Child injured by train in Bay View

April 30, 2011

Katherine Keller

WISN has reported that a child who was injured April 30th on the Milwaukee Road tracks behind the 2500 block of S. Greeley fell as he was attempting to jump off of one of the cars of a slow-moving Canadian Pacific freight train. He’d jumped onto the box car a moment earlier. The boy lost part of his leg when the train rain over him.

Details of the accident will here.


Sixth Street Bridge over Kinnickinnic River closed to south bound traffic

April 21, 2011

The Sixth Street Bridge over the Kinnickinnic River located south of West Harrison Avenue, will close to southbound traffic starting Monday, April 25th for approximately one week.   This bridge was reconstructed last year and this closure will allow the bridge contractor to replace additional cracked concrete sections and to complete crack repair work.  During this time finishing work will also be completed including staining the bridge and landscaping.  Detour routes will be posted.

Source: City of Milwaukee: DPW


Blackwood Reception Hall and Gallery planned for space above Pastiche Bistro

April 19, 2011

Kim Malacara, wife of property owner Mario Malacara, hopes to open the Blackwood Reception Hall and Gallery in the second floor of 3001 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., above Pastiche Bistro and Wine Bar.

Blackwood Hall, LLC applied for a new Instrumental Music License, a Class “B” Tavern License, and a Class “B” Tavern-Service Bar Only License March 10.

The Blackwood brothers were the original owners of the building, according to current owner Mario Malacara. He said it used to house the Blackwood Hardware Store and he found its old sign in the garage.

Kim Malacara’s vision is to have a community gathering space other than the library. Part of Blackwood’s mission statement is “to create a small-scale gathering space for area neighbors, business meetings, small celebrations, and gallery events.” She also hopes the space will showcase the work of local and student artists.

According to its promotional brochure, the Blackwood would offer event planning, a list of caterers, valet parking, elevator access, and a vintage ornate bar in the reception/cocktail area. More info: blackwoodinfo@gmail.com or (414) 418-3387.


Z Chiropractic now open in historic hospital

April 19, 2011

By Michael Timm

When she was 12, Michelle Zitzke had a horrible migraine. A chiropractor helped alleviate her pain and also set her on her career path. In college Zitzke planned to go pre-med but became interested in a more holistic approach to healing. She graduated from Minnesota’s Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 2005, worked for six years as a chiropractor under Anne Maedke in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, and in March she opened her own business in Bay View, Z Chiropractic, at 2331 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Zitzke is leasing about 1,500 square feet in a brownstone commercial/apartment building originally built for a doctor in 1900 and also used as a small hospital for travelers. “There is no building quite like this one in Milwaukee,” according to Carlen Hatala, with the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission. “The facade is most likely Lake Superior sandstone.”

As a primary care physician, Zitzke said she’s interested in whole-body health, including proper hydration and nutrition, in addition to caring for the spine and joints.

Zitzke lives in Bay View and her daughter attends K4 at Tippecanoe School.

Zitzke said she accepts BadgerCare and is a nutritional counselor certified with Wisconsin Chiropractic Association. For her first three months, she’s working from her Bay View office by appointment only. More info: zchiro.net, (414) 744-5010.


Public airs complaints about proposed state budget’s “devastating” impact on local schools

April 8, 2011

By Michael Timm

Parents and teachers took to the microphone Friday afternoon at Bay View Middle & High School to express indignation about how Governor Walker’s proposed state budget would cut programs perceived as vital at Milwaukee Public Schools.

At a press conference organized by the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, speakers also complained that the timing of Monday’s Joint Committee on Finance hearing on the budget at State Fair Park–from 10am to 6pm–will shut out the voices of working teachers and parents.

MPS board member-elect Meagan Holman challenged the Joint Committee on Finance to extend the hours that testimony will be heard on April 11 to accommodate working families.

Teachers and parents spoke against cutting school breakfast, Advanced Placement opportunities, and programs like Bay View High School’s engineering specialty.

