Make bricks with the Sister of St. Francis — family-friendly event June 1

May 24, 2013

Brick-Making to be Part of Anniversary Observance

On Saturday, June 1, local political and civic leaders as well as neighbors are being invited to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, literally, as part of the 164th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi.

“We think it will be a great opportunity for local officials and residents to get to know us better by working with us on our Foundation Day by making bricks, just as the Sisters did 164 years ago for the construction of the seminary,” says Sr. Diana De Bruin, OSF. “So instead of breaking bread together on June 1, we’re going to mix clay with water and some straw and sand to make bricks, the old fashioned way,” she explains.

In addition to the brick-making, there will be presentations on the history of the congregation, tours of the Motherhouse and other facilities on the grounds. “And it will be an opportunity for us and our neighbors to get to know each other a little better,” she continues. “We’ve been here since before St. Francis was a city, but we know there are still many of our neighbors who are unsure of exactly who we are and what it is that we do.”

Activities are scheduled to begin at 10am in the  Troubadour, which is behind the Marian Center at 3221 S. Lake Drive, and will wrap up at noon. “Everything will be open to any and all who want to attend, and we really do hope our neighbors and some of our civic leaders will join us in the fun,” she notes.


Doors Open 2013 venues announced for September 21 & 22 event

May 24, 2013

Doors Open is back for the third year, and knocking on the doors of some new Milwaukee sites.

This year you can see the Wisconsin Gas Building, Soldiers Home, Century City Business Park (formerly A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive), The Moderne, Polaris at the Hyatt Regency, Global Water Center and Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge.

Also new to Doors Open this year are sites from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, such as Sherman Park Commons Senior Living Center, Villard Square Branch Library, Shrager Auction Galleries and much more.

Doors Open showcases Milwaukee’s finest and most hidden places — churches to skyscrapers, artisan workplaces to hotels, private clubs to architect studios. With Milwaukee City Hall as its downtown headquarters, over 100 buildings will be open the weekend of September 21-22, free to the public. In addition, close to 40 in-depth tours will be available to Members of Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

There will be a Photo Challenge the days of the event, free parking in many locations, restaurant participation, as well as free passports for children and families to get stamped at 24 selected, kid-friendly sites. More info here.

Rufus King wins sole national ACT award for college and career readiness

May 22, 2013

Milwaukee Public Schools’ Rufus King International School has won ACT’s national College and Career Transition Award for high schools.

Rufus King is the only high school in the nation to receive the award, which was announced Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C.

Ranked among the best high schools in Wisconsin in 2013 by both U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post, Rufus King was nominated for the award by Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers. The six states partnering with ACT for its inaugural College and Career Readiness Campaign were invited to nominate schools.

Schools are nominated by states to recognize “exemplary college and career readiness efforts” as they work to ensure students possess the knowledge and skills to enroll and succeed in college-level coursework at colleges and universities.

In recognizing the honor, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction shared the following about the school: “An International Baccalaureate (IB) school since 1979, Rufus King has created a college-bound atmosphere for its ethnically and socio-economically diverse student population. The rigorous IB curriculum prepares students for the next steps in their educational and life journey. The school uses quarterly assessments to monitor student growth, offers career exploration and college search support, and requires community service for all students.”

“As a nation, we have work to do in terms of college and career readiness, but we can get there,” said Jon Whitmore, ACT’s chief executive officer. “The individuals and organizations we honored this week prove that college and career readiness can be achieved. Our campaign is intended to encourage more people to take up the cause, to support them in their efforts, and to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.”

“This is a tremendous recognition of the hard work of our teachers, counselors, students and families to ensure students succeed after they graduate,” Rufus King Principal Peter Samaranayake said.

Rufus King won its award based upon criteria including: demonstrated student growth; aggregate ACT scores; the percentage of students meeting college readiness benchmarks; demonstrated success in serving students of underrepresented racial/ethnic/socioeconomic backgrounds; dedication of administrators and teachers to ensure students gain the knowledge and skills needed for success; and the school’s commitment to providing leadership opportunities for students outside the classroom.

MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said the national recognition “is a strong reflection of what we already know about the rigorous environment at Rufus King and our commitment to college and career readiness.”

