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A community of leaders Three months into my tenure as Shorewood’s Village manager, I find myself genuinely excited about coming to work each day. I’m energized by my colleagues — the talented individuals leading your Village departments and the full staff’s commitment to what we can achieve together. I’m also energized by Shorewood’s momentum and the excellent foundation your Village Board has laid with Vision 2025. Having long-term objectives makes even inconvenient projects like road construction more tolerable (read the story starting on page 11 and start planning your alternative routes!). With plans rooted in what’s best for the Village, we can better handle the challenges of their execution. Perhaps no one knows this better than Guy Johnson, who steps down this spring after 20 years of Village Board service, including 12 as president. Guy’s brand of leadership is refreshingly humble, straightforward and wise, and he deserves our gratitude for always putting the Village of Shorewood first.
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On the cover: Leen Alnejaimi, 8, is swept up in a spring shower. Photo by Jonathan Kirn, umbrella illustration by Zoe Kirn.
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E. Glendale Ave.
five years down the road
11 Street Smarts A five-year plan for road reconstruction
E. Edgewood Ave.
15 Vive L’Alliance!
A century of championing all things French
17 Student Wellness A priority for Shorewood Schools
IN EVERY ISSUE WHAT TO KNOW
WHAT’S GOOD IN THE ’WOOD
32 Business Spotlight
28 Classroom Plus
New and noteworthy around town Handy information on timely topics
WHAT TO DO
Guy and Mary Johnson share a love of service Rites of passage
Basketball for the junior set
Meet the new Senior Ambassadors
44 Shorewood Calendar Don’t miss a thing
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35 Education Spotlight
David Lubar stays a step ahead
36 Hi, Neighbor
Hilary Snow, scholar of Japanese art and culture
40 Out & About
Celebrations and cerebral pursuits
24 Senior Resource Center
An American Family success story
spring showers don't dampen Hope Conigliaro's spirits
42 A Look Back A wild ride
Shorewood News NEW VILLAGE COMMISSION addresses equality and civil rights
The Village continually seeks engaged volunteers to serve on its various committees, including the newly revived Human Relations Commission, which will comprise seven Shorewood residents. “The HRC existed in Village ordinances, but it had not been active for as long as anyone could remember,” says Davida Amenta, Village trustee, who suggested reviving the HRC in 2016 to provide a venue for community discussion and education on issues including race, gender, sexual identity, differing abilities and immigration status. Lifeguard chairs at Atwater Beach will be occupied daily during peak times this summer.
LIFEGUARDS RETURN to Atwater Beach
The HRC will provide a forum for discussing community incidents relating to discrimination or harassment, as well as a resource and outreach tool for civil rights advocacy. For information on volunteering with all Village committees visit villageofshorewood.org.
The Village plans to contract with an outside agency this summer to provide trained and certified lifeguards at Atwater Beach. Coastline Services LLC, run by Shorewood resident Eric Gietzen, will provide lifeguards to serve from June 23 to Aug. 19. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, a lifeguard supervisor and two lifeguards will be on duty, with a third lifeguard joining from 1 to 3 p.m. Red Cross Lifeguard Certification courses are available through the Shorewood Recreation Department and other area organizations. Anyone interested in applying to work as a lifeguard should send an email with proof of Red Cross Lifeguard and Waterfront certification to coastlineservicesMKE@gmail.com.
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Waste and recyclables collection:
Changes to improve the efficiency of the Village’s refuse and recyclables collection programs are coming this spring, when all one-, two- and three-family residences will be issued a new 95-gallon recycling cart. The carts will be left curbside at each residence during the weeks of March 26 and April 2. Beginning the week of April 2, refuse and recyclables will only be collected from Village-provided refuse and recycling carts. Any material left outside the carts will not be collected. Residents who already have purchased a 95-gallon recycling cart may continue to use it in addition to the new cart. Collection schedules for both programs remain the same. Waste Management continues as Shorewood’s recycling collection vendor, while refuse will still be collected by the Department of Public Works. Residents may keep their blue plastic recycling bins or turn them in to DPW. 4 SHOREWOOD TODAY SPRING 2018
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The Village continues to assess new ways to keep the roadways safe for pedestrians and cyclists, aided in part by a $30,000 Safe School Zone grant received last fall. Using the grant money, the Village installed two permanent speed feedback signs on North Morris Blvd. near Shorewood Intermediate School for traffic heading north and south. In addition, pedestrian walkways on East Capitol Drive near Shorewood High School have improved markings with directional arrows and rapid-flash beacons. To minimize accident potential, right turns on red lights are now prohibited for eastbound traffic on Capitol at Morris and eastbound traffic on East Menlo Blvd. at North Oakland Avenue.
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Hayek's Pharmacy on its official last day open.
This son of a fifth-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer decided to try urban living and headed to the University of Wisconsin– Madison for his undergraduate education. He then earned a master’s degree in urban planning at UW-Milwaukee. Griepentrog most recently worked as a planner in the West Allis, Wis., development department. He’s excited, he says, to be in a community that values walkability and quality of life.
Hayek’s says farewell
AFTER 100 YEARS
The oldest business in Shorewood, Hayek’s Pharmacy at the corner of East Capitol Drive and North Downer Avenue, closed its doors in January after 100 years as a true neighborhood institution.
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The truck used for Hayek’s home Hayek’s customers delivery service. appreciated the pharmacy’s home delivery service as well as the personal attention. Their loyalty to Hayek’s was legendary: Former Shorewoodians who moved as far away as Australia continued to have Hayek’s fill their prescriptions and ship them overseas. Hayek’s was that rare business where customers could, until a few years ago, still tell employees, “Just put it on my tab.”
While pharmacy customer accounts have been transferred to Thompson’s Serv-U Pharmacy, the fate of the Hayek’s space is as yet undetermined. Upstairs, apartments are rented to Ernie’s granddaughter and to Hayek’s longtime accountant, whose father did Hayek’s had a soda fountain, lunch counter the store’s books and ice cream parlor in the 1950s. before him.
Sara Bruckman Shorewood Historical Society
Ernie Hayek owned the store for the first 50 years; he passed it along to his son, Robert, who later sold it to the most recent owner, Bill Quandt. Ernie’s grandson Matthew Hayek was the most recent store manager and had worked there since high school. A wall behind the pharmacy is covered in curled and faded photos of employees going back generations.
As the city clerk for Delafield, Wis., and former deputy clerk for Greendale, Wis., Bruckman comes to her position in Shorewood well prepared. The clerk’s main responsibility is to administer all aspects of Village elections, a process she knows is especially under the microscope these days. She is keen to carry on the department’s reputation for excellent customer service and feels that her new position in Shorewood is “a fantastic fit.”
Norma Kunze COURT CLERK
With nearly a decade under her belt as the bailiff in Greendale and a side gig in motorcycle graphic design, Kunze comes to Shorewood with a wealth of worldly experience. Her job is, as she describes it, “preparing court for the judge,” which means knowing the minutiae of municipal ordinances. She loves working in Shorewood and looks forward to taking advantage of local paths and trails when the weather warms up.
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After years of searching unsuccessfully for a truly comfortable wireless bra, Jodie Curro Heinrich and Adrienne Doubet decided to create their own. The result is Gioia (pronounced joy-a, Italian for “joy”) a wireless bra they say lives up to its name. Heinrich’s master of science in Oriental medicine and her interactions with structural engineering experts provided the basis for the bra’s design, while Doubet, with a liberal arts degree and eye for design, helped ensure the bras are as beautiful as they are functional. The bra’s design is rooted in the principles of traditional Chinese medicine to enhance the flow of Qi (energy) and is made with fabrics hand-cut and sewn in the United States. Customers can make appointments to be professionally fitted at Gioia, which is housed within Heinrich’s Lifestyle Acupuncture office in Shorewood. Online sales are in the works as well.
