Bay View’s summer outdoor art markets

August 1, 2014

By Monica Maniaci

The Maker Market and Art in the Park are the two newest additions to the Bay View art community. In addition to Bay View Gallery Night, Art Beat in the Heat, and the annual Bay View Art Guild’s Festival of Arts Show at the South Shore Frolics, these two venues are contributing to Bay View’s already strong art scene. The art market scene is alive and kicking in Bay View this summer. Whether you’re in the market for fine art, handmade pottery, clothing, soap, etc., Bay View is the place to find it and to support a wide variety of local artists, makers, and designers.

Maker Market is held in Colectivo’s parking lot at Howell and Lincoln avenues.     MONICA MANIACI

Maker Market is held in Colectivo’s parking lot at Howell and Lincoln avenues. MONICA MANIACI

Maker Market is in its second successful season. Cortney Heimerl started Maker Market last summer with the help of her assistant and co-coordinator Ashley Smith. Located in the Colectivo parking lot on Lincoln and Kinnickinnic avenues, the market runs every first Sunday of the month from May to September, 10am to 4pm. “Attendance has been great,” said Heimerl. “It’s gaining momentum. We’ve got really great, really enthusiastic vendors.”

With over 40 vendors each month, Maker Market offers a lot of choices. “I want everyone to feel like they can find something, from a six-year-old child to 98-year-old man,” Heimerl said. “This is one of the best ways to shop local. I want to expose people to the idea of buying outside of the box.”

Heimerl earned a BFA in Printmaking from UWM and a Master of Arts in Media Ecology from NYU. When she returned to Milwaukee in 2007, she noticed a
gap in the local art community and was eager to help fill it. She started Hovercraft five years ago with three of her girlfriends as a way to bring artists together. “My whole point in running markets is to try to encourage the growth of the creative community. I want to show off what people can create,” Heimerl said. “It’s overwhelming how much talent there is in this city. I want to bring people
together and show off how great and creative this city is.”

Heimerl, an artist herself, who currently works on quilting and embroidery, understands how important it is to have a place to be seen as an artist. Maker Market is an excellent way for artists to reach people. “It provides a brick and mortar feel for the artists, standing in front of their businesses,” Heimerl said. “And it offers consistent placement for these artists and makers.”

Similarly, functional and sculptural ceramicist, Brian Breider, started Art in the Park this past June with a focus on fine art. One of the stipulations about selling at Art in the Park is that vendors may not charge more than $100 for an item. “Our focus is on affordable fine art,” he said.

Art in the Park is held in Zillman Park on the north end of Kinnickinnic Avenue.        BRIAN BREIDER

Art in the Park is held in Zillman Park on the north end of Kinnickinnic Avenue. BRIAN BREIDER

Art in the Park runs every Saturday through September 6 at Zillman Park on Kinnickinnic Avenue and Ward Street from 11am to 3pm. “This is our first year so attendance has been a bit slow,” Breider said. “But the folks who do come are there specifically to see art, so sales have been good.”

A variety of artists working in different media will be present each week at Art in the Park, including photographers, painters, jewelers, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists, and more. “We have about 15 to 20 vendors each week,” he said. “We have a different selection of artists to help keep the festival fresh and interesting. We want to accommodate all, but have a lean towards fine art.”

Like Heimerl, Breider likes how art markets foster interest in art and community. “Art in the Park features artist workshops and demonstrations for both children and adults throughout the season. We have several community nonprofit groups from the area that host events promoting their mission, activities, and opportunities,” Breider said.

Both markets offer shoppers the opportunity to browse and see what their local artists, makers, and designers have to offer. Jenna Sims Gray, a Bay View resident who bought  two bought two candles at Maker Market, appreciates the emphasis on community and camaraderie. “I love it here. It’s small and accessible and I really feel like I’m supporting my neighbors and community. My daughters and I even rode our bikes here,” she said. With the spirit of cooperative involvement, these art markets are a positive extension — and expression — of both the art community and the Bay View community as a whole.

 


St. Ann Center $1 million challenge — donations needed by Aug. 15 for new north side facility

August 1, 2014

The St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care is rapidly moving towards an August 15 deadline to begin its long-planned replication, of its St. Francis facility, on 7.5 acres on 24th Street and North, the most impoverished area in the city of Milwaukee. The $20.7 million 80,000-square-foot facility will serve up to 250 preschoolers and 150 adults daily and employ approximately 200 individuals from this area. It will not only be a center for health and education but it will also be a catalyst for more investment in the redevelopment of this neighborhood, said Ron Zeilinger, speaking on behalf of St. Ann Center.

Although approximately $13 million has been raised to date, the start of the project has been delayed due to a $2 million shortfall in the minimum capital required to acquire the necessary financing to begin the project.

In July, Tim and Vivian Sullivan announced that they have created a $1 million challenge match on the condition that this amount is matched prior to August 15. This decision date is critical to insure that the facility can begin receiving clients by September 2015.

