Four Seasons Skatepark moving to Bay View?

February 29, 2012

Owner Neal Levin of Four Seasons Skatepark has reached an agreement in principle with Mallory Properties for the eventual opening of a new facility on 2217 S. 1st Street, according to a press release issued today by 14th District Ald. Tony Zielinski’s campaign office. The venue will include live music and skating and BMX bike ramps (and lessons) in a 46,000-square-feet space in a former industrial building.

Levin will be moving his business from its current location at 200 N. 25th Street.

No date was mentioned in the release concerning the move or proposed opening date of the skate park.

Lincoln Avenue Viaduct improvements slated for completion Oct.12, 2012

February 29, 2012

By Katherine Keller

A four million dollar bridge improvement project is underway on the Lincoln Avenue Viaduct in Bay View.

The viaduct (bridge), opened in 1958, was created to serve the Port of Milwaukee.

Waukesha-based Zenith Tech, Inc., is performing the work that includes replacing the bridge decking, making repairs to substructure units, replacing or repairing existing bearings, blasting and repainting all steel girders, replacing the railings, and a “little bit of roadway-approach work,” according to Scott Friedl, project engineer.

State and federal funding are provided under Wisconsin’s Local Bridge Program and Federal Bridge Program.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website states that the Federal Bridge Program “is part of the current Intermodal Surface Transportation Equity Act (ISTEA) that was enacted in 1990. Prior to 1990, STP-U and STP-R were the Federal-aid Primary (FAP) and Federal-aid Secondary (FAS) programs. Local Bridge was created by the Wisconsin Legislature in 1982, specifically to address Wisconsin’s significant backlog of deficient structures on the local system.”

Eighty percent of the Lincoln Street Viaduct repairs is financed through the federal government and the remaining 20 percent by the city of Milwaukee, Friedl said.

The projected date for completed work is Oct. 12, 2012.

See photos of the viaduct under construction in 1957 and traffic on the bridge after it opened in January 1958:

St. Francis HS student awarded Mount Mary College Dean’s Scholarship

February 28, 2012

Mariah Heisel of Milwaukee has been awarded the Dean’s Scholarship to Mount Mary College for the 2012-2013 school year.

The Dean’s Scholarship is a renewable award, presented to a talented student who has exhibited exceptional academic achievements and leadership qualities. The Dean’s Scholarship continues to build on the College’s reputation of quality education by supporting deserving students who strive toward excellence in themselves.

Mariah, a 2012 graduate of St. Francis High School, will be a first-year student at Mount Mary this fall and plans to major graphic design.

“We’re delighted Mariah has selected Mount Mary College to pursue her dream of earning a degree,” said Eileen Schwalbach, PhD., president of Mount Mary College. “We awarded Mariah a Dean’s Scholarship based on her application, achievements, and outstanding potential. Mariah is an exceptional woman who is focused on her education, has strong leadership skills and believes in Mount Mary’s mission of social justice.”

Public meeting March 13— MKE River Basis watersheds/ MKE Harbor Estuary total maximum loads

February 28, 2012

Public Information Meeting, March 13, 2012, for the Development of Total Maximum Daily Loads for the Milwaukee River Basin watersheds and the Milwaukee Harbor Estuary

The public in the Milwaukee River Basin is invited to participate in a public information meeting as part of the process for developing four regional TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) studies for the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, and Milwaukee River watersheds and the Milwaukee Harbor Estuary.

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) will lead the effort.  MMSD received Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding from the U.S. EPA to complete the third party Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) analyses on the four water bodies in the Milwaukee River Basin.  TMDLs will establish the maximum amounts of specific pollutants that can be received by a river or water body and still meet water quality standards.

The TMDL analyses will be conducted by the consulting firm CDM Smith under contract with MMSD, submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) for review and then submitted to EPA for final approval.  Steve Heinz, of MMSD, commented, “Public and stakeholder input is important to the success of this project.  The results of these studies will be critical for water quality in the region.”

The public information meeting will be held on March 13, 2012, from 6:00pm-8:00pm, in the Firefly Room at the Wauwatosa Public Library located at 7635 W North Ave, Wauwatosa.

Questions about the upcoming TMDL public information meetings should be directed to Jeff Martinka at Sweet Water, the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc., at 414-382-1766 or via  Specific TMDL project questions should be directed to Steve Heinz at MMSD at 414-225-2086 or via

New legislation enacted today by Common Council

February 28, 2012

New Legislation

The following legislation was enacted by the Milwaukee Common Council at its most recent meeting of Februrary 28, 2012:

File 111276 permits the city to enter a vacant building, after obtaining a warrant, and charging the property owner for any needed repairs.

Files 111415 and 111416 approve a settlement up to $2 million in the Frank Jude lawsuit.

File 111420 affirms the Council’s opposition to restrictive voting laws and calls on state election officials to educate the public about the new laws.

File 111324 amends the provisions relating to the surrender and return of a license.

File 111352 increases fees for various food licenses, precious metal and gem dealers, secondhand dealers and public passenger vehicle owners.

Files 111301 and 111383 amend the procedures for disposal of unclaimed vehicles and trailers.

