Layton Boulevard West Neighbors E-Newsletter

 July 20111

Due to the 4th of July week, Summerfest, and all the great things going on in the neighborhood we decided to postpone our e-newsletter by one week.  So here it is, fully packed with everything exciting going on.  And believe me, there is a lot going on, just look at the list to the right. 

To help you sort through everything here I have a few recommendations.  If you are a looking to buy a home, are a lover of architecture, or just like being nosy and looking at how other people live join us for our annual tour of homes.  You will get a chance to see LBWN's next Turnkey Renovation home.  We also have this month's featured home on Layton Boulevard, which will also be the site of our next workgroup meeting for the quality of life plan.  Come for the meeting and stay to see this beautiful home.

If you can't make that workgroup meeting, we have plenty more scheduled in the next month.  The Quality of Life planning process is well underway, but there is still time to get involved. Check out our list of upcoming meetings, let us know which ones you would like to attend, and get involved in creating a better neighborhood.

If you would like to buy a home, but need that job first, we have two work opportunities this month.  LBWN is taking applications for an AmeriCorps position this fall.  The Urban Ecology Center, soon to be coming to the neighborhood, is hiring as well.

If you are just looking to have some fun, we have our summer concert series next week (free food and music!).  We also have some radio spots about Burnham Park as heard on 88.9 RadioMilwaukee a few weeks back.  Listen to them and tell us what you think.  Better yet, go to our Facebook page and tell us what you love about Burnham Park (or Silver City and Layton Park).

Last month was our first photo banner for the top of the e-newsletter.  We got a positive response to the photo, but no one suggested a block to use for this month's banner.  So, I took the liberty of photographing a block and put it up there.  Tell me what block it is and you could win a prize.  Send me an email at to guess what block is shown up top or to let me know why your block should be the first thing people see on top of our e-newsletter. 

Have a great July and enjoy this beautiful warm weather.  We deserve it!
LBWN Tour of HomesTour
See what the LBWN neighborhoods have to offer!
1004 S. 37th St.

Saturday, July 30th

10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Sacred Heart Center, Room 203

1545 South Layton Boulevard  

(entrance at 28th & Lapham) 


Join us for a free, guided bus tour of homes for sale in the Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods of Silver City, Burnham Park, and Layton Park.  Now is your chance to live in a neighborhood that is minutes to downtown, walking distance to Miller Park and the Hank Aaron State Trail, and home to a number of beautiful homes featuring Old World Charm and Craftsmanship, including Frank Lloyd Wright homes!!


Children are welcome and refreshments will be provided.  The tour is free, but you must RSVP.  To register call 414-461-6330 or register online by clicking here.     


This tour will also point out neighborhood highlights, amenities, and will include LBWN's next Turnkey Renovation home (see the photo above).  LBWN's next turnkey home is located at 1004 south 37th street and will be for sale at the end of August.  For more information on this newly renovated energy-star rated home click here

Neighborhood Quality of Life PlanZilber
Get involved in creating a great neighborhood
A big thank you to the more than 70 neighbors who joined us on June 8th to unveil the Neighborhood Vision and Strategic Topic Areas for the Neighborhood Quality of Life Plan. 

Since that meeting we have been convening workgroups around each of the Strategic Topic Areas.  The Neighborhood Appearance & Appeal and Social Engagement workgroups have already met to discuss these areas of the plan.  We have also had a design visioning session for the Pierce Street corridor.

However, there is still time to get involved.  We have 4 more workgroup meetings and 3 more design visioning sessions coming up.  See below for the schedule.  If you would like to join us for any of these meetings please contact Dan at 414-383-9038 ex.2305 or  For a description of each workgroup click here to see a complete listing.  To view our June plan update in English and Spanish click here.  

