Shorewood Today Spring 2020

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Celebrating Shorewood Women

Studying the big picture As you read through these pages, you might notice a theme when it comes to Village initiatives. On a number of issues that affect our daily life in Shorewood, we are taking a comprehensive approach. In stepping back to look at the broader effects of Village policy and initiatives around issues like transportation and parking, housing and economic development, we are better able to determine priorities, engage the community and make decisions on what actions to take.






In matters of transportation and parking (p.14), where each action causes a ripple effect, it’s important to consider measures we can take that will positively impact the community as a whole. Our new housing market study (p. 6) is the first since 2010. In the last decade, we have added 411 new housing units — so it’s definitely time. On economic development (p. 4), the Village Board and Community Development Authority are formally engaging key community stakeholder groups to help balance community preferences with what the market will support to move Shorewood forward.




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Shorewood Foundation President Rose Spano Iannelli, left, and Karen de Hartog of the Shorewood Historical Society are pictured with an historical scrapbook containing some of the photos to be featured in a 2020 project highlighting remarkable women in Shorewood history. Photo by Patrick Manning.


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monthly sessions to discuss equity across District pillars

13 BID Booster

Seasoned professional Steph Salvia comes to Shorewood

14 Transportation and Parking Looking at how we get around town

16 Framework for Equity School District convenes the community




4 News

8 Shorewood Foundation

26 Business Spotlight

36 Resources

23 Do-Gooder

29 Education Spotlight


25 Recreation

New and noteworthy around town Handy information on timely topics

Celebrating Shorewood’s remarkable women

Barb Heinen helped create a Farmers Market for all The popularity of pickleball

18 Events

Swing into spring

Acacia's Ned Brookes: local and global dentist Maggie Belknap’s mutlfacted career

30 Hi, Neighbor

Wisconsin's bird man

36 Out & About

Memorable moments

38 A Look Back

20 Senior Resource Center

The Shorewood Woman’s Club

Shorewood Care Network: neighbors helping neighbors

40 Shorewood Calendar Don’t miss a thing




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The Shorewood Community Development Authority and the Shorewood Village Board are collaborating to engage key stakeholder groups around how best to balance economic and housing needs with community preferences. It’s part of a plan that began with the Central District Master Plan in 2006 and was revisited in 2015. Blue’s Egg restaurant in Shorewood now offers a dinner series on select Friday evenings.

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Black Shoe Hospitality Group has introduced a new concept at its Shorewood Blue’s Egg location: Blue Table Club, a series of Friday night family-style dinners that are “special, without being too fancy.” On select Fridays through the spring, a set menu will be offered that showcases premium local ingredients and reflects seasonal and cultural influences. Dan Sidner, co-owner of Black Shoe, emphasizes that the dishes are created only for Blue Table Club by his business partner, chef Joe Muench. “Part of this is about giving Joe another opportunity for creativity, to try out some different ingredients and create new and interesting food,” Sidner says, adding that the other inspiration was to offer another Shorewood option for dining out at night. Each dinner begins with an amuse-bouche followed by a seasonal salad with bread service by Black Shoe Bakery. The main course is served family-style with sides, and the meal wraps up with a small cheese course and individually plated desserts. Past menus include mouthwatering offerings such as heritage pork rib roast with buttered dumplings, roasted beet and Texas pink grapefruit salad, and bourbon raspberry bread pudding. Parties of two to 12, as well as singles, can purchase $50-per-person tickets to upcoming dinners (required for entry) at Drinks appropriate to that evening’s menu are offered separately.


“We’ve never had a formalized process by which the CDA and the Village reviewed the past and then looked forward together,” says Shorewood Village Manager Rebecca Ewald. “It’s been done informally, but we wanted to make sure all parties were invited to the table.” Building on the 2019 community survey findings, a new survey was designed and distributed to members of 19 different stakeholder groups throughout the community, including the Elder Services Advisory Board, the Shorewood Foundation and the Police Commission. These survey results, along with the findings from the Village’s recent housing study, will be used to “drive how we administer, subsidize and incentivize projects that fit our overall goals,” Ewald says. In March, the Village Board and CDA will review survey summaries to help inform priorities and next steps. Interested citizens can check the CDA or Village Board Agenda Center at


Water meter replacement for all Shorewood homes begins in May, and the Shorewood Department of Public Works has been laying the groundwork for a smooth transition. Residents should watch their mail for a postcard invitation to a public information open house at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Village Center. Closer to May, residents will also receive mailed instructions for scheduling their home’s meter replacement. Village staff or contractors from Vanguard Utility Services will need to enter every home and have easy access to the existing water meter.


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All homes will receive new Badger meters that use a remote-reading system for increased accuracy and efficiency. The technology can also signal if there’s been unusual water consumption, suggesting a leak. Homeowners should ensure that plumbing to and from the meter, including isolation valves, meets Village code. For more information and to determine if your plumbing is up to code, please visit


After nearly a year of significant engagement with staff and community members, the design phase of the School District’s comprehensive facilities project led by Eppstein Uhen Architects has resulted in the completion of architectural drawings and documents for each affected school building. The District’s construction manager, Miron Construction, is finalizing construction schedules for each school site, and more details about the project kickoff and construction schedules will be shared with staff and the community in March and April. Competitive bidding will begin in April, and the District is working with Mike Huffman of Huffman Facility Development, Inc., an independent owner’s representative who was approved by the School Board in January to assist with managing the competitive bidding process to maximize the $65 million referendum budget. A groundbreaking celebration is planned for May 2020. Details will be shared with the community via the District’s many communications channels and in the Shorewood Recreation Department program guide. Visit to stay informed about the District's facilities improvement initiative. EHO


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Margaret Altschaefl, PhD Psychologist As lead consultant for the joint Shorewood School District/Department of Public Instruction grant for mental health, Altschaefl provides mental health training and group learning experiences to staff, parents and community members, as well as identifying additional trauma-sensitive practices to the work our schools are already doing in this area. Altschaefl was previously a high school psychologist and now spends time in both clinic and school settings.

Rebecca Breitrick, LPC Child and Family Therapist, Elementary Schools Breitrick is a licensed professional counselor providing therapy services to students and their families in the school setting, as well as collaborating with teachers to help students by implementing strategies for classroom success. Her background includes providing outpatient counseling services in a variety of settings and working as an inpatient social worker on the Child and Adolescent Unit at Rogers Memorial Hospital.

Alecia A. Corbett, MSW, LCSW, RYT-200 Child and Family Therapist, Upper Schools Corbett is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 10 years of experience in the mental health field, including work with families and students in grades K-12 as a school social worker. She delivers school-based mental health services at Shorewood High School and Shorewood Intermediate School and is assisting with grant facilitation and professional development for staff. She has a variety of experience, including crisis team facilitation, suicide assessment and prevention, and evidence-based practices.


