RFP issued for public art in Bay View — stipend up to $150,000

September 30, 2011

By Katherine Keller


A  monumental sculpture that incorporates solar, wind, and even “people power” is envisioned for the heart of Bay View. The winner of a design competition will find their work installed at the reconfigured intersection of Howell, Kinnickinnic, and Lincoln avenues in 2012. The artwork is to relate to or perhaps be part of the Milwaukee County Transit System bus shelter located in the triangle.

“We have the opportunity to do something special there,” said 14th District Alderman Tony Zielinski about the intersection that is heavily trafficked by vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians. He added that he wants “mood lighting” to be incorporated in the project, to “highlight the eclectic ambiance” of the project and site.

The Bay View Art Stop Design Competition Committee is directing the project; Zielinski assembled its members and is procuring funding.

The map above shows the configuration of the Howell, Kinnickinnic, and Lincoln avenues intersection after the completion of DWP’s redesign project currently underway. Previously vehicles and bikes negotiated two triangular islands in this intersection. The newer, simplified intersection will house a new bus shelter and the proposed “monumental sculpture.”

A request for proposal for the project was issued Sept. 27. It states that up to $150,000 may be awarded to the design winner. Zielinski said he’s raised $5,000 in private funding and $5,000 from the city’s Office of Environmental Sustainability. The Bay View BID committed to donating money and maintaining the project after it’s installed. Milwaukee County’s Parks, Energy, and Environment Committee voted to recommend allocating $50,000 from the Public Art Fund “to be used for part of the initial costs of constructing a private artistic bus shelter on the triangle…” The Milwaukee Arts Board, Zielinski said, will contribute $15,000 and may request that one of their members be seated on the project committee. Milwaukee Forge, of Bay View, has offered to donate steel.

Zielinski is also eyeing a bequest to DPW by David John Dombrowski, who left his entire estate to the department. Dombrowski, who died in May at age 63, was employed by DPW for 36 years working in the forestry and sanitation divisions. He retired in 2002. Dombrowski lived in the 2200 block of S. Ninth Street, in Zielinski’s district. The alderman said that the money should be spent in Dombrowski’s district.

DPW   Director  of  Operations Preston Cole said the estate is valued at about $240,000 and that the Common Council, along with DPW, will seek to use the bequest for the highest and best use, which he said could be funding the “exciting project that Alderman Zielinski wants to create in Bay View.”

Selection Committee Members
Members are Ken and Kerry Yandell, owners of BYO Studio Lounge (Kerry Yandell is also an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning aka SARUP)
Marina Dimitrijevic, Milwaukee County supervisor
Eric Ponto, Bay View resident and adjunct SARUP professor
Jason Wedesky, Actaea Works owner and president of the Kinnickinnic Avenue Business Improvement District (BID #44)
Bill Locher, MCTS
Mike Loughran, Department of Public Works
Tom Mallmann
Amy Heart, Milwaukee Shines solar program manager
Tony Zielinski

The RFP submission deadline is 4pm, Jan 6, 2012. To download the RFP, site map, project description, and site photos see:
bayviewcompass.com/monumental. For more information contact Alderman Zielinski, (414) 286-3769 or tzieli@milwaukee.gov.

Here is the link to the PDF for the Request for Proposal for the art project.

And here is the text of that RFP:

Bay View Art Stop: a design competition! 

Neighborhood Background Information 

The Bay View neighborhood has always cultivated a sense of independence and self sufficiency within Milwaukee. Originally a quiet Native American settlement prior to the first immigrant village, its industrial importance was established when the first train depot in the area opened in 1855 followed by the the first steel mill, Milwaukee Iron Co., which opened in1868. New industry brought new jobs and created a thriving community of steel workers who settled into the area which has come to be known as Bay View. The neighborhood remained established by a robust industrious work ethic and identity for the next several decades.