“I am very excited and deeply appreciative of this new challenge match,” said Sister Edna Lonergan, founder and president of St. Ann Center. “I am hopeful that we can reach the minimum funding level by August 15. This community has tremendous needs that our new facility can serve. Postponing this project could be devastating in many ways.”

Should the project be delayed, it is almost certain that Milwaukee could lose a portion of the Head Start grants that it has procured from the Federal government, said Zeilinger. “The new Northside St. Ann Center would provide the necessary facilities to serve a portion of this grant. Additionally, other funding that has been pledged is time sensitive, and it could be forfeited if the project is delayed beyond this August.”

To pledge money towards this challenge match, contact Casey Rozanski at the St. Ann Center: 414-977-5001 or crozanski@stanncenter.org.

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care has been providing care for Milwaukee’s children and adults for over 30 years.

The center offers day programs for children (infants through preschoolers), adults with physical and cognitive disabilities, and the frail elderly. It is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. More info: stanncenter.org.

 


BVNA’s Beautiful Bay View Photo Contest

August 1, 2014

CREDIT Lubomír ?evela via Wikicommons

CREDIT Lubomir Cevela via Wikicommons

The Bay View Neighborhood Association (BVNA) invites neighborhood residents to enter photos that highlight the things they love about the Bay View neighborhood. Beautiful Bay View Photo Contest submissions will be accepted until Sept. 1. Up to 10 winners will be chosen.

There are three categories: adult professional photographer; adult amateur photographer, and youth photographer (for those under the age of 18).

“Whether you’re a pro with an expensive camera and years of experience or just a Bay View enthusiast with a point-and-shoot or a smartphone, we want to see your photos, said Jeff McAvoy, Communications Chair of the BVNA. “We know that kids also love taking pictures, so we want to see those too.”

A panel of judges will choose winning photos. Residents will be able to participate via a Facebook vote. The judges are Ald. Tony Zielinski, BVNA board president Nichole Williams, Radio Milwaukee DJ Jordan Lee, state Sen. Chris Larson, and Bay View Middle and High School Principal Aaron Shapiro. Judges will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place photos for each of the three categories. Additionally, photos from all categories will be posted to BVNA’s Facebook page. Neighbors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite photos, and the photo with the most “likes” will win the Popular Vote Award. Prizes are currently being solicited by the BVNA and will be announced on their website.

“We want neighbors to highlight what they love about living in Bay View,” McAvoy said. “We want to see your favorite places to meet friends, spend time, and play in our neighborhood. Show us what makes you smile, what you tell others about Bay View, your favorite hidden gems. Anything that makes you love Bay View, we want to see it all!”

An event celebrating the contest and the winning photos will be held on Bay View Gallery Night on September 26. All are welcome to attend. Details will be posted at the Bay View Neighborhood Association’s website, bayviewneighborhood.org.

All Bay View residents are invited to submit photos at bayviewneighborhood.org. Submission details: Each resident may enter the contest once and submit up to five photos.

BVNA members can enter for free, and the entry fee for non-members is just $5.

To become a BVNA member, visit bayviewneighborhood.org/member.

 


Can you Spott Toni Spott? Local realtor launches marketing campaign

August 1, 2014

Bay View resident Toni Spott has launched a new marketing campaign called Spott Toni Spott. The campaign was inspired by a popular children’s book.

Spott, a real estate specialist with Keller Williams Realty, said she loved finding Waldo even more than her children when she read them the picture book Where’s Waldo? The beloved book by Mark Handford, first published in 1986, features intricate brightly-colored illustrations. Hidden in each is Waldo, a character dressed in a long-sleeved red and white striped shirt and tasseled knit cap.

The campaign’s ads, running in the Compass and Edible Milwaukee, features a cartoon version of Spott decked out in duds resembling Waldo’s, except her character wears a necklace, and a beret instead of a knit cap.

In order to heighten awareness of her listings in Bay View, Spott wants those who spot one of her Keller-Williams listings to snap a photo and tweet it to her @tonispott. The photos will serve as entry in her weekly raffle that will be held each Tuesday at Chill on the Hill, Bay View Neighborhood’s summer concert series at Humboldt Park.

Spott said she’s staging the raffle at Chill on the Hill because “It is such a family-oriented event in Bay View, and I wanted to do something for the families.” She is collaborating with local business owners who will sponsor a weekly prize.

Spott, in her 14th year as a realtor in Bay View said, “I get to see my clients all the time in the community. I like seeing them happy in their new home and in this community.”

 


Candidate Forum August 4 in Bay View at Parkside School (formerly Fritsche Middle School)

August 1, 2014

The Bay View Compass, Bay View Neighborhood Association (BVNA), and League of Women Voters are sponsoring a candidate forum featuring the five candidates vying for Wisconsin’s District 19 Assembly seat, currently held by Rep. Jon Richards.