Shorewood Needs More Affordable, Senior-Friendly and Green Housing Results from Shorewood’s late 2019 Housing Market Study and Needs Analysis point to a need for more affordable rental and owner properties, more housing for seniors and more energy-efficient housing. The study, commissioned by the Shorewood Community Development Authority and conducted by Novogradac Consulting LLP, found that Shorewood’s senior population has increased over time and is on track to outpace general population growth, while the young adult population remains substantial but has not increased over time. Currently, more than half of all Village housing is made up of rental units. Demand for rental housing is expected to increase because while the Village’s walkability and proximity to labor markets and good schools continue to make Shorewood desirable, buying a home in the Village is an increasingly expensive endeavor. The Village has some formal affordable housing units in the Lighthorse and River Park apartments, as well as naturally occurring affordable housing in some smaller, 6 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SPRING 2020

older buildings, but there is a growing gap between need and availability. The study recommends that the Village Board and CDA consider tax increment financing, adjust zoning regulations to allow for triplex and fourplex construction, and consider rental projects that include designated affordable units. To create more senior housing and energy-efficient options, the study recommends programs to encourage efficiency upgrades and senior-friendly modifications to existing housing, as well as easing zoning restrictions to allow for more co-housing options. “This study will be useful to the CDA’s future discussions of potential housing actions and programs to support the community, including a possible relaunch of its Neighborhood Improvement Loan Program, extending tax incremental districts to support affordable housing practices, and redevelopment scenarios that could fill housing gaps or increase taxable value,” says Peter Hammond, CDA chair. For more information on the survey and recommendations, visit

COMING ATTRACTIONS in the Business District

Several new businesses are expecting to open this spring in the Shorewood Business District, filling some empty spaces and adding to the variety of local offerings. The most visible and long-vacant space to be filled is 4001 N. Oakland Ave., now distantly remembered as the former Actaea Works salon. Moving in is Sage Specialty Pharmacy, conveniently close to the new Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Clinic. Sage’s pharmacists are trained to help coordinate care and handle expensive medications for patients with complex or chronic ailments, and will fill prescriptions locally and by mail for the management of long-term conditions like hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis. Giving the Village its own Mexican restaurant are the owners of the popular local BelAir Cantina chain, who plan to open HIYA Taco in the former Ruckus restaurant at 4144 N. Oakland Ave. HIYA will offer traditional and more exotic taco options as well as salads, appetizers, desserts, fresh-juiced margaritas and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. HIYA will open early so people can start their day with one of its made-to-order breakfast tacos.

I’m excited about what these businesses offer ... and for HIYA joining what I feel is already a very strong food scene in the business district. —Arthur Ircink, BID Board President

A new option for fitness in the Village will appeal to clients over age 40: The Exercise Coach, opening in part of the former Harleys space at 3565 N. Oakland Ave. The studio will offer personalized, data-driven training sessions that mix cardio and strength training. Small-group sessions are offered as well. Part of a national franchise of over 70 studios, the Shorewood location will be the second in the state. The final piece of the Mosaic retail puzzle is Lash Lounge at 4161 N. Oakland Ave. It will also be the second of this franchise’s kind in Wisconsin, offering semi-permanent eyelash extensions and other beauty services such as microblading, threading, permanent makeup, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, and lash lifts. Business Improvement District Board President Arthur Ircink says he is thrilled that several visible vacancies will be coming to life as the businesses open their doors. “I think it’s a relief for people that we will have these spaces active again,” he says. “I’m excited about what these businesses offer ... and for HIYA joining what I feel is already a very strong food scene in the business district.”


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Celebrating Women Foundation grant supports recognizing remarkable Shorewood women of history BY JENNIFER ANDERSON | PHOTO BY PATRICK MANNING VINTAGE PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHOREWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY


his year marks a century since the 19th Amendment’s ratification, which legalized women’s suffrage. To honor this milestone anniversary, the Shorewood Historical Society has embarked on a year-long celebration of the women who helped develop Shorewood into the vibrant community it is today. (continued on page 11)


Top photo: Shorewood residents Rose Spano Iannelli, left, and Karen de Hartog look through historic photos of Shorewood women. Bottom photo: Irene Hugunin (center), Shorewood's public health nurse from 1925 to 1964, at the Village Hall with her volunteers, who helped her run health and dental clinics in the Village and its schools.

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“We wanted to make sure their stories are told and remembered.” —Rose Spano Iannelli

The Shorewood Foundation made a grant to the project after the Historical Society’s Karen de Hartog pitched the idea at the Foundation’s Shark Tank Challenge last fall. Historical Society members will spend 2020 highlighting the lives and accomplishments of many impressive women of Shorewood’s past. De Hartog expects to create biographies of these women and then organize opportunities through the schools and speaker events to share their stories with the public. “We loved Karen’s idea because it sounded like a fascinating way to appropriately acknowledge the hard work of many women throughout Shorewood’s history,” says Rose Spano Iannelli, president of the Shorewood Foundation. “We wanted to make sure their stories are told and remembered.” The Historical Society has a wealth of materials to use as research resources, everything from old Woman’s Club scrapbooks to the newly digitized Shorewood Herald newspapers. The plan is to look at women throughout the entirety of Village history, from the earliest settlers who came here as farm wives to those who started the influential Shorewood Woman’s Club in the 1930s. “Women were particularly instrumental in the areas of education, arts and culture, health, as well as anything pertaining to the library and churches,” says de Hartog. “And these were the issues that became the building blocks of our community.”

De Hartog expects to feature women like Mabel Gile, who started an adult education program called the Shorewood Opportunity School in 1922 that held evening classes and recreational activities until 1970. Another focus will be Mary “Mae” Hubbard, one of the founders of the Shorewood Woman’s Club in 1936, which established the first senior center and dedicated scholarship funds for students at the high school.

Left to right: Barbara Grohe, superintendent of Shorewood Schools, 1981–1990; Ellen Eckman, SHS teacher/District director of instruction, 1975–1993 and Village trustee, 2001–2013; Sonja Ivanovich, SHS teacher, 1967–1999 and recycling activist.

