Register for BVHS’s 100th Anniversary — celebration is October 4

January 31, 2014

Dear Bay View High School Alumni,

Bay View High School is hitting a milestone this year. The school will be 100 years old! Happy Birthday Bay View High!

Back in 1914 Bay View High School started out in a barracks and since then has been transformed in to what some of us call the Castle on the Hill. The members of the Bay View High School 100th anniversary committee has been busy planning this celebration-of-a-lifetime since 2012.

Join us on Saturday, October 4, 2014 for a fun-filled day. We’ll start the celebration with Bay View High School’s Homecoming parade and football game. You won’t want to miss the halftime entertainment. The school will be open for tours.

Afterward, all Bay View Alumni are invited to come to the Italian Community Center’s Grand Ballroom at 5pm for a night to remember to include a huge buffet, music, dancing, and more. The cost is $60 per person or $95 per couple. The cost includes a keepsake package.

All you need to do is fill out the registration form and mail it to me with your payment by August 1, 2014.

For more information contact me at or call me at (414) 379-3541 or visit us on Facebook at BV 100th Birthday Celebration.

Go Redcats!
Sonia Hass
Bay View Alumni President


South Side Scholarship fundraiser is Feb. 17

January 31, 2014

The South Side Scholarship Foundation is holding its 46th Annual Mardi Gras Dinner Fundraiser Sat., March 1. The public is invited to attend the evening events that include dinner, dancing, raffles, and an auction. The gala will be held at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

The reception begins at 5:30pm, dinner is at 7pm, and dancing will follow it. Registration is $40 per person and it must be received by Feb. 17.

South Side Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a Wisconsin nonprofit, founded in 1969, to provide scholarships for individuals pursuing post-high school education and/or continuing education. Since its inception, its members have raised $300,000 and provided more than 600 scholarships to a diverse group of students. In 2013 the foundation awarded 33 $850-scholarships to recipients who attended technical, undergraduate, and graduate schools.

For more information about the organization or to register for the Mardi Gras Dinner Dance, visit, or contact Bob Grilli, (414) 482-4188 or


Humboldt Park beer garden open house is Feb. 10

January 31, 2014

Members of Humboldt Park Watch will host an open house Monday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 7pm at the Humboldt Park Pavilion to discuss a plan that would bring a beer garden to the park.

Officials from Milwaukee County Parks Department and Milwaukee County Supervisor Jason Haas, whose district includes the park, will field questions and comments. Representatives from St. Francis Brewery, who submitted the winning response to the county’s request for proposal for the project, will also attend.

The open house provides an opportunity to comment directly to representatives about the in person or to share their comments in writing about the beer garden plans.


Local online cookie cookbooks archive

January 31, 2014

We Energies has compiled an online archive of more than 50 of its annual cookie cookbooks. The earliest collection is a black and white 10-page pamphlet published in December 1932 by the Home Service Bureau of Milwaukee’s electric utility, then known as The Electric Company.

Apart from two pixie-like characters on the cover’s nameplate, there are no illustrations in the edition. Interestingly, the singular form of cookies was spelled “cooky” in the 82-year-old publication.

The 63 recipes include totenbeinli, pfeffernuesse, macaroons, lebkuchen, stollen, fruitcake, mystery cake, and English plum pudding, which calls for a half pound of suet.

Find the right recipe for your Cookie Monsters at


Washington Birthday Banquet is Feb. 17

January 31, 2014

Sponsored by the Inter-Organization Council of Bay View, the 99th Annual Washington Birthday Banquet will be held at the Patio, 1421 E. Howard Ave., Monday, Feb. 17. This year’s Person of the Year is Robert Cabot, past president of the council. Don Grundy, USO of Wisconsin president, is guest speaker.

Cash Bar 5:30pm; dinner 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 per person; no refunds. To purchase tickets, contact Jim Baker (414) 744-0844 or Dennis Loppnow (414) 744-2606.


