James Lutheran Church

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There was a lot of activity happening on the corner of 49th and Lloyd on Saturday morning, June 2nd earlier this summer. Plants were on display, delicious bakery was being bought and immediately consumed, and lots of tables with gardening and environmental information. In case you weren’t there, this was the site of the first ever WHNA Green Committee Bloom and Groom event. And what an event it was! Co-sponsored by the City of Milwaukee and Lowes Home Improvement stores, Bloom and Groom brought 1500 perennials and annuals into the neighborhood to be sold at extremely reasonable prices. The Green Committee not sold every plant, but there was so much interest we could have sold hundreds more. In addition, Area 3 outdid itself, selling baked goods and refreshments. MMSD, the ME2 program and Master Gardeners were also present. Perhaps the most interesting entrepreneurial display was presented by Lucas Scanlan, who was standing in for his older brother Dominic. The boys with the help of their mom, Melissa Scanlan, operate a red worm fertilizer business. For $5/bag buyers could purchase worm castings that when mixed with water are one of the greatest natural fertilizers around. I happen to know because I bought two bags and got great results. You can still buy some of “Nico’s Nutrients” by sending an email to For those of you who missed the Bloom and Groom event this year, not to worry. The Green Committee looks forward to bringing Bloom and Groom 2013 to our neighborhood next spring and hopefully for many springs to come.

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in the garbage. Make sure to take the lid off before throwing the empty can in the garbage.

by Debbie Knepke

• Boating began in the summer of 1895 on the newly excavated sevenacre lake in West Park (now known as Washington Park).

• Don’t be sad summer is over. Visit mpw/BlockParties.htm for information about obtaining a Block Party permit for next summer.

• The Wonder Bar at 5520 W. Vliet has been open since 1896.

• Valentine Coffee Roasters is the Times Cinema’s new neighbor to the east at 5918 W. Vliet Street. • The Washington Park Senior Center has a Walking Club and welcomes walkers of any age. Call (414) 933-2332 for schedule.

• Emil Welke - the founder of Welke’s House of Roses at 5528 W. North Avenue - was nationally known more than a century ago for bringing cyclamen flowers from Germany to Wisconsin. • You only need to take OIL-BASED paint cans to the self-help facility at 3879 W. Lincoln Avenue. It’s OK to dry out cans of LATEX paint and throw them in the garbage. To dry them out, pour a thin layer in a box lined with a plastic bag. Newspaper or kitty litter will help absorb more paint in the box. When the paint in the box is dry, pour in another layer until the can is empty. Discard the dried paint

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Washington Heights Rainbow Association and friends at Wednesdays at the Shell in Washington Park.


Never let it be said that Washington Heights Rainbow Association members are not active and visible in the community! From June 8 – 10 WHRA members, family, friends, and supporters, staffed a wine/craft beer pod at Pridefest. Each four-hour shift was fully staffed including WHNA Executive Committee members Geri Miller and Vivienne Tait. Patrons of the pod always ask about the Heights; WHRA members give information on the quality of life available in the neighborhood as well as their LGBT group which is now one of the few remaining neighborhood Rainbow groups. WHRA members continue to enjoy the Washington Park concerts on Wednesday evenings. As in past years the group sponsored a performance; this year the group enjoyed “South End Blues Band” while partying and picnicking together. Perhaps the impending Winter will allow us time to rest up prior to next summers activities – or not!

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MPS Schools Attract Neighborhood Families by Barb Haig

While it might seem like parents just bought new backpacks and sneakers, Milwaukee Public Schools registration for the 2013-14 school year is coming up in January. That gives parents a few months to scope out some of the excellent schools in the neighborhood, schedule a visit, and be ready to apply. The Washington Heights neighborhood is home to three MPS elementary schools • Neeskara – K4 – 5th Grade, at 1601 N. Hawley Rd. • Hi-Mount – K4-8th Grade, at 4921 W Garfield Ave. • Milwaukee French Immersion School – K4-5th Grade, at 2360 N 52nd St.

