IN BALANCE — Natural headache remedies

March 31, 2017

By Aleisha Anderson

Headaches are so common that it can be easy to forget how abnormal it is to have them on a consistent basis. Headaches can be a symptom of a variety of health issues, but can also be the main reason for seeking medication or healthcare. Instead of popping an ibuprofen, get to know which holistic remedies may be effective for providing pain relief.

The first medicine for headaches is water. If dehydration is a chronic issue, the cure may be as simple as drinking a lot more water. Get a reusable water bottle to keep in the car, at work, or in a computer bag or purse. Make water the first priority upon waking in the morning and a routine part of the day.

Acupressure can provide acute relief as well as preventative care for all types of headaches. The best acupressure point for nagging pain is called Large Intestine 4. This is a soft area on the web of the hand between the thumb and first finger. Apply steady firm pressure to this little soft spot on the hand for 30-90 seconds at a time. This point can dull a headache and occasionally totally resolve acute pain.

Supplementing deficient minerals and nutrients may also be the solution for persistent headaches and migraines. The most common nutrient deficiencies linked to headaches are magnesium, B vitamins, and Vitamin D. Magnesium can help at the onset of pain and also be taken regularly to prevent the next headache. Low levels of Vitamins D, B2, B6, and B12 have been linked to chronic headaches. Supplementing with a recommended daily dose of these vitamins may reduce or even eliminate regularly occurring headaches.

Essential oils can provide local relief. Peppermint oil is the most commonly used essential oil for all types of headaches. Dabbing a small amount of peppermint oil on the temples, back of the neck, sinuses, and forehead creates a cooling sensation that relaxes muscles and reduces swelling.

Deep breathing and light stretching can remedy chronically tense muscles and shallow breathing patterns that instigate restricted blood flow to the head. Starting and ending each day with light stretching of the neck, low back, and hamstrings will reduce tension in the entire body. Daily stretching will also provide more flexibility in the chest making it easier to take deeper breaths. Shallow breathing can enhance neck and shoulder stiffness so practicing regular deep breathing will provide an internal stretch that keeps those muscles from hunching over and locking up.

Herbal remedies can be easy and effective as well. Ginger and turmeric can be taken to reduce pain and prevent the onset of recurring headaches. Drinking ginger tea may reduce intensity and inflammation during a headache. Turmeric can be taken as a general anti-inflammatory.

If headaches are a routine issue that only medication seems to help, then it is time investigate the cause what may be a symptom of a more serious imbalance. Occasional use of over-the-counter pain medications can be a huge help, but should not be taken on a routine basis due to an increasing number of side effects linked to their regular usage. Acupuncture, nutrition counseling, and chiropractic and integrative medicine are more advanced therapies that may help diagnose the root cause and provide a cure for chronic and recurring headaches.

Bay View resident Aleisha Anderson, L.Ac., is the clinic director and acupuncturist at Mke Mindbody Wellness, an integrative wellness center with holistic therapies focused on mental health. More info: 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this column is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or care. 

PAREN(T)HESIS — Clothing conundrums

March 31, 2017

By Jill Rothenbueler Maher

Many Milwaukee Public School students will be wearing uniforms starting this fall due to a new policy. At some schools, parents and guardians voted on filing a school-wide exemption. If a certain percent of the adults vote against uniforms, the whole school will not adopt the new policy. Regardless of the vote, individual students can be exempted.

The uniform topic brings me back to my Catholic grade school and its dress code. We had to wear collared shirts and avoid logos and denim. As I remember, the overall attitude among students was that we were thirsty for the occasional denim day and that we accepted the rules, probably because they were our norm. Leaving the house dressed according to rules was common in our house. The school dress code my sister and I followed was significantly less restrictive than the police uniform my dad wore every workday.

Decades later, I can clearly remember the flare-up when a seventh grade classmate wore Guess brand jeans with a white triangle label on the back pocket. It caused a few remarks amongst our close-knit group of about 60 kids. The focus on a brand and the potential for other students to beg for the same expensive clothes was exactly what the dress code was designed to avoid. A few years after I graduated, that school’s policy changed and implemented uniforms for its students.

