Five awesome gluten-free recipes

February 28, 2009

Thank you to the recipe writers/contributors who shared these recipes with Compass readers.

Gluten-Free Bread & Pudding Brandy Sauce

Gluten-Free Decadent Chocolate Cake

Gluten-Free Cereal Snack Mix

Patatas Bravas

Stuffed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Here is Jill Maher’s article, “Learning to Live without gluten in Milwaukee.”

Old Town now offering Friday fish fry

February 27, 2009

Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant begins offering a Friday night fish fry, featuring deep fried cod, Feb. 27.

The fish is fresh Icelandic cod, beer-battered, served with European-style cole slaw and Russian potato salad or french fries. It comes with a basket of rye bread and a butter-like spreadable cheese and a tomato-eggplant tapenade. $9.95. 

They are located at 522 W. Lincoln Ave.  (414) 672-0206. Parking in the back or on the street.

If you go, tell them you learned about the fish fry via the Bay View Compass.

Targeting drunk drivers

February 26, 2009

By Jeff Plale, 7th District State Senator

In recent months, I have heard from many constituents about the need to reform Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws. In response to these concerns, a number of my colleagues and I have drafted comprehensive legislation to address this growing problem. Our proposal targets drunk drivers on numerous fronts in order to effectively prosecute offenders and protect Wisconsin citizens.

If our proposal becomes law, it is likely that thousands of repeat offenders will be in jail or prison instead of behind the wheel.

Under current Wisconsin law, the fifth OWI offense results in a felony. Our proposal will make most third and all fourth OWI offenses felonies. Therefore, if our proposal becomes law, it is likely that thousands of repeat offenders will be in jail or prison instead of behind the wheel.  »Read more

RTA in Milwaukee: A spirit of compromise

February 26, 2009

By Chris Larson, District 14 County Supervisor

Right now, Milwaukee County’s transit system is in a precarious position and, if nothing is done soon, faces a 33 percent cut to the system. In an attempt to stave off this potential disaster, I have been working with other transit advocates to identify a solution. Here are the steps we have taken so far.

Last November, when the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority (RTA) came forth with its recommendation, there were flaws that caused concern here at the County Board. The RTA was originally put in place two years ago by Governor Jim Doyle to develop a regional transportation strategy for Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha Counties. Of the three counties, Milwaukee is the only one facing a transit crisis at the end of this year. If we don’t find a solution, Milwaukee County’s transit system will be reduced by 33 percent and all night, weekend, and freeway flyer service will be eliminated. Because of this impending crisis, Milwaukee County’s position affirms that rubber-tire buses should be the top priority for the RTA.  »Read more

Wisconsin office to help coordinate stimulus funds

February 26, 2009

By Jon Richards, 19th District State Representative

We are facing tough economic times in Wisconsin and across the United States, which call for immediate action. Elected officials on every level of government have been making the tough decisions necessary to spur the economy and put people back to work. Just as families and businesses have been tightening their belts, the Wisconsin Assembly has been working with the Wisconsin Senate and the governor to cut spending where necessary. We’re also preparing to create jobs with the Wisconsin and federal stimulus packages.

You can learn more about the ORR (Office of Recovery and Reinvestment) as well as suggest projects that will fulfill stimulus package requirements by visiting the website at  »Read more

Unemployment Insurance Fund update

February 26, 2009

By Chris Sinicki, 20th District State Representative

Many communities, including ours, have seen long-standing employers slash facilities and positions once thought immune to the broader economic downturn. As a result, our state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund also has been seriously strained. The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has received record numbers of UI claims in recent months.

The state’s UI Fund, created during the Great Depression, was the first in the nation. It has been in decline since the nation started slipping towards recession in 2000. Last month, it dipped low enough to qualify for federal cash to fund extra unemployment compensation benefits.  »Read more

Picking a new superintendent

February 26, 2009

By Terry Falk, 8th District School Board Director

Milwaukee’s school superintendent, William Andrekopoulos, will retire in June 2010, just short of his 62nd birthday. His eight-year tenure as MPS superintendent makes him one of the longest serving urban superintendents in the nation.

Around the country, big city superintendents are lucky if they serve more than two or three years. This is not good news for these school systems.

Continually changing superintendents ultimately changes nothing. Lower level employees figure they can pretty much ignore the directives of short-term superintendents. Soon everything will return back to normal, whatever that might be.  »Read more

Reaction to announced state takeover

February 26, 2009

By Marina Dimitrijevic, District 4 County Supervisor

As an arm of the state of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County provides the majority of health and human services for county residents. On behalf of the state, we administer public assistance programs like unemployment, disability, medical assistance, child care, and food assistance. Much of this work is performed through the Economic Support Division Call Center. Due to our nation’s challenging economic climate, the call center has been overwhelmed with new applicants. As caseloads have risen, the state has frozen funds used for public assistance programs. As a result, Milwaukee County has increased the property tax levy to support these much-needed services.  »Read more

Ahoy! March 2009

February 26, 2009

By Katherine Keller

Shovel-ready. There are some phrases in the language that lack music, poetry, romance. That is a good example. If you think of a better one, contact the White House staff. They seem like a group of people who are sensitive to grace and nuance with regard to language. I want a prettier euphemism to blunt the sharp edges of this dismal passage we are navigating.

As I listened to President Obama’s speech Tuesday night, I thought about Bay View and where we should start with our shovel-ready dollars, when they begin to flow our way. My vote is the parking lot shared by the post office and Bucky’s. Call me a shovel-ready literalist, but that hole is getting scary. I saw a small dog disappear in there last week. And a couple of days ago, a VW bug.

Hole and fissure in parking lot shared by Bay View Post Office and Bucky's Super Video. ~photo Katherine Keller

I called the post office and Bucky’s this morning to find out who owns that lot. The property owner is in New York, Bucky’s said, and although they said they informed the property owner about the need for a repair, there has been no response. Apparently Bay View is going to have to wait for New York’s shovel-ready dollars to be redirected to the disintegrating lot on Oklahoma and Brust.

The fate of Milwaukee’s murals is considered by Michael Timm, who reports about an ordinance that could regulate this public-space based art form. Introduced by Alderman Tony Zielinski, the draconian language of the first draft set off alarms in the public art/artists community. Zielinski, known for his desire to keep our neighborhoods free from gang tagging and vandalism-style graffiti, has backed down and put the ordinance on hold while he gathers more input from community stakeholders.

The much-monitored proposed-Cardinal Stritch development is also covered by Michael Timm. The public is clearly demonstrating their attachment to and desire to protect Seminary Woods, which abuts and overlaps the properties in question. Stay tuned.

Jill Maher considers the challenges for parents who want to protect their children from toxin-laden food and toys, and also writes about shopping options in Milwaukee for those with celiac disease.

Mary Vuk Sussman interviewed Pak-Rite owner Rick Blaha, this month for the Compass update. We introduced this Bay View business in our January 2006 issue. They’re doing well!

I hope you’ll read Q10, because it features an innovative business, The Elumenati, located in The Hide House.

As for The Hide House itself, Anna Passante researched the history of the massive brick buildings on Greeley and Dover.

We reference a 1940 decision of the National Labor Relations Board at the end of Anna’s article. If you are interested in labor history, I urge you to read it because it gives some insight into the first attempts by employees of the Greenebaum Tanning Company to institute a union. In my opinion, the tannery owners and management rather deftly compromised these early labor organizers.

We would like to do more about The Hide House in the future and are looking for photographs or illustrations of the structure, and for stories of those who worked there.

We profile Elaine Johnsen, who has volunteered at Unity Lutheran’s senior coffee hour for 40 years! That is what I call dedication. But there is no shortage of that kind of community spirit and work in Bay View.

Which leads me to my appeal to readers. We are in the early stages of a campaign to enlist readers’ support of the Compass via subscriptions to the paper. People want more of the Compass more often. While I don’t think that a weekly is on the horizon, I think it is possible that we could become bi-weekly. But we can’t do it without capital and I hope that we can raise that capital through subscriptions. There is always, always more content that I’d like to include in the paper each month but there are not the resources for us produce or print it. My goal is to talk 10,000 of you into subscribing to the paper this year. The price is $25. We mail it by First Class Mail. Subscribe via our website or by calling us. It’s getting more and more challenging to provide the paper to you for free.

I got a call yesterday from someone who lives south of Madison in Green County. He called to tell me a flock of robins arrived, and that he heard a sandhill crane calling the same day. That can only mean one thing. My garden, like yours, will soon be shovel-ready.

May March make you mad as a hatter,
Katherine Keller

The Hide House transformed through time

February 26, 2009

By Anna Passante

Before it was The Hide House, the site was a baseball field for neigbhorhood kids in the late 1800s. Many longtime Bay View residents living near The Hide House at 2526 S. Greeley St. remember it as the site of the former J. Greenebaum Tannery. But these old timers may be surprised to know the tannery wasn’t the first factory to occupy the site. Since 1898, a number of businesses manufactured goods at this location.

Before a factory building even existed at the corner of Greeley and Dover streets, the empty lot served an important purpose in the neighborhood. In the late 1880s and early 1890s it was a baseball field for neighborhood kids. “Our playing field was an excellent one on the site of the present Greenebaum Tannery,” recalled Paul Gauer in his The Gauer Story, A Chronicle of Bay View. “Here we had our first $1.25 baseball. How proud we were!”  »Read more

Meet Our Writer—Mary Vuk Sussman

February 26, 2009

Mary Vuk Sussman 1. What did you study in college? I majored in literature, studied a little art and history, plus a lot of nothing.

2. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up (career)? I jumped around quite a bit. I started out wanting to be a doctor, then a nurse, then a spy, then a Latin American historian. By the time I entered college, I wanted to be an interior decorator.

3. Who are some of your favorite writers? My favorite writers include William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, William Godwin, William Hazlitt, William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, John Keats, Edward Trelawney, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, W.B. Yeats, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Iris Murdoch, Margaret Drabble, W.S. Merwin, Harold Bloom, Joyce Carol Oates, Antony Beevor, and Ryszard Kapuscinski. You got me started, and now you’re sorry.  »Read more

Critics say disdain for graffiti drove murals ordinance

February 26, 2009

By Michael Timm

“Mural of Peace” originally painted by Reynaldo Hernandez is Milwaukee’s most prominent mural, occupying the southern façade of Esperanza Unida. ~Photo Michael Timm Freedom-of-expression criticisms put a preliminary halt to a city ordinance proposed by Aldermen Tony Zielinski and James Witkowiak that would regulate all murals in the city, requiring permitting and annual inspection fees.

Currently, noncommercial murals are not subject to local restrictions. The ordinance would define what constitutes a legal mural and where it may be painted.

The local arts community, caught almost unawares, successfully pressured aldermen to remove the ordinance from the Feb. 3 agenda of the city’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee (ZND).

But the debate about the intent and scope of the ordinance has opened a can of worms-out popped concerns about censuring or restricting public art, misgivings about the overextending reach of local government, the political difficulty of distinguishing illegal graffiti from graffiti art, and allegations of improper aldermanic behavior.  »Read more

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