Patricia Fox, parent of three and grandmother of two, said the proposed budget would lead to classroom overcrowding. She also protested the cutting of bilingual aid. She said kids need programs to keep them away from gangs and drugs. “If this budget goes through it’s not going to help these kids.”

Bonnie Brusky teaches English at Riverside University High School. She’s also a parent of two boys at MPS. She said her oldest son suffered anxiety upon entering fourth grade because in part of high teacher turnover. Now, she said, she recently received an email that his current teacher, whom he was comfortable with, will lose her job due to budget cuts.

Brusky praised the work of this and other teachers who helped her son improve from an at-risk to an advanced reading level. But she said she was familiar with the school system and able to get her son specialized help. “What about the kids who don’t [have a parent in the school system]?”

Brusky added that one of her 14-year-old students expressed the issue poignantly: Why do politicians want to make freeway concrete solid but not “make solid” his future?

Lynn Rinderle, who teaches the Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum at Bay View, said she cannot attend Monday’s budget hearing because she has to be at work in school. “I’m taken out of the equation,” Rinderle said. “I find that very discriminating.”

Matthew Beecher, an eighth grader at Bay View Middle School, said he was accepted into King, Riverside, and Bay View High School. He selected Bay View for its engineering program. “Once that’s cut I don’t know if I really want to be here,” he said.

Beecher had already declined invitations to King and Riverside. His mother, Sue Beecher, said that leaves his high school in doubt. “If [the engineering programs] get cut, I don’t know where he’ll go to school,” Beecher said.

Sue Beecher also personally admonished Scott Walker, arguing that his budget undercuts the future for the next generation of doctors and nurses who would care for him in old age.

In order to facilitate testimony for those unable to attend the Monday budget hearing, MTEA representatives said they planned a “drive-through” near State Fair Park to take photos of parents and students and collect their testimony for submission to the committee.

Plans were also underway to put photos of absent parents on balloons and bring them to State Fair Park for the hearing.


Save OUR Ride Rally for transit funding Monday, April 11, 9am at Joint Finance Committee Hearing in West Allis

April 8, 2011

Source: Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors press release

“SAVE OUR RIDE” WITH SUPERVISORS AT JOINT FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING

Milwaukee County Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic, Patricia Jursik and Jim “Luigi” Schmitt, along with Supervisor-Elect Jason Haas, are inviting residents to join a coalition of Supervisors, transit advocates, and members of ATU Local 998 riding the bus to a public hearing of the State Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee Monday morning. The coalition plans to ask State lawmakers to “Save OUR Ride” and preserve funding for the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), which continues to face a funding crisis. Despite 52% of Milwaukee County voters approving a referendum taking transit off the property tax, the State has not enacted a dedicated funding source.

“Unfortunately, the State Budget proposal includes a 10% cut to transit, which would lead to route cuts, longer transfer times, higher fares, and make it more difficult to create jobs or foster independence for disabled residents,” Supervisor Dimitrijevic said. “A healthy transit infrastructure is critical to our growth. Arbitrary cuts with no ability to increase local revenues could be a final blow to our transit system. We need to tell the Joint Finance Committee to support transit funding to Milwaukee County.”


“My colleagues and others are riding the bus Monday morning to show how important it is for us to have modern transit connections,” said Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr., Chairman of the County Board’s Transportation, Public Works & Transit Committee. “Transit connects workers with jobs, students with education, and retail with customers. We all must “Save OUR Ride” to ensure a bright future.”
“I am particularly concerned about mass transit funding being shifted out of the transportation fund,” said Supervisor Jim “Luigi” Schmitt, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. “This would force us to compete with all other services in the general fund.”

Transit supporters are invited to join Supervisors as they ride the bus to the public hearing at State Fair Park. The group will board the 8:26 a.m. departure of MCTS Freeway Flyer Route 44U from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) at the corner of Hartford/Maryland. They will then ride to the Wisconsin State Fair Park Expo Center, 8200 W. Greenfield Avenue in West Allis. The bus is expected to arrive shortly before 9:00 a.m. Freeway Flyers could be cut unless action is taken to preserve State funding.