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Just Goods 4451 N. Oakland Ave. | justgoodsonline.com Lisa Castagnozzi, Shorewood resident and owner of this new Shorewood boutique, has been interested in supporting small-scale production and local artisans since she lived and traveled abroad in college. Now, in the former Min’s space, she has opened her own store of carefully curated, fair-trade, locally made gifts, art, home goods, personal-care products, specialty coffee, handcrafted wood furnishings and jewelry. Castagnozzi plans to use the outside space in front of the store during warmer weather by inviting artists and other craftspeople to ply their trades there, as well as to host educational and social events. She also hopes to experiment with an eco-friendly line of detergent and cleaning products that customers could refill in the store to reduce waste. Castagnozzi welcomes input from Shorewood residents on items they’d like to see in the store; reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lisa Castagnozzi shows off some of the items in her new shop, Just Goods.
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Accomplishments under Stolz’s leadership include expanding youth and adult programming, developing and opening the Shorewood Community Fitness Center, creating Bright Beginnings Preschool, increasing community use of District facilities after the instructional day and the launch of artsoriented programming that has become extremely popular, including Shorewood Drama Junior, Summer Strings and Summer Band, and the innovative Choral Arts offering.
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The Rec Department has begun the search for a new director and expects to fill the role in late spring.
Brad Brist joins District as new technical director The Shorewood School District welcomed Brad Brist in January as technical theater director. He teaches set design, construction, sound and lighting, and leads set design and construction for SHS drama productions and other programs. He served as interim SHS tech theater director in spring 2017 and previously worked for Waukesha-based Majic Productions. He also spent six years as production manager and scenic designer for Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children’s Theater in Waterloo, Iowa. SHOREWOOD TODAY 7
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Northwoods Web Solutions is celebrating five years as a Shorewood business as well as its 20-year anniversary as a company. Northwoods, with offices at 1572 E. Capitol Dr., strategically builds and designs websites and also assists clients with software development and digital marketing. The company has been a strong community partner. Its experts regularly offer free workshops, open to the public, on topics such as trends in website design or understanding Google search. They have partnered with students from the Milwaukee School of Art and Design on architectural projects. They have even let area bands practice after hours in their meeting space. The company is planning a year of activities to observe its anniversary, starting with a chili cook-off to raise money for the nonprofit Curative Care Network Inc. In April, the company kicks off its new Northwoods Digital Academy, a series of focused free and paid courses that will help anyone from college students to seasoned professionals develop cutting-edge skills and an up-to-date understanding of how to succeed in the digital marketplace. Shorewood has been a great home for Northwoods, says Jim Brophy, group director of digital marketing and services. “We’re easily accessible to our clients and we are close to everything we need,” he says, “whether it’s wonderful restaurants or great service providers like Shorewood Press.”
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To park a vehicle on the street overnight without being ticketed, residents and visitors will need to go to villageofshorewood.org to request a permit and pay the fee online with a credit or debit card. “With the implementation in 2016 of a software system to process parking requests, the Village was able to realize payroll efficiencies due to not needing clerical police employees to cover second and third shifts and, at the same time, provide residents with the convenience of not having to come to the police station to register their vehicles,” says Village Manager Rebecca Ewald. “As part of the 2018 budget process, minimal fees were included to cover the administrative costs of online transactions.” As before, residents will be limited to 20 requests per year per vehicle license plate. Once the request is submitted and the reservation purchased, it cannot be revoked. Calls to the Shorewood Police to arrange overnight parking will be redirected to the Village website. Prior notification for overnight parking is not required on Fridays, Saturdays and certain holidays. To stay updated about parking and other Village information, sign up to receive the Village Manager’s Memo or visit villageofshorewood.org/189/parking. 8 SHOREWOOD TODAY SPRING 2018
New Village street parking regulations went into effect March 1 that change the fees for overnight street parking permits to $2 per permission. Also, effective Jan. 1, the annual permit fee for daytime street parking for residents of single-family and duplex homes in designated daytime permit districts is $10.
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Every community faces the challenge of street maintenance, especially in climates where repeated freeze-and-thaw cycles wreak havoc on roads. In Shorewood, busy thoroughfares and limited space make things particularly complicated. The Shorewood Department of Public Works plans road work years in advance and goes to great lengths to minimize the inconvenience and disruption.
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Wilson Drive A contract for the road reconstruction will be signed in March, with work slated to start in May, giving time for utilities (gas, electric, telecom, etc.) to relocate their lines on this busy thoroughfare. The project, with an estimated cost of $3.5 million, has been under discussion since 2016, when a task force was assembled to collect and discuss residents’ input. The project includes a full street reconstruction, street lighting replacement and the addition of green infrastructure elements.
During the next five years, the Village will see a number of major road projects, as well as many small ones. All are scheduled to take place during “construction season,” typically from the beginning of April through the end of November. But, as Wisconsinites know, the weather here is often anything but typical, so plans are kept flexible enough to accommodate changing conditions. Here’s what to expect in the near term as the Village executes its work plan for roads and related projects.
Lake Drive This state highway is not scheduled for reconstruction until 2025 by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, but the Village has determined that the road’s surface will not last until then and is planning to resurface it this summer. Resurfacing work for the entire length of North Lake Drive within Shorewood will be scheduled for sometime between July 9 and Sept. 28, 2018, and will be completed within two to three weeks if the weather cooperates. Street parking will be prohibited during the project and the east and west sides of the road will be resurfaced consecutively to keep the road open for traffic. Lake Drive north of East Capitol Drive will be striped for two driving lanes with a combined parking/bike path lane on either side. The Village Board is investigating striping the roadway south of Capitol to drop the driving lanes from four to two, also with a shared bike and parking lane. Two lanes “would be safer for cyclists and pedestrians, but probably the biggest improvement would be in the calming of traffic and the decrease in speeds,” says Paul Zovic, Village trustee and chair of the Public Works committee.
Road Reconstruction Program The Village of Shorewood owns and maintains approximately 28 lane miles of roadway. During even-numbered calendar years, a limited number of residential streets are totally reconstructed. The reconstruction schedule drives many of the Village’s other infrastructure improvement programs, including water main replacement, street lights, signage and ash tree replacement. The Wilson Drive reconstruction will serve as this project in 2018.
Alley Reconstruction Program In 2017, the Village began a schedule of alley reconstruction and maintenance that will take place during odd-numbered calendar years.
Find schedules and more information at villageofshorewood.org/construction.
HOME METER REPLACEMENT The majority of current home water meters were installed in the mid-1990s and require replacement under Wisconsin Public Service Commission guidelines. Every home in the Village will have its water meter replaced with upgraded models that can be read remotely and can offer enhanced feedback to aid in conservation efforts and notify the Village if there’s been a leak. Meter replacement is budgeted for 2018-19 in the Village’s Long-Range Financial Plan. DOWNER AVENUE PIT Water purchased from Milwaukee Water Works enters the Village through two underground vaults, or “pits,” near the intersections of Downer and Edgewood Avenues and Oakland and Edgewood Avenues. These pits were constructed in the 1950s and do not meet current standards. The Downer Avenue structure is scheduled for complete replacement in 2019. SEWER RECONSTRUCTION The sewer project for the southeastern quadrant of the Village involves building a separate storm-water collection system to run parallel to the existing sewer system. These improvements are currently scheduled to take place in multi-block segments every other year from 2022 through 2028. n SHOREWOOD TODAY 13
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ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE: A century of French language and culture
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hroughout 2018, the Alliance Française de Milwaukee is celebrating 100 years of bringing the best of French culture to the community — from film to fêtes, Champagne to baguettes. It has been a welcome meeting place for both the French and the French-atheart, a school that offers lessons in the language of love, and a home-away-from-home for international French speakers who miss the sound of their native tongue.
