Archives for December 2012

HWTN 2012 holiday party packs historic Milwaukee mansion

Historic Water Tower Neighborhood’s annual holiday party on Nov. 30 drew 125 members to a fantastic evening in one of Milwaukee’s most beautiful historic homes.

In addition to the great socializing, food and libations, party-goers were treated to an inside peak at member Andy Nunemaker’s gorgeous and festively decorated Terrace Avenue mansion.

The party was a huge success thanks to the hard work of many members, including Lise Sadagopan, who coordinated the event, Sandra McSweeney, Laurel Maney, Donna Neal, Adrian Zilvetti, Gina Spang, Thea Kovac, Mary Beth Geraci, Toby Reynolds, Mary Kelley and, of course, gracious host Andy Nunemaker.

A recent Milwaukee Magazine article showed Andy’s house in full holiday decoration for a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra benefit. If you couldn’t attend our party, check out these pictures from the magazine.

The party was covered by “Boris and Doris on the Town” in the Shepherd Express newspaper. Boris and Doris wrote:

Celebrating History:
Historic Water Tower Neighborhood members got into the holiday spirit at a beautiful house party held at the stately manse of the organization’s past president, Andy Nunemaker. In addition to current president, Foley & Lardner attorney Lloyd Dickinson, other former presidents on hand were Pat Van Alyea with her daughter Stephanie, Fran and Mary Wasielewski, John Bach, Mike Benton, Jeff Bentoff and his wife, Julie Penman, Sandra McSweeney with her husband, Marc, and David Remstad, NML’s chief actuary. Pat Small and his sister Virginia also attended, along with David Rubin and Peter and Thea Kovac.

A big thanks from HWTN to all our members who attended and to those who volunteered their time and talent to help make this party the neighborhood holiday event of the year!

New website lets you track water usage and get local in-store credits for using less

Ever wonder how much water you use at home? A new website,, developed by Marquette University professor McGee Young, lets you easily figure out your home’s usage and compare it to other area houses.

To encourage water conservation, a number of area businesses, including Cafe Hollander on Historic Downer Avenue, are offering in-store credits for reducing consumption?









Has this wet your whistle (sorry about the pun)? Then you can:



City program helps to save energy and utility bills on your historic home

Energy efficiency often isn’t one of the many benefits of living in an historic home. Fortunately, the City of Milwaukee’s Me2 program offers low-cost energy audits, rebates and other tools to help homeowners cut home energy usage — and expenses.








Representatives of Me2 explained the program as a recent HWTN meeting. If you missed the talk, we encourage you to learn more and consider taking advantage of the city’s expertise and assistance by:



HWTN 2013 officers, trustees named

Historic Water Tower Neighborhood membership has elected our 2013 officers and trustees. Here’s the list. Be sure to contact them with concerns or inquiries about HWTN or neighborhood issues and activities.

Lloyd Dickinson, President
Sandra McSweeney, President Elect
Jeff Bentoff, VP Communications
Thea Kovac, VP Membership
Lise Sadagopan, VP Events
Dawn McCarthy, Secretary
Donna Neal, Treasurer

Area 1
Mary Beth Geraci (2015)
Joe Libnoch (2014)
Larry Presberg (2014)
Toby Reynolds(2014)
Lise Sadagopan (2014)
Adrian Zilvetti (2015)

Area 2
Diane Bacha (2015)
Jeff Bentoff (2014)
David Brust (2015)
Lloyd Dickinson (2014)
Barbara Elsner (2014)
George Gurria (2015)
Mary Kelly (2014)
Thea Kovac (2014)
Angie Kvidera (2014)
Dawn McCarthy (2014)
Bunkie Miller (2014)
Donna Neal (2014)
Sally Peltz (2013)
Anne Reed (2015)

Area 3
Richard Kimball (2015)
Sandra McSweeney (2014)
Gina Spang (2015)
Bruce Thompson (2015)
Eric Waldron (2014)

(last year of term)

Give the city your input into design of new E. North Avenue library

The City of Milwaukee is seeking neighborhood input into the design, programs, services, collections and artwork for the new branch library that will replace the current building at 1910 E. North Ave.

Submit your ideas by answering a series of questions on the project by Dec. 21. More information is available on the the project and where to mail your answers.

City officials and project architects from HGA held a community meeting at the library on Dec. 11 to get input from residents. If you didn’t make the meeting, here’s another chance to have a say into the library’s design and programs.