More recently however, Bay View has experienced a creative resurgence as its independent nature has shifted the business focus from industry to Arts and Entertainment. South Kinnickinnic Avenue, the primary commercial corridor, is home to many new businesses and entrepreneurs who have recognized the amenities of this diverse and well-scaled neighborhood located on Milwaukee’s south side along the shores of Lake Michigan. Many new retail businesses, restaurants, cafe’s, and entertainment venues have filled empty storefronts, once again creating a viable neighborhood in which residents, businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs have been able to thrive. The Bay View area has since become a destination as residents shift to supporting their local economy.

Project Scope: 

The Bay View Art Stop Design Competition Committee is commissioning a work of public art to enhance the intersection marking the epicenter of the Bay View Arts and Entertainment District. The Committee is seeking Design Proposals for a work of public art in the form of a monumental sculpture located in the residual traffic island created by the intersection of South Kinnickinnic Avenue, East Lincoln Avenue, and South Howell Avenue. The art project is envisioned as being highly visible to both automobile and pedestrian traffic, and to act as an iconic landmark representing the unique character of the neighborhood. The embodiment of this project will engage the community thru a visual, spatial, and sensory experience while defining an entry/arrival point to the district.

Project/Site Description: 

The convergence of South Kinnickinnic (KK) , East Lincoln, and South Howell Avenues creates a highly trafficked, yet residual, triangular traffic island. A six point intersection hosts Some of Bay View’s most recognizable businesses lining this area including Cafe LuLu, Cafe Centraal, Riviera Maya, Boulevard Theater, Stone Creek Coffee Roasters, Guanajuatos Restaurant, Babes Ice Cream and the soon to be constructed Alterra Cafe and Restaurant. A high volume of vehicular, pedestrian, and public transportation traffic patterns circumscribes the edges of the island. The intersection also marks a major transfer point for various Milwaukee County bus transit routes.

Project Details 

The KK-Lincoln-Howell intersection is a major thoroughfare and has heavy vehicular traffic.

The committee is seeking projects that will have a strong visual and spatial impact on visitors moving thru the district. Proposals that fully exploit the high density and visibility of the site, as well as engage the senses thru the incorporation of light, movement, sound, texture and scale are encouraged. The artwork can be an interactive piece for pedestrian/bicycle traffic.

The new work must integrate a sheltered area for Milwaukee County Transit users.

100 percent renewable energy sources, in terms of solar and wind (and even people) should be incorporated into lighting and kinetic strategies.

Artists and Designers must use durable materials capable of withstanding climate, pedestrian, and vehicular patterns associated with this location.

The artwork can be fabricated off-site; however, the site is suitable for on-site fabrication.

Milwaukee Iron Company, located in Bay View, has generously donated steel sections including 4×4 bar steel and 3-inch round steel sections, up to 22 feet in length, to be used in the construction of this project.

Budget: Award up to $150,000 

Artists and Design Teams must provide cost estimates to include design fee, materials and fabrication costs, installation, and maintenance schedule.

Schedule *: 

October 1st 2011 RFP issued

January 6th 2012 Submission Deadline

January 13th 2012 Finalist Selection

February 3rd 2012 Finalist Interview

February 6th 2012 Contract Award

August 2012 Installation Complete

* Dates are subject to change. To ensure fairness to all, there are no extensions or waivers of deadlines. Applicants will be notified by letter as to the status of their application. The Bay View Art Stop Competition Committee reserves the right to modify this solicitation and to request additional information or proposals from any or all participating artists. reserves the right to accept or reject, at any time prior to the commissioning of a work, any or all proposals, when the acceptance, rejection, waiver or advertisement would be in the best interest of the project. In addition, Bay View Art Stop Competition Committee may solicit proposals from artists not responding to this call and reserves the right to select an artist outside of the pool of artists responding to this call.

Artist Selection Process & Criteria: 

The selection committee will select up to 3 finalists based on their applications; professional qualifications; ability to work within a budget and meet deadlines; and successful completion of other public art projects.

