December 1, 2013
Milwaukee resident Ron Winkler’s will sign copies of his newly released pictorial history book Milwaukee’s Town of Lake Sat., Dec. 14 from 1pm to 6pm at the Beulah Brinton House, 2590 S. Superior St. The book, a title in Arcadia Publishing Company’s Images of America series, is $21.99. Profits earned from book sales at the event will be donated to the historical society. Winkler is a member of the Bay View Historical Society.
Refreshments will be provided and the house will be decorated for Christmas.
December 1, 2013
Story and Photos by David Endres
The 125th year anniversary celebration of St. Augustine Catholic Parish began Sun., Nov. 3, with a Mass in the parish church, 2530 S. Howell Ave., headed by Milwaukee’s Archbishop Jerome Listecki, concelebrated by the parish’s two priests, Frs. Ron Kotecki and Leonard Barbian, as well as former long-time pastor Fr. Tom Wittliff and three other priests. The regalia of the Catholic Men’s Knights of Columbus festooned the service.
The following Saturday, Nov. 9, parish members gathered for a dinner of German food, a tribute to the parish’s heritage and German founders.
The Saturday event was also a remembrance of the former St. Augustine parish elementary school. School sports and scouting memorabilia, and a German Bible used in the early days of at St. Augustine, were displayed.
Mary Burger, a 1931 graduate of the parish school, attended the dinner. She still worships at St. Augustine.
One of the most active members of St. Augustine, Gen Molling, a 1938 graduate of the St. Augustine school also attended the celebration. “This is my attachment to the past,” Molling said. “I’ve always been here.” She said she remembered classrooms filled with as many as 60 students.
Rosemary Whalen also attended the celebration. Her grandfather owned and operated Frank Schuster & Sons grocery store. It opened in 1895 and was housed in a building on the west side of Howell Avenue, across from the church. Whalen, who attended the St. Augustine parish school, played organ for Mass when she was a child, beginning when she was in sixth grade. Her family donated one of the church’s tall stained glass windows.
In 1999, St. Augustine School merged with Bay View’s Immaculate Conception parish school and later the consolidated school merged other parish schools to become St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. St. Augustine, Immaculate Conception, Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul, Sacred Heart of Jesus, and St. Veronica parishes jointly run the academy.
In 1887, 47 families founded the St. Augustine parish. Among the founders were John Rehorst, August Hermes, Adam Krill, Elias Stollenwerk, and John Risch. The members of the new parish erected a two-story building that housed a school on first floor and church on the second. In 1906, they began to build the present church building, which was dedicated in 1908. The drive to build the new church got its start when Frank Schuster offered to match the first $500 raised for construction.
Marilyn (Rehorst) Evenson and Marion Rehorst, descendants of John Rehorst, are current members of St. Augustine.
For many, St. Augustine’s offers opportunities to serve the community. St. Augustine collects nonperishable food for the Bay View Community Center and its members prepare meals for a program on 9th and Madison streets, sponsored by the parish’s chapter of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. This year is also the 100th anniversary of the founding the St. Augustine chapter of the St. Vincent DePaul society. It is an active chapter that aids needy families in the area with gifts of furniture, food, clothing, appliances, and kitchenware.
St. Augustine provides a free Thanksgiving dinner for the neighborhood, donated and prepared by church members. Last year they roasted 30 turkeys.
December 1, 2013
The Compass contacted area charities and nonprofit organizations to inquire about their needs as the holiday giving season approaches. Several organizations we contacted reported that the overall slow economic recovery, at both state and federal levels, as well as recent cuts in federal food assistance, have put a greater strain on charitable organizations.
Giving money, material goods, or the gift of time as a volunteer can brighten the days of many in need this holiday season.
Bay View Area Redcats 2829 S. Delaware Ave.; (414) 482-7264; bvaredcats.org
A youth sports organization open to children in K-8; needs volunteers to serve as coaches, provide clerical assistance, or to build shelving in the new location; financial contributions to help some cover registration fees.
Bay View Community Center 1320 E. Oklahoma Ave.; (414) 482-1000; bayviewcenter.org
Non-perishable items for food pantry; peanut butter, canned meats/tuna fish, cream soups; canned fruit, jams/jellies, cereal, boxed mac and cheese); personal hygiene items (shampoo, soap, deodorant, and toothpaste); toys for the children’s playroom; batteries of all sizes, especially AA; financial contributions. Items can be dropped off when center is open, Mon.-Thurs. 8:30-9pm; Fri. 8:30-6pm; Sat. 9am-12pm.
Bay View Library 2566 S Kinnickinnic Ave.; mpl.org/file/found_waystogive.html
Financial donations; gently-used-book donations can be dropped off at the Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.; volunteers.