MPS’ college and career readiness efforts and results include:

–      Comprehensive literacy and math/science plans aligned to the rigorous Common Core State Standards to put students on a track to college and career success
–      Growing the graduation rate by approximately 14 percentage points between the class of 2000 and the class of 2012
–      Nearly doubling ACT participation from 43% in 2007-08 to more than 80% in 2011-12
–      Opening two College Access Centers with late and weekend hours to help demystify the application process
–      Growing the percentage of students taking AP courses by roughly four percentage points over the past four years
–      Growing the percentage of students enrolling in postsecondary education within a year and half of high school graduation roughly eight percentage points over five years to above 50%.

Rep. Richards: Walker food stamp plan mean spirited ideology

May 21, 2013

 Governor Scott Walker wants state taxpayers to pay an extra $16.7 million per year on his plan to take food off the tables of 31,350 low-income Wisconsinites.

Walker is proposing that about 62,700 able-bodied recipients of food stamps do at least 20 hours of job training or searches per week to continue receiving benefits, at a time when the state ranks 44th nationally in job creation.  Nonpartisan budget analysts project that half of these food stamp recipients, or 31,350 people, will not be able to meet the new requirements, causing them to lose their benefits.   As a result, $71.9 million in benefits will be sent back to the federal government that otherwise would have been spent in local grocery stores across Wisconsin.  Moreover, Walker’s plan costs state taxpayers an additional $16.7 million per year in administrative expenses.

The legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is scheduled to vote today on Walker’s Food Share plan.  Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee), member of the finance committee, issued the following statement prior to the vote.

“This is yet another example of Governor Walker putting his mean-spirited ideology before Wisconsin taxpayers and common sense.  Forcing taxpayers to pay more for less never makes sense, but when it means taking food away from our struggling neighbors and friends, that’s unconscionable.  At a time when Wisconsin ranks 44th in the country in job creation, we should be focused on turning the state’s economy around not creating unreasonable roadblocks that do nothing more than punish those who’ve run into a rough patch.”

Milwaukee Arts Board announces $157,000 grants funding shared to be shared by 32 local arts and culture organizations

May 20, 2013

2013 Milwaukee Arts Board grantees announced

At its May 14 meeting, the Milwaukee Arts Board approved the recommendation of the grant review panel to award grants totaling $157,500 to 32 of Milwaukee’s non-profit arts and culture organizations.

MAB grant recipients list:

• Alverno College
• Artists Working in Education
• Arts at Large
• Artworks for Milwaukee
• Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre
• DanceCircus
• Danceworks
• Early Music Now
• Express Yourself Milwaukee
• First Stage
• Haggerty Museum of Art
• In Tandem Theatre
• Latino Arts
• Milwaukee Art Museum
• Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

• Milwaukee Children’s Choir
• Milwaukee Film
• Milwaukee Public Theatre
• Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
• Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
• Milwaukee Youth Theatre
• Optimist Theatre
• PianoArts of Wisconsin
• Present Music
• Radio Milwaukee
• Redline Milwaukee
• Renaissance Theaterworks
• String Academy of Wisconsin
• Walker’s Point Center for the Arts
• Wild Space Dance Company
• Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
• Woodland Pattern

Alderman Michael J. Murphy, chair of the Arts Board, said the board was pleased to again recognize those groups that strive to bring creative programming to the city and to retain talent in the arts. “This year’s grant recipients represent Milwaukee’s strong and diverse creative arts community,” he said. “While cuts to the arts remain ongoing at the state level, we are proud to invest in the arts here in Milwaukee each year to ensure we have a strong creative community that will make our economy more prosperous and significantly increases our quality of life.”

Groups such as ART Milwaukee and NEWaukee have also helped emphasize the importance of culture and the arts in attracting and retaining young and talented artists and professionals, Alderman Murphy said.

Alderman Murphy also expressed thanks to the grant review panelists for their diligence and commitment to the process. “The Milwaukee Arts Board received 45 applications for funding this year,” he said. “Each year brings a diverse group of panelists from the community and we could not get through this process without their service.”

Mayor Barrett also added, “Through its grant programs, the Milwaukee Arts Board funds diverse and exciting projects, which otherwise might not be realized. I hope that all of our citizens will enjoy this creative arts programming and support these organizations.”

Arts Board grant awards

The next Milwaukee Arts Board meeting will take place on June 11, 2013 at 4 p.m. at the United Community Center, 1028 S. 9th St. An awards reception will follow the board meeting, with the presentation to begin at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Tim and Sue Frautschi and Joseph Pabst, recipients of MAB’s second annual Friends of the Arts Awards, will also be honored at the reception. The members of the Milwaukee Arts Board are bestowing this award upon individuals who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to Milwaukee’s arts community.

