Shorewood Today Fall 2018

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FALL 2018

Shorewood TODAY







Energy and opportunity Each day during my short commute to and from work via North Oakland Avenue, I get to witness the vibrancy of Shorewood’s “downtown.” It’s especially apparent this summer, with the debut of the street’s new bike lanes and the restaurant and bar parklets often filled to capacity on balmy evenings. Events like Saturdays @ Wood Square and Kensington Square’s World Cup block party help bring these spaces to life and add to the sense of place that differentiates Shorewood. The energy on Oakland today reflects the past decade’s collaborative economic development planning and also presents an opportunity to thoughtfully consider the way forward. Each change to an environment impacts another element. Taking a comprehensive, long-term and big-picture approach to thinking through issues like transportation and parking is critical. As we strive to maintain a healthy vibrancy in our business district, we must also examine the impact to the surrounding community and plan accordingly.

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It is a privilege to be in the Village Manager’s seat at such an exciting time for Shorewood — to help guide this gem of a community in a way that balances and capitalizes on all of its many attributes. I look forward to seeing what we can do. — Rebecca Ewald, Village Manager

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On the cover: Janet Gamble of organic vegetable farm Turtle Creek Gardens displays a bounty of produce at the Shorewood Farmers Market, where she sells out nearly every week. Photo by Jonathan Kirn.


happenings Outcomes assessment Authentic learning Reflection and self-evaluation 11 FAQs Answered Learn more about the Shorewood BID

15 Safe Facade

Only the firehouse interior will be modernized

18 District of Distinction New programs keep Shorewood Schools unique




4 News

26 Do-Gooder

32 Business Spotlight

38 Resources

28 Classroom Plus

35 Education Spotlight


31 Recreation

36 Hi, Neighbor

New and noteworthy around town Handy information on timely topics

Holly and Scott Stoner want to help teens and families everywhere Fellowships for educators spark innovation Fitness center facelift

20 Events

Frightful fun for fall

24 Senior Resource Center Elizabeth Lewis inspires

44 Shorewood Calendar Don’t miss a thing

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of organic in Shorewood — we do really well here. —JANET GAMBLE, SHOREWOOD FARMERS MARKET VENDOR (featured on cover)

Forever Young’s wellness and beauty services Eric Rollman’s Emmy-worthy programming Kelly Schroeder-Strong honors her friend through film

40 Out & About

Memorable moments

42 A Look Back

An architect’s landmarks


Shorewood News Premier Drone Photography By Stoll

Village Board considering new options for


With the reconstruction of North Wilson Drive, the Village Board of Trustees is exploring options for handling the snow collected from other areas in the Village and dumped on Wilson’s western edge. In previous winters, snow removed from the Village’s business district and from public parking lots has been deposited on Wilson by the Shorewood Department of Public Works.

Drone photography by Joe Stoll captures Shorewood for the Village’s marketing videos.

Student Videographers Help

SHOWCASE SHOREWOOD To showcase Shorewood’s many attributes, the Village has enlisted two local students to create an ongoing series of one-minute videos. Each video explores a different facet of the community, from the beach to biking, all created by Reed Falkner, a 2018 graduate of Shorewood High School, and SHS senior Sophie D’Amato. Joe Stoll of Premier Drone Photography by Stoll also supplied aerial footage. The videos cover beloved Village features such as the Shorewood Farmers Market, public art, access to the waterfront, the Village’s bike-friendly nature and beautiful public parks. The first video will be available on the Village website and social media starting in September and a new video will be released each month. The videos are also being shared


with area realtors to help market the Village to prospective homebuyers. The objective is for SHS students to have ownership of the program, with an older student mentoring a younger one each year. The students are responsible for all aspects of the finished film, from shooting footage, to conducting research and interviews, to final editing. For Falkner, who heads to Boston University this fall, the project has been a fun education not only in filmmaking, but also about his hometown. “I really enjoyed getting to meet different community members and learn what they love about the Village,” he says. “Each subject was so committed and passionate about their particular area of expertise.” To view the videos, visit

The Board requested a list of options and recommendations from the Shorewood Conservation Committee, which presented possible alternatives this past spring. Options included foregoing snow collection in the business district and requiring businesses to manage it individually; removing the snow to alternative destinations such as the River Park parking lot; transporting the snow to an offsite location; melting the snow with specialized equipment; and continued removal to Wilson Drive. The Committee also provided information and advice on the use of road salt and snow melting. The Board’s agenda calls for a discussion on the issue Sept. 4 and a final decision Sept. 17. Josh Liberatore, Conservation Committee chair, sees this decision as one for which the time has come. “The Village can use this moment as an opportunity to look at the practice of snow dumping generally, study the toxicity of removed snow and its effect on landscapes, and develop thoughtful, long-term approaches.” Trustee Davida Amenta, Board liaison to the Conservation Committee, agrees. “One of the main objectives of the Wilson Drive decision process was the creation of usable green spaces on the west side of the road,” she says. “We are also planning to install several bioswales in that area to help manage storm water, which is a state environmental mandate. As a result, the Village needs to find a new solution for snow storage.”

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Neighborhood of the Year:


Ridgefield Circle, this year’s Neighborhood of the Year, is a 20-home collection of neighbors who know how to have a good time. They also know that a key ingredient to any good time is good food, so the residents there have long incorporated fine dining into their gatherings, whether it’s the Cajun fish boil they organize for their summer block party or the culinary treats everyone contributes to the block’s winter party potluck. But residents don’t always wait for formal Ridgefield Circle neighbors gather on The Circle, a frequent place to play and socialize. parties to get together. The block’s central feature — its park-like island known as It’s a community of neighbors who are also friends. According The Circle — is a natural gathering place on nice days. Impromptu to Hansen, whether it’s watching someone’s kids while the happy hours spring up on The Circle while many of the block’s parents run to the store, shoveling the sidewalk for an out-of25 kids ride their bikes and scooters around the island. town neighbor or making meals for families with a new baby, members of the community are consistently helping each other. “We are lucky to have this little patch of grass that lends a feeling of community to our neighborhood,” says resident Kristin “Neighbors of all ages spend time together and take care of Hansen. “The Circle has become kind of an informal clubhouse.” each other,” Hansen says. “Ridgefield Circle is a family.”

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For over 35 years, Gus and Joanne Ricca, this year’s honorees in Shorewood’s Neighbor of the Year contest, have been such beloved fixtures on the 1900 block of East Jarvis Street that residents have taken to calling them the “Mayors of Jarvis.” Their nomination application notes the many ways the couple walks the walk of pride in their community. Whether it’s hosting the annual block party in their back yard, keeping the ice clear at the Atwater School ice rink or picking up trash along the Shorewood Nature Preserve Trail, the Riccas are always looking for new ways to make Shorewood an even better place to live. For their neighbors, the Riccas are often a godsend, especially on snowy mornings when Gus gets up early

to clear the entire sidewalk with his snow blower. When two Jarvis residents had their cars stolen, Gus and Joanne were there to offer transportation and support. And when Deborah Wilk’s son was working on his Hebrew studies, the Riccas came by to “trade” language demonstrations, providing an attentive audience for the Bat Mitzvah recitation after Gus recited some Dante by heart. Gus and Joanne are the oldest residents of their block, but at gatherings they’re quick to engage the neighborhood children in meaningful conversations, asking questions with genuine curiosity and sharing stories. Their civic contributions are numerous, from reminding neighbors to vote on election days to providing families with fresh vegetables from their carefully tended garden. “They look out for each of us, our Jarvis St. neighbors, the Atwater School neighborhood and the entire Village in so many ways,” says Wilk. “They are the dynamic duo.”