Executive Director Anne Leplae holds a sign for an early Alliance Française event in 1919.
The Alliance is part of an international coalition of 850 branches in 136 countries. The first Alliance was founded in Paris in 1883 as a way to promote French language and culture. The Milwaukee chapter was founded in 1918 by a French émigré, Amélie Sérafon, who taught French at the Milwaukee Downer College, a women’s college formerly on the University of WisconsinMilwaukee campus (it merged with Lawrence University in 1964). Sérafon originally opened the Alliance as a social club and a way to solicit support for France in the aftermath of World War I. The group held benefits to raise money for the “Fatherless Children of France” and persuaded well-heeled North Shore ladies to donate their fancy curtains, which volunteers cut up and sewed into dresses to be shipped over to clothe French girls. Today, the Alliance has more than 400 members and is engaged in activities from compiling a book on the history of the French in Wisconsin to running the popular beignet stand, cultural tent, pétanque (France’s version of bocce ball) and French “mini lessons” at Bastille Days. The Alliance has a weekly radio show called Rive Gauche on 104.1 FM Riverwest Radio and runs a renowned language center with 12 instructors offering French lessons to more than 800 students each year. Classes range from Les Tout Petits Amis, for preschoolers, to a French for Travelers Crash Course. Private tutoring is also offered.
The organization is also a partner to the Milwaukee Public Schools and the Milwaukee French Immersion School, providing cultural and language support. Because Milwaukee is home to many refugees from French-speaking African countries like Senegal, the Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Alliance offers interpreting services and other support to help them adjust to their new home. Centennial celebration activities include a French film seminar with monthly screenings and discussions through spring; a photo exhibit opening at UWM in March that explores the role American women played in rebuilding France after World War I; and a group voyage to Provence and the French Riviera in June. The Alliance moved from its location on the UWM campus to a storefront on Wilson Drive in Shorewood in 1994. In 1998 the organization moved to its current location at 1800 E. Capitol Dr., which previously housed a dentist’s office and a book store. The Shorewood location has numerous benefits, according to Anne Leplae, executive director. “In addition to being close to where we were originally founded, Shorewood appeals to many French people because it really resembles a French village in many ways,” LePlae says. “The residents have an appreciation for French culture and international travel in general. Importantly, the location is also accessible to public transportation.” In its 100 years, the Alliance Française has grown from a small group of women who were passionate about rebuilding post-war France to an organization that serves, educates and entertains so many throughout the community. That deserves a glass of bubbly. Félicitations, Alliance Française! n
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or the Shorewood School District, studentsâ€™ academic achievement is not the only measure of success. Per School Board policy, the District also places a high priority on student wellness when assessing student outcomes. The District takes a broad and inclusive view of wellness, including physical, mental and emotional aspects, with the understanding that well-being affects studentsâ€™ academic achievement. Optimal wellness better enables students to manage stress, reduce the risk of illness and enjoy positive interactions with peers, family and teachers.
The Lybert family, founders of the drug education and support group Your Choice, tell their story at the SHS presentation of Stairway to Heroin in January. Tyler, left, discussed his drug abuse and the effect on his family along with his sister Ashleigh, mother Sandi and father Rick. Lined up along the stage are empty shoes representing opioid-related deaths in Milwaukee County in 2016.
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THE SHOREWOOD SCHOOL BOARD’S POLICY ON STUDENT WELLNESS Students will develop and maintain habits that contribute to personal wellness. Financial support for the District’s latest investments in student wellness have come from the Shorewood Supporters of Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) Foundation. SEED’s 2016-17 campaign raised $45,000 to support student wellness initiatives, including implementing a mindfulness program in grades K-6 and sponsoring a communitywide substance abuse awareness event called Stairway to Heroin, geared for families and students age 12 and up. Beginning in late November 2017, with the help of the Milwaukee-based organization Reset-Mindbody, Atwater Elementary School and Lake Bluff Elementary School successfully implemented mindfulness practices in all of their classrooms during a 10-week period. “Through mindfulness practices, students learn how to integrate and regulate the brain and nervous system, recognize and manage emotions, be emotionally flexible and resilient, feel less stressed and reactive, focus and concentrate, and be more kind and empathetic,” says Janet Reinhoffer, a trained mindfulness instructor and Atwater teacher. The Stairway to Heroin program, sponsored by the Shorewood School District, Shorewood SEED Foundation, REDgen and Your Choice, was designed to increase student, parent and community awareness of the dangers substance abuse presents for adolescents, and inform people about ways to be part of the solution to this ever-growing concern. The free event at Shorewood High School included a resource fair with more than 30 local advocacy groups, a feature presentation from local law
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Students will: BB Appropriately express and manage emotions
Detective Chris Kohl with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department talks about drug abuse and the signs for parents to look for, including cell phone content.
enforcement agencies about drug abuse trends in the metropolitan area, testimonials from families with firsthand experience with drug abuse and addiction, and information on resources and help available to steer adolescents away from drugs and alcohol. The District has also continued to promote student wellness by working closely with REDgen, a local organization with a mission to advocate for youth and build their resiliency. Three District staff members sit on REDgen’s board of directors, and District counselors and administrators regularly attend REDgen’s bimonthly schools meetings to share opportunities, resources and success stories with other local districts. Additionally, an SHS student REDgen group, formed last year and led by counselor Molly Norris, works to further the message of resiliency in youth and promote balanced and healthy lifestyles in our students. Most recently, the District created a Wellness Workgroup, which meets bi-monthly to develop action steps and goals for improving student wellness. Its subcommittees focus on four areas:
BB Identify and manage stress, including maintaining reasonable balance between and among competing demands BB U nderstand and avoid risky behaviors BB P ractice behaviors that encourage physical health BB U nderstand the value of good nutritional habits
elevating mental health support, developing a tiered support system to address social/emotional health, curricular modifications to address physical health, and enhancing the community’s involvement through effective communication around the District’s mental health framework. “I believe our charge as a district is to prepare our students to navigate the world effectively,” says Joanne Lipo Zovic, School Board member. “This requires that they know themselves, their sources of strength and resilience and their vulnerabilities, and that we help give them tools to manage successfully the challenges they will face.” n
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Shorewood Events Shorewood Reads 2018
Friday, March 9, 1– 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m. —3 p.m. Lego lovers of all ages are invited to the first Lego Fest of its kind in Milwaukee County! This celebration of all things Lego is a joint effort between the Shorewood Public Library and Milwaukee Public Library’s East Branch. Check out displays, demonstrations and the prize drawing at both locations. For more information, visit shorewoodlibrary.org or call 414.847.2670.
Saturday, March 17 This St. Patrick’s Day, the luck o’ the Irish is with you! You can get your craic on close to home during this Village pub crawl that will include some grand food and drink specials, wee Irish dancers and even a free shuttle to ensure the road won’t rise up too fast to meet you. Sláinte! For more information about Shorewood Shenanigans and participating businesses, visit shorewoodwi.com. 20 SHOREWOOD TODAY SPRING 2018
March 6–April 10 Book discussions, topical talks and an author visit are among the spring events celebrating Shorewood Reads 2018, a community read featuring the awardwinning novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Sponsored by the Shorewood Library, the Friends of Shorewood Library, the Shorewood Foundation, Boswell Book Company and the Shorewood School District, Shorewood Reads seeks to unite the Village through a shared reading experience and a range of programs that tap into themes explored in the novel. Join conversations led by local writers; learn about the perils of pandemics, the future of the Great Lakes and graphic novels; even join a writing workshop with the author before her evening event on April 10. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit shorewoodlibrary.org/shorewoodreads.