Homeless veterans benefit Feb. 9 at The Coffee House

January 31, 2014

Homeless veterans benefit

Richard Pinney, Stephanie Erin Brill, and Tom and Barb Webber, three award-winning Wisconsin singer-songwriter acts, share the bill at a benefit for Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative Feb. 9 at The Coffee House, 631 N. 19th St., 7pm. All performers are 2013 Wisconsin singer-songwriter best-song contest winners. Donations gratefully accepted. More information: Bill Christofferson (414) 486-9651.

Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative’s website reports that “in Milwaukee, one of every four homeless persons is a veteran, and 300 to 400 veterans are homeless on any given day. Over the course of a year, four times that many are homeless for a time. An additional 5,500 local veterans are classified as at risk, because they are living below the poverty line, spending more than half of their incomes on housing, or living with another family.”


Winter Blast is Feb. 16

January 31, 2014

Bay View Neighborhood Association’s Winter Blast featuring a luau theme will take place Feb. 16 at the South Shore Pavilion from Noon to 4pm. A Hawaiian shirt contest, hula hoop and limbo contests, Spam carving, face-painting, kids arts and crafts, and community tables are features of the 2014 event. A Tiki photo booth will be available for those who want Tiki-themed photos. Live music and food offered by local restaurants will help take the edge off the chilly season.

If you’d like to set up a booth, volunteer, or sponsor Winter Blast, contact BVNA:


Burnhearts to hold second annual Mitten Fest

January 31, 2014

Mittenfest 2013

Mittenfest 2013

Mitten Fest, a winter block party and food and clothing drive held by Burnhearts bar, 2599 S. Logan Ave., returns after a successful debut last year. This year’s fest is Saturday, Feb. 8, from 12 to 8pm, on Potter Avenue next to the tavern.

The event is free, but event organizers request that attendees bring donations of gently-worn winter clothing or nonperishable food that will be collected by Goodwill employees and by Hunger Task Force. They are also requesting monetary donations. Last year the sole beneficiary was Hunger Task Force but this year’s event includes Goodwill.

The live music lineup will feature The Fatty Acids, Whips, Midwest Death Rattle, and Heavy Hand. Food and drink offerings include rare craft beers, house-made brandy, and food by Honeypie, and the soon-to-open Goodkind restaurant. Local crafter Cortney Heimerl, who co-authored Handmade Nation with Faythe Levine and cofounded the Hover Craft fair, has selected a small group of crafters who will offer winter-wear items for sale.

The 2013 event resulted in 50 bags of clothing, 1,125 pounds of food, and $1,555 individual on-site cash donations, all donated to Hunger Task Force.

Dana Hartenstein, communications manager at Hunger Task Force, said cash donations continued to arrive after Mitten Fest, and that the final total was $2,285.


THE FINE PRINT — Avoiding the most expensive legal pitfalls in landlord-tenant law

January 31, 2014

janpierceWhether you are a landlord or a tenant, or know someone who is, you’ve heard some legal horror stories of residential rental-relationships gone bad. To that end, this column will be devoted to highlighting some of the most expensive missteps that landlords make. Tenants, on the other hand, will benefit from understanding where they have more protection and leverage.

The area that gets most landlords in trouble, especially inexperienced ones, is Chapter ATCP 134 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. This section of law provides for landlords being assessed double damages and attorney’s fees for a very specific list of violations. This means that violations are always expensive, and get more expensive very quickly, if the landlord doesn’t get out a checkbook out right away.

Security Deposits 

One of the most common mistakes landlords make is not returning a tenant’s security deposit within 21 days after the tenant moves out of a premises. If a landlord fails to do this, he or she is liable for twice the amount of the security deposit, plus the attorney’s fees incurred by the tenant to recover the security deposit.

And when all or part of a security deposit is properly withheld, a detailed accounting of all amounts withheld must be delivered within this same 21-day time period.