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Coming This Fall:

COMMUNITY SURVEY on School District Facilities

The Shorewood School District is mailing a survey to Village residents in early fall to collect input on its preliminary facilities improvement plans. The survey is part of the District’s facilities planning process, designed to identify near-term and long-range needs and implement an action plan. In June the District assembled a Facilities Advisory Community Team. These community volunteers will provide input to the School Board upon reviewing preliminary potential solutions and cost estimates. Award-winning teachers from left: Krystle Thomas, Joe King, Noelle Shanks, Evan Schmidt, Kristina Stridde, Eva Gulotta.


with Shorewood Excellence in Teaching Awards Each year, Shorewood teachers who go above and beyond in the classroom and community are honored with the Shorewood Excellence in Teaching Award. This year’s individual honorees were Eva Gulotta, Joe King, Evan Schmidt and Noelle Shanks, and group award winners were Kristina Stridde and Krystle Thomas. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, each teacher received $5,000 at a June 14 dinner to honor the winners, where Superintendent Bryan Davis congratulated them for their hard work and dedication. Students, other teachers and members of the Shorewood community nominate candidates for the award, and a selection committee evaluates them in the areas of student achievement, inspiration, and culture and community. Winners demonstrate success in fostering academic and personal growth for all students, engaging students through creative and innovative learning approaches, and collaborating with colleagues to make Shorewood Schools a better place to learn and teach.



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Modernizing and maintaining the District’s historic facilities was a top-five priority identified at the District’s February 2016 Visioning Summit, which included District staff, students, parents and community members. Residents should see the facilities survey in their mailboxes in late September. The District aims to finalize the project scope by late fall. To stay updated on facilities planning, visit

Shorewood Ranked


An independent organization that reviews security systems and compiles research on community safety ranked the Village of Shorewood the fifth-safest city in the nation and the safest community in Wisconsin for raising children in 2018. In a June 29 blog post, the research team at SafeWise posted results from a recent study that evaluated eight factors: violent crimes, AMBER Alerts, sex offenders, child abuse, school quality, pedestrian deaths, walkability score and state “free-range” parenting legislation. Like Shorewood, other cities in the top 30 on the SafeWise list are considered “very walkable.” Shorewood’s position at No. 1 in the state of Wisconsin is especially notable considering the study found that Wisconsin has more safe cities for “freerange” children than any other state — 32 percent of the top 50 safest communities on the list are located in the Badger State. To learn more, visit

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We’re not just in your neighborhood.

Shorewood High School Band Director Kujawa comes to Shorewood from the Gilman School District in northwest Wisconsin, where he served as the K-12 director of bands and music. At Shorewood High School, he will conduct the symphonic winds and wind ensemble as well as co-curricular ensembles including the SHS jazz ensemble and SHS pep band. He will also teach eighth-grade sectional lessons and a small section of beginning band students at Shorewood Intermediate School.

Tanisha Schowalter District Psychologist

Schowalter will serve at Shorewood High School and Shorewood Intermediate School, focusing on student wellness. She will collaborate with staff on academic and behavioral interventions and conduct assessments to identify underlying reasons for academic or behavioral problems. Previously, she served as a school psychologist in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.

Ryan Kroeger

Atwater Elementary School Dean of Students and

Catherine Harrison

Lake Bluff Elementary School Dean of Students Kroeger and Harrison assumed these newly created positions in August and will work with staff, students and families to promote success with students’ academics, character, citizenship and wellness. They will assist students in establishing high standards of conduct and also investigate and resolve discipline issues. Kroeger was most recently a special education teacher at Lake Bluff , while Harrison was previously a social worker in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

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North Shore Bank has undoubtedly earned the right to call itself Shorewood’s “home-grown” bank. The bank was started in 1923 when a group of ambitious local teachers opened it in the back of what was then the Perkins Hardware Store on the corner of North Maryland Avenue and East Capitol Drive. Now with 45 offices in Eastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, North Shore Bank has more than 500 employees and over $2 billion in assets.

Carolyn Davis has opened a new counseling business in Shorewood.

Sourcepoint Counseling 4447 N. Oakland Ave. | 414.902.0290 Shorewood resident and longtime professional counselor Carolyn Davis has opened Sourcepoint Counseling, where she provides therapy and coaching services to individuals interested in addressing a range of concerns and life challenges. “My goal in starting this business is to help people become connected with their essential selves,” Davis says. “I try to facilitate a discovery process that allows people to shift out of unhealthy self-perceptions and uncover the truth of who they are.” A licensed professional counselor, Davis has worked in clinical, corporate and higher education settings. She specializes in trauma therapy but also offers relationship and family therapy, support for life-stage transitions, coaching for personal growth, and expertise in anxiety, depression, anger and grief, and addictions. She relies on evidenced-based counseling techniques and cognitive-behavioral change methods to help families and individuals. Opening her business in Shorewood felt like a natural fit, she says, given that she lives nearby and feels the community has “a vitality I resonate with … there seems to be a genuine interest here in the kind of work I do.”


North Shore Bank Chairman and CEO Jim McKenna also grew up in Shorewood, where he spent time hanging out at Atwater Beach, or biking around the Village with his friends and stopping by Jorgenson’s Candy Store for their famous caramel apples. In 1970, shortly after graduating from college, he went to work for the bank in its thennew building From left: Branch Manager Shannon Weber, BID Director Ericka Lang, Village President Allison Rozek at 4414 N. and North Shore Bank CEO James McKenna at the Oakland Ave. July 31 ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the A modern bank’s new Shorewood location. building for its time, it was designed by renowned local architect Donald Grieb, known for designing Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (the Domes). This summer saw history repeat itself as North Shore Bank erected a new building at 4060 N. Oakland Ave. With its open-floor concept and drive-up video teller, the building keeps the bank at the leading edge of modern banking. At the bank’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, McKenna reflected on the bank’s history in the community. “The genesis of this banking enterprise is Shorewood, Wisconsin, and that’s something we should all be proud of,” he said. “We are home-grown and here to stay.”




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ERICKA LANG, executive director of the Shorewood Business Improvement District, answers common questions about the BID over brunch at Blue’s Egg.


With a board of directors consisting primarily of local business owners, the Shorewood Business Improvement District supports and promotes member businesses, as well as the district as a whole. But what does that entail, exactly? What are the BID’s goals and challenges? Over strong coffee and perfectly crisped hash browns at the BID’s newest brunch spot, Blue’s Egg, BID Executive Director Ericka Lang responded to frequently asked questions. (continued on page 13) (continued on page 12)


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Q: What’s the BID working on these days? A: Our goals overall are to market and brand the district, get businesses actively involved in the community, and help recruit and retain businesses. We also want to launch new events to highlight local businesses and bring fun activities to Shorewood. We have reimagined the holiday tree-lighting event in December, adding things like cookie decorating and food from local restaurants in the event’s new permanent space at Wood Square. We also executed the first St. Patrick’s Day Shorewood Shenanigans, which partnered with a number of bars and restaurants along Oakland and was a huge success. We created the monthly Summer Saturdays @ Wood Square, where we showcase local businesses that fall under a certain theme, such as pets. We’re also working to brand the Village not only as a food and entertainment destination, but also as a community with much to offer in the way of health, fitness and wellness services. On October 13, we’ll have our first Open Doors event highlighting Village businesses that provide these kinds of services. Shorewood offers so many alternative integrative wellness services that are now coming into the mainstream. We’d also like to focus on a “Shop Local” campaign to encourage residents to explore the different options available for unique products and services in the Village. Working closely with the Village is also vital — we try to keep a constant dialogue going with the trustees and other organizations like the Shorewood Farmers Market and the school district. We plan to survey all Shorewood businesses next year, as well as enhance communications — everything from revising brochures to increasing our monthly e-news subscribers and traffic to our website,


