Shorewood Today Winter 2017

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Shorewood TODAY




Meet Shorewood’s New Village Manager

Strong momentum 2018 looks to be a busy and exciting new year in Shorewood. As we welcome our new Village manager, Rebecca Ewald (read more about her on page 15), the strong momentum in our community continues. Construction is advancing on the Oaks of Shorewood Senior Residences, located between Hubbard Park and HarborChase near the river. In 2018, we will be reconstructing North Wilson Drive on our western boarder and resurfacing North Lake Drive on our eastern edge. There is also great buzz going on in the Shorewood business district, which is hosting a new Winterfest event in early December and looking forward to welcoming the popular Blue's Egg restaurant to Shorewood next year. It will be a wonderful addition to the other new and established dining options that attract both locals and visitors to the Village. Looking back for a moment, I'd like to give kudos to the organizers of a very successful and well-attended event on Halloween: the Night at the Ghost Train, celebrating the installation's one-year anniversary. Hundreds of residents filled the parking lots at HarborChase, Culver's and Corner Bakery and were treated to an extravagant light and sound show at the Oak Leaf Trail bridge. The enthusiasm and participation of our residents is just one aspect of Village life that I greatly appreciate.

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On the cover: Residents Alaina and Jake Bressett are looking their holiday best at Thief Wine after being pampered, groomed and styled by Shorewood’s professionals. Photo by Jonathan Kirn, styled by Karen Parr, cover feature coordination by Sarah DeNeve.



10 Social Season

Look and feel your best for the holidays

15 New Village Manager Rebecca Ewald brings strong experience

16 Robotics, Design and Modeling Hands-on learning at SIS




4 News

23 Do-Gooder

28 Business Spotlight

34 Resources

24 Classroom Plus

New and noteworthy around town Handy information on timely topics


Mark Kuehn curates maritime history

Russian Food and Gifts

31 Education Spotlight

Freshwater ecosystems

William Frackelton built the school of his dreams

27 Recreation

32 Hi, Neighbor

New outdoor fitness area

18 Events

Walter Kelly's high-profile cases

36 Out & About

Cinema, celebrations and shopping

Memorable moments

20 Senior Resource Center

38 A Look Back

New programs this winter

Stalled streetcars

40 Shorewood Calendar

WinterFest and Tree Lighting Celebration

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Shorewood News Blue’s Egg plans for

BRUNCH SPOT IN SHOREWOOD The owners of Blue’s Egg restaurant on Milwaukee’s west side are moving forward with plans to open a Shorewood location in the Mosaic building at 4195 N. Oakland Ave. The popular establishment serves globally inspired American breakfast and lunch fare.

An aerial view of the long-vacant 4001 N. Oakland Ave.

AUR Healthcare


After more than seven years of vacancy, the storefront at 4001 N. Oakland Ave. — formerly home to Actaea Works salon — will have a new tenant. Shorewood resident Peter J. Grimes, president of AUR Healthcare Group, plans to open a primary and urgent care clinic in early 2018. The Shorewood clinic will be modeled on an existing clinic, YourMD, in Mequon, which offers memberships that run between $40 and $120 month, based primarily on age and the number of people covered through the membership. Members pay $25 for office visits and receive a 50 percent discount on lab tests. Non-members can also use the clinic as a lower-cost alternative to an emergency room visit. “This will give Shorewood residents a convenient, affordable primary care clinic right in their community,” Grimes says. Offering residents new health care options and having a tenant at last in the space is a win-win, says Ericka Lang, executive director of Shorewood’s Business Improvement District: “I love the thought of providing the community with needed services promoting health and wellness, and look forward to a reinvention of that corner.”


The owners of its parent company, Black Shoe Hospitality, are eligible for a $10,000 façade grant through the Shorewood Community Development Authority to extend the space on the north side of the building. The grant will partially cover the cost of adding windowed garage doors to create an al fresco experience. Owners are aiming to open the restaurant in April 2018. A rendering of Blue's Egg restaurant, which “We are looking owners plan to open in the Mosaic this spring. forward to adding to the dining offerings here in Shorewood,” says Ericka Lang, executive director of the Shorewood Business Improvement District. “The owners are known for supporting the communities where they operate through charitable sponsorships and for extending use of the restaurant space for events.”

School District Facilities Plan


In late October, the Shorewood School District held three community conversations to provide more information, answer questions and seek community input regarding a draft of the District’s Master Facilities Plan. Nearly 60 community members attended in total, and their feedback has been applied in refining the plan. The Shorewood School Board is reviewing the feedback and determining priorities and next steps. The District anticipates reaching out to the community again in April 2018 for input on priority projects. More information can be found online at, and questions about the Master Facilities Plan can be emailed to

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The Police Department’s new home Shorewood Police Department staff are settling into their new home in the renovated AB Data building on North Wilson Drive and enjoying having more room to do their jobs. Police Chief Peter Nimmer says the logistical challenge of relocating a 24/7 operation was daunting but went fairly smoothly. “We shut down at 8 a.m. at the old building and had things up and running by around noon in the new offices,” he says. With phase one of the renovation complete, several phase two projects are planned for 2018. These include finishing the remaining office areas, the detectives’ bureau, the evidence and work-up rooms and the roll-call room, along with Roomier work some storage areas. Work to complete spaces (like the one an indoor garage will begin at the above) are an advantage completion of phase two. at the new Shorewood Police headquarters.

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Shorