Milwaukee’s Cinco de Mayo cancelled

April 30, 2009

“UMOS management has decided to cancel Cinco de Mayo SpringFest. The festival will not be rescheduled for a later date in 2009, “says Rod Ritcherson, UMOS spokesperson.

The World Health organization has raised the threat for the Human Swine Flu to the pandemic 5 level. Yesterday, Mayor Barrett, in his press conference, stated that possible cases of Swine Flu have been identified in Milwaukee. Several schools have closed as a precaution.

Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strongly urged organizations around the country to not conduct large events where there would be significant crowds.

“Based on this information, UMOS believes that the cancellation of our two-day festival is in the best interest of UMOS staff, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, festival goers and the greater Milwaukee community. Taking this health precaution was the primary factor in making this decision. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of all those involved in the planning and implementation,” Ritcherson concluded.

UMOS is a nonprofit, advocacy organization that provides programs and services which improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served populations.


Fasten Co-op leaving brick and mortar on KK, Sparrow Collective taking its place

April 30, 2009

Fasten Co-op store will close at the end this month according to message sent to the store’s email contacts Wednesday, April 29. The co-op, established in 2003, moved into a storefront on Kinnickinnic Avenue two and a half  years ago. It featured handmade fashion, jewelry, and accessories.

Fasten’s message states that “a new collective under new management has sprouted in our place.” Sparrow Collective is the name of the new store that will include much of the same merchandise that was included at Fasten, plus handmade items from out-of-state designers, plus pottery and home goods.

The message about the store’s closing also states, “Fasten will live on and continue to promote and support local designers, artists, and musicians, only now without a permanent brick-and-mortar home.  Please stay in touch with us!  Our blog [http://tr.im/k7be] will be updated more than ever with style updates, artists interviews, and info on events happening all over the city.  And keep your eyes open for some awesome runway, art, and music events that we will be producing later this year! Join us and Sparrow Collective for their Grand Opening Party Saturday, May 16.

 


Clement Ave. School closed for swine flu inspection

April 30, 2009

By order of the Milwaukee Health Department, four MPS schools are closed until further notice. The schools include three elementary schools on the south side of the city, and one large high school on the east side of Milwaukee.

The schools are:
Clement Avenue School, 3666 South Clement Avenue 
Riverside University High School, 1615 East Locust Street
Mitchell School, 1728 South 23rd Street 
Rogers Street Academy, 2430 West Rogers Street 

The closures affect all programming at the four sites, including Head Start programs, athletic activities, and before- and after-school programs. The closure at Rogers Street Academy also includes the Don and Sallie Davis Boys and Girls Club that is attached to the school.

There will be no student attendance at the schools until further notice. Staff members who work at these schools are asked to stay home. If students and/or staff are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, they are advised to seek advice from a health care provider. We ask our families and staff to seek additional information on the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) Web site at http://www.milwaukee.gov/health. The MHD also has a hotline at (414) 286-3616.

MPS families should be advised that if their school is not listed as closed, they should continue their routines of coming to class at their respective schools. MPS principals and staff will continue to reinforce preventative measures, such as good cough etiquette and hand-washing.

MPS asks that all questions regarding specific medical cases or patients be directed to the Milwaukee Health Department. For more information on MPS closures, call Roseann St. Aubin, Communications Director, (414) 475-8237, or on mobile phone at (414) 531-0213.

 

 


Four branch libraries on chopping block again

April 30, 2009

City administration looking to close four libraries; irate aldermen to sound off

Alderman Bob Donovan will be joined by Alderman Joe Dudzik today at the Zablocki Library to voice displeasure with a draft 2010 city budget proposal that would close two south side and two north side Milwaukee Public Library branches.

Alderman Donovan said the draft Barrett Administration proposal he’s learned about would shutter the Zablocki and Forest Home libraries on the south side and the Mill Road and Capitol libraries. “The library board is apparently preparing for a vote to close these four libraries – even though Zablocki is the city’s most used branch library and Forest Home is among the top tier in terms of usage,” said Alderman Donovan. “Although it’s early and this is just a proposal, we intend to fight tooth and nail to keep our most visited libraries open for our citizens,” he said.

The aldermen expect to be joined Thursday by several concerned city residents, including many who are shaking their heads after learning about the proposal. “If you own a private business and you’re planning to close a few of your branch locations, you don’t close your busiest and most patronized locations. This (proposal) defies common sense,” Alderman Donovan said. 


Port alert to residents—May 5 Homeland Security event is an exercise, not real event

April 29, 2009

Public Notice
The Board of Harbor Commissioners wished to inform Bay View residents that a large-scale exercise will be conducted by Homeland Security May 5. The port wants to inform its neighbors that the event is only an exercise so that the public will not panic or fear that a real terror event is underway.

The May 5 Event
The Port of Milwaukee will be the scene of an exercise organized by Homeland Security to play out the events should a real incident happen. More than 600 personnel and over 100 boats and response vehicles will be on the scene.

This exercise will help prepare emergency crews, military personnel and others in responding to such an unthinkable event.

On May 5, 2009 from 8am to 3pm the Port’s Terminal 1 area (Lake Michigan side docks) will have members of the WI Dept. of Natural Resources, the U.S. Army Decon Unit, the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Port staff reacting as if a real terrorist attack has taken place. The event is expected to be well covered by the media.

The Hoan Bridge will NOT be shut down during this event. Access into Jones Island may be limited to emergency responders only during this time.

More information about the May 5 event will be published on bayviewcompass.com when that info is made available.

For more information, contact
Betty Nowak
Port of Milwaukee
414-286-8131
bnowak@milwaukee.gov


Stritch will not purchase Cousins Center

April 29, 2009

Info here.


If there were a public garden in Bay View, would you use it, and what would you plant?

April 28, 2009

Interviews & Photos by Jason Haas

“I wouldn’t plant anything personally, but I love to purchase locally.”

“I wouldn’t plant anything personally, but I love to purchase locally.”

-Brett Williams, Mabbett & Rusk avenues

“I do grow all kinds of beautiful flowers, lots of colors, and yes, I would use it for that.”

“I do grow all kinds of beautiful flowers, lots of colors, and yes, I would use it for that.”

-Melissa, Harper, and Zachary Limas, Delaware & Trowbridge avenues

“Well, it’s tough [to answer], because I’m putting in a garden at my own house. I don’t know that I’d use a public garden. I think it’s a great idea, but we have the space, so, we’re going to put in our own. And actually, I spent the weekend digging up gr

“Well, it’s tough [to answer], because I’m putting in a garden at my own house. I don’t know that I’d use a public garden. I think it’s a great idea, but we have the space, so, we’re going to put in our own. And actually, I spent the weekend digging up grass to make that garden.”

-Laura Baxter, Midna (Australian Shepherd), and Link (Lab-Huskie mix), KK & Linus

“Would I use it? I probably wouldn’t, but I think my wife would use it to grow flowers. We would leave them there for the aesthetics rather than cut them and bring them home... A zinnia, perhaps, or petunias are always good.”

“Would I use it? I probably wouldn’t, but I think my wife would use it to grow flowers. We would leave them there for the aesthetics rather than cut them and bring them home… A zinnia, perhaps, or petunias are always good.”

-Paul Troglia, Rusk & Wentworth avenues

“I wouldn’t use it, because I have a garden in my own yard, and I grow my vegetables there. For me, it wouldn’t be, but I think it would be useful for a lot of people.”

“I wouldn’t use it, because I have a garden in my own yard, and I grow my vegetables there. For me, it wouldn’t be, but I think it would be useful for a lot of people.”

-Joan Bontempo, Wentworth Avenue


Gyros stand

April 28, 2009

Tim Nassiopoulos with his godson and helper Lukas Grabowski. Nassiopoulos owns and operates The Gyros Stand at 1110 E. Oklahoma Ave. Prior to 1989, Dennis’ Dairy Treats occupied the building.          —photo Michael Timm The Gyros Stand

1110 E. Oklahoma Ave.

Tim Nassiopoulos

(414) 747-1103

1. What made you decide to open a gyros and custard stand?

I’ve been working in the restaurant business since I was 12 years old. I thought Bay View was a good area to open this kind of restaurant.

2. Is your business a family business? If so, what members of your family work in the business and what do they do?

This is a family-operated business. My mother Effie helps me with the day-to-day operations. She is also responsible for all the Greek dishes on our menu.

