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Reflecting on a renaissance


Having lived and worked in Shorewood for nearly two decades, I can say it has been a wonderful place to raise four children, grow my business and simply enjoy life. Part of that enjoyment has come from my involvement in the community in a variety of personal and professional ways: serving on the Village Board and Police Commission, participating in the Shorewood Men’s Club, helping launch the Village’s marketing program, and serving on the board of the Shorewood Business Improvement District. All of these organizations have accomplished much toward enhancing and advancing Shorewood as a unique and thriving community. Particularly from 2009 to 2016, Shorewood’s business district enjoyed a renaissance in redevelopment that brought in new buildings and businesses, and also catalyzed investments in existing older buildings. Now that the development has eased its pace, it’s a great time to reflect on and appreciate our continued vitality, desirability and relevance.



As Shorewood continues to attract local businesses and support those who have chosen our community, I can’t say for sure what the next phase looks like for this vibrant district. What I do know is that with new, energized BID board members, leadership and staff, the BID will pursue priorities including new events, creating visual cohesion in the district, partnering with the Community Development Authority to maximize continued investment, and expanding marketing outreach.






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On the cover: Shorewood cousins Emily Powless (left) and Gianna Alioto hold lit sparklers at dusk in Atwater Park in anticipation of festive summer fun. Photo by Jonathan Kirn.



12 Landlords Give Back

8 Hidden Gems

14 New Horizons

Commercial property owners who enhance the community

Curriculum prioritizes equity




4 News

21 Do-Gooder

26 Business Spotlight

32 Resources

22 Shorewood Foundation

Feel like a tourist in Shorewood


New and noteworthy around town Handy information on timely topics

WHAT TO DO 16 Events

Senior Citizen Hall of Fame’s Judy Spencer Parade marshals Bob and Karen Dean

25 Recreation

Home Base and Kids Club

Add spark to your summer

19 Senior Resource Center

Surf @Water

40 Shorewood Calendar


All the activities

August 23 and 24

Michael Hecker makes art of glass

29 Education Spotlight Partners in Play

30 Hi, Neighbor

Real talent: David Lenz

36 Out & About

Memorable moments

38 A Look Back

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“Shorewood has been so good to me, I always try to be helpful and supportive of the community when I can.” —Jeri Robinson, property owner p12

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#WALKSHOREWOOD campaign launches

Shorewoodians like to talk about their walkable community. Now they are being challenged to walk the talk. Residents are being tagged via social media to post a photo or video of themselves out and about in the Village, along with “#WalkShorewood,” to share with others the ways they get around the community on foot. Walkability consistently shows up as a point of pride among residents in Village surveys, says Tyler Burkart, assistant Village manager.

The Atrium’s rooftop bar, often rented for events, opens as Summer Camp two evenings a week June through August.

#WalkShorewood was conceived by the Shorewood Marketing Committee, an all-volunteer group of local residents with professional marketing experience, to remind people both inside and outside Anjum and Andrew Alden document the Village that their walking through Shorewood for the #WalkShorewood campaign. there are endless opportunities to explore our community on foot. Residents are encouraged to capture their walks all over the Village and post snapshots to Facebook, Instagram or any other preferred media space, add “#WalkShorewood” and then challenge their friends and neighbors to do the same.

SUMMER CAMP for adults

The Atrium’s rooftop garden and bar opens its gorgeously landscaped space to the public each Wednesday and Thursday evening from June through August. Nostalgically named Summer Camp in a nod to Atrium owner Paul Hackbarth’s popular Shorewood business Camp Bar, the space features multiple upgrades. Permanent outdoor heating units were installed, along with fire pits, decorative lighting and lounge seating, all enhancing an outdoor oasis that feels completely removed from the complicated world three flights below. Patrons can experience the simple pleasure of sipping a cocktail while taking in a summer sunset.

ALLEYS, STAIRS AND SIDEWALKS to get upgrades this season

An upgrade for the Atwater Beach stairs, alley reconstruction and sidewalk replacement are all on the summer and early fall project schedule for the Department of Public Works. The alley reconstruction program is already underway and includes eight alleys throughout the Village. Crews will remove each alley’s existing pavement and concrete base, as well as any unsuitable soil, and install storm sewers as needed to improve drainage. While most of the alleys will be paved with asphalt, MMSD grant funding will support reconstructing two of the alleys with “green” pervious pavement sections. 4 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2019

The sidewalk replacement program will address pavers in the northwest section of the Village. Where sidewalk repair and replacement are deemed necessary, Village policy is to assess property owners for the full cost. Secondary frontage on a corner lot is assessed at 50 percent. Fall will see crews replacing the well-worn steps at Atwater Park that lead down the bluff to Atwater Beach. Crews will install new steps made from a hard-wearing ironwood, fix any erosion damage in the area and replace the existing drainage system under the stairs. The stairs will be closed for the project’s duration.

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JUDGE HANDLE IT Molly was responsive, knowlegable and transparent through the entire process.”

Mika is the Shorewood Loves Dogs campaign's chosen mascot.

MEET MIKA There’s a new face of Shorewood, and it has brown fur, bright eyes and one floppy ear. Meet Mika, the winner of the Village’s Dog Mascot Contest, held by the Shorewood Waters Project and the Shorewood Parks Commission. Mika belongs to resident Tasha Weston, who wrote in her contest submission that the rescue mutt, age 3, has been an especially vital companion during her boyfriend’s military deployment. “She follows me around the house to keep me safe, she snuggles with me to keep me warm, and she looks at me with her big brown eyes to keep me cheerful,” wrote Weston on her nomination form. “Mika was once an imperfect stray with her one floppy ear, but now she is my everything.” The mascot campaign was started as a clever way to use a friendly, furry face to educate residents on the importance of picking up their dog’s waste and following local ordinances, such as keeping dogs leashed and off the beach. Approximately 60 dogs were entered in the contest and while it was difficult to narrow it down to just one, Mika was ultimately chosen because, according to Shorewood Waters Project coordinator Kae DonLevy, “she is so sweet, photogenic and well-behaved.” Mika, with Weston, will make appearances throughout the Village during the year to meet with fans and share useful information with pet owners. For an up-to-date list of events, visit the Shorewood Waters Project Facebook page or Shorewood-Loves-Dogs.





Two referendum questions on the April 2 ballot addressing funding improvements to the Shorewood School District’s historic facilities were approved by voter majority. Election data show that 61 percent of voters supported authorizing the District to borrow $65 million for District-wide facilities projects, and 66 percent voted in favor of increasing the annual revenue limit by $275,000 to fund ongoing and recurring facilities maintenance.