Q: Does Shorewood have a problem with vacancies? A: The Village has over 260 active businesses and 140 storefronts. There are technically 10 storefront vacancies, so that’s about a 7 percent vacancy rate. That is not high according to industry standards, but some of the vacancies are in high-traffic areas, which makes them more visible. Every vacancy has unique variables and while the BID always tries to marry a desirable business with the owner’s vacancy, some owners want help and others do not. Also, each property owner controls their own lease rates, which may be out of range for startup businesses. We’ve received lots of inquiries by interested businesses over the past year about vacancies, but location, rate and condition need to all be a match to move forward. Q: What about putting pop-up businesses in those vacancies? A: We’ve looked into pop-up programs, but right now there aren’t enough vacancies or the location or condition of the spaces aren’t workable. We’re open to the idea, but the circumstances need to be right. Q: How do Shorewood’s BID fees compare with other communities? A: There are 83 active BIDs in Wisconsin, with BID rates generally based on a proportion of individual property assessed value. The average rate of the 83 state BIDs is $2.34 per $1,000 of assessed value; Shorewood’s rate is $1.10. We are comparatively quite conservative; the rates have only been raised 4 cents in the last decade and we have no intention of increasing them. Q: What are some challenges facing the BID right now? A: Even though the Village is small and compact, the business district is very spread out. We want to work with the Village to create distinct districts that will enable us to market and plan events for them in a targeted way. We also want to continue to work with the community to find the right kind of development for the Village, aiding businesses that offer something residents want and appreciate. n

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FIREHOUSE FACADE ENDURES Gut rehab will modernize interior



esidents’ passion for Shorewood’s historical architecture has prompted a vote from the Village Board to renovate the Shorewood Public Safety Building instead of tearing it down to make way for new construction.

Dating to 1929 and housing the Village fire and police departments for most of its nearly 90 years, the building was designed by Colonel Henry C. Hengels, Wisconsin’s state military architect and engineer (for more on Hengels, see page 42). Its Cream City brick and Lannon stone construction reflects his penchant for military-style architecture and distinctive masonry. In the 1920s, the building was considered state of the art, with thoughtful details like the fortress-like rear turret designed for drying fire hoses and a special refrigerated room for housing stolen chickens.

Shorewood’s Public Safety Building, which has served the Village for nearly 90 years.

Today the building is a long way from cutting edge. Despite upgrades and additions over the decades, the interior is in varying states of disrepair. “Maintenance of the older building has been a challenge,” says North Shore Fire Department Chief Robert Whitaker. “The whole building has really suffered to the point where now there are a lot of issues.” With the police department relocated to new space on North Wilson Drive, it was time to address these issues. The Board-approved plan maintains the exterior while updating and upgrading interior systems to today’s health and safety standards. “Preserving that facade is so important to the history of the community,” says Bob Dean, president of the Shorewood Historical Society, noting that Hengels also designed Shorewood’s public works building, Hubbard Park Lodge, (continued on page 17)


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“Preserving that facade is so important to the history of the community.” Bob Dean, president of the Shorewood Historical Society

When designed in the 1920s, the building was considered state of the art.

and the now-razed Atwater Beach pavilion. “We are very pleased the Board has voted to preserve the exterior.”

Residents urged the Village Board to preserve the Safety Building's historical facade.

A devoted group of Village residents advocated for keeping the original building in Board meetings, through flyers and on social media. “I appreciate that every project in Shorewood incurs associated financial costs, but there are often other, longer-term factors as well,” says resident and local business owner Lisa Castagnozzi. “If the historic value and aesthetics of Shorewood are undermined or neglected, my belief is that fewer people will want to visit and spend money here.” Village President Allison Rozek says the Board heard the residents loud and clear: “The public overwhelmingly wanted to rehab the building rather than replace it with a new one.”

The Village Board enlisted Zimmerman Architectural Studios to explore options. The estimate to remodel the building came to just over $4.7 million, roughly $500,000 more than the estimated $4.2 million to demolish the building and replace it with a single-story fire station. Rozek says the difference largely reflects the cost “to build out the old police garage or prepare the basement for a future tenant,” which could be deferred. The interior renovation will not be without complications. There is water damage, as well as asbestos and mold issues. The basement, which housed a shooting range, requires a thorough lead abatement. The interior office space is inefficiently laid out given the shared use of the building, and the heating and plumbing systems are long out of date. “We will need to take the interior of the building down to the studs and load-bearing walls,” Rozek says.

Village Manager Rebecca Ewald stresses the importance of collaborating with North Shore Fire/Rescue to create a facility that will effectively support the seven municipalities it serves. “The North Shore Fire/Rescue provides a very valuable and important service to our constituents,” she says. “We need to work together to ensure the best service can continue to be provided.” The renovated interior would offer firefighters more appropriate space, with modern offices on the first floor and living space upstairs that can accommodate multiple genders with separate bathrooms, showers and sleeping areas. The basement would provide storage space for the department and the Village Center, and the North Shore Health Department may use additional space. “The firefighters are just happy to be moving forward with something new, and they deserve it,” says Whitaker. “Whatever happens, it will be better than what they have now.” n SHOREWOOD TODAY 17


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Atwater Elementary School sixth-graders with their teachers on the last day of school in 2018. Along with their peers at Lake Bluff Elementary School, these students were the first to complete Passages, a new program to facilitate reflection on learning.


istoric buildings. Outstanding performing arts. A high school campus resembling a small liberal arts college. These have long been touted as key attributes that set the Shorewood School District apart.

But some of today’s most notable differentiators of the Shorewood student experience have emerged from transformative new programs and practices implemented during the last few years. Student Outcomes The differences begin with how the District measures success. In 2016, the Shorewood School Board moved toward a more comprehensive model for measuring student outcomes. The Board established new student results policies of Academic Mastery, Character and Citizenship, and Wellness. These policies formalized Shorewood’s longstanding support for a “whole child” approach to education, prioritizing student academic achievement equally with wellness and growth into productive citizens of high character. The Academic Mastery results policy retains Shorewood’s traditionally high standards: “All students … are able to demonstrate authentic learning by integrating their knowledge and skills through creative application to real-world challenges.” At the same time, the new wellness result policy has catalyzed programming such as mindfulness practices for elementary school students, to help reduce stress and anxiety and improve social-emotional skills. Authentic, Experiential Learning Also in 2016, the Shorewood School District convened parents, community members, staff and students to participate in a three-day summit to develop a vision for Shorewood Schools over the next decade. The 100-plus participants were asked to prioritize themes that reflected achievement of the vision. The No. 1 priority was authentic, experiential learning.


Shorewood defines authentic learning as educational experiences that connect students’ skills and knowledge to real-world issues and needs. Students participate in research and reflection, collaborate with peers, and engage with community partners to advance their learning and present high-quality work to audiences beyond the classroom. A successful $1 million fundraising campaign helped launch expeditionary learning in Shorewood’s two elementary schools and also supported the introduction of Project Lead the Way, a hands-on STEM program offered in grades 7–12, along with a variety of curricular and extracurricular programs that are on display each year at the District’s Authentic Learning Showcase. Passages: Reflection on Learning Self-reflection is a powerful way for students to learn, grow and achieve success because it requires examining and interpreting personal experiences to gain new understanding. During the 2017–18 school year, the District implemented a new program called Passages to facilitate student reflection on learning during transitions through educational milestones. Passages launched this past spring at the sixth-grade level. Each student finishing the sixth-grade year at Atwater or Lake Bluff Elementary School prepared an individual presentation to share their growth and development, both as a learner and as a person of character. Students presented in front of a panel comprising a District administrator, a Shorewood secondary teacher and a local community member, all of whom asked questions and provided feedback to each presenter. Parents and families were also invited to attend their child’s Passages presentation. The Passages program was well received and will continue in 2018–19. Beginning in 2019-20, the District will introduce Passages for eighth-grade students as they prepare for their transition to high school. n



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Fish & Feather Festival

Saturday, October 6, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. River Clean-Up, 9 a.m.–11 a.m. The Shorewood Fish & Feather Festival, put on by the Village in conjunction with the Shorewood Waters Project, offers unique activities aimed at inspiring attendees to learn about, enjoy and protect the exceptional wildlife and water resources that surround us. The morning kicks off with a river clean-up between the East Capitol Drive bridge and Hubbard Park, organized by the Shorewood Conservation Committee and Parks Commission with the support of Milwaukee Riverkeeper. Attendees can enjoy fall colors and live music; try out some waders on loan from the Urban Ecology Center to get an up-close look at giant salmon furiously swimming upstream; craft a native bee house; visit interactive booths of local outdoor organizations and vendors; and paint everything from pumpkins to bird houses. Food will be available for purchase from Hubbard Park Lodge. Shorewood’s Department of Public Works will also hold a special recycling and Goodwill collection at 3801 N. Morris Blvd. from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.






