Shorewood Today Summer 2018

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Shorewood TODAY

Progress on

VISION 2025 A Day at the

BIKE RACES Music Education


A dynamic vision As I look forward to my first summer in Shorewood, I’m already

coordinating the family calendar to make sure we can partake in

many of the season’s events in the Village. Your guide to summer fun in Shorewood starts on page 22, and you’ll see an appealing mix of beloved community traditions and newer events. There is truly something for everyone.

Community engagement in many forms defines Shorewood

and is one of the key tenants of Vision 2025, the foundation for

our community’s continued progress that was outlined in 2013. Village leaders are now revisiting this strategic plan, evaluating

successes to date and committing to its annual review to ensure that it remains dynamic and responsive to community needs.

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Surfers paddle out from Atwater Beach at sunrise in August 2017. Photo by Jonathan Kirn.


happenings CELEBRATING

15 YEARS 11 Vision 2025

Strong progress and future goals

14 Criterium Time Catch all the action

17 High Notes

Shorewood shines in music education




4 News

28 Do-Gooder

34 Business Spotlight

30 Classroom Plus

37 Education Spotlight

33 Recreation

38 Hi, Neighbor

New and noteworthy around town

40 Resources

Handy information on timely topics

WHAT TO DO 22 Events

Your summer guide

26 Senior Resource Center Senior-friendly businesses

48 Shorewood Calendar Don’t miss a thing

Crafty neighbors share skills Walking in a refugee’s shoes Jump in, the water’s fine

Village Manager REBECCA EWALD on Vision 2025 p.11


Proof of Orangetheory’s success Tradition of Excellence winners Ruth Pike’s voyage during the Nazi occupation

44 Out & About

Memorable moments

46 A Look Back

Shorewood’s southwest corner

Our goal now is to review


Fireworks at Atwater Park 9–9:30 p.m. p. 24

what’s been done so far and evaluate and prioritize what we want to do moving forward as a community.

Shorewood News Lane Change for


To encourage motorists to drive at slower speeds on Lake Drive, the road will be painted to accommodate two lanes of traffic rather than the pre-existing four during the resurfacing of the road this summer. The two dashed lines dividing both the northbound and southbound lanes will become a solid line to allocate a shared parking and bicycle lane. Several marked pedestrian walkways will also be added. According to the Pedestrian and Bike Safety Commission, research indicates that this type of lane reduction calms traffic and is a best practice. While motorists are unlikely to experience delays during off-peak hours, the traffic analysis forecasts some delay for motorists attempting to make a left turn onto Lake Drive during peak hours. Northbound motorists will still be able to pass on the right if they are behind a driver attempting a left turn. The resurfacing is scheduled to take place between July 9 and September 28 and will take two to three weeks pending weather. The Village will send out more communication to residents as the date approaches. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has scheduled a full reconstruction of Lake Drive for 2025. For updates, visit


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Davida Amenta

Participants in the 2017 Shorewood 4th of July parade.

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The Shorewood Foundation, a longtime sponsor of the Village’s 4th of July fireworks display, will now extend that financial patronage to the rest of the Village’s Independence Day festivities, including the parade. “We believe the 4th of July represents the spirit of freedom and inclusion,” says Rose Spano Iannelli, the Foundation’s new president as of May. “It exemplifies the diversity and quality of life we enjoy in Shorewood, and we’re proud to be the exclusive sponsor of the day’s activities.” The Foundation has added a bike-decorating competition to the parade for children age 10 and under who want to ride their bikes in the parade. The Foundation board, which is made up of volunteer Village residents, will award the winner a $50 gift certificate to the Chocolate Factory. For more information, visit

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School Board

Congratulations to new Village Board President Allison Rozek, incumbent trustee Davida Amenta and new trustee Jessica Carpenter on their elections to three-year terms on the Village Board. The Village Board began the process of appointing a new trustee in May, to fill the trustee seat vacated by Rozek. Check for updates.

Congratulations to Lance Weinhardt, elected to his first three-year term on the Shorewood School Board.


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Subscribers have expressed to Village staff their desire for the program to continue and expand. “As a busy family, we likely would not have invested the time and resources needed to compost,” without the program, says Nickie Scher-Hubing. “The brown pilot compost containers make it easy to teach our young children what materials get recycled, composted and thrown away. We hope the program will continue.”

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“As of April 19, we saw over 26 metric tons of organic materials removed from the waste stream and turned into compost that will return nutrients to the soil,” Liberatore says. Pilot participants also received a 40 percent discount on bagged compost from Blue Ribbon Organics in April.


In the program’s first 11 months, 57,000 pounds of organic kitchen scraps and yard waste were collected from 100 subscriber households, says Josh Liberatore, Conservation Committee chair. The average collection per household is 21.5 pounds per pick-up, significantly more than the 17.5-pound average collection weight in Milwaukee, where pilot carts are twice as large.


Based on strong results and positive subscriber feedback, the Village of Shorewood is extending an organics collection program it began piloting in June 2017. The pilot will continue through the end of 2018 while the Village Conservation Committee continues to collect data to help Village officials determine the program’s future.

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Milwaukee River Greenway


Thanks to a grant from the Department of Natural Resources, the river trail that extends from Hubbard Park north to East Capitol Drive has undergone a substantial overhaul. The project included bluff stabilization and removal of invasive plant species, restoration of nearly 2,800 feet of walking trail, construction of a limestone staircase at Hubbard Park’s south end, the addition of safe access points for fishermen, and grading for a future canoe and kayak launch. This swath of terrain is technically known as the “riparian zone,” the space between the land and the river that is considered a complex zone for the vegetation and microclimate conditions produced by the combined presence of each ecosystem. By shoring up the bluff and restoring some native plants to the area, the trail can be enjoyed for many years to come. Per agreements with the developers of HarborChase and The Oaks, the Village now owns all of the land along the river, and these improvements tie in with other Milwaukee River Greenway enhancements in neighboring communities. “This area is one of the primary environmental corridors in southeastern Wisconsin,” says Michael Maher, Village trustee and liaison to the Parks Commission. “It’s such an incredible trail — when you’re down there next to the river, you would never know you’re in the one of the densest urban communities in the state.”



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DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND PUPIL SERVICES The Shorewood School District has named Arthur Anderson as the interim director of Special Education and Pupil Services for the 2018-19 school year. Anderson, the current school psychologist for Shorewood Intermediate School and Shorewood High School, begins his new duties July 1. He will lead the District’s programs for children with special education needs and its student wellness initiatives, as well as overseeing Pupil Services areas such as registration and enrollment.

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With 20 years under his belt working for the Sheboygan Area School District Community Recreation Department, Jody Brooks comes to Shorewood with a great deal of recreation experience. Brooks started April 26 and is in charge of supervising the development, implementation and evaluation of the comprehensive, year-round recreation, education and fitness programs and services that enhance the quality of life for individuals in the Shorewood School District and for the Village of Shorewood.

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Shorewood Press associate Lee Jankowski works in the newer, brighter offices at Shorewood Press.

Shorewood Press TURNS


For a quarter of a century, the Shorewood Press has been the local print shop that people turn to for everything from school flyers to mailers by the thousands. Customers come for the professional service, high-quality finished products and, of course, because of Noah and Lee. Owner Noah Christensen and right-hand man Lee Jankowski are much-loved members of the Village business community who put people at ease with their cheerful dispositions and can-do attitudes. “They are unfailingly positive, helpful and generous with their time,” says Karen de Hartog, who worked with the Shorewood Press for many years in her capacity as president of the Shorewood Historical Society. “They are always able to use their artistic talents to bring our ideas to life; they made us look good.” The business is enjoying its new home on East Capitol Drive after relocating from a basement on North Oakland Avenue last year. The lightfilled space is perfect for Christensen and Jankowski because “it reflects their sunny attitude,” says de Hartog. “It’s just a fun place to go.”