The SEED Foundation’s 15th Annual
Swing with Shorewood Saturday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.
Please join the Shorewood SEED Foundation for a night of dining, dancing, dreaming and giving to benefit Shorewood Public Schools. The event is held at Pier Wisconsin in Discovery World, with outstanding views of the lakefront and downtown. Dinner is catered by Bartolotta’s and the event includes multiple raffles, a super silent auction and live entertainment. Swing with Shorewood helps fund grants for projects and programs in each of our schools. Since 2004 the event has raised more than $1.5 million to help teachers and schools implement new programs, purchase new computers and other classroom equipment, and much more. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact email@example.com.
Environmental Film Festival 7 p.m. Fridays, March 2 and April 6
The Shorewood Conservation Committee has two more free movies to offer as part of its annual Environmental Film Festival leading up to International Earth Day.
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Shorewood Events School District Art Show
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The Shorewood School District’s Annual Art Show kicked off on Thursday, February 22 at the Shorewood Public Library. As one of the only K-12 District events of the school year, the show, which runs through April 3, features student artwork from all grade levels.
The Shorewood Community Fitness Center celebrates 20 years of operation this spring! To commemorate this milestone, the Fitness Center invites all community members to a free gathering at The Atrium at 2017 E. Capitol Dr. After a brief presentation, stick around for socializing. Light appetizers provided, beverages for sale. No RSVPs are needed. In honor of this special anniversary, the Center is also updating its space and purchasing new selectorized strength equipment. For more information, call 414.961.3100.
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Current seventh-grader Olivia Miskowski at the 2017 District Art Show.
Tuesday, April 17, 6–8 p.m.
The artwork, showcased all over the library, encompasses both 2-D and 3-D projects including drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, graphic design and ceramics. The show is free to the community and is available for viewing during normal library hours.
Shorewood Bike Rodeo Saturday, May 5, Noon–3:30 p.m.
Join the Shorewood Recreation Department, Rainbow Jersey Bicycles, the North Shore Health Department, North Shore Fire Rescue and the Shorewood Police Department at Atwater Elementary School’s West Playground for an afternoon featuring two bicycle education events!
From left, Jay Blind and Charlotte Houghton with 2017 Bike Rodeo participants Jennifer and Arianna Owens.
Noon-1:30 p.m.: First Ride, Ages 3 & up. Children will learn to ride a two-wheeled bike with the proven “balancing first” method. Helmet fittings will be available. 2-3:30 p.m.: Bike Rodeo, Grades 2-6. This clinic will educate parents and children on bike safety, traffic rules and more. Helmet fittings will be available. Both events include helmet fittings and are free for Shorewood residents ($5 for non-residents). Pre-registration is required through the Shorewood Recreation Department at 414.963.6913 x4 or at shorewoodrecreation.org.
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A group of SHS juniors and seniors led by senior Bobby Joehnk, second from left, take a break during November 2017’s Yard Clean-Up.
Spring Yard Clean-Up Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.– noon
As the weather warms, Shorewood Connects seeks energetic volunteers of all ages for its seventh annual Spring Yard Clean-Up. This community event provides assistance to elderly and disabled homeowners who need help with raking and general yard clean-up. No assignment takes more than two hours. Meet at Kingo Lutheran Church, 1225 E. Olive St. For more information, contact Michelle Boehm at 414.698.4369 or email@example.com.
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Senior Resource Center Cyber Savers Fri., March 16, 10 a.m.–noon This new series will meet periodically to help you navigate the complicated, confusing and often scary tech world. Presented by a team of “Star Techs” (local techies looking to save you money). This series will help make you more tech savvy and help you sidestep scams. Sample topics include: how to install an ad blocker on your devices (and how this will save you money in ways you never thought) let a robot negotiate your monthly bills (using Trim to save money every month) and secure surfing (how to use a password manager to keep track of all your passwords). Free; no pre-registration required.
Martin Luther and the Reformation Mon., March 19, 1–2 p.m. LaVonne Rau enjoys a Senior Resource Center flower arranging class.
Events FREE Tax and e-Filing Assistance Thurs., March 1–April 12, 1–5 p.m. Provided by volunteers from AARP. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments for future dates can be scheduled on site. Bring a picture ID, Social Security card, your 2016 tax return, any 1099 forms (for investments, pensions, distributions, etc.), W-2s, Social Security forms (1099-SSA) and documentation for any other income. If applicable, bring a summary of your itemized deductions and appropriate receipts. Homestead credit filers should bring a completed and signed rent certificate or 2017 property tax bill. If you plan to use direct debit or credit, bring a check from your account (for routing and account numbers). AARP volunteers will be prepared to help with Affordable Care Act tax matters, but married-filingseparately, rental properties and recent divorces are out of scope and cannot be addressed.
One-to-One Tech Support Fridays, 9 a.m.–noon (no tutors March 30) Here’s a chance to learn and be more comfortable using your portable technology (cell phone, laptop, iPad, Kindle, camera, etc.) or learn more about social media and video-chat apps! The SRC offers one-to-one support from knowledgeable college students. Free; no pre-registration required.
Men’s Morning: Tim O’Driscoll Wed., March 14, 10–11:30 a.m. Tim O’Driscoll, official scorekeeper for the Milwaukee Brewers, shares behind-the-scenes team stories. This program is in collaboration with the Shorewood Library. Free; no pre-registration required. 24 SHOREWOOD TODAY SPRING 2018
On the heels of the 500th anniversary of the nailing of Luther's Theses on the doors of Wittenberg Cathedral, Kathleen Smith, an amateur historian passionate about history, will discuss the man who launched the Reformation and changed the world. Suggested reading: Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas. Free; no pre-registration required.
Women Writers and Thinkers You Might Not Have Read, But Should Mon., March 26, 1–2:30 p.m. Join local philosopher Dr. Greg Sadler and his co-facilitator Andi Sciacca for an engaged lecture and discussion on the life of Hannah Arendt, a 20th-century political theorist who narrowly escaped a concentration camp and whose work helps us understand totalitarianism. Free; no pre-registration required.
Self-Compassion: Learn to be Kinder to Yourself Wed., April 4, 10–11:30 a.m. When we feel compassion for others, we feel kindness, empathy and a desire to help reduce their suffering. It’s the same when we turn compassion toward ourselves. Self-compassion is not self-indulgence — it is self-care, confirmed by research as the cornerstone of emotional health and healing. In this workshop with Elizabeth Lewis, certified stress management consultant, you will learn practices for cultivating self-compassion. Residents $4/nonresidents $6; please pre-register with payment.
Dementia Education Series: Dementia: What You Need to Know About the Basics Wed., April 11, 6:30–7:45 p.m. Join Dr. Evelyn Burdick, formerly of Shorewood Family Physicians, and a representative from the Alzheimer’s Association to learn about the basics of dementia, including medical treatment options and ideas for communication strategies for care partners. Free; no pre-registration required.
Save the Date: Historic Milwaukee Tour (Day Trip) Wed., April 25, 9:45 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Kathy Kean, Historic Milwaukee Inc. guide, takes us on a close-up tour of the changing cityscape of Milwaukee. We’ll explore ongoing redevelopment downtown and in nearby neighborhoods, the Milwaukee River and the inner harbor. Lunch will be served at Cuisine, the culinary arts restaurant at Milwaukee Area Technical College. See registration details in the SRC April calendar of events.