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Health & Wellness Open Doors Saturday, October 13

For those seeking treatments, classes and cures to help them look and feel healthy, fit and energetic, the Shorewood Business Improvement District includes a broad community of practitioners. At the BID’s first Health & Wellness Open Doors event, a variety of businesses offering everything from physical therapy and massage to weight-loss help and energy-field enhancement will open their doors to offer educational sessions and service demonstrations. Participants can pick up a “passport” from the BID to collect stamps as they visit businesses, then enter their passports in a drawing to win potential services. For information on the schedule and how to obtain a passport, please visit

Fall Yard Clean-Up Saturday, November 3 9 a.m.–noon

Help your elderly or disabled neighbors prepare their yards for winter! No assignment takes more than two hours, and all you need is a rake, a means of transportation and a good-neighbor attitude. To volunteer, contact Vashti Lozier at Older and disabled adults seeking assistance may contact the Shorewood Senior Resource Center, 414.847.2727 or

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Photo: Intergenerational volunteers at the 2017 Fall Yard Clean-Up Day.

WinterFest @ Wood Square Saturday, December 1, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Warm up at the second annual WinterFest @ Wood Square, the pedestrian arcade just north of the Metro Market parking structure. Enjoy free hot chocolate along with creative cookie decorating and Santa letter writing, live music and carolers, a popcorn cart, and “Selfies with Santa” next door in MOD Pizza. The Menorah will be lit, and the evening will culminate in the annual tree lighting ceremony (7 p.m.) that’s sure to set everyone’s holiday spirits aglow. On Saturdays in December, the BID is planning seasonal events throughout the Village. For more information, please visit 20 SHOREWOOD TODAY  FALL 2018


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Village Trick or Treating Sunday, October 28 4–6 p.m.

Night of the Ghost Train

The Village’s Halloween trick-or-treating event will continue to be held on a Sunday this year, but at a new time. Village President Allison Rozek says the new time is a compromise among residents’ suggestions to hold it either in the evening or on the actual date of Halloween. The new time still allows some daylight time for families with younger children. Participating residents should leave front or porch lights on, and all motorists are encouraged to take extra precautions when driving during the event. The Village Board will solicit resident feedback on the new time as it plans future trick-or-treat events.

Wednesday, October 31 6:30–8 p.m. Shorewood’s second annual Night of the Ghost Train will offer family-friendly Halloween fun for all ages alongside the spine-tingling specter of what was once considered the fastest passenger train in the world. Gather at Corner Bakery Café at the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge for treats and low-spook-factor activities and entertainment for witches, monsters and superheroes of all sizes.


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Senior Resource Center Bi-monthly Writing Group Tuesdays, Sept. 11 & 25, Oct. 9 & 23, Nov. 13 & 27, 1–2:30 p.m.

Write in a supportive environment. Each session will include a writing exercise followed by time to read and comment. Led by amateur writer Judy Mazzie. Free; please pre-register.

Mens’ Morning Wednesdays, Sept.12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, 10–11:30 a.m.

Women are welcome, too! Donuts, coffee and juice will be served. BB Sept.12: The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald with Rochelle Pennington. BB Oct.10: Professional “prepper” Shel Delisle’s guidelines on how to

prepare for situations that can upend normal life.

BB Nov.14: The underworld of crime: counterfeiting, bootlegging,

gambling and prostitution with author and historian Gavin Schmitt. $3 fee at door; no pre-registration required.

Brewers fans from the Senior Resource Center are ready for an outing to a game against the Washington Nationals in July. They are led by a gloved Elizabeth Price while boarding a bus from Shorewood High School.

Events Young at Heart SRC Players Thursdays, Sept. 6–Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Explore your musical, movement and/or theatrical talents with the SRC Players! All levels of experience welcome and encouraged. Performance at the SRC on Dec. 12. Residents $25/nonresidents $35. Please pre-register with payment.

One-to-One Tech Support Fridays! Ongoing, 9.a.m.–noon

Get comfortable using your portable technology (smartphone, laptop, iPad, Kindle) as well as apps, social media and more, with one-to-one support from volunteer tech tutors. Free; no pre-registration required.

Mindful Art & Activities with Kelly Schroeder-Strong Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 11, 10 –11:30 a.m.

Engaging art and activities will connect us to the present moment, providing quiet and calm for our nervous systems to lean into and recharge. No previous art experience needed. Residents $5/nonresidents $10 per class. All supplies provided.

The Holistic Way to Health and Wellness with Maria Viall: Managing Arthritis and Joint Pain Tues., Sept. 11, 11:15–12:15 p.m.

A certified holistic health practitioner and certified nutritional practitioner, Viall helps people reach their true health potential through simple but effective strategies. Suggested payment is residents $4/nonresidents $6. Please pre-register with payment.


Medicare and Supplementary Insurance: Fitting the Pieces Together Wed., Sept. 12, 1–2:30 p.m.

Jill Helgeson, counselor for the Wisconsin Medigap Helpline, helps unravel the choices in choosing insurance coverage after age 65. Free; please pre-register.

Making Sense of Long Term Care Wed., Sept. 12, 3–4:30 p.m.

Steve Shapiro from the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care will guide us through the basics of long-term care, where one may receive it, how it is paid for, and the features and benefits of long-term care insurance. Free; please pre-register.

Memory Café Third Thursday of every month, 2:30–4 p.m.

Greet old friends and meet new ones at Three Lions Pub, 4515 N. Oakland Ave. We welcome anyone with memory issues and their care partners. Free admission, coffee, soda and water. Food available for purchase.

Brown Bag Lunch with Shorewood’s Police Chief Mon., Sept. 24, Noon–1 p.m. Come share your safety concerns and questions with Chief Peter Nimmer. Bring your own lunch!

Ask a Dietitian Tuesdays, Sept. 25, Oct. 30, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Learn from Carmel Bankier-Sweet, registered dietician. BB Sept. 25: Multivitamins/minerals: What do you need more

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BB O ct. 30: Eating a more plant-based diet. Free; please pre-register.

DAY TRIP: Back to Amish Country Fri., Oct. 5, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. A visit to Green County, Wisconsin’s Amish area, to learn more about the traditions, customs and culture of the Amish people. We will visit an Amish cheese factory, bakery, general store and wood shop and enjoy lunch at the historic Kingston House. This trip does not include a lot of walking, but there is a lot of getting on and off the motorcoach. Residents $71/nonresidents $78. Contact the SRC for a registration form with menu choices.

