Shorewood Today Summer 2016

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Cheers to the old and the new Every summer, it seems there is more to do in our vibrant village. Just take a look at this issue’s back-page calendar, which shows just how much you can squeeze into the summer season without setting foot outside of Shorewood’s 1.5 square miles. Some of these activities are beloved Shorewood traditions, like the Men’s Club BBQ, now in its 45th year (although ribs are a rather recent addition to the mouth-watering chicken the men have served up for more than four decades). Others are relatively newer activities, like Surf @Water, which celebrates our Great Lake as a beautiful natural resource and inviting spot for seasonal recreation. This blend of the old and the new increasingly defines Shorewood and is an essential part of its appeal. In our business district, for example, a funeral home, an orthodontist and a popular bar and restaurant are all celebrating some impressive milestone anniversaries. At the same time, we are excited to welcome newcomers such as Cloud Red to our commercial mix and we look forward to taking advantage of more options than ever for outdoor dining as the weather warms. The St. Robert Fair, the Shorewood Criterium and our Fourth of July festivities all return, and the beloved Estabrook Park throws a 100th birthday party that we can all toast properly now that its boundaries include a beer garden. Shorewood is a community that values tradition and embraces progress, and I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather spend the summer.

— Chris Swartz, Shorewood Village Manager

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Shorewood Village Manager: Chris Swartz Shorewood School District Superintendent: Bryan Davis Shorewood Business Improvement District Board President: Tim Ryan For more information, visit: Village of Shorewood: Shorewood Business Improvement District: Shorewood School District: On the cover: Among Shorewood's favorite Fourth of July festivities are fireworks in Atwater Park. Photo by Jonathan Kirn.


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9 A Modern Move

Shorewood police eye new HQ

13 Summer Dining Your table is waiting

16 Schools Summit Prioritizing for the future




4 News

25 Do-Gooder

32 Business Spotlight

26 Classroom Plus


SHS Mock Trial argues its way to victory

36 Education Spotlight

18 Events

29 Recreation

38 Hi, Neighbor

New and noteworthy around town

40 Resources

Handy information on timely topics

Summer in the Village

22 Senior Resource Center Events and excursions

48 Shorewood Calendar Don't miss a thing

Annie Monahan's commerce site that cares

Meeting the needs of special needs students



JULY Thursday, June 23 NEW ROUTE!


p. 19


festivities p. 19

Five generations of Feericks helping families Stephanie Koczela provides healthcare in Kenya

Kyle Cherek finds great food statewide

44 Out & About

Memorable moments

46 A Look Back

Estabrook Park endures for a century

CONSERVATION FAIR Responsible reuse, recycling and disposal. p. 20



in some municipal water-service lines On April 7, the Village Board approved a program developed in conjunction with the North Shore Health Department to replace lead water-service lines in areas already undergoing water-main replacement in 2016. Because Shorewood infrastructure dates to the late 1880s, approximately 90 percent of its homes have lead water-service laterals. Replacing these has been an ongoing priority for the Village Department of Public Works (DPW). Copper laterals will replace the lead laterals from the water main to the curb stop. Damaged or failed municipal laterals outside the planned construction areas also will be replaced with copper. These costs are covered by the Village. Property owners have the option to hire a licensed plumber to replace their private water-service lines (see illustration) with copper, at their own expense. Homeowners outside the scheduled areas who initiate private water-service line replacement can request municipal lateral replacement at the same time. The Village would cover costs related to the municipal service line replacement, including street restoration as needed. In planned replacement areas, DPW will conduct baseline lead-level tests as well as repeat testing at established construction intervals. Residents outside the construction areas can request a kit from the Village or the North Shore Health Department to test their water’s lead levels. Lab fees apply. For more information, visit and search for “Lead Service Replacement Program.”


The first trains rumbled through Shorewood as early as 1873. By 1973, the depot (now the site of the Bakers Square restaurant parking lot) was long gone and trains in Shorewood were part of history. This year, the Public Art Committee is bringing trains back to Shorewood by means of innovative lighting and sound technology. By fall, a “Ghost Train” will “cross” the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge twice each evening after dark, with bridge illumination and sound effects lasting about 45 seconds each time. The Ghost Train commemorates the Twin Cities 400 train, operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway from 1939 to 1963. Touted as the fastest passenger train in the world, it routinely traveled the 400 miles between Chicago and St. Paul, Minn., in 400 minutes, even with stops in Shorewood and all along the route. The Ghost Train’s designer, Marty Peck, is principal of Creative Lighting Design & Engineering, a Germantown firm specializing in the expressive use of light in architecture. His overall plan also includes general bridge illumination from dusk to dawn. A comprehensive study was conducted to ensure that potential traffic safety issues are addressed. Ghost Train bridge illumination will be coordinated with red lights controlling east/west traffic flow on East Capitol Drive, right turns from northbound Humboldt Avenue onto Capitol, and southbound right turns from North Wilson Drive onto Capitol. The Ghost Train will travel through Shorewood only after dark and after rush hour. The Public Art Committee reports that it is close to meeting its fundraising goal for the project, which has a budget of $350,000.

Atwater Beach Boardwalk Completed With the completion of the Atwater Beach boardwalk from the central steps to the north playground area, the Village continues to advance its comprehensive Atwater Park master plan. The plan’s key goals are to increase the popularity of the park; to improve connectivity between the upper terrace and the beach; to promote safe use of the park; and to enhance use of the park for community education. The completed boardwalk includes bump-out seating areas and improves beach access. Other enhancements planned for 2016 include ongoing bluff maintenance and a proposed upper-level lawn area to replace asphalt.


CDA LEADERSHIP TRANSITION Peter Hammond Takes Reins from Veteran Chair Pete Petrie

The Shorewood Community Development Authority (CDA) is an arm of the Village Board that advocates for and facilitates economic development. The group was formed in the mid1990s to improve and sustain the business district’s viability and help keep a lid on long-term residential taxpayer burdens. The CDA comprises two Village trustees and five dedicated resident volunteers. One longtime volunteer is Pete Petrie, who joined the CDA in 2002 and became its chairman 2004. During Petrie’s tenure, Shorewood’s economic development flourished. New mixed-use projects such as the Metropolitan, Cornerstone, Ravenna, LightHorse and Metro Market, as well as the senior living facility HarborChase, have filled in major gaps in the business district with attractive residential options and unique retail offerings that help ease homeowners’ tax responsibilities. In addition to the tax benefits, Petrie says, business district development helps create demand in the residential areas and keeps property values strong. Petrie worked closely with Village Pete Petrie officials to craft the business district’s first master plan and to develop a marketing and branding program aimed at developers, business owners and potential residents. He says Shorewood was an early adopter among municipalities in creating a strategic marketing approach. The CDA’s Façade Improvement Program and Business Incentive Loan Program were also developed under Petrie’s leadership.

“Pete and the CDA and (Village Manager) Chris Swartz have done an unbelievable job along Oakland and Capitol to really make Shorewood the envy of many other communities in Wisconsin and beyond,” Hammond says. “My job is to continue that.” Hammond adds that the development Peter Hammond success of the past decade has given Shorewood a stronger bargaining position. “Pete and his team needed to complete these big, catalyzing projects,” he says. “Now, we are focused on the smaller-scale opportunities, continuing to reach out and develop relationships with local, regional or national retailers that fit in with Shorewood to help them understand why they should consider locating here. Shorewood is now a place businesses want to be.”

The classically chic Harry’s Bar & Grill hosted a three-day celebration of its 20-year anniversary in May. Guests paid 1996 prices for their meals, and regular live-music fixtures at the restaurant (the Five Card Studs, the Kyle Feerick Band) provided entertainment. Owner Elias Chedid originally had two partners in Harry’s — the late philanthropist Natalie Soref as well as Michael Tarney, who in 1985 established the Oakland Cafe in the space that is now Harry’s, at 3549 N. Oakland Ave. Like Shorewood, Harry’s blends neighborhood charm and urban sophistication and serves up a robust menu of contemporary American food. It’s been a formula for enduring success, so much so that Chedid is set to open a sister restaurant, Harry’s on Brady, this summer in the former True Value hardware store at 1234 E. Brady St. in Milwaukee.

Shorewood Historical Society Presents


Amateur photographer Charles Sheldon captured life in early 20th-century Shorewood with his pictures of church groups, store owners, double decker buses, National Guard troops on parade, street scenes with open lots, and even a few farm animals. The Shorewood Historical Society recently received copies of all of Sheldon’s black and white photos from his daughter, Mary Sheldon Green. The Historical Society has placed 41 of Sheldon’s pictures online for public viewing at (click “Shorewood Photos”), with plans to add the remainder of the collection by early summer. The Historical Society’s archive contains hundreds of photos that are consistently scanned and added to its online collection. Digitizing pictures addresses two Society goals: to bring Shorewood’s story to the public in an easily accessible format, and to preserve the original photos.

