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Bremen Cafe • New Owner

by Will Mueller
Tap beer, refinished floors and a new paint job are just a few of the summer improvements the Bremen Café’s new owner David Copp has planned for the Riverwest establishment.
Copp purchased the Bremen Café (931 E. Clarke St.) this January along with his father. He plans to renovate the bar during Summerfest, implementing a new painting and lighting scheme, refinishing floors and the bar, adding tap beers to the current menu and improving outdoor seating.

Posted inAsk the Ecologist

Ask the Ecologist July 2008


Q:  I’ve read about the chemical Bisphenol A being in some types of plastic. Is Bisphenol A hazardous to our health? What plastics should we avoid? Is this chemical still being put in plastics? 

A: As with most chemical studies, Bisphenol A safety analyses are done using animals, so the results are not conclusive as to the human effect.  But the results do raise some serious concerns.  Potentially harmful effects include permanent changes to genitals, changes in breast tissue that predispose cells to hormones or cancer, and increased prostate weight and sensitivity to cancer.

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Art and Bricks and Mortar

by Jason Hart
The Riverwest Artists Association has been around since 1980, but you can forgive
yourself for not knowing about them. Six years ago they were forced to move out
of their location on Fratney and Auer because of a leaking roof. Since then, they’ve
been working out of a post office box. That will all change on Friday, July 25, when
their new gallery opens at 926 E. Center St.

Posted inFurther Down Stream

Further Down Stream July 2008


GUILTY – Former alderman Mike McGee was found guilty on all nine federal counts of extortion and bribery on June 24 following six hours of deliberation by the jury. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct 24 where he faces up to 30 years, but likely much less. “Based upon the evidence, Ald. McGee’s guilt was his own and was not shared by the rest of the Common Council, the License Division, the city attorney’s office, or the Milwaukee Police Department, all of whom sit on every license hearing as active participants,” said Ald. Willie Hines. Still pending is the state’s case which is expected to resume in July unless a plea deal is reached. 

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24 Hour Pedal Party

 I need to get in shape. On a pleasant spring afternoon I rode with Paul Kjelland and Mike McGarry, two of the event organizers of RW24, along the route of the upcoming 24-hour Riverwest bike race. They wanted to check for potential kinks and checkpoint changes.