Shorewood Intermediate School Dean of Students Ebony Grice has been hired as the principal of Atwater Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year and begins on July 1.

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“We are grateful to the Shorewood community members for their strong support of our schools,” says Paru Shah, Shorewood School Board president. “We are excited to move forward with these much-needed improvements to our historic facilities, and look forward to continuing to engage our community in this process.” The referendum will address prioritized needs at all four District schools related to safety and security, Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility, building systems and infrastructure, and learning spaces.

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Grice brings strong experience in instructional leadership and executing a vision in a school district, as well as in leading a team and cultivating a positive learning environment that builds trust and sets high expectations for students, parents and staff. She has a proven ability to plan, assess and evaluate data to make informed decisions that foster student achievement.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE AWARD recognizes four winners

Design work will begin immediately and the projects will be competitively bid in early 2020. Construction work will begin in Spring 2020 with anticipated completion by Summer 2023. In the coming weeks, the District will work with construction manager Miron Construction Co., Inc. and architect Eppstein Uhen Architects on project planning. All projects throughout the construction process will be competitively bid. The District is committed to continuing transparent communication throughout the process and will engage the community and staff as the design phase moves forward. Design and construction updates will be posted to


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Hilary DeBlois

Wesley Warren

Emily Berry

Village Board of Trustees Tammy Bockhorst and Wesley Warren were re-elected to the Village Board for new three-year terms. Shorewood School District Hilary DeBlois was re-elected to the Shorewood School Board for a three-year term and serves as vice president. Emily Berry won her first three-year term and serves as a member at large.


Tradition of Excellence Award winners pose for a photo after a ceremony at Shorewood High School in April. From left are: former teacher Elmer Jacobson; Michael Koss, accepting for his mother, Nancy Lee Koss; James W. Meisser; and Jim Gensler, accepting for his late wife, Barbara Gensler, longtime drama director.

The Shorewood School District honored distinguished alumni and former staff for their achievements and service to their communities at the Shorewood Tradition of Excellence Award Day April 12. Shorewood High School alumni Nancy Lee (Weeks) Koss, SHS ’50, and James W. Meisser, SHS ’76, and former staff members Barbara Gensler and Elmer Jacobson were recognized during a special day-long event at Shorewood High School that included an awards ceremony at an assembly for all students, a luncheon and a reception sponsored by the SHS Alumni Association. Because Koss and Gensler were nominated posthumously, family members accepted the awards on their behalf.

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Shorewood’s Hidden Gems Tucked away, little-known or relatively undiscovered: These Shorewood sights can make local explorers feel like tourists in their own backyards. BY JENNIFER ANDERSON

Riparian River Trail

“… the incredible experience of  being in a wild and secluded river stretch even though you are only a short walk from the densest urban area in Wisconsin.” —Michael Maher

Stretching from Hubbard Park north to Capitol Drive, this newly refurbished trail along the eastern side of the Milwaukee River offers what feels like a backwoods nature hike. Rich in native plants and animals, the trail is one of the primary environmental corridors in Southeastern Wisconsin and provides visitors with “the incredible experience of being in a wild and secluded river stretch even though you are only a short walk from the densest urban area in Wisconsin,” says Michael Maher, Village trustee and liaison to the Parks Commission.

Kilbourntown House

Michael Maher

This charming, Greek Revival-style house nestled between lilac bushes in Estabrook Park was built in 1843 by Benjamin Church, a local carpenter, and is the oldest existing Milwaukee home. In the house’s original location on Fourth Street in Milwaukee, Church and his wife raised six children, which might surprise visitors to its cramped but tidy quarters. By 1938 the home had fallen into disrepair and was saved from demolition by the Milwaukee County Historical Society, moved to Estabrook and lovingly preserved as a Works Progress Administration project. Decorated in period furnishings, the home is open and free to visitors on summer Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Shorewood Arboretum

Milwaukee County Historical Society

Part of a little-known piece of Shorewood history, this grove of unusual trees stands on a parcel of land that was home to the Shorewood Sanitarium until 1978. The private hospital was started by Dr. Frank Studley in 1898 to take in female patients suffering from “nervous diseases and insanity.” It was later run by his son, Dr. William Studley, an amateur arborist who over time planted more than 160 kinds of trees on the property, many of them rare. “He was obviously quite passionate about his avocation,” says resident Stephen Munroe, who has researched the area and its trees. Dozens were lost when the land was purchased and developed into the Edgewood Condominiums, but many uncommon species remain and are labeled, offering a mini dendrology lesson and shady sanctuary along the Village’s southern border.

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Oak Leaf Trail Described by the Rails to Trails Conservancy as “The Crown Jewel of Milwaukee County’s extensive trail system,” the Oak Leaf Trail incorporates miles of paved pathways that meander through urban industrial neighborhoods and peaceful nature preserves. Shorewood’s segment runs along the wooded western border of the Village and provides straightforward bike routes heading south to the Hank Aaron State Trail in the Menomonee River Valley or the Milwaukee lakefront, as well as north to Brown Deer Park and west to Hansen Park in Wauwatosa. Says Sandie Pendelton, president of the Greater Shorewood Bikers, “We are blessed to have within the boundaries of Shorewood a worldclass bike and pedestrian trail system.”

Hubbard Park Lodge

The Ghost Train An electrifying feat of light design and sound engineering, the Ghost Train offers a fun outing for families and out-of-town guests. During summer months, the train runs at 9 and 9:15 p.m. with a special 9:30 p.m. Saturday “Circus Train” appearance. “When my six-year-old grandson visits from the West Coast, a stop at the Ghost Train is a must,” says resident Mary McCormick. “It’s just scary enough that he prefers to sit on my lap, but he always wants to go back!”

With its wood-beamed cathedral ceiling, large fieldstone fireplace and location atop a bluff overlooking the Milwaukee River, Hubbard Park Lodge enchants visitors with an old-world Wisconsin experience, says proprietor Russ Davis. Built as one of Shorewood’s many Works Progress Administration initiatives designed to get American laborers back on their feet during the Great Depression, the Lodge is a beloved local venue for Friday fish frys and Sunday brunches, as well as weddings and other special events.

“When my six-year-old grandson visits from the West Coast, a stop at the Ghost Train is a must.”

Shorewood Nature Preserve Hidden in plain sight where East Newton Avenue meets North Lake Drive, this self-guided hiking trail leading down the bluff to the Lake Michigan shoreline offers a secluded sylvan retreat. Encompassing just over eight acres with two looped trails at the base, the preserve flaunts fields of early-blooming blue scilla, tangles of wild grape vines and groves of white birch. A narrow beach looks out at the lake where ducks and seagulls jockey for space on the exposed rocks. Visitors should expect to share the space with assorted wildlife: Coyote, deer and foxes have all been spotted peacefully going about their business, seemingly oblivious to Lake Drive traffic. n

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Paul Hackbarth stands inside the building that houses The Atrium, one of his Shorewood commercial properties.