3. How would you describe your menu?

A mixture of Greek and American dishes. Gyros, spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves, jumbo burgers, frozen custard.  »Read more


Bring Your Own Studio

April 28, 2009

Kerry Yandell owns BYO Studio, 2246 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., a gathering space “created for creatives.” She is recruiting artists and other “creatives” to run workshops in the renovated studio and gallery space, formerly Bay View Liquor. ~photo Michael Timm Kerry Yandell owns BYO Studio, 2246 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., a gathering space “created for creatives.” She is recruiting artists and other “creatives” to run workshops in the renovated studio and gallery space, formerly Bay View Liquor. It will also be available for private parties or children’s art parties.

She and her husband Ken Yandell own the property, which they completely gutted and remodeled, revealing the Cream City brick structure of the historic Comique Theatre. After three years of meeting with prospective tenants who proved not to be viable, she decided to take action. “I finally decided I have a great building on a great street. What can I do with it?” Noting that creative people seem to be flooding Bay View, she wanted to create a flexible place that was not intimidating where they could rent and share their talent.

Yandell, an architectural designer who was a team member on the Calatrava, also teaches an undergraduate building design course at UWM. Yandell offered a sneak peak of the BYO space at the April 17 Gallery Night, but plans to officially open June 1. More: info@byostudio.com, (414) 699-7033.


Pedal power

April 28, 2009

By Jill Rothenbueler Maher

Becky Tesch commutes daily between her Bay View home and the Milwaukee Public Museum, riding her single-speed Salsa Casseroll Triple bicycle. —photo Michael Timm Most people dislike their commutes, but some Bay View residents eagerly anticipate theirs because they pedal to work.

“I arrive at work exhilarated and happy,” said Bay View resident and bicycle commuter Becky Tesch. Rather than viewing the journey as a chore, she considers it “really enjoyable.” Almost every day, Tesch rides an eight-mile roundtrip to work at the Milwaukee Public Museum and her fiancé Andrew Temperly bikes an 11-mile roundtrip to his job at Crank Daddy’s Bicycle Works on the East Side.

The couple lives together and has a long history riding bicycles, both individually and together. Tesch rode occasionally in high school and regularly in college at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. As a working adult, she got to know Temperly through biking. “The second time we met, we were on bikes,” said Tesch. Besides commuting by bike, they are also mountain bike hobbyists.

Tesch and Temperly bike so frequently and find Bay View so amenable to car-free outings that they were able to go from owning two older cars to just one newer vehicle.  »Read more


Little quagga mussel has big impact on Lake Michigan

April 28, 2009

By Jennifer Yauck

In his  lab at the Great Lakes WATER Institute, scientist Russell Cuhel places several quagga mussels into a beaker containing water tinted green with tiny algae. Within a half hour, the hungry mussels suck up virtually all the algae in the beaker, leaving the water clear.

Both beakers pictured were filled with water containing green algae. Several mussels cleared the water in the beaker on the right within a half hour. The arrows point to the mussels’ siphons, and a quarter is shown for scale. —photo Jennifer Yauck A similar scene plays out year-round on a much larger scale in Lake Michigan, where trillions of the invasive mussels have colonized rocky and sandy areas of the lakebed since the species’ arrival less than a decade ago. These filter feeders’ voracious appetites have transformed vast areas of the lake from cloudy to Caribbean clear. That may be a boon for divers and others who benefit from greater visibility in the water. But to scientists like Cuhel, it’s a symptom of a dramatic shift in the lake’s food web.  »Read more


16 Years & 6,000 writers. Shutting up and writing… Priceless

April 28, 2009

By Sheila Julson

Judy Bridges, founder of Redbird Studio. An aspiring novelist finishes reading an excerpt from her work-in-progress. Pens scratch against paper as the would-be novelist glances out the fourth floor windows that frame views of the lakefront and treetops from the surrounding neighborhood. When her fellow writers finish scribbling comments on photocopies of her work, she leans forward with anticipation. Another participant of the writers group opens the discussion by noting what he likes about the narrative style.

This type of buddy system has supported over 6,000 writers of all levels through the years at Redbird Studio, a writers center housed in the Marian Center for Nonprofits, 3195 S. Superior St. in Bay View.

Founded in 1993 by Judy Bridges, Redbird has offered various writers roundtable read-and-critique groups, the popular Shut Up & Write! motivational workshop for writers of all levels, and programs such as a “Hike Write” to Scuppernong Springs in the Kettle Moraine and Writing for Social Change. The Red Oak Young Writers group also grew from young author camps held at Redbird.  »Read more


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