The forum is Monday, August 4, in the auditorium of Parkside School (formerly Fritsche Middle School), 2969 S. Howell Ave. The event begins at 7pm and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Members of League of Women Voters will moderate and time the event.

Questions will be solicited from audience members via notecards that will be available at the event. To submit a question prior to the event, email it to folkbum@hotmail.com or tweet it to @folkbum.

The moderator will pose questions for each of the five candidates (four of the Democratic Party; one of the Pirate Party), who will be invited to respond to each. Additionally, candidates will each be given one minute for opening remarks and 30 seconds for closing remarks.

SCHEDULE

7pm Introduction and Opening Remarks by Moderator

7:15 – 9:15pm Candidates’ opening remarks, Q & A, closing remarks.

THE CANDIDATES/FORUM PARTICIPANTS AND PARTY AFFILIATION: 

Dan Adams, Democrat

Jonathan Brostoff, Democrat

Marina Dimitrijevic, Democrat

Sara Geenen, Democrat

Joseph Thomas Klein, Pirate

The auditorium is located on the first floor and is accessible. Enter the building via the front doors on the east facade on Howell Avenue. Parking is available on Howell and adjacent streets and in the parking lot on the south side of the building.

The Wisconsin Primary is Tuesday, August 12.

Learn more about the candidates:
Dan Adams
facebook.com/AdamsforAssembly
adamsforassembly.com

Jonathan Brostoff
facebook.com/jonathan.brostoff
votebrostoff.com

Marina Dimitrijevic
facebook.com/vote4marina
votemarina.com

Sara Geenen
facebook.com/SaraGeenenforWisconsin
sarageenen.com

Joseph Thomas Klein
facebook.com/pirate19th
joeklein.org

 


Will pedestrians in Bay View be safer?

August 1, 2014

By Kevin Meagher

For Bay View pedestrians fearing for their lives every time they approach a crosswalk, Ald. Tony Zielinski hopes to provide some peace of mind.

With growing numbers of pedestrians concerned about their safety in Bay View and with the apparent lack of knowledge or respect for Wisconsin’s uncontrolled crosswalk laws, Zielinski launched a “Crosswalk Enforcement Program” to seek out offenders and spread the word in Bay View about Wisconsin crosswalk ordinances. On June 15, with the help of a local volunteer and police officers, Zielinski staged an exercise focusing on pedestrian “right-of-way laws.”(The Compass videotaped the exercise.) As Zielinski or volunteer Zak Williams stepped into the crosswalk on Kinnickinnic Avenue, drivers who failed to yield were stopped by officers and issued a warning or citation. The drivers who were pulled over said they were unaware of the law, according to Zielinski.

The majority of drivers failed to yield to Zielinski and Williams during the test period that took place for about an hour. Only a few drivers were pulled over since there was only one squad car at the event and because of the amount of time required to issue a warning or citation.51b-kx3s+NL._SL1500_
Zielinski’s program will be split into two segments; the first will be more exercises similar to the one in June, where Zielinski and volunteers will hit the streets and police officer will crack down on offenders by issuing warnings or citations to drivers who fail to yield to the volunteers attempting to cross KK. The second will be the communications and educational portion. Through word of mouth, e-notify updates to constituents, his newsletter, and press releases to the media, Zielinski will attempt to keep regularly spreading the word about crosswalk laws and other aspects of pedestrian safety to the public. He expects to begin this effort in his next newsletter.

Wisconsin’s pedestrian “right-of-way” law, or Statute 346.24(1) reads, “At an intersection or crosswalk where traffic is not controlled by traffic control signals or by a traffic officer, the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian, or to a person riding a bicycle or electric personal assistive mobility device in a manner which is consistent with the safe use of the crosswalk by pedestrians, who is crossing the highway within a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”

With such a clearly-stated law, it seems almost unbelievable that so many drivers in Bay View would be completely ignorant of, or at least unwilling to obey it, but that may be more a reflection of Wisconsinites’ attitudes toward the law.

“I guess the impetus for (starting the program) was that we had a lot of constituents moving into the neighborhood from California and other parts of the country where they really enforce it and they’re shocked that we don’t do a better job” Zielinski said.

Most would agree that a community’s quality-of-life scale includes pedestrian safety.

In 2013, there were 44 motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians in Police District 6, which covers portions of Milwaukee’s south side including Bay View. Without police enforcement, despite those accidents, the obvious question becomes why would drivers obey the law?

Joyce Parker, a longtime Bay View resident and owner of Joyce Parker Productions on south Kinnickinnic Avenue recognized that the “Yield for Pedestrians” sign on the corner of KK and Lenox Street is often knocked down in the road, likely having been run over by unsuspecting drivers.

Parker is not the only resident who doubts drivers’ knowledge of the law.