Neighborhood Image & Identity Workgroup
Wednesday, July 13th, 6 pm - 8 pm
1147 South Layton Boulevard (in the house for sale)

Healthy Living Workgroup
Tuesday, July 19th, 6 pm - 8 pm
Burnham Park Pavilion, 3300 West Burnham Street

Arlington Heights Park Design Visioning Session
Tuesday, July 26th, 6 pm - 8 pm
Silver City Townhomes Meeting Room, 3507 West Pierce Street

Community Safety Network Workgroup
Tuesday, August 2nd, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location to be Determined

Community Youth Development Workgroup
Tuesday, August 9th, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location to be determined

Streetscape Design Visioning Session
Thursday, August 11th 6 pm - 8 pm
Burnham Park Pavilion, 3300 West Burnham Street

Burnham Park Design Visioning Session
Tuesday, August 16th 6 pm - 8 pm
Burnham Park Pavilion, 3300 West Burnham Street

Zilber Neighborhood Initiative 

Foreclosure Prevention Workshops & EHLP
July 22nd is the deadline to apply for EHLP!

We all know how the foreclosure crisis has impacted our economy and our neighborhoods.  The federal government recently announced the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program (EHLP) for homeowners who are at least 90 days delinquent on their mortgage.  Using EHLP, individuals may be eligible for up to $50,000 to pay their delinquent mortgage payments.  The deadline to apply for EHLP is Friday, July 22.


There are several upcoming Foreclosure Prevention Workshops coordinated by Select Milwaukee.  At these workshops, homeowners can learn about the many resources available to them to avoid foreclosure, including EHLP.  Below, you will find the details for these workshops.  Please note which language each workshop will be conducted in.    

With the July 22 EHLP Application deadline quickly approaching, NOW IS THE TIME TO SEEK HELP IN AVOIDING FORECLOSURE.


Click here for workshop flyers in Spanish and English 




Milwaukee Christian Center

2137 W Greenfield Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53204

Call Veronica Ortiz al 414.643.7704 to pre-register




Lighthouse Youth Center

5641 N 68th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53218

Call Nathan Powers at 414.431.2271 to pre-register


Please contact Will at 385-5300 or with any questions or for more information. 

Sounds of Summer Music SeriesConcert
Free Admission & Neighborhood BBQ
Concerts in the Park
Featuring Favorite Shape Triangle, Purple Tongue, and El Sol Rock Wednesday, July 20th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Arlington Heights Park

Sounds of Summer is Silver City's free, outdoor, summer music series and features an eclectic line-up of alternative, pop, Latin, and rock music.  Concerts are held the third Wednesday of the month from May-August.   Free BBQ and live music from 6:30-8:30pm.   

Arlington Heights Park is located between National and Pierce under the 35th street viaduct

Thank you to our sponsors P&H Mining Equipment,  Harnischfeger's Employees Association, and WMSE 91.7. 

For more information or to volunteer contact Beth at 414-380-4680.  Respond on Facebook by clicking here.  
Burnham Park on 88Nine RadioMilwaukeeRadioMilwaukee
Learn about one of Milwaukee's best kept secrets
88Nine RadioMilwaukee

The last week of June RadioMilwaukee ran a series of interviews in the Burnham Park neighborhood as part of their ongoing Neighborhood Project series.  Put together, these different pieces paint a picture of one of Milwaukee's best kept secrets and hidden neighborhoods.  As you can hear from the interviews, neighbors in Burnham Park are well aware of what makes their neighborhood special.  Thanks to Lisa Goldmann and RadioMilwaukee we now get a chance to share with everyone else what makes Burnham Park so special.


Click on each link below to see photos from the story and listen to the audio piece.


Jezamil Vega-Skeels: Architect and LBWN Employee 


Dan Adams knows a thing or two about Burnham Park 


Tasty Treats for your palate and your earballs: El Rey Market and El Senorial Restaurant


Everyone loves JoJo's in Burnham Park 


Chelsay LOVES Burnham Park 


Wright in Wisconsin: Burnham Park houses 6 Frank Lloyd Wright Homes!  

AmeriCorps Position with LBWNAmeriCorps
Work on improving Silver City, Burnham Park, and Layton Park

We are currently seeking an AmeriCorps member to serve as our Volunteer Manager beginning September 1st.  LBWN significantly depends on volunteers to plan and engage in activities that create a healthy neighborhood.    


The AmeriCorps Member will help us expand our capacity by increasing our volunteer pool, creating additional volunteer job descriptions, coordinating volunteer activities, and identifying ways for neighbors to become more engaged in our neighborhoods.  If you or someone you know is interested in this excellent opportunity contact Charlotte John-Gomez at 414-383-9038 ex.2513 or  All submissions must be received no later than Monday, July 25th.


