Archives for August 2014

Jonathan Brostoff wins Aug. 12 primary for Assembly’s 19th District

Jonathan Brostoff, one of four Democratic candidates vying to replace State Rep. Jon Richards, won the Aug. 12 primary and is likely to become our new Assembly representative in Madison.

Jonathan Brostoff

Jonathan Brostoff

Brostoff is expected to be easily elected in the Nov. 4 general election as the only opponent on the ballot will be Joe Klein of the independent Pirate Party of Wisconsin.

Richards, who has served in the Assembly since 1998, did not seek re-election ran so he could run for state attorney general. Jefferson County D.A. Susan Happ defeated Richards and another candidate in that primary.

Brostoff, who spoke at an HWTN earlier this year, defeated attorney Dan Adams, Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and attorney Sara Geenen. He is District Director for Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson. Previously, he worked as a legislative aide to Milwaukee County Supervisor Jason Haas.



November Speaker: Picturing Lake Michigan Along The Edges

Those of us living in the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood see a beautiful but small sampling of Lake Michigan shoreline every day. Milwaukee photographer Kevin Miyazaki decided to explore a tad more of this Great Lake — he spent two weeks driving Lake Michigan’s 1,800-mile perimeter to capture images of its people and water.

28007169_miyazaki_swimmers28007169_miyazaki_fordrivermichIn his presentation to Historic Water Tower Neighborhood at our  Nov. 5, 2014, meeting, Kevin will discuss and show some of those stunning photographs, which were just published as a book, Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan, by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

PerimeterBook_1Perimeter began as a commission from Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art related to an initiative examining the importance of freshwater. Kevin will tell us about his photography project and how he came to understand the lake’s relationship with the people who live, play and work alongside it – as we all do. He’ll share some of the images he captured in the HWTN, too.

Photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki. Photo by Kevin J. MiyazakiKevin is a native Wauwatosan whose photographs are familiar to most Milwaukeeans even though they may not realize it. As staff photographer for Milwaukee magazine from 2000 to 2005, he documented many of the people, places and events that define our city. Since 2005, he has been a freelance photographer and has pursued his own fine-arts projects. He travels the globe on assignment for publications such as Travel + Leisure, The New York Times Magazine, Midwest Living, Martha Stewart Living and many others.

Kevin was recently interviewed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about Perimeter, which is available at Boswell Book Company on Downer Avenue. His Facebook page for Perimeter provides the latest information on the book.

Members-Only Home & Garden Parties in August, September and October; Holiday Party Set for December

Remember when we all knew our neighbors? With such busy lives, neighbors rarely have time to get to know one another anymore…let alone socialize.

garden-tour-18The HWTN Special Events Committee wants to help neighbors get to know each other. Several members have opened their homes this summer for garden parties, with August 23, September 13 and October 11, 2014, socials now on the calendar. And the homes we’ll be partying in are fantastic, historic gems.

The parties are free but are open only to members. Each guest brings a dessert or appetizer as well as their own wine or beer and drink glasses.

Want to know the times and locations? Ready to RSVP? Please check your member emails for details. If you can’t find the info, please email us at for more information.

Also, mark your calendar for our members-only Dec. 12 holiday party, once again hosted by Andy Nunemaker at his incomparable N. Terrace Ave mansion. Details to follow.

Not a current member (our membership year starts Oct. 1)? Then it’s time to become one, so you attend these great member events. Our website offers online and snail mail options to join or renew. Do it today!

MPS Board Member Larry Miller to Speak Oct. 1

Larry Miller, the HWTN-area representative on the Milwaukee Public Schools Board, will speak at our monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014.

Larry MillerIt’s been several years since a school board director spoke at HWTN. HWTN members will have a chance to ask Director Miller about any MPS issue, including the future of the Montessori program at Maryland Avenue School, graduation rates and budgeting.

As always, we meet in Lake Park’s Marcia Coles Community Room beneath Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro. Join us for cookies, coffee and casual conversation at 6:45 p.m., before the meeting kicks off. (Thank you, Bartolotta’s, for the refreshments.) The monthly HWTN board meeting will follow Director Miller’s remarks and Q&A.

Here is Director Miller’s bio from the MPS website:

“Larry Miller is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and National Louis University. His undergraduate degree is in education, history, and political science; his masters’ degree is in education leadership. Larry taught high school in MPS for 16 years and was an administrator for two years. Larry is an adjunct for the Marquette College of Education, teaching Schooling in a Diverse Society.

“As a high-school teacher, Larry taught U.S. history, citizenship, world geography, world history, economics, political science, photography, video production, and physical science. He spent a number of his summers doing historical research to be able to enhance his teaching. This included spending the Summer of 1998 with the National Endowment for the Humanities at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., studying the Civil War and Reconstruction as part of a cohort reviewing primary documents.

“Larry Miller is an editor of Rethinking Schools. Since its founding, Rethinking Schools has grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials. Most important, it remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race.

“Both of Larry’s children, Nathaniel and Craig Miller, are MPS graduates. His wife of 38 years is Ellen Bravo.”

We hope to see you there!