“There’s been countless times where I’ve almost been rear-ended when stopping for pedestrians crossing the street,” said Chris Gawronski, when asked if he thought most drivers knew about the law.

In Milwaukee, the fine for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a controlled intersection is $88.80 and $145.50 for failure to yield in an uncontrolled intersection, while the fine for the most common parking violations is $30. With the city of Milwaukee issuing an average of 800,000 parking citations each year, one can only wonder what the city would yield in revenue if they enforced the right-of-way laws as diligently. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were about 9,500 failure to yield the right-of-way convictions in the entire state in 2013. With such a mammoth disparity between the number of tickets issued for parking violations and failure to yield violations, its unlikely traffic citations could ever reach the same level as parking tickets in Milwaukee because of the simple facts that parking checkers can only issue parking tickets and police have a lot more to do than write traffic tickets. Ideally, Zielinski would like to see a balance between officers upholding all of their other duties, while also enforcing the mundane traffic laws.

“Basically, it’s trying to work out a system where the police can try and enforce the (Crosswalk Enforcement) program during their non-peak hours, and that way everybody wins. Now if there was a way you could have parking checkers issue speeding violations that’s another story, but I don’t know if you want non-sworn officers, people that aren’t properly trained, stopping traffic because (drivers) could be dangerous or there could be other things going on” said Zielinski.

Editor’s Note: When researching this story, we discovered this list of ways to violate Milwaukee’s parking rules and thought readers might find it of interest.

 

City of Milwaukee Parking Citations
VIOLATION                                                                    Original Fine
Parked in Intersection $30
Parked on Crosswalk $30
Parked in Safety Zones $30
Parked on Sidewalk (area) $30
Parked along side of Highway excavation $30
Parked in Loading Zone $35
Parked in Alley of Business District $30
Parked Less that 15 Feet from Crosswalk $30
Angle Parking $30
Failure to Park in Designated Angle Space $30
Double Parking $30
Parked Wrong Direction $30
Parked Less than 2 Feet from Vehicle $30
Unregistered vehicle $60
Improperly displayed vehicle registration $20
Meter Parking Violation $22
Parked More Than 12 inches from Curb $30
Night Parking $20
Night Parking (Ineligible Vehicle) $33
Night Parking (Business Area) $22
Wrong Side for night parking $20
Night Parking (Winter Restricted) $20
Unidentified Owner $55
Obstructing Bus Loading Zone $35
Parked Within 4 Feet of Entrance/Drive/Alley $30
Residential Parking Program $33
Vehicle For Sale on public property $33
Parked Within 10 Feet Of Hydrant $30
Parked Where Prohibited by Official Sign $35
Parked in School Zone $30
Parked On Service Drive on Side Adjacent to Highway $29
Parked in Excess of 1/4 Hour Prohibited $25
Parked in Excess of 1/2 Hour Prohibited $25
Parked in Excess of 1 Hour Prohibited $25
Parked in Excess of 2 Hours Prohibited $25
Parked In Excess of 3 Hours Prohibited $25
Parked in Excess of 4 Hours Prohibited $25
Parked in Excess of 12 Hours Prohibited $29
Snow Emergency (Posted Sign) $50
Temporary No Parking Snow Emergency $50
Temporary No Parking Street Construction $39
Snow Emergency Regulation 4 + Inches $40
Parked in Excess of 24 Hours Prohibited $40
Tow Away Zone (Parked in a Tow Away) $60
Tow Away Zone (Parked in a Driveway) $60
Tow Away Zone (Blocking Traffic) $60
Tow Away Zone Violation (Street Sweeping) $40
Unauthorized Parking in Handicapped Zone $200
Parked on Posted Private Property $40
Parked Adjacent to Playground When Posted $25
Parked On Bridges, Viaducts and Underpass at Any Time $30
Parked in Recreational Area $44
Parked on Public Property W/O Permit $33
Parked in Taxicab Stand $30
Car Key Ignition Ordinance $22
Parked in Excess of 24 Hours $45
Parking Unattended Heavy Truck $60
Junk Stored/Collected in Vehicle $60
The fines above are subject to periodic increases if not paid in a timely fashion.
Source Dept. of Public Works: http://bit.ly/1lSVz2y

 


New haven for fiber and fabric artists

August 1, 2014

By Sheila Julson 

Judy Gauthier’s Bungalow Quilting and Yarn, 3747 S. Howell Ave., has a homey feel with its wood floors and built-in cabinetry.                         JENNIFER KRESSE

Judy Gauthier’s Bungalow Quilting and Yarn, 3747 S. Howell Ave., has a homey feel with its wood floors and built-in cabinetry. JENNIFER KRESSE

Those who quilt, sew, or craft in Bay View have a fresh source for fabric, yarn, notions, and how-to classes. Bungalow Quilting and Yarn, 3747 S. Howell Ave., opened June 2 in a bungalow-style building, once Tippecanoe Grocery in the 1930’s.