New Legislation

Wind turbine installation at Port of Milwaukee today

February 20, 2012

The 8,000-pound third and final tower section is in place. This afternoon the the nacelle (it houses the turbine, and it is the white object on the ground to the left of the tower), and then the hub will be installed atop the tower. Sixty bolts attach the third section to the second section. There are a 100 each in the first and second sections.

The blades are in the foreground, next to the fence.

Third and final section lifted into place about 12:30pm today. —photo Katherine Keller

A ladder spans the entire length inside the tower and provides access to to turbine, hub, and blades. The blades and hub weigh 3,300 pounds.

The three 30-foot blades may be attached tomorrow if wind and weather permit. If you want to watch, the blades are scheduled to be lifted and attached at noon. Randy Faller, owner of Kettle View Renewable Energy, LLC, whose company is installing the turbine, said that wind will have to be less than 20 mph in order for the blades to be installed.

At 11am today, two of the three tower sections were in place for the wind turbine that is being installed on the lawn north of the Port of Milwaukee building.—photo Katherine Keller

Northern Power Systems, manufacturer of the wind turbine that the city is installing at the Port of Milwaukee.

Northern’s Gary Koster, Supplier Quality & Development Engineer is overseeing the project. He said that they expect to finish lifting the tower sections today, installing the nacelle, and the turbine.

The 30 foot blades are scheduled to be attached to the turbine tomorrow.

Read background story here.

BVNA Winter Blast tomorrow at South Shore Park Pavilion

February 18, 2012

Formerly known as Bay View’s chili cook-off contest, the winter event is featuring a luau theme this year.  It takes place tomorrow, Sunday, February 19 from Noon ot 4pm at the South Shore Park Pavilion, 2900 South Shore Drive.

Several neighborhood and community organizations will be present to connect with you.  The Honolulu Millionaires will provide live music.  And our sponsors include Milwaukee County Parks, Cafe LuLu, Tonic Tavern, Studio Lounge and Babe’s Ice Cream.

The festivities are awesome, too:  an appearance by the Klement’s Racing Ssausages, a Hawaiian shirt contest, hula hoop and limbo contests, spam carving, and face-painting.

A tiki photo booth will be available for you and your friends and family to take memorable tiki-themed photos.

Westbound Airport Spur leaving Mitchell Airport closing Feb. 20 till end of year; DOT announces detours

February 17, 2012

As part of I-94 N-S Freeway Reconstruction Project, WisDOT is reconstructing the Airport Spur Highway (STH 119). As part of this reconstruction, the westbound direction of Airport Spur (leaving the MKE Airport) will be closed to traffic starting February 20, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. and will remain closed until the reconstruction is completed in late 2012.
Please note that the eastbound direction of Airport Spur (into the MKE Airport) will remain open throughout the duration of the project (except short-term overnight closures).
Project brief regarding the closure of the westbound Airport Spur can be found at:
The current access restrictions to access eastbound Airport Spur into MKE Airport can be found at:
Traffic exiting the General Mitchell Airport should follow these detour routes:
From General Mitchell International Airport to I-43/94 NB (toward Downtown Milwaukee):
– From Airport, traffic heading to Downtown Milwaukee will need to exit to Howell Avenue and turn right (north) on Howell Ave to Howard Avenue. Turn left (west) on Howard Ave to access I-43/94 northbound.
– Traffic heading to Downtown Milwaukee can also use Howell Avenue northbound to Layton Avenue eastbound to I-794 WEST (NB) as an alternate route.
From General Mitchell International Airport to I-94 EAST (southbound) (to Racine/Kenosha/Chicago):
– From Airport, traffic heading to Racine/Kenosha/Chicago will need to exit to Howell Avenue and turn left (south) on Howell Ave to College Avenue.
Turn right (west) on College Ave to access I-94 EAST (southbound).
General Mitchell International Airport to I-43/894  westbound (to Madison/Beloit):
– Traffic from the Airport heading to I-43/894 WB (to Madison/Beloit) will need to exit to Howell Avenue and turn right (north) on Howell Ave to Layton Avenue. Turn left (west) on Layton Ave to 27th St. Turn right (north) on 27th St to access I-43/894 westbound.
Thank you for your patience during the I-94 N-S Freeway Project’s roadway closures. For a listing of all Project roadway, ramp and lane closures, please refer to the detailed closure schedule here:
All closures are weather-dependent and subject to change.
Visit for additional information about the I-94 N-S Freeway Project.
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City candidates and Bay View High School

February 16, 2012

By Jay Bullock

If the yard signs are any indication, my neighbors are already picking sides in this spring’s hottest election contest, the one for the 14th aldermanic district. Two-term incumbent Tony Zielinski squares off against well-organized newcomer Jan Pierce on April 3.

Despite the heat, the two have been perfectly amicable when I’ve seen them in the same room together, which has happened twice: Both have attended meetings organized by Parents for Bay View Schools, a group of neighborhood parents looking to make, in particular, Bay View Middle and High School (BVMHS) an attractive option for their children.

As a teacher at the school and a member of the group, their presence and participation encouraged me.