The Shorewood School District seeks community volunteers to join the new Facilities Advisory Community Team. This group will review preliminary ideas and cost estimates related to the District’s Master Facilities Plan and provide feedback to the School Board about facilities projects that are most appropriate from the community’s perspective. Interested volunteers can attend an informational meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Tues., June 5, in the Shorewood High School Library. After a follow-up meeting later in June, the group will convene quarterly. To RSVP for the information session, email

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A new digital sign on the Shorewood High School lawn enables the District to share more news and events with the community in a more timely, efficient and eye-catching way. SHS Principal Tim Kenney says the sign was paid for with District funds for special projects and that it demonstrates the District’s commitment to leveraging modern technology. The sign’s detailed graphic capabilities, he says, offer SHS students opportunities to showcase their skills by designing announcements. 8 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2018

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Evaluating progress and setting priorities for the future BY JENNIFER ANDERSON


n 2013, the Village embarked on a major community-wide visioning process to create a strategic plan for moving forward. This involved developing a comprehensive set of objectives and strategies to achieve certain goals by the year 2025. The resulting vision statement encompassed an array of ambitious community initiatives. Five years later, Village leaders are revisiting Vision 2025, evaluating progress and updating the plan to reflect the

current environment. Moving forward, Vision 2025 will become more dynamic, with Village leaders, community stakeholders and engaged committees weighing in annually on what goals have been achieved and how the plan should evolve. “Vision 2025 was the culmination of a great process,” says Rebecca Ewald, Village manager. “The challenge is that it is the broadest statement of its kind I’ve ever seen for a local government. Our goal now is to review what’s been done so far and evaluate and prioritize what we want to do moving forward as a community.” (continued on page 12) SHOREWOOD TODAY 11


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The following areas reflect strong progress to date on a number of Vision 2025 goals.

SAFE, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOODS WITH DIVERSE HOUSING OPTIONS Shorewood was recently listed 37th on a list of the top 50 safest communities in Wisconsin by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. Major crimes such as auto theft, burglary and assault are down 50 percent from a decade ago, says Shorewood Police Chief Peter Nimmer, and the community is better informed of crimes through the use of communication tools like Nixle and CrimeReports. With the addition of buildings like the Mosaic, the stock of Village housing has expanded dramatically to include more affordable rental units throughout the community. With HarborChase and construction of The Oaks, Shorewood continues to add dedicated senior living options. The community also celebrates its beautiful historic homes, commemorating them with the Shorewood Historical Society’s birthday markers. •

THRIVING LOCAL SERVICE, RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES Both the Village Community Development Authority and Shorewood’s Business Improvement District offer myriad ways to help local businesses, from façade improvement grants to lowinterest “first dollar” loans. Shorewood has welcomed dozens of diverse businesses over the last five years, from Metro Market and Orangetheory Fitness to Olson House and Crave Café. The BID continually looks for ways to engage residents with local businesses through festive events like Shorewood Shenanigans on St. Patrick’s Day and the Summer Saturdays events for local artisans at Wood Square, as well as with community-wide events that bolster area businesses like the annual Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic. •

BROAD CIVIC PARTICIPATION For the last two years, Shorewood has offered the Citizen’s Academy, a six-session program that gives participants the opportunity to learn about the Village’s wide variety of services and volunteer opportunities. •


EXCELLENT LOCAL SCHOOLS Shorewood continues to be a desirable place to live in large part because of its outstanding public schools. “The schools really are the main draw for people interested in moving to Shorewood,” says Tammy Maddente, vice president and regional manager of First Weber Realtors. “They are what hold the values of our homes in the Village.” The district has added programs like Project Lead the Way, which brings hands-on learning to the schools. In addition, over $2 million in educational contributions from the SEED Foundation have provided schools with equipment like computers and science lab materials, support for outstanding music programs, and funding for robust student wellness initiatives. •

Shorewood has enhanced its reputation as a walking and biking community over the last few years by partnering with Milwaukee’s Bublr bike-sharing system, which now has seven stations around the Village. Bike lanes, racks and signage have also been added throughout the Village, and a Pedestrian and Bike Safety Master Plan was adopted in 2015. Easy access to the newly expanded Oak Leaf Trail make it easy for bike commuters to get both north and downtown, and paths like the upgraded Milwaukee River Greenway trail provide ample opportunities for walkers and hikers. •

ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE COMMUNITY Conservation efforts like the organic-waste pilot program and Solar Shorewood, a successful group-purchasing program, have helped the community reduce its environmental footprint. In nearly every arena, the Village, with the committed leadership of an active Conservation Committee, is working to become greener, through community gardens at the schools, the “Bring Your Bag Shorewood” campaign, “Clean Green” safe recycling, the annual Environmental Film and Fish & Feather Festivals, and many others. Vision 2025 has a wide scope and an ambitious mandate. “It’s a very broad vision statement,” says Allison Rozek, Village president. “Now we should celebrate the hard work we’ve done as a community and evaluate how to best move forward.” •

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Shorewood Criterium


Each June, Village residents and visitors gather in the business district and neighborhood lawns to cheer as blurs of colorful cyclists zoom past at the annual Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic. A much-anticipated event that engages the entire community, Shorewood’s criterium is part of the annual Tour of America’s Dairyland series of 11 races throughout Wisconsin.


2018 marks the race’s 15th year,

bringing some changes for the 500-plus cyclists from 42 states and 15 countries slated to participate and also for spectators: a new, shorter race route (see map, page 23) and a day-long event with 10 races, including a “kids’ roll.” From great race views all along the course, event-goers can hear professional color commentary as the racers fly by at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, accompanied by cheers and the sound of cowbells. Everyone is also welcome to enjoy music, food and drinks at the annual block party hosted by Three Lions Pub. “The bike race is an event that spans the business district and includes the surrounding neighborhoods, offering excitement for all,” says Ericka Lang, executive director of the Shorewood Business Improvement District, which produces the event.

A criterium is a bike race that consists of multiple laps around a closed circuit. According to Bill Koch, ToAD executive director, racers are fans of the Shorewood route’s “bonus Formula 1 chicane,” which is cyclist-speak for the jog in the road where North Frederick Ave. meets East Kensington Blvd. At a little over one mile, the Shorewood course is the longest of the ToAD courses, and Koch says the racers enjoy the longer stretches where they can pick up some speed. For many years, the race’s presenting sponsors were Tim Hart, a local dentist and cycling enthusiast whose Lakefront Dental offices on East Lake Bluff Blvd. were filled with biking paraphernalia, and Rainbow Jersey Bicycles, owned by Jerry Pearce, who retired this spring. Hart has also retired, but Lakefront Dental continues to sponsor the event.

Dave and Laurie Anderson, whose home on North Maryland Avenue overlooks the back side of the course, are among the most enthusiastic Shorewood Criterium fans. They host a viewing party complete with a food truck, and during the race they collect money from guests to put toward a “prime,” (pronounced preem after the French word for “gift”), a special award given to the leading cyclist on selected laps. The prime winners, one from each of the professional men’s and women’s races, visit the Anderson home after the race to collect the prize — typically about $1,000 — and socialize with the locals. “This is one of those annual events in the Village that is a lot of fun,” says Dave Anderson. “It’s a great way for people in the community to come together.” n

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he Shorewood School District’s long-sustained reputation for excellence in music education is no accident. Strong commitment to music programs as a key District attribute in an era of cuts to non-core programs in public schools has yielded results that speak for themselves.