The retrospective will continue up through modern times, celebrating women like Sonja Ivanovich, a muchloved history and political science teacher at Shorewood High School for over 30 years. She drove sweeping curriculum changes that modernized these classes and, with her students, persuaded the Village to adopt its first recycling program in the 1970s. “She was a force of nature,” remarks de Hartog. Ivanovich was also president of the Shorewood Historical Society for eight years. After she passed away last fall, the Society announced it would rename its annual scholarship in her memory. “The women in positions of leadership in the Village today stand on the shoulders of the many women who worked hard throughout the past to develop this Village, but who have remained anonymous to most of us,” says de Hartog. “Our goal with this project is to showcase many of them and make people aware of their incredible achievements.” n

Top to bottom: Marcia Spector, SHS ’62, school board member 1979–1990 (president 1984–1988); Sue Rebholz, SHS ’58, community volunteer; Margaret Sankovitz, St. Robert Parish archivist. SHOREWOOD TODAY 11


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he Shorewood Business Improvement District’s new executive director brings a wealth of experience advancing some of the area’s most successful BIDs.

Steph Salvia comes to Shorewood after 12 years as director of the Brady Street BID, where she helped the one-time immigrant neighborhood grow into a vibrant, colorful urban corridor of over 90 eclectic businesses, all while maintaining its historic charm. In addition, Salvia has worked as director of the Historic Downer Avenue BID and helped transform that two-block stretch of retail from one with numerous empty storefronts and over half of the businesses in foreclosure into a district with just one remaining vacant space. Now she will leverage her expertise here, marketing the district, courting new retailers, supporting local businesses and producing community events. “Steph Salvia is an incredible talent and Shorewood is lucky to have her represent and lead the building up of our business community,” says Arthur Ircink, Shorewood BID president. “With her fresh perspective, as well as extensive BID experience, she’s a great fit for the Village.” Salvia has plenty of event experience, having worked on the annual Downer Classic Bike Races, which, like the Shorewood Criterum, are part of the popular annual Tour of America’s Dairyland, and the Brady Street Festival, which has grown under her watch from a small neighborhood party into a major festival with four stages of live bands and 50,000 attendees. “I love producing events,” says Salvia. “There’s tremendous value in them as a way to market your district that can’t be duplicated in the digital space.” Salvia’s experience gave her the ability to hit the ground running when she started with the Shorewood BID last month. “Starting out, I really want to meet all the business

Steph Salvia, hired by the Shorewood BID board as its new executive director, stands outside of Three Lions Pub in Shorewood.

owners and understand what it is they each want to achieve,” she explains. “I want them to understand what a BID can do for them, whether it’s helping them promote their business or partnering with them on an event.” One area Salvia would like to continue to develop is the Shorewood BID’s social media presence, something she’s done successfully with the Downer Avenue and Brady Street BIDs. “I was able to create a distinctive voice for those communities, especially Brady Street,” she says. Her connections in the local radio and TV fields will also be a plus. “I’ll be able to utilize all of the relationships I’ve made over the years to help bring Shorewood to the next level.” Citing events like the Shorewood Feast and Shorewood Shenanigans, Salvia notes that the Shorewood Business District already offers some annual events that are gaining traction. “It’s exciting for me,” she says, “to think about what I can bring to the mix.” n SHOREWOOD TODAY 13




A major project for the Village of Shorewood in 2019 was to take a comprehensive look at how people get around town. Investing in the first communitywide transportation and parking analysis, the Village in June hired external firms Walker Consultants and Eriksson Engineering to study all aspects of Village transportation, including vehicles, bikes and pedestrians, in both residential and commercial districts. As the project team investigated on-street parking and identified problematic traffic patterns, it also engaged the community around transportation and parking issues. The team held six public meetings and sought further input from residents via focus groups and online surveys. They also completed nine focus groups with key stakeholders, including Village staff, business owners, school representatives, members of the Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee, and elected officials. All of this work informed the team’s ultimate recommendations, which were formally presented to the Village Board in late January. After additional considerations and public input, the Board will be considering some of the team’s key recommendations, including: 14 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SPRING 2020

Allow overnight parking with a permit. Currently, the Village allows 20 temporary on-street parking permissions per license plate per year. This presents a challenge for residents, especially renters whose buildings do not offer a parking space and who may live some distance from the municipal lots where they can rent an overnight space. The team’s recommendation would allow Shorewood residents to purchase a permit that would allow them to park between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. on any street not designated as a no-parking or 15-minute loading zone. Modify winter parking regulations. The current Village policy prohibits parking on the east side or north side of any Village street between December 1 and February 28. This results in a snow clearance imbalance, as only one side of the street gets plowed for three months while snow piles up on the other side. The team recommends replacing that policy by requiring alternate side overnight parking on all Village streets from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (excludes Friday and Saturday nights and holidays) unless otherwise posted. Remove some pedestrian crosswalks. The team recommends the removal of some pedestrian crosswalks in front of Metro Market on North Oakland Avenue and in front of Shorewood High School on East

Capitol Drive. They concluded that the number of pedestrian crosswalks in these two areas causes confusion for some drivers. Removing some of the crosswalks that are close to each other while improving the signage at existing crosswalks would improve pedestrian safety. Calm cut-through traffic on East Menlo Blvd. and North Morris Blvd. The team identified that the higher traffic on this connected thoroughfare is likely due to commuters going to and from the University of WisconsinMilwaukee. To improve safety, they recommend adding temporary speed tables along Morris and additional signage at the Capitol Drive intersection, as well as eliminating the traffic island at the entrance of Hubbard Park and replacing it with a typical threeway intersection alignment. “It is important to note that all recommendations within this analysis will require further action by either staff or the Village Board prior to implementation,” says Bart Griepentrog, the Village’s director of planning and development. “Staff has begun the process of identifying implementation priorities and will work with the Village Board to establish timelines and budgets. There will be additional opportunity for public involvement. Not all recommendations may be acted upon, and some may take years to accomplish.” n


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Parents Michelle Waite, left, and Sarah Spencer are among approximately 80 participants in a series of meetings on equity in the Shorewood Schools.