Clothing debates tap deep into our emotions, as evidenced by the Guess jeans incident I remember 30 years later. Friends have similar stories, harbored in their craniums for decades, about what they and their peers wore to school and what type of jeans they coveted. In my childhood, the dress code I had to abide until eighth grade, combined with my penchant for outdoor play, meant I had school clothes and I had play clothes. I got off the bus, walked to our house, and immediately changed into more casual outfits that could get stained.

Back then I never heard of a child who couldn’t tolerate wearing certain types of clothing, but zoom ahead 30 years and now there are many kids with mild sensory issues that can be triggered by some garments.

Some kids don’t like, or cannot be comfortable wearing clothing like pants with buttons or cotton blend pants without any stretch. Luckily, knit clothing options reign supreme now for both kids and adults.

What we wear involves a lot of emotion, but I think the biggest issue with clothing is its comparison among children. It’s safe to say that whatever route a particular school takes on the uniform policy, today’s kids will grow up and survive a few crazy fashion trends, and as I did, eventually harken back to the clothing of their childhood days.

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

SPOTTLIGHT — Hello April!

March 31, 2017

By Toni Spott

Toni Spott

Everything is going green and it’s not just the luck of the Irish!

This month we celebrate Earth Day when we take time to remember why we need to take care of our Mother Earth. You know, a healthy Earth is a good home, and who doesn’t want a good home, right?

Why is it important to be green in your home?

What most people like to hear is that being green and energy efficient saves them money.

One way is to take advantage of websites that advise how to use energy smarter. One that I recommend is Spark Energy. There is info about ways to conserve energy ranging from LED bulbs to appliances to reducing air leaks at windows and doors.

Closer to home, there is Focus on Energy, a statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program sponsored by Wisconsin’s utility providers. For the past 16 years, the program has worked with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to offer advice and information about cost-effective efficient energy and renewable energy projects.

They offer such things as free pick up of old, working refrigerators and freezers and pay $35 for them. Units will be recycled and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. They connect customers with participating retailers that offer discounted ENERGY STAR appliances to make these high-performing, high-quality products more affordable.

They also offer a selection of a free pack of energy and water saving devices including LED light bulbs, showerheads, and faucet aerators. Note, the limit is one pack per eligible household per every three years. You will find the offers here:

For homeowners looking for top home comfort and serious savings, Focus on Energy’s services include a home energy assessment and a customized report with recommended energy improvements. To get started:

How can we all honor Earth Day?

Use sustainable, nontoxic materials and energy efficient appliances in your home. Why? Because it isn’t just about reducing waste and being a responsible steward of the environment, which are part Earth Day’s mission. But doing so also lowers many of your household bills, from your water and electric bills, and best of all, it lowers your distress about harming the environment.

Toni Spott Sustainable Agent, Keller Williams Realty; 414-788-4255; tspott@kw.comFacebook: Toni Spott’s Real Estate Resource; @ToniSpottsRealEstateResource

St. Thomas More High School’s New Board Members

March 31, 2017

St. Thomas More High School announced two new additions to its board of directors. They are Norman Barrientos, owner of Barrientos Design & Consulting, and Rev. Philip J. Schumaker, pastor and administrator of Bay View’s Immaculate Conception and St. Augustine of Hippo Parishes.

A lifelong civil engineer and son of Julian Barrientos, Norman is an active community volunteer and leader with experience serving on the board of directors for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Froedtert Hospital, the city of Milwaukee’s Arts Board, and Mount Mary University. Fr. Philip has served in metro Milwaukee for decades, previously working as associate pastor at St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield.

Fernwood Montessori Fine Craft and Art Fair May 7

March 31, 2017

The 10th Annual Fernwood Montessori Fine Craft and Art Fair will be held Sunday, May 7 from 10am to 4pm at Fernwood Montessori School, 3239 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Bay View
The work of more than 30 local artists will be displayed, as well as student art. The event includes take-and-make art; a bake sale, tours of the school’s greenhouse, and music performed by students.

Admission is $5.00 for adults. Children admission is free.

The event benefits Fernwood’s students and classrooms and also supports local artists.

Bay View Historical Society Dinner

March 31, 2017

The Bay View Historical Society’s Annual fundraiser dinner will be held Saturday, April 29 at the South Shore Yacht Club at 6:30pm. A social and raffle will begin at 5:30pm.

Society members will be honored and local historian Ron Winkler will speak.