MAB grants will support diverse arts programming throughout the City, including theatrical, dance and musical productions and visual arts programming for Milwaukee’s students during the summer and school year in community parks, playgrounds and schools. MAB grants also will support creative arts programming, visual art exhibitions, and multiple interactive artist residencies throughout the year for Milwaukeeans of all ages.

The Milwaukee Arts Board grant program is funded by the City of Milwaukee with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

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MPL’s Super Reader sign-up is open for the 2013 program

May 16, 2013

Sign up to be a Super Reader
starting Monday, May 13

Be a part of creating a City of Super Readers

Sign up for the Super Reader program starting Monday, May 13.

When you sign up, the librarian will give you a reading folder to track the number of minutes you read to yourself or when someone reads to you. For each hour of reading, fill in a clock inside the folder.

Check in with your librarian to get your folder officially stamped.
Earn Coupons

Each time you complete a level, show your librarian and receive a prize!

Super Reader Prizes

COMPLETE LEVEL 1 and receive a Cousins Subs coupon for a free 5” mini sub and a coupon sheet.
COMPLETE LEVEL 2 and receive a coupon for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut and an additional coupon sheet with free or reduced admissions to fun places around town.
COMPLETE LEVEL 3 and receive a free book and a certificate of completion!

Reach Level 3 by July 31st and be automatically entered into the grand prize drawing for the Super Reader on-field recognition at the Sunday, August 18th Milwaukee Brewers game! One winner will be selected from each Milwaukee Public Library.

More info here.

WHS presents African-American genealogy conference: Looking For A Home June 21 & 22

May 16, 2013

African-American Genealogy Conference: Looking for a Home

Experience a two-day adventure into African-American genealogy, featuring internationally known genealogist, author and lecturer, Tony Burroughs. African-American Genealogy Conference: Looking for a Home will be held June 21-22 at the Pyle Center in Madison. View or download a flier describing the African-American genealogical resources available at the Wisconsin Historical Society (PDF 141 KB).

The featured speaker, Tony Burroughs, taught at Chicago State University. His book, “Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African-American Family Tree,” was number one on Essence magazine’s bestseller list.

Other speakers include:

    • Walter T. McDonald, co-author of “Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave.”
    • Crystal Moten, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison history department, will talk about “Finding and Telling Their Stories: Black Women’s Lives and Experiences in the Historical Record.”
    • James Hansen, Wisconsin Historical Society genealogy reference librarian, will discuss “African-American Newspapers and Periodicals.”
  • Lori Bessler, a Wisconsin Historical Society genealogy reference librarian who also teaches genealogy classes, will discuss “Navigating Ancestry and FamilySearch.”

This event is co-hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Madison African-American Genealogy Writing Group.

Conference Schedule:


11 am–noon — Registration
Noon–1 pm — Lecture and Book signing, “Finding Freedom” (Walter McDonald)
1–1:30 pm — Break
1:30–2:30 pm — Lecture on African-American Newspapers and Periodicals (Jim Hansen)
2:30–3 pm — Break
3–4 pm — Lecture on Ancestry and FamilySearch (Lori Bessler)


8–9 am — Registration
9–10 am — Lecture “Black Roots” (Tony Burroughs)
10–11 am — Book Signing (Tony Burroughs) and Break
11 am–noon — Lecture, “Finding and Telling Their Stories” (Crystal Moten)
Noon– 1:30 pm — Lunch on Your Own
1:30–2:30 pm — Lecture, “Nature of Genealogy” (Tony Burroughs)
2:30–3 pm — Break
3–4 pm — Lecture, “Researching Pullman Porters” (Tony Burroughs)

Hotel Accommodations:

Downtown hotels are filling up quickly because of other events being held on campus this weekend. We have arranged for a block of rooms at Lowell Center (610 Langdon St, just down the block from the Pyle Center). Phone 608-256-2621 and provide the group code name “home.”

Ticket InfoView or download a brochure and registration form that includes information about fees (PDF 217 KB). Email the library to confirm a registration spot in this conference.

Venue: Pyle Center

Address: 702 Langdon St

City: Madison

Fire ravages beloved building on Burrell Street

May 16, 2013

Iconic Bay View building, 2547 S. Burrell St., ravaged by fire Saturday, May 11. —photo Katherine Keller

Iconic Bay View building, 2547 S. Burrell St., ravaged by fire Saturday, May 11. —photo Katherine Keller

By Katherine Keller

Updated 3:02pm.