Bay View United Methodist Church 2772 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.; (414) 744-4036; bayviewumc.org
Volunteer support for the Bread & Jam meal program. Contact the church office.
Creative Writing Camp Scholarship Fund, Red Oak Young Writers LLC; redbirdredoak.com
Needs financial donations to help young aspiring writers (grades four-12) who would like to attend creative writing camps, but don’t have the financial means. Contact Kim Suhr, (414) 881-7276.
Cudahy-St. Francis Interfaith Program For the Elderly (414) 483-4474; csfiprogram.org
Assists elderly. Volunteers needed to provide services to the elderly, such as shoveling snow, providing transportation, and running errands.
Honor Our Military, Inc. 3211 S. Lake Dr., St. Francis, Jeff Bukowski (414) 416-9874; honorourmilitary.us
Ships care packages for American troops serving overseas. They need non-perishable food items in metal or plastic containers (no glass), including soup, pasta, fruit, salsa, chip dip, beef stew, cheese spreads, tuna and chicken snack kits, peanut butter, raisins, microwavable foods, individual serving fruit cups, snacks including pretzels, peanuts, potato chips, powdered drink mixes, cookies, and gum; personal hygiene products: razors, shampoo, liquid shower soap, small size baby powder, small containers of foot powder, sunscreen, artificial tears, nasal spray; games and recreational items: DVDs, CDs, handheld electronic games, travel-sized board games, current magazines; AA and AAA batteries; socks. Volunteers needed to help sort and pack; financial contributions for postage and mailing supplies.
Hope House 209 W. Orchard St. (414) 645-2122; hopehousemke.org
Provides shelter and services to homeless individuals and families. Needs monetary donations; non-perishable items for food pantry; new, unwrapped gifts for men, women, babies, children, and teens; household items, electronics, infant furniture, toys, art supplies, books, sports equipment, bath and body care gift packs; gift cards; see website for a detailed list or to sponsor a family.
Humboldt Park 4th of July Association Contact Larry Reeve, (414) 643-5427
Volunteers needed to assist with activities throughout the day at Humboldt Park; monetary donations from individuals and businesses; business support/sponsors.
Interfaith Older Adult Programs 600 W. Virginia Ave., Ste. 600; (414) 291-7500; interfaithmilw.org
Needs volunteers. See website for more details.
Open Door Free Clinic at Unity Lutheran 1025 E. Oklahoma Ave.; (414) 481-1778; opendoorfreeclinic.org
Provides health services for low-income and uninsured persons. Needs monetary donations for overall clinic operations; volunteer health care professionals of all levels (nurses, phlebotomists, clerical workers, receptionists); over-the-counter medicine (eye drops, cough drops, cold medicine but no vitamins). Contact email@example.com or call number above.
Project Concern of Cudahy/St. Francis PO Box 100093 Cudahy, WI 53110; (414) 744-0645; projectconcerncudahy.org
Helps low-income area-residents with emergency food, clothing, and household items. Needs food for pantry (canned meats such as tuna and chicken, jams and jelly, cereal, canned soup, canned pineapple, dessert mixes, canned pork and beans); winter items (hats, scarves, mittens and gloves of all sizes); personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, deodorant); dish soap; laundry detergent.
Second Hand Purrs (no-kill cat shelter) 4300 S. Howell Ave.; (414) 727-7877; secondhandpurrs.org
No-kill cat shelter. Monetary donations; volunteers to clean cat cages and litter boxes, to help with fundraising, and to provide general care for the cats.
UMOS Food Pantry & Food Bank 2701 S. Chase Ave.; (414) 389-6300; umos.org
Needs any non-perishable food items. Donations can be dropped off in bins in the main office, 2701 S. Chase Ave., or in the back of the building where the food pantry is located.
November 30, 2013
The Bay View Historical Society (BVHS) is in the midst of a matching-gift campaign to reduce its Beulah Brinton House mortgage and is asking you to consider contributing by December 31. The historic house is the home of the historical society.
Built in 1872, the Beulah Brinton House, 2590 S. Superior St., was the residence of Beulah and Warren Brinton, who were among the early settlers in Bay View. Warren Brinton worked in management at the Milwaukee Iron Company and Beulah Brinton opened their home to immigrant families, who settled in Bay View, where many of men in the immigrant families were employed by the iron mill.
Beulah Brinton lent books from her personal library to the immigrants (eventually she donated her library to what became the village’s first public library), taught them to read, cook, and sew, and provided other support to help them assimilate. Her work is often compared to that of Chicago’s Hull House founder Jane Addams.
In 2005 the members of the BVHS approved the purchase of the historic Beulah Brinton House for $450,000. Through fundraising projects and campaigns, BVHS has raised sufficient funds to pay the monthly mortgage for the past eight years. Their goal is to retire the remaining debt.
