By Barbara Reynolds
Kathy’s House is a nonprofit hospital guest house that provides affordable lodging and caring support in a “home away from home” environment for people who need to travel to Milwaukee for medical care. Open 365 days a year, it is the only such facility in southeastern Wisconsin that serves patients of all ages and their families and caregivers. Annually, Kathy’s House serves approximately 1,400 guests; roughly half are patients and half are family members. Most are cancer patients and more than 60 percent live in Wisconsin. Kathy’s House was founded in 2001 by the parents of Kathy Vogel Kuettner, a Milwaukee cancer patient who had deep empathy for fellow patients who traveled to the city for care and faced illness without the support of nearby family and friends. Kathy died in 2000 but her wish to help others lives on. For more information, visit www.kathys-house.org.About Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network is a partnership between Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin. It comprises eastern Wisconsin’s only academic medical center, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee; and Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls, and St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend. The health network includes more than 2,000 physicians across 25 primary and speciality clinical locations, representing the collaboration of Wisconsin’s largest multispecialty physician practice with a community-based physician group. The network’s three hospitals have 781 staffed beds, nearly 40,000 annual admissions and more than 900,000 annual outpatient visits. Froedtert & MCW network physicians have more than 700,000 annual patient visits at its health centers and clinics. For more information, visit froedtert.com
- More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
- The MPS Class of 2016 earned $51+ million in scholarships; and
- MPS is home to eight of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and The Washington Post.
Hello readers of the Milwaukee Community Journal! My name is Cavalier Johnson and I have the honor of representing Milwaukee’s 2nd aldermanic district. I am honored to provide the first (and hopefully not last) update from Milwaukee’s 2nd aldermanic district. While much of the spotlight is on downtown, Milwaukee’s west and northwest side of town has a lot going on. Not only do we have the wonderful Midtown Shopping Center, we have a number of great, local businesses which are thriving. One such business is Convenient Goodies (7516 W Appleton Ave), where one can usually find a large crowd looking to stock up on sweets. We also have seen the construction along Fond Du Lac Avenue come to an end, and soon will see construction on 91st street begin. Furthermore, we continue to work with City staff to fill pot holes, clear garbage debris and get snow plowed on a timely manner.
One of the things that my office has aimed to do is get back out into the community and learn from the residents. While I have enacted some of my desired policy changes, I certainly look to residents to help craft new and exciting policy changes. One such policy change was legislation which allows for police to crack down on businesses that tint windows beyond the legal limit. Furthermore, I have authored legislation that lowers the fee for a snow plowing license and creates a one stop shop for residents to find operators to provide alley plowing services. I’ve also worked in collaboration with the Milwaukee Public Library, Sharp Literacy, and MPS to launch a Books in the Barbershop program with the goal of engaging African American youth and narrowing the achievement gap.
I will continue to work to create policies which make Milwaukee a better place to live and work.
Finally, one thing we aim to accomplish is to respond to constituents and get things done. Since I’ve been in office I have been a part of more than 40 community meetings in my district. When it was warmer out, we had multiple community walks including around Columbus Park and Grantosa Elementary School. Moving into 2017, we look forward to continuing to bring City Hall to the residents of Milwaukee’s 2nd aldermanic district. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 414-286-3777 or [email protected]
The Bartolotta Restaurant Group in its continued ProStart partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools will host an ice cream competition among students
Wednesday The Bartolotta Restaurant Group and Milwaukee Public Schools are excited to announce a fun and educational ice cream-making competition among students through their shared partnership, ProStart. ProStart, a culinary arts program, was started to build broad career readiness skills needed for post-high school success and to connect students to restaurant and hospitality industry opportunities.
The ice cream competition will take place on Friday, January 20 and will feature Jerry Greenfield, the co-founder of the national company, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, to serve as one of the four judges. The competition will occur at James Madison Academic Campus located at 8135 Florist Avenue from noon to 3 p.m. Additional judges for the competition will include Dr. Darienne Driver, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, Jennifer Bartolotta, CEO of Train-2-Gain, Mr. Gregory Ogunbowale, principal of James Madison Academic Campus.
With the goal of connecting students and hospitality industry leaders, Jerry Greenfield will bring his expertise as a culinary leader and entrepreneur. Through national partnerships with CEO’s like Jerry Greenfield, the schools are confident that they can continue to show students the path to success in the hospitality industry.