Neighbors saw the second story of the building at 2547 S. Burrell St. burst into flames around 11pm, Saturday, May 11. Jay and Sandy Palokonis who live a few doors south of the building said the property owner Kirk Jung was downstairs talking with musicians who rent the first floor as rehearsal space. Jung has resided on the second floor for about 20 years. There are three music studios on the first floor.

The building assessed at $89,200 was built in 1898.

According to Sandy Palokonis, part of the second-story floor collapsed and fell to the first floor. She said that there was not as much damage to the west portion of the first floor and thought that some of the musicians’ equipment was unharmed.

The musicians recovered some of their equipment Wednesday, May 15.

Palokonis and other neighbors are concerned that none of the debris from the first and second floors, including broken glass and personal papers, have been cleared from the sidewalk that borders the south and east facades. She said that one of the neighbors pulled a birth certificate from the debris. She and her husband and other neighbors are keeping watch over the building to discourage looters. A fence was erected around the debris and plywood covers doors and windows.

A representative of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works said that the property owner is responsible for removing it. However, Palokonis said the owner has been hospitalized and she isn’t certain when he’ll be released. She said the building was insured but speculated that it was not sufficient to salvage the building. However, “Doc” Jung, the brother who was at the site about noon, said that he planned to use insurance money to repair and restore the building.

The building once served the neighborhood as a grocery store. Remnants of the store’s sign, painted on the brick wall, can be seen on the north façade.

2547 S Burrell St. fire debris

South side of the building on Clifford Street. —photo Katherine Keller

Neighbors, who stated the owner is hospitalized, are concerned that the owners' personal papers are unprotected. —photo Katherine Keller

Neighbors, who stated the owner is hospitalized, are concerned that the owner’s personal papers are unprotected. —photo Katherine Keller


County Board supervisors’ petition calling for Dimitrijevic’s resignation falls short by seven signatures

May 16, 2013

 Milwaukee County Board Supervisors Borkowski, Taylor, Alexander, Weishan and Schmitt today issued the following joint statement:

“This morning, we submitted our petition to the Milwaukee County Clerk calling  for the resignation of the current Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and requesting a special meeting of the Milwaukee County Board for the purpose of electing the new Chairperson.   Unfortunately, our petition has fallen short of the required 12 signatures to convene the meeting, with only five original petition sponsors having signed the document.  We aim to continue to fight for this cause as we believe that the current County Board leadership should be held accountable for well-documented wrong-doings it allowed to take place under its watch.  It is somewhat disappointing to see that the rest of our colleagues do not share this opinion.”  

Milwaukee County Parks announces “Summer’s Best” free concert series

May 15, 2013

Enjoy Free Concerts & Movies This Summer in your Parks

2013 Concerts Schedule
* Schedule subject to change. Shows go on, weather permitting. No rain dates.
For updated schedules visit:

Boerner Botanical Gardens —Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners
Concerts in the Gardens Sponsored by Wimmer Communities
THURSDAYS 6:30-8:30 PM 

*Admission to the Gardens is free on concert nights after 6pm
June 27           Paul Spencer Band ~ Jazz that Rocks

July 4             NO CONCERT

July 11            The Britins ~ Beatles Tribute Band

July 18            Swing Nouveau ~ Big Sassy Swing Band

July 25            Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound ~ R&B, Soul & Afro Rhythms

Aug. 1              Liam Ford Band ~ Johnny Cash Tribute Band

Aug. 8             Concord Chamber Orchestra ~ Intimate, Classical Pops

Aug. 15           Pink Houses ~ Mellencamp Tribute Band & More

Aug. 22           Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns ~ Dance, R&B & Funk

Aug. 29           To Be Announced

Cathedral Square — 520 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee
Jazz in the Park By East Town Association
THURSDAYS 6:00-9:00 PM;Happy Hour: 5:00-6:00 pm

Clarke Square — 2330 W. Vieau Place, Milwaukee
Thursday, July 25, 6:30-8:30 pm: Bachata 4K-Torce ~ Bachata, Latin Music Fusion

Columbus Park— 7301 W. Courtland Avenue, Milwaukee
Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8:30 pm: Valerie B. & the Boyz Band ~ Energizing Funk & R&B

Dineen Park — 6901 W. Vienna Avenue, Milwaukee
Thursday, Aug. 1, 6:30-8:30 pm:  Keep’n It Clean ~ Dynamic Vocals & Rhythm 