Judy Gauthier, owner and avid quilter, started her original Bungalow Quilting and Yarn location Oct. 2011 in Ripon, Wis. She resides in Ripon but was born and raised on Milwaukee’s south side in the Tippecanoe and Garden District neighborhoods. She said she found that many of her Ripon customers drove to her store from the Milwaukee area, primarily due to the lack of choice in fabrics and craft supplies other than other than a couple of chain stores. In the past decade, Bay View has lost Drawstring and The Cutting Table (now Delaware House), both independently-owned fabric stores.

Prior to Gauthier’s occupancy, Pi Sigma Epsilon, a national fraternal sales, marketing, and management organization, leased the building. When it vacated, Gauthier rented the space, but was required to have the building rezoned for mercantile use. She said District 13 Ald. Terry Witkowski was supportive of her business and assisted with rezoning and permitting issues.

“The south side needed a store like this, and it was really important to me that the store be in Milwaukee proper,” Gauthier said. “Fabric and craft stores are primarily located in the suburbs. I want to pull people from the suburbs into the city, instead of the other way around.”

Bungalow has an array of quilting fabric and supplies, but also offers apparel fabric, patterns, thread, notions, vintage buttons, plus crochet hooks, yarn, and knitting needles. Colorful skeins of yarn are playfully piled in a bathtub, and fabric is draped over display rods in layers to present a full view of the prints.

The quilting and apparel prints with floral and retro designs abound, with an average price of $11.95 per yard. There are some organic cotton fabrics and novelty fabrics like Packers-themed prints and Halloween designs. “We have unique designs geared for the modern quilter,” Gauthier said.

Do not expect to find mainstream dress patterns like Simplicity or McCall’s. Bungalow carries independent lines of garment patterns for children and adults, such as Modkid and April Rhodes. The quilting patterns for sale include Prairie Grass and creations by independent artists.

Crafters can learn new skills through classes offered at the store — various aspects of quilting, beginning to advanced knitting, and how to make handbags and umbrellas.

“The umbrella class is popular,” Gauthier noted. Participants can learn to make a fully functioning umbrella by using a frame sold at Bungalow, then covering it with quilting cotton and spraying the finished product with silicone spray, similar to what is used by hunters when they waterproof their tents.

Gauthier hopes to promote garment sewing, and she has noticed a resurgence of apparel construction among younger people.

Passion For Quilting

Since colonial times, quilting has been an esteemed craft in America. Colorful quilts were created at home by an individual or by a group at quilting bees sometimes held in homes, sometimes in a church or other public building. Quilts were often constructed to tell stories, preserve history, or create heirlooms by using fabric scraps from family members’ garments and linen. Today quiltmakers still take pride in constructing quilts to be passed from generation to generation, although some people quilt just for the fun of it. Quilting enthusiasts can showcase their skills via contests and quilting clubs. Quilting (topstitching that holds the batting in place), often created in a decorative pattern, is done by hand with a needle and thread, with a sewing machine, or with a longarm quilting machine.

Gauthier, formerly a critical-care registered nurse, sewed clothing for her children. As they got older, she said they no longer desired homemade garments, so she turned her sewing passion to quilting. She operates both the Ripon and Milwaukee Bungalow locations full-time. She is the founder of Modern Quilt Club Milwaukee. She has created books about the template system she created that she calls “The 3 1/2, 4 1/2, and 5 1/2 Inch Block Template System.” “It reads like a recipe book.” Gauthier said. “It has acrylic templates in three sizes that allows quilters to upcycle their odd-shaped scrap fabric.”

Upcoming events include the “Staple Dress” fashion show. Those who wish to participate can stop by the store to purchase the April Rhodes Staple Dress pattern (simple, basic dress), construct the dress in any fabric, and add any accessories or accents of choice. Entrants will show off their creations Tuesday, Nov. 11, at a fashion show at the Milwaukee store.

Bungalow Quilting and Yarn
3747 S. Howell Ave.
414-585-9995
bungalowquilting.com

Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and blogs at cappersfarmer.com/blogs/return-to-our-roots

 


ParenThesis — Vacations zap hurry worry

August 1, 2014

By Jill Rothenbueler Maher

NEW Jill Maher Headshot Dec 2013Anyone going on vacation this month? Many of you probably are and then will post happy pictures to Facebook.

My family vacationed last month at the beach, and one of the best parts about it was the lack of our usual schedule. We joined three other families for a group getaway and all of us occasionally lost track of the day of the week. I really appreciated not having to be punctual for work meetings or weekend events like our daughter’s swim lesson.

Beach vacations, along with camping and cabin vacations are real antidotes to schedule-driven lives. They often allow an extended escape from daily life and provide ample free time for a make-your-own-fun-style break rather than a stimulating sightseeing or theme park break.

