Fire fighters respond to reports of smoke in Hide Hide Lofts

March 26, 2013

Milwaukee Fire Department personnel and vehicles at the intersection of Greeley Street and Deer Place in Bay View. —photo Katherine Keller

Milwaukee Fire Department personnel and vehicles at the intersection of Greeley Street and Deer Place in Bay View. —photo Katherine Keller

Milwaukee Fire Department personnel responded to reports of smoke  in the second-story corridor of the Hide House Lofts, 2615 S. Greeley St., about 3pm this afternoon.

Not long after they arrived,  firefighters who investigated the incident indicated that the smoke was produced by a resident who had been cleaning her oven, said an MFD official on the scene.

It was not immediately apparent if was the oven was one that possessed a self-cleaning function. Self-cleaning ovens can reach temperatures of 700 degrees and produce copious smoke if the oven was grease spattered or soiled by spilled food.

No one was harmed and there were no reports of smoke damage.

East Library to move to Murray Avenue during construction of new East Branch

March 26, 2013

Will hold Public Meeting on Design in April

Milwaukee Public Library’s (MPL) East Library will be relocated during the construction phase of the new East Branch at 1910 East North Avenue. The library will move to a temporary site located at 2430 North Murray Avenue this summer. The duration of the temporary site is expected to be about 18 months, said Brooke VandeBerg, MPL’s spokesperson. Programming will be suspended during that time period and patrons will be encouraged to take take part in events at Central Library and Martin Luther King Library.

East Branch is part of a multi-use development featuring 99 apartments, a 16,000 square-foot library and retail space on the first floor and underground and surface parking. The new branch will have dedicated surface parking. The development project, headed by HSI Properties LLC, is targeted for completion in late 2014.

“Our libraries provide a vital link to technology, lifelong learning and community,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “We look forward to offering a new branch that meets the needs of patrons today and well into the future.”

The temporary library site will include the basic services valued by patrons: onsite parking, ADA accessibility, laptop computers, a collection of popular items for check-out, hold pick-ups and an external book drop. There will be limited service interruptions during the move. Dates for closure of the current library site and opening of the temporary site will be announced later this spring.

Community input will be sought on design concepts for the new library at a public meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm at East Library. The architectural firm HGA was selected by the Board of Trustees to design the new library space.

“We are excited to share some of the new design concepts with the public in April,” said Library Director Paula Kiely. “Following the success of the new Villard Square Branch, we will have a library that encourages a sense of community and incorporates the natural features around it.”

“Since the beginning, we have committed to making this an open and informed process by gathering public input,” said Library Board Trustee and Alderman of the third district, Nik Kovac. “We want residents to feel a sense of ownership and pride that translates to greater use of their new library.”

Updates on the East Library project can be found on the library’s website Updates will also be available on the MPL Facebook page and twitter feed @MilPubLib.

But will it be green and solar powered? “Indoor volleyball, multi-sport wellness and entertainment facility” proposed for Bay View

March 26, 2013

Source: Office of District 14 Alderman Tony Zielinski


A proposal to convert the old Army Reserve base at Lincoln Ave. and Bay St. into an

indoor volleyball, multi-sport wellness and entertainment facility will be the subject of a

community meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30pm. in the Bay View High School

auditorium, hosted by Alderman Tony Zielinski.


The SURG Restaurant Group has come forward with the plans. Also the operators of

Bradford Beach and several restaurants, SURG has turned Bradford into the home of the

U.S. Junior Beach Volleyball National Championships, Pro Beach Volleyball and other

sports and social programs. The activities, programs and events held at Bradford Beach

draw enthusiasts from across the United States and beyond.


“SURG Group expects to create similar programming and interest with the new indoor

facility,” Alderman Zielinski said. “I believe that this new facility would create an

immediate, positive economic impact for Bay View, the City of Milwaukee and the State

of Wisconsin.”


Residents and media are encouraged to attend Tuesday’s meeting to learn more.