For starters, more than 80 percent of the District student population participates in a school band, choral or orchestra program. That includes the 45 percent of Shorewood High School students in music programs, which is 10 percent higher than national averages. Successful music programs start with strong foundations. Beginning in K4 and throughout elementary school, all students participate in general music where they explore singing, dancing and a variety of instruments. “Most of us don’t think seriously about the importance of music literacy and education from a young age,” says Walt Boyer, Atwater Elementary School’s general music teacher, who retires in June after 23 years in the District. “All people are naturally musical in the same way they are naturally meant

to speak a language. General music allows us to teach kids how to sing, listen, play, improvise, move, compose, read, write and think musically … through a process of preparation, presentation and practice of musical concepts.” Liisa Church and Christine Annin provide the Lake Bluff Elementary students with similar musical experiences. Beginning in fourth grade, students can begin weekly smallgroup band and orchestra lessons and participate in ensemble performances with their peers and at District-wide festivals. As a way to prepare, rising fourth-graders can enroll in the Shorewood Recreation Department’s summer music programs, taught by District music staff with volunteer assistance from Shorewood Intermediate School and SHS students. Julie Nolan, who teaches orchestra at Atwater and Lake Bluff Elementary Schools, created another such opportunity this year for her beginner students: a lunch rehearsal program called “Jump Start into Orchestra,” which relies on older student mentors. “It’s just one example of the amazing collaborations we have in music across the District,” Nolan says. Robert Hughes provides band instruction to the District’s elementary students. (continued on page 18) SHOREWOOD TODAY 17

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improvisation in their music experience. The progress and growth our students make in just one year, due to the daily rehearsals, weekly sectional lessons and individual practice is extremely impressive.”

Band Director Justin Olson, right, directs the spotlight to eighth-grader Annika Elliott at the spring jazz concert at The Backroom @ Colectivo.

Olson also directs SIS students who participate in jazz band, an extracurricular offering that meets once a week before the school day begins, while Melissa Honigman, SIS orchestra director, meets with the extracurricular chamber orchestra after school. School concerts, community performances, local and out-of-state trips, and additional summer programs offered by the Rec Department round out the SIS music experience. At SHS, opportunities abound for everyone from serious musicians to students who simply enjoy having music class as part of their academic schedules. Extracurricular jazz is offered along with opportunities to perform in the pit orchestra for SHS’s renowned musical theater productions, which also offer creative outlets for talented vocalists.

SHS Orchestra Director Karen Frink and students take in the applause after a performance at the annual District Orchestra Festival in the SHS arena.

“Our music students have the amazing opportunity to learn performance music in class five days a week.” — Justin Olson, SIS band teacher

Other elementary school music program highlights include performing at the State Capitol in Madison and at Milwaukee Admirals games, producing school talent shows and recitals, and much more. When students enter SIS, they meet daily in their chosen music course of band, orchestra or choir, a frequency that distinguishes SIS from many middle schools where music classes meet every other day or even less often. “Our music students have the amazing opportunity to learn performance music in class five days a week,” says Justin Olson, SIS band director. “They continue to build on their musical foundations while learning to incorporate details of musicality, music theory, compositional techniques and

“I think students are drawn to not only the variety of course opportunities we provide but also the travel experiences, competitions, musical partnerships and all the real-world, hands-on experiences afforded to our students,” says Jason Clark, choir director at SIS and SHS. “We get to do some pretty remarkable things such as perform at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, team up with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and travel abroad to perform in music tours across Europe. Each year, (Shorewood music teachers) really try to cultivate new, exciting opportunities for our students.” An annual competition that SIS and SHS teachers encourage and help prepare students for is the Wisconsin State Music Association Solo and Ensemble festival. This past March, almost 400 Shorewood (continued on page 21)






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Justin Olson directs the SIS jazz band at the spring concert.

“I feel very fortunate to be teaching students who understand the value of making music and choose to make it a part of every day.” —Karen Frink, SHS orchestra director

students competed with solos, duets, trios, quartets and some larger ensembles. Any student who performed a “Class A” piece — rated the most difficult to perform — and received a “1*” rating from a judge was invited to perform at the WSMA state competition in April. This year, more than 100 students from SHS and SIS qualified for state, which is “amazingly high” according to Karen Frink, SHS orchestra director. “The most fulfilling part of my job is the opportunity I have every day to work with excited and engaged students who want to have the best musical experience possible,” Frink says. “I feel very fortunate to be teaching students who understand the value of making music and choose to make it a part of every day.”

Eighth-graders Elaine Fraser, Becca Cheever and Juliet Cory warm up at the District Orchestra Festival.

While Boyer, Hughes, Clark and Frink have each taught music in Shorewood for more than 20 years, SHS band director Nick Castonguay offers the perspective of a relative newcomer to the District. “The music programs are truly respected, valued and appreciated here,” Castonguay says. “Students, parents, administrators and community members alike believe in the power of supported music programs and speak through their actions. Having worked in other local school districts, I can assert that this notion is not easily matched. The work we do on a daily basis feels very important and meaningful, and I am proud to work for the Shorewood School District.” n


Shorewood Events Summer Saturdays @ Wood Square Saturdays, June 2, July 14, August 11 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Shorewood’s Business Improvement District will sponsor three “Summer Saturdays @Wood Square,” an outdoor market featuring local craftspeople, artists, musicians and food. Wood Square is located on the west side of North Oakland Avenue at East Wood Place. Vendors interested in participating in Summer Saturdays can visit the BID website,, or email for an application and more information.


Shorewood Men’s Club Chicken BBQ

Saturday, June 9, 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. A summer tradition that raises funds for Shorewood charities and organizations, the Men’s Club BBQ is held on the upper level of Atwater Park and is one of the largest one-day social events in Shorewood. Rupena’s-catered chicken and ribs, beverages and ice cream are all available for purchase to eat and drink as you enjoy live entertainment.

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St. Robert Parish Fair

Members of Stone Soup Shakespeare performing in 2017.

Saturday, June 2, Noon –10 p.m. Sunday, June 3, Noon–7 p.m. The St. Robert Fair kicks off summer with a weekend of food, fun, games and live music. Enjoy traditional favorites like the Irish pub, Mexican cantina, corn roast, Saturday’s St. Bob-e-que and Sunday’s chicken dinner. The event also features a rummage sale, book bin and bakery, as well as a bouncy house, face painting and games for kids. Entertainers include Riverwest Aces, Command Performance, the McMenamin Irish Dance Academy, City Boy, Shorewood School of Rock and the St. Robert alumni band Jimmy the Arm. More details can be found at

Stone Soup Shakespeare Saturday, June 9, 6 p.m.

Funded by Friends of the Shorewood Library Join us for this family-friendly event featuring one of the bard’s most humorous comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, performed by Stone Soup Shakespeare on the Shorewood Library’s lawn. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and snacks, and get lost in this comedy of love, marriage, disguise and domestication.

Movie Under the Stars Series Fridays, June 29, July 20, August 10, 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. Call the weather cancellation line after 2 p.m. at 414.963.6913 x3.


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Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic Thursday, June 28

The Shorewood Recreation Department is pleased to offer this free concert series on Wednesday evenings in beautiful Hubbard Park, along the Milwaukee River. Bring a picnic or purchase food and beverages from Hubbard Park Lodge. Hubbard Park is accessible from the Oak Leaf Trail or the parking lot tunnel at 3565 N. Morris Blvd. Opening bands will start playing at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. If no opening band is listed, the concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Shorewood’s race has for years been a stop on the Tour of America’s Dairyland, in which over 500 cyclists from around the country and abroad compete. This is Shorewood’s 15th year participating in the 11-day event. Come for heart-racing competitions and family-friendly fun.



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Sundays, June 17– October 28, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

12:30 –2 p.m. Free All-Ages Swim at Shorewood High School VHE Pool

Dozens of vendors offer a full range of goodies each summer Sunday at the Lake Bluff Elementary School playground. Shop for fruits and vegetables, baked goods, chips and salsa, honey, and much, much more as you enjoy live entertainment and catch up with neighbors. The market accepts Quest benefits and is a pet-free zone, service animals excluded. Organizers are looking for ways to lighten our collective carbon footprint and encourage patrons to bring their own bags (or use those of Bring Your Bag Shorewood). Visit Shorewood Farmers Market on Facebook for more information.

Independence Day Celebration Shorewood's celebration of summer's biggest holiday includes all-day entertainment from the traditional parade to the dazzling fireworks display. The Shorewood Foundation generously supports the day's festivities that bring families, friends and neighbors together to show their patriotic spirit.