I hope that contemporary challenges, like both parents working, which makes getting off on the same days more difficult, don’t discourage people from taking make-your-own-fun breaks.

Some families are reluctant to take a long break that entails a true escape from the typical schedule because of the kids’ obligations. Parents can be hesitant to have their children miss sports practices and games, musical performances, or other similar activities.

But when vacation goes right and family members get along well and even the weather and the mosquitoes cooperate, the brain break is very worthwhile. Children and adults benefit from the lack of “hurry worry” that a good vacation provides. I find my own brain goes into a different gear on a truly relaxing trip and I appreciate no multitasking and no deadlines. I try to stay off email and focus on the people I’m with. When the time away ends and I return to reality, the vacation glow sometimes lasts a few days, even after I unpack and wash the laundry.

My friend categorizes vacation differently than I do. She segregates family trips from vacations. For her, a true vacation is a getaway from her three little children, who are glued to her side every summer day. To her, a really good break involves someone else watching her children and dealing with their minor struggles.

Our own beach getaway ended and we came back to a lawn that needed mowing but also some ripe berries in the backyard. Friendly neighbors on the block were curious to hear about our time away and what weather we experienced. Enjoy your travels, then enjoy your return to our wonderful neighborhood.

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

 


THE FINE PRINT — How do I avoid being held hostage in my own company?

August 1, 2014

By Jan Pierce

janpierceThere are a multitude of risks associated with starting your own business, but losing control of your business to your partners doesn’t have to be one of them. Luckily, unlike many business risks, you can avoid this trap with proper planning.

This article assumes that you operate as a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation. Ownership percentage is evidenced by shares of stock in a corporation, and membership interests, or units, in a limited liability company. For simplicity purposes, this article will use the term “shares” to refer to both. The principles described apply similarly to LLCs and corporations.

While officers and directors run a company, it is the shareholders (owners) who elect the directors and officers. Therefore, it is those shareholders who ultimately control the company. The percentage of shares owned by each of the respective shareholders determines how much control each has.

Controlling shareholders can hire or fire employees and raise or lower their salaries. Because most shareholders of closely-held companies are also employees, this is a big deal. Even though shareholders also get a share of the profits, those profits could be significantly impacted or reduced by how the controlling shareholders decide to spend company money. They could give themselves big fat salaries, have the company spend lots of money on things that benefit them, fire or reduce the salaries of the other shareholder-employees, and leave little or no revenues left to be distributed as profits.

If this last bit sounds nightmarish, it should. If you end up being held hostage like this, you have little or no recourse. There’s always litigation, but litigation is expensive and corporate law is on the side of the majority shareholders.

Control can be distributed via several different scenarios.

Majority Control By One Shareholder

If one shareholder owns 51% or more of the shares, he or she is the controlling shareholder. It’s a dictatorship — which can be efficient and benevolent. But they’re still dictatorships. If you are the 49% or less shareholder, you better feel 100% comfortable submitting total control to your business partner.

Majority Control By Two Or More Shareholders

The only difference here is that it takes more than one person to establish a majority. It’s slightly more democratic, but you won’t feel any less oppressed if you’re ganged up on.

Fifty-fifty Control By Shareholders

This is the most democratic, but also potentially the most destructive. All decisions require unanimous consent, but deadlock occurs if there isn’t.

Be careful who you go into business with and how much power you give them over you. Ownership interest is usually determined by how much someone is contributing to the business. But no matter what they’re contributing, it may not be worth the cost.

Send your question to jan@janpiercelaw.com. To protect your privacy, your name will not be published. 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.

 


Bay View’s Hayward Williams plays Anodyne each week in August

August 1, 2014

By Jay Bullock

 Haywood Williams plays Anodyne in Walker’s Point in August, in the venue’s residency program.                                                                                        ALAN HERZBERG


Hayward Williams plays Anodyne in Walker’s Point in August in the venue’s residency program. ALAN HERZBERG

Wednesday nights in August, you can see singer-songwriter Hayward Williams perform at the Anodyne Coffee’s Walker’s Point Roastery. Other times, you could see him on tour around the country or in Europe, playing music solo or with the band Cold Satellite.

Or, you might just see him walking around Bay View, which he’s called home for three years.

“The easiest way to describe my music,” Williams said, “is if Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen had a baby.” Unlikely as that child would be, Williams does have a little of Morrison’s soul in his singing, and Springsteen’s flavor peppers his lyrics.

As Anodyne owner Matt McClutchy put it, “His music straddles that space between singer-songwriter stuff and American roadhouse music that I like and want people to enjoy at Anodyne.”

The Waukesha native dropped out of college in 2001 — he was an art history and art education major — to join the Milwaukee band Exit. “I decided a rock band would be an interesting form of education,” he said about choosing that path in lieu of college. But it was not fulfilling.