Commercial Property Owners Who Give Back



ommercial property owners are often laser focused on how much they can get from a space: revenue per square foot, vacancy rates, percentage of tenants who pay the rent on time. Shorewood is fortunate to have commercial property owners equally interested in what they can give back and how they can support the community. “For inviting downtowns, a key element is commercial property owners who care, who have a deliberate intention to contribute to a community beyond a return on investment,” says Ericka Lang, executive director of the Shorewood Business Improvement District. One such property owner is Mike Kelly, who developed and owns the Ravenna and Cornerstone buildings on North Oakland Avenue. Kelly says a key question he asks himself when developing a property is, “Would this be something the neighbors would want?” “We never start a project wanting to change the neighborhood,” he says. “We want to enhance it. For our retail space, that means asking ourselves what amenities the district might want and also cultivating small local businesses as tenants so that we can complement the character of the community.” In addition to being thoughtful about how his buildings are seen and used, Kelly sponsors the annual Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic and also works closely with his retail tenants to help them succeed. Owners content to maintain a limited relationship with the community will likely need to change, Lang believes. “There's a shift happening that is hard to quantify,” she says. “People will no longer accept stakeholders who take away from, rather than enhance, a community and a common good." Enhancements were top of mind for Jim Meldman when he 12 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2019

purchased the mixed-use building at 3575 N. Oakland Ave. Meldman is renovating the entire building, including its façade. “The building needed some tender loving care and I can do that,” he says. “Shorewood is really undergoing a rejuvenation, and this project will be part of it.” Just north at 3970 N. Oakland Ave., on the corner at East Capitol Drive, is Jeri Robinson’s multi-business building. Last fall, Robinson allowed the BID to use its vacant first-floor space for its Health & Wellness Open Doors weekend event, providing a much-needed central location where practitioners and small businesses could set up. “That’s an example of where a business owner graciously stepped in to fill a need,” Lang says. “Shorewood has been so good to me,” Robinson says. “I always try to be helpful and supportive of the community when I can.” Paul Hackbarth, owner of Sound by Design, The Atrium and Camp Bar, has been especially creative about combining fun with civic-minded events. His annual golf outing has raised thousands for the Shorewood Foundation, money that will go directly back into the community. “Paul’s support has really helped us provide financial sponsorship to projects that enhance the community, like the Shorewood Farmers Market and the 4th of July parade and fireworks,” says Rose Spano Iannelli, Foundation president. Commercial property owners frequently mention how much they enjoy working with Village planners and the Shorewood Community Development Authority. “It’s collaborative, not combative,” says Kelly of the relationship, which adds to Shorewood’s appeal among property owners. “There’s a lot of pride of ownership among Shorewood business owners.” n

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s the Shorewood School District prioritizes advancing classroom equity through curriculum modifications and student engagement, one group making strides in this area is the New Horizons Charter School. This alternative high school is designed to empower students through hands-on learning in a collaborative setting with staff, community and parents. “We evaluate, reflect upon and incorporate equity into everything we do,” says New Horizons Director Bohdan Nedilsky. “We know equity is a messy process to tackle, but we have so many courageous students who want to be a part of improving it. It’s my job to provide experiences that help them develop the skill sets and perspectives to handle these big societal issues.” This academic year, the school’s equity-centered curriculum included participation in the UW-Madison Great World Texts program, building and sharing lending libraries, and focus group work at Chicago’s North Park University. Great World Texts connects students and teachers across Wisconsin with UW-Madison scholars through shared reading and discussion of classic literature. All come together at a conference to share interpretations of the reading and hear from distinguished speakers. This year’s book was A Small Place, non-fiction by Jamaica Kincaid that explores her homeland of Antigua 14 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2019

New Horizons students (from left) Percy Duckworth, Devin Powers and Jayden Nelson prepare soil for the upcoming growing season.

from a tourist’s perspective. Students examined inequalities endured by residents in the book. New Horizons freshman Jayden Nelson says the conference exceeded his expectations. “There were so many students from different backgrounds there, and it was interesting to see the different perspectives and creative ideas people had about the same book,” he says. New Horizons students also designed and built 27 lending libraries — free book exchanges housed in small wooden boxes — to donate and install in parks throughout Milwaukee and at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. At King, Shorewood students read together with younger students to encourage a love of reading, spark creativity and build community. “Our goal with the libraries is to create healthy spaces that bring people of all ages together,” Nedilsky says. “It’s so important to provide spaces for people to gather, converse and connect with one another.” At North Park University, students participated in focus groups and

discussions alongside sociology students as well as students from the alternative education program at Chicago's Percy L. Julian High School. New Horizons sophomore Jack Stuhlmacher says the opportunity helped students learn from one another. “I had a very in-depth conversation with a student who I found out three weeks later was homeless, but had made school a priority, and that was pretty eye-opening for me,” he says. New Horizons senior Percy Duckworth agrees the exercise was valuable. “We discovered we all have common struggles and that we’re more alike than we thought,” he says. “There is inequity in every school regardless of location or economic status.” Nedilsky hopes these experiences teach his students that fostering equity is an ongoing and reflective process. “There is no end to addressing equity,” he says. “Next year, we’ll build from this foundation and strengthen and expand our equity circles. My students are living proof that if you engage young people and connect them with their communities, they can accomplish great things.” n

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Shorewood Events St. Robert Parish Fair

Stone Soup Shakespeare Presents

Saturday, June 1, Noon –10 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Noon–7 p.m.

Twelfth Night

Saturday, June 8, 6 p.m. Submitted photo

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.


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Stone Soup Shakespeare will perform one of the bard’s most humorous comedies, complete with a shipwreck, mistaken identity, and marriage proposals, on the lawn of the Shorewood Public Library. The troupe will explore some of Shakespeare’s themes — love, gender, ambition, and disguise — with David Bowie-themed outfits and synthesized music. North Shore

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Shorewood Men’s Club Chicken BBQ Saturday, June 8, 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

One of the biggest daylong social events in Shorewood, the BBQ is also a way to raise funds to assist Village community groups. Men’s Club members serve up what they say is “the best chicken in town” (catering is by Rupena’s) in Atwater Park. Enjoy live entertainment along with your chicken or ribs dinner, and save room for ice cream! Tickets available at the event. 16 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2019

Tuesday, August 6, 5–8 p.m. North Shore communities including Shorewood are collaborating for the first time on a National Night Out event. Held at Parkway Elementary School at 5910 N. Milwaukee River Parkway in Glendale, the family-friendly event will include food and refreshments, live entertainment, games and activities, and access to community resources.