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he current school year marks the halfway point of the Shorewood School District’s work toward its vision for 2025, as established following a community-wide summit in early 2016. To check in on the progress, the District has been reconvening staff, students, families and community members to recalibrate the system and ensure that the District is continuing to align priorities with the 2025 vision. Shorewood Schools Superintendent Bryan Davis and Director for Equity Sam Coleman created a series of six monthly community sessions to identify priorities and build an equitable strategic framework for the District over the next five years. The meetings began last October with all community members invited toparticipate. Attendees were strongly encouraged to attend all sessions. “We believe that it’s been critical for staff, students, families and community members to engage in these sessions to learn more deeply about equity together and determine how we might make improvements within the District,” Davis says. “Having such a wide variety of voices sharing their perspectives provides a rare opportunity for those with different experiences to learn in the same space,” says session participant and Shorewood Schools parent McKenzie Edmonds. “If we want to close the opportunity gap in our schools, the process to achieve those results may feel bold and make members of our community uncomfortable, but we must commit to supporting and seeing through these changes.” The process is designed as a multi-step collaboration among school and community stakeholders. The first step includes two phases that have been explored during the monthly community 16 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SPRING 2020

sessions. The first phase, Grounding Our Work in Equity, has focused on conceptualization of equity from a systems perspective. The second, Problem Identification and Prioritizing Systems, has involved collaborative review of current systems outcomes with the goal of identifying up to three systems contributing to District inequities. These systems, which will be identified in the final community session on Wednesday, March 4, will be the primary focus of the 2020–2025 District-wide strategic framework to achieve equity, growth and excellence for all and drive the District’s annual strategic planning process. Progress on the annual strategic plan will then be reported to the community twice each year, during the District’s annual meeting and again at the mid-year review. “We’ve described this process along the way as radical and revolutionary,” Coleman says. “I think it’s important to note that we’re taking a very non-traditional, non-status-quo approach to this work because we acknowledge that a traditional way of transforming our system has not gotten us to a point of truly being able to achieve equitable outcomes. While this process is new to the community and new for most districts, it’s a framework that has gotten the attention of other school districts around the state, including officials within our state department of public instruction, who have become interested in ways they can replicate or learn from how we are engaging our community in this work. I want to thank our community for their endurance during a new process like this and for their ongoing commitment to this work.” n For more information on the District’s work in equity and diversity, visit

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Shorewood Shenanigans Sat., March 14, Noon – 6 p.m.

The Shorewood Business Improvement District will again host this popular local St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This year, the shenaniganizing will take over two sections of North Oakland Avenue: one in the 4000 block hosted by Camp Bar and Milwaukee Brat House, and the second farther north in the 4500 block hosted by Three Lions Pub. The rest of Oakland will remain open to traffic, and shuttles provided by Camp and Brat House will travel between the two locales throughout the event. Attendees can expect music, hearty food, local vendors and family-friendly activities, as well as locally designed Shenanigans tee shirts for sale. For more information, visit

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Sat., March 7, 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 public schools. Since 2004, the event has raised more than $2 million to help teachers and schools implement new academic curriculum and safety programs, purchase new computers and other classroom equipment, and much more. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact

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The Shorewood Conservation Committee continues its custom of sharing environmentally focused movies with the 2020 Environmental Film Festival. Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (March 13) is a 2014 documentary that “brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.” Symphony of the Soil draws on ancient knowledge and cutting-edge science to produce an “artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil.” Free to the public and followed by a guided group conversation, the films will be shown in the Village Center at 3920 N. Murray Ave. Additional deatils about the event


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Authentic Learning Showcase

Wed., May 6, 6–8 p.m. Authentic learning connects students’ skills and knowledge to real-world issues and needs, and the School District is proud to showcase an important aspect of its curricula for all students at this event in the SHS Arena. To prepare, students participate in research and reflection, collaborate with peers and engage with their community to advance their learning and present high-quality work to audiences beyond the classroom. Come view student displays and exhibits across all grade levels highlighting authentic learning projects from the 2019–20 school year. The second half of the event will feature on-stage student presentations representing each school.

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Spring Y…ard Clean-Up Volunteers at the 2019 Spring Yard Clean-Up.

Sat., May 2, 9 a.m–noon

As warmer weather approaches, Shorewood Connects invites energetic volunteers of all ages to help with the 9th Annual Spring Yard Clean-Up. One morning of work helps your older adult neighbors and homeowners whose disabilities may make it difficult or impossible to get the yard ready for spring and summer. No assignment takes more than two hours. Grab a rake and a friend and meet at Kingo Lutheran Church! To volunteer, contact Shorewood Connects Coordinator Vashti Lozier at or 414.378.6073. Older adults seeking assistance should contact Elizabeth Price at or 414.847.2727.

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First Ride & Bike Rodeo Sat., May 2, Noon–3:30 p.m.

Join the Shorewood Recreation Department, North Shore Health Department, North Shore Fire Rescue and Shorewood Police Department at the Atwater Elementary School west playground for two bicycle education events in one afternoon! Both events are free for Shorewood residents ($5 for non-residents), but pre-registration is required (call the Rec Department at 414.963.6913 x 4 or visit Free helmet fittings are included. 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. 2–3:30 p.m. Bike Rodeo Grades 2–6 This clinic will educate parents and children on bike safety, traffic rules and more. SHOREWOOD TODAY 19

Senior Resource Center Wellness Wednesdays Wednesdays, Apr. 1, May 6, June 3, 9–10 a.m.

Join experts for informative discussions on a variety of health and wellness topics. • Apr. 1: Creating a Vision for your Future: Housing Options and Choices In this, the “third stage” of our lives, many of us wonder, “What’s next? Do I stay in my home or move?” Miriam Oliensis-Torres, a social worker and certified care manager, will discuss a range of living options available as well as the pros and cons of remaining in your own home. • May 6: Resolving Conflict Through Peaceful Communication Although conflict is normal, unresolved conflict is draining. It impacts our health and quality of life. Learn about peaceful methods for reducing the conflict in your life from Sue Bronson, LCSW, a mediator, trainer and retired psychotherapist. Volunteer Mee Yang, left, assists Gloria Krasno with her smartphone during a recent Tech Support Friday session at the SRC.

Events One-to-One Tech Support Fridays! Fridays, 9–11:30 a.m. (No program on April 10)

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

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

The Memory Café offers an afternoon of sharing fun and laughter with old friends and making new acquaintances. We welcome anyone with memory issues and their caregivers/ care partners to Three Lions Pub, 4515 N. Oakland Ave. Memory Cafés are always free. Coffee, soda and water are provided by our generous hosts and pub food is available to order from the menu. If this is your first visit, please RSVP in advance to Elizabeth Price at the SRC.

Men’s Morning Wednesdays, Apr. 8, May 13, 10–11:30 a.m.

Women are welcome, too! Donuts, coffee and juice are served. $3 fee at door; no pre-registration required. • A pr. 8: Challenges of prisoner re-entry with UWM’s Stan Stojkovic, professor of criminal justice • M ay 13: Technology: Can it help you age in place? with Rick Ziller of Adaptive Technology Resources 20 Shorewood Today  SPRING 2020

• J une 3: Creating a Vision for Your Future: Your Legal Documents Are Your Voice Learn the three steps to ensure that your wishes for your care and finances are followed, if there is a time when you are unable to speak for yourself. Oliensis-Torres will provide information on preparing and creating important legal documents.

Community Safety with Police Chief Peter Nimmer Mon., Apr. 20, Noon–1 p.m.

Bring your lunch and take this opportunity to share your safety concerns and questions with Shorewood’s chief of police.