“As that dragged on, I wasn’t getting a lot of artistic pleasure out of it, so I started writing my own songs,” Williams said.

He has put out six albums of original music to date. His most recent, 2012’s Haymaker, was released with the help of Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website that allows creative people to solicit financial support for their projects, over a 30-day period. Williams set a goal of $4,000, and, he said, he met that goal in just 24 hours. He raised a total of $7,500 for the project.

Reflecting on the experience Williams said, “It’s humbling to ask people for money. To have it become a success is more humbling because it shows people like your music and want to help out. You never know what you’re going to get when you hit the start button.”

In 2013, Williams recorded a seventh album, The Reef. He hopes to release that album this fall, but he provided the Compass with an advanced copy. His most ambitious effort to date, The Reef is an aggressive and rocking Americana album, full of steel guitar, gritty imagery, and haunting harmony. It was produced by Cold Satellite’s frontman Jeffrey Foucault, also a Southeast Wisconsin native and accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right. The album features a number of other members of Cold Satellite, which Williams joined before they recorded their second album.

“I’ve known Jeffrey Foucault for 15 years, since we worked at the same summer camp,” Williams said. At the time, Williams had been working on his skills as a sideman, including electric guitar and keyboards. “Foucault was looking for a Hammond B-3 player for the band. He liked my backing vocals, and I told him I could play B-3 even though I couldn’t, really. But I figured it out.”

Anodyne’s Walker’s Point location has offered a variety of live music since it opened last year. Williams, though, will be the first to do a month-long “residency,” playing once a week with guest artists he selected himself. McClutchy said the idea came from Williams. “The idea for the residency was all his. It’s a great idea which I can take no credit for,” McClutchy said.

There are no immediate plans for future residencies, McClutchy said, though his hope for this first one is fairly modest. “My goals for the residency are pretty simple,” McClutchy explained. “Draw a lot of people so Hayward is happy, and provide all involved with a really great time.”

The supporting artists Williams invited will help with that. Williams said, “I signed up a different act to share the bill, people I’ve worked with and respect, to make each evening stand out from the others.”

The guests include Rockford, Ill. band Miles Nielson and the Rusted Hearts, whose guitarist Dan McMahon produced two of Williams’s earlier albums; Milwaukee band The Thriftones, members of whom Williams has known since high school; Rusty Belle, a band from Cambridge, Mass., whose brother and sister members Matt and Kate Lorenz provided harmony vocals on The Reef; and Milwaukee singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey.

Mulvey’s connection to Hayward Williams goes back to 2005, when Williams wanted to record his original songs. “I was looking for a producer-arranger, and Foucault suggested Peter Mulvey, since he was also in Milwaukee. We recorded the Trench Foot EP, just me and him in his living room,” William said.

In the decade since, Hayward Williams has proven a talented songwriter, sideman, and live solo performer. His residency at Anodyne is the perfect hometown showcase for that talent.

Hayward Williams plays Wednesday, August 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 8pm, Anodyne’s Coffee’s Walker Point Roastery, 224 W. Bruce St. More info: haywardwilliams.com or
anodynecoffee.com/events.php

 


Bay View High School to celebrate 100 years

August 1, 2014

By Sheila Julson

In 1929, the Bay View High School Band was small and populated mostly by young men. The drum major wins the contest for best uniform!  1929 ORACLE, BAY VIEW HIGH SCHOOL’S YEARBOOK

In 1929, the Bay View High School Band was small and populated mostly by young men. The drum major wins the contest for best uniform! 1929 ORACLE, BAY VIEW HIGH SCHOOL’S YEARBOOK

For decades, stone gargoyles peered from the cornice of Bay View High School, keeping watch over the thousands and thousands of teens who passed through the school’s doors. They saw the merriment of homecomings celebrated with toilet paper streamers flailing from trees and senior class pranks like Ronald McDonald statues lifted from the neighborhood McDonald’s restaurant, decorated in Redcat attire. They witnessed the thrill of teams returning from victory. They saw frolicking and fights, the passionate kisses of young lovers, hairstyles from bobs to beehives, and they heard the smooth sounds of Swing and doo-wop crooning from transistor radios, and later rap and heavy metal blaring from boom boxes.

Bay View High School, known as The Castle on the Hill, celebrates its centennial this year. Founded in 1914, the first classes were held in barracks with no central heating. Gustav Fritsche was the first principal. Construction of the current four-story building was completed in 1922. In 1975, a modern addition was added to the building’s east façade that included a 1,200-seat spectator gym.

The yearbook and the school’s newspaper, both named Oracle, were developed during the school’s early years. A beloved institution in Bay View,  the school has a rich tradition of academics, athletics, music, and extracurricular clubs.

In 2011 Fritsche Middle School merged with Bay View High School and the name was changed to Bay View Middle and High School.