2 p.m. Parade setup begins (at East Kensington and North Oakland) 3 p.m. Parade begins, heading south on Oakland toward River Park

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5 p.m. Lake Drive at Atwater Park blocked to through traffic 5:30 p.m. Shorewood Concert Band performance, Atwater Park 7 p.m. Public remarks from Village President Allison Rozek, Atwater Park 7:30 p.m. Musical entertainment from the Noyz Boys and Girlz, Atwater Park 9– 9:30 p.m. Fireworks at Atwater Park


Library Summer Celebration Thursday, July 26, 6–8 p.m.

Join your friends and neighbors for trolley rides, the music of Frogwater, Culver’s sundaes, children’s activities and the company of the Milwaukee Brewers Famous Racing Sausages as this beloved annual event celebrates 20 years.


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Senior Resource Center Events Tools for Renewal: A Workshop for Caregivers Wed., June 6, 9–10:30 am Compassion fatigue is a form of caregiver burnout, manifesting in deep physical, emotional and spiritual exhaustion related to caregiving for others. In this workshop with Certified Stress Management Consultant Elizabeth Lewis, we will explore the causes, signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, how to develop a self-care action plan, and strategies and tools for coping and renewal. Free; please pre-register.

Challenge Yourself not to Fall Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 9:30–10:30 a.m. Kay Yezek looks to her partner during a game of bridge at the Shorewood Senior Resource Center in April.

Milwaukee’s Medication Mail-Back Program Concerned about how to dispose of unwanted or expired medications? The City of Milwaukee, CVS Pharmacy and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District have joined together to provide a medication mail-back program for Milwaukee County residents. Free, postage-paid, drug-disposal envelopes are available at any Milwaukee or Cudahy police station, Milwaukeearea CVS Pharmacy or the Shorewood Senior Resource Center. You may also request a special pickup online at Empty the contents of your unwanted or expired medications into the secure envelope and seal it. Envelopes may be placed in blue postal boxes or dropped off at any post office. What can go in the envelope? Prescription medications, patches, ointments, over-the-counter medications, non-aerosol medical sprays and vials, and pet medications. What should never go into the envelope? Illegal drugs, needles or other sharp objects, bio-hazardous material (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), inhalers, aerosol cans, personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.) or household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas). The Village of Shorewood Police Department also accepts old or unwanted medications (in pill form only) at 4057 N. Wilson Dr. between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. All collected medications are sent to the Milwaukee Police Department for incineration. n 26 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2018

Have you limited your activities because of a fear of falling? Have you fallen and injured yourself? Do you struggle with balance? Get practical advice and hands-on experience on the art of falling, what to do if you fall and how to prevent falls with physical therapist Donna Horrigan, Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. Learn and practice balance, strength and coordination activities. Residents $20/nonresidents $30.

Cyber Savers Fridays, June 8 and Aug. 17, 10 a.m.–noon A series that meets periodically to help you navigate the complicated, confusing and often scary tech world. Presented by a team of “Star Techs” who will lead you boldly into the latest technology and help you become more tech savvy, save money and sidestep scams. Free; no pre-registration required. • June 8: Navigating Google Play and the App Store • Aug. 17: The “Cloud,” Google Drive, One Drive, etc.

One-to-One Tech Support Fridays! Ongoing, 9 a.m.–noon Do you want to be more comfortable using your tech gadgets? Drop in at the SRC with your portable device (cell phone, laptop, iPad, Kindle, etc.) and get help from a savvy University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin student volunteer. Free; no pre-registration required.

The Holistic Way to Health and Wellness Tues., June 12, 11:15 a.m.–2:15 p.m. Certified Holistic Health Practitioner Maria Viall provides tips on improving sleep. Pay what you wish, suggested payment is residents $4/nonresidents $6. Please pre-register.

Writing Group Tuesdays, June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, Aug. 14 & 28, 1–2:30 p.m. Bi-monthly group for those interested in writing in a supportive environment. Each session will begin with a writing exercise followed by time to read and comment. The group will be led by amateur writer Judy Mazzie. Free; please pre-register.

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A Colorful, Controversial Corner Wed., June 20, 1–2 p.m.

Whether running errands or eating out, we need and appreciate little things as we get older that younger people may take for granted. For example, having a bench nearby as we shop, a menu with a larger font or a barrier-free entry to a business.

Karen de Hartog of the Shorewood Historical Society regales us with the history of Shorewood’s southwest corner.

Day Trip: Lake County, Ill. Wed., June 27, 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Escape to the sophisticated countryside of northern Lake County for a scenic and memorable day that begins at the Historic Shiloh House in Zion. This 25-room mansion built in 1901 was the family residence of Zion’s founder, Dr. John Alexander Dowie. No expense was spared in this unique, Swiss-designed house with displays of original furnishings. After a “country luncheon” is a performance by the “noble” White Spanish Lippizan Stallions of Tempel Farms. The story of these “Lords of the Prance” was captured by Elizabeth Letts in her bestseller The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis. Next we depart for the Loyola Cuneo Mansion & Gardens, a magnificent estate owned by Chicago printing publisher John F. Cuneo from 1937–90. $96, including Badger motor coach transport. Please register with Mary Gilardi at 414.871.9783 or

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Washington Nationals Wed., July 25, 11:15 a.m.– approximately 4:30 p.m. Treat yourself to a day at the ballpark! We have great infield box seats in the shade on the first-base side. Residents $26/nonresidents $29. The school bus will leave from Shorewood High School at 11:15 a.m.

Stitching History, then Lake Park Bistro Wed., Aug. 1, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. At the Jewish Museum, we will have a docent-guided tour of Stitching History from the Holocaust, a haunting story of talent lost and then recreated. $58 residents/$63 nonresidents, including motor coach transportation, tour admission, lunch at Lake Park Bistro and gratuities. Please pre-register with form, available in the SRC office or via email, and payment. Meet at the Shorewood High School parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and please park on the east end of the lot.

Prescription Drug Coverage Options Wed., Aug. 8, 1–2:30 p.m. Jill Helgeson of the Board of Aging and Long Term Care Medigap Helpline will discuss prescription drug coverage options for people 65 and older. This program can help you make informed choices during the Oct. 15 –Dec. 7 Medicare Open Enrollment for Prescription Drug Plans and Advantage Health Plans. Free; please pre-register. Please call the SRC at 414.847.2727 or email for details on any programs or to receive a monthly calendar of events. Our calendar is also available online at All classes meet in the Shorewood Village Center at 3920 N. Murray Ave. (lower level of the Shorewood Library) unless otherwise noted.


Senior-Friendly Certified Business

As part of Shorewood’s work toward becoming an age-friendly community, the Shorewood Connects program offers a voluntary Senior-Friendly Business Certification. Senior volunteers help assess businesses on their ability to accommodate the needs of older customers. The goal is to highlight the many positive steps Shorewood businesses are taking and to encourage all businesses to consider making efforts to address the needs of older customers. To date, the following Shorewood businesses have been certified as senior-friendly. Let them know you appreciate their efforts! Culver’s of Shorewood Edward Jones - Financial Advisor Craig Bulluck Edward Jones - Financial Advisor Michael Y. O’Brien Grande Flowers Harley’s: A Modern Man Store Metro Market Shorewood North Shore Bank North Shore Boulangerie Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin Shorewood Physical Therapy Stowell Associates Three Lions Pub Walgreens Wells Fargo Bank For more information about the program, contact Sue Kelley at 414.961.7262 or SHOREWOOD TODAY 27


Members of the Milwaukee Craft Guild, from left: Mimi Schechter, David Weissman, Bob Smith and David Cobb in Cobb’s woodworking shop.

Shorewoodians share skills to create a crafting community BY PAULA WHEELER | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN


n the cusp of retirement from their professional careers, friends David Weissman and David Cobb decided they wanted to build something together.