Gordon Park — 2828 N. Humboldt Boulevard, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 27, 6:30-8:30 pm:  Eddie Butts Band ~ Premiere Jazz, Blues & R&B

Grant Park — 100 E. Hawthorne Avenue (Picnic Area 5A), South Milwaukee
Thursday, July 18, 6:30-8:30 pm : Larry Lynne Band ~ Fun Mix of Rock, Blues & Country Favorite
Thursday, Aug. 15, 6:30-8:30 pm: Steve Cohen Band with Greg Koch ~ Virtuosic Blues & Rock

Humboldt Park — 3000 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee
Chill on the Hill By Bay View Neighborhood Association
TUESDAYS 6:30-8:30 PM

Opening Acts: 6:00 pm

Jackson Park — 3500 W. Forest Home (Picnic Area 2),  Milwaukee

August Nights Sponsored By North Shore Bank

TUESDAYS,  6:30-8:30 PM 

Aug. 6             King Comets ~ Rockin’ Jump Swing Band

Aug. 13           Semi-Twang ~ Americana Roots Rock – North Shore Bank Party Night

Aug. 20           Garlic Mustard Pickers ~ Celtic Music

Aug. 27           D’CalleSon ~ Latin Urban Salsa & Jazz Fusion

Johnsons Park — 1919 W. Fond du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee
Friday, Aug. 23, 6:30-8:30 pm: Christopher’s Project ~Jazz, Urban, R&B & Funk

Kosciuszko Park , At The Community Center — 2201 S. 7th Street, Milwaukee

Tuesday, Aug. 6,  4:00-8:30 pm             National Night Out Celebration

 6:00-8:30 pm             Cache ~ Caribbean & Latin Mix

Lake Park — 2975 North Lake Park Road (Picnic Area 3 – Summer Stage), Milwaukee
Musical Mondays By Lake Park Friends

MONDAYS: 6:30-8:00 pm
Wonderful Wednesdays – Concerts for Kids & Families By Lake Park Friends

WEDNESDAYS: 6:30-7:30 pm

Lindbergh Park — 3629 N. 16th Street • Milwaukee
Friday, Aug. 30, 6:30-8:30 pm: Jon Pierre Gee and AhVantSoul ~ Soul, Funk & R&B

Mitchell Boulevard Park  — 5115 W. Bluemound Road • Milwaukee
Thursday, July 18, 6:30-8:30 pm: The Noyz Boyz & Gyrlz ~ Rockin’ R&B
Thursday, Aug. 22, 6:30-8:30 pm: Tinker Boys ~ Celtic Mix (With Members of Reilly)

Pere Marquette Park — 900 N. Plankinton Avenue • Milwaukee

River Rhythms By Westown Association
WEDNESDAYS: 6:30-9:00 pm

Sheridan Park  — 4800 S. Lake Drive (Picnic Area 1), Milwaukee

Thursday, June 20, 6:30-8:30 pm: Bluegrass All Stars ~ Bluegrass

Pedal in the Park with Pat Event

Smith Park — 5462 N. 33rd Street • Milwaukee

Thursday, Aug. 8, 6:30-8:30 pm:  RAR ~ R&B, Blues & Classic Rock

Washington Park  — 1859 N. 40th Street , Milwaukee

Wednesdays at the Band Shell

Supported by: Washington Park Partners, Neighborhoods United for Washington Park, Washington Heights Neighborhood Association, and Washington Heights Rainbow Association 

WEDNESDAYS: 6:30-8:30 PM
Opening Acts: 6:00 pm

July 10           Eddie Butts Band ~ Premiere Jazz, Blues & R&B

July 17             Randy McAllister ~ Cajun Roadhouse Blues

July 24            Eastbrook Symphony & Delosi Brass Band ~ Symphonic

July 31             KT’s Universal Love Band ~ African & Reggae Roots Rhythms

Aug. 7              The WhiskeyBelles ~ Country, Folk & Americana Trio

Aug. 14           Charles Walker Band ~ Soul, R&B & Funk Fusion

Aug. 21           Brew City Big Band ~ Dynamic Big Band

Aug. 28           The Booze Brothers Band ~ Blues Brothers Show Band & Revue

2013 Outdoor Movie Schedule 
* Schedule subject to change. Shows go on, weather permitting. No rain dates. For updated schedules visit:

 Summer Nights Movies In Veterans Park
Sponsored by: Gift of Wings

FREE TO THE PUBLIC – Movies start at dusk at the Kite Store!