Shorewood Historical Society

While he remains involved with the CDA, Petrie retired as chair this year. The CDA’s new chair is Peter Hammond, a lifelong Shorewoodian who says he looks forward to helping ensure that the Village sustains a vibrant commercial district for the benefit of all residents.

A Comtemporary Classic: Harry’s Turns 20

Mary Agnes Sheldon poses with Shorewood police officials — Chief Emil Bartels, left, and Marshal Nick Zehren — at the 1923 Shorewood Village picnic in Murray Woods, then located near the intersection of Murray and Kensington.

Recollection Wisconsin has assisted the Society in its picture digitization project. To view historical pictures from all over Wisconsin, see SHOREWOOD TODAY 5

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2016 Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year:

4000–4100 NORTH LARKIN

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The 2016 Shorewood Men's Club Board.

Shorewood Men’s Club Turns 60

In Shorewood, the Men’s Club is synonymous with community support. For the last 60 years, the club’s accomplishments stack up like the rocks that form the fireplace at the Hubbard Lodge, where members have met for decades. The Men’s Club holds three major fundraisers each year: The June Chicken & Ribs BBQ and the July 4 food and beverage sales take place at Atwater Park, and the November Turkey Raffle is held at Hubbard Park. The money raised supports a broad variety of local organizations and activities, including scholarships, events, award programs, performing arts, social outings and holiday celebrations. The club will mark 60 years of service with a party on Sat., July 23 at the Hubbard Park Beer Garden that will include free beer, root beer and lively music from the barbershop quartet Four In Accord, as well as the Kyle Feerick Band. In a view familiar to hundreds of Shorewood kids over the last 30 years, Dr. Jeffrey Olson appears ready to work alongside Brianna Gasper (top left), Stephanie Long (top right) and Jamie Sweet (bottom).

The neighbors of North Larkin Street at a block event.

For nearly 40 years, residents of the 4000-4100 block of North Larkin Street have organized and sustained activities that appeal to residents young and old. Though some of the faces have changed, what has remained constant is the spirit of neighborliness that starts with a welcoming letter for newcomers and extends through social activities almost every month. In addition to themed events such as a wine tasting and a Kentucky Derby party, from June to September the block has a rotating potluck dinner where adults catch up on the week’s events and children play. One year, block organizer Alice Eckes published a Larkin Street cookbook to compile the potluck recipes, noting that the gatherings “taught us how to be great neighbors and better cooks!” Neighbors help each other with shoveling snow, sharing tools, fundraising for community groups and sharing information through the block’s website. Look for the Larkin Street neighbors in the Shorewood 4th of July Parade, proudly marching behind the 2016 Neighborhood of the Year banner!

Dr. Jeffrey Olson: Smiles for 30 Years Straight Shorewood’s only orthodontist, Dr. Jeffrey Olson, has been creating symmetrical smiles for 30 years in his North Oakland Avenue office. His one-story building with the red doors is the furthest-north business in the Village. While it looks like a little house, it has always been home to an orthodontics practice. After training at the Marquette University School of Dentistry, Olson joined the practice of Dr. Dave Hickey, whose father, Clem, founded the practice in the 1940s. Olson has treated thousands of patients and says the true joy of his work has been getting acquainted with families in the area and watching his young patients grow up: “The families here have been so good to me.” 6 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2016

Shorewood sustains status as


The Village of Shorewood has achieved Sustained Flight status in the Bird City Wisconsin program, which has recognized 96 communities. Shorewood joined the ranks in 2014 as a result of Conservation Committee activities and Chuck Hagner, Shorewood resident and editor of BirdWatching magazine. To achieve initial Bird City certification, Shorewood met at least seven criteria in five categories: creation and protection of habitat, effective community forest management, removal of hazards to birds, public education, and participation in International Migratory Birds Day.

Among bird species sighted in Shorewood is this rare Boreal Owl, photographed by Titus Wamai near the corner of East Kenmore and North Murray in 2013 and now registered on The small owl is little known in North America and hasn’t been registered as sighted this far south in Wisconsin since 1872.


Tammy Bockhorst

Allison Rozek

New Village Trustees

Congratulations to Tammy Bockhorst, re-elected to her second three-year term as Shorewood Village trustee, and Allison Rozek, elected for her first three-year term.

Friends of Estabrook Park play an active role by weeding out invasive species and planting appropriate trees to create a desirable habitat for birds and human visitors.

Hagner, an active member of the Friends group, conducts frequent bird walks in the park and records sightings on He and others have recorded sightings of 166 different bird species in the park. He says Shorewood provides an essential green space between the river and the lakefront. “Lake Michigan is a formidable obstacle to migrating species,” Hagner says. “Our green space is crucial to the birds we host for a short time as they move from winter homes to spring nesting grounds.”

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Hilary DeBlois

New School Board Members

Congratulations to Hilary DeBlois and Joanne Lipo Zovic, elected April 5 to serve three-year terms on the Shorewood School Board.

LADA DRIVING SCHOOL Celebrates 20 Years in Shorewood

Owner Arkadiy Tsirlin founded Lada Driver School, LLC in Shorewood in 1996. He and manager Ozlem Eren have grown the business to two locations, and Lada now offers driver education for both teens and adults. Lada provides courses in the classroom with state-of-the-art facilities and in-car training (automatic or stick shift). Commercial licensing, convenient road testing and several Commercial Driver License Class A truck-driving training programs are also offered. All instructors are licensed State of Wisconsin instructors who follow state-approved curriculum. Instructor John Kotarski works with student driver and SHS student Chris Triliegi.

Says Eren, “We are a growing organization with a proud tradition and a strong commitment to ethical business practices. We believe in team work and hard work!” SHOREWOOD TODAY 7

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The Shorewood Police Department has outgrown its current headquarters, which date back to 1927.

Village officials have been trying for years to address the situation. In 2006, the Village Board conducted a facilities feasibility study to determine the needs of a modern police department and the best options for Shorewood. The Zimmerman Design Group recommended a space of at least 25,000 square feet for the most efficient operation. In June, the Village Board will consider a proposal to purchase the AB Data building at 4057 N. Wilson Dr. and relocate the Shorewood Police Department to a new home. EVALUATING ALL OPTIONS The Village Board has considered remodeling and expanding the current station, but the cost-benefit analysis was less than compelling. “The department still would be working with inadequate space,” says Chris Swartz, Village manager, By Linda that a buildout would also encroach on already adding Presto limited parking.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT Village Board Considers New Police Headquarters By Linda Presto

The Shorewood Police Department began operation June 17, 1920, with three officers and a headquarters in the basement of Village Hall. A cloakroom outfitted with an iron cage served as a lock-up. Patrolmen earned $681 per month plus fringe benefits. Seven years later, the Department moved to its current headquarters. There are two holding cells slightly bigger than that basement cloakroom. Patrols now number 23, and some are women. And modern patrol cars boast sophisticated electronic equipment that costs four times as much as the original patrolman’s annual salary. Shorewood’s Police and Fire Departments have shared the historic building on North Murray Avenue since 1927. Now part of North Shore Fire and Rescue, the Fire Department occupies both equipment bays and the entire second floor. That leaves 5,200 square feet — the basement and the ground floor space squeezed between the two equipment bays — for the police. “The facility is seriously outdated and significantly too small to address the needs of a community of our size,” says Chief of Police Peter Nimmer.

A number of proposed relocation sites would have required acquisition and costly tear-down of existing buildings. Others, such as the Northwoods Software building and the Shorewood Post Office, have been determined inadequate for various reasons. The AB Data property, a light industrial/office building, went on the market in 2008. At that time, Village officials believed it would fit the bill. They estimated total acquisition and remodeling costs, then added that amount to the Village’s long-range financial plan. In spring 2010, the Board was preparing to revisit options for a police move, but got sidetracked by the torrential rains that flooded many residences and buildings that summer — including the police basement that housed files and evidence. Sewer improvement became an urgent priority and the police move was tabled. Fortunately, the AB Data building has remained available, and this year, Village officials negotiated a purchase price to present to the Board. Officials are proposing a two-phase renovation at a cost of about $4 million — about half the cost of a tear-down and rebuild elsewhere. In addition to facilitating a more efficient and effective department, the police move out of current headquarters would offer another advantage for Shorewoodians: the freeing up of 20 parking spaces behind Village Hall. (Continued on page 10) SHOREWOOD TODAY 9


“The” facility is seriously outdated and

significantly too small to address the needs of a community of our size. —Chief of Police Peter Nimmer

(Continued from page 9)

One of two small interrogation rooms as shown by Police Chief Nimmer.