Ben & Jerry’s was started in an old gas station in the 70’s and has since grown to almost 200 franchised shops, a wonderful example to the students of the retail side of the industry. Jennifer Bartolotta, a key mentor in the ProStart Program said “Through continued partnerships with successful businessmen like Jerry, we are thrilled to continue to teach our young adults in the ProStart program all of the opportunity that lies before them if they want to make hospitality a career.”
Six students from the four MPS high schools within the ProStart Program – Bay View, James Madison, Vincent and Washington – will complete and will each be responsible for creating two flavors of ice cream. They will be judged on texture, flavor, creativity, and presentation. The competition will continue to focus on key hospitality skills such as time management and budgeting. The winning team will have their ice cream featured on the menu at Osgood’s located at The Mayfair Collection for the month of February.
About Bartolotta Restaurant Group
The Bartolotta Restaurants is a Milwaukee-based restaurant group owned by brothers Joe and Paul Bartolotta. Their first restaurant, Ristorante Bartolotta, opened in 1993 and today, the group owns and operates 17 restaurants and catering facilities, including four upscale establishments, two upscale casual concepts, a pair of supper clubs, a pizzeria, a barbeque joint, an upscale food court, and a lakefront custard stand, as well as three quick-casual restaurants in the Milwaukee airport. More information can be found at www.bartolottas.com.
About Milwaukee Public Schools and ProStart
Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:
- More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
- The MPS Class of 2016 earned $51+ million in scholarships; and
- MPS is home to eight of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.
ProStart is a hands-on curriculum created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for high school students. It features real-world culinary arts and food service management opportunities that help students learn skills that can last a lifetime. Students also earn a certificate when they complete the program as well as college credits while they’re still in high school.
About Ben & Jerry’s
From a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, to far-off places with names we sometimes mispronounce, the journey that began in 1978 with 2 guys and the ice cream business they built is as legendary as the ice cream is euphoric. http://www.benjerry.com/about-us
Please join us in welcoming two newly appointed officers to our Board of Directors.
Joshua Sopczak joined the Board in May of 2015 and was appointed to the position of Vice President at the January 2017 Board meeting. He serves as a commercial lender through Tri City National Bank in Racine and has provided the organization with his experience in networking, finance and marketing. Living in the Root River watershed with his wife, Suzanne, and children, Lily & Lukas, his passions surround outdoor activities and volunteering though local efforts. “I am honored to accept the nomination for Vice President in order to ensure the continued sustainability of Root-Pike WIN and the progression of the implementation of the watershed restoration plans. Our successes of today stand for the generations of tomorrow,” voiced Josh following his appointment.
Jim Small, our newest Board member, joined in October of 2016 and was appointed to the position of Treasurer shortly thereafter. He is a partner at Maller Peterson LLC, a local CPA firm, that provides accounting and tax services to small- and mid- size businesses. Jim and his wife, Michelle, enjoy outdoor activities with their four sons, Cullen, Shea, Cody & Cameron, fishing and hunting in Wisconsin. One of their sons, Cameron, works as a chemist and worked on the Pike River restoration in the Village of Mount Pleasant for two years when he was a Carthage College undergraduate. Jim put his passion into words when he stated, “I wanted to become more involved in the restoration of our rivers and Lake Michigan to leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy.”
Thank you, gentlemen, for your commitment to our work to restore, protect and sustain the ecosystems of the Root-Pike basin watersheds.
Our mission is to protect, restore, sustain the Root-Pike basin watersheds.
Email Dave or reach him directly at 262-496-2199.
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Revitalize Milwaukee initiative will bring FREE improvements to properties
A neighborhood in the 12th Aldermanic District has been selected for the Revitalize Milwaukee 2017 Block Build MKE – a “major win” for the property owners and residents in the area, Alderman José G. Pérez said today.
The 2nd Annual Block Build MKE will take place on May 19-20, 2017, and on that weekend, hundreds of volunteers and community partners will come together to transform – for free – more than 30 homes in the Clarke Square neighborhood on S. 17th St. between W. Mineral St. and W. Greenfield Ave. The homes will benefit from beautification and landscaping projects, and 15 to 20 of the homes will be improved by larger projects, including critical repairs and/or accessibility modifications. Rental properties will benefit from beautification projects with minimal financial participation from the property owner/landlord.