The two Shorewoodians had been doing just that for years, with Weissman mentoring Cobb in the craft of woodworking. It’s a skill Cobb had long wanted to learn, and Weissman, a nationally recognized palliative care specialist by day, happened to be a seasoned woodworker with a shop in his basement. Cobb, a former business consultant and executive coach, reasoned that there were probably others like him who wanted to learn a new skill or craft but weren’t sure how best to start. The one-on-one guidance from Weissman had been key to his gaining know-how and confidence as a woodworker. To offer that same personalized guidance to others, the friends started the Milwaukee Craft Guild.


While the initial concept was to offer free mentoring in various hands-on crafts or pursuits “in a very nonthreatening and easy way,” Weissman says, the Guild founders also wanted to incorporate giving back to the broader community. “It’s not just about learning new skills,” Cobb says. “It’s also about how you then give back and help someone else. That’s one of the core values we bring to the Guild.” They decided to offer help with vegetable gardening, a hobby of Cobb’s for decades, and perennial gardening, for which they turned to Weissman’s wife, Mimi Schechter. “She’s very skilled and has been mentoring people for years in gardening,” Weissman says. They also recruited friend and Shorewood neighbor Bob Smith as a photography mentor. A retired professional photographer and educator — “the only real ‘master’ among us,” Cobb says — Smith is happy to teach people anything they wish to learn, such as taking better photos with their smartphones.


SENIOR LIVING! To launch the Guild, an email went to friends and neighbors inviting them to a meet-and-greet at Weissman and Schechter’s home. “Surprisingly, 10 or 15 people showed up, interested in being mentees,” Weissman says. One was Janet Slater, who knew Cobb through work and had talked with him and Weissman about her interest in carpentry. As the owner of her late father’s Door County, Wis., home with a fully stocked workshop in the garage, she had long wanted to learn how to use some of his tools. After learning the basics, Slater teamed with another mentee for her first project: building a Little Free Library, which they donated to All People’s Church in Milwaukee. “That’s a nice thing about the Guild, the way of giving back,” Slater says. “It really reflects the very generous people that David and David are in terms of caring about their community. They’re sharing their skills and they ask us to consider doing the same.” Now with several projects under her belt, Slater periodically assists Weissman and Cobb with classes or projects, such as guiding Lake Bluff Elementary School and Shorewood Senior Resource Center members in May as they built a monarch butterfly habitat. For Atwater Elementary School Art Teacher Angela Hayes, Cobb and Weissman donated hundreds of variously shaped pieces of scrap wood that enabled her to incorporate an innovative sculpture project into her fifth-grade curriculum. When Hayes told colleague Dawn Blackmore about their generosity, Blackmore engaged them to build a “Buddy Bench” for the school’s kindergarten playground.

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"Refugee" Danny Huang and his "baby" await help and directions from Nessreen Kashef during a day of living like a refugee at Shorewood Intermediate School in April.


Simulation offers SIS students a deeper understanding of the refugee experience


n a rainy Friday in April, Shorewood Intermediate School seventh-graders filed into their first-hour classes as usual, only to find a notecard with the question: “If you had to flee your home, what is one belonging or item that you would take with you?” The question is part of a refugee simulation experience called Walk a Mile in My Shoes. SIS social studies teacher Sarah Kopplin heard about the simulation from the Global Human Project and secured a grant from the Shorewood SEED Foundation to bring the experience to life for students. This is the second year SIS has run the simulation, and as with last year, students 30 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2018


had no prior knowledge that it would be happening. Kopplin and her colleagues expanded this year’s simulation with refugee scenarios from more nations, a refugee guest speaker and a technology station that students could use to access additional resources (including a virtual reality experience) related to the global refugee crisis. To begin the simulation, students received a notecard explaining who they were, where they were from and why they were fleeing. (Kopplin points out that all of the refugee families were based on real people.) They had to take on this role and work with their new “family,” weaving their way through a number of obstacles and experiences. At various stations, they encountered a patrolled international border, a holding area and jail, an immigration lawyer, security

screenings, customs, interviewers with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, a medical station, a language school, and food and water supplies. Lance Weinhardt, Shorewood School Board member and community volunteer, presided as the immigration judge. “My role was to help the kids experience what it’s like to sit down with a person who can make a decision about whether or not they are going to be able to enter the country as refugees and to help them understand the definition of a refugee,” he explains. The simulation emphasizes the human element of the refugee crisis and helps the students build empathy as they go through the experiences refugees might encounter when forced to flee their home, says Mike Joynt, SIS principal.

A substantial amount of research, planning and attention to detail on the part of SIS staff made the event possible, Kopplin says, and adds that the power of cross-curricular collaboration can create innovative and authentic learing experiences. The simulation kicked off a unit about the global refugee crisis, which is witnessing the highest levels of displaced individuals on record — more than 65 million people at the end of 2016. Joynt says SIS places a key emphasis on teaching research skills and finding credible Seventh-grader Casey Anderson sources, both of which shows off his document tag during were incorporated in a his day as a “refugee.” post-simulation student debriefing that included class discussions, a screening of the documentary Salam Neighbor and refugee guest speaker Mohammed Alyaqoobi. Alyaqoobi and his family were forced to flee Libya and spent 18 months in a Tunisian refugee camp before being granted asylum in the United States. Kopplin hopes the day resonated strongly with students as well as volunteers and continues to inform their studies while broadening their world view. “I hope that our volunteers took away how powerful a learning experience can be when others are involved to support it and help facilitate,” she says. “I hope they saw that middle school kids are smart, compassionate and motivated. They can handle learning about the world around them.” n

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Members of the 2017 lifeguarding staff pose at the VHE pool.


Shorewood Recreation Aquatics Program Makes a Big Splash BY BECKI PAVESICH

he Shorewood Recreation Department has a full lineup of aquatics programming available year-round, but with the heat and humidity of a Wisconsin summer upon us, these opportunities seem especially appealing. The VHE Pool at Shorewood High School plays host to Shorewood’s aquatics program.

Adults can sign up children as young as 6–24 months for the Diaper Diver course, and there is also a Parent/Child course designed for children ages 2 to 3. Once children hit 4 to 5 years of age, they can begin swimming lessons in the Alligator course and work their way up to the Seal and Dolphin courses. Children ages 6 and 7 have the opportunity to work their way through swimming levels one through six. Beginner swimmers ages 8 through 12 can sign up for Older Child Swim Instruction, and new swimmers above eighth grade can take part in the Adult Swim Instruction course. If group lessons do not appeal, private swim lessons are also available. Beyond swimming lessons, children may also sign up for water games. These classes are divided into two groups: grades 1–2 and grades 3–6. Adults also have several class options, including Deep Water Aerobics, Shallow Water Aerobics and Aqua Bootcamp. Additionally, people 16 years or older who would like to become certified as lifeguards can complete a Water Safety Instructor Course. The Recreation Department offers this

course to SHS students at the reduced rate of $36, a significant savings over the typical resident fee of $225. High schoolers in search of a summer job might keep in mind that the Recreation Department is always looking to hire lifeguards and swimming instructors. For those looking to simply swim, community swim times are divided into three categories: lap swimming, adult swimming and all-ages swimming. Youth under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult during the all-ages swim. Community swimmers can obtain single-day passes or punch cards, and Shorewood Fitness Center members (with the exclusion of Silver Sneakers Club members) swim for free. Mindful of inclusion, the VHE Pool has an adaptive chair for shallow-water entrance. An updated schedule is always available on the Recreation Department’s website or by calling the VHE Pool Information Hotline at 414.963.6913 x1. The VHE pool is more than a safe environment to learn to swim or find respite from the summer heat and winter chill. It helps keep the community fit and connected. Charles Organ, a lifeguard and Shorewood graduate, has worked as a lifeguard in multiple communities and is quick to point out that Shorewood is special. “I’ve been here almost five years and people really invest in your life and how you’re doing,” he says. “You feel like part of the community instead of just part of a workplace.” He hopes more people will take advantage of the aquatics program, emphasizing that swimming is both relaxing and a great workout for the body and mind. n

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Shorewood Orangetheory Fitness staff and members, from left: Christin Wille, Kristin Fraser, Brad Glocke, studio manager Kristi Glocke, coach Trevor Hagen, Kim Mackowski, Rho Nelson, coach Kristin Johnson and Kevin Wanek.