Current Police Headquarters:

AB Data Building:

zT iny public lobby

zB uilt in 1968, remodeled in 2008; offers 28,000+ square feet of flexible space


zC rowded shared work areas with no confidential interview space for crime victims; no privacy or confidentiality for staff z I nadequate and insecure booking and holding areas z I nadequate evidence processing and storage z I nsufficient storage for working files, archived material and equipment zA ntiquated IT/infrastructure zL ack of ADA compliance for the disabled zS erious and costly moisture, mold and HVAC problems z I nadequate locker room facilities with no showers; inadequate staff bathrooms; no public bathrooms zN o indoor parking for vehicles equipped with up to $30,000 worth of electronic equipment z I nadequate security as a multi-use building



zC entral location for fast access to all Shorewood areas zS ingle-use building with controlled access for greater security zA dequate space for proper interview rooms for victims, secure booking rooms and efficient evidence storage zT wo loading docks, two 18-foot overhead doors, indoor parking space for 10 squad cars zA ccess to 50 off-street parking spaces z I ncludes a 6,000-square-foot space that could be used as a community room for events and activities zO ffers room for in-house police training and for bringing in specialized trainers zS ophisticated IT infrastructure easily adaptable to police needs, including networking and storage of digital records and video zW ould enable the Shorewood Police Department to follow best practices in law enforcement well into the future

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Outdoor dining is one of the loveliest perks of summer. The Shorewood business district boasts more than 550 seats for dining al fresco at more than 20 restaurants and coffee houses — all within walking or biking distance. See a full listing of Shorewood’s outdoor dining options on the next page.


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Sit in the sun or under the stars z

Along North Oakland Avenue from the northern tip of the business district to East Capitol Drive, patio and sidewalk seats beckon. NORTH STAR AMERICAN BISTRO

4518 N. Oakland Ave. | 32 PATIO SEATS A top spot to take your out-of-town guests or celebrate a special occasion.


4512 N. Oakland Ave. | 16 PATIO SEATS Per glass or by the bottle, sip away a summer’s evening.


4517 N. Oakland Ave. | 32 PATIO SEATS Classic English food, $3 burger night on Tuesdays and other great specials.


4511 N. Oakland Ave. | 24 PATIO SEATS The flavors of Asia taste even better outdoors.


Sidewalk dining outside Nana Asian Fusion and Sushi Bar and Three Lions Pub.

4500 N. Oakland Ave. | 32 PATIO SEATS Meet a friend for a cuppa or bring your laptop to a shaded sidewalk table and enjoy a working lunch.


4401 N. Oakland Ave. | 12 PATIO SEATS Enjoy a taste of France and dine en plein air with a pain au chocolat or full meal.


4475 N. Oakland Ave. | 16 PATIO SEATS Get your comfort food as well as your Sprecher soda fix here.


4330 N. Oakland Ave. | 12 PATIO SEATS Bring a sweetie or the whole team to this ice cream and sub shop.


4417 N. Oakland Ave. | 40 PATIO SEATS Newly expanded inside and out — plus check out their selection of nuts at the bar (as well as the selection of wine, beer and growlers). Park your bike out front.


4301 N. Oakland Ave. | 20 PATIO SEATS Great for early birds! Extensive bagel and sandwich menu, limitless coffee. Photo by Gloss Photography


4170 N. Oakland Ave. | 8 PATIO SEATS Cozy inside and outside dining spaces encourage you to sit a spell.


4106 N. Oakland Ave. | 12 PATIO SEATS Comfy wicker furniture and a water station for your pup make this a restful stop for all.


4075 N. Oakland Ave. | 68 PATIO SEATS Grab your favorite combo inside and enjoy it outside with friends. 14 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2016

Summer seating at Oakcrest Tavern.


4044 N. Oakland Ave. | 28 PATIO SEATS Libations and a lodge-like outdoor patio perfect for couples or groups.

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NEHRING’S SENDIK’S ON OAKLAND 4027 N. Oakland Ave. | 4 PATIO SEATS Enjoy your lunch or other treat at a sunny sidewalk table.


4022 N. Oakland Ave. | 34 PATIO SEATS Lively gathering place and convenient for lunch or dinner outside.


On East Capitol Drive, you can't miss the two largest outdoor seating areas — the City Market patio east of Oakland or the Culver's patio to the west. CITY MARKET

2205 E. Capitol Dr. | 60 PATIO SEATS Group meetups and quiet tête-à-têtes happen all afternoon at this busy outdoor patio.

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1325 E. Capitol Dr. | 72 PATIO SEATS Dine with the butterflies and sunshine plus frozen custard, food and beverages.

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Back on Oakland and south of Capitol, you'll find more places to dine outside.



3801 N. Oakland Ave. | 10 PATIO SEATS When passers-by see the frosting on your face, they’ll want to head inside for their own sweet treat.


3549 N. Oakland Ave. | 28 PATIO SEATS The newer back patio overlooking River Park is as classy as the remodeled interior.

Beer garden cheer

Not one, but two nearby beer gardens beckon Shorewoodians in the summertime. Beautiful Hubbard Park added a beer garden in 2015; you’ll find ample space and, sometimes, live music. Further north along the Oak Leaf Trail is Estabrook Park’s beer garden, which attracts groups of all ages. A playground a stone’s throw from the garden’s picnic tables makes the setting especially family friendly.





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A Vision for Our Students’ Future SHOREWOOD SCHOOLS SUMMIT By Katelin Watson

The year is 2025 and students in the Shorewood School District are thriving. There is a huge selection of extended classroom experiences for our students, our curriculum is successfully supporting the whole child, our historic District buildings are intact, yet classrooms are modernized with the most up-to-date technology. We have an exceptional selection of diverse teachers and staff educating our children each and every day, shaping them as people and preparing them for future success. This is the desired vision that came out of the Shorewood Schools Summit, held over three days in late February. More than 100 citizens — students, teachers, community members, administrators, Village employees and higher education professionals from a variety of different backgrounds filled the Atwater Elementary school cafetorium to construct a vision for 2025 of what the Shorewood School District will be doing to provide a positive educational experience responsive to the diverse needs and aspirations of all students. The District invited all Shorewood community members to attend and share insight and feedback regarding the strategic direction for the future of Shorewood’s schools. With the help of Future Search Consultant Drew Howick and a Summit development team consisting of a variety of leaders within the District and Village system, a format was constructed to focus Summit conversations on exploring the District’s past and present to help develop themes for the future. The introductory evening focused on the District’s history. “I found the first night of the Summit particularly interesting because I learned a lot about our school 16 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2016

district’s past achievements,” says Ashley Kinnard, a junior at Shorewood High School (SHS). “It was cool to see what people remembered about the schools from each different decade...and I loved that the event kicked off with students who will be graduates of 2025 walking out in a cap and gown to face the audience. It really set the tone for the entire weekend.”

Atwater kindergarten teacher Shanise Rogers with Lily Spierer and Sarvesh Vinodkumar.

ently, and what people are proud of and want to continue doing…It was especially valuable to hear so many different perspectives from different angles of the community.” The final day focused on the District’s future and the development of themes to work toward for 2025. Ultimately, participants identified 26 themes,

Shorewood Schools Summit: Priorities for the Future 1 | Authentic Experiential Learning 2 | Support for the Whole Child

3 | Modernized and Maintained Historic Buildings

4 | Diversity in Teacher Support, Recruitment and Development 5 | Funding Strategies

Participants were asked to write down on sheets — broken out by decade — the things they remembered most about education during that particular time frame. The purpose of the activity was to capture ideas about education and how it has evolved over time. The second day, attendees examined the current state of the District. The central exercise was to discuss in small groups what made people mad, sad and glad about education in Shorewood. “This was a really eye-opening exercise,” says Shorewood Superintendent Bryan Davis. “We had in-depth conversations that exposed what people are upset about and adamant about changing, what people miss or wish the District could do differ-

then prioritized them to help provide direction to District administrators on where to focus time and resources. “The prioritized themes serve as the foundation for the District’s Strategic Plan, and the goal is for the strategic planning process to be completed this summer,” Davis says. “We’d like to present the 2016-17 plan to all families by August registration. I feel confident in the direction we are heading and I truly appreciate the collective efforts of those who attended the Summit.” n For questions regarding the Shorewood Schools Summit, contact Superintendent Bryan Davis at or 414.963.6901.

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Shorewood Events Shakespeare in Shorewood

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Saturday, June 18, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 4, 6 p.m.

With generous support from the Friends of the Shorewood Library, Stone Soup Shakespeare returns to Shorewood to perform The Comedy of Errors on the Library lawn. This fun, family-friendly event presents one of the bard’s most farcical comedies, featuring identical twins, mistaken identities and, of course, slapstick humor. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and snacks, and let the play take you away!

Kids can learn to ride a twowheeled bicycle at this annual event, which also teaches bike safety. The event is free for Shorewood residents and takes place in the Shorewood High School (SHS) parking lot. In inclement weather, the event will move indoors to the SHS North Gym.


St. Robert Parish Fair

Saturday, June 4, Noon–10 p.m. Sunday, June 5, Noon–7 p.m. The St. Robert Fair has been serving up a weekend of fun, games, live music and great food each June since 1973. This year a new Lebanese Cafe joins traditional favorites like the Irish Pub, the Mexican Cantina, St. Bob-e-que (Saturday) and Chicken Dinner (Sunday). The event also features a rummage sale, book bin, bakery, bouncy house, face painting and children's games. A lively lineup of music includes School of Rock, The Cheap Shots, Joe Zambon and Doctor Snake Oil. More details can be found at

Estabrook Park Centennial Celebration Sunday, June 12, Noon – 3 p.m.