Sundays, June 16– October 27, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Sponsored by the Shorewood Foundation in partnership with the Village of Shorewood and Shorewood School District 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. Photo above courtesy of Shorewood Farmers Market.


Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic Thursday, June 27

Produced and supported by the Shorewood Business Improvement District The Shorewood Criterium is bigger and better in 2019, with new junior-level races for kids age nine and up! On Day 8 of the 11-day Tour of America’s Dairyland, over 500 cyclists from around the country and abroad will compete for prizes and primes with the first race kicking off at 10:40 a.m. Join the crowds to watch them race through the Business District at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. For more information, visit SHOREWOOD CRITERIUM SCHEDULE 10:40 am Junior 9–12 Boys and Girls

11:10 am Junior 13–14 Boys and Girls


11:40 am Cat 3/4/5 Women (incl. 15-16 & 17–18 Cat 3/4/5 Girls) 12:30 pm Cat 4/5 (incl. Junior 15-16 & 17–18 Cat 4/5 Boys)

Independence Day Celebration

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


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


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



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PAT MCCURDY July 10 KING SOLOMON July 17 COMMAND PERFORMANCE BIG BAND July 24 5 CARD STUDS July 31 ELECTRI-VIOLET August 7 MIXTAPE August 14 GIN MILL JUBILEE August 21 FM RODEO August 28 All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. If an opening act is advertised, openers start at 6 p.m. and headliners at 7 p.m.

Photo: Surfrider Foundation-Milwaukee

Summer Sounds returns for 2019 with a fantastic line-up of live bands ready to entertain crowds of all ages Wednesday evenings in Hubbard Park. Bring a picnic or purchase food and beverage from Hubbard Park Lodge. Hubbard Park is accessible from the Oak Leaf Trial or the parking lot tunnel at 3565 N. Morris Blvd.

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Summer Sounds Concert Series


Surf @Water

Friday, August 23, 5:30–9:30 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 5:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Surf @Water is a celebration of Great Lakes surf culture! Held at Atwater Beach, the event is the premier fundraiser for Surfrider Foundation-Milwaukee. This year’s two-day event kicks off Friday night with a board swap and welcome, food truck, Hawaiian music and films on the beach. Be up with the sun Saturday morning for a 5:45 a.m. paddle-out and stay for all-day activities including yoga, a sandcastle contest, paddleboard races and, of course, surfing lessons. Visit for the full schedule.

Movie Under the Stars Series Fridays, June 28, July 26, August 9, 8 p.m.

The Shorewood Recreation Department’s Movie Under the Stars series offers free, family-friendly film screenings at the Lake Bluff Elementary School playground for all community members. Arrive around 8 p.m. and movies begin shortly after sunset. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a more comfortable experience and enjoy complimentary popcorn courtesy of Andrew McCabe, Allstate Insurance. In inclement weather, screenings will move indoors to the Lake Bluff Cafetorium. Call the weather cancellation line after 2 p.m. at 414.963.6913 x3.





August 9

Library Summer Celebration

Thursday, July 25, 6–8 p.m. Join friends and neighbors for a family-friendly tradition! You’ll find children’s activities and Culver’s sundaes, and a chance to meet the Milwaukee Brewers Famous Racing Sausages! Also enjoy the music of Frogwater and educational trolley rides around town. The event is funded by the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library.

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Senior Resource Center Challenge Yourself Not to Fall Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Donna Horrigan, a physical therapist with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, helps us learn balance and strength, the art of falling and what to do if you fall. This is an important program for all older adults, especially people living independently and/or walking independently, even if mostly indoors. Four-week series, residents $20/nonresidents $30. Please pre-register.

Free Milkweed at the Shorewood Farmers Market: Help a Monarch Butterfly Sun., June 23, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Dorothy Johnson, left, and Liz Williams participate in Kelly Schroeder-Strong’s “Let's Dance” fitness class at the Senior Resource Center recently.

Events Coffee & Conversation for Caregivers Tuesdays, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6

Are you caring for someone who has dementia? Connect with fellow caregivers and share challenges, tips and stories. Facilitated by members of the Shorewood Connects Dementia Awareness Workgroup.

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

Get more comfortable using your portable technology (smartphone, laptop, iPad, Kindle) as well as apps, social media and more, with one-on-one support from tech-savvy volunteer tutors. *No tutors on July 5.

What’s Shaking in Shorewood? Wed., June 5, 12:30–1 p.m.

Join Tyler Burkart, Assistant Village Manager, for a brief update on Shorewood projects and initiatives.

Unconscious Bias (Part II) Tues., June 18, 6–7:30 p.m.

Continuation of an interactive program with Reggie Jackson and Dr. Fran Kaplan, exploring ways we can monitor and manage our “blind spots” to build more inclusive and equitable multicultural relationships. This program is in collaboration with the Shorewood Library.

Each spring, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from their overwintering areas in Mexico to the United States and Canada. As they journey north, they lay their eggs only on milkweed plants. But this epic migration is threatened by habitat loss in North America. Help save the monarchs by joining many Shorewood residents who have already planted milkweed in support of this species. Pick up your free milkweed at the Shorewood Farmers Market, courtesy of the SRC and the Shorewood Public Library. Follow for more information.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Atlanta Braves Wed., July 17, 11:15 a.m.–5 p.m.

Treat yourself to a day at the ballpark! The SRC has 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 and return immediately after the game or at 4:30 p.m.

Lunch and Tours of Retirement Communities Wed., July 10, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Eastcastle Place Wed., July 31, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Milwaukee Catholic Home

Enjoy a complimentary lunch and learn about two continuing care communities on Milwaukee’s East Side. Transportation provided from the SRC. Seats are limited; pre-registration required.

Ten Chimneys Tour and Lunch at the Union House Wed., Aug.7, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Ten Chimneys, home of famous Broadway actors Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt, is one of Wisconsin’s treasures and was declared a National Historical Landmark in 2003. A docent-led tour takes visitors though the home and other buildings featuring lovingly preserved original furniture, decorations and personal items, along with fascinating and fun stories of the couple’s celebrity guests. History continues with lunch at the Union House (established 1861) in Genesee Depot. To register, please contact the SRC. Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and meet in the lower level of Shorewood Village Center at 3920 N. Murray Ave. Contact us: 414.847.2727 | email: SHOREWOOD TODAY 19

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Spreading Sunshine



ehind many of the initiatives that make Shorewood a senior-friendly community is Judy Spencer, a retired nurse who has been helping others — particularly, older adults — for much of her life.

