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The monthly neighbor spotlight.

Dot Conant

by Mary Wood Ohiku / photo by Peter Di Antoni “My daughter Linda gave me that nickname,” Conant said with a heart-warming smile. Linda owns Closet Classics, a cafe and clothing store at 1000 E. North Ave. Conant, who has been knitting as long as she can remember, furnishes the clothing store with her original […]

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Instant Family Addition

by Peter Schmidtke / photo by Peter Di Antoni Sometimes, life can be hard to figure out. Former Riverwest residents Melissa and Matthew Karpowicz were confronted with that reality last year when Melissa’s aunt and uncle, Constance and Gary Kadlee, passed away less than two months apart, leaving behind three school-aged children.

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Clinton Clay

by Sonya Jongsma Knauss / photo by Peter Di Antoni Clinton Clay was born in Mississippi and raised in the streets. He has bounced around from town to town, but somehow, after all these years, he ended up in Riverwest. It feels like home. The 76-year-old Clay puffs on cigarettes as he talks from his […]

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Brewzerkus

by Jeff Johnson Riverwest is home to [an] urban, post-modern circus. Proclaimed in flyers as the “Scariest Show on Earth,” Milwaukee Brewzerkus quarters in a Booth Street home known by its inhabitants as the “Clown House.” There a front porch spills over with “tall bikes” used for parades; a backyard harbors a car and van […]

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