History Repeats Mondays, Apr. 20, May 18, June 15, 1–2 p.m.

Discussions led by amateur historian Kathleen Smith on a variety of historical topics. Free; no pre-registration required. • A pr. 20: Kaiser Wilhelm II; Is Queen Victoria’s first grandchild to blame for WWI? Based on the book Kaiser Wilhelm II 1859–1941: A Concise Life by John C.G. Rohl. • M ay 18: Women Who Helped Launch Our Democracy Based on the book Ladies of Liberty by Cokie Roberts. • J une 15: Vladimir Putin — His Rise in Russia and his Terrifying Rule Based on the book The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen.

Architecture in Milwaukee Wed., Apr. 22, 9:30–11 a.m.

Retired history teacher and Historic Milwaukee guide Kathy Kean takes a look at 19th- and 20th-century American architecture styles in Milwaukee and the stories they tell about our past. Free; pre-registration appreciated.

Getting to Know Your Smartphone Fri., Apr. 24, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Whether you know nothing, a little or just enough to get confused with your smartphone, Leila Maani knows a lot! With an extensive background in technology, applications and everyday usage techniques, she can help you feel more comfortable with your device. Free; pre-registration appreciated.

Ask a Dietitian Tues., Apr. 28, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Food recalls — are we having more or are we detecting them better? with Carmel Bankier-Sweet RD, CD. Free; please pre-register.

Historic Milwaukee Tour – Day Trip! Wed., Apr. 29, 9:45 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Kathy Kean, Historic Milwaukee guide, takes us on a tour of the latest updates to Milwaukee’s rapidly and ever-changing cityscape. We’ll explore parts of downtown and historic neighborhoods with an emphasis on new developments. Lunch will be served at Cuisine, the Culinary Arts restaurant at MATC. Please contact the SRC office for tour cost, details and registration information.

Art Institute of Chicago Tour

The work of two celebrated artists (El Greco: Ambition and Defiance and Monet and Chicago)

Wed., May 27, 8:45 a.m.–6 p.m.

New Shorewood Care Network Facilitates Neighbors Helping Neighbors BY JUSTINE LEONARD

As Wisconsin’s first AARP-designated Age-Friendly Community, Shorewood continues to uphold its commitment with the introduction of the Shorewood Care Network. The network is the brainchild of longtime resident Anjum Alden. “I have always been struck by the generosity and kindness of our community, and I wanted to find a way to reach out to even more people,” Alden explains. She was inspired to act after a meeting earlier this year where Age-Friendly Plan stakeholders expressed a desire to increase neighbor-to-neighbor connections. Alden partnered with resident Amy Tasse to recruit and be part of an organizing committee that now includes Judy Spencer, Jan Kaufman, Vashti Lozier, Sarah Rock, Sharadha Natraj and Mary Jean Fowler. Together they formed a network of volunteers to help neighbors needing shortterm or emergency assistance for a variety of reasons. Volunteers may help with grocery shopping, meal deliveries and temporary or fill-in snow shoveling or lawn mowing. Meal delivery can be provided on a designated day and can be homemade or store bought.

The Ambition and Defiance exhibition charts the career of Greek artist El Greco with over 55 works from across the world. Monet and Chicago explore the Father of Impressionism’s unique connection to the city with more than 65 paintings from the Art Institute’s holdings, as well as esteemed Chicago-based collections. Bus departs Shorewood Village Center at approximately 8:45 a.m. with estimated return at 6 p.m. Contact Mary Gilardi, Mary’s Personalized Sightseeing, 414.871.9783 or for a reservation form to be returned with payment.

The Network officially went “live” in December and has already responded to several needs. Volunteers organized meal trains for a resident going through a hard time as the primary caregiver for an elderly parent, and also did food drops for a resident undergoing chemotherapy.

What’s Shaking in Shorewood Mon., June 1, 12:30–1 p.m.

The Care Network now has about 30 volunteers, Alden says. She hopes to grow the volunteer base sufficiently so that every resident who lives alone has someone to call if in need of short-term or emergency assistance, and to get the word out so that every Shorewoodian knows the community has a support network in place.

Rebecca Ewald, Village manager, gives a brief update.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Toronto Blue Jays Wed., June 24, 11:15 a.m.– 5 p.m. Treat yourself to a day at the ballpark! We have great infield box seats in the shade on the first-base side. The Brat House Shuttle will leave from the Village Center at 11:15 a.m. and will return immediately after the game, about 4:30 p.m. Residents $26/nonresidents $29.

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and meet in the lower level of the Shorewood Village Center at 3920 N. Murray Ave. Contact us: 414.847.2727 | email: |

In another effort, on a referral from Elizabeth Price, Shorewood Senior Resource Center coordinator, volunteers took turns with emergency snow shoveling for a woman in home hospice care.

“Shorewood is a caring community,” says Alden. “Neighbors help neighbors here. You are not alone. Ever. “ If you would like to volunteer for the Shorewood Care Network, need short-term assistance or know of someone in need, please call or text 414.367.8642, email or contact Elizabeth Price at 414.847.2727.

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A Farmers Market for All Back when the Shorewood Farmers Market was nothing more than a good idea, Barb Heinen jumped on board to help grow it into a successful reality. BY PAULA WHEELER



certified holistic nutritionist who helps clients adopt a more nourishing lifestyle, Barb Heinen thought she could be helpful in recruting vendors for the Shorewood Farmers Market. At the time, she was heading up the Wisconsin Southeast Chapter of Slow Food USA, work that helped her connect with a number of farmers in the area. She ended up doing so much more, managing nearly all aspects of the market with co-volunteers Tia Torhorst and Arthur Ircink — bringing in vendors, lining up musical entertainment, helping it become its own 501(c)(3) organization and working to enable the acceptance of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cards. “That was important to me, so I joined the Milwaukee Farmers Market Coalition,” she says. “We work together to determine how to make sure underserved populations have access to healthy foods.” Most coalition member markets accept SNAP cards, and Heinen was able to secure a grant three years ago to cover costs associated with doing so at the Shorewood Farmers Market. “We’ll be taking that cost on ourselves this year, because we feel so strongly about it,” Heinen says, adding that in 2019 the market introduced a matching program that doubles $20 worth of SNAP benefits to $40.

Nutritionist Barb Heinen, an advocate for broader access to healthful foods, prepares vegetables in her Shorewood kitchen.