WALKING DISTANCE While Milwaukee French Immersion School is just across the street from the neighborhood’s official boundary, proximity was an important factor to Jill Weber, a parent of two MFIS students who lives on 51st near Washington Boulevard. “We chose our house and the Heights in general because we knew we wanted the kids to be able to walk to school,” she says. Her son Jaydon is in K5 and Devon is in K4; Weber herself is an MPS teacher. Weber was attracted to the MFIS language immersion program. “To be able to compete in a global world, they have to be global. I also have a smattering of French leftover from high school so I knew I would be able to help a little, and I hoped to learn along with the kids through the years in order to better myself,” she says. French is exclusively taught until second grade, and then English is provided for about an hour a day, according to principal Virginia McFadden, who says that knowing a second language can help academics. “Typically, on standardized tests, we do as well or better than the district average and usually meet or exceed the state average,” she says. The school offers other activities such as a big Mardi Gras celebration and Lego robotics. The highlight for many students is the 5th grade trip to France for two weeks. “They stay with families, then the same group of families comes here to visit. Our children are able to function completely when there,” McFadden says.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT Family activities are the key reason many neighborhood parents choose to send their children to Hi-Mount Community School, explains principal Toni Dinkins. Programs such as Family Fun Nights that focus on math or reading attract large crowds, she says, and an after-school program helps parents juggle the work/life balance. For parent Jerome White, Hi-Mount’s competitive athletics program provided an introduction to the inviting school atmosphere. He coached a basketball team for a few years, then chose to send his children to the school. Joi is in 6th grade, Jerome Junior is in 8th, and they comfortably walk to school from their home on 51st and Garfield. “I talked with the principal, met with the staff, and I entrusted that they’d do the best with my children,” White says. “We found Hi-Mount fit in perfectly for their education and safety.” As a parent volunteer, he seeks out other parents to be sure they know they are welcome to help out at the school – no experience needed.

CHILD-CENTERED EDUCATION Dinkins says a new focus at Hi-Mount is on making the program more child-centered using individualized learning profiles to determine how students can best learn and tailoring studies to match that style. They’ve also partnered with the nationally recognized Playworks organization, which supports learning by providing safe, healthy, and inclusive play and physical activity throughout the day. “It’s really setting us apart. Parents are asking about it,” she says. White and Weber credit teachers for both academic and emotional support of the children. “They all are truly invested in the wellbeing, education and lives of their students. This can also be seen in the number of alumni still involved in the school, either as parents who are now enrolling the second generation, or teachers who have returned to give back what they have learned,” Weber says.

SCHOOL CHECKLIST The best way to find out if a school is right for your child is to go there! Call the school during regular hours and schedule a time to meet the principal and tour the school, view classrooms and meet the teachers and staff. Bring your children with you and encourage them to ask questions. Areas to consider: • �Academic approach • �Test scores • �Before- and after-school activities • �Specialty programs • �Special education/Gifted education • �Parent and family resources • �Homework policy • �General school appearance and cleanliness • Arts/music/theatre programs • �Sports programs • �Security and safety

HELPFUL WEBSITES MPS School Registration - portal/ Detailed Information about MPS Schools - http://mpsportal.

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Shop Local – Keep Our Community Unique! by Heidi Steeno

Making purchases from businesses located in Washington Heights has many positive impacts for our neighborhood and the city of Milwaukee. The more support you give to your locally owned and operated businesses, the more the entire neighborhood gets back – in more ways than one! As the busiest shopping weeks of the year approach, consider visiting the many unique businesses located on Vliet Street, North Avenue and throughout Washington Heights to make your purchases. If you can’t spend your entire shopping budget locally, try to commit to just one day. If everyone commits to one day of purchasing from local small businesses then we could really make a difference in our neighborhood! Vliet Street, North Avenue, and Martin Drive feature a diverse array of wonderful shops filled to the brim with great gifts. Here are a few ideas as you begin making your holiday shopping list: • ξArt from local artists is a gift that will last a lifetime. Available in all shapes, sizes and prices, you can find a piece of art, whether a painting, sculpture, glass piece, or jewelry, that will be a gift that is cherished forever. Art never wears out or goes out of style. • Garden decorations are perfect whether you have a garden or not. Large or small, they can fit between plantings, on balconies, in house plant pots, or brighten a dark corner of the yard.