In November 2012, an anonymous donor gave the society $150,000 to be applied to the mortgage. With that generous gift, the remaining mortgage balance was reduced to less than $150,000.
This year the same donor offered BVNA further financial assistance by pledging to match donations made to the society’s mortgage campaign by December 31, 2013. If a $100 gift is given, the anonymous donor will match it with $100.
The society currently owes $134,000 on its mortgage and to date has raised $18,000 in its current fundraising campaign. With the donor’s matching gift, the total raised to date is $36,000, which reduces the mortgage to less than $100,000, and brings BVHS much closer to retiring the Brinton House mortgage.
If you wish to contribute by December 31, your check should be made payable to Bay View Historical Society and mailed to Bay View Historical Society; 2590 S. Superior St.; Milwaukee, WI 53207
November 30, 2013
Known for his creative merging of sustainability, art, performance, and storytelling with fiber, Timothy Westbrook recently presented the imaginative fashion event “Paleontology of a Woman” at the Milwaukee Public Museum. He will speak at the December 14 Wisconsin Handweaver’s meeting, at 10am at Gaenslen School, 1250 E. Burleigh St. Guests and visitors are welcome to attend. More info: wihandweavers.org
November 5, 2013
Source: MPS press release
Formal Request for Proposals for a first-in-the-region facility issued Tuesday
Milwaukee Public Schools and the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development are seeking proposals to redevelop the former Dover Street School into an innovative, first-in-the-region facility providing affordable quality housing to teachers.
The concept, which is aimed at fostering an environment of collaboration and mentoring among educators, was first discussed in February by the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Teachtown MKE initiative.
Leaders at Teachtown MKE, which was created to support teachers in the community, said similar developments in other cities have become support systems and communities for young teachers. Cities that have developed sites similar to the one proposed by MPS include Baltimore and Philadelphia and development is now underway in New Orleans.
The proposed redevelopment must, among other things, be fully taxable and increase the city’s tax base, according to the formal Request for Proposals (RFP) issued Tuesday.
“This is an exciting opportunity to continue to strategically use our facilities – in this case to strengthen the support system for the men and women having a daily impact on the lives of our students,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said.
The Dover site, located at 619 E. Dover Street in the city’s Bay View neighborhood, is appealing to Millennial-generation educators, a majority of whom want to live in walkable neighborhoods with public transportation, a mix of housing types and mixed-use developments including shops and offices, according to a Urban Land Institute survey.
In addition to requiring the redevelopment to increase the city’s tax base, the Request for Proposals (RFP) also requires:
- Centralize parking to minimize adverse neighborhood impacts
- Provide attractive landscaping and add green space through the removal of excess paving; retention of the tot lot for public use is encouraged
- Improve exterior appearance by replacing chain link fencing with decorative metal fencing
- Include, if possible, additional housing units that are compatible with the neighborhood along Dover Street and Potter Avenue
- Maintain a legacy partnership allowing St. Lucas Church to continue to utilize the Dover site’s playground and develop a working agreement for shared use of parking areas on the Dover site
MPS has been strategic in using its facilities, primarily to house in-demand, successful MPS schools. In recent years, the district has reused 10 facilities for MPS schools, leased 11 sites to charter/partnership schools and sold four schools including three to high-performing charter operators. Just this year, MPS’ strategic use of facilities has allowed the district to add seats at successful schools such as Golda Meir, I.D.E.A.L. and Reagan.
Read Jay Bullock’s take on this proposal here.
November 1, 2013
The Bay View Historical Society elected the following officers for a two-year term to its board of directors: Susan Ballje, president; Annie Hahn, vice president; Karla Iseler, secretary; Denice Laack, treasurer.
November 1, 2013
Milwaukee’s “City Hall channel” is expanding its offerings to include a new online stream that will cover more of the events of city government. The new channel, Live Stream 2, will stream public affairs offerings.
Live Stream 2 launched in October with real-time coverage of the Anti-Graffiti Policy Committee and the Historic Preservation Commission meetings. City Channel Manager Dennis Geraghty said the new stream would be used primarily to provide live coverage of boards and commissions that schedule meetings concurrent with other committee business that is carried on the City Channel’s primary stream. Until the second channel was created, there were often days when there were more events taking place within city government than there were channels to broadcast those events.
“In the interest of providing as much transparency as possible, we’re very pleased to be able to offer this service to the public,” City Clerk Jim Owczarski said. “The City Channel already offers gavel-to-gavel coverage of all Common Council business, and with the addition of Live Stream 2, we can now offer anyone with an internet connection even more access to the live proceedings of other city boards and commissions as well.”
