Grandparents parent again

September 28, 2008

By Jill Rothenbueler Maher

Grandparents Mulveys (Photo by By Jill Rothenbueler Maher)Bay View resident Barbara Bartlein’s 2002 memories of her grandniece Jocelyn are filled with anguish over the baby’s well-being. Bartlein saw that baby Jocelyn’s 19-year-old mother was abusing drugs and alcohol and not caring for her, and the baby’s father was not involved.

Bartlein and Jocelyn’s grandmother, Penny Brosky, felt they needed to intervene to protect the newborn’s physical and emotional condition, but they had no legal justification to step in. Bartlein was so concerned that she experienced true heartache-her heart literally ached for Jocelyn. »Read more

Serbian Stojo’s on Lake Drive

September 27, 2008

Stojo’s Café opened Aug. 1 at 4671 S. Lake Dr. in Cudahy.

The café was recently remodeled in summery beige tones with modern accents and has a full bar with a jukebox and arcade games.

The menu offers traditional burgers and appetizers as well as Serbian specialties. The Serbian entrees include Burek-layered phyllo dough with cheese, spinach, and beef-and Sarma-stuffed cabbage rolls. Fish fry Fridays feature fish Serbian style, topped with tomatoes, peppers, and onions.  »Read more

New Vision Wilderness

September 27, 2008

A youth “wilderness therapy” organization opened offices this September in the former Fire Sign Beads storefront at 2363 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

New Vision Wilderness formed in February 2007 and formerly operated out of cofounder and executive director Drew Hornbeck’s Milwaukee home. NVW employs several young staff who live in Bay View and Hornbeck said the neighborhood’s positive reputation attracted him to open Bay View offices.  »Read more

New brewpub planned for KK & Howard

September 27, 2008

St. Francis Brewery and Restaurant is projected to open spring 2009 on the northwest corner of Kinnickinnic and Howard avenues.

That’s according to Rick Michalski, registered agent of Lakeside Village Square, LLC, which owns the property at 3825 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Ground was broken in late August.

Michalski, a pharmacist, said this is his first business venture.  »Read more

Cool evenings at Cool Water

September 27, 2008

Not far from Bay View’s KK Avenue nightlife scene lies Cool Water bar and grill, at 2247 E. St. Francis Ave. The tavern/eatery opened Aug. 1 and offers a smoke-free dining room and bar as well as an upper level where smoking is permissible.

Cool Water owner Joe Santoro purchased the building, formerly Majdecki’s tavern and supper club, Jan. 29, 2003.

Santoro said the building, which included upstairs living quarters, was gutted and restored to its original architecture. Exposed brick and walls painted in warm tones accent the lower level bar and dining area. There is a stage and Cool Water offers live music on weekends that includes rock, jazz, and blues.  »Read more

Chartreuse eco-friendly boutique

September 27, 2008

The eco-friendly boutique Chartreuse opened March 2008 at 2227 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. The store offers garments and accessories made from organic cotton, bamboo, soy, and recycled materials.

Owner Sarah Szymanski chose the empty storefront that once housed Apple A Day Massage because she liked the space, and she felt it was close to other like-minded businesses such as Future Green and Fasten that also offer organic and handmade items made from reused substances. A variety of fashion styles, from casual hipster to office wear, is represented.  »Read more

Boutique will join KK ranks

September 27, 2008

A vacant Kinnickinnic Avenue storefront is set to be filled by a “girlie shop” selling handmade jewelry, candles, bath salts, and men’s jewelry. Margie’s Le Boutique So Chic should open the last week of October, with a grand opening Dec. 6, according to the store owner.

Margie Story has owned and operated Margie’s for three years and is moving the business from 1123 W. Oklahoma Ave. to 2654 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. this month.  »Read more

Blackbird hopes to mend The Groove’s wings

September 27, 2008

The bar formerly known as The Groove, 3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., will reopen as Blackbird under new ownership this fall.

Marisa Graff-Lange, owner of Classic Slice Pizza, 2797 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., and her business partner Holly DeShaw hope to have Blackbird open this October following renovations, which are already in progress.  »Read more

Secretary of Education visits Bay View

September 27, 2008

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings visited Milwaukee Sept. 18 to announce the award of a federal $4,034,108 Early Reading First grant to Marquette University to support its Wisconsin Reading Acquisition Program (WRAP), a partnership with Day Care Services for Children, Inc. »Read more

Harbor Commission update

September 27, 2008

The city of Milwaukee’s Board of Harbor Commissioners elected Tim Hoelter its new president Aug. 6.

Hoelter replaces Dan Steininger, who recently stepped down from the board after 27 years as president.

Vice president of government affairs for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Hoelter also serves as chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Consumer Goods. A Milwaukee native, Hoelter has served on the commission since 1996. »Read more

Surveillance cameras urged for problem bars

September 27, 2008

The Milwaukee Common Council unanimously passed an ordinance allowing the police chief to order taverns with three or more crimes within one year to install surveillance cameras that monitor the premises inside and out, including adjacent public spaces. »Read more

How Milwaukee paper gets recycled

September 27, 2008

By Will Mueller

Photo by Michael TimmAfter reading this newspaper, you might ask yourself, “What happens to my paper after I’m done with it?”

For the environmentally conscious citizen, waste paper is placed in the left half of the recycling bin provided to residents by the city of Milwaukee. Paper makes up two-thirds (by weight) of everything recycled by Milwaukee citizens, and newspaper alone makes up more than half of the total recyclable materials processed by the city of Milwaukee, said Emily Brown, education manager for Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB). »Read more

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