China Lights Wed., Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Brighten up your autumn evening with a visit to Boerner Botanical Gardens’ international lantern festival, where Chinese artisans create a magical paradise of illuminated scenes. Also enjoy live performances, cultural displays and a marketplace. Residents $23/nonresidents $28; includes motor coach transportation (bus leaves from Shorewood Village Center), admission and bus driver gratuity. Please pre-register with payment.

Depletion to Renewal: Tools for Building Resilience using HeartMath® Thursdays, Oct. 18 & 25, Nov. 1, 1–3 p.m. The Institute of HeartMath® Resilience Advantage Program™ delivers results such as improved productivity, lower stress levels, higher cognition and better emotional well-being. Elizabeth Lewis leads a workshop in self-regulation tools and resilience-building practices to teach you how to take positive, effective action during times of pressure, challenge and change. Residents $45/nonresidents $60, including cost of workbook. Please pre-register with payment.

FREE Workshops with Elizabeth Lewis, Stress Management and Personal Development Coach/Certified Grief Support Specialist BB Healing Your Grief about Loss Mon., Nov. 7, 9–10:30 a.m. BB Re-Imagining Dementia Thurs., Nov. 8, 1–2:30 p.m. BB Healing Your Grief about Getting Older Wed., Nov. 28, 9–10:30 a.m. Free; pre-registration is encouraged.

Unconscious Biases: How Can We See Our Own Blind Spots? Mon., Oct. 22, 6–7:30 p.m. An interactive program with Reggie Jackson and Dr. Fran Kaplan. Jackson is an expert on the historical development of America’s racial hierarchy and its impact on our lives today. Kaplan has dedicated her career to reducing poverty and enhancing social justice. Offered in collaboration with the Shorewood Public Library. Free; no pre-registration required.

Shorewood Connects Yard Clean-Up Day Sat., Nov. 3, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. If you or someone you know could use help with raking and other small outdoor tasks, contactl the SRC. To volunteer, email Vashti Lozier,

Film Screening: Like Virginia Wed., Nov. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Like Virginia returns to the SRC! This film by Kelly Schroeder-Strong (see page 36) showcases a special intergenerational bond between the filmmaker and the late Virginia Stanislawski, former Shorewood resident. The film recently screened in San Francisco at the Legacy Film Festival on Aging. Free; no pre-registration required. To learn more, please call 414.847.2727 or email Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and held in the Shorewood Village Center at 3920 N. Murray Ave. (lower level of the Shorewood Library).

Elizabeth Lewis: A Life of Sharing BY JUSTINE LEONARD

For more than 18 years, the Shorewood Senior Resource Center has been bringing high-quality programs to the community, and Elizabeth Lewis is a frequent guest presenter. When Lewis was a young woman in her 20s, a car accident left her with temporary paralysis and a traumatic brain injury. That would have been a knockoutblow for some. For Lewis, it was a challenge to not only heal herself but to move forward and find new meaning in her life by helping others. Lewis dedicated herself to that commitment, making it her mission “to pursue a wide variety of interests in the fields of art, writing, education and wellness as a way to share with others the gratitude, inner peace and joy I have experienced on my unplanned life path.” Over the years, that path has been marked with a remarkable range of achievements in the fields of art, writing, education and wellness. Her fiber and mixed-media art works have been exhibited nationally. Published writings include a chapter in the popular Italian language book Interruptio, poetry, short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles. Her extensive education credentials have earned her a successful career as a motivational speaker, stress management and personal development coach. Her areas of expertise include HeartMath®, resilience building, forgiveness facilitation, mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction, healing art, trauma healing, and global body-mindspirit practices. “Although she has struggled with pain all of her life, Elizabeth is one of the most calm and positive people that I have ever met. She’s truly amazing,” says Elizabeth Price, Senor Resource Center coordinator. “We are very fortunate that she continues to share her knowledge and expertise in programs at the SRC.” Lewis will present workshops on resilience, grief and dementia in 2018, and save the dates on your 2019 calendar for a four-week session on mindfulness! For more details, see the event listings or contact the SRC. n




Creating Communities of Wellness BY PAULA WHEELER | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN


eeling from the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., this past February, Holly and Scott Stoner couldn’t stop thinking about how they might help more young people.

Both had already helped so many, of all ages — Scott as an Episcopal pastor and professional counselor, Holly as a teacher and therapist. They saw Parkland as another tragedy illustrating just how painful and stressful life could be for teenagers. Their hearts were heavy. What could they do? Fortunately, they had a tool — a program they had created to help teens reflect on life balance, self-care and stress management. Called the Teen Compass, the program was designed “to equip people who are working with teens to help open up conversations about the stresses and struggles that they’re facing and help empower them,” Holly says. The idea came: They would offer the Teen Compass materials as a free download from the Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation, the nonprofit organization Scott and Holly run together. They hired the public relations firm of Carl Mueller, also a Shorewood resident, to get the word out.


That was in late April. By July, the Teen Compass workbook and leader guide had been downloaded more than 3,000 times, including internationally, says Holly, who tracks the results. “We’ve had downloads from schools all over the country and all throughout Canada. This morning we got a download from South Africa. Yesterday we had one from London. All kinds of organizations and people working with teens are using it all over the place.” The Teen Compass is part of a portfolio of wellness tools the Stoners developed with funding from the Nicholas Family Foundation that includes Living Compass, for adult wellness, and the Parent Compass, for parents at every stage. Scott had befriended the late Ab Nicholas through church connections, and over lunch once day, Nicholas asked him, “If you could do anything you wanted, what would you do?” Scott eagerly shared his vision: “I said, ‘I would create wellness programs for churches and for the community.’ The vision was to help families, but I didn’t have a way to fund it. And Ab said, ‘Well, I would love to help with that.’”

Scott drew on his 45,000 hours of individual, marriage and family therapy, as well as countless hours of listening to people as a pastor, to create both spiritually based and secular versions of Living Compass, getting the materials out to churches and other organizations that serve families, including the Milwaukee-area YMCA network. Meanwhile, Holly was working on her counselor’s license and teaching at Shorewood High School, “listening to teenagers,” she says, “and thinking, ‘Wow, they’ve got all kinds of issues from stress, to unhealthy relationships, the use of drugs and alcohol — those are all wellness issues, really.” She joined Samaritan and started working on the Teen Compass. A grant from the Charles E. Kubly Foundation allowed her to supply the program to several area schools — including Shorewood High School, where students complete it during a course typically taken sophomore year — and a Milwaukee organization called Our Next Generation. Today, the Stoners have trained upwards of 500 people to lead adult, teen and parent wellness circles, the latter of which Samaritan has been offering through the local nonprofit RedGen. There are also plans to make the Parent Compass material available for free, in both English and Spanish. Scott says he loves hearing weekly from people he’s never met who have used the wellness materials to have conversations or make changes they never thought possible. Holly agrees: “The fact that we are reaching so many through these resources is really exciting to me.” n

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Design Thinking Fellowships Create New Experiences for Shorewood Students BY TED KNIGHT

f you were asked to design the perfect learning experience, how would you go about doing it? Design thinking, a methodology for creative problemsolving first developed at Stanford University, might be a good place to start.

Over the course of six sessions scheduled throughout the 2017-18 school year, the UWM facilitators — which included Thompson, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Ilya Avdeev, and Nicole Green, program coordinator for the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center — guided the teachers through the process of redesigning and creating new curricula using design thinking approaches. At the end of the process, the program participants created new and redesigned courses that will be offered in the 2018–19 school year, including Image & Word, Environmental Literature and Visual Journalism. Submitted photo

A unique partnership among the University of WisconsinMilwaukee’s Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, the Shorewood School District, the Shorewood SEED Foundation and the Shorewood Excellence in Teaching Award has launched a Design Thinking Fellowship program for Shorewood teachers. The program taps into UWM’s expertise and provides professional development for Shorewood teachers as they use design thinking concepts to redesign curriculum and create new and innovative educational opportunities for students in grades 7 through 12.