Tickets are $50 per person. RSVP by April 6.. To purchase tickets/more info: Sonja Nelson-Gurda, 414-482-2522. Down load reservation form here.

To reserve seats or make a donation, may a check payable to Bay View Historical Society to:

Bay View Historical Society
Attn: Sonja Nelson-Gurda
3337 S. Delaware Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Board Approves Operation Impact’s Expansion to Aldermanic District 14 

March 31, 2017

Now in its tenth year of providing funds for crime-deterring surveillance cameras, alley lighting and police patrols, the near South Side’s Operation Impact will be expanding its services into Aldermanic District 14, including parts of Bay View.

Operation Impact founder District 8 Ald. Bob Donovan and District 14 Ald. Tony Zielinski said the expansion will be Operation Impact’s first foray outside of the Second Police District on the near South Side and farther south into the the Sixth Police District. The Operation Impact board approved the expansion during a meeting in March.

“Operation Impact has demonstrated that by leveraging private resources to the public’s benefit, you can foster a profound improvement in public safety,” Zielinski said. “I am very excited and grateful that we will be able to offer the added security of surveillance cameras to parts of my district.”

Ald. Donovan said that Operation Impact would work together with city leaders and the community to determine where resources can best be utilized.

“Thanks to the philanthropy of the individuals and the foundations that support Operation Impact and the way that this program has engaged residents, we are able to continue expanding beyond the original scope of the program,” Donovan said. “The much needed crime-fighting techniques that Operation Impact allows us to deploy are clearly in demand, and I’m thankful to the board for their foresight in recognizing the potential this expanded footprint has to help the city.”

Local Charity and Quilt Shop Sponsor 12-hour Sewathon

March 31, 2017

Bay View resident Nicole Cerda is the operations/finance volunteer for the local Operation Chemo Comfort and Patched Works, Inc. charity.

Her group is sponsoring an all-day “sewathon” Saturday, April 29 from 9am to 9pm to support cancer patients coping with a significant appearance-related hair loss, a side effect of their chemo treatments.

The goal of the sewathon is to produce a minimum of 500 headscarves that will be donated to infusion rooms, clinics, and hospital units throughout the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network.

Patched Works, Inc. will provide fabric, sewing machines, and tools. Organizers will supply all meals and beverages. The sewathon will run assembly style. People of all sewing skill levels are encouraged to participate. Volunteers may sign up for a two-hour shift:

Milwaukee cancer survivor Minerva Cornejo believes that these handcrafted items from events have a positive impact.

“An Operation Chemo Comfort donation is not just a headscarf or a hat. It represents hope. Someone takes the time to make it and it offers great encouragement and lets patients know that they aren’t alone. And wearing something pretty is a mood booster,” she Cornejo.

In addition to serving as a gesture of support, attractive headscarves and knitted and crocheted hats are practical accessories that may help minimize the distress and psychological consequences of hair loss. Forty-seven percent of female patients consider the hair loss side effect to be the most traumatic aspect of chemotherapy, according to a 2010 study by Swiss dermatology and trichology researcher Ralph Trueb, MD.

“I know from talking to our patients that chemotherapy-induced alopecia hits hard. Women especially are so emotionally connected to their hair. So, when I sew or knit, I’m selecting materials and patterns that I know will make patients feel good, as well as look good,” said Kelsey Lexow, Operation Chemo Comfort cofounder and Medical College of Wisconsin research assistant.

The sewathon will take place during Operation Chemo Comfort’s spring drive, concludes June 3. The drive solicits donations of sewn turbans, headscarves, and caps, in addition to hand knit and crocheted hats.

Milwaukee crafters who can’t participate in the sewing event may contribute to the drive by dropping off finished hats or scarves at Knitting Knook, Cream City Yarn, Patched Works, Alverno College ( and the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center at Froedtert Hospital campus ( These venues serve as year round collection sites.

The group has no restriction on color or patterns. For this drive, organizers ask that crafters use lightweight yarns (bamboo, silk, linen, cotton) and fabrics for summer wear.

At the end of its 2016 fall drive, Operation Chemo Comfort delivered nearly 2,000 hats and headscarves to the Froedtert & MCW Clinical Cancer Center on the Froedtert Hospital campus. By March, most of the donated hats and scarves were gone, as patients come from around the region for treatment. The scarves and hats are popular and in great demand.