“Save OUR Ride” News Conference/Rally for transit funding
9:00 A.M. Monday, April 11, 2011
State Fair Park Expo Center
8200 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, Wisconsin

Supporters riding from UWM:
Park in UWM Pavilion structure, Edgewood Ave. between Oakland and Downer. Walk to Hartford/Maryland.
Route 44U departs promptly at 8:26

Media and all other participants:
Supervisors will arrive on Route 44U near 84th/Greenfield by 9:00 a.m.
Joint Finance Committee
Public Hearing is 10am – 6pm


Jones Family Farm terminates operations citing skyrocketing price of corn

April 7, 2011

By Sheila Julson

Jones Family Farm, Franksville, Wis., a provider of humanely-raised chickens and free-range eggs—and an annual favorite at the South Shore Farmers Market for the past five years, has closed. In a March 28 letter to the customers of his popular South Shore egg delivery route, farm owner/operator Barry Jones cited surging corn prices as the reason for terminating farm operations.

“I’ve liquidated most of the farm equipment, and I’ve sold all the chickens. There are none left,” Jones told the Compass.

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Chickens on the Jones Farm and Barry Jones holding a baby chick, photographed in September 2010.
~Photos by Jennifer Janviere

The price of feed corn was the main factor, Jones said. The cost of corn escalated from about $3.25/bushel in Fall 2010 to over $7/bushel this spring, making it difficult to feed his chickens. Jones said he doesn’t see corn prices coming down in the near future, and added that the United States is the largest exporter of corn. “There’s a lot of money in corn crops now. If I had more land, I’d consider growing corn.”

Commodities market sites wikinvest.com and agweb.com report that corn demand is strong and U.S. corn futures have surged to their highest level in more than two years. Corn is the most widely produced feed grain in the country, and is commonly used for livestock feed and various food and industrial products including high fructose corn syrup and ethanol.

After weeks of careful consideration and weighing all options, including raising the prices of his eggs, Jones said he didn’t see any alternative. “It wasn’t a decision I made quickly,” he said.

While he never had a problem selling his eggs and chickens in the past, Jones said raising his prices would make it more difficult for him to compete, as “people are having to pay more and more for their groceries.” Since he sells a specialty food product, he had concerns that higher prices may deter customers. He also noted that cattle and swine consume great quantities of corn, so prices for beef and pork products will also rise.

Jones received many wonderful letters and cards from customers wishing him well and writing that they’ll miss him and his eggs.

Jones said he’s not sure what he’ll do next. “I’ll have to reinvent myself, he said.”

He is looking forward to being on the other side of the booth this summer and going to the market as a customer. “My wife and I can go as customers and enjoy the market. The South Shore Farmers Market is wonderful, a great location, and we were always so busy that we couldn’t really look around too much before,” Jones said.

Read the October 2010 Compass profile of Barry Jones here.

Text from the Jones Family Farm’s page of the Farm Fresh Atlas of Southeastern Wisconsin’s website describing the products Jones sold until the farm operation ceased this spring: We are a small, family-owned poultry farm in Racine County. Our wide variety of chickens are free-range and lay white and brown eggs. We specialize in Araucana chickens, which lay blue eggs.  We grind a natural diet for our chickens and never feed animal by-products or “enhancements” of any kind. We market our eggs and roasters through the South Shore Farmers’ Market and our popular “South Shore Egg Route’provides home delivery.


Celebrate Mike Krolick’s 40th M & I anniversary at party Friday, April 8 at bank

April 5, 2011

M & I Bank is throwing a party for Mike Krolick, the  branch manager of Bay View’s M & I Bank, Friday, April 8th to celebrate his 40th Anniversary with the bank.

The celebration will be held from 9am – 5pm. The public is invited to visit the bank and help M & I congratulate Mr. Krolick and celebrate his years of service. The bank is located at 2701 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. at the intersection with Russell and Logan avenues.

M & I also announced today that Mr. Krolick will retire in July 1, 2011.