For more information and a complete description of the positions click here and click the link for Volunteer Manager with Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc.   

The Urban Ecology Center is HiringUEC
Work for a great organization and our soon to be neighbor!
Urban Ecology Center
The Urban Ecology Center is looking to hire a Development Assistant.  The Development Assistant is a part-time (25 hours/week) year-round position responsible for supporting activities and projects in the UEC Development Department.  The primary responsibilities are data entry of membership and donor information and assisting with fund raising activities.

For a complete job description and information on how to apply visit the Urban Ecology Center online by clicking here.  Applications will be accepted through July 24th.  For more information contact Contact Cassie Mordini at or Ginger Duiven at

The Urban Ecology Center is looking to expand in the near future to a third location in the Silver City neighborhood.  Visit their website at to learn more about this local organization.
Most Improved Porch ContestPorch
Improve your home, impress your neighbors, win prizes
Porch Rebuild

Deadline for Applications is July 22nd!!!

Get yours in now!! 


Are you currently working on your porch?  Have you been thinking about doing something to the front of your house, but haven't had the motivation yet?  Do you just like to win stuff to show that you are better than everyone else?


Regardless of your motivations we have a contest for you.  The LBWN 2011 Most Improved Porch Contest gives residents an opportunity to fix up the most visible part of their homes and win some great prizes in the process.


All homeowners and landlords in the LBWN neighborhoods are eligible.  Applications must be submitted by July 22nd and the work must be completed by September 30th.  The first 40 contestants who verify completion of their work will receive a $20 rebate.  The prizes are as follows:

For more information or an application contact Will at or 414-385-5300.  You can also click here for PDF of the flyer with contest rules and an application.

Tri City National Bank 

A big thank you to Tri City National Bank for sponsoring the 2011 LBWN Most Improved Porch Contest.
Free Home Buying Seminars
Learn the process of buying a home
at the UCC
United Community Center
The United Community Center along with US Bank is hosting a series of free home buying seminars in July, August and September.  At these seminars you will learn about the home buying process, get pre-qualified for a mortgage, receive a home buyer certificate, and learn about possible grants for home buying assistance.  All seminars are in Spanish and English.

July Seminar
Session 1 - Thursday, July 14th, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Session 2 - Thursday, July 28th, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

August Seminar
Session 1 - Thursday, August 11th, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Session 2 - Thursday, August 25th, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

September Seminar
Session 1 - Thursday, September 8th, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Session 2 - Thursday, September 22nd, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

You must attend Session 1 and Session 2 to receive a certificate.

All seminars are held at the United Community Center, 1028 South 9th Street.  For more information please call Fernando Campos at 414-384-3100 ext. 4738.  For more information please click here.
Family Fun Night

This free night will explore the idea of "playground learning"

Ebenezer Child Care
Wednesday, July 13th
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Ebenezer Child Care Center
1496 South 29th Street

Playgrounds offer children an opportunity to branch out of their comfort zones, test things out, and experiment with new habits, behaviors, and traits. They also give children a chance to develop the courage to do the best they can and to take a deep breath and find the courage to dive in and let go of mistakes. 

Come to this Family Fun Night to find out about more learning that goes on at the playground! Activities will include playing with dirt in the sensory table, putting together a kite, and creating bubble art! In addition to the activities, you will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner on us! Registration is required. Please call 414-643-5070 to register.
Landlord Training Program
Learn to be a great property manager and neighbor for free
Landlord Training

The award winning landlord training program is operated by the City of Milwaukee's Department of Neighborhood Services. The goal is to teach landlords fundamental ways to keep illegal activity out of their property. This program was a runner up for the Ford Foundation Harvard Kennedy School of Government Awards program and a 1996 winner of the Innovations In Government award sponsored by the City of Milwaukee Mayor and Common Council.


The classes are FREE and held on a regular basis through out the year at various locations. They are held on evenings and weekends to accommodate virtually anyone's schedule. The classes are generally either (1) five hour session in one day or (2) two and a half hour sessions for two nights. Attendees get a free 100 page comprehensive manual and handouts on a variety of legal and business issues related to managing a property.   


See below for upcoming classes.  Click here for the program's website. 


Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

8:30 A.M. Sign-In, Class from 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Anderson Building, 4001 S 6th Street - 3rd Floor


Tuesday and Wednesday, August 9th & 10th, 2011

6:00 P.M. Sign-In, Class from 6:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Milwaukee Safety Academy, 6680 N Teutonia Avenue


August 27th, 2011     SPANISH SPEAKING/EN ESPANOL 

8:30 A.M. Sign-In, Class from 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Anderson Building, 4001 S 6th Street - 3rd Floor


Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

8:30 A.M. Sign-In, Class from 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Anderson Building, 4001 S 6th Street - 3rd Floor


Advance registration is required for all classes.  Contact Jeanne Hagner 414-286-2954 or to sign up today.  Click here for more information.                      

Building Your Future
Financial & Business Education Opportunities from WWBIC
The Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) provides hands-on assistance to business owners through classes, one-on-one assistance, and access to capital through direct lending programs.  If you are an entrepreneur looking to start your own business or a business owner looking to expand, WWBIC can help you.

See below for just a small sampling of some of the upcoming classes and seminars.  For a full listing of WWBIC classes, programs, and services visit them on the web at or call 414-263-5450.  Register for classes online or at the number above. 

Are You An Entrepreneur?  Thinking about starting a business.  Find out if entrepreneurship is right for you with this free class.

July 19th 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Capital Library, 3969 North 74th Street

August 11th 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Online Class

August 15th SPANISH/ESPANOL 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Antigua Restaurant, 5823 West Burnham Street
Everytown Wisconsin
Youth Leadership Camp in the North Woods

August 8 - 13

High School age students from Wisconsin 

Apply Today! 


People of different ethnic, religious, economic and cultural backgrounds, live and learn together as high school age delegates and adult staff create an inclusive community - a place to experience, appreciate, respect and understand people of diverse cultural traditions.  Everytown prepares young leaders to challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism and ableism.   


Everytown takes place at Camp Helen Brachman. The camp is located on awooded lake in Almond, Wisconsin (between Waupaca and Stevens Point).


The young people who come to Everytown are nominated by teachers,counselors, parents, and community leaders. Participation is based on theapplicant's desire to participate and learn. Potential delegates are ofhigh school age and must have completed the ninth grade.


For more information or to apply visit Everytown Wisconsin's website by clicking here.  Everytown Wisconsin is a program of the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee and is supported by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee. 

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors is a non-profit community development organization dedicated to revitalizing Milwaukee's Silver City, Burnham Park, and Layton Park neighborhoods.  For more information on us and the many projects we are involved with please visit or email Dan at


Dan Adams, Neighborhood Plan Coordinator
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
In This Issue
Tour of Homes
Quality of Life Plan
Foreclosure Prevention
Sounds of Summer
LBWN AmeriCorps
Porch Contest
Home Buying Seminars
Family Fun Night
Landlord Training
Building Your Future
Everytown WI
Featured Home
Home Rehab Help
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Featured Home
1147 S. Layton Blvd.

1147 S. Layton Blvd. 



This beautiful Silver City stucco bungalow is located in the nationally registered Layton Boulevard Historic District.  Within walking distance of the Mitchell Park Domes, Walgreens, and the School Sisters of Saint Francis complex.


4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths provide more than enough space.  Hardwood floors, a newly redone kitchen, and an upstairs bathroom with whirlpool tub that you have to see to appreciate.  There is also a 1 car detached garage and small yard.  


This home will also be the site of our Neighborhood Image & Identity workgroup meeting on Wed., 7/12 at 6pm.  Participate in the workgroup and get a sneak peak at the house. 


For more information and interior photos click on the photo above or contact the listing realtor, Hilaria Rios of ACTS at 414-933-2215 or      

Target Investment Neighborhood (TIN)TIN
Do you live or own a rental property
between Layton Boulevard (27th) and 35th street and between Mitchell and Scott streets?  Would you like assistance with home repairs and rehab projects?


The TIN program was set up by the City of Milwaukee to assist homeowners in certain neighborhoods with home repairs.  You can receive a forgivable loan of up to $10,000 for work on your home if you live in the area described above.  This program is open to owner occupied homes and rental properties. 


For more infomation contact Will at (414)385-5300 or

Brian Pellet Visit
A Silver City neighbor gets a visit from housing rehab specialist Brian Pellet through the TIN program.