Shorewood Men’s Club Chicken & Ribs BBQ

Saturday, June 11, 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

First Ride was created by the Business Improvement District and is now managed by the Shorewood Recreation Department in cooperation with the Shorewood Village Police Department, North Shore Health Department, North Shore Fire and Rescue and the staff of Rainbow Jersey Bicycles. Parents can sign up their children at

The Shorewood Men’s Club’s biggest fundraiser is a beloved Shorewood tradition that draws crowds to the upper level of Atwater Park with live music, mouth-watering chicken and ribs from Rupena’s, ice cream, and drinks for purchase. For more information, visit

Estabrook Park is 100 years old this year, and the Friends of Estabrook Park are hosting a centennial celebration near the park’s beloved beer garden. The group, which maintains the park in partnership with the Milwaukee County Parks Department, will show off recent park improvements including new trails and a rebuilt staircase, 200 newly planted bur oaks and swamp white oaks, a disc golf course, a children’s playground, a skate park and a dog exercise area. Visitors to the celebration can purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a bicycle and other great prizes. Funds from the raffle will support additional park improvements. The Kilbourntown House — the oldest house in Shorewood — also will be open for tours.








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3:35 pm Junior Boys race (15-18 years)

Get your cowbells ready! The 13th annual Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic is part of the Tour of America’s Dairyland, sponsored by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. This high-energy event is free to the public and draws spectators of all ages to see local, regional, national and international racers compete. This year, road construction requires a change in the race course (see map, left).

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JULY festivities

Monday, July 4

Show your patriotism and celebrate America’s birthday with your family, friends and neighbors in Shorewood. Activities and events for all ages. 12:30–2 p.m. Free All-Ages Swim at Shorewood High School VHE Pool 3 p.m. Parade on North Oakland Avenue from East Kensington Blvd. to River Park

Summer Concert Series in Hubbard Park

Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m.

This free summer concert series begins in July. Bring your blanket or lawn chair to Hubbard Park and settle in for great entertainment along the shore of the Milwaukee River. Bring a picnic or purchase food and beverages at the park from local vendors.

4 p.m. Music and free ice cream at parade finish, River Park

8 p.m. Flag Ceremony and introduction of Parade Marshall

6–9 p.m. Atwater Park festivities including food, beverages and entertainment 9:30 p.m. or dusk Fireworks, sponsored by the Shorewood Foundation

Movie Under the Stars Series Fridays, June 24, July 29, August 19, 8 p.m.

The Shorewood Recreation Department will host its Movie Under the Stars series throughout the summer. All community members are invited to these free and family-friendly screenings, which begin shortly after sunset at the Lake Bluff Elementary School playground. Viewers should arrive after 8 p.m. and bring blankets and lawn chairs for a more comfortable experience. Free popcorn is courtesy of Andrew McCabe, Allstate Insurance. In inclement weather, the screenings will move inside to the Lake Bluff Cafetorium.

July 13 Tweed Funk July 20 Five Card Studs (opener: Shorewood Student Jazz Ensemble) July 27 Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra August 3 Whiskey Belles



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Shorewood Farmers Market

Sundays, June 19–Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.


The Shorewood Farmers Market is back for the season, with a new location and more vendor offerings — including pasta, spices, more prepared foods and products for special dietary needs. The market moves to the Lake Bluff Elementary school playground, giving it room to grow.

“Our community’s commitment to our market has made us one of the most sought-after markets for vendors.” — Tia Torhorst, Farmers Market organizer


Library Summer Celebration

Celebrating summer on the Shorewood Library lawn.

This popular event is coordinated by the Friends of the Shorewood Library. Join friends and neighbors on the library lawn for a Culver’s sundae, trolley rides, music, games and a madcap race with the Milwaukee Brewers Famous Racing Sausages.


Conservation Fair

Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m. – noon Thanks to the Shorewood Conservation Committee, vendors will be in the Atwater Elementary School parking lot to collect your unwanted materials for responsible reuse, recycling and disposal. They will take expired and unwanted medicines, shoes, corks, scrap metal, working and nonworking electronics, household items and building materials, clothing, and latex paint. The fair also includes educational outreach on local sustainability issues and Conservation Committee initiatives. Following the fair, a free composting workshop will be held at the Lake Bluff Community Garden.

30 Days to Celebrate Our Great Lake Fri., July 22–Sat., Aug. 20

This month-long event is sponsored by the Milwaukee chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. It kicks off on Friday, July 22, with Contained in Water II, a surf-themed art show at Colectivo in Shorewood, and concludes August 20 with the fourth annual Surf @Water at Atwater Beach. This day of family fun in the sun is a celebration and appreciation of Lake Michigan. Benefiting Surfrider Milwaukee, Surf @Water begins with a sunrise paddle and beach cleanup, and later offers surf lessons and other family-friendly events on the beach, including a film festival under the stars. For more information, visit


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Shorewood’s beautiful boulevards, parks and colorful planters are maintained by the Shorewood Department of Public Works (DPW). The Friends of the Shorewood DPW have arranged a summer tour of exquisite resident gardens to raise funds for DPW, supporting the purchase of bulbs, shrubs, trees and a gator truck for watering Village plantings.

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Butterfly Garden to Go Tues., June 7, 6:30–8 p.m. Join John and Martha Lunz from the North Milwaukee Chapter of Wild Ones and learn about plants that support pollinating insects such as butterflies and bees. Create a small container butterfly garden to take home.

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FROM BLUFFS TO BACKYARDS, Pollinators are Welcome in Shorewood By Justine Leonard

Just a stroll away from the bustle of Shorewood’s popular business district is a quieter side. Throughout the Village, beautiful, eco-friendly gardens and backyards have become a welcoming habitat for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Things really started buzzing in February when the Village Board approved beekeeping in residents’ backyards. Next came the good news that the Atwater Park bluff had been certified as a monarch waystation, thanks to the hard work of Village staff. The bluff is an ideal habitat for monarch butterflies because it contains several types of milkweed along with native nectar plants essential for pollinating insects. According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, without pollinators such as bees and butterflies 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants would disappear. There would be no apples, pumpkins, blueberries or many other fruits and vegetables. This spring the Shorewood Library and the Senior Resource Center worked with caring citizens to launch an intergenerational initiative to help educate people about the importance of beneficial insects and encourage residents to create nurturing environments right in their own backyards. The Shorewood Men’s Club provided financial support for the project, which includes three programs: What’s the Buzz? The Basics of Bees and Bee Keeping; Marvelous Monarchs, which covers what communities can do to create more desirable habitats for pollinators; and Butterfly Garden to Go (see SRC events calendar). To encourage more pollinator-friendly gardens, free milkweed plants will be distributed at the Shorewood Farmers Market on Sunday, June 26. The younger generation will be doing its part as well. Students from Atwater, Lake Bluff and St. Robert schools will create bookmarks and posters for display throughout the community. The Shorewood School District is also exploring the creation of smaller waystations on school properties.

Tight hamstrings? Calf cramps? Sore shoulders? This class is for senior men 60+ who have little or no experience with yoga. It’s a stretching and energizing class. No floor work/no mat work/no props. Eight-week series; residents $30/nonresidents $45 or pay at the door per session, residents $5/nonresidents $10. Please preregister.

Brain Restoration using the Feldenkrais Method Wed., June 8, 1–2:30 p.m. Learn Feldenkrais applications to help restore brain function in people with strokes, brain damage or confusion. Presented by Laura Sebastian, Feldenkrais practitioner. Free; preregistration required through the SRC.

Women Art Collectors — Art History Series with Art Historian Martha Bolles Thurs., June 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10–11:30 a.m. Since the middle ages, women’s influence in the art world has only grown. We will trace this progress, first looking at the woman as a producing artist, then at the woman as the subject of art and how she is seen and shown by a male-dominated art world. Finally, we will look at several women who on their own amassed large and important collections, which they then presented to major art museums in America. Four-week series; residents $6 per class or $20 for the series/nonresidents $8 per class or $28 for the series. Please preregister through the SRC to secure your seat.

Memory Café at Three Lions Pub Thurs., June 16, July 21 & August 18, 2:30–4 p.m. Memory Cafes are welcoming places where people with early-stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment can socialize with their care partners and others living with memory issues. A Memory Cafe is a place to have fun, make new friends and share memories and laughter. Planned activities are provided. Please join us or encourage someone you think might enjoy it to drop in.

Email or call 414.847.2727 for a complete schedule of events or more information on any of the above activities. 22 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2016

Fashion through the Decades — Tea and Fashion Show at HarborChase Assisted Living Wed., June 22, 1:45–4 p.m.

Are you worried about an aging family member?