Hoan Bridge Inspection Report: Read report and view photos

April 5, 2011

Governor Walker announced Sat., April 2 that the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge will be redecked in 2013.

A report, “Hoan Bridge In-Depth Inspection Preliminary Summary Report,” prepared by GRAEF for the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation, Division of Transportation Systems Division, South SE Region was released today. The report includes a lot of photos that document the inspection and that show areas of the bridge that will be repaired. See and read the inspection report here. (PDF is large so the download will not be instantaneous but will take less than a minute on average.)

More info about cost, repairs, and timeline here.


Governor Walker announces Hoan Bridge to be redecked in 2013

April 2, 2011

Governor Walker announced today that the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge will be redecked in 2013. Representative Christine Sinicki said the governor called a meeting this morning where he made the announcement. Sinicki represents the 20th Assembly District on Milwaukee’s south side that includes a portion of Bay View, St. Francis, and Cudahy. Sinicki said that engineers determined the bridge structure is sound and repairs will be limited to the deck.

Details about the deck repairs, timetable, and funding will be made public Monday, April 4.

More info here.


Meatless “girl dog” joins racing sausages

April 1, 2011

By Irenke Elkhälter

sausages

The Society of Professional Milwaukee-based Racing Sausages (SPMRC) announced today that Bambi, a vegan tofu-sausage, will make her debut at the Brewers’ opening day.

Bambi the Tofu Dog, according to her spokesperson, is a college-aged, tree-hugging, socially-positive hippie, who is “so totally humbled and honored to be the first female and meatless member of the awesome Racing Sausages.”

A successful campaign staged by the 1992 A League of Their Own stars Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Geena Davis, and the film’s director Penny Marshall, pummeled passionate opposition to a meat-free non-male sausage. “We would not be here tonight—nor would Bambi the Tofu Dog—without the passion and historic contributions made by the members, past and present, of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association,” said a teary-eyed Geena Davis last night at Bambi’s debut party. Davis hosted the star-studded standing-room-only ceremony at The Coffee House on Milwaukee’s north side.

“She ain’t got no chance of beating none of us, especially if she’s wearing those Sex in the City kind of high heels,” jeered Brett the American Hot Dog Sausage.

Heels? He wondered if I might race in heels?” sneered Bambi when asked for a comment in response to Brett’s comments. “That is so not cool. It’s just that sort of narrow, short-sighted, gender-slandery thinking that will make these races a lot more interesting. Did he ask what color my sports bra would be? I mean, like, really?”

Racing Sausages spokesperson Natchrull Kasing said he expects the “good natured rivalry between the old school sausages and the new member will boil off by opening day.”

Bambi, along with fellow Racing Sausages Brett, Cinco, Frankie, Guido, and Stosh will be available for photos and autographs near the ticket booth from noon to 1pm before the Brewers/Braves bout Monday, April 4 at Miller Park.

Bienna Warsar contributed to this story.


Z Chiropractic now open in historic hospital

April 1, 2011

By Michael Timm

When she was 12, Michelle Zitzke had a horrible migraine. A chiropractor helped alleviate her pain and also set her on her career path. In college Zitzke planned to go pre-med but became interested in a more holistic approach to healing. She graduated from Minnesota’s Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 2005, worked for six years as a chiropractor under Anne Maedke in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, and in March she opened her own business in Bay View, Z Chiropractic, at 2331 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Zitzke is leasing about 1,500 square feet in a brownstone commercial/apartment building originally built for a doctor in 1900 and also used as a small hospital for travelers. “There is no building quite like this one in Milwaukee,” according to Carlen Hatala, with the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission. “The facade is most likely Lake Superior sandstone.”

As a primary care physician, Zitzke said she’s interested in whole-body health, including proper hydration and nutrition, in addition to caring for the spine and joints.

Zitzke lives in Bay View and her daughter attends K4 at Tippecanoe School.

Zitzke said she accepts BadgerCare and is a nutritional counselor certified with Wisconsin Chiropractic Association. For her first three months, she’s working from her Bay View office by appointment only. More info: zchiro.net, (414) 744-5010.


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