“I am ecstatic about the selection, and I want to offer my sincere gratitude to Revitalize Milwaukee and to its CEO, Lynnea Katz-Petted, and the selection committee,” said Alderman Pérez, who last year sent a letter of nomination/support to Revitalize Milwaukee for the Clarke Square area.
“The Block Build MKE initiative will bring an investment of tens of thousands of dollars from Revitalize Milwaukee directly to the 12th District, and the neighborhood will greatly benefit from the beautification and the infusion of positive energy that comes along with it,” he said.
Additionally, three other finalists for the 2017 Block Build MKE initiative will receive “mini” Block Build improvements as part of the initiative (similar to a Block Build MKE except on a smaller scale) — the Near West Side Partners, Riverworks Development Corp. and Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers.
Revitalize Milwaukee’s mission is to stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and revitalize communities by providing free critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and comprehensive services for low-income homeowners who are senior citizens, veterans and/or persons with disabilities who live in Milwaukee or Waukesha Counties. Since 2000, Revitalize Milwaukee has completed home updates for more than 1,700 homes with the help of more than 7,500 volunteers and invested more than $12.5 million in Milwaukee area housing.
Madison – Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #228 which directs several state agencies to take action against opioid abuse in Wisconsin. The executive order calls on resources from the Department of Administration (DOA), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Corrections (DOC), Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), Commissioner of Insurance (OCI), and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), as well as the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse which is Co-Chaired by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and State Representative John Nygren.
“The safety and wellbeing of Wisconsin citizens is a top priority for our administration,” DOA Secretary Scott Neitzel said. “Combining our state resources to combat opioid abuse enhances the effectiveness of our efforts. We thank Governor Walker as well as Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch, Representative Nygren, and Task Force members for their leadership and dedication to ensuring our citizens have the support and resources they need to fight this epidemic in Wisconsin.”
“Since 2013, DCF has been in discussions with our county partners on the damaging effects that opioid abuse has on parents’ ability to maintain a safe and nurturing home for their children,” said DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson. “In accordance with Governor Walker’s Executive Order, DCF has created an Opioid Steering Committee composed of a broad cross-section of stakeholders and partners. We will continue to engage in further strategic planning and development of cross-systems collaborative strategies to ensure safe homes for the children of Wisconsin.”
“The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is committed to combating the illicit use of opioids,” said DOC Secretary Jon Litscher. “Under Governor Walker and Representative Nygren’s leadership, DOC has begun operating a pilot program that enables offenders releasing from prison to access Vivitrol and intensive counseling in an effort to reduce the potential for relapse upon their release into the community. I look forward to continuing our work to keep offenders clean and to provide opportunities for them to access training and employment opportunities.”
“We applaud Governor Walker and the Task Force members for recognizing the opioid epidemic is larger than any one agency, and requires an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to ensure we are doing all we can to protect the health and safety of all who live here,” said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “At DHS, we are already working on our request for additional federal funds under the 21st Century Cures Act. This assistance will help fuel our fight against opioid addiction.”
“I am very proud of the efforts that DSPS has put forth thus far in combatting the growing opioid abuse epidemic,” said DSPS Secretary Dave Ross. “I know that with our upcoming launch of the enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and the work of the other agencies and members of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse, we will continue to make strides to keep dangerous drugs from being abused and misused.”
“DWD looks forward to offering training grants to develop in-demand health care professionals, who can help the state address and manage its opioid related challenges,” DWD Secretary Ray Allen said. “We also look forward to working diligently with the Workers Compensation Advisory Council to institute best practices for addressing this issue.”
“The WDVA is proud to be a part of the effort in Wisconsin to curb opioid abuse,” said WDVA Secretary John A. Scocos. “From building awareness among the veteran community of opioid-related resources to continually being tenacious in following best practices for opioid prescription and pain management at our Wisconsin Veterans Homes, we will do all we can to stop this crisis.”
“I am honored to be a member of the Task Force on Opioid Abuse and committed to help identify solutions to end opioid abuse and overdoses in Wisconsin,” said OCI Deputy Insurance Commissioner JP Wieske. “Insurance coverage is an important issue for the victims suffering from this epidemic.”
“WHEDA will strongly support Governor Walker’s directive through its continued commitment to finance affordable housing with supportive services for individuals in need,” said WHEDA Executive Director Wyman Winston.