Before retirement, Spencer was the lead for the Geriatric-Psychiatric Outpatient Program of Columbia St. Mary's Hospital. She has served people of all ages during more than two dozen medical missions to places like Nicaragua and Peru. She volunteers with the Sparks Program at Schlitz Audubon Center, cheerfully greeting busloads of visiting nursing home residents. And she has made a significant difference in the lives and wellbeing of countless older adults in Shorewood. Spencer served on Shorewood’s Elder Services Advisory Board from 2006 to 2016. During that time, she founded the Sunshine Club, a drop-in support group, and facilitated its monthly meetings for more than 10 years. “Older adults are often alone and lonely, and they need a place to talk about whatever is going on in their lives, even concerns that seem mundane,” Spencer says. “Getting it out helps, so it doesn’t eat away at you and lead to depression.” Spencer worked closely with Coordinator Sue Kelley to launch Shorewood Connects, an offshoot of the Milwaukee County Department on Aging’s Connecting Caring Communities project. She has also been an enthusiastic leader of the volunteer-led Shorewood Memory Cafe since its launch in 2015. The initiative brings older adults with memory issues and their caregivers together monthly at Three Lions Pub for

conversation, activities and support. Spencer, says Senior Resource Center Director Elizabeth Price, is “an integral part of the programming, lending her creativity, skills and vast collection of cultural artifacts from her many travels.” Spencer likes to plan activities that help trigger happy memories. “I’m a reminiscing type of person, so one time we talked about people’s weddings,” she says. “People brought in their wedding photos, and I had my grandmother’s, my mother’s, and my wedding dress hung up on display. We’ve also done an ‘antiques road show’ where people bring in items they want to share and talk about.” Spencer has also shared tales of her mission trip escapades, such as the time she and others rode mules up into the Andes Mountains. “We were at 13,000 feet, we slept on schoolroom floors, we ate guinea pigs … it was such an adventure,” she says. “I love to travel and be hands-on, actually involved in the communities. It’s so much more interesting than being an onlooker.” Price decided Spencer deserved some recognition for all she does, and in February wrote a glowing letter to the Department on Aging to recommend Spencer for its Senior Citizen Hall of Fame, with Kelley and others following suit. The County selected Spencer and inducted her on May 30. “Judy is a kind, thoughtful, generous person (who) brings a smile to everyone (and) a true role model for being a concerned, engaged citizen,” Kelley wrote in her nomination letter. “We need many more Judy Spencers in our world.” n SHOREWOOD TODAY 21


Leading the Parade

Karen and Bob Dean honored as July 4 grand marshals



ongtime Shorewood residents Bob and Karen Dean will serve as the 2019 Parade Marshals for Shorewood’s July 4 festivities.

Selected from among nominations sent to the board of the Shorewood Foundation, which underwrites the Village’s Independence Day Celebration (see schedule, page 17), these engaged, passionate and proud Shorewoodians exemplify what it means to be good neighbors who serve their community. Bob Dean is the current president of the Shorewood Historical Society, a past president of the Shorewood Foundation and a founder of the Shorewood Booster Club, while Karen long served on the board of the Shorewood Business Improvement District and as part of the Community Development Authority. She also worked as a substitute teacher in the Shorewood schools. “Bob and Karen’s touch is on so very many things here in Shorewood,” says Pat Algiers, Shorewood resident and business owner who served with Karen on the BID board. “Shorewood has become a much better place because of their years of leadership and involvement.” The Deans have deep roots in the community. Bob grew up on North Maryland Avenue and his grandfather ran a local construction company. They have two grown children who attended the Shorewood schools. For their neighbors on North Ridgefield Circle, the Deans can be counted on to help organize the annual block party and host neighborhood gatherings.

“We are deeply honored and humbled to be selected as grand marshals,” Bob says, “and to be recognized among so many other distinguished Shorewoodians who have exemplified service to our community. Shorewood has enhanced our lives and the lives of our family members in immeasurable ways, and for this we are very grateful. “ Shorewood Foundation President Rose Spano Iannelli says the Foundation board members felt that “the Deans embody the Foundation’s mission to enhance the culture, beauty, quality of life and neighborhood spirit of Shorewood … they are a shining example to all of us of how individuals can, through hard work, a spirit of cooperation and positive attitudes, leave a lasting mark on the community.” In 2018 the Shorewood Foundation, a longtime sponsor of the July 4 fireworks display, extended its support to underwrite Independence Day festivities including the parade, free ice cream, and live music and entertainment. This year, the Foundation will again sponsor a bike-decorating competition for children under 10. The rider with the best-decorated bike wins a $50 gift certificate to Culver’s of Shorewood. Made up of an all-volunteer board of Village residents, the Shorewood Foundation awards grants to finance local initiatives including the Shorewood Farmers Market, the Ghost Train and more, as well as scholarships for high school students. n

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Shorewood Recreation Department

Home Base, Kids Club offer flexible and fun summer options BY KATELIN WATSON


ummer is an exciting time for children, but can often be stressful for parents scrambling to find and afford child care when school’s not in session. Thanks to the Shorewood Recreation Department’s flexible, accessible summer supervision programs, children and parents can both relax and better enjoy the season. The Rec Department offers two summer supervision programs: Home Base and Kids Club. Both programs are open to students entering K4 through sixth grade in the fall, and run Monday through Friday from mid-June to early August, excluding July 4. “We provide two different offerings to give parents flexibility if they don’t need full-day coverage,” says Recreation Supervisor Megan Phalin. “Parents have the option to register for one day a week, multiple days a week, or can even register for single days as needed as long as they register by noon the previous business day.” Home Base is the morning supervision program, running 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and housed at the Youth Center inside the Shorewood High School Physical Education Building. Home Base provides supervised activities including table games, active group games, socializing, bowling, arts and crafts, and a designated lunch time. Parents are encouraged to send a morning snack and bag lunch with their students, and to enroll their child in other morning recreation classes, as Rec Department staff will walk children to and from these classes. Kids Club is the afternoon supervision program that runs from 1 to 5:30 p.m. It is divided into three different age groups: Junior Kids Club (grades K4 - K5) at the Atwater East Playground, Atwater Kids Club (grades 1, 2 and 3) at the Atwater West Playground, and the SHS Kids Club (grades 4, 5 and 6). Participants play games, create art projects, visit the library, go swimming and fishing, and take excursions to nearby spots such as Atwater Beach and Estabrook Park. The weekly calendar of