Pull out that vintage pin or hat for an elegant afternoon fashion show and tea at HarborChase. Please contact the SRC office for cost, seat availability and registration information.

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Free Milkweed Plants! Sun., June 26, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

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Help sustain the monarch migration by planting native milkweed in your yard. The SRC and Library will distribute free milkweed plants at the Shorewood Farmers Market.

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Fox Locks-Fox River Historical Society Day Trip Wed., June 29, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

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Morgan L. Martin lost his fortune pushing for the Fox River lock system to create a passage from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. Our tour begins at his circa 1880 home in Green Bay, Wis. From there it’s a short trip to board a climate-controlled, restored riverboat and enjoy lunch during a two-hour scenic cruise as guides unravel the history of this bold venture. Just as in the early 1900s, we will “lock through at the hands of the tender.” A quick stop at Seroogy’s Homemade Chocolates will restore us before we head home. Residents and Shorewood Historical Society Members $71/nonresidents $77. Includes deluxe motor coach transportation, lunch, docent-guided tours and bus driver gratuity. Bus leaves from Shorewood High School Parking Lot at 9 a.m. Please preregister through the SRC.

Treat yourself to a day at the ballpark! We have great infield box seats in the shade on the first-base side. Residents $25/nonresidents $28. Bus leaves the Shorewood High School Parking Lot at 11 a.m. and returns immediately after the game.

Chicago Architectural Tour Wed., July 13, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy a 90-minute narrated cruise down the Chicago River highlighting Chicago’s impressive architecture, then relax amid the beauty and charm of an English manor as we dine in the 1890s McCormick Mansion. After lunch we will browse an array of bakery, candies, pastas, sweets and kitchenware and watch bread and mozzarella cheese being made at Mario Batali’s Italian gourmet store, Eataly Chicago. $109. Bus leaves Shorewood High School parking lot at 8 a.m. Request a registration form from Mary Gilardi’s Personalized Sightseeing at 414.871.9783 or













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Buy, Sell, Love: Annie Monahan Blends Commerce and Community with Facebook Group KidsCycle By Paula Wheeler

Among the many posts appearing daily on Facebook group KidsCycle: North Shore to sell gently used kids’ clothing, outgrown shoes and all manner of essential babyhood gear at bargain prices, posts like this from a struggling new mom reveal that this site is about more than selling. “I’m wondering if anyone has any advice on a therapist and doctor (preferably natural) to see for postpartum depression/anxiety,” the member writes. “I have absolutely no help with the kids besides my husband…Please tell me there is hope. This gets easier, right?” Within minutes, an avalanche of support, ideas and resources from the KidsCycle community — 3,874 members strong at press time — is posted in response, letting this mamma know she’s not alone. That’s par for the course on KidsCycle, founded by Shorewood mother of five Annie Monahan. Over time, Monahan has gently molded this online community into a commerce site that cares, with a cover photo message reminding members that KidsCycle is a place of “Love + Lift.” Monahan started KidsCycle in 2014, after tiring of eBay shipping hassles and some less-than-rewarding experiences with other kids’ resale groups. “It was so impersonal,” she says. "People were fighting over stuff. It was all about meeting your own agenda.” She also grew weary of packing up her brood for long drives just to score a bargain on jackets or soccer cleats. A hyper-local group, Monahan reasoned, could be a viable and much more convenient option. “Shorewood has a lot of families with children,” she says. “I was like ‘Let’s see if there’s a need for this,’ and I just started inviting people.”

Her friends told their friends, and so on, until Monahan had to make KidsCycle a non-searchable, invitation-only group to retain the community feel, keep out unaffiliated vendors, and maintain a reasonable geographic area for the buy and sell exchanges. Starting a “Love Train” To encourage a congenial atmosphere, Monahan began issuing simple monthly challenges to KidsCycle members: Try passing on an item you really want. Express gratitude, either publicly or directly to the seller, for the useful item you received from KidsCycle.

Shorewood’s Annie Monahan started the popular Facebook group KidsCycle when she was pregnant with her fifth child, Charlie (pictured).

And then there was the February 2016 challenge: Love harder than you’ve ever loved. Monahan planted ideas like adding something extra to your buyer’s bag, or dropping off a small gift for another KidsCycle member. Soon, one woman offered to clean one lucky member’s yard of dog waste. “That encouraged me to think about what I could offer,” Monahan says. “I love laundry, and I’m good at it! So I offered to do someone’s laundry.” The offers snowballed: gifts of baking, cooking, date-night babysitting, makeup lessons, even $75 gift certificates to Whole Foods and $100 Massage Envy cards. “Then someone posted that this was not just love month, it’s like a love train!” Monahan says. In addition to more than 2,000 Love Train giveaways that month, KidsCycle members collaborated to help out a water-damaged food

pantry run by Hope House. The Love Train garnered local news coverage from WISN-TV, WTMJ-TV and several blogs. Spreading the Love Monahan has organized fundraisers for struggling KidsCycle members and their families, and partnered with retailers like Athleta and Fashion Angels to raise money for organizations including Girls on the Run and Toddlers on a Mission. She is working to gain nonprofit status for KidsCycle to help attract bigger sponsors and forge additional fundraising partnerships. Monahan says it’s the environment of mutual support, encouragement and community that makes KidsCycle work. “Many of my dearest friends now are people I met through KidsCycle,” she says. “When people say, ‘I’m depressed, I’m anxious,’ I’m like, ‘Get on KidsCycle. Start selling your stuff. Build connections.’ That is my best advice. It helps. It lifts.” n SHOREWOOD TODAY 25


Sarah Goldberg (left) and Justine Spore argue with Balen Essak during a mock trial practice before the national competition.

The Shorewood High School Mock Trial Team’s Road to Nationals By Katelin Watson

An unlucky number for most, 13 proved to be quite the opposite for the Shorewood High School (SHS) Varsity Mock Trial team this year. In their 13th consecutive trip to the annual Wisconsin State Mock Trial Tournament, the SHS Varsity team took top honors for the third time in SHS’s history. A popular extracurricular activity, SHS Mock Trial provides students with an opportunity to act as attorneys and witnesses in a court case developed by members of the Wisconsin State Bar Association. The students, placed in teams of six to 12 members, argue a criminal case before a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges with the ultimate goal of polishing their case enough to qualify for regional, state and national competitions. The journey to becoming state champions was a challenging one for the SHS team this year. Preparation began back in the fall, with coaches (and SHS teachers) Debra Schwinn and Nathan Bayer placing 22 students into the JV and Varsity teams. By Thanksgiving, weekly practices had begun. “The time commitment was huge,” Schwinn says. “Right from the start, we were practicing six hours a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 26 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2016

Though it’s an intense schedule, the students who join are very passionate about and interested in law, and the group becomes one of the closest-knit teams students will ever find at SHS.” The team's first big competition was the Regional Tournament, a State Bar program now in its 34th year. On Feb. 13, 115 teams from 81 high schools traveled to courthouses around the state to participate. Both SHS teams had spectacular performances and Varsity and JV ended up clinching first and second place, respectively, in the competition. From there, the SHS teams along with other regional winners advanced to the State Semifinals in Madison on March 12, and after a long day of competition, the Varsity team qualified for the State Finals on March 13. “We were very well-prepared,” says Will Sandy, an SHS senior. “We kept track of what worked at regionals and what didn’t work, and we focused on perfecting our cross-examination and refining our themes for our case.” This extra practice paid off in the end, as SHS took on Rhinelander High School in the State Finals and beat them to capture the first-place trophy. “We were definitely in the zone,” says Balen Essak, an SHS junior.



Will Sandy makes a point during a mock trial practice before the national competition.

“We were as ready as we could be and we felt really good in the final round. It was definitely the best trial we have ever done.” By winning the state title, the team earned the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent Wisconsin and compete at the National Competition in Boise, Idaho May 13-15. Upon receiving a new case designated solely for the national competition, the team had only five weeks to prepare and met four times a week for three hours at a time to familiarize themselves with the new 90-page case.

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On May 10, they traveled to Boise and spent two days in practice scrimmages against other states. When it came time for the real competition, the team went up against Mississippi and Pennsylvania the first day and New Jersey and Missouri the next. After four hard-fought trials, they finished 25th out of 46 teams, winning their cases against Mississippi and Missouri. “This experience was really eye-opening,” says SHS Senior Molly Eder. “Though it was very intense, it was so cool to have the opportunity to go to nationals, and I think if anything we learned how to perform well and keep our composure under higher levels of stress and pressure.” “I am so proud of the work the team has done,” Schwinn says. “They put in the hard work, and they earned their spot at nationals. They were excellent representatives of both Shorewood and the state of Wisconsin.” n


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Coaches Anne Kruthoff (left) and Julia Schuster congratulate Spencer DiNapoli after a long jump.