A landlord is allowed to withhold amounts from a security deposit for tenant damage, waste, or neglect, for unpaid rent, utility, and other fees that are not included in rent, which the landlord becomes liable for. The landlord cannot, however, make deductions from the security deposit for normal wear and tear.

While the landlord may still be able to recover for properly withheld amounts, those amounts will be netted against the double damages and attorney’s fees recovered by the tenant for failure to return the security deposit within 21 days.

A landlord must return the security deposit, and the accounting related to any withholding from the security deposit, to the tenant’s last known address. This means that if the landlord does not have a forwarding address for the tenant, the deposit must be sent to the address of the recently surrendered premises, always using certified mailings, with a return receipt requested, for all mailings.

Prohibited Lease Provisions and Rental Practices

A landlord is liable for double damages and attorney’s fees for certain prohibited lease provisions and rental practices.

It is unlawful for landlords to include provisions in leases that purport to allow them to act in a way that is prohibited by law. Further, they cannot include a provision that requires the tenant to pay attorney’s fees or costs incurred by the landlord in any legal dispute related to the agreement.

Finally, landlords are prohibited from practices such as the advertisement or rental of condemned premises, unauthorized entry of a tenant’s premises, automatic lease renewal without notice, confiscation of a tenant’s personal property, or retaliatory eviction.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection has a handy fact sheet on tenant’s rights and responsibilities that is available here:

Jan Pierce, S.C. is a law firm In Milwaukee that was founded with the belief that people can make a positive difference in the world and make a profit. The firm’s emphasis is on assisting small businesses and social entrepreneurs in all aspects of launching and managing their ventures. Disclaimer: Advice in this column is general legal information and does not constitute, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. Send your question to To protect your privacy, your name will not be published.


PAREN(T)HESIS — Rearranging work arrangements

January 31, 2014

By Jill Rothenbueler Maher

NEW Jill Maher Headshot Dec 2013During my six years of motherhood, my employment has ranged across the spectrum: stay-at-home mom, freelancer working about 10 hours per month, employee working 20 hours per week at an office, employee working 40 hours per week from home, and employee working over 40 hours per week at an office while freelance writing. It’s surprising to list them all and recognize that they all transpired during only six years.

One thing that’s been consistent across all these experiences is the lack of criticism from coworkers, friends and family. When people ask how much I work, they seem to be inquiring about the facts with little judgment. I expected it to be more of an opinion-laden topic like whether or not one vaccinates their children. However, a few coworkers whose children are older have encouraged me to work less with the reasoning that time with a child is precious and should be prioritized if we can pay the bills without the additional income.

The lack of judgment is appreciated, especially because I had thought the members of my social circle would be more strident. A few years ago, I read a book about “mommy wars” between full-time employees and stay-at-home moms. I haven’t experienced any snide-comments, much less seen any skirmishes. My closest friends have all gone through major changes in employment status and I believe that, like me, they haven’t felt societal judgment for their choices.

Perhaps modern attitudes about women working are more like American families in 2014: a big spectrum of situations that most people accept as the way of the world. It makes sense when the economy has its ups and downs that families have to adjust. Kids in any particular family keep growing and maturing and needing less afterschool supervision, but perhaps more rides to activities.

I’m currently working full-time at an office downtown and freelancing for this newspaper. When I compare this arrangement to the others I’ve had, some obvious differences arise: less time with our six-year old daughter and more time under fluorescent office lights. But less obvious things surface, too. I spend a lot less time in my own house. I like our neighborhood and our house, so I miss being there as frequently. Sure, that means less time to make messes but also less time to clean up.

Shopping for everyday essentials has never been my favorite activity, but it’s gotten to be something I miss when my schedules is so full. We’ve adjusted to my husband doing a lot of the Target shopping before his weekend basketball game.

Working at the office more also means less time to cook meals from scratch. My husband cooks some weeks and I cook others. When it’s my week, I try to prepare several elements (not necessarily entire meals) on Sundays. I’ve subbed out longer-cooking items like wild rice, which takes 45 minutes of simmering, for quick brown rice, which takes only five.