What: Community meeting

When: 6:30pm Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Where: Bay View High School auditorium

2751 S. Lenox St.


Sinicki, Hulsey, Ringhand call for public review sessions in Milwaukee concerning Legislature’s move to restructure Milwaukee County Board

March 25, 2013

March 25th, 2013

State Rep. Tyler August, Chair

Assembly Committee on Government Operations

Room 119 West, State Capitol

Chairman August:

We write to you regarding Assembly Bill 85, which deals specifically and solely with the structure of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.  AB 85 is sweeping in its scope, proposing very serious measures that would profoundly change the shape and role of the Board in Milwaukee County government.

In light of this specific, sole focus and the seriousness of the proposed changes, we believe that the public review process for AB 85 should be made easily accessible to all residents of Milwaukee County.  We therefore respectfully request that you hold a public hearing on AB 85 in Milwaukee County itself.  A bill that will impact local control in only one place should be reviewed, at least in part, in the locale where the impact of the legislation will be felt.

What is more, a Milwaukee hearing would allow County residents to give comments and suggestions in a timelier manner so the committee members could consider them before voting.  This would make the process on this bill much fairer, since the executive session on AB 85 has been scheduled for April 11th, only one day after the Madison public hearing on April 10th.

We would be glad to assist in finding an accessible site for a hearing if that would be of help to your office.


State Rep. Brett Hulsey                                                State Rep. Christine Sinicki

State Rep. Janis Ringhand






Frolics parade is a go!

March 21, 2013

Patty Pritchard Thompson, a member of the South Shore Frolics Steering Committee (aka working group), announced tonight that funding has been secured for the 2013 South Shore Frolics Parade to be held July 13. The principal donor is the Wisconsin Energy Foundation.

At a public meeting at the South Shore Park Pavilion hosted by Alderman Tony Zielinski and County Supervisor & Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic with members of the Bay View Lions Club,  Thompson said that Mayor Tom Barrett was instrumental in saving the parade.

Earlier this year Thompson and Dave Reszel, a member of the Bay View Lions, met with the mayor to talk to him about the Lions’ quest for parade funding. Thompson said Barrett, who expressed his family’s fondness for the Frolics parade, began working on the funding challenge “right after the meeting.”  Barrett contacted Wisconsin Energy Foundation, Thompson said.

The Frolics parade was canceled last year due to a lack of funding. The Lions disclosed that they need to raise $27,000-$30,000 for permits, barricades, payments to participants, and related costs.

The Bay View BID #44, Horny Goat, Dwell, realtor Toni Spott, and others are also parade sponsors or donors. (This report will be updated March 22.)

The Lions have sponsored and staged the parade and Frolics festival since 1995.

A more in-depth report will follow in the April issue of the Bay View Compass.


Milwaukee County supervisors protest tower closings

March 21, 2013

Safety and noise issues cited in letter to Wisconsin Congressional delegation

Milwaukee County Board supervisors protested the likely night closing of the airport tower at Mitchell International Airport and the complete closing of the tower at Timmerman Airport, saying that the closings would create safety and noise issues.

The closing are the likely to take place on April 7 as a result of Congress’ failure to avoid across-the-board “sequestration” budget cuts.

In a letter from the Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee to the delegation, the supervisors said: “We are aware that the Federal funding cuts may affect the night shift at General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA) control tower and fully cut staff at the Timmerman Airport control tower. Such proposal considered within the context of the population density and shopping centers around these airports in Milwaukee County puts our citizens at an unacceptable risk.”

The Committee voted unanimously on March 19 to protest the closings and urge Congress to reconsider them.

“It is irresponsible for the politicians in Washington to really pass the buck down to every level of government when they themselves are not doing the job,” said Supv. Patricia Jursik, a member of the committee.

Committee Chairman Michael Mayo urged residents to contact their representatives in Congress to protest the closings.

“It is unbelievable that that the inability of Washington to govern would create safety and noise conditions in some of the densest population areas in Wisconsin,” Mayo said. “I think Congress needs to act responsibly to restore these cuts and see to it that our resident’s safety and health are the first priority.