Sophia Dahlen, Eric Gietzen, Renee Glembin, Mike Halloran, Amelia Hernandez, Eric Mathews, Jessica Mohagen and Dustin Slusser.

The empathy component of the design thinking process The design thinking approach was helpful for the teaching begins with fostering empathy, or fellows, as they took time a better understanding of the roots to talk with their students of a problem or challenge, through to better understand their in-depth discussions with the people 2017–18 participants in the Design Thinking Fellowship program. experiences. This provided the experiencing it. Once the problem opportunity to consider what is clearly understood, the next step is to explore a wide range instructional aspects they could adapt in the classroom to better of possible solutions and then to test these potential solutions meet the needs of their students. through rapid prototyping and piloting, adjusting and repeating as necessary through an iterative process of improvement. The Another particularly helpful activity was developing curriculum final step is to implement the optimized solution. maps for new course prototypes. Teachers built curriculum maps using colorful sticky notes on presentation boards, Design thinking has been used for a variety of different enabling them to visualize each course’s essential learning applications, from developing new products, to overcoming outcomes, student products and experiences, and how the engineering obstacles, to redesigning patient experiences course components aligned with educational standards. in a hospital emergency room. The logic behind the fellowship program is: Why not apply design thinking to education, too? Feedback from the fellows indicates that they found the “Our team is extremely pleased to be working with Shorewood on their forward-thinking agenda to cultivate authentic learning and innovation in the classroom,” says Brian Thompson, director of the UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and president of the UWM Research Foundation. After an initial informational session open to all high school and intermediate school staff, teachers applied for the fellowships in pairs to work together to develop new and/or redesigned curricula. Eight teaching fellows were selected: 28 SHOREWOOD TODAY  FALL 2018

experience extremely valuable.

“Going through this fellowship with UWM has shown me that empathizing with my students will help create a classroom that is more conducive to the learning environment,” wrote one participant in a feedback form. The program will continue in the 2019–20 school year. n For more information about the UWM-Shorewood Teaching Fellows program, contact Tim Joynt at

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Fitness Center Upgrades Offer More to Members BY KATELIN WATSON | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN


or the Shorewood Community Fitness Center, 2018 has been a monumental year. In addition to celebrating its 20th anniversary in February, the SCFC also made significant updates to its interior thanks to the generous support of community members through memberships and personaltraining sessions. To determine what upgrades were needed, the SCFC staff did significant research. They toured and evaluated a handful of other fitness facilities, met with the SCFC Advisory Committee to discuss recommendations and surveyed SCFC members to gauge what items were most important to them. Staff used the information to prioritize the SCFC’s needs. The renovation process took six months from conception to completion. The projects were completed by the end of March. The Fitness Center revamp includes: BB New flooring in the main cardio room and weight room BB Interior painting BB New solid-surface window sills BB Life Fitness Insignia Series selectorized strength machines BB Olympic weightlifting platform BB New adjustable benches (including decline benches) BB New treadmill BB O ther miscellaneous items, including Freemotion Fitness strength equipment, a kettlebell rack, a back extension machine, resistance bands, a fixed barbell set, cable attachments, Bosu balls, foam rollers and more. “The new and improved fitness center has had an incredible reception from members and residents,” says SCFC Manager Jake Wilson. “The upgrades really modernized our facility

Life Fitness rep Dan McGuire (center) teaches SCFC personal trainer Linda Sunde (left) and SCFC fitness specialist Mason Pearson (right) how to use the new leg-press equipment.

and brought us into the 21st century. By rearranging and adding a bigger variety of equipment to the space, members have been able to expand their workout regimens, and now personal trainers have even more resources to help change the lives of their clients.” SCFC Advisory Committee member Jim Holstein says the Fitness Center was badly in need of updates. “Given the fiscal restraints, careful planning went into deciding which improvements were to be made in the most efficient way possible,” he explains. “With the diverse stakeholders and constituents of the SCFC, it's hard to do everything to serve everyone’s interests, but the equipment and facility refurbishing has given the SCFC new life, and that — along with routinely planned updates — is helping keep the SCFC vital and vibrant.” Wilson notes that despite the high-grade changes, membership prices will remain the same, without the hidden fees often associated with other fitness facilities, such as sign-up, initiation and annual equipment fees. “It’s important that we continue to stay true to our mission statement of promoting the vitality, health and well-being of youth, student-athletes and adults,” Wilson says. “We look forward to growing our fitness family, and we hope these upgrades will help us do so.” n Residents interested in learning more about the updates or about fitness memberships in general can visit or stop by the SCFC for a free tour during normal operating hours. Please contact with questions.


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An Oasis of Beauty and Wellness: Forever Young Anti-Aging and Weight Loss Center BY JENNIFER ANDERSON | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN

Dr. Rita Sabeti, owner of Forever Young Anti-Aging and Weight Loss Center, never planned to go into medicine. BUSINESS She owned a successful restaurant in SPOTLIGHT New York City and was happily enjoying all that big-city life had to offer. But a frightening brush with cancer inspired her to go to medical school while in her mid-30s, after which she went to work as a general practitioner. After Sabeti attended Ross University School of Medicine and OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, she and her husband began looking for a place to live and build a business. The vibrancy of Milwaukee and its proximity to Chicago, where her husband works, were a draw. They now split their time between the two cities. Sabeti’s history of pursuing new interests drove her to focus her practice on weight loss and helping people live healthier lives. “Weight loss is a huge passion of mine,” she says. “I love helping people feel good about themselves.” This desire to help people gain confidence grew into the Forever Young Anti-Aging and Weight Loss Center. The center offers esthetic and wellness treatments in a spa-like setting. However, when Sabeti originally moved into the space, which


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A MARVEL-OUS CAREER: Entertainment executive Eric Rollman, SHS ’80 BY TED KNIGHT


For most kids growing up in Shorewood, the idea of one day becoming the head of Marvel Animation might seem possible only in a distant dream. But for Eric Rollman, that distant dream became a reality.

Rollman, SHS ’80, earned a degree in telecommunications at Indiana University before starting his career in television and film, serving as an executive at Saban Productions, Fox Family and Marvel and winning an Emmy along the way. He now runs his own company, Rollman Entertainment, Inc., which has brought over 550 episodes to air, including eight series and four films. How did this Shorewood kid find success in the dog-eat-dog entertainment industry? It all started on the shores of Lake Michigan with morning swim team practice, dreams of owning a fish store, and a passion for drumming. “Growing up in Shorewood was fantastic,” Rollman says. “The small-town experience, close-knit neighbors and community are hard to find in a big city like Los Angeles, where I live now. The freedom we had as kids was a gift, as my parents gave my sister and me the latitude and trust to explore and find our passions. Those Midwest values have been instrumental in keeping me grounded and focused while building a career.” One of Rollman’s early passions was music. He was the drummer in his own band in high school, and for a while considered a career as an orchestra percussionist. He was also president of the neighborhood fish club and had 21 fish tanks in his basement. Another water-themed passion was swimming. He lifeguarded at Atwater Beach and competed on the Shorewood swim team. “The single most influential thing from high school was my experiences on the swim team,” Rollman recalls. “Our coach was Mr. Pi, and his coaching style was as tough as they get. My father was also a coach, so I grew up with a bit of that in my daily life. I still remember Mr. Pi yelling ‘Hup, hup, hup,’ through every practice. We trained hard, mornings and afternoons, and the mental and physical discipline it took for me to show up was mind bending. But it forever stuck with me, and even today, when things get tough … I say to myself, ‘Hup, hup, hup!’”

Eric Rollman with the 2016 Outstanding Children’s Series Emmy Award for Sea Rescue, which he co-created and executive produced.