Now it’s time to celebrate. Classes past and present, as well as members of the community, are invited and encouraged to participate in several events scheduled to celebrate The Castle on the Hill’s 100th birthday.

The 1944 Bay View High School Senior Band.

The 1944 Bay View High School Senior Band.

Bay View Centennial Band

Pauline Koszuta (nee Pritchard), Bay View High School Class of 1972, and Debra Chomicka (formerly Chomicki) Class of 1973, were both active in band, playing clarinet and trombone, respectively. The two remained good friends through the decades and are part of a group of a dozen people involved with Bay View Alumni Association’s planning committee. Their centennial project, an all-class band reunion called Bay View Centennial Band, will perform at the homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 4, at 12:30pm at Pulaski Stadium. The 90-year-old South Stadium, 971 W. Windlake Ave., where the Redcat football team played, was demolished this past spring and is in the process of being rebuilt.

“All Bay View High School band members, past and present, are welcome to participate,” said Koszuta, a traveling music teacher at MPS. Her profession allows her to return to her alma mater twice per week.

Both Koszuta and Chomicka stressed that the alumni events, including the Centennial Band, are not exclusively for past grads who want to reminisce and relive old times. “Current band students are welcome and encouraged to join in,” said Chomicka.  Centennial band rehearsals begin Sept. 1.

Chomicka said that there has also been interest from alumni who participated in color guard, twirling, and cheerleading.

Bay View High School Band in 1954.

Bay View High School Band in 1954.

Koszuta and Chomicka noted that the school has had some troubled years — periods of low academic achievement and fights that made the local news, but they said things are looking up. Multi-grade projects such as a skiff-boat build and launch, and the construction and sale of birdhouses through new academic programs like STEAM and Project Lead the Way, generate student enthusiasm. They also give them opportunities to engage the community and win over newer Bay View residents who have moved to the area within the last decade. “After so many years of people in the community committed to making the school better, things are coming together. The stars have aligned,” Koszuta said.

The 1979 Bay View High School Marching Band.

The 1979 Bay View High School Marching Band.

Koszuta and Chomicka stressed that some MPS high schools have lost their marching bands, but Bay View’s is still going strong. The middle and high school Redcat drumlines kicked off Chill on the Hill’s 2014 season. Koszuta proudly pointed out another achievement — Bay View’s drumline was personally requested to perform at the farewell party for Dr. Gregory Thornton, who recently left his position as MPS superintendent for a job in Baltimore.

Koszuta is selling T-shirts, jewelry, and buttons featuring a vintage image of the Redcat mascot wearing a suit and tipping his top hat. The buttons read, “Hats off to Bay View High 1914 – 2014.” Proceeds will go the Believe in Bay View Foundation fund.

All Class Reunion Dinner

After the game, when the homecoming festivities have wrapped up, the Bay View Alumni Association will host Bay View 100th Anniversary Dinner, an all-class reunion gala Oct. 4 in the Italian Community Center’s Grand Ballroom in the Third Ward. DJ Mike Miles will spin music from the 1940s to the present. School memorabilia will be on display.

Koszuta said there is a call-out to alums to lend artifacts like letter sweaters or copies of Oracle yearbooks or newspapers to be included in a nostalgia display. She said volunteers are needed to help set up the display.

History In Print

Bay View Historical Society member Ron Winkler, BVHS Class of 1968, is teaming up with John Giovi, who graduated from BVHS in 1960, and who later taught at BVHS until 2001. They are penning a commemorative book that celebrates the history of the school. The book will be formatted to resemble an Oracle yearbook and will combine the school’s 100 years with local, national, and world events decade by decade.

Time Capsule

Steve Vande Zande, school support teacher at Bay View Middle and High School, said that staff and students in the Project Lead the Way program will use their construction and research skills to build and fill a time capsule to commemorate the school’s centennial.

“Each month [during the 2014-2015 school year], students will add one current item and something from a past decade,” Vande Zande said. “At the beginning of the school year, students will add a back-to-school-related item from today with a back-to-school object from 1914. For homecoming in October, they will add a contemporary homecoming item with one from the 1920s. The process will continue each month. It will be a student-centered, holistic learning project.”

Specifics such as the size of the capsule, where it will be buried, and when it will be unearthed will be worked out as the project evolves, he said.

Believe In Bay View

A fundraising gala for the Believe in Bay View Foundation is planned for Oct. 11, which includes a scavenger hunt inside the school, a silent auction at the Hide House, and a display of BVHS memorabilia. Those interested can RSVP on the school’s MPS website: www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/school/bayview.

For more information about the Bay View Centennial Band, to volunteer, or to purchase 100th anniversary T-shirts and buttons or to preorder the commemorative book, visit facebook.com/groups/BVCentennialAlumniBand.

For more information about the reunion dinner, contact Sonia Hass —  basketbabe53207@yahoo.com.

Sheila Julson attended Bay View High School from 1984-1988.