One thing there’s no substitute for is physical contact with our daughter. She is nearing 50 pounds so it’s less comfortable for me when she sits on my lap, but she still really enjoys it. I like to rub her feet when we’re just bumming around. The skin-to-skin contact probably releases the helpful hormone oxytocin for us, I can say with certainty that it feels good. I miss cuddle time myself and it’s hard to hear our daughter say that she misses it, too.

My work arrangement also means less time for casual outings around the city. Last month, our daughter asked to go ice skating, and I was surprised to realize that we hadn’t gone at all this winter. We were able to make it happen, but only because a houseguest had to cancel a planned visit the same day that we had a respite from school and work for Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Last winter, we enjoyed sledding in Humboldt, Sijan and South Shore parks. This year it’s more of a struggle to find time to hit the hills.

Of course, full-time employment means a larger paycheck and that has made some big purchases like a new furnace much easier.

My employment schedule is likely to keep morphing. My family and I will keep adjusting. It’s the modern way.

The author is a freelance writer and mother of one. Reach her with comments or suggestions at


Healium Wellness gives lift to holistic care in Bay View

January 31, 2014

By Sheila Julson

Healium KRESSE

Jeanne Zautner and Tanya Heinecke. —photo Jennifer Kresse

Tanya Heinecke (nee Bruski) and Jeanne Zautner both attended Oconomowoc High School, where they became good friends. Both pursued careers in massage therapy. So it’s only natural that they’d end up in a massage wellness business together at some point.

Heinecke and Zautner opened Healium Wellness Center August 2012 at 3457 S. Burrell St. The business offers massage therapy and bodywork services, and in October 2013, they added a yoga studio. Robyn Lucks coordinates the yoga program.

Zautner attended and later taught bodywork therapy at Lakeside School of Massage Therapy. She worked at the former Apple A Day Massage in Bay View, and she was a lead therapist at Massage Envy Spa’s Delafield and Wauwatosa locations. She currently serves as secretary of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Heinecke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She also began massage therapy training, but didn’t complete schooling the first time around. She also tended bar at Nomad Pub and was one of the founders of Burnhearts tavern. In 2007 Heinecke decided to return to Milwaukee School of Massage, where she completed her education in 2012.

Heinecke and Zautner decided to team up to start their own massage wellness business. They found the Burrell Street space, where Marla Schmidt, a massage therapist, operated Moon Fox Massage business. Schmidt, who previously owned and operated Apple A Day Massage on East Lincoln Avenue from 2001 to 2011, moved to Sedona, Arizona in 2012.

The start-up went smoothly without any challenges, Zautner said, since the space was already set up as a massage business. She commented that the pair spent a minimal amount of their money on what little work had to be done inside the space. “We mostly made cosmetic changes.” The relaxing decor in warm tones is accented by purchased art and works from local artists.

Zautner had a solid client base, and Heinecke knew lots of people from her days at Burnhearts. Although Bay View has numerous spas and massage businesses, they don’t see the area as being saturated.

They expressed some advantages of being off Kinnickinnic Avenue, Bay View’s main drag. “There’s better parking,” Heinecke said, “and Morgan Avenue is busy, so people can still easily find us.”

Healium offers Swedish massage services, hot stones, essential oils, deep tissue massage, and myofascial massage.

Once Zautner and Heinecke had the business up and running and massage services in place, they felt yoga would be a good addition. They brought in Lucks to coordinate a yoga program. Since Lucks’ arrival in October, Healium has added vinyasa flow, strength, hot, and restorative yoga classes.

Zautner said Healium is just one of the few wellness businesses that offers hot yoga, and she feels that sets them apart from other holistic businesses.

A newer service at Healium is Thai massage, which Heinecke describes as “a cross between yoga and massage.” The client lies on the floor clothed while the therapist gently stretches the body into yoga-like poses.

Zautner and Heinecke have participated in community events such as farmers markets, Urban Garage, and Pridefest. They want to get to more events in the future.