In a later interview, challenger Pierce pointed right to BVMHS as “the elephant in the living room” of Bay View. “Something has to be done with neighborhood buy-in,” he went on. “That school is such a crucial piece of the community, and the alderman can use his bully pulpit to give parents a sense of support.”

There is value in a strong neighborhood high school, Pierce said. “We don’t want to see Bay View people leave the area because of Bay View High School.”

Right now, Pierce said, BVMHS is getting a lot of attention from MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton, in part because Parents for Bay View Schools is driving it. “Thornton will stay focused as long as the squeaky wheel is squeaky.” Pierce pledged to keep that wheel squeaking both publicly and “through back-channel diplomacy.”

“The alderman working with parents makes a difference,” he said. “Everyone here has a shared self-interest, and the alderman should be building community and consensus on based on that.”

Incumbent Zielinski went further. “We need both problem solving and community building. What I’m about is solving problems,” he said in a separate interview. What’s the problem?

“The problem is that systemically, the system doesn’t support teachers,” Zielinski said. He wants to “empower teachers to remove habitually disruptive students from class.”

Without those students, he said, teachers can focus on the kids who are there and want to learn. The others will be moved to an alternative setting, where he suggested family preservation and support specialists—counselors trained to work with troubled families—can “get at the root problems and get students the help they need.” In other words, everybody benefits.

Zielinski would like to see BVMHS as a pilot for his disruptive-students plan. The alderman thinks that might help attract neighborhood parents and students back to the school.

“If we don’t take control of classrooms, nothing else can change,” he explained.

Is it possible to vote for both? No question changing the classroom climate is important, and no question rallying the community to agitate for its school is key. Let’s hope whoever comes out on top stays true to that promise.

Jay Bullock is an English teacher at Bay View High School who blogs at Contact him

FOUND: Kiko, cat lost during home invasion/burglary found this afternoon

February 16, 2012


UPDATE: Bay View resident Rose, who is employed at Natural Pet, spotted Kiko in her backyard near Nock and Wentworth this morning. She had seen signs posted about the missing cat and the post on the Compass website. Nate York, Kiko’s owner, emailed to inform us that he brought Kiko home a few minutes ago and he’s safe…and soundly sleeping. Kiko was missing since Feb. 3 when he ran out of his owners’ home during a nighttime invasion and burglary.

Kiko (kee ko) — 10-year-old male tabby. No collar or chip. Green eyes, sometimes appear gold.

Built like a tank, and a tad overweight.

Classic brown tabby (stripes are dark brown and lighter brown on a buff background).

Distinctive facial markings—regal, striking markings next to eyes. “M” on his forehead.

Friendly! Answers to his name.

Sensitive ears if stroked. Causes irritation.

Escaped from his home during recent burglary in 2700 block of Delaware.

If  you hear a distressed cat or see a cat who might be Kiko, call Nate: 414-617-2846.


Bay View Middle & High School and Tippecanoe School participating in statewide music festival March 3

February 16, 2012

Hundreds of music students from area schools will participate in a Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) music festival hosted at Lincoln Middle School of the Arts on Saturday, March 3, 2012. During the festival, which is free and open to the public, students will perform vocal and instrumental solos, duets, trios, and small ensembles before an adjudicator.

WSMA music festivals attract thousands of students annually from middle, junior high and high schools throughout Wisconsin. The schools in this year’s festival include: Audubon High School, Bay View Middle and High School, Brookfield Academy High School, Brookfield Academy Junior High, A.E. Burdick School, Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy, Fairview School, Golda Meir School, Hartford Avenue University School, Lincoln Center of the Arts Middle School, H.W. Longfellow School, Manitoba School, Milwaukee School of Languages, Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School, Roosevelt Creative Arts Middle School, Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities, Wedgewood Park International School, and Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning.

The 2012 WSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 8am- 4pm at Lincoln Middle School of the Arts, 820 E. Knapp Street, Milwaukee. Douglas Kuepper, Music Curriculum Specialist from Milwaukee Public Schools, will serve as festival manager.

“These festivals are a great tradition in Wisconsin involving over 200,000 students annually,” said WSMA Executive Director Michael George.

WSMA music festivals support school music programs as part of a comprehensive education by encouraging the study of quality music literature; motivating students to prepare and perform to the best of their abilities; improving students’ understanding of music literature and concepts (performance through understanding) and providing a performance assessment to improve individual and group achievement.

For more information on WSMA:

ReThreads clothing store coming to Bay View

February 15, 2012

ReThreads clothing store is opening a shop in Bay View in April, according to Andy Garrison, who worked with owner  N. E. Isaacson to a establish a second Milwaukee location for his retail clothing business. In addition to his store in Riverwest, 2943 N. Humboldt Ave., there are two stores in Madison, Wis. and another in East Lansing, Mich.

ReThreads buys, sell, and trades modern and vintage clothing.

The store will be located in the double storefronts at 2671 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., currently occupied by Cricket, a mobile phone vendor, and until recently, also by Smart PC. LUV Unlimited, 2649 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., located in the same block, buys and sells vintage clothing, accessories, and ephemera.

Garrison said District 14 Ald. Zielinski was instrumental in helping him find retail space in Bay View.


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