Shorewood Recreation Department Prioritizes the Needs of Special Education Students By Katelin Watson

All are welcome. This is one of the principal concepts on which the Shorewood Recreation and Community Service Department (Rec Dept) has long prided itself. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that when it comes to Rec Dept programming or employment opportunities, students with special needs are given the same opportunities as everyone else. “We believe that integration for students functioning at all levels physically and cognitively is really important and that there is a huge value in it,” says Recreation Director Deb Stolz. “The students learn about diversity and it provides good exposure for (those on) both sides of the spectrum to learn from each other.” The Rec Dept accommodates students with special needs in many ways and handles every student’s situation separately. Often, the Rec team sits down with the Special Education Department, the student’s family and the course instructor to create an individualized plan for the student. Modifications may be made, such as providing a smaller class size for the particular course or even hiring a one-on-one aide to work with a student.

While students with special needs have full access to any of the classes offered in the Recreation Activity Guide, there are also options catering solely to special needs students. “We are the agency manager for Shorewood Special Olympics and we offer sports throughout the year for our students,” says Recreation Supervisor Megan Welch. “Students can compete in bocce ball, bowling, track and field, and snow-shoe racing against other Special Olympic teams in the region. We also offer adaptive swim lesson classes every Saturday morning, where students learn basic water safety skills.”

In addition to all the extracurricular programming that the Rec Dept offers, students with special needs are also integrated into the District’s preschool program, Bright Beginnings, which the Rec Dept oversees. Each section of Bright Beginnings reserves two spots for students with special needs. Not only does this make things more convenient for parents who already have children attending Shorewood Schools, but it also makes the transition into elementary school easier for the student, as the Bright Beginnings teachers are able to attend and contribute to Individualized Education Program, or IEP, meetings with elementary school staff.

Once a student with special needs ages out of a given class, the Rec Dept gives him or her the opportunity to take the lessons learned and join the Teen Volunteer Program. Through this program, teens act as mentors to younger students and assist class instructors in activities. “I help out with swim lessons over the summer,” says teen volunteer Kathryn Mauer. “And I help out with Kids Club in the afternoons. My favorite part of being a teen volunteer is seeing all the kids; a lot of the kids I know well. I’m happy to see them every day and they’re happy to see me.”

“I think there are huge benefits for both the Special Ed students and their typically developing peers when they are in the same classroom,” says Katie Madlung, the District’s early education specialist. “The children with special needs have the opportunity to learn from their typically developing peers and see the way they play, interact and learn. They serve as wonderful role models for the children with special needs. In addition, the typically developing peers get the opportunity to learn acceptance, understanding and patience at such a young age. “ n

To learn more about the Shorewood Recreation Department’s accommodations and modifications for students with special needs, contact Deb Stolz at or 414.963.6913. SHOREWOOD TODAY 29

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The Feerick Funeral Home at 2025 East Capitol Drive.

Feerick Funeral Home Celebrates 120 Years in Shorewood



By Jenny Steinman Heyden

For five generations, the hardworking men of the Feerick family have shared a dedication to serving local families who have lost a loved one. The Shorewood funeral home that bears their name marks 120 years in business in 2016, with Shorewood resident Kyle Feerick as the current director. In the sensitive business of planning and overseeing funerals, compassion and a commitment to treating others with dignity and respect are critical for success. The Feerick family has always had a passion for helping bring some comfort to people during the difficult grieving process. Each generation has brought something new to the funeral home’s parlor, which has an upscale yet warm feel. The Feericks have kept current with the latest technology without sacrificing the parlor’s historic character. Flatscreen monitors are quietly placed near stately yet inviting furniture, and resting on the tables are plenty of tissues and mints. Feerick Funeral Home was founded in 1896 in Milwaukee by Kyle’s great, great grandfather William Feerick. William’s son Ralph Feerick built the Shorewood location in 1933 and simultaneously built a family home to match (on Lake Drive across from Pandl’s restaurant in Whitefish Bay).

Ralph passed the director torch to son Robert (Bob) Feerick. Bob’s son Patrick Feerick — Kyle’s father — was the next in line, but he had become a carpenter. However, when Bob’s health began to falter and he needed help, Patrick left carpentry and enrolled in night school to prepare to take over the family business.



Kyle Feerick observed as his dad leveraged his natural sense of humor and developed a caring, loving and compassionate way with clients. “He showed me how to be a good guy and taught me how to work hard,” Kyle says. Kyle began working at the funeral home at age 16, filling the mint dishes and washing cars. He follows the late William Feerick’s daily routine of checking for the obituaries of his clients’ loved ones in the newspaper, then clipping and laminating them to send to the grieving family as a keepsake.



Kyle, who lives in Shorewood, is also a talented singer-songwriter and DJ who often switches from mortician to musician to entertain patrons at Harry’s Bar and Grill, front his own band at local festivals like Summer Soulstice or keep wedding guests on the dance floor. n 5TH GENERATION



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In a single year our co-op donates more than $200,000 to local charities helping to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and more. It takes a village, right?

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8 more reasons! 1. We put people first, not profits 2. We source great-tasting food from small local suppliers 3. We offer the highest quality fresh foods 4. The food we make tastes like homemade because we make everything from scratch 5. When we say “it’s organic” we mean it’s certified – from the farm to our shelves 6. We’re community-owned by folks just like you 7. Our compact stores ensure fast and convenient shopping 8. We’re friendly & fun!



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A gathering of red-winged blackbirds is often called a “cloud,” inspiring the name and the concept for Shorewood’s new Cloud Red restaurant and pub, opening in the former Village Pub space. “Those beautiful birds live in and around us all — and like to hang out in places where we like to hang out — Atwater beach, Hubbard Park, our backyards,” Rebecca Goldberger, co-proprietor of Cloud Red with business partner Lis Duggan, told The seasoned restaurateur — Goldberger co-owned Roots and is a co-owner of the Irish Pub, both in Milwaukee — has also stated that she and Duggan recognize the legacy of the former Village Pub and plan to embrace it “in a fresh, new way.” During warmer months, Cloud Red will take advantage of Shorewood’s best weather with garage-door access, added windows and outdoor seating. 4488 N. Oakland Ave. • 414.231.9660

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This interest carried over into her college years, and Koczela eventually created her own degree at UW-Madison, titled International Development with a Focus on Healthcare Systems. Through her studies, she became increasingly aware of the disparity in access to high-quality healthcare for mothers and people with other health problems. “Curious to understand more, I ended up taking my first trip to Nairobi, Kenya, my junior year by studying abroad,” she says. After her trip, Koczela remained connected to Kenya and, upon graduating, took a fellowship with Kiva, a microfinancing nonprofit. The next few years became a whirlwind for her as she lived in Uganda, Nairobi and San Francisco.

COMMITTED TO KENYA Stephanie Koczela Expands Access to Affordable Heathcare ALUMNA STEPHANIE KOCZELA, ’04 By Katelin Watson

If anyone had told Shorewood Alumna Stephanie Koczela (’04) 10 years ago that she would now call a place halfway across the world home, she probably wouldn’t have believed it. But what started as a little seed planted in her head during her years at Shorewood High School grew into an ambitious dream and led Koczela to lay down roots 7,978 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in Nairobi, Kenya. Koczela grew up in a big family with five siblings and went through the entire Shorewood educational system. During her time in the District, she participated in a variety of clubs and extracurriculars, but there were two particular academic experiences that made an enormous impact on her life’s trajectory. “My high school science teacher helped get me a scholarship to attend a pre-med-focused summer camp,” Koczela says. “Through (the camp), I met a midwife who told me a lot about maternal health. I already loved babies, but having these extensive conversations with her really piqued my interest in learning more about birth practices. Then, through my anthropology class, I came across the subject of maternal mortality and became really interested in researching the topic further.” 36 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2016

While Koczela learned a lot from this experience, she eventually came to the realization that even when people have an income, access to affordable healthcare is still often beyond their reach. “Shortly after I decided to leave Kiva, my friend Nicholas and I stayed up really late one night discussing challenges with access to affordable care,” Koczela says. “We determined that night that things weren’t changing quickly enough and we wanted to do something more directly, and that’s how Penda was born.” Since that night, Koczela and her business partner, Nicholas Sowden, have spent nearly five years building Penda Health, their Nairobi-based outpatient medical centers that offer high-quality care and exceptional patient experiences to people in Kenya. Penda, which means “love” in Swahili, has gained a reputation as the friendliest, most well-respected outpatient healthcare provider in Nairobi. Though the hours are long and there are many challenges, Koczela is passionate about the work she does and believes that her time in Shorewood was instrumental in pushing her forward in her endeavors. “I owe a lot to the teachers I had at Shorewood, particularly Mr. Gregornik, Mr. Gietzen and Mrs. Bromley,” Koczela says. “They helped me foster a service attitude and taught me a lot about teamwork and diversity. There were a lot of role models I looked up to in Shorewood who really showed us why giving back was important.” Koczela’s near-term goals for Penda include expanding from two clinics to 20 during the next three years. “I really love what I do,” she says, “and I’m very excited about the future.” n To learn more about Penda Health or contribute to the organization, visit