Southside SOUP April 9

March 31, 2017

The Bay View Neighborhood Association (BVNA) will hold its first Southside SOUP April 9 from 5 to 9pm at Lazy Susan Restaurant in Bay View. SOUP is a pitch event where four pre-selected submissions for community projects will be presented to the audience.

Attendees, who pay ten dollars for soup and salad, will vote on the project they think benefits the community the most. The winner goes home with all of the money raised by the event to be used to carry out their project.

SOUP originated in Detroit, Mich., and has been adopted by communities all across the country. In Wisconsin communities include La Crosse, Wausau, Sheboygan, and Green Bay.

Submissions for Southside SOUP must directly impact Milwaukee Aldermanic District 14.

The event is family friendly. Children 12 years old and younger will be admitted at no charge and are encouraged to attend.  More info and tickets:

Bay View Tragedy Commemoration May 7

March 31, 2017

The annual Bay View Tragedy Commemoration will be held Sunday, May 7 at 3pm at the site of the historical marker on the corner of Superior Street and Russell Avenue in Bay View.  This will be the 131st anniversary of the event known as the Bay View Tragedy.

The event commemorates the killing of seven people by Wisconsin state militia May 5, 1886, during a protest march in Bay View near the site of the former iron mill. The marchers were demanding an eight-hour work day at a time when many worked 10 to 14 hours shifts. The incident occurred at a time in U.S. history when there was a national movement of workers seeking shorter workdays and demonstrating their demand with strikes, rallies, and marches.

A reenactment of the event, complete with larger than life-sized puppets, will be staged by actors under a production of Barbara Leigh, longtime director of the Milwaukee Puppet Theatre. There will be musical performances by prominent Milwaukee folksinger Craig Siemsen and additional music by drummer Jaymes Finlayson.

Luz Sosa, vice president of AFT-Wisconsin and a community organizer, will give remarks that link the 1886 event to today’s issues.

This year marks the 31st consecutive year that the anniversary commemoration has been held. The 2017 event is supported by the sponsorship of the Wisconsin Labor History Society, with additional support from the Bay View Historical Society and the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. In recent years, crowds of up to 300 persons have attended.

More info: Ken Germanson, president emeritus of the Wisconsin Labor History Society, or 414-687-6954.

Greg “Ziggy” Zyszkiewicz

March 31, 2017

The family of Greg Zyszkiewicz, the of City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services employee who was murdered while on duty March 22, lived on Pine Avenue south of Morgan Avenue. His funeral was held March 28 at the United Church of Christ in Bay View.

His family requests that monetary gifts be given as donations in his memory to the Milwaukee VA Fisher House, rather than to the family.

The Fisher House provides free overnight accommodations to military veterans who travel to Milwaukee for treatment at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.

The program is a private-public partnership project of the Fisher House Foundation that provides “a home away from home” for military veterans and their families during hospitalization at VA hospitals. There are currently 51 Fisher homes in the United States and another in Birmingham, England.

17th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Planned for April 8 at Humboldt Park

March 31, 2017

Humboldt Park Friends and Milwaukee County Parks will host the 17th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 8 in Humboldt Park on the west side of the pavilion. All children, from toddlers to those age 12, are welcome.

The free event will feature 4,000 hidden eggs in six areas dedicated to children of different ages.

The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11am, rain or shine

Candy-filled plastic eggs will be hidden throughout the park in five areas designated for children of six age groups: Age 1 and 2, Age 3 and 4 year, Age 5 and 1st graders, Age 6 and 7, and Age 8 to 12.

In addition to the egg hunt, Humboldt Park Friends will hold two drawings during the event, one for children and one for adults.

Street parking adjacent to the park is free, but it is recommended that participants arrive early. A check-in area for strollers is planned this year for the convenience of parents and the safety of participants.

New to the event this year is a food drive that will benefit the Bay View Community Center food bank. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate.

Donations to support the egg hunt were made by local businesses including Walgreens, Bounce, First Federal Bank, Café Corazon, and Target.

Humboldt Park Friends seeks event volunteers to help out in advance, or at the event. For more info or to sign up: or message members on the group’s Facebook page: Humboldt Park Friends.

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