Dementia Education Series: Legal Planning to Help Care for Your Loved Ones and Their Finances Tues., May 8, 6:30 –7:45 p.m. Anyone can benefit from a well-prepared estate plan, particularly when navigating Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Dan McDermott, an attorney with von Briesen & Roper, S.C. and a Shorewood Dementia Awareness Work Group member, will provide an overview of the legal tools available, such as health care directives and durable financial powers of attorney. Dan will also address how wills, trusts and beneficiary planning provide necessary direction and continuity for passing on your assets and helping loved ones administer your estate. While this is not legal advice, the overall discussion will help explore questions and challenges that families face at various stages of dementia and aging in general.
Men’s Morning: Peter Sheehan Wed., May 9, 10–11:30 a.m. The earth has experienced two Great Extinctions. Peter Sheehan, Milwaukee Public Museum curator emeritus and paleontologist, leads a discussion about what this can tell us about our climate today. $3 fee collected at the door; no pre-registration required.
Film Screening: Like Virginia Wed., May 16, 1–2 p.m.
Senior Ambassador Program Adds New Dimension to SRC BY JUSTINE LEONARD
“Resource” is the key word in the name Shorewood Senior Resource Center. The SRC is recognized for offering many cultural enrichment, selfimprovement, wellness and social programs to older adults. Now the SRC is aiming to create a greater awareness of the many other life-changing services it offers. Senior Ambassadors are helping to do that. Senior Ambassadors are part of an Interfaith Older Adults program that provides monthly training to volunteers from sites around Milwaukee County, including the SRC, to give them a greater working knowledge of important issues such as housing, health insurance, taxes, low-income programs and much more.
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SRC volunteers Donna Aschenbrenner and Judy Mazzie are trained and active Senior Ambassadors; Mazzie is available in the SRC office on Tuesday mornings and Aschenbrenner on Thursday afternoons. They also will be dropping by SRC luncheons and events to briefly highlight trending topics and encourage volunteering.
Although only 5 percent of monarch eggs actually become butterflies, many residents have raised them in protected environments and enjoyed the experience of releasing them as butterflies. In this intergenerational workshop with Lake Bluff sixth-grade students, we’ll build a habitat to raise monarch caterpillars and talk about how you can raise your own monarch butterfly. Free; please pre-register through the SRC.
Gail Morley is a new volunteer who, along with Aschenbrenner, will be a shared Senior Ambassador at Shoreline Interfaith, where she will work with clients needing help with public assistance programs.
Shorewood resident and first-time filmmaker Kelly Schroeder-Strong will present Like Virginia, a documentary showcasing her special intergenerational bond with a former Shorewood resident, the late Virginia Stanislawski. Film is free; no pre-registration required.
Tools for Renewal: A Workshop for Caregivers Wed., June 6, 9–10:30 a.m. Compassion fatigue is a form of caregiver burnout, manifesting in deep physical, emotional and spiritual exhaustion related to caring for others. In this workshop with Elizabeth Lewis, certified stress management consultant, we will explore the causes, signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, how to develop a self-care action plan, and strategies and tools for coping and renewal. Bring a yoga mat or blanket if desired. Free; pre-registration is appreciated. As always, our calendar represents just a sample of what the SRC has to offer. To learn more, please call 414.847.2727 or email email@example.com. 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).
SRC Coordinator Elizabeth Price has high hopes for the Ambassador program. “My goal is to have SRC pop-up cafes throughout the Village where our Senior Ambassadors can interact more closely with the older adults of our community,” she says. “Of course, we’ll need more volunteers to do that. It’s a wonderful way to meet new people and talk senior-tosenior. I encourage more people to get involved.” n
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of the Executive MBA Program at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee’s Lubar School of Business. Mary says he was quite dedicated: “There’s a learning curve, and I remember when he first started he had these big three-ring binders he would use to organize.” “I tabbed everything,” Guy acknowledges. Retiring Village President Guy Johnson and his wife, Mary, enjoy a cup of coffee at North Shore Boulangerie.
uy Johnson met Mary Klett at a house party near the Marquette University campus when both were college students. More than 50 years later, they still have much to celebrate: Happily retired and living in a beautiful Shorewood condominium, the Johnsons divide their time among friends, family, traveling, sailing and even auditing college courses to nurture their love of learning. With 20 years of service to the Village of Shorewood’s board of trustees, the last 12 as Village Board president, Guy Johnson is known to many residents. But that’s not why he serves. Even during challenging times, as the Board discussed and debated the details of proposed initiatives, Guy kept in mind the big picture. “It’s definitely not about me,” he says. “It’s about what’s in the best interest of the Village.” Guy wasn’t seeking out municipal politics, but in 1998, after participating in a strategic planning session for the Shorewood School District, he was invited to coffee by neighbor Lucia Petrie and her friend Diane Buck. “Lucia and Diane together are a force,” Guy says with a chuckle. “They informed me that I was going to be running for Village trustee.” Part of his platform was supporting the expansion of the Shorewood Library. Once elected, Guy found that he enjoyed serving on the Board, balancing it with his full-time role as director
Looking back as he prepares to retire from public service this spring, Guy says the toughest times during his tenure were the June 2010 back-to-back floods and their aftermath. However, he’s proud of how quickly the board moved to address the problems and communicate with the public. He’s also pleased with the business district’s development, which he says will continue to ease the tax burden on residents. “As a representative, not everything that you do is going to be satisfactory to everybody, so you just try to take the long view and figure out what’s best for the Village,” he says. Mary, a retired community-based nurse case manager for Aurora Healthcare, shares Guy’s passion for making a difference. For about 13 years, Mary has been involved with the Milwaukee chapter of Ladies of Charity, a 400-year-old organization started by St. Vincent de Paul that works to clothe underprivileged school children. She served as the chapter’s co-president with lifelong friend Mary Domer for four years, then on her own for two more. Her service is in part a tribute to her late mother, Ann Hurley, a former Ladies of Charity president. Mary also volunteers with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM, through which she and Guy enjoy various program offerings. Another favorite activity is auditing regular classes at UWM — currently, they are taking History of American Cities. Rebecca Ewald, Shorewood Village manager, says Guy has brought valuable wisdom and a humble character to Village Board leadership and will be missed. “We’ve been fortunate to have this level of leadership consistency,” she says. “Guy has been a strong rudder for the direction of the Village.” n SHOREWOOD TODAY 27
CLASSROOM PLUS PASSAGES
Lake Bluff sixth-graders (from left) Elsa McElfresh, Amelia Zitoun and Sarah Hanel work on an experiential learning project about monarch butterflies.