Heinen has worked hard to promote the SNAP card acceptance, as she says about 10 percent of people in the 53211 ZIP code are eligible to use them. She’d love to see a state-level program to implement card acceptance at all farmers markets. Now that the Farmers Market has a larger working board, which Heinen helped recruit, she is passing the baton to them. She is proud of the way the market has quickly become one of the region’s most desirable for vendors and has loved watching vendors succeed, grow and support one another. “We are really committed to healthy bodies, healthy planet, healthy community and a healthy local economy,” she says. “They are all interconnected.” n SHOREWOOD TODAY 23

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Pickleball enthusiasts John Andritsch, Bob Austin, Bob Kollmeyer and Chris Smith tap paddles between games. RECREATION



f you haven’t yet tried pickleball, it may be time to pick up a paddle and join in on one of the fastest-growing sports in America. This paddleball sport, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, has gained so much popularity over the last six years that player numbers have increased by 650 percent, according to the USA Pickleball Association. To accommodate the growing interest locally, the Shorewood Recreation Department offers co-ed pickleball year-round for adult players of all ages and with a wide range of abilities. Additionally, for the first time, the Recreation Department plans to offer an outdoor pickleball program this summer on the Atwater Elementary School tennis courts. Pickleball lines have been painted and will allow for four outdoor pickleball matches at a time. “We are excited to offer the new outdoor courts for patrons,” says Shorewood

Recreation Supervisor Justin Calvert. “They will allow community members and pickleball enthusiasts to enjoy the weather, socialize and get some added exercise.” Currently, the pickleball program follows a “drop in” format where players can stop by the Shorewood High School Arena most Saturdays to play doubles matches on any of the six available courts between 9 and 11a.m. Each registration period, players sign up and receive a punch card pass for eight drop-in sessions, good for up to one year. The Recreation Department provides balls and basic paddles if needed, and though there are no instructors, SHS senior Leland Hanewall serves as the program supervisor, monitoring the matches and answering questions. “The players in our pickleball program are really good people,” says Hanewall. “There’s a pretty strong sense of

community among the players and it’s a great chance to socialize. New faces are always welcomed with open arms.” For longtime Shorewood pickleball player Chris Smith, it’s great to see the program continue to grow each year. “Due to the increasing popularity of pickleball, our Shorewood program can utilize up to six indoor courts at a time, which significantly reduces waiting times for players,” Smith notes. “And with the outdoor courts available this summer, hopefully the increased visibility in the community will just add to this growing popularity. When the season allows, I would always rather be outside than in, so I hope the Shorewood Recreation Department and community will continue to support this new outdoor program.” n If you are interested in playing or would like to try one free pickleball trial session, please contact the Recreation Department at 414.963.6913. More information about the summer program will be available in the Summer Recreation Guide. SHOREWOOD TODAY 25

Dr. Ned Brookes in an operatory at his practice, Acacia Dental.

Acacia Dental Care’s Dr. Ned Brookes Practices Dentistry at Home and Abroad BY JENNIFER ANDERSON | PHOTO BY PATRICK MANNING

For Dr. Edwin “Ned” Brookes, owner of Acacia Dental Care, LLC, the path to a career in dentistry has been anything but traditional. His undergraduate degree is BUSINESS in art history, and he spent years working SPOTLIGHT in the fields of jewelry making and glass blowing. Yet he always liked the idea of helping people and notes that many skills from studio art have translated to his new profession, such as the critical attention to detail and the act of creating with his hands. Today Brookes has worked in the dental field for over 20 years, first as a technician in a dental lab, then as a dental hygienist while working his way through the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He’s been a practicing dentist for 16 years and is a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Brookes has had the chance to hone his dentistry skills all over the world, ultimately moving to and establishing his own practice in Shorewood, where his wife, Carolyn, grew up. The two met on a service trip to Mexico that Brookes organized while president of Project Stretch, a global pediatric dental outreach group. Serving those without ready access to dental care has continued as a priority for Brookes, who has also participated in Project Stretch missions to Haiti, Cape Verde and Ukraine. During a 26 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SPRING 2020

one-year stint in Australia for his wife’s fellowship — she’s an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and division chief and residency program director at the Medical College of Wisconsin — Brookes worked with the country’s public health system to provide underprivileged citizens with emergency dental care. With two young children, Brookes says he and his family love being part of Shorewood’s community; having Grandma just across town makes the location even better. Brookes is a member of the Shorewood Business Improvement District, sponsors a Little League team and enjoys being able to bike to work, where he sees patients for everything from teeth cleaning and whitening to root canals and implant repairs. To make his services accessible to people without dental insurance, he offers an affordable membership program patients can join for a monthly or annual fee. Even the name of his practice, Acacia Dental Care, was conceived with the idea of offering support and relief. The Acacia tree is indigenous to the African savannah, where it provides shade and shelter to the animals and people who live there. “It’s a symbol I felt suited the vision I have for my profession and my practice,” Brookes says. “I want my patients to have a sense of well-being and know that they will be well cared for here.” n Acacia Dental Care, LLC | 3970 N Oakland Ave., Suite #602 414.212.8291 |




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Maggie Belknap, SHS ’77

A Storied Career in Public Service BY ELLA KAMM

As a senior at Shorewood High School, Maggie Belknap, SHS ’77, faced a common dilemma: how to EDUCATION get a high-quality college education SPOTLIGHT without taking on debt. She found the answer in the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, embarking on an impressive and trailblazing career that has taken her from military combat zones to the Pentagon and from Wall Street to, ultimately, the White House. Belknap began blazing trails during her time at SHS. She was active in athletics, including varsity volleyball, basketball and track. “Back in the day, you could barely get enough girls to make a basketball team because girls didn’t do sports, they did cheerleading,” Belknap says. “I was able to earn nine varsity letters.” She was also a leader in student government, serving as junior class president and student body president.

future career. She served in the Army from 1981 to 2008, with combat service in both Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She ultimately attained the rank of colonel. She wanted to go to graduate school and says the Army made it possible. She ultimately earned her doctorate in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Belknap continued to dedicate her career to service in many areas and even went back to join the West Point faculty, where she led curricular development for the operations research, systems engineering, and finance and economics programs.

Belknap says a career path involving public service can be a good option for today’s high school students.

Interested in math and engineering, Belknap was drawn to West Point for its prestigious engineering program as well as its model of free tuition in exchange for five years of post-graduation military service. The school had just admitted its first female students in 1976. “I didn’t actually decide that I wanted to join the military or be a military officer,” she says. “I didn’t even really know what that was. Shorewood doesn’t have a lot of exposure to the military, mainly because there aren’t any military bases in the area.” Though it wasn’t what she had always pictured, Belknap’s military education had a big impact on her perspective and

She also served as a White House Fellow, a prestigious position that entails working under high-ranking government officials in the nation’s capital. Fellows must exhibit strong leadership skills, high levels of professional achievement and a commitment to public service.