Plenty of Proof for Orangetheory’s Success BY JENNIFER ANDERSON | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN

After just one year in business, Shorewood’s Orangetheory Fitness has developed an enthusiastic following. The newest of six Orangetheory franchises in Wisconsin, the Shorewood location is now the largest in the state, with more than 800 members donning the signature heart-rate monitors and heading to the studio for a workout they know will be challenging but effective.


“We’ve doubled the number of classes we offer since we opened,” says Kristi Glocke, the studio’s manager and a Shorewood resident. “The strong word-of-mouth from our members has really been the main driver of our growth.” Orangetheory’s classes are designed to provide people of all fitness levels with a workout that combines cardio fitness and weight training in an hour-long session that catalyzes maximum calorie burning. The workouts vary daily but follow the same formula across all of the franchise's


nearly 900 studios across the country. Members wear heart-rate monitors that synch up with studio displays to track their effort levels as well as cumulative results. Shorewood studio owner Kevin Scharnek thinks the combination of science-backed fitness programming and well-trained coaches keeps members coming back for more. “Personally, it has been so rewarding to see people’s transformations since they’ve joined,” Scharnek says. “We’ve got members who had never set foot in a gym before who love this workout and the community we’ve created here.” Shorewood resident and running enthusiast Christin Wille became a quick convert to the program over the past year and credits the training with shaving six minutes off her half-marathon time. “The workouts are face-paced and the coaches are really motivating,” Wille says. “They understand how to push you and are so encouraging.” Scharnek, who owns two other Orangetheory studios and is opening a fourth in

Milwaukee’s Third Ward neighborhood, is excited about how well the concept has taken off in Shorewood and pleased with the support he has recieved from the surrounding business community. Local members may enjoy seeing familiar faces at the front desk or coaching them in the studio, as the Orangetheory staff includes a fair number of Shorewood residents. The employees work to create fun community experiences for members and have organized everything from fitness classes with live DJs to a monthly “First Friday 5K” group that tops off its runs with a stop at the Milwaukee Brat House down the street. The studio is adding new technology as well, bringing in rowing machines and treadmills with retrofitted screens and programs that can more closely track individual fitness histories. “We are always trying to think of new ways to make it fun and inviting,” Glocke says. “Once people become members, we really want to see them here. It’s a great community.” n

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Tradition of Excellence Awards Honor Distinguished Shorewood Alumni BY KATELIN WATSON | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN

Shorewood alumni and 2018 Tradition of Excellence winners revisit the hallways of Shorewood High School in April. From left: Donald Baumgartner, ’49, Joan Walsh, '76, Johnathan Bernard, ’00, Christopher Carson, ’94, and Wayne Newhauser, ’82.


Each year, the Shorewood School District invites selected Shorewood High School graduates back to SHS to be honored its Tradition of Excellence Awards Day. Established in 2000, the Tradition of Excellence Awards recognize Shorewood alumni or faculty of distinction in areas such as community and public service; science, engineering and technology; medicine and public health; the arts and humanities; business; government and political service; education; military service; philanthropy; and other professions committed to serving others. This year’s honorees — Donald Baumgartner, SHS ’49, Johnathan Bernard, SHS ’00, Christopher Carson, SHS ’94, Wayne Newhauser, SHS ’82, and Joan Walsh, SHS ’76 — returned to campus on April 13 to attend an awards ceremony as part of an SHS assembly where they interacted with students, had a luncheon and tour of campus, and participated in a reception sponsored by the Shorewood High School Alumni Association.

Bernard is a board-certified orthopaedic sports medicine and shoulder surgeon specializing in the management and arthroscopic treatment of sports injuries. He is a widely published researcher who has served as a physician for multiple pro sports teams, including the New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles. Carson, a former staff sergeant for the U.S. Army Special Forces, served in Iraq and created his own real estate development company and brokerage firm. In 2012 he was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer, Ewing's sarcoma, and was inspired to create the Carson Sarcoma Foundation to fund targeted cancer research. Newhauser is the Dr. Charles M. Smith Chair of Medical Physics at Louisiana State University, where he also directs graduate education programs. He is widely published on advancedtechnology cancer radiotherapies, radiation physics, and applications of physics and supercomputing to improve cancer patient survival. He has helped lead the construction and operation of proton radiation therapy centers, major research projects and scientific societies.

“It was exciting to honor these Shorewood alumni who have demonstrated many of the outstanding character traits that we hope to instill in our future graduates," says Shorewood Superintendent Bryan Davis. "We are very proud of their accomplishments and we were grateful for this opportunity to recognize them, as they help our students understand the importance of service to their community."

Walsh, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, is also a CNN political contributor and the author of What's the Matter with White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America. She was the first news editor for Salon and remained so for six years. She appears regularly on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper and Out Front with Erin Burnett, as well as on a number of other national political talk shows. She has written for a host of top national newspapers and Vogue magazine.

Baumgartner founded the Paper Machinery Corp. in 1951 and built the company into the world's primary source of converting machinery used for producing paper cups, paperboard containers and custom packages.

The 2018 Shorewood Tradition of Excellence honorees were nominated by peers, staff, students and community members and selected by a small committee composed of Shorewood graduates, former administrators and current staff. n

To nominate someone or for more information about the Shorewood Tradition of Excellence Awards, contact Ted Knight at SHOREWOOD TODAY 37

Hi, Neighbor Safe Passage Meet: Ruth Pike

Moved to Shorewood: 2000 As a young girl during World War II, Ruth Pike traveled on her own from Monte Carlo to her native England by rail and sea to elude the growing Nazi threat. Today, the nonagenarian leads an active life in Shorewood.


Eighteen-year Shorewood resident Ruth Pike leans on her shovel while taking a quick break from springtime gardening.

”At the beginning of World War II, I was living with family in Monte Carlo when my aunt was sent to a concentration camp. At that time, the U.S. State Department was actively moving children out of what they felt were dangerous areas, and they arranged elaborate plans for me to go alone via this very circuitous route back to England. ”I was 15 when I left in April 1942, and I traveled through Spain to avoid the Nazis. I went by rail and stopped in Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon until I reached the Port of Gibraltar at the southern tip of Spain. I was met by someone at each stop along the way who helped me get to my next destination. In Gibraltar, I boarded a British military ship that took a group of us to Scotland. ”It was very dangerous to travel by ship at that time because of the threat of German submarines, and there were frequent alarms when we had to go on deck to be near the lifeboats. We were told to sleep in our clothes so we could be ready at any time to abandon ship, but in Gibraltar, I had bought the most beautiful blue pajamas with gold rope trim, so the first night, I ignored the rules and slept in my new pajamas. When the alarm went off, I had to scramble to get back into my clothes, and after that I decided it wasn’t worth the effort, so I slept in my clothes like everyone else. ”The British soldiers on board were very nice and especially kind to me. They even named one of the anti-aircraft guns

‘Ruth’ after me. When we finally arrived in Scotland, I was told I wouldn’t be allowed to travel on to England by myself. Well, I had come all that way by myself and I just blew up. They eventually did let me go on by myself, and I lived with a family friend in Surrey. ”I married at 18 and had two children, and my husband became ill and died when they were little. Then I started seeing the man who would become my second husband. He was also British and left England to do some post-doctorate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When he returned, we got married and eventually moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., where he went to work for the Upjohn Co. and we had two more children. We lived there for 33 years and then we moved to Milwaukee to be closer to my daughter and son who live here. When my husband died, I moved into a beautiful duplex in Shorewood that my daughter and son-in-law own. I live upstairs and they live downstairs. ”During the week, I am at Curves by 7 a.m. to work out and have lots of activities throughout the day, from watercolor painting every Thursday to studying Italian. I’m very involved with the Milwaukee Alliance Française, and 20 years ago I started a weekly lunchtime gathering there where we speak French. I am also in a knitting group and I visit St. John’s on the Lake for small-group discussions in French. I adore all of my 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. I am busy every day.” n