Rite of Passage
New program encourages students to reflect and present on their educational journeys
BY KATELIN WATSON | PHOTOS BY JONATHAN KIRN
elf-reflection, or the practice of examining and interpreting personal experiences to gain new understanding, is one of the most powerful and effective ways to learn, grow and achieve success. Recognizing that people of all ages can benefit from practicing reflection, the Shorewood School District this spring is implementing a new program for sixth-graders called Passages. Passages requires sixth-graders to prepare for and present reflections on their elementary school learning for an audience of teachers, administrators and community members. While only sixth-grade cohorts will be completing Passages this year, the hope is that all District students in key transitional years — sixth grade, eighth grade and 11th grade — will participate in the future. “What makes this program powerful and meaningful is that it is rooted in student growth,” says Tim Joynt, the District’s director of curriculum and instruction. “During the Passages presentations, students will reflect on how they have changed and developed as a student and as a person of character. The students will also reflect on the upcoming transition to the next level of their education.” Teachers will assist students in this reflection, providing time and structure for students to examine past academic work
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and think deeply about their behavior and character in preparation for their presentations. The presentations will take place in May and each student will have 30 minutes to present to a three-person panel that includes a District administrator, a Shorewood secondary teacher and a local community member. Parents and families are invited and encouraged to participate as audience All hands are on deck as sixth-graders work members for on their monarch projects. their children’s Passages presentations. The panelists will ask questions and provide feedback. “Passages is a key component to the District’s emphasis on authentic, experiential learning, a priority identified by over 100 community members during the February 2016 Shorewood Schools Visioning Summit,” says Nate Schultz, the District’s authentic learning coordinator. “These presentations will be an important way to demonstrate
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The District believes that Passages will require and empower students to take the lead in their own learning, building the dispositions and skills they will need to succeed in college and in life. “Sharing their learning journey with a caring but critical audience is a powerful rite of passage for our students,” says Bryan Davis, District superintendent. “It’s an important time for students to reflect and share what they are passionate about, how their education has helped them grow and what their goals are for the future. Passages allows students the time to organize their thoughts, present evidence of who they are as both an academic and social being, and identify areas for improvement.”
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The Shorewood community has a long history of supporting the District, and Passages will offer community members another way to participate in and celebrate student learning. n More detailed information regarding Passages will be forthcoming through District communications. EHO
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Junior Greyhound basketball players stand with the SHS team for the national anthem at a recent game.
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very season is a journey. Every journey is a lifetime.” It’s a saying attributed to celebrated Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski that rings especially true for Shorewood’s Junior Greyhounds Basketball program. Shorewood resident Dan Zens created the program to address a void for elementary and intermediate school students wanting to play competitive basketball. Zens’ son D.J. was a promising player who spent a lot of time on the Lake Bluff Elementary School courts, and Zens decided a feeder program could help prepare young basketball enthusiasts like D.J. for playing on their high school team. The first Junior Greyhounds team comprised fifth- and sixth-graders; today, the program has teams for kids from fourth to eighth grade and runs from September to early March. In 2012, the Shorewood Recreation Department took over the program. Recreation Supervisor Justin Calvert explains that interested young
people — the program is open to boys and girls — need to attend September try-out sessions. “Participants will be put through a series of individual and team drills and can expect to be graded on ball handling, shooting, passing, use of both hands, defense, fundamentals, athleticism, game understanding, hustle, teamwork and listening.” The program’s coaches stress the importance of teamwork. Saj Thachenkary helps coach the seventh-grade team and says he enjoys “seeing our kids step up their games to compete against stronger, more established programs, working well as a unit, communicating with each other, encouraging and pushing each other.” Gabriella Sanez coaches the fourthgrade team. “For our group, ‘team’ means working together, making the extra pass, communicating, trusting your teammate and knowing that no one person can do it alone,” she says. While the Junior Greyhounds program requires a commitment to twice-weekly
practices and travel for games across southeastern Wisconsin, the teams balance hard work with fun. Whether it be the seventh-graders getting together off the court to bond with a pizza party or the fourth-graders playing a friendly halftime scrimmage during an SHS varsity game, players are enjoying themselves and creating bonds that strengthen their character on and off the court. As Sanez says, “If you turn on the NBA or check out some AAU games, you will see a lot of selfish basketball. I want to teach our kids how to play the game the right way.” Playing “the right way” has resulted in a successful season. At press time, the fourth-grade team remained undefeated and the other teams are at .500 (equal number of wins and losses) or above. These are young, promising players with a long journey ahead. Sanez sums it up best: “We have a lot of fun together, and in terms of basketball, we have barely scratched the surface.” n
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American Family Insurance Agency Gramoll & Associates has come a long way from its humble origins in 1992.
Back then, the office was a dark space in the basement beneath Benji’s Deli & Restaurant, and Peter Gramoll paid his kids a nickel for each promotional door hanger hung. Today, the agency has its own building, employs eight licensed representatives and insures roughly 3,400 households across five states. As a younger man, Peter wasn’t looking for a job in insurance: An AFI sales manager noticed his competitive spirit on the baseball diamond during a community game and decided Peter had all the makings of a great salesperson. Gramoll decided to give it a shot — he was hoping to soon buy a house for his growing family. Seventeen years later, he opened his own office. When Peter retired last fall after 43 years in the business, he was proud to hand the reins to daughter Mandi Gramoll Lococo. Mandi has spent years preparing for her new role. As a business major at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she worked part time in her father’s agency, learning the business and becoming a familiar face to the customers who frequently stopped in, often just to say hello and shoot the breeze with her father. “This is one of the great things about being in Shorewood,” says Peter. “We can be accessible to our customers, who know they are welcome to walk in and see us face to face anytime.” Mandi’s route did take a few detours along the way, most notably the eight years she spent in the U.S. Army Reserves as a carpenter in an engineering unit. The experience taught her discipline, she says, and “showed me a world outside the one I grew up in.”
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Mandi Gramoll Lococo has taken over her father’s American Family Insurance Agency in Shorewood. Peter Gramoll retired last fall after 43 years in the business.
Peter makes it clear that “Mandi didn’t just show up one day and ‘take over’ the agency. She had to prove herself in the business.” Over the years of working together, he’s been impressed by her work ethic and a competitive drive he’s pretty sure she inherited from him. “This is a business that’s been built through referrals,” Mandi says. “I want to meet with all of our clients during this transition and assure them that they are our priority. This agency was built on a foundation of sincerity, integrity and trust, and that will never change.” These days, Peter stops by the agency once in a while to “change a lightbulb” or just say hello to the team. Mostly though, his days are spent hunting and fishing, snowmobiling up north and enjoying his eight grandchildren. It’s a well-earned retirement made even more enjoyable with the proud knowledge that the business he built will continue to thrive under the well-prepared leadership of the next generation. n
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In the competitive industry of building operating businesses, it‘s critical to maintain an edge and stand out from EDUCATION the rest. Thanks to steady leadership SPOTLIGHT and a strong set of core values, Lubar & Co. has managed to do just that for more than 50 years. So what‘s the key to staying ahead of the curve? David Lubar, SHS ’73, the company‘s president and chief executive officer, says it boils down to building strong, trusting relationships based on integrity, and doing the right thing day in and day out. “One of the most important, rewarding parts of my job is developing those strong personal relationships over time with each of the companies we work with,” Lubar says. “We focus on a long-term approach and not just short-term gains, which I believe is extremely valuable.” Lubar‘s family moved to Shorewood when he was 4 years old. He attended Lake Bluff Elementary School and was involved in a host of activities at Shorewood High School: playing football, running track, wrestling, serving as the sophomore class president and working on the Copperdome yearbook. Lubar found a mentor in Dick Geske, his football coach (and a former SHS principal). “He taught us how to play as a team, how to train hard and how to be 100 percent committed to an objective,” Lubar says. “He was a stern disciplinarian but you knew he cared about you, which is something that really resonated with me.” Lubar majored in economics at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, then moved to Minneapolis and began his career in commercial banking at what was then Norwest Bank. At the
same time, he was determined to earn a master‘s in business administration, and enrolled in the evening executive MBA program at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. When Lubar moved back to Milwaukee in 1983 to work for Lubar & Co., the city was in a difficult transition. “Many of the larger manufacturing companies were shutting down or reducing local operations, which led to massive layoffs,” Lubar says. “Milwaukee was my hometown and I wanted to return to join my father in his business, establish myself in the business and civic community, and raise a family.” Lubar and his wife, Madeleine Kelly, have been married 29 years and have three children: Joe (deceased 2011), Hannah (26) and Patrick (23). During Lubar’s nearly 35-year tenure with Lubar & Co., he has served as lead investor and a director to more than 20 companies in a range of industries and at various stages of development. He currently serves as a director of many private companies including BMO Financial Group, Baird Funds, the Milwaukee Brewers and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., as well as for several not-for-profit organizations. Looking back on all he has accomplished, Lubar attributes much of it to his experiences in Shorewood and the skills acquired at SHS. “The classroom education I received in Shorewood was outstanding,” he says. “Everything from the high-quality instructors to the other like-minded, motivated students created a great learning environment that really prepared me for college. Because of Shorewood‘s small size, I was also able to form friendships with a wide array of students who had very different upbringings and personalities; developing those kinds of interpersonal communication skills became critical and very important later in my life.” n
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Hi, Neighbor Asian art scholar Meet: Hilary Snow
Moved to Shorewood: 2012 Chattanooga, Tenn., native Hilary Snow fell in love with Japanese art and culture during a year abroad in high school. After studying on both coasts, she’s teaching Milwaukee college students how art can bridge cultural divides.