Geraghty said the City Channel brought Live Stream 2 online without the use of any additional city resources. “We’re simply taking advantage of new features offered to us by our vendor to provide this additional service to the public,” he said.
Live Stream 2, as well as the primary City Channel live stream and a programming schedule, can be found at milwaukee.gov/citychannel.
November 1, 2013
Cudahy High School, the Cudahy-St. Francis Kiwanis, and Educators Credit Union have partnered to provide an opportunity for many high school students to get a “Reality Check,” on Thurs., November 7 from 7:40 to 11:50am.
Reality Check is an interactive hands-on financial literacy event that partners school districts with community organizations and businesses to help promote responsible spending and budgeting decisions.
Ninety students begin their Reality Check Day by choosing a career they would like to have in the future. They are then assigned a fictitious marital status, one or more children, a monthly salary, and a credit score. On a designated day, students gather together and are given their “ fictitious life profile.” After a short orientation, they have to make financial decisions that will impact their imaginary family for one month.
They are required to find and pay for housing, daycare, utilities, food, clothing, and other expenses and to make these fit within their given budget. There are also opportunities for the students to confront unexpected positive or negative financial impacts.
Volunteers are needed to work with the students as they learn about money management skills, check writing and keeping a check register, the importance of career selection, and the impact of a credit score.
Each student’s goal is to discover the costs associated with everyday living and to maintain a positive balance in their checkbook as they work their way through the event’s activities.
To make this event successful, volunteers are needed to help students learn how to make sound financial choices. If you wish to volunteer, contact Kathy Krause, Cudahy-St. Francis Kiwanis’s vice president: firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 315-1277.
November 1, 2013
The repair and restoration of the Pryor Avenue Iron Well is being managed by volunteers and financed by donations from the community. A grant from the city of Milwaukee will cover about one-half of the cost. The total bill will be $4,650.
The Bay View Historical Society volunteered to serve as the fiscal receiver for donations. However, the only way to donate to the well project is by writing a check since the society did not wish to deal with electronically transmitted money. That means no PayPal or other digital transfers to the fund.
To make a donation to this worthy cause, write a check to The Bay View Historical Society — Well Fund. In the “For/Memo” section of the check, write: BVHS Well Project.
Mail it to: Bay View Historical Society, 2590 S. Superior Street, Milwaukee, WI 53207. You are donating to a non-profit entity and therefore the donation is tax deductible.
A great way to say thank you for this source of free water from Milwaukee’s only extant public well is to help pay for the repair of this Bay View icon.
At press time, Bay View Historical Society said they had received about $300 in donations. Bay View — We can do better!
The contractor projects that the well repairs will be completed by the end of November, at which time the water will once more flow.
November 1, 2013
Residents have an opportunity to attend a rare public performance by the remarkable classical pianist Ellen Swan Dixon, who will perform in the Joyce Parker Productions Music on KK series, Sat., Nov. 2 at 3pm.
Dixon is a Milwaukee native who has taught and performed in the Milwaukee area for 45 years. She attended Northwestern University and the Wisconsin College-Conservatory of Music. Her professional career has included work with the Skylight Theater, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Waukesha Symphony and Present Music.
She was Artistic Director of Tahlia Chamber Music Artists and performed as Resident Pianist during its seven-year season that featured musicians from the Milwaukee Symphony and Chicago Symphony orchestras and soloists from the Milwaukee area.
Dixon has taught at Waukesha County Conservatory of Music in Hartland for the past 11 years. Previously, she taught as Director of Piano Studies at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, pianist and paraprofessional at Urban Waldorf School and Artist in Residence at Mount Mary College.
Dixon will perform Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major BWV 825 (Bach); Intermezzo in A Major Op. 118 #2 (Brahms); Chaconne in G Major HWV 435 (Handel); Clair de Lune (Debussy); and Waltz Op. 70 #1, Etude Op. 10 #5, and Ballade IV in F minor Op. 54 (Chopin).
Admission is free but donations are accepted. Donations support the Music on KK music series.
Info: musiconkk.blogspot.com/ or (414) 744-8866
November 1, 2013
Ava Hernandez, Patricia McFarland, and Jan Pierce were elected to the Outpost Natural Food Cooperative’s board of directors in October. Seven candidates ran for the three openings on the nine-member board. Under its bylaws, Outpost co-op owners are eligible to run for the board; board members are elected by Outpost’s member-owners.
The new board members’ will begin their three-year term this month.
The nine-member board helps determine the overall direction of the cooperative under a policy governance system, and, according to Outpost’s bylaws, the board of directors “shall approve all borrowing of money, pledging of assets as security for amounts so borrowed, and significant contractual obligations.”
Outpost has nearly 18,500 member-owners. Its ownership grew by more than five percent this past year.