• Gift certificates to the many fine restaurants in our neighborhood allow the recipient to enjoy lunch or dinner out. A custom cake, delectable desserts and locally roasted coffee round cover all the foodies on your gift list. • Salon services - how about picking up a gift certificate for a service from a salon in our neighborhood? And while you’re there, think about scheduling a little “me time” for you? Who doesn’t love to be pampered? • Books make a wonderful gift, for learning and for pure enjoyment, for all ages. • Antiques and resale items are a green way to go. The patina of age makes the gift all the more special. • Fresh floral arrangements are always a nice surprise to brighten the holiday dinner table, or even better yet, for no reason at all. • Fair trade merchandise offers up many choices from clothing to decor and everything in between. Quality handmade items support local economies in countries such as Kenya and Indonesia while at the same time support our local economy. A doublebonus! • Yoga and mediation classes are always welcome when the new year rolls in.

SIX reasons to commit to shopping locally this holiday season:

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1. Buying local supports you too! For every dollar you spend at a locally owned business, more than 68 cents remains in the city of Milwaukee, versus only 43 cents when spent at a national chain store. 2. Community groups receive an average of 250% more support from small business owners than they do from large businesses. 3. One-of-a-kind businesses keep our neighborhood unique and make our community our home! The diverse businesses in Washington Heights add to the character of our neighborhood, making it a destination for visitors and new residents alike. 4. Reduce environmental impact – local businesses tend to be located in city centers, as opposed to the outskirts. This generally means less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution. And most important, all of our neighborhood businesses can be easily reached by foot, bike or bus. 5. Small businesses create more jobs and are the largest employers nationally. 6. Locally owned and operated businesses have made an investment in our neighborhood and its future. Many business owners also are residents of Washington Heights and its surrounding neighborhoods.

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The Businesses of Vliet Street, North Avenue and Martin Drive Invite You to Shop Local this Holiday Season! Westside Holiday Happenings

Guys’ Night Out Holiday Shopping

Start your holiday shopping early, visit with Santa, participate in a make & take projects and more!

We know you like to wait until the last minute! Shop for a unique gift tonight for all your loved ones and enjoy the few remaining days until Christmas without worry.

Friday, November 16 • 5-9pm Saturday, November 17 • 10am-4pm

Small Business Saturday A day to support local small business owners, help fuel the economy and invigorate our local community.

Saturday, November 24

Wednesday, December 18 • 5-8pm

Three Days Until Christmas Last Minute Shopping! Saturday, December 22 • 10am-4pm

Foodie Gift Giving Purchase dining gift certificates and foodie gifts for giving, or treat yourself to a wonderful holiday dinner!

Saturday, December 1

Gifts for Animals & Their Lovers Holiday Shopping Treats, accessories, art and more for pets, owners and animal lovers.

Saturday, December 8 • 10am-4pm Holiday shopping for the youngest shoppers, plus make & take projects for gift giving.

Saturday, December 15 • 10am-4pm


Kids’ Shopping Event

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THE BASH WAS A BLAST! Boulevard Bash Gets Bigger and Better

By Jim Grote, WHNA Boulevard Bash Chairperson

The 2012 Washington Heights Neighborhood Association’s Boulevard Bash was bigger and better than ever! As usual we had a great presence of local restaurants, vendors, artists, Milwaukee police and Fire Departments all on hand, but this year we had a few special additions. The Bash added a 50/50 raffle with two drawings throughout the day. We listened to your suggestions and added tables and chairs so Bash goers could sit and enjoy the food, music the company of others. Thank you to all the vendors that participated this year – we really appreciate your commitment to the Washington Heights. We also want to thank all of the volunteers; without your hard work and dedication, the Bash would not exist! Last but not least, to all of the Washington Heights residents – if it wasn’t for your desire for a sense of community and your love for the Washington Heights, we could never have this event from the start. I look forward to Boulevard Bash 2013. PLEASE, if you have any suggestions to improve the event, direct them to Jim Grote at 414.430.0332, or

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