That hard work and mental discipline paid off when Rollman started a new internship working for the game show Family Feud in Los Angeles during the final semester of his senior year at Indiana University. Later, he connected with other SHS alumni in the industry, Jeff Weicher (’68) and Miles Kapper (’70). “Both of them were very helpful in connecting me to other opportunities, one of which eventually led to a position working for the TV show Star Search, where my career really began to build momentum,” Rollman says. In 2004, Rollman joined Marvel Entertainment to launch its television and animation business. “I loved the worlds we got to play in,” Rollman says. “Marvel was really open to reimagining its characters in so many fun ways. That willingness, the creative passion and the entrepreneurial environment were key to building something meaningful from the ground up.” As president and CEO of Rollman Entertainment, he focuses on productions for kids and families. He describes it as “literally a 24/7 job,” because many of the projects are done on a global basis, and between traveling and time zones, work is always going on. Right now, he is working with partners in France, Australia and Japan. Rollman has kept a close relationship with a few dear friends from Shorewood and has enjoyed reconnecting with others after attending a couple of reunions. His advice for current Shorewood High School students? “Constantly look for new ways to grow and learn,” he says. “Patience, vision and persistence often pay off in time.” n SHOREWOOD TODAY 35

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Hi, Neighbor A special friendship, captured on film Meet: Kelly Schroeder-Strong Moved to Shorewood: 1995

Kelly Schroeder-Strong, left, with the late Virginia Stanislawski, celebrating Stanislawski’s 90th birthday party at Maxim’s in Brookfield, Wis.

Despite an age gap of many decades, Kelly Schroeder-Strong and Virginia Stanislawski developed a close bond after meeting in Shorewood. Inspired by Stanislawski's joyful spirit, Schroeder-Strong created the film Like Virginia.


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“Years ago, I worked at the Senior Resource Center with Elizabeth Price and then stayed on as a volunteer because I enjoyed being around the seniors so much. I currently lead a weekly dance class at the SRC and also work with the Shorewood Memory Café, facilitating movement. I love music and dancing, and sharing this with the community is one of my greatest joys. Also, once a month, I call Bingo at the SRC, which is a blast! And this fall, I am excited to introduce a new program there, Mindful Art & Activities. “Back in 2002, I was working at the desk at the Shorewood Fitness Center the day Virginia Stanislawski walked in and asked for assistance. We just hit it off immediately. She was so witty and engaging, a very special lady. We quickly became best friends. “People might think it was strange that I was a woman in my 30s hanging out with a 90-year-old, but I had been pushing against life and feeling very unhappy when I met Virginia. She was just such a joyful person, and I wanted to learn from her. Her attitude and positivity were infectious. She was also a person who accepted and embraced change, something that can be a challenge for people of any age. For example, although she was a lifelong practicing Catholic, she lived at the Jewish assisted-living facility Chai Point, where she truly cultivated a love of learning for the Jewish culture and traditions. “I have always enjoyed watching documentary films. I find it fascinating how they can inspire us to make changes in our lives and this is how I became moved to create a film about Virginia. I had no formal training, but I started by finding a cameraman

on Craigslist. We became a great team. Our goal was simple: to capture Virginia’s active, fun spirit. “We spent two years filming, but then I sat on the footage for three years because I just didn’t believe I could make a film. When Virginia passed away in March 2017, I knew I had to complete the project — for my dear friend and for myself. I made a pact with the director of Chai Point, Trish Cohn, to present the finished film the following May. To motivate myself, I decided it was okay to create a ‘C+’ film; this allowed me to surrender and enjoy the process. Virginia was with me every step of the way. I could feel her guiding me, as well as making me laugh all the time. “I had no idea how much work went into editing a documentary — I even dreamt about it while I slept. But the journey of making Like Virginia was very healing after the loss of my friend, and the response so far has been incredibly kind. Audiences seem to connect with its themes: mental health, embracing aging, inter-generational relationships, Jewish culture. My favorite part is hearing the audience laugh at Virginia’s quips and our shenanigans. “The film has been accepted at the Legacy Film Festival on Aging in San Francisco and, to be honest, I am completely taken aback. It is an honor to share my ‘bestest’ friend Virginia and this very special part of my life with others. My hope is that Like Virginia will motivate people to create their lives at any age and to befriend people of all ages because we can truly help and learn from one another.” n

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Shorewood Resources INTERESTED IN ORGANICS COLLECTION? ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LIST The Village of Shorewood’s pilot organics collection program that includes 100 households has been extended for a second time and will continue through the end of 2018. Village trustees continue to explore options for a permanent program offered to all interested residents. Those interested may add their names to a waitlist. If the Village Board decides on a permanent program that includes more participants, the Village will use the waitlist to evaulate a bulk purchase of collection carts. For additional information or to be added to the waitlist, contact Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart at Every well-manicured Shorewood lawn needs an historical birthday marker.

HISTORIC HOME MARKERS RAISE FUNDS FOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY Following on the success of last year’s sale of engraved granite “birthday” markers for Shorewood’s historic homes, the Shorewood Historical Society is offering the markers again for the month of September. For $99, Shorewood homeowners can purchase a marker engraved with the year the home was built and have it professionally installed on the parkway in front of their home. Last year, over 200 residents purchased markers, which inform neighbors and pedestrians about how the neighborhood developed. Soon, the markers will be searchable on a GPS-enabled app with additional homeowner-supplied information such as the architect, past owners and other interesting details. “They’re a great way for people to show their pride not only in their home but in the community as well,” says Bob Dean, president of the Shorewood Historical Society. “But we want to encourage people to buy them now because we won’t be able to offer these markers at such a low price again.” Sale proceeds will enable the Historical Society to fully digitize the 78,000-page collection of Shorewood Herald newspapers, making them easily searchable and preserved for the future. The newspaper, which started out as the Shorewood Radio, was published from 1923 to 2004. Birthday markers can be ordered online at


FALL 2018 LEAF AND BRUSH REMOVAL SCHEDULE The Shorewood Department of Public Works begins bulk leaf collection Monday, Oct. 15, continuing through the first week in December. Outside those dates, leaves must be collected in paper bags and placed at the curb for pick-up with other household waste. Residents should rake leaves onto the parkways, not into the road, to avoid them collecting in storm drains, which can lead to neighborhood flooding. Please do not include other waste in the leaf pile, such as sticks, plants or pumpkins, as those can plug and break the vacuum machines. Leaf piles containing these items will not be collected. Additional information and a weekly collection schedule are at /543/Leaf-Collection.

APPLY FOR A SPOT AT WOOD SQUARE The Shorewood Business Improvement District welcomes applications from organizations and individuals wishing to showcase their business and interests at Wood Square. This space in front of the Metro Market parking structure offers five 10-by-12-foot stalls, with room for an additional four. It was designed to serve as an outdoor venue for craftspeople and artists to show and sell their works, as well as groups wanting to share information and material with the broader community. The BID has monthly scheduled events but the space is otherwise available. Those interested in an application or more information can visit

ELECTION OFFICIALS NEEDED The Village seeks dependable individuals willing to serve as election officials, also known as poll workers, for upcoming election days. Officials work either half or full days and are paid $8/hr. There is a brief training session before each election. Election inspectors help ensure an open, accurate and fair election, and duties include issuing ballots, registering voters and monitoring the voting equipment. Anyone interested can contact Village Clerk Sara Bruckman at 414.847.2608 or

LIBRARY CORNER NEW MISSION STATEMENT REFLECTS LIBRARY’S CORE VALUES As part of a strategic planning process that began earlier this year, the Shorewood Public Library has revamped its mission statement. The mission embraces the library’s core values and commitment to continually evolve, reframe and embrace new tools and platforms to best serve today’s patrons. The new mission statement reads: “Shorewood Public Library welcomes everyone to learn, connect and explore. We serve our community with resources that promote lifelong learning and engagement.” The strategic planning process included community surveys, as well as diverse focus groups to help generate ideas and feedback on how the library can best continue to provide the space, materials and programs to connect to and engage with the community.