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Shorewood Resources AVAILABLE ON JUNE 16

Shorewood WATERS PROJECT The Shorewood Waters Project (SWP), which was formed in 2011 to connect residents to their water resources and provide solutions to enhance and protect water quality, has long promoted the disconnection of downspouts to “manage water where it falls.” Now, SWP has partnered with the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust Inc. and Stormwater Solutions on a Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District grant that will offer several attractive options for residents who want to do just that. Thanks to this grant, the Village will offer free soil amendments, rain barrels and discounted stormgardens to residents wishing to disconnect their downspouts from the combined sewer. The project will begin with a community outreach celebration at the Shorewood Public

Library on June 16, which will showcase an installed stormgarden and rain barrels. The grant will provide 50 free rain barrels, 20 free soil amendments, and 10 stormgardens, which will be offered at 25 percent of their original cost. Volunteers will provide help with maintenance and support. In addition, to draw attention to stormwater resources, a local artist will create colorful street art around a stormwater inlet near the library. The SWP will also manage an educational booth at the Shorewood Farmers Market and engage with residents through other community events to educate the public on the value of keeping our watersheds healthy.







Bright Beginnings Preschool Offers NEW AFTERNOON CLASS Starting in the 2018-19 school year, the Shorewood School District Bright Beginnings Preschool program will offer an afternoon class for 3- and 4-year-olds. The class will be offered at Lake Bluff Elementary School on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 3 p.m. Bright Beginnings follows the Shorewood School District calendar and does not meet on days when there is no school for the District. The fee for this course is $1,600.

Teacher Sharon Maier has her class pretending to be sprouting plants.


For more information and to register your child, visit and type “Bright Beginnings” into the search bar. For questions, please contact the Shorewood Recreation Department at 414.963.6913 x4.


Marketing Advisory Committee It can be a challenge to communicate a community’s vision, sometimes using just a single tagline or image. Fortunately, the Village of Shorewood has a team of professionals to turn to on the Marketing and Communications Advisory Committee. Composed of skilled resident volunteers with professional marketing experience along with representatives from the Shorewood School District, the Business Improvement District and the Village, the committee’s charge is to come up with new and exciting ways to promote Shorewood. This joint committee is not under a single umbrella; rather, it enables community partners to collaborate on marketing and communications initiatives. A Marketing Leadership Committee, comprising executive and elected leaders from each partner organization, approves this committee’s annual plans and visions to ensure that all partners agree on which projects and initiatives should move forward. “The Marketing and Communications Advisory Committee is a dynamic group of professionals tasked to lend their expertise in marketing and communications to the planning and oversight of many aspects of our shared marketing program,” says Ann McKaig, Village trustee. “Their talent results in a higher level of coordination and impact for our community. It is no small feat.” The group works together to develop a cohesive vision for marketing Shorewood through a variety of channels from branded communications materials to communitywide events. Currently, the group is at work on a new brand positioning statement and tagline for the Village. The committee will discuss ways to incorporate these components in marketing materials. The group is also collaborating with several Shorewood High School students to develop a video marketing campaign. The students are creating short videos that capture various attributes of the Village, from the beautiful lakefront area to the bike-friendly roads and trails. The videos will be shared via various online communications platforms and also with local realtors to use as marketing tools. “The Marketing and Communications Advisory Committee helps keep Shorewood vibrant by getting the word out about our Village and all the great things happening in the community to residents, prospective residents and visitors,” says Gina Shaffer, the committee’s chair and a longtime Shorewood resident who has more than 20 years of digital and e-commerce marketing leadership experience. make a tax“We want everyone to know what an extraordinary place Shorewood is to live, work and play.”

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JOIN US AT THE SHOREWOOD FOUNDATION'S FOURTH OF JULY ACTIVITIES: 3 p.m. Parade, ice cream and decorated bike contest at River Park

Kids 10 and under: decorate your bike and join in on the parade! Best decorated bike wins a $50 gift certificate to the Chocolate Factory!

5:30 p.m. Live Entertainment and Recognition of Parade Grand Marshall Jan Zehren at Atwater Park 9 p.m. Fireworks at Atwater Park The SHOREWOOD

FOUNDATION is dedicated

to providing financial support from individuals to enhance the culture, beauty, quality of life and neighborhood spirit of the Village of Shorewood and ensure that it remains a special place to live, work and visit. To learn more, visit:


Shorewood Resources LIBRARIES ROCK! Libraries Rock!, the 2018 Summer Library Program, invites kids of all ages to find their reading groove by signing up for one of the library’s reading challenges. Young readers from tots to teens can record their reading and earn rewards. They may also enjoy free weekly events including the popular Terrific Tuesday series, story times, craft programs and more. The program playlist for Tweens to Teens features a Coding Club series, Table Top Gaming & RPG Day, Random Fandom Fridays, Teen Book Club and Teen Lock-In. Libraries Rock! is generously funded by the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library.

MEET LIBBY In 2017, Wisconsin residents checked out more than 4.25 million items from Wisconsin’s Digital Library. Digital books make the perfect summertime travel companion becasue they are portable and don’t accrue overdue fines. You just need two things: your library card and the app called Libby. Libby, built by OverDrive, is available in the app store of your choice. Libby can find your home library with location services enabled, or search and select “Shorewood” to connect you to Wisconsin’s Digital Library. Enter your library card number and PIN and you’re set. Libby makes it easy to request, check out, renew and return digital material. For complete instructions on setting up Libby, go to

LIBRARY TAKES CREDIT Shorewood Public Library patrons can now pay for library fines and printing costs with credit cards and contactless payment methods like Apple Pay at the front desk. Since the Library implemented this service April 2, nearly one-third of people paying fines or paying for printing have chosen to pay with plastic. 42 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2018

Police Leverage Digital Tools TO KEEP RESIDENTS INFORMED Social media and new technologies have made communication from the Shorewood Police Department to the community faster, more accessible and more relevant than ever. The department is able to quickly convey important news to the broader community through three outlets: Facebook, Nixle and CrimeReports. The Shorewood Police Department Facebook page is used for general information, according to Police Chief Peter Nimmer. The page conveys news like current scam alerts, bike safety and planned street closures. It may also post videos to see if the public recognizes a crime suspect caught on tape or reminders for people not to leave their cars running. The Facebook page directs people to Nixle, a system that pushes timely alerts to those who sign up for the service, which anyone can do by texting the Shorewood ZIP code 53211 to the number 888777. “We use Nixle for anything of real significance,” Nimmer explains. “It’s for information we want people to pay attention to, such as the more serious crimes of auto theft, home burglaries or assault. We really encourage residents to sign up for the alerts because it’s the best way for law enforcement to convey vital information quickly to a large group of people.” In addition, CrimeReports provides a website where residents can get more detailed information about crime in their community. Users can break down the information however they like, by block, by type of crime or by timeframe, as well as see trends over time. People can also submit tips and register their security cameras so that law enforcement can contact them if a crime has taken place in their area.

