WISN 12 News co-anchor Toya Washington reports that daughter Alivia, born Dec. 7, is “a real joy and easy baby so far.” By January, Alivia was sleeping up to five hours during the night and had gained more than two pounds and 1 1/4 inches. Still no news as to when Washington will be rejoining […]

WISN 12 News co-anchor Toya Washington reports that daughter Alivia, born Dec. 7, is “a real joy and easy baby so far.” By January, Alivia was sleeping up to five hours during the night and had gained more than two pounds and 1 1/4 inches. Still no news as to when Washington will be rejoining co-anchor Kathy Mykleby.

These are good times for business owner Kim Wall, also known as Ma Baensch.
Always a holiday favorite (Wall was getting interviewed all over local TV and radio in December), her pickled herring is now being touted as an aphrodisiac by the enterprising Wall. Is that what attracted Bill Michaels, host of “Sports Central” on WTMJ-AM? The “Big Unit,” as Michaels dubs himself, is forever on and off diets, but has become a convert to that sexy Milwaukee snack. “A Keebler Club Cracker and herring works fine for me,” he says.

Whitefish Bay High School grad and Stanford University Drama and Medieval Studies major Anne Gregory has somehow parlayed a knowledge of chivalric rites into a burgeoning comedy career. She’s a member of the Cup of Tea comedy improv troupe in Los Ange-les. She’s also penning a script for a TV pilot that’s based on her Whitefish Bay upbringing.

Politicos had assumed Milwaukee alderman and Common Council prez Willie L. Hines Jr. wouldn’t challenge Tom Barrett for mayor because Hines would lose his all-but-guaranteed job and salary ($78,376, some $9,000 more than mere aldermen earn). But Hines has been recruiting supporters for his mayoral race, insiders say.

Speaking of Barrett, he’s now dispensing health advice. Milwaukee Municipal Court candidate Robert Rondini stopped at hizzoner’s home while going door to door. Rondini had just slipped on a citizen’s porch and hurt the ring finger on his right hand. Barrett urged Rondini to head to a hospital. Sure enough, the finger was broken, and Rondini was outfitted with a nifty metal splint. Adds some crunch as he presses the flesh.

Department of City Development Commissioner Richard “Rocky” Marcoux was reportedly incensed by a Public Policy Forum study that criticized him for targeting too many tax breaks for real estate development. Under Jeffrey Browne, the PPF has been much more aggressive than under past leaders like Jean Tyler. But Marcoux can at least take comfort that he makes a lot more money (a tidy salary of $124, 681) than the pesky Browne ($82,743).

Photographer Richard Waswo, a Milwaukeean who moved to India, recently found himself in the state of Rajasthan, hanging around the set of director Wes Anderson’s upcoming flick, “The Darjeeling Express.” Waswo didn’t get picked as an extra for the movie, but managed to get close enough to star Adrien Brody to e-mail the comment, “he’s not that good looking.” They never are. Come summer, Waswo’s work will be exhibited at Marquette’s Haggerty Museum of Art.

Michael Timm is a freelance writer, assistant editor, proofreader and photographer for the Bay View Compass, whose January issue featured mostly stories written by him. (As if that isn’t enough, in his spare time, he’s also working on a novel.) Online, the monthly publication’s favorite byline is “written by the Bay View Compass.”

Who says you have to retire at 65? Seventy-year-old Jack Lee was recently appointed director of integrated media for Lakefront Com-munications, a subsidiary of radio chain Saga Communications, Inc. Lee will oversee Web site ad sales for stations like WKLH-FM and WHQG-FM. Some may remember Lee from his days as a WOKY deejay back in the 1970s, when AM was king. His on-air alter ego, “Lady of Charm,” was anything but, regularly dishing out feisty advice.

Speaking of photography, “Young Man Smoking,” a black-and-white work by artist (and Milwaukee Magazine contributor) Tom Bamberger, was donated to Carroll College by an art patron in 1980s. But it was recently stolen. “We reported it to the police, but to no avail,” says Peggy Farrell, an artist/educator who oversees the collection.

Leonard Sobczak, chairman of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission, sat in his car at the Amtrak station in January, talking on his cell phone to this magazine. A traffic cop suddenly tapped on his window and handed him a ticket. The crime: parking in a “no stopping” zone. The fine: $35. Sometimes justice is indeed blind.

Latino Community Center Director Ramon Candelaria spoke about combating youth violence before 100 people at the White House in January at an “invitation-only conference.” Other attendees included Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation leader Michael Grebe and Elizabeth A. Brinn Foundation prez Richard Wiederhold.

Never at a loss for words, when Joseph P. Balistrieri, owner of the Shorecrest Hotel on Prospect Avenue, was queried about his recent heart surgery, he quipped, “I had a change of heart.”

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