Each finalist will be interviewed individually before selecting one artist (or artist team). Each finalist will receive a $1,000 honorariums for their original design developed specifically for the site.

Budget: Award up to $150,000 

Deadline: 4pm Friday January 6 2012

Eligibility: Local and National Artists and Designers currently living in the United States of America.

The commissioned Artist/Design Team will be selected based on previous experience with the design of exterior sculpture projects. Applicants are also expected to have the technical capabilities to design, fabricate, and install such projects, including providing maintenance instructions. The finished project must require little to no regular maintenance. Final artwork should complement the characteristics and neighborhood identity of the site.

The Artist/Design Team will coordinate with the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, WE Energies, Milwaukee County Transit System, and shall be expected to collaborate closely with site engineers, designers, and any necessary party for the successful installation of the project.

NOTE: commissioned artists are permitted to work with outside contractors to fabricate the actual work of art.

Submission Requirements: 

 

Letter of intent explaining your interest, process, method of design and fabrication relative to this project.

 

Resume and Portfolio of related work. 20 images maximum with identification, location, brief description and project budget.

 

List of 3 professional references

 

3-dimensional conceptual drawings depicting installation on site

 

digital or hard copy format acceptable

 

cost estimate ( to include design fees, materials, fabrication, and installation )

 

maintenance schedule

 

***Selected Finalists would develop concepts and provide additional drawings/models for interviews***

 

3-dimensional conceptual drawings depicting installation on site

 

digital or hard copy format acceptable

 

1/4” scaled conceptual site model

 

cost estimate

 

maintenance schedule

 

For more information contact : Bay View Art Stop: Design Competition Committee

Kerry Yandell – Committee Chairperson

email:info@byostudio.com

Alderman Tony Zielinski

tzieli@milwaukee.gov

City Hall, Room 205,

200 E. Wells St.

Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 286-3769


Deliciousness and bewitching charm at Chez Jacques in Walker’s Point

September 29, 2011

By Linda Fausel Photos by Sandy Dean

A feeling of elegance envelopes patrons in search of sustenance as they step across the threshold into Chez Jacques, Milwaukee’s distinguished French bistro on the city’s south side.

Pronounced “shay jocks” for the non-Francophiles among us, Chez Jacques translates to “at or in the home of Jacques.” That would be chef and owner Jacques Chaumet, who was born in France and opened Jacques French Café a few blocks away on Second Street in 2001 before moving to the larger, current Chez Jacques location on First Street in 2007.

Berets off to the sweet lace curtains hanging in the green plant-filled windows, and blue-striped awnings on the off-white, one-floor stucco structure, formerly the Forelle Fish Netting company in the heart of what once was Milwaukee’s southernmost industrial district. But the inside of this dining destination—arched doorways, stone-tiled floors, and tin ceilings—is what resolutely fascinates the senses.

Soft beige and apricot walls adorned with twinkling lights, ornately-framed paintings, weathered wrought iron, and old photographs complement the dark wooden tables and cleverly-lit bar, providing an aura of European ambiance that inspires appetites and imaginations.

Chez Jacques delights the eyes and equally tantalizes the palate with wonderful dishes and desserts that appear to come straight from a kitchen countertop in France. Whether it is breakfast, with freshly baked croissants, savory crepes, quiches, and omelets; or lunch, Bouché D´escargots (puffed pastry with French snails), Crab Cakes à l´ancienne (crab cakes with old-style, coarse-grained mustard), Fromage de chèvre à la Provençale (baked goat cheese with tomatoes, garlic, and basil) and Moules Marinières (steamed mussels in white wine, garlic, and shallots cream sauce); or dinner, (including the spectacular Onion Soup Gratinee), you will find something amazing here.

Rich, distinctive parsley-seasoned potato soup is served in a fat ceramic cup on a delicate paper doily. A duo of tender, lightly browned spinach crepes, blanketed in creamy Roquefort and sprinkled with parsley and toasted pine nuts, proves to be divine, but too much for someone who (witlessly) devoured piece after piece of scrumptious chunky-sliced bread and butter. Coffee and delectable Mousse au Chocolat bring the meal to an oh-so-delicious close.