Le Grand Shorewood Summer Bike Tour

A dozen Shorewood bike events (with discounts, friendly rides and some goofy fun) brought to you by Greater Shorewood Bikers, Inc, Part of 100 Days of Biking Milwaukee, June 2 - Sept 10 For complete details on each Shorewood event go to Kick-Off Events: June 8 Trail Magic for Oak Leaf Trail Bike Commuters: On the Trail at River Park, FRIDAY 4-6 pm June 9 Beach Ride, “Shipwreck Swim” and BBQ: Atwater Beach, SATURDAY 10 am - 1 pm Thursday Evening Events & Slow-Roll Rides: June 21 Bike Night, Custard & “Ride the Ghost Train”: Culvers/The Corner Bakery, 8-10 pm June 28 Shorewood Criterium: Oakland Ave., 5-9 pm July 5 Bike Night & Wings: Shorewood American Legion Post, 6-8 pm July 12 Bike Night Und Beer Garden Tour I: Hubbard Park Beer Garden, 7-9 pm July 19 Bike Night & Tweed Ride: Three Lions, 7-9 pm July 26 Bike Night & Lumberjack Ride: Camp Bar, 7-9 pm Aug 2 Bike Night & Hipster Ride: Draft & Vessel, 7-9 pm Aug 9 Ultimate Bike Night: Harry’s Bar, 7-9 pm Aug 16 Bike Night, Craft Beer & Pizza: Metro Market, 7-9 pm Aug 23 Bike Night Und Beer Garden Tour II: Estabrook Park Beer Garden, 7-9 pm


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Out & About in Shorewood


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1 Dancers from McMenamin Irish Dance Academy perform during Shorewood Shenanigans on March 17. 2 Toasting the 20th anniversary of the Shorewood Community Fitness Center at a party in April are current and former staffers, board members and volunteers for the Shorewood School District and Recreation Department. From left: Jack Linehan, Marianne Maris, Lisa Bromley, Sally Probst, Deb Stolz, Tom Rebholz, Emily Koczela and Terry Quinn.

We’re not just in your neighborhood.

3 Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel discusses her craft with Shorewood writer Lauren Fox at a writers workshop in April as part of the Shorewood Reads program. 4 At a volunteer recognition event in May at Hubbard Park Lodge, Guy Johnson, left, and Shantha Jhansale were honored with Spirit of Shorewood awards for their work on behalf of the Village (Johnson) and the School District (Jhansale). 5 Kindergarteners (left to right) Sam Ziebell, Shea Kaster-Schroeder and Miriam Trumble show off their book about community helpers to an interested parent at the Authentic Learning Showcase in May. 6 A representative from Life Fitness demonstrates new Shorewood Community Fitness Center equipment for personal trainers Mason Pearson, far left, Margaux Machut and Hamssah Badrah. 7 Shorewood High School students take part in the National School Walkout and hold a rally on March 14 in response to the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting in February. 8 Lake Bluff fourth-graders Damian Roque, left, and Michael Proite from team “People” accept first-place trophies for the Speed category at the A World in Motion regional competition.

Floral arrangement time after the 16th annual Senior Resource Center luncheon held at Northshore Funeral Services.

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Shorewood A Look Back




he Shorewood Historical Society continues its deep dive into the colorful history of Shorewood’s southwest quadrant this year, sharing stories of the area’s evolution. From a peaceful farm resort to a full-blown amusement park, from a streetcar barn to a baseball diamond and beer garden, this area has been home to a host of attractions. The amusement park is perhaps the most elusive of these to imagine, but it was there, attracting crowds from all over the country. Through various name changes and ownership, it continued to thrive until wearing out its welcome as Shorewood’s growing resident population complained about the loud music, trash and beer-sodden crowds. The Village Board refused to renew the park’s operating permit for 1916. The park’s 33 acres were quickly sliced up, with some used for new homes and a large southern portion for the Milwaukee Electric Railway

Crowds line up outside the entrance to Wonderland Amusement Park, which occupied 33 acres in Shorewood in the early 1900s.

& Light Company’s Oakland Car Station, which dispatched street cars to nearby city routes. Street cars had been replaced by trackless trolleys and diesel buses when this operation closed in 1968. The Village bought the buildings and grounds in 1970 as the last street car tracks were being removed on Oakland. On the 1,400-foot strip of riverside land then-Village President William Hubbard helped the Village purchase in 1922, development began in 1936, when Works Project Administration funds enabled the land to be graded and terraced, with sewer and water mains installed and three buildings constructed. n

To learn more, see displays in the Shorewood Library, including a 3D park model created by Shorewood Intermediate School students. Signs with more about the area’s history will be added this summer in River Park.

Photo and information courtesy of Shorewood Historical Society and Milwaukee County Historical Society. 46 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2018

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




SAT. JUNE 2 Summer Saturdays @ Wood Square 10am–2pm, N. Oakland Ave. & E. Wood Pl.

WED. JULY 4 Shorewood Independence Day Celebration Underwritten by the Shorewood Foundation For details, see page 24.

WED. AUG. 1 Summer Sounds Concert Series: Electri-violet 6pm, Hubbard Park

SAT. JUNE 2 & SUN. JUNE 3 St. Robert Parish Fair Sat. Noon–10pm & Sun. Noon–7pm

SUN. JUNE 3 SIS & SHS Choir Benefit Concert 2pm, SHS Gensler Auditorium

SAT. JUNE 9 47th Annual Shorewood Men’s Club Chicken BBQ 11:30am–7pm, Atwater Park

SAT. JUNE 9 Stone Soup Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew 6pm, Shorewood Public Library Lawn TUES. JUNE 12 Shorewood Library’s Terrific Tuesday: Kids Play Theater 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center

WED. JUNE 13 Joyce Westerman, Wisconsin Women, and the All American Girls Professional Baseball League: Play Ball! 7pm, Shorewood Village Center SUN. JUNE 17 Shorewood Farmers Market 9:30am–1pm, Lake Bluff Elementary School playground Runs every Sunday through Oct 28. TUES. JUNE 19 Shorewood Library’s Terrific Tuesday: School of Rock 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center

TUES. JUNE 19 Timothy Lensmire, author, White Folks: Race and Identity in Rural America 6pm, Shorewood Village Center TUES. JUNE 26 Shorewood Library’s Terrific Tuesday: The Magic of Rick Allen 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center THURS. JUNE 28 15th Annual Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic 11:30am–9pm, Shorewood Business District

FRI. JUNE 29 Movie Under the Stars Series: The Lion King After sunset, Lake Bluff Elementary School playground

TUES. JULY 10 Shorewood Library’s Terrific Tuesday: Stories & Puppets with Kathy Luck 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center

WED. JULY 11 Summer Sounds Concert Series: Detour 6pm, Hubbard Park THURS. JULY 12 Reading Race: Community Conversations 6pm, Shorewood Village Center

SAT. JULY 14 Summer Saturdays @ Wood Square 10am–2pm, N. Oakland Ave. & E. Wood Pl. TUES. JULY 17 Shorewood Library’s Terrific Tuesday: African Dance & Drumming 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center

WED. JULY 18 Summer Sounds Concert Series: 5 Card Studs with Lokke 6pm, Hubbard Park FRI. JULY 20 Movie Under the Stars Series: Coco After sunset, Lake Bluff Elementary School playground

WED. AUG. 8 Summer Sounds Concert Series: Mrs. Fun 6pm, Hubbard Park THURS. AUG. 9 & FRI. AUG. 10 Shorewood School District Forms & Fees Days SHS Arena

FRI. AUG. 10 Movie Under the Stars Series: Cars 3 After sunset, Lake Bluff Elementary School playground

SAT. AUG. 11 Summer Saturdays @ Wood Square 10am–2pm, N. Oakland Ave. & E. Wood Pl.

WED. AUG. 15 Summer Sounds Concert Series: Whiskey Belles 6pm, Hubbard Park WED. AUG. 22 Summer Sounds Concert Series: Crank the Radio 6pm, Hubbard Park WED. AUG. 29 Summer Sounds Concert Series: Andrea & The Mods 6pm, Hubbard Park

SAT. JULY 21 & SUN. JULY 22 Shorewood Drama Jr. presents Peter Pan Jr. Sat. 7pm, Sun. 1:30pm, SHS Gensler Auditorium

TUES. JULY 24 Shorewood Library’s Terrific Tuesday: Mad Science – The Science of Sound 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center

WED. JULY 25 Summer Sounds Concert Series: Rocket Cat with Fightin’ Bob 6pm, Hubbard Park THURS. JULY 26 20th Annual Summer Celebration 6pm, Shorewood Public Library

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