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH As students prepare to head back to school, there is one essential school supply that requires no shopping and doesn’t cost a penny: a library card. Library Card Sign-Up Month encourages parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card. With resources including books, DVDs, CDs, digital downloads, electronic databases and wi-fi available free at the library to anyone with a card, this investment is a no-brainer.

READING RACE: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS Engage with your neighbors in a discussion centered on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book We Were Eight Years in Power. Coates’ thought-provoking collection of essays examines challenging yet critical topics such as mass incarceration, reparations, segregation and systematic racism. Reading Race is an ongoing program meeting the second Thursday evening of every other month.

GET TEXTS FROM THE LIBRARY Keep up to date with your library account on your mobile phone using the library’s Shoutbomb text messaging service. Sign-up is easy: Just text the word SIGNUP to 414.501.7372, then reply to the messages from Shoutbomb with your library card number and PIN. Once registered, you will receive text notices about items available to pick up, items due soon and overdue items. A text will be sent only when activity on your account triggers a message.

1,000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN Research shows that a key predictor of school success is the number of words and books children are exposed to before they start school. Reading to young children not only builds important early literacy skills and aids emotional and social development, but can also be a special bonding time. The Shorewood Public Library invites children and parents/caregivers to participate in its 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Just visit the library to learn more and pick up a reading record!

SHOREWOOD GROWS READERS Throughout the year, the Shorewood Public Library provides opportunities for young children and their caregivers to talk, sing, read, write and play together in the library. This fall, the library has a full slate of programming to engage babies and children under age 5, including Pop In and Play, Sensory Playtime, Storytime for 3s & 4s, Toddler Time, and Rhyme & Read Lapsit. For more information visit SHOREWOOD TODAY 39

Out & About in Shorewood







7 Photos by Jonathan Kirn


1 Sidewalk dining and race cheering during the Shore-

wood Criterium Cycling Classic in June are (from left) Laura Sorensen, Anton Sorensen, Jay Sorensen, Brian Schulteis, Michael Paul Schulteis, Nicole Schulteis and Ellie Schulteis. 2 Guitarist Chris Guse of Shorewood (right) rocks out with

his band, Rocket Cat, at Summer Sounds in July.

3 2018 Parade Marshal Jan Zehren is all smiles during

Shorewood’s Fourth of July parade.

4 Seven-year-old Hope Hornbeck-Jerard decorates her

bike with material provided by Little Sprouts Play Cafe before the Fourth of July parade.

5 Patricia Radzin delivers a smile with her balloon at the

Shorewood Library Summer Celebration in July.

6 Alison Hinow, Brian Hinow and Phoebe Hearbum (left to

right) participate in a summer Pom & Dance class offered by the Shorewood Recreation Department.

7 MacKenzie, a Shorewood puggle (pug and beagle), calmly

resigns himself to having his nails clipped by Vanity Fur’s Cori Bliesner at July’s Summer Saturday @ Wood Square.















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Shorewood A Look Back

A Local Architect’s Landmarks Architect Henry C. Hengels (1876–1943) lived most of his adult life in Shorewood and designed a number of Shorewood landmarks. His works include the Shorewood Safety Building (Police and Fire, 1929, see photo on page 17), Shorewood Department of Public Works (1927, 1936), all of the buildings in Hubbard Park (1936–1937) and his home at 4501 N. Frederick Ave. (below, 1918). He also designed the Atwater Beach Pavilion (above, 1937, now razed). Hengels was a lieutenant colonel in the Wisconsin National Guard. After WWI, he was appointed state military architect and engineer. In that capacity, he supervised the construction of state armories and other military installations, including the Richards Street Armory and Whitefish Bay Armory (now razed). Col. Hengels’ buildings are usually considered English Gothic or Craftsman style. Many include decorative brickwork, wrought iron trim and even turrets, giving them a castle-like appearance. Photos and information courtesy of the Shorewood Historical Society and the Milwaukee County Historical Society. 42 SHOREWOOD TODAY  FALL 2018

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Shorewood Fall Calendar SIS = Shorewood Intermediate School | SHS = Shorewood High School

TUES. SEPT. 4 First Day of Shorewood Schools TUES. SEPT. 11 Police-Community Relations and Collaborative Problem–Solving 6:30pm, Village Center THURS. SEPT 13 Reading Race: Community Conversations 6pm, Village Center

FRI. & SAT. SEPT. 14 & 15 SHS Homecoming Weekend Festivities Fri. Parade 4pm, starts at SHS parking lot Fri. Football game 7pm, SHS field Sat. Dance 8pm, SHS Arena

TUES. SEPT. 18 Shorewood Woman’s Club Czech Ambassador Biography with Richard W. Graber 1pm, North Shore Presbyterian Church

OCTOBER TUES. OCT. 2 Anthony Bukoski Author Visit 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center

SAT. OCT. 6 5th Annual Fish & Feather Festival River Clean-Up 9–11am; Festival 11am–3pm, Hubbard Park

SAT. OCT. 6 Annual Shorewood Woman’s Club Rummage Sale 9:30am–4pm, Village Center TUES. OCT. 9 Twenty Pounds of Headlines: The Stories That Inspired Bob Dylan’s Writing 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center THURS.– SAT. OCT. 11–13 SHS fall play: To Kill a Mockingbird 7pm, SHS Auditorium

SAT. OCT. 13 Health & Wellness Open Door Day Shorewood Business Improvement District

TUES. OCT. 16 Shorewood Woman’s Club event: “Route of the Badger” Biking/Walking Trails with Willie Karidis 1pm, North Shore Presbyterian Church

MON. OCT. 22 Unconscious Biases: How Can We See Our Own Blind Spots? With Reggie Jackson and Fran Kaplan 6pm, Shorewood Village Center TUES. OCT. 23 SHS Masterworks Concert 7pm, St. Robert Church

FRI. & SAT. NOV. 16 & 17 SHS AFS Showcase 7pm, SHS Auditorium

WED. OCT. 31 Night of the Ghost Train 6:30–8pm, Corner Bakery at the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge

SAT. NOV. 24 Small Business Saturday Shorewood Business District

SUN. OCT. 28 Village Trick or Treating 4–6pm

SAT. & SUN. NOV. 17 & 18 Drama Jr. fall show: Camp Daze 2 Sat. 4pm & Sun. 1:30pm, Lake Bluff School Cafetorium TUES. NOV. 20 Shorewood Woman’s Club “Cook, Plate, Dine” with MATC’s Brian Moran 1pm, Village Center


NOVEMBER FRI. NOV. 2 SHS Band Presents Rocktoberfest 7pm, SHS Auditorium

SAT. NOV. 3 Shorewood Connects Fall Yard Clean-Up Day 9am–noon, Meet at Village Center

SAT. DEC. 1 2nd Annual WinterFest @ Wood Square 5:30–7:30pm, Shorewood Business District, pedestrian arcade north of Metro Market parking structure

THUR. NOV. 8 Reading Race: Community Conversations 6pm, Village Center FRI. & SAT. NOV. 9 & 10 SIS Show Circle 7pm, SHS Auditorium


SAT. NOV. 10 Shorewood Rec Dept’s Fowl 5K Run/Walk 10am, Starts in SHS parking lot

TUES. NOV. 13 Black Panthers and Weatherman of the Sixties — Terrorists or Agents for Justice? 6:30pm, Village Center

SUNDAY OCTOBER 28 4–6 p.m.