Her civilian career involved global leadership roles with JP Morgan Chase in New York and with Boston-based State Street. She ultimately returned to serve as audit committee chair for the White House Fellows Alumni Foundation and Association for the same reason she had returned to West Point: She wanted to give back to an organization that gave her so much. Belknap says a career path involving public service can be a good option for today’s high school students. “The military is a great place for young folks who don’t know exactly what they want to do,” she says. “Alternatively, someone might not be interested in military service, but they might be interested in service. Teachers are serving our nation, PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps … there’s a whole host of what service means to everyone.” n SHOREWOOD TODAY 29

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Shorewood native Chuck Hagner has always been fascinated by things that could fly. BY JENNIFER ANDERSON PHOTO BY PATRICK MANNING


huck Hagner’s early fascination with all things avian — he made his own birdfeeder from a plastic jug as a kid and hung it on the backyard swingset — only grew deeper as he got older. Today, he is a renowned expert on birds and bird watching. In addition to his role as editor-in-chief of BirdWatching magazine for over 15 years, Hagner recently published the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin. This definitive guide details 299 bird species observed throughout the Badger state, from the migrating tundra swans that pass through the river valleys of the Driftless Area to the majestic bald eagles of the great Northwoods. Hagner is also the executive director of Bird City Wisconsin and board chair of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. He’s traveled the world as an editor and writer, birding in exotic locales like Cuba and Trinidad. Yet he says Wisconsin offers such a wealth of species that he never grows tired of the birds he sees just walking through Estabrook Park. “I still can’t get over how beautiful birds are,” Hagner says. “And I can’t get over the amazing things that they do.”

Chuck Hagner stands in front of a handprinted mural at the Urban Ecology Center with a stuffed great horned owl, a common owl in Wisconsin.

Locally, Hagner looks forward to the spring arrival of chimney swifts, which use their sticky saliva to affix elaborately woven nests inside chimneys and fly as far south as Peru for the winter. He suggests Shorewoodians keep an eye out for great horned owls, which bully their way into the best nesting spots, or red-headed woodpeckers jack-hammering into hollow trees with their spectacular crimson crowns. There are myriad reasons to take up birdwatching, but for Hagner, it’s the way they connect us to the rest of the world that’s most extraordinary. “Migratory birds make these marathon journeys across continents,” he says. “I can see the same birds here that I can later in the winter in South America. They unite us all in incredible ways.” n

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Shorewood Resources VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS SHARE REWARDS OF SERVING Engaged citizens have always helped Shorewood thrive. Fortunately for those seeking greater involvement, there’s a board, committee or commission to suit just about anyone’s interest or skill set. We asked four residents to share the reasons they volunteer.

Enrique E. Figueroa Shorewood Parks Commission

“I have a master’s degree in environmental horticulture and I recently retired, so this has been a great time for me to get involved in the community and stay active in an area I’m interested in. I’ve learned through being on the Commission that for a relatively small investment of time, you can really make an impact on what goes on in the Village. It’s been gratifying to see how much people care about the Village. When 60 people show up for a public meeting about a little green space like Triangle Park, that’s just outstanding.”

Michal Dawson Community Development Authority

“I certainly have gained far more as a committee member than I have contributed, which is always one of the benefits of volunteering. I have become quite aware of the areas of our community where changes could further enhance the quality of living that Shorewood offers, like filling empty storefronts, offering incentives to property owners to improve a property or offer a new service, or evaluating data to help focus future planning on housing needs.”

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Design Review Board “Having worked in architecture since high school, I am keenly aware of new construction projects and the built environment. Being on the board allows me to voice my opinions to fellow board members and the community to strive toward better, more cohesive design throughout the Village. This role has made me feel a stronger connection to my neighbors, including new local business owners and longtime residents working to improve their homes … I share their sense of pride and ownership for facilitating their efforts.”

Human Relations Commission “I was interested in finding a way to serve positively. Being active in the committee’s collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to host an On the Table forum in Shorewood last year was a wonderful opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation with residents. Volunteering with the HRC has raised my awareness of the complexities of local government, increased my investment in our Village and afforded the opportunity to be a contributing resident of Shorewood.”

This high level of engagement is rare. I think people know they can really make a positive difference if they feel passionately about an issue and are willing to do the work. — Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart


Learn more about the many opportunities to volunteer at or by attending an upcoming meeting.



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LIBRARY CORNER INVITING NEW SPACES AND DÉCOR AT THE SHOREWOOD LIBRARY Friends Alcove If you’ve visited the Shorewood Public Library recently, you may have noticed a new space as you walk by the “Lucky Day” bookshelf. Where a catalog Dennis Mack computer station once sat is reads with his a new loveseat where patrons granddaughters, Hazel and Juneau can relax, browse a book or Mack, in the visit with a friend. This space, library’s new dubbed the “Friends Alcove,” Friends Alcove. is brought to patrons by the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library. After several conversations and brainstorming sessions with library staff, the Friends decided to create this space for learning, connecting and exploring. Membership director and longtime Friends member Susan Lofton is ecstatic about the alcove. “For me,” she says, "it represents the culmination of a hope I have fostered all my years on the Friends Board: that we have a permanent place within the library for all to enjoy.”

New Children’s Furniture Nearby in the children’s area, eight heavily used lounge chairs were replaced. Now caregivers and their children can cuddle together on a new loveseat as they read picture books by the train table, and afternoon grade-school visitors can curl up in an upholstered chair to use the Wi-Fi or delve into homework. “We know how our facility is maintained matters and says something about our values,” says Library Director Rachel Collins, “so it’s important that we provide attractive, clean and inviting furniture.”



Good news for busy book lovers: Effective Jan. 1, the Shorewood Public Library increased the loan periods for new adult fiction and “Lucky Day” fiction books to two full weeks. Previously, patrons were limited to a one-week loan period for all new adult fiction titles. These titles may also be renewed up to two times, depending on their waiting-list length. And, of course, all Shorewood Public Library materials have a three-day grace period to give patrons a little extra time to read, renew or return.

Two recent Pew Research Center reports found that six of 10 U.S. adults access their news through a mobile device and one of five U.S. adults listened to an audiobook in the last year. The Shorewood Public Library hosts Digital Downloads 101 between 10:30 a.m. and noon on the third Saturday of each month to help people access online news, digital audiobooks, ebooks, digital movies, music and graphic novels. Drop in with a smartphone or tablet and a library card, and learn how to access the digital content that interests you.

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Out & About in Shorewood







6 Photos by Patrick Manning.

7 1 Shorewood artist Ivy McConnell exhibits

her works during the Shorewood Artists Guild Gallery Night at the River Club on Nov. 21. 2 Shorewood artist Jennifer Cooney Vulpas,

center, talks with Keith Spore, left, and Kathy Stokebrand at the Shorewood Artists Guild Gallery Night.