Stroll to the back part of the restaurant to visit the outdoor wine garden and mural depicting the story of how Chez Jacques came to be. Walk past the regal, 20-plus-seat table in a room reminiscent of days gone by. The petite, yellow chickadee sitting in a swing in a small white bird cage hanging in one corner of the room is just one of the many personal touches you will find at the magical Chez Jacques. Price range: From $3 to $14 for breakfasts; $7 to $20 for lunches; $7.50 to $25 for dinners.

Chez Jacques

1022 S. First St.

(414) 672-1040.

Closed Mondays


Preservation Hall Jazz Band brought South Shore audience into their groove

September 27, 2011

By Gian Chivas Pogliano

The walls of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center rang with music, but also with clapping hands and stomping feet. SMPAC’s 2011 season kicked-off Sept. 25 in rousing style with a performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB), a heritage act that has spent the past 50 years bringing traditional New Orleans jazz to those both familiar and unfamiliar with its lush swing.

Like the Swingle Singers, PHJB is an entity that has succeeded its original lineup; its current musical director, Ben Jaffe, is the son of (the late) Allan Jaffe and Sandra Jafee, who were PHJB co-founders. Ben’s version of the band is a diverse blend ranging greatly in age and name recognition. Some are from Uptown, some from the Ninth Ward. Some were born with a jazz pedigree, and others rose from obscurity.

The show began with the lone piano playing of Rickie Monie, who started the evening off with a piece reminiscent of Jelly Roll Morton. Jaffe joined Monie onstage and one-by-one introduced the band, each of whom took a solo as they entered. When the whole group was present, they settled into the classic “Basin St. Blues,” as popularized by Louis Armstrong. Trumpeter Mark Braud thankfully made no attempts to mimic Satchmo’s delivery, relying instead on a suave yet jivey croon that conjured images of Louis Jordan working over the Copacabana crowd.

Each performer got a showcase song, displaying the great variety of their highly individual styles. Mark Braud, trombonist Freddie Lonzo, and drummer Little Joe Lastie, Jr., brought the taste and simplicity of the traditional Dixieland style (even if Lonzo added a bit more gnarl to his low notes).

Clarinetist Charlie Gabriel, despite being the oldest member, had the most modern approach to his instrument, adding large doses of fast and fluid bebop licks. Gabriel took the mic as well, notably for the Nat King Cole chestnut, “I Want a Little Girl”.

Saxman Clint Maedgen struck a middle ground between Gabriel and the others, sneaking in some speed but often focusing on lyrical and sensuous melodies. The arrangements likewise were balanced between authenticity and modernism, with unexpected touches like two-bar double-time segments, tuba pitch bends, an angular solo from Lonzo, Rachmaninoff-style arpeggios from Monie, and a four-horn simultaneous solo that stunned the audience with its complexity.

The showcased songs showed plenty of range as well, from the expected Fats Waller alligator crawls, struts, and uptempo marches, to ballads, gospel, big band-style arrangements, and two Latin-flavored instrumentals—an important component of the New Orleans jazz style that is often overlooked). Even the intermission music, consisting of Appalachian folk and hymns, was a surprise.

But the most obvious aspect of the band’s performance was the looseness and jocularity they displayed throughout. Other members stuck their watches in Jaffe’s face during his upright bass solo, before turning an imaginary crank in the back of his instrument in order to increase his speed to a white-knuckled blur. After a snare break that would put anyone in the drum corps to shame, the diminutive Lastie stepped from behind his kit and posed as Superman in flight. Braud, who handled most of the stage banter, made lightly self-deprecating comments about the band’s lack of commercial appeal and referred to an exhaustedly slow original called “Sugar Blues” as “the diabetic’s anthem.” However, his wit did not render him immune from some friendly heckling during his unaccompanied trumpet solo, courtesy of Gabriel.