Shorewood resident Hilary Snow has settled into life in Shorewood and as a professor in the UWM Honors College.
As told to Jennifer Anderson | Photo by Jonathan Kirn
“My mother is the child of a Hungarian immigrant, and my father is a Vietnam veteran, and they really thought it was important for their children to see the world, but they were a bit taken aback when I said I wanted to spend a year in Japan as a high school junior. They always taught me that interactions between people are different than interactions between governments. I used their own words against them in making my argument and in the end, they were very supportive.
a master’s in East Asian studies and a Ph.D. in Japanese art history. Then came a move to Baltimore so my husband, Dan, could complete his residency and fellowship in ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University. Dan took a job offer in Milwaukee, and I had the opportunity to teach at Carthage College, the Milwaukee School of Art and Design and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where I am currently a professor in the Honors College.
“I spent almost a year in Kobe, Japan, attending the Sacred Heart Girls’ School, and I really came to love the unique culture of the country. I learned to speak Japanese and made friends that I still have today. I also came to admire the country’s special traditions, like the Japanese tea ceremony, which has a very precise presentation and incorporates elements of the different seasons.
“Through my experiences, I have learned that art can bridge the divide between countries and provide a rare window into what a culture values. Museums and universities play a vital role in facilitating this international understanding. I have always believed in the idea of using visual material for cross-cultural exchange. It’s the concept of art as a material expression of culture and not just as an aesthetic object.
“I also became enamored with Japanese art. I had grown up around the inexpensive pieces my dad had picked up while on R&R in Hong Kong, but the art I saw in Japan resonated with me in a deeper way. Its connection to nature and technical beauty struck a chord. After I returned to the United States, I went on to major in social anthropology and art history at Harvard University.
“Settling in Shorewood has been a great decision for us, especially now that we have a young daughter. We can walk everywhere and we take advantage of everything from swimming and cooking lessons through the Shorewood Recreation Department to the farmers market and lectures at the Shorewood Library.
“After I graduated, I moved west to work in the California art world and then attended Stanford University, where I received
“We are very much urban people and we like being close to downtown. But we appreciate the small community feel of Shorewood and we enjoy running into people we know wherever we go in the Village.” n
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Shorewood Resources BID and CDA programs SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES The Shorewood Business Improvement District and the Village’s Community Development Authority administer two programs designed to help local businesses get their start, make improvements or expand their business. Business Loan Program BB Helps businesses finance new or expansion projects by providing the “first dollars” required by another lending organization. BB Upper limit: $45,000. BB M ay offer lower-than-market interest rates and the potential to reduce debt service payments during a new venture’s startup phase. Façade Improvement Program BB Designed to keep the Village’s business district attractive, aimed at businesses in the main commercial corridors. BB E ligible projects range from new signage and awnings to a complete façade renovation. BB Two types of grants:
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Another Year of HOOPLA! It's official: The Shorewood Library is subscribed to Hoopla for the remainder of 2018. Hoopla is a library platform providing digital content accessible with a valid library card, a selfassigned Pin and an email address. Hoopla offers four types of books: audio books, e-books, graphic novels and comics, plus music, movies and TV shows — all with no waiting lists! With a Hoopla account, users can access the platform from a smart phone, tablet, smart TV or computer and move seamlessly from one device to another. For more information, visit shorewoodlibrary.org, call 414.847.2670 or stop by the library. 38 SHOREWOOD TODAY SPRING 2018
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Library Seeks COMMUNITY INPUT ON STRATEGIC PLANNING The Shorewood Public Library is embarking on a strategic planning process this spring. A survey has been designed to capture the aspirations and needs of the community. Available at shorewoodlibrary.org, the survey takes approximately five minutes and will be available through the end of March.
NEW TO THE SHOREWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT? Here’s how to register Step 1. Register through Infinite Campus Access the District’s online portal at
Step 2. Bring required documents to Pupil Services Visit the Pupil Services office in the Administration building at Shorewood High School, 1701. E. Capitol Dr., weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Documents to bring include: z A certified birth certificate or, if born outside the United States, a valid passport. z Two documents to prove Shorewood residency — one from each list below. No student will be enrolled without proper proof of residency. Students are required to prove residency again in August. LIST A: 1. Current property tax statement 2. A closing statement for purchasing a home (less than one year old) 3. A signed current resident lease (including the landlord’s name, address and phone number) LIST B: 1. Current month’s utility bill 2. Health insurance 3. Food Share/Quest benefit 4. Medicaid/Badgercare benefit statement 5. W-2, SSI or other country, state or federal benefit statement
Registering for K4 or K5? For families with children who will be starting Jr. Kindergarten (K4) or Sr. Kindergarten (K5) this fall, registration at both Atwater and Lake Bluff elementary schools is now open and will be available at each school through March 24. For more information about K4 and K5 registration, please visit shorewoodschools.org and type “K4 Registration” into the search bar. Again, please be sure to complete the online portion prior to visiting the school.
Shorewood Recreation Advisory Committee The Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department has long been a defining Village asset. Its wide variety of programming for residents of all ages and interests includes classes in everything from to Korean cooking to Pickleball. The department started in 1931 with the opening of the high school swimming pool. Today it encompasses the recreation courses, the Shorewood Community Fitness Center, District and community facility scheduling and rental, Bright Beginnings Preschool, the community gardens and all District volunteer management. In 1960, a recreation commission was created to provide guidance and while it fizzled for a time, Deb Stolz, recreation director, brought it back when she started 22 years ago. Today, it’s called the Recreation Advisory Committee, and its members provide feedback on departmental offerings. “The committee is our ears,” Stolz says. “Its members are out in the community, talking to their neighbors, hearing what concerns people have, what kinds of classes they want. They can be a great resource for us in developing our programming.” The committee comprises eight residents, appointed to three-year terms by the Shorewood School District and the Village Board. The committee meets every other month during the school year to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services, and to identify community recreational needs and resources to support the programming. Many ideas from committee members are the basis for new department programs, including coding classes, suggested by committee member Maggie Reeve. Tim Vander Mel, also on the committee, suggested a concept that led to the first Shorewood Chill event in February. “My daughters participated in the Junior Greyhounds Cheerleading Clinic, which they both absolutely loved,” says Melissa Marschka, another committee member. “I feel so fortunate to live in a community with a vibrant recreation department that offers such varied programing.” The department never turns away customers based on ability to pay and will reduce or waive fees if necessary to ensure inclusive participation. Residents can help defray a portion of those costs by donating to the Round Up for Recreation program.