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Hi, Neighbor WISCONSIN FOODIE HOST KYLE CHEREK Culinary Historian and Storyteller Meet: Kyle Cherek

Moved to Shorewood: 2013 Kyle Cherek and producer Arthur Ircink (also of Shorewood) just wrapped the eighth season of Wisconsin Foodie, the Emmy-nominated public television show that airs in six states. Shorewoodians can catch Foodie at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday on MPTV. The ninth season begins airing in January 2017. Kyle Cherek enjoys coffee and what he hails as “some of the best bread in the city,” outside of Shorewood’s North Shore Boulangerie. As told to Paula Wheeler

“I lived in Walker’s Point, in the same building as (Foodie producer) Arthur Ircink. We were ‘say hi in the hallway’ neighbors…but I had a new son that I would take out in the jogging stroller and we’d sometimes stop in at Design Within Reach, where Arthur’s wife, Dana, worked. She and I would chat about these great shows I was watching while I was home with the baby, like Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and Bizzare Foods with Andrew Zimmern. “Fast forward to holiday time: Arthur and Dana are on a trip, they have a great meal in a restaurant and he says, ‘I’m going to do this show when I get back.’ They sketch out ideas on a napkin, and he says, ‘Who would be a good host?’ And Dana says, ‘You should ask Kyle. He watches Bourdain.’ "I didn’t come at (Foodie) from the ‘let’s talk about food’ angle. I like tasty things as much as the next guy, but I’m a recovering English major, so I came at it like, ‘These are terrific stories.’ The gravitas of food became more apparent to me as I invested in the show over the years. I came to realize that food is a singular connective tissue across time, culture, spiritualty, family, governments. “Arthur puts forth the agendas for the shows. I think through the back story and then research everything so deeply that I often know more about, for example, the heritage of someone’s farm than they do!

“It is utterly unscripted when we’re filming. To be able to put people at ease while two camera people are stepping through their fields, moving through their stables, walking around their kitchens, and to get them to open up for the camera — when I’m in those moments, I feel as if every cell of my body is alive and firing. “People come up to me every week and say, ‘We traveled to all the places you featured last season.’ That is so cool. We never expected to create this foodie tourism aspect. “I think the revelation, for our citified audiences, is that there is good and great food everywhere. I had exquisite Italian at Carmela’s Bistro in Appleton last summer. The meal I had at Driftless Café (in Viroqua, Wis.) for the show last year was one of the three singular best meals I had that year. “Outside of Wisconsin Foodie, I run Amuse Bouche Productions with my fiancée. It’s all centered around food: the writing, appearances, lectures, radio interviews, our Midwest dinner series, a video series I produce (Chef Talk with Kyle Cherek), and we do some consulting. “I’ve lived in Shorewood for three years. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do. I came from a diverse neighborhood; I love the michigas of a city. I was apprehensive about the diversity and the realness. And Shorewood knocked my socks off and surprised me.” n

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Shorewood Resources Civic Information Center Debuts at Library The Village of Shorewood is consolidating key civic documents in one convenient location housed at the Shorewood Library. The Civic Information Center (CIC) will feature time-sensitive plans and meeting information, such as for the Wilson Drive Project, as well as planning and visioning documents including the annual budget book and Vision 2025 strategic plan.

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While these documents are all available on the Village’s website, Village and Library staff recognize the importance of physical access to supplement digital access. The CIC is a collaborative initiative of the Village of Shorewood Board of Trustees, the Planning and Development Department, and the Shorewood Public Library.

KIDS CAN CODE FOR FREE at Northwoods Milwaukee’s only “Coder Dojo” — a free and open organization that enables youths ages 7 to 17 to learn coding and practice building their technical skills — operates right here in Shorewood, at the Northwoods Software building at 1572 E. Capitol Dr. At Dojo meetings, kids can learn to code in languages like HTML and JavaScript and develop websites, apps, programs and games. Coder Dojo meetings are held twice a month at Northwoods. Nathan Grier, Coder Dojo MKE founder and Northwoods senior engineer, will teach a coding class this summer in partnership with the Shorewood Recreation Department. For more information, visit

SHOREWOOD LIBRARY DELIVERS to Homebound Residents If it’s difficult for you to visit the library, let us bring the library to you! The Shorewood Library provides free delivery of library materials to any Shorewood resident who is homebound due to a physical condition or doctor’s order. Library staff will choose a selection of your favorite genres, authors and subjects and have a volunteer deliver them to your door. When you’re finished with the items, contact the library and we will arrange to exchange the bag for a new one. Large-print books are available if needed. Contact Nancy Shimon at 414.847.2682 to get started.

New Laptops at the Library A donation to Friends of the Shorewood Library from Metro Market has funded the purchase of five new laptops to replace outdated machines. The laptops are equipped with Microsoft Office and other basic software and will operate like the library’s desktop PCs, requiring login with a valid library card. Card holders will be able to check one out for use anywhere in the library. “We know that not everyone has a home computer, and we often see people who need to conduct a phone conversation while on a computer,” says Library Director Rachel Collins. “Our hope is that by providing more laptops, we will be able to better meet these needs.”


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Residents and visitors are required to use the new online parking permission module on the Village website if they need to request overnight parking permission.

The Village of Shorewood is home to approximately 13,500 residents in a space of just about one and a half square miles, making us the most densely populated community in the state of Wisconsin. Sixty-three acres of parks and green space contribute to our quality of life.

Visit, click Government and then select Parking. For parking-related questions, contact 414.847.2700.


Shorewood has four Village parks and one mile-long riverfront county park, a densely wooded nature preserve, tennis courts and soccer fields, a mile of Lake Michigan beach, biking and walking trails, a Little League diamond, a skate park and a disc golf course, school playgrounds and ice skating rinks, secluded fishing spots and a rose garden for quiet contemplation, public art, a number of picnic tables, and lots of playground equipment. The Library lawn doesn’t carry an official “parks” label, but it adds to outdoor fun by hosting Shakespeare in Shorewood and the annual Library Summer Celebration. Green space maintenance and preservation is guided by the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (updated in 2015). The plan evaluates the condition of each park and open space and makes recommendations. Then the Parks Commission, made up of community volunteers, creates an implementation plan and prioritizes items for each space.

The bike station in front of Metro Market provides an air pump and a rack of tools to fix your bike.

Walking past Metro Market you may notice two red pipes sticking up from the sidewalk. This is the new Air and Repair Station, with useful services for passersby. The air pump can be used to hand pump air into anything from a yoga ball to a jogging stroller to a bicycle tire. Those who need a pump needle for basketballs, etc., can request to borrow one from the Metro Market Market customer service desk. The repair station lets you change a tire, tighten a bike seat, fix bike pedals and more. It also has a complete cadre of tire levers (for replacing inner tubes), a pedal wrench, an Allen wrench and other bike tools.

Welcome New Neighbors PROGRAM This free program from the Village of Shorewood is designed to connect new residents with village services, businesses, schools, recreation and volunteer opportunities. Next Open House: Sat., June 11, 9–11 a.m., Atwater Park, 4000 N. Lake Dr. For more information and to sign up, contact Jenny Heyden, program director, at

Current Parks Commission members are Sam Essak, Chris Gallagher, Mark Schill, Jaime Jacoby, Kathy Yanoff and Ellen Eckman, chair. Eckman is also the Commission’s liaison to the Wilson Drive Steering Committee. Village Trustee Ann McKaig is the Village Board liaison. At monthly meetings, this group considers the relative importance of paths and trails, bike racks and benches, concession and restroom facilities, signage, invasive and native vegetation, lighting and pedestrian access, flagpole placement, and much more. Needs typically outpace budget, so Parks Commission members rely on their general knowledge of the community and their ties to the various Village constituencies. For example, Jacoby is relatively new to the group, but represents new young families. Schill knows about the soccer groups and Gallagher has been involved in Little League and worked on River Park ideas even before joining the Parks Commission. Yanoff has become the group’s historian. Essak was an early organizer for cleaning up and celebrating Atwater Park and the beach. Eckman says she is particularly proud of the new playground at Atwater Park: “We spent a lot of time talking about that in terms of design, accessibility, colors and nautical theme.” Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Village Hall, and visitors are welcome. The Village Board appoints new members when there is a vacancy. For more information on the Commission or to fill out an application to join, visit


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Lona Young and Steven Cupery outside their newly solarized Shorewood home.