Kids Club participants cool off with popsicles on the SHS front lawn last summer, after participating in Fourth of July-themed activities.

events is always posted on the Rec Department website one week in advance. If parents choose to register their students for both Kids Club and Home Base, Rec Department staff will escort the students between programs. Each program is staffed with between 15 and 20 supervisors, the majority of whom are high school students or local college students pursuing education or recreation-related majors. “Many on our staff have gone through these programs themselves or have worked for the Rec Department before,” Phalin says. “So they have lots of experience with the way the system works and it’s fun to see them giving back to the programs that they enjoyed being a part of as kids.” Take recent SHS graduate Charlotte Berg, who now works as a Kids Club Leader at Junior Kids Club. When asked about the most rewarding part of her summer job, Berg says that it’s all about building relationships with the students and witnessing their personal growth. “It’s exciting to watch the kids transform before your eyes,” she says. “You can definitely see a difference with certain things such as communication skills … the quieter kids come out of their shells and make new friendships along the way. It’s really a fun time for all involved.” n For more information, visit and click the “Summer Supervision: Home Base and Kids Club” tab.


Oxford Glass owner Michael Hecker displays a piece of stained glass in preparation for a new project.



Combining time-tested techniques with skills and imagination, the artists at Oxford Art Glass Studio create intricate stained-glass art that decorates homes and businesses around the world.

Michael Hecker opened the studio on North Oakland Avenue in Shorewood 20 years ago. Today, he and artist Melanie Brotz not only create custom stained glass, but also provide expert repair and restoration, a skill much in demand among the owners of some of Milwaukee’s older homes. With Hecker’s training in architecture and Brotz’s in fine art, the two are uniquely suited for projects such as creating a colorful mermaid panel to decorate a home hot tub room, or a massive glass rendering of the Snap-on Inc. company logo for the company’s headquarters. The process for creating and repairing stained glass, says Hecker, is painstaking and unchanged for generations. “Everything is done by hand, the way it was 120 years ago. There’s really no modernization to the process — it’s done the same way Louis Comfort Tiffany did it in 1890.” New custom projects begin with Hecker or Brotz developing three design options, ranging from simple to complex. The client’s chosen design is then mapped out and individual

pieces of colored glass are are hand cut from larger panes, racks of which line the studio walls and fill the basement storage area. The individual pieces are then smoothed, wrapped in copper foil (a Tiffany innovation), fitted together like a colorful jigsaw puzzle and soldered into the finished panel. Hecker and Brotz can create stained glass to reflect any design genre, from Prairie School-style restrained lines to Victorian floral motifs. They’ve also incorporated unusual techniques into their work, such as mouth-blown glass designs and integrating thin slices of agate rocks into a larger stained-glass panel. The results are colorful, stunningly unique masterpieces. Hecker, who earned a graduate degree in architecture in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, also studied art and architecture at Oxford University in England. He became so enamored with the centuries-old university city that when it came time to name his new business, he says, “Oxford Art Glass Studio felt like the perfect fit.” Being in Shorewood has been ideal for Hecker, who grew up admiring Milwaukee’s grand old homes and wondering what they looked like inside. This business has given him chance to see the interiors of many of those homes and help restore some of them to their earlier glory. n

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Emma Dorsey, right, reaches out to Partners in Play classmate Winston Buss during a seated activity.

Partners in Play: Building Skills and Friendships BY PAULA WHEELER | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN


On weekday afternoons, Katie Madlung’s classroom at Lake Bluff Elementary School is bustling with the usual activities of early childhood education. But the program she directs, Partners in Play, is unique in its design and goals.

Not quite preschool, not quite kindergarten, Partners in Play is designed around students with special needs, to foster progress in their education and development, with help from typically developing peers. Madlung is the Shorewood School District’s early childhood special education teacher. She and her team conceived Partners in Play to provide a new opportunity for children aging out of Birth to 3, Wisconsin’s early intervention program for infants and toddlers with special needs. Previously, Madlung and other intervention experts provided state-supported services for qualified 3- and 4-year-old students in the classrooms of the District’s preschool program, Bright Beginnings. “We thought, ‘What if the occupational therapist, the speech pathologist and I were to do our own early childhood program, and tailor it to what our students really needed for their individualized education plans and goals?’” Madlung says. “And also, bring in typical peers, so they would have those wonderful role models.” Partners in Play launched in fall 2017 with 12 students, six of whom were qualified to receive interventional services. All 12 attended K4 in the mornings, then would come to Madlung’s room for lunch, rest time and an afternoon of more learning and play.

Madlung says it’s ideal to have at least equal numbers of special-needs students and typical peers in class, or even a majority of typical kids, which she has this year. “The biggest benefit of Partners in Play is that my students see behaviors that they are able to emulate,” she says. “So they see students sitting on the carpet, engaging appropriately, raising their hands … all the things we want to see them doing. And the goal is, ‘Oh, I see my friend doing that, I’m going to do that, too.’ ” Jessica Micol Buss, whose son Winston, 4, is one of Madlung’s current students, says she was thrilled to find a program designed around Winston’s educational needs that also included daily exposure to typical peers. “Winston absolutely loves going to school and he loves his school friends and teachers,” says Buss. “His play skills and social skills have grown incredibly over the course of the school year and we see these skills carrying over at home and in the community. He is making amazing strides in his goal areas while he learns excellent foundational skills for school readiness and behavior. Partners in Play has completely exceeded our expectations.” Madlung says inclusive early-childhood educational settings like Partners in Play are beneficial for all students. “Once the typical kids get to know my students, and having grown up with them from a young age, they just perceive them as part of their class, no matter how they act or what they do,” Madlung says. “They just accept them, and will even look out for them and care for them. It can be a really powerful relationship.” n For more information about Partners in Play, contact the Special Education team at 414.963.6906. SHOREWOOD TODAY 29

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Hi, Neighbor Meet: David Lenz

Moved to Shorewood: 1997 David Lenz grew up surrounded by art. His father, an art dealer, rotated paintings in and out of their house. In school, he was the go-to student when teachers needed a drawing to illustrate a lesson. But nowhere was he more at home than in his grandfather’s Wauwatosa home art studio, surrounded by tubes of paint, half-finished works and the smell of turpentine. “I wanted to emulate my grandfather,” Lenz says. “It just seemed like a great life.”