Currently they have no immediate plans to expand but they do ask clients what services they would like to see added down the road. “But we’re good for now,” Zautner said, smiling.

Healium Wellness
3457 S. Burrell St.
(414) 403-0116/Tanya Heinecke
(414) 331-0606/Jeanne Zautner

Sheila Julson,, is a freelance writer and blogs at


Superb Health relocates to Hide House

January 31, 2014

By Sheila Julson

Personal trainer Nick Lynch believes that everyone can benefit from working out with kettlebells. He hopes that his new, larger location in Bay View will get more people moving and healthy.

Lynch is a native of Montpelier, Vt. His father was a chiropractor who instilled an awareness of health and wellness in his children from early on. “When I was young, I was eating an Airheads candy,” Lynch recalled, “and my dad turned the wrapper over and pointed out all of the bad ingredients, like the food dye Red 40. He said, ‘this can give you cancer.’ That really stayed with me.”

Always athletic, Lynch played semi-professional Junior A hockey for the Binghamton Senators in Binghamton, N.Y. and for the Twin City Saber Cats in Fitchburg, Mass. From there, he went on to a career in personal training. He worked as a strength coach for the University of Vermont (UVM). But he had a desire to move on and start his own personal training business. Lynch helped train at UVM hockey player who previously played on the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s (MSOE) men’s hockey team, who talked up his hometown to Lynch.

Lynch visited Milwaukee and said he was impressed by the city’s park system and the cleanliness of the town, so he made his move in 2006. He settled in the Riverwest neighborhood and worked as a personal trainer at Bally and the Wisconsin Athletic Club before starting Superb Health with fellow trainer Mike Veselka in 2009. Veselka has since left to pursue other endeavors, Lynch said, who now owns the business with his wife Natalie.

The new Bay View space is the fourth location, moving from its beginnings at 2025 N. Summit Ave., to 2225 N. Humboldt Ave., in Riverwest. When Lynch’s lease was up at the Riverwest space in 2013, he moved Superb Health into a temporary space in Whitefish Bay. Some of his clients recommended Bay View, so he explored the neighborhood and found the ambiance very organic and community-oriented, much like his hometown of Montpelier. He opened the 1,600-square-foot space January 2014 in the west building of the Hide House complex.

Superb Health provides kettlebell strength training, in both group and one-on-one settings. Kettlebells are cast-iron spherical weights, with a handle. According to Lynch, kettlebells are growing as a popular training method in the United States. The basic move, called a snatch, is where one stands feet apart, reaches down to pick up the kettlebell, and then using correct form, lifts it over one’s head.

He said organizations such as the Secret Service and the San Francisco 49ers incorporate kettlebells in their training.

Lynch said kettlebell workouts burn calories and fat, stimulate muscle gain, and improve posture movement. Whenever weather permits, classes move outdoors to area parks so participants can be invigorated by the fresh air and open space. “Humans weren’t meant to train in captivity,” Lynch said.

Lynch is RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) and SFG (StrongFirst Giyra) certified.

Lynch offers nutritional counseling, which he believes is essential for a healthy body, mind, and spirit. He teaches clients meal plans, how to read labels, encourages local and organic eating, and schedules grocery trips with clients to educate them on smart, healthy purchasing.

He noted that Superb Health’s goals set it apart from other fitness businesses — not quick results or instant vanity gratification, but long-term strength and health.

In addition to running Superb Health, he is the strength coach for MSOE’s men’s hockey team.

He has participated in community events, including Outpost Natural Food’s “Snatch Off” fundraiser that benefitted the Hunger Task Force. Participants snatched 26-50 pound kettlebell weights for five minutes. Sponsors backed each clean repetition.

Lynch said Bay View has been welcoming, and his neighbors in the Hide House and vicinity have stopped by to say hello and introduce themselves.

Superb Health

2625 S. Greeley St., Ste. 120

(414) 477-2071


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