SOLAR SHOREWOOD helps bring renewable energy within reach

Solar Shorewood is a new grassroots residential and commercial group purchasing program that enables home and business owners in Shorewood to pool their buying power to bring down the cost of solar panel installation. The program is offered by the Village of Shorewood in partnership with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). The Lorna Young–Steven Cupery family installed solar panels in their Shorewood home through a group buy in 2015. Cupery first attended a “Solar Power Hour” — a neighborhood discussion organized by the Shorewood Conservation Committee to help educate residents and business owners about the cost of solar installations, property value implications, rebates and grant funds available for group buys. MREA then assessed the home’s exposure and the family’s energy needs. The couple secured permits and waited their turn. During the week-long installation process, a contractor mounted solar panels on the garage roof, dug a trench from the garage to their home and installed two new meters. “One meter shows power generated, the other shows use,” Young says. “Our bill reflects the difference.” By March 2016, the panels were generating slightly more energy than the family was using, and the couple’s energy bill was down $100 compared with the previous March. Monthly savings are just part of the rewards, which also include rebates made possible by Focus on Energy and a federal renewable-energy tax credit. “We get plenty of sun to make this practical,” Young says, “and best of all, we don’t have to wait until we sell the house to start enjoying payback on our investment, as we would have with a kitchen renovation.” Upcoming Power Hours will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, June 6, at Colectivo in Shorewood (4500 N. Oakland Ave.) and Wednesday, July 13, at Camp Bar (4044 N. Oakland Ave.). 42 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2016

Rec Department Plans Ahead for

EARLY-RELEASE WEDNESDAYS The 2016-17 school year will see the Shorewood School District returning to a Wednesday early-release schedule in the elementary schools, with the school day ending at 2:15 p.m. The Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department will offer a variety of nominally priced programs for Shorewood students who may require supervision on Wednesdays until the normal release time of 3:25 p.m. Registration for these classes will be available in the 2016 Fall Activity Guide, released in August. For more information, call the Rec Department at 414.963.6913, ext. 4.



WILSON DRIVE UPDATE: Steering Committee Open House The Wilson Drive Steering Committee work groups will host an open house Wednesday, June 15, at the Village Center to present their progress to date and invite resident feedback.

Work group members focus on four general areas of concern — traffic and safety, parks and recreation, development, and the environment. At the open house, residents can see preliminary maps and drawings showing how Wilson Drive might look and function after reconstruction and offer comments and suggestions. To date, the four groups have identified several areas of shared concern. Each group also is identifying distinct issues, including “green” construction practices, preserving Wilson Drive as an arterial while reducing traffic speed and improving bicycle and pedestrian safety and bus access, improving Estabrook Park access, and development ideas such as a coffee shop or even tiny houses. Residents can also email feedback and ideas to or respond through the new civic engagement platform,, which will be launched by June 15.

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1 1 The student cast of this year's SIS musical, Aladdin Jr., poses on stage before its first performance on March 11.

2 Students at Lake Bluff test out the Jet Toy Cars they designed and built with help from Johnson Controls representatives as part of the World in Motion program. 3 UWM theater students and Shorewood residents participate in a street performance called the “The Crossings” in May to emphasize pedestrian safety. 4 Student artwork was displayed throughout the Shorewood Public Library from February 24 –April 5 as part of the annual District Art Show. 5 Atwater 5th graders in the Junior Art Docent program hold up their certificates of completion after presenting their final projects at the Milwaukee Art Museum as part of graduation from the program.


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6 Winners of the 2016 Spirit of Shorewood awards were recognized at a reception for Village and School District volunteers on May 12. The School District honored Shawn Brown, left, while the Village honored Janet Nortrom, center, and Jeff Hanewall. 7 Ellie Travanty, left, and Shannon Dardis work in the front garden at Atwater School during the Spring Clean-up event. 8 Shorewood High School students gather in the SHS Arena during Prom 2016 on April 16. 9 Veteran biker John Kosma from Rainbow Jersey Bicycles performs maintenance on a bicycle at the Pedestrian and Bike Safety Rodeo at Atwater School in May.





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Shorewood A Look Back

Estabrook Park Endures A century ago, Estabrook Park was created from land sold to Milwaukee County by the Milwaukee Cement Company. The park was named for Charles Estabrook, a state legislator who advocated for a county park commission and then served as its first secretary. Estabrook Park quickly became a popular spot for hiking and community picnics. The Shorewood Radio newspaper described a 1924 Village picnic, when residents “gathered at grade schools

and marched to the park carrying their lunch baskets.” The paper’s account mentions a band, ball games, horseshoes, competitive races and even a women’s nail-driving contest. In 1933, Civilian Conservation Corps workers constructed the current park buildings and retaining walls along the river. They cleared paths and added ball fields and parking lots. Residents helped haul sand to the river’s edge to create a beach and swimming area just south of

Photo and information courtesy of Shorewood Historical Society. 46 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2016

the river rapids, because the river was warmer than the lake and available for a longer season. In the picture (undated, but probably circa late 1930s), the building that currently houses the beer garden is just to the right of the falls. The train track in the lower right is a spur that crossed the river to service the businesses on the west side. The track ran through the current dog park. Cement supports for the rail bridge can still be seen along the river. n

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

JUNE WED. JUNE 1 SHS Spring Orchestra Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium THURS. JUNE 2 6th Grade & SIS Spring Orchestra Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium

SAT.– SUN. JUNE 4–5 St. Robert Parish Fair Sat. Noon–10pm, Sun. Noon–7pm 4019 N. Farwell Ave. For details, see page 18. SAT. JUNE 4 Stone Soup Shakespeare presents The Comedy of Errors 6pm, Shorewood Library lawn SUN. JUNE 5 SIS & SHS Choir Benefit Concert 2pm, SHS Auditorium MON. JUNE 6 Solar Power Hour 6pm, Colectivo, 4500 N. Oakland Ave. TUES. JUNE 7 SIS Spring Band Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium THURS. JUNE 9 Color Me Happy! Coloring for Adults 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

SAT. JUNE 11 45th Annual Shorewood Men’s Club Chicken & Ribs BBQ 11:30am–7:30pm, Atwater Park SAT. JUNE 11 Welcome New Neighbors Reception 9–11am, Atwater Park

SUN. JUNE 12 Estabrook Park Centennial Celebration Noon–3pm, Estabrook Park SAT. JUNE 18 Shorewood Recreation Department’s First Ride 9:30 & 10:30am SHS Parking Lot Children’s bike skills & safety instruction.

SUN. JUNE 19 Shorewood Farmers Market 9:30am–1pm, Lake Bluff Elementary School Runs every Sunday through October 23. TUES. JUNE 21 Summer Patio Concert Series: Vintage Mix 6:30pm, North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N. Bartlett Ave. Patriotic/Barbershop/ Swing/Gospel music from a young vocal quartet.

THURS. JUNE 23 13th Annual Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic 3:35–9pm, Shorewood Business District For details, see page 19. FRI. JUNE 24 Movie Under the Stars Series: Hotel Transylvania After sunset, Lake Bluff Elementary School playground For details, see page 19.

JULY MON. JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration For details, see page 19. THURS. JULY 7 Summer Strings Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium TUES. JULY 12 Summer Patio Concert Series: Macyn Taylor, solo guitarist 6:30pm, North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N. Bartlett Ave. WED. JULY 13 Hubbard Park Concert Series: Tweed Funk 6–9pm, Hubbard Park For details, see page 19. WED. JULY 13 Solar Power Hour 6pm, Camp Bar, 4044 N. Oakland Ave. SAT. JULY 16 Conservation Fair and Composting Workshop 9am–noon, Fair at Atwater Elementary School parking lot, Noon–1pm, Workshop at Lake Bluff Community Garden WED. JULY 20 Hubbard Park Concert Series: Shorewood Jazz Ensemble and the Five Card Studs 6–9pm, Hubbard Park THURS. JULY 21 Shorewood Library's 18th Annual Summer Celebration 6pm, Shorewood Library lawn FRI. JULY 22 Contained in Water II surf-themed art show Colectivo, 4500 N. Oakland Ave.

FRI. JULY 22–SAT. AUG. 20 30 Days to Celebrate Our Great Lake Multi-week event sponsored by Surfrider Milwaukee. For details, see page 20.

FRI.–SUN. JULY 22–24 Shorewood Drama Jr. presents Seussical the Musical Jr. Fri. 1:30 & 7pm, Sat. 7pm, Sun. 1:30pm, SHS Auditorium SAT. JULY 23 Shorewood Men’s Club 60th Anniversary Celebration Noon–3pm, Hubbard Park TUES. JULY 26 Summer Patio Concert Series: School of Rock House Band 6:30pm, North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N. Bartlett Ave. WED. JULY 27 Hubbard Park Concert Series: Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra 6–9pm, Hubbard Park FRI. JULY 29 Shorewood School District Summer Concert Band Performance Noon, Bayshore Towne Center

FRI. JULY 29 Movie Under the Stars Series: Minions After sunset, Lake Bluff Elementary School playground For details, see page 19. SAT. JULY 30 Friends of DPW’s Shorewood Garden Tour 10am–3pm For details, see page 21.

AUGUST WED. AUG. 3 Hubbard Park Concert Series: Whiskey Belles 6–9pm, Hubbard Park TUES. AUG. 16 National Night Out 6–8pm, Village Hall (outside)

FRI. AUG. 19 Movie Under the Stars Series: Finding Nemo After sunset, Lake Bluff Elementary School playground For details, see page 19. SAT. AUG. 20 4th Annual Surf @Water Sunrise to after dusk, Atwater Beach


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