Award-Winning Artist Keeps it Real BY JENNIFER ANDERSON

David Lenz is considered one of the country’s foremost photo-realistic painters. Upon close inspection, his works — which at first glance look like photographs — reveal their painterly qualities. Lenz has honed his technique through years of study (at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a visual communications major), experimentation and practice. In his 20s, Lenz took a year-long sabbatical from his job as an art director to focus on painting, but struggled to find inspiring subjects. One day, while sketching out a scene he’d recently witnessed of kids sledding nearby, he realized what his paintings had been missing: people; specifically, children and young people he saw locally, making the best of their urban environment. In that moment, Lenz says, “the city made sense, because you could look at it through the eyes of a child, the innocent bystanders of society.” The resulting painting, “Riverwest,” kicked off a series of works depicting children on the streets of inner-city Milwaukee, which exposed viewers to the direct gaze of young people frequently overlooked. A subsequent series focused entirely on an elderly Wisconsin farming couple, revealing through their proud but weathered faces the harsh beauty of their rural lifestyle. Today, inspired in part by his son Sam, who has Down syndrome, Lenz’s art showcases people with disabilities, confirming their humanity and celebrating their individuality. In 2006, Lenz’s painting “Sam and the Perfect World” bested more than 4,000 entries in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery competition. As the winner, Lenz was commissioned

to paint a portrait of a “remarkable American.” He chose Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, and the resulting portrait of Shriver, alongside four Special Olympics athletes and a Best Buddies Ambassador, now hangs in the gallery’s permanent collection. Lenz says a single painting can take “many, many months” to complete. “The human face is the hardest thing to paint by far,” he adds. “The expressions I’m trying to capture are pretty subtle, and I’m usually going for complex emotions. A tiny thing like the shadow in the corner of a mouth can completely change someone’s expression.” The paintings often include symbols and metaphors that can challenge and captivate viewers. “The idea is to put things in that are ambiguous enough that many different interpretations can be made,” Lenz explains. Lenz and his wife, Rosemarie Feiza-Lenz, a senior lecturer at UWM's English Language Academy, have lived in Shorewood for 22 years. “We moved here because of the schools, which have been terrific,” says Lenz. “Sam had a tremendous high school experience.” Today, Sam is a proud Shorewood High School graduate with three jobs: locally at Metro Market and Culver’s, and also at Miller Park. “It works out really nice with Sam having two jobs that he can walk to,” Lenz says. “We love living close to the lake and close to downtown, on a beautiful street. What’s not to like?” n To learn more about David and see samples of his work, visit

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Three perspectives on sharing safely

Shorewood’s sidewalks are often on the shortlist when residents cite their favorite aspects of Village life. Whether biking or strolling, every resident is responsible for safely sharing this treasured space. PETER NIMMER, Shorewood Police Chief “The ordinance in Shorewood states that only children 12 and younger are allowed to ride their bikes on the sidewalk. We ask that they are taught to safely share the sidewalk with pedestrians and also strongly encouraged to walk their bikes when passing pedestrians. “At first glance, it seems like bicyclists are safest on sidewalks. But many studies have indicated that this is the most dangerous way to ride. This is because drivers aren’t necessarily looking for cyclists on the sidewalks, and might not notice them when they pull into a driveway or alley — until it’s too late.” JUDY MAZZIE, Resident

Judy Mazzie and her dog, Coco, enjoy a bike-free Shorewood sidewalk on a recent rainy day.

DIANE JAKUBOWSKI, Member, Shorewood Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee “Bicyclists travel at speeds that are unexpected on sidewalks. This can surprise drivers, making the driveways and intersections very dangerous. On high-density retail streets, bicyclists can easily surprise exiting shoppers, creating a hazardous situation for all. “We encourage people to remember the rules of the road, and parents should teach them to their children. All cyclists should be stopping at stop signs and using hand signals, as well as announcing themselves while approaching walkers from behind on shared pathways like the Oak Leaf Trail.”

“I am a big walker. I take my dog on two daily walks and average about five miles a day. I often encounter bikers of all ages on the sidewalk; often, if they’re young people, they’re biking side by side so they can talk to each other. To avoid playing a game of chicken with them if they’re heading in my direction, I have to get out of the way!

“We encourage people to remember the rules of the road, and parents should teach them to their children.”

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“Like a lot of older people, I don’t hear as well as I used to, so when bikers come zooming up behind me on the sidewalk, it can really startle me. The fear for us older people is that if you’re surprised like that, you could easily fall, and if you break something, it could be the end of life as you know it.”


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RATE CHANGES FOR RESIDENTIAL DUMPING The Village Board has issued new compactor fees for residents dropping off household refuse and recyclables at the Department of Public Works yard at 3801 N. Morris Blvd., as well as additional electronics fees. Basic fees are below. For a full list of fees, visit Gate fees for every vehicle: BB Cars and minivans/$12 BB Trucks and SUVs /$17 TV fees: BB 32” or less / $30 BB Larger than 32” $45 Computer fees: BB CPU/tower $10 BB CRT monitor $10 Additional electronics, based on the number of items: BB Fee scale between $5 and $20


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Arriving in subscribers’ inboxes each Thursday, the Shorewood Village Manager’s Memo delivers a wealth of information on local events, Village initiatives, Board of Trustee decisions and more. Village Manager Rebecca Ewald encourages all residents to subscribe to the newsletter if they’re interested in keeping up with all things Shorewood. “We work hard to include everything we think a resident would want to know, from upcoming DPW projects to all the fun activities going on that week in Shorewood,” Ewald says. “We try to keep it really informative but straightforward and simple, so people can get a sense for what’s happening at a glance.”

The Village Manager's Memo is a weekly e-newsletter produced by the Village of Shorewood.

Every issue offers a brief message from the manager about a topic of current community interest, such as a new public works initiative or a committee’s project gains. In addition, there are weekly updates from the Shorewood Public Library, the North Shore Health Department and the Shorewood School District. Those interested in including a notice in the memo can contact Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart. To subscribe and to view recent issues, visit and click “Village Manager's Memo.”


PRINT FROM YOUR DEVICE AT SHOREWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY At the end of March, Shorewood joined the majority of Milwaukee County public libraries in using new software to manage its public computers. Perhaps the greatest highlight of this new tool is that users can now send print jobs from a personal smartphone, tablet or laptop to the library’s printer — and they need not even be in the library building. Print jobs can be sent from home or on the go with an app, via email or through a web portal, and users should stop by the library within 24 hours pick them up. Find instructions for mobile printing at

REACH FOR THE STARS The 2019 summer library program, “A Universe of Stories,” celebrates all things space. Kids can launch their own reading adventures by signing up for one of the library’s reading challenges. Young readers from tots to teens can track their reading and earn rewards. They may also enjoy weekly events including popular Terrific Tuesdays, story times, craft programs and activities just for tweens and teens. The program is funded by the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library.