June 8    The Amazing Spiderman (PG-13)

June 22  Skyfall (PG-13)

Aug. 16 Hotel Transylvania (PG)

Aug. 24 Oz, The Great and Powerful (PG)

Sept. 1   Ghostbusters (PG)

Film on the Hill In Humboldt Park
Sponsored by: Bay View Neighborhood Association
FREE TO THE PUBLIC – Movies start at dusk at the Bandshell!

Aug. 17 The Muppets (PG)

Sept. 7   Beetlejuice (PG)



Alderman Bauman calls for new I-94 rebuilding project alternative to include streetcar expansion

May 15, 2013

Federal judge’s decision on Zoo Interchange Environmental Impact Statement creates opportunity for new direction in transportation investment 

Alderman Bauman calls for new alternative for I-94 rebuilding project that would invest in freeway rebuilding, local road reconstruction and expansion of Milwaukee Streetcar 

The recent ruling by federal Judge Lynn Adelman finding that the state Department of Transportation’s Environmental Impact Statement supporting the $1.7 billion taxpayer funded rebuilding and expansion of the Zoo Interchange is deficient and violates federal law sends a strong message that unrestrained highway building and expansion in southeastern Wisconsin at the expense of public transit and other projects must be stopped, Alderman Robert J. Bauman said today.

Alderman Bauman, a longtime transit advocate and chair of the Common Council’s Public Works Committee, said Judge Adelman’s decision “is a strong endorsement that southeastern Wisconsin’s transportation needs must be reflected in balanced investments in local roads, freeways and transit which serve the economic and social needs of all citizens and all areas of the region.”

The issues raised in Judge Adelman’s decision, Alderman Bauman said, are also present in the current environmental review process for the rebuilding and potential expansion of I-94 from N. 25th St. to N. 70th St. (a distance of 2.85 miles). At present, the cost estimates for this project range from $370 million to reconstruct the freeway in its current configuration to $1.2 billion to rebuild and expand the freeway (which includes sections of double decking through the Story Hill neighborhood and moving the entire right-of-way in the Merrill Park neighborhood).

The alderman said the DOT should immediately suspend the environmental review process for the I-94 project and cancel public information meetings scheduled for May 21 and 22, 2013, so that the impact of Judge Adelman’s decision on this project can be fully assessed.

In the meantime, Alderman Bauman is recommending the DOT immediately consider a new alternative. That alternative would spend $370 million to reconstruct I-94 from 25th St. to 70th St. and allocate the savings between this option and the expansion option — as much as $830 million — to three other infrastructure investments. Specifically, the state should spend 1/3 of the savings on repairing and reconstructing local roads and streets which, especially in Milwaukee, are in badly deteriorated condition; spend 1/3 on repairing other state highways and bridges; and spend 1/3 on expanding the Milwaukee Streetcar to UW-Milwaukee on the east side, Miller Park on the west side, the 30th Street Corridor on the north side, and to Walker’s Point on the south side.

This new alternative would represent a balanced approach to investing in transportation infrastructure which is precisely what Judge Adelman’s decision urges, Alderman Bauman said.

Historic Milwaukee lecture: The Scene (Antlers Hotel) where Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Allman Brothers played

May 14, 2013

The Scene: Milwaukee’s Home of Live Music, 1965-71
May 15, 7pm 
Milwaukee County Historical Society 
910 N. Old World Third Street 
This photo was taken in 1979. The “Scene” sign was later added to the image by Ed Muellenbach. 

Join MCHS and Historic Milwaukee at the Milwaukee County Historical Society for a lecture and discussion about the history of Milwaukee’s vibrant music scene.

The Scene: Milwaukee’s Home of Live Music, 1965-71
May 15, 7pm 
Milwaukee County Historical Society 
910 N. Old World Third Street

From 1965 to 1971, The Scene, located along North 2nd Street in the old Hotel Antlers, played host to some of the era’s best musicians, from Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix, to the Allman Brothers Band and Miles Davis. 

Join Rob Lewis and Ed Muellenbach, founders of


, as they use concert photos, advertisements, and first-hand accounts for this journey into Milwaukee’s vibrant counterculture. This small, acoustically perfect ballroom was the center of Milwaukee’s rock scene. 

Its history, though long forgotten, is being brought back to life through exhaustive research and story collection at 7:00 pm
Contact the Milwaukee County Historical Society for additional information 414.273.8288

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