The good feelings climaxed in their finale as some members traded their horns for percussion and whipped up a Latin clave rhythm. Braud chanted, “It’s your last! Chance! To dance! Tear the roof off the sucka!” As the audience rose to their feet, the band made its way into the orchestra pit and led dancers down the aisles like a troupe of Storyville Pied Pipers.

When they returned to the stage the audience members joined them. One young student and her grandmother, in matching red berets, danced together before the elder celebrant burst into a spirited Charleston.

The encore got the audience singing along, too. Following a chant of “Who dat sayin’ they gonna beat them Saints, who dat!” the band went full-tilt (what else?) into the archetypal New Orleans song, “When the Saints Go Marching In”.

Future attractions in this season at the South Milwaukee PAC include saxophonist Joe Lovano, The Improvised Shakespeare Company; spoken word artist George Watsky; and Milwaukee historian John Gurda. More information can be found at www.southmilwaukeepac.org.


John Listinsky named Milwaukee County human resources director

September 22, 2011

 Source: Milwaukee County press release

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele on Thursday named John S. Listinsky, a personnel executive who has held senior posts at several major companies, as the Milwaukee County director of human resources.

Listinsky, 57, said he looked forward to working with Abele and the County Board to further develop Milwaukee County’s human resources management. “My experience in managing human resources in a variety of businesses and settings will allow me to offer best-practices and new ideas that can improve the way we administer HR at Milwaukee County and build on the talented staff already in place,” he said.

Listinsky has been director of human resources since 2009 for the global unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific, of Two Rivers, which employs 1750 workers. In that position, he developed strategy and managed implementation for all HR services and labor relations at four locations in the U.S. and Mexico.

Between 1985 and 2006, Listinsky held four top HR positions for Anheuser-Busch Companies, including as senior manager of human resources. In that position, Listinsky managed personnel and labor issues over four locations for 3,400 employees and 12 unions, creating, implementing and monitoring HR policies and procedures.

After working at Anheuser-Busch, Listinsky served as director of human resources for Pearl Companies, of Peoria Heights, Illinois, until 2009.

Listinsky’s background includes six years, from 1979 to 1985, as an organizer and field representative for the Service Employees International Union’s Northern California Region, where he was responsible for contract negotiations in both private and public sectors.

Listinsky earned a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master of Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Listinsky would lead the county’s Division of Human Resources, which handles recruitment, classification, compensation, development and retention of a talented, skilled and culturally diversified workforce. About 5,600 employees work for Milwaukee County. The appointment is subject to County Board confirmation.

 


Bay View Piggly Wiggly to open Saturday, Oct. 1 (free refreshments Sep. 30, 3-7pm)

September 22, 2011

The new Piggly Wiggly, 123 E. Oklahoma Avenue, will open for business Saturday, October 1. The store is located in the space formerly occupied by Sentry Foods.

Store manager Sal Butera is providing a “welcome event” Friday, September 30, from 3-7pm, where free refreshments will be available.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Wednesday, October 5 at 9am. 

 


Reminder: South Shore Park bluff planting, Sept. 24, 1-3pm

September 22, 2011

After you tour Bay View High School and meet Superintendent Thornton, consider trekking over to South Shore Park to help weed the bluff of undesirable invasive plants and replace and supplement them with native plants.

New Time! – Bluff Weed Out and Planting Day

When: Saturday, September 24, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: South Shore Park – Meet at the Oak Leaf Trailhead near the playground.

This is a great opportunity to work with our community to promote native plants and wildlife diversity.

Please volunteer. All ages and abilities are welcome! We can’t do it without you!

About the Project – In cooperation with Milwaukee County Parks, the South Shore Park Watch is leading a native bluff restoration effort between the Oak Leaf Trail and South Shore Drive. This naturalization project will enhance and secure the bluff by removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants.