The letter cited the fact that Timmerman Airport is one of the busiest General Aviation airports in Southeastern Wisconsin, and it is a reliever airport for Mitchell International. The letter said that Timmerman also has significant use as a training facility for new pilots. It added that Mitchell Airport and Timmerman have nine runways, with a total of ten different flight paths over dense neighborhoods.

“We are very concerned that planes without the benefit of control towers in dense neighborhoods cause safety hazards and noise problems,” the letter said.

In addition to Mayo and Jursik, the letter was signed by Supervisors John Weishan, Mark Borkowski, Jason Haas and David Bowen.



Bay View Tragedy’s 127th Anniversary Commemoration is May 5

March 20, 2013

The ceremony to commemorate the May 5, 1886 killing of workers marching for the 8-hour day, known as the Bay View Massacre or Bay View Tragedy will be held Sunday, May 5:

Bay View Rolling Mills Historical Marker Site
S. Superior St. and East Russell Ave., Bay View (across the street from the Palomino Bar)

Event Line-up:
John Gurda, Milwaukee Historian, moderator

Michael Gordon, Emeritus Professor of History, UW-Milwaukee

Larry Penn, Folksinger

Re-enactment of 1886 incident

Milwaukee Public Theatre and Milwaukee Puppet and Mask Theatre

Anita Zeidler

Laying of Commemorative Wreath / Remembrance

BV Massacre 2013 Poster 2013

MREA’s Steve Hansen Memorial Scholarship (deadline approaching)

March 19, 2013

Scholarship is designed to assist students who are interested in attending college, technical college, or other training courses to study renewable energy, energy efficiency, or sustainable living topics.
For the last seven years The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) has honored educator Steve Hansen with their Steve Hansen Memorial Scholarship Fund. Eighteen hard working students have been awarded this scholarship, and this year’s deadline to submit an application is quickly approaching, April 15.

Steve Hansen was a brilliant educator who taught thousands of students in Wisconsin about the importance of renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and earth stewardship. His creativity, energy, and compassion inspired many to become better people. The Steve Hansen Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor his spirit and memory, and to help the next generation carry on his important work.

This scholarship is designed to assist students who are interested in attending college, technical college, or other training courses to study renewable energy, energy efficiency, or sustainable living topics. Scholarships are awarded to students who reside in the Midwest (WI, MN, MI, IA, IL, IN, OH). Students should possess a clear goal of desiring to make her or his community, environment, or world a better and more sustainable place to live. Students should be able to show prior interest and or education in the field.

This scholarship is solely funded by donations. If you’d like to donate, please go to or call 715-592-6595. For more information or to download the scholarship application form, visit

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization. Founded in 1990, the MREA promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration. To learn more, call 715-592-6595 or visit

Take MCTS Route 90 to Brewers home games—home opener is April 1

March 18, 2013

Baseball fans can get on board the best ride to Miller Park and avoid traffic and parking hassles. Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) buses serve all Milwaukee Brewers home games. Catch a Rt. 90 (Miller Park) bus along Wisconsin Avenue and travel directly to the MCTS transit area at Miller Park starting with the season home opener.

Provided for all Brewers home games, Rt. 90 (Miller Park) buses operate every 30 minutes for two hours before game time. For the home opener, Monday April 1st, against the Colorado Rockies, and Marquee games with projected heavy attendance, buses will operate more frequently. Return trip bus service leaving Miller Park operates for a half-hour after the end of the game.

Rt. 90 (Miller Park) bus stops are located at the Downtown Transit Center and along Wisconsin Avenue from Jackson Street to 38th Street (see map). Look for electronic destination signs that display “90 Let’s Go Brewers!” Buses drop passengers off at the MCTS transit area on Yount Drive on the north side of Miller Park. On the return trip, buses leave the ball park from the MCTS transit area and serve all eastbound bus stops.

Brewers fans can also ride Rt. 10 (Humboldt-Wisconsin), Rt. 23 (Fond du Lac-National) or the MetroEXpress BlueLine (Fond du Lac-National) that stop within walking distance of Miller Park.

Fares for Routes 10, 23, 90 and BlueLine are $2.25 for adults and $1.10 for children (6 -11), seniors (65 and over), and individuals with disabilities. Children under 6 ride free with an adult. $5.50 roundtrip for adults; $2.20 for children (6-11), seniors (65 and over), and individuals with disabilities.