One of the goals in the Shorewood Public Library Strategic Plan 20192024 is embracing opportunities and collaborations that increase connections in our community. Community members, Village Board members and library staff all confirmed during the plan’s data-gathering stage that Shorewood residents are eager to engage in community conversations, sharing ideas and experiences. One powerful way the library has fostered this is through Shorewood Reads, which encourages the whole community to read a selected book and to engage in discussions with neighbors. We know reading can foster empathy and increase understanding, which helps break down perceived and real barriers. In 2019, the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library and library staff will work together to establish Shorewood Reads as a consistent community initiative.

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Out & About in Shorewood Katelin Watson




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6 Photos by Jonathan Kirn unless noted.

1 Crowds gather around the Trinity Irish Dancers at the Business

Improvement District's Second Annual Shorewood Shenanigans in March.

2 Atwater fifth-graders visit the DEEP Physics booth at the School

District’s Third Annual Authentic Learning Showcase in May. Left to right: Maya Pluto, Simra Jamal, Allen Zhang. 3 SHS seniors Ava Reinhoffer, left, and Maya Deshpande assist

Tom Barber, right, in weeding his yard at the Shorewood Connects Spring Yard Clean-Up in May. 4 Students participate in the first-ever Atwater Fun Run, held in

the Atwater School gym in April. The event raised $21,195 for the school, exceeding the PTO’s goal of $12,000. 5 Erica Weise, left, tries on a scarf with Marilyn Harmon during the

Shorewood Woman’s Club Wearable Art Show in May.

6 Shorewood High School Prom-goers have their official

Grand March photo taken in April. Left to right are Zoe Tiffin, Georgina Pink, Meredith Kelly, Emily Brockmeier and Anna Hietpas. 7 Police officer Cydney Vahsholtz guides Binta Ba, 5, though the course


at Atwater School during the Shorewood Bike Rodeo in May.

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Shorewood A Look Back

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Circa When? How to date an old photo

This aerial shot of Shorewood looks southwest, with the Milwaukee River at the top and Shorewood High School in the center. Can you tell what year it was taken? Try this: First, look for buildings you recognize and note their construction dates. Then, look for “missing” buildings that are here today, and determine when they were built. With just these few clues, we can conclude that the photo was taken between 1936 and 1940. Photo and information courtesy of the Shorewood Historical Society. 38 SHOREWOOD TODAY  SUMMER 2019

1. Missing: Shorewood Intermediate School, 1970 2. SHS Administration Building, 1925 3. SHS Performing Arts Building, 1936 4. Missing: Catholic Family Life Insurance building (today’s Northwoods Web Solutions), built in the 1960s 5. Shorewood Post Office, early 1930s 6. Art Deco building, early 1930s 7. Missing: the former Sendik’s building, completed in 1940



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


SAT. JUNE 1 & SUN. JUNE 2  St. Robert Parish Fair Sat. Noon–10pm, Sun. Noon–7pm

TUES. JUNE 4  SIS and 6th Grade Spring Orchestra Concert 7pm, SHS Gensler Auditorium THURS. JUNE 6  SIS Spring Band Concert 7pm, SHS Gensler Auditorium

SAT. JUNE 8  48th Annual Shorewood Men’s Club Chicken BBQ 11:30am–7:30pm, Atwater Park SAT. JUNE 8  Stone Soup Shakespeare presents Twelfth Night 6pm, Shorewood Public Library

SUN. JUNE 16  Shorewood Farmers Market 9:30am–1pm, Lake Bluff Elementary School playground Runs every Sunday through Oct. 27 TUES. JUNE 18  Terrific Tuesday: KidsPlay Theater 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center

TUES. JUNE 18 Unconscious Biases: Part Two – Can We Manage It? 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center

TUES. JUNE 25  Terrific Tuesday: Fox & Branch 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center THURS. JUNE 27  16th Annual Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic 10:30am–9pm, Shorewood Business District

FRI. JUNE 28  Movie Under the Stars Series: Mary Poppins Returns After sunset, Lake Bluff Elementary School playground


THURS. JULY 4  Shorewood Independence Day Celebration Underwritten by the Shorewood Foundation For details, see page 17. TUES. JULY 9  Terrific Tuesday: Miss Kim’s Amazing Animals 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center

WED. JULY 10  Summer Sounds Outdoor Concert Series: Pat McCurdy 6pm, Hubbard Park SAT. JULY 13  Shorewood Alumni Association All-Class Reunion 3–6pm, Estabrook Park TUES. JULY 16 Terrific Tuesday: ABCs of the Moon 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center WED. JULY 17  Summer Sounds Outdoor Concert Series: King Solomon 6pm, Hubbard Park

TUES. JULY 23  Terrific Tuesday: Illusionist Ardan James 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center WED. JULY 24  Summer Sounds Outdoor Concert Series: Command Performance Big Band 6pm, Hubbard Park THURS. JULY 25  Summer Celebration 6pm, Shorewood Public Library

FRI. JULY 26  Movie Under the Stars Series: Incredibles 2 After sunset, Lake Bluff Elementary School playground

SAT. JULY 27 & SUN. JULY 28  Shorewood Drama Jr. presents The Little Mermaid Jr. Sat. 7pm, Sun. 1:30pm, SHS Gensler Auditorium TUES. JULY 30  Terrific Tuesday: Tae Kwon Do Demonstration 2:30pm, Shorewood Village Center

WED. JULY 31  Summer Sounds Outdoor Concert Series: 5 Card Studs 6pm, Hubbard Park

KIDS ROLL at 6:20 p.m.

Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic


Thursday, June 27


TUES. AUG. 6  National Night Out 5–8pm, Parkway Elementary School, Glendale WED. AUG. 7  Summer Sounds Outdoor Concert Series: Electri-Violet 6pm, Hubbard Park

THURS. AUG. 8 & FRI. AUG. 9  Shorewood School District Forms & Fees Days and SHS/SIS Picture Days SHS Arena

FRI. AUG. 9  Movie Under the Stars Series: Frozen After sunset, Lake Bluff Elementary School playground

WED. AUG.14  Summer Sounds Outdoor Concert Series: Mixtape 6pm, Hubbard Park WED. AUG. 21  Summer Sounds Outdoor Concert Series: Gin Mill Jubilee 6pm, Hubbard Park

FRI. AUG. 23 & SAT. AUG. 24  Surf @water 2019 Fri. 5–9:30pm, Sat. sunrise to sunset, Atwater Beach WED. AUG. 28  Summer Sounds Outdoor Concert Series: FM Rodeo 6pm, Hubbard Park