South Shore Park Watch

A non-profit organization that supports and plans activities to:

· Bring our community together to enjoy South Shore Park.

· Educate and raise awareness on issues related to the park.

· Protect and enhance the park and neighboring lakeshore.

For more information, please visit or contact us at:

New website! – www.southshoreparkwatch.org

www.facebook.com/southshoreparkwatch

southshoreparkwatch@yahoo.com

 

Your support is needed. Please join us!

 


Contested hearing Sep. 22, 5:15pm re adult day care center proposal for Lincoln Ave.

September 19, 2011

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) is holding a Contested Public Hearing Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:15pm in City Hall, Room 301-B to consider the request by Latasha Hines for a Special Use to occupy 206 E. Lincoln Ave as an adult day care center.

Fifteen minutes will be alotted for public comment, which time will be divided among the people who register to speak, according to the BOZA hearing notice.

Those who wish to make written comments may do so. These comments or objections must be received by BOZA 48 hours prior to the hearing. Comments must include the name, mailing address, and signature of the person submitting/making the comment. Comments may be mailed or faxed:

Board of Zoning Appeals
809 N. Broadway
Milwaukee WI 53202-3617

FAX: (414) 286-2555.

For more information, contact Kari Egstrom, BOZA Board Secretary, (414) 286-2501.

Read Public Hearing Notice here.


Help Heather Ryan win $100,000 from Oscar Mayer for Bay View Neighborhood Association

September 19, 2011

Bay View resident Heather Ryan needs your vote. She’s one of five finalists in an Oscar Mayer contest. If she wins, the charity of her choice really wins. They will receive $100,000 from Oscar Mayer. Heather has chosen the Bay View Neighborhood Association as her charity.

Oscar Mayer, a Madison company now owned by Kraft Foods, created a “Good Mood Mission” and contest whereby they challenged their consumers to perform good deeds. Those who did the best job, a group of five finalists, now must vie for the most Facebook votes, to win the $100,000 award.

To learn about Heather Ryan’s good deeds, the contest, and to vote, log into the Oscar Mayer Facebook page, Like it, click the “GOOD MOOD MISSION tab,” read the contest rules, and vote: Facebook.com/Oscar Mayer.

Voting is open from Sept. 19-25.

 


County supervisors call for restoration of state funding for Milwaukee County transit services

September 19, 2011

Source: Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors press release

County Supervisors Patricia Jursik and Jason Haas issued the following statements in response to the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development’s publication of a study on proposed 2012 Milwaukee County Transit Service reductions. The study found that at least 13,533 jobs will lose access to transit if proposed transit cuts are implemented.

“The cuts to our transit system are unacceptable in this high-unemployment arena,” stated Supervisor Jursik. “Just this week, Supervisor Haas and I held community meetings and heard from dozens of transit users outraged by these potential cuts. Every year that routes are cut, it strangles the transit system even more. The additional 13,533 projected loss is on top of 40,000 already lost due to prior cuts. Employees can’t get to work, and employers can’t get the workers they need. These cuts hurt our ability to spur economic development throughout the region. When potential developers consider where to locate or expand, they always ask about transit. Restoring bus service is paramount and should be our number one priority in the 2012 budget. Legislators in Madison can help by restoring funding to the Milwaukee County Transit System. The money is there, and they need to do the right thing.”

“The cuts that the State Legislature has forced upon the Milwaukee County Transit System will devastate thousands of people who rely on the bus to get to work, school, the clinic, or wherever they need to go,” Supervisor Haas said. “The painful changes that we are being forced to make by this funding reduction will cut transit-reliant people off from the greater metropolitan area. Moreover, businesses have chosen to locate here because reliable transportation is available for their workers. These cuts will drive businesses away and hurt the workers and the economy. Despite the fact that state transportation money is still available for public transit, the state is not releasing it. In doing this, the state is throwing the economy under the bus.”