For more information call the 24-hour automated bus information line at (414) 344-6711 or visit .

Avalon Theatre’s vintage equipment to be auctioned March 13

March 12, 2013

Source: Office of Ald. Tony Zielinski

The renovation of the Bay View neighborhood’s historic Avalon Theatre will take

another step forward this week, as Lee Barczak,  owner of the building, makes way for

improvements by auctioning off vintage production equipment, projectors, lighting,

popcorn machines and seating, according to Alderman Tony Zielinski.

Online bidding will begin Wednesday afternoon, March 13, at 12pm., and

continue for a week. The theater, 2469-2483 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., will be

open on Saturday, March 16, from 9am to 4pm, for bidders to walk through

and inspect items that are up on the auction block. Any time during the auction, web

users can log on to

to take part in the bidding.

Recently, the Avalon’s current owner, Lee Barczak, purchased and successfully

reopened the Times Cinema on Milwaukee’s west side and the Rosebud Cinema

Drafthouse in Wauwatosa. Alderman Zielinski said the success of those two projects and

the auction of the old equipment from the Avalon means the Bay View neighborhood is

that much closer to having its historic theater renovated and open for business.

“I know it is taking a while, but we are bucking the trend and opening up a

shuttered theater that stands to be a real gem for the Bay View neighborhood,” Alderman

Zielinski said. “This will continue the momentum we are building on Kinnickinnic.”


Rep. Sinicki’s statement about passage of mining bill by Wisconsin Assembly

March 8, 2013

Released March 6, 2013

“I’m so disappointed that Assembly Republicans passed SB 1 this evening after refusing to really consider any of 17 amendments Democrats offered.  Their past claims of bipartisanship sound pretty hollow today. Our amendments would have created real environmental protections in the bill, as well as added provisions to help insure Wisconsin workers get a fair shot at jobs created by a mine in their own state.

“Republicans passed this bill even as complaints surfaced about the Gogebic Taconite owner’s environmental record at his Illinois coal mines.  His managers there have violated the effluent standards in their wastewater permit 53 times in three years, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency records.  For Wisconsin Republicans to go ahead and pass SB 1 for the benefit of the same unreliable mine owner is reckless and knowingly irresponsible.

“All their promises of jobs for Wisconsinites sound pretty hollow, too.  Those jobs could easily go to out-of-staters, like the Marquette Interchange jobs went to many, many Illinois workers.  No state can tell a company to hire specific categories of workers; it’s against federal law.  So how can Republicans make these assurances?  I believe they’d tell Wisconsin workers anything just to get this bill through.

“And, we know how bogged down projects like this can get as they inch through the bureaucracy and the courts.  Any real jobs are a long ways off, if they materialize at all.

“Governor Walker and his legislators will have a lot to answer for after shoving SB 1 through this Legislature.”

Sweet Water in Robinson Street facility in Bay View defunct since early January

March 6, 2013

Jim Godsil sent the following statement to the Compass this afternoon about the Bay View Sweet Water Organics “farm” that has been operating within the building at 2151 S. Robinson Street since 2009:

“2151 S. Robinson SWO 1.0 inside 2151 S. Robinson has not been operational since
around early January.  That model has been known to need substantial improvement to
be single bottom line commercially sustainable.  Key issues involved not having south
wall or roof open to the sun; having too little surface area for plants relative to fish volume;
pumping fish water up from many below ground fish tanks versus having fish tanks at
highest level with gravity doing most of the work;  filtration elements sub suboptimal.
SWO 1.0 had different “iterations” that improved upon the first roll out, but not well
enough to pay the bills for expensive lights(due to no open south wall or roof), nor to
provide vastly greater amount of plant surface area (impossible cause of lighting cost).

SWO 2.0 is on the land to the north of 2151 and may prove many times more effective.
We’ll see if SWO is able to continue on with this.”

Jim Godsil and Josh Fraundorf began operating Sweet Water Organics in 2009. They also operate Community Roofing, Inc.

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