3 SHS students produced the 2nd Annual Black

History Celebration on Feb. 13, paying tribute to prominent black artists and showcasing original student works. Bryan Terry, Jr., right, leads a tribute to The Temptations. 4 Shorewood resident Sam Lenz announces

a play at a Shorewood High School boys basketball home game on Jan. 31. 5 Skaters enjoy the ice rink at Lake Bluff


Elementary School during the Shorewood Recreation Department’s 3rd Annual Shorewood Chill on Feb. 8. 6 Guests at the Shorewood Chill toast

marshmallows for s’mores.

7 Shorewood High School students perform

an ode to “Mr. Cladwell” (John Ewing, center) in the winter musical Urinetown. 8 Amy Mueller of Shorewood’s The Workroom

arranges her booth’s display at the annual Boutique Blowout at Atwater Elementary School on Feb. 1. 9 Early-bird shoppers hunt for bargains at this

year’s Boutique Blowout.


Shorewood A Look Back

Board members of the Shorewood Woman’s Club are gathered in Hubbard Lodge in 1936. Seated in the center is Mary (Mrs. William) Hubbard, the club’s first president.

The Shorewood Woman’s Club The Shorewood Woman’s Club was founded in 1936 by Mabel Gile, Mary Hubbard and Faye Benton. In March of that year, 200 women showed up in the Shorewood High School auditorium for its first organizational meeting, and the club was ultimately chartered with 279 members. One year later, a first anniversary celebration was held at Hubbard Park in the building we now know as the River Club, which was the organization’s hub for over 60 years. The new club quickly developed programs focusing on both civic and cultural topics. Program speakers in

1938 included Rabbi Charles Schulman discussing “Civilization at the Cross Roads,” Charlotte Carr from Chicago's Hull House speaking on labor legislation, and Leon Perscheret, who taught members how to make color etchings. The club became a supporter of community health, the Shorewood library and activities in support of the World War II effort. Gardening and social gatherings were also club activities, and fundraising helped establish a scholarship for an SHS graduate that has been awarded every year since 1938. The club also supported other child welfare organizations.

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Today, the Woman’s Club continues to support organizations that address community needs and its speakers program is still going strong. Though a number of Woman’s Club leaders will be highlighted in the Shorewood Historical Society’s year-long emphasis on Remarkable Shorewood Women, the organization as a whole deserves recognition for its contributions to the Village. n For more information, visit

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SUN. MAR. 1 Shorewood Woman’s Club Candidate Forum 12:30pm, Village Center

FRI. APR. 3 Tweensday 4pm, Shorewood Public Library

TUES. MAR. 3 Shorewood School District Art Show Reception 6pm, Shorewood Public Library

FRI. APR. 3 Shorewood Conservation Committee screening: Symphony of the Soil 7pm, Village Center

FRI. MAR. 6 Tweensday 4pm, Shorewood Public Library

SAT. APR. 4 Special Saturday: Signs of Spring 10:30am, Shorewood Public Library

FRI. & SAT. MAR. 6 & 7 SIS Musical: Xanadu Jr. Fri. 7pm, Sat. 4pm, SHS Auditorium

SAT. MAR. 7 Seed Foundation’s 17th Annual Swing with Shorewood 6:30pm, Discovery World MON. MAR. 9 Witness to PEPFAR: An American Foreign Aid Success Story 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center TUES. MAR. 10 Family Fun Night 6pm, Shorewood Public Library TUES. MAR. 10 District Orchestra Festival 7pm, SHS Arena THUR. MAR. 12 SIS/SHS Choir Concert 7pm, North Shore Presbyterian Church FRI. MAR. 13 Shorewood Conservation Committee screening: Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story 7pm, Village Center SAT. MAR. 14 LegoFest 10am, Shorewood Village Center SAT. MAR. 14 Shorewood Shenanigans Noon–6pm, Shorewood Business District

TUES. MAR. 17 Shorewood Woman’s Club presents First Stage Children’s Theater Managing Director Betsy Corry 1pm, Village Center WED. MAR. 18 Shorewood Men’s Club Candidate Forum 6pm, Hubbard Park Lodge SAT. MAR. 21 Digital Downloads 101 10:30am, Shorewood Public Library TUES. MAR. 24 Underwater History: The Great Lakes’ Shipwrecks 7pm, Shorewood Village Center

MAY SAT. MAY 2 Shorewood Connects Spring Yard Clean-Up 9am–noon, Meet at Kingo Lutheran Church SAT. MAY 2 First Ride and Bike Rodeo Noon–3:30pm, Atwater School west playground

TUES. APR. 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary 7am–8pm Visit for polling locations SAT. APR. 11 Shorewood Men’s Club Easter Egg Hunt 9am, Hubbard Park TUES. APR. 14 Family Fun Night 6pm, Shorewood Public Library THUR. APR. 16 SIS/SHS Jazz Concert 7pm, Backroom at Colectivo, 2211 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee SAT. APR. 18 Digital Downloads 101 10:30am, Shorewood Public Library SAT. APR. 18 & SUN. APR. 19 Shorewood Drama Jr. presents Americanarama Sat. 4pm, Sun. 1:30pm, Lake Bluff Cafetorium TUES. APR. 21 Shorewood Woman’s Club presents “Stars and Stripes Honor Flights” with Margaret Meyers and a U.S. veteran 1pm, Village Center

WED. MAY 6 4th Annual Authentic Learning Showcase 6–8pm, SHS Arena SUN. MAY 10 SHS Chamber Orchestra Concert 7pm, North Shore Presbyterian Church TUES. MAY 12 Family Fun Night 6pm, Shorewood Public Library THUR.–SAT. MAY 14–16 SHS Spring Musical: Billy Elliot 7pm (additional Sat. performance at 2pm), SHS Auditorium SAT. MAY 16 Digital Downloads 101 10:30am, Shorewood Public Library TUES. MAY 19 Shorewood Woman’s Club presents “Turning the Tide on Single-Use Plastics” with Leah Holloway from Milwaukee Riverkeepers 1pm, Village Center WED. MAY 27 SHS Orchestra Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium

FRI. APR. 24 Atwater’s Got Talent show 7pm, Atwater Cafetorium SAT. APR. 25 Lake Bluff Rummage Sale 9am–2pm, Lake Bluff Cafetorium TUES. APR. 28 Lake Bluff Fine Arts Production (Grades 5 & 6) 6pm, Lake Bluff Elementary School

Saturday, March 14

TUES. APR. 28 Researching Your Family History 6:30pm, Shorewood Public Library

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