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Out & About in Shorewood
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6 Photos by Jonathan Kirn
YOU make Shorewood amazing!
Thank you! 8 1 First-graders (from left) Daisy Ammel, Asher Wolfe, Wilder Chehak
and Vivian Beeghly sleepily perform during Atwater’s Winter Sing in January. 2 SHS actors surround junior Cal Curran as Charlie Gordon in
the winter production of Flowers for Algernon.
3 SHS students conclude the song “Don't Touch My Hair” during
the Black History Month program at SHS in February. Front row, from left: Makayla Campbell, Nimya Harris.
4 Sara Feider makes sure her son Henrik stays upright while skating
at the inaugural Shorewood Chill event at the Lake Bluff skating rink in February. 5 Shorewood residents Orlando Pimentel and daughter Sofia, 2,
enjoy the tree lighting during the Shorewood Business Improvement District’s WinterFest and Tree Lighting Celebration event, held in December at Wood Square outside the Mosaic.
For more than 50 years, the Shorewood Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life in our Village. Every gift to the Foundation helps to provide the kind of experiences that have come to define our community. We could not do this without you! Thanks to your contributions, the Shorewood Foundation was able to make a lot of things even more amazing in 2017, including: • Sponsor of the Fourth of July Shorewood Foundation Fireworks • The Ghost Train and other major art projects • The Shorewood Farmers Market • Shorewood High School scholarships and much-needed improvements to our school grounds For us, Shorewood isn’t just a place on a map. It’s a place in our hearts, and one we treasure. Thank you for making a difference! For a complete list of our donors, or to learn more about our Foundation, visit shorewoodfoundation.org
6 Vendors are busy at December’s first annual WinterFest at
7 Jason Clark leads the SHS Chamber Choir at the Senior Resource
Center holiday party in December.
8 From left, Susan Westlake, Katie Briggs, Katie O’Brien, Ruth
Hartmann, Kathryn Sawicki and Diana Weisenburger perform at the Senior Resource Center holiday party in December.
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Shorewood A Look Back
WILD RIDES ON THE SOUTHWEST SIDE It may be difficult to imagine today, but in the early 1900s Shorewood’s southwest corner was home to a thriving amusement park. Popular with tourists and locals alike, it included such attractions as a giant water slide and the popular "Scenic Railway" wooden roller coaster.
The Scenic Railway roller coaster’s steep hill and wavy track attracted many daring amusement park patrons.
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Named successively Coney Island, Wonderland and Ravenna, the park drew crowds to the area bound today by East Newton, North Oakland and East Edgewood Avenues and the Milwaukee River. The park also included a Ferris wheel, a fun house, a beer garden, a concert stage, acrobatic acts and a small zoo. A large car barn for electric trolleys occupied the area after the amusement park closed in 1916. In 2018, the Shorewood Historical Society is concentrating its research on the southwest corner of the Village. New signage will be added in River Park by the end of summer with more information about the area’s varied and colorful history. n
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Shorewood Spring Calendar SIS = Shorewood Intermediate School | SHS = Shorewood High School
MARCH FRI. MAR. 2 Shorewood Conservation Committee Environmental Film Festival screening of Hometown Habitat 7pm, Village Center SUN. MAR. 4 Shorewood Candidate Forum, hosted by the Shorewood Woman’s Club and the League of Women Voters 1pm, Village Center
MAY TUES. MAR. 27 Style & Story: Comic Books to Graphic Novels* 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center
WED. MAY 2 2nd Annual Authentic Learning Showcase 6:30–8:30pm, SHS Arena
SAT. MAY 5 Shorewood Woman’s Club 14th Annual Wearable Art Show 9am–4pm, Village Center
WED. MAR. 28 Station Eleven Community Book Discussion* 9:30pm, North Shore Boulangerie
TUES. MAR. 6 Celebrating the Great Lakes: The Future of a National Treasure* 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center
THURS. APR. 5 From Anthrax to Zika: Emerging Pandemic Threats* 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center
FRI. & SAT. MAR. 9 & 10 Lego Fest 1–5pm, Fri., 11am–3pm, Sat., Shorewood Public Library
SAT. APR. 7 An Evening of Music and Theater with Shorewood High School 7pm, Three Lions Pub
THURS. MAR. 8 Reading Race: Community Conversations 6pm, Shorewood Village Center
FRI. & SAT. MAR. 9 & 10 SIS Musical: Schoolhouse Rock 7pm, Fri., 4pm, Sat. SHS Auditorium SAT. MAR. 10 SEED’s Swing with Shorewood 6:30pm, Discovery World TUES. MAR. 13 How to Survive a Pandemic* 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center WED. MAR. 14 District Orchestra Festival 7pm, SHS Arena THURS. MAR. 15 SIS/SHS Choir Concert 7pm, North Shore Presbyterian Church
SAT. MAR. 17 Shorewood Shenanigans, Shorewood Business District For event details, see page 20. TUES. MAR. 20 The Shorewood Woman’s Club presents Kevin Shafer, executive director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District 1pm, Village Center TUES. MAR. 20 Station Eleven Community Book Discussion* 7:30pm, Camp Bar
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FRI. APR. 6 Shorewood Conservation Committee Environmental Film Festival screening of Bag It 7pm, Village Center
TUES. APR. 10 Writing Workshop with Emily St. John Mandel* 10am, Shorewood Village Center
TUES. APR. 10 Emily St. John Mandel Author Visit* 7pm, Shorewood Village Center WED. APR. 11 SIS/SHS Jazz Concert 7pm, Location TBD
TUES. APR. 17 The Shorewood Woman’s Club presents David Cesarini of Next Act Theater for a discussion of arts funding today 1pm, Village Center WED. APR. 18 Music Performance MAC 3 and Gr. 6 7pm, Lake Bluff Cafetorium
THURS. APR. 26 SHS Chamber Orchestra Concert 7pm, North Shore Presbyterian Church FRI. & SAT. APR. 27 & 28 Lake Bluff Rummage Sale 4–7pm, Fri., 9am–noon, Sat. Lake Bluff School FRI. APR. 27 Atwater’s Got Talent show 7pm, Atwater Cafetorium
SAT. MAY 5 Shorewood Connects Spring Yard Clean-Up 9am–noon, Meet at Kingo Lutheran Church
SAT. MAY 5 Shorewood Bike Rodeo Noon–3:30pm, Atwater School
SAT. & SUN. MAY 5 & 6 Shorewood Drama Jr.’s It Was a Dark and Stormy Night 7pm, Sat., 1:30pm, Sun., Lake Bluff Cafetorium TUES. MAY 8 Music Performance Gr. 5 7pm, Lake Bluff Cafetorium
THURS. MAY 10 Reading Race: Community Conversations 6pm, Shorewood Village Center TUES. MAY 15 The Shorewood Woman’s Club presents local historian Margaret Sankovitz on Growing Up in Shorewood During World War II 1pm, Village Center
THURS.—SAT. MAY 17–19 SHS Musical: Hairspray 7pm (additional Sat. performance, 2pm), SHS Auditorium WED. MAY 23 Journey to the End of the Earth: Mongolia 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center WED. MAY 23 SHS Band Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium
THURS. MAY 24 Elementary Band Concert 7pm, Lake Bluff Cafetorium MON. MAY 28 Shorewood Memorial Day Program 4pm, Atwater Park TUES. MAY 29 SHS Orchestra Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium
WED. MAY 30 SIS & 6th Grade Orchestra Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium THURS. MAY 31 SIS Band Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium
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