Outside law firm proposes options to cap or reduce future-pension “backdrop” county retirement-payments

September 19, 2011

Source: Press Release — Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors/County Exec Chris Abele

Outside attorneys hired at the direction of County Executive Chris Abele in June have proposed several possible options to potentially cap or reduce future pension “backdrop” retirement payments that have totaled more than $200 million so far.

The hiring of outside counsel was also directed in a resolution authored by Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb and approved in June.

As a result of Abele’s and Lipscomb’s initiatives, several new potential legal strategies have been developed by attorneys at Foley & Lardner and are being reviewed by county officials.

“I’ve believed that new, independent thinking was needed to try to stop these outrageous payments,” Abele said. “I’m encouraged by these options and ready to take any realistic legal action that could save millions of dollars for Milwaukee County taxpayers.”

Lipscomb said, “I’m pleased that outside counsel has presented us with several possible options to limit or end the excessive backdrop payments. I am committed to working with the County Executive to enact reforms like this and save money.”

Abele and Lipscomb said that further analysis of the options was needed before a decision could be made on which if any strategies could be pursued.

The lump-sum backdrop payments to retirees have totaled near $200 million since they began 10 years ago. In May alone, a total of $14 .2 million in lump-sum backdrop payments were made to 79 retirees. One retiree received a $1.03 million lump-sum payment, and another was paid $822,073. Forty-one other retirees received more than $100,000 each in lump-sum payments last month. These retirees also are receiving monthly pensions and in many cases received additional payments for unused sick leave and vacation.

The county recovered $45 million in a settlement in 2009 of a lawsuit against Mercer Inc., the actuarial firm that was advising the county at the time the backdrops were approved. The county had alleged that Mercer knew but failed to warn the county about the cost of the backdrop lump-sum pension benefit.

 


Whittier receives prestigious Blue Ribbon School designation

September 16, 2011

Source: Milwaukee Public Schools

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has designated Whittier Elementary one of 305 U.S. 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools and one of only 8 in Wisconsin. It is the first time the K4-5 school, at 4382 So. Third Street, has earned the designation and the first one in Milwaukee Public Schools since 2007.

The school will hold a celebration on Monday, September 26 at 1:15p.m. Superintendent Dr. Gregory E. Thornton is scheduled to participate.

“This designation recognizes the hard work done by Whittier’s teachers, students and families,” said Superintendent Dr. Gregory E. Thornton. “Being a Blue Ribbon school means the school community has invested tremendous effort in being recognized as a high performing orhighly improving school. Schools like that are moving in the right direction.”

Blue Ribbon Schools must meet either of two criteria: High performing schools — which are ranked among a state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics or, Improving schools — which have reduced the achievement gap by improving student performance to high levels in reading (English language arts) and mathematics on state assessments.

Since 2003 other MPS National Blue Ribbon Schools have been: Barton Elementary School (2003), Alcott Elementary School (2004), Clement J. Zablocki Elementary School (2004), Brown Street Academy (2005), Hamlin Garland Elementary School (2006), River Trail School of Math, Science, and Technology (2006), and Golda Meir School (2007).

There will be an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14. Schools will receive the Blue Ribbon School flag and an engraved plaque as symbols of their success. Each school may send two people to the ceremony, the building principal and a teacher.

The costs of travel and lodging are the school’s responsibilities.

 


Bus tour of Milwaukee homes and businesses using solar power, Oct. 1

September 16, 2011

Milwaukee Shines and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) are sponsoring a guided “Solar Bus-Tour” of houses and businesses in Milwaukee that whose owners have invested in solar energy.

A bus will pick participants up at Outpost Natural Foods, 2826 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View at 9am and return at 1pm.

The bus will travel through Milwaukee. The price of the bus tour is $5.

For those who wish to tour houses separately, there are some open houses from 10am-4pm. The open houses are not included on the bus tour, and there is no charge for admission to these open houses. For more information and registration, consult https://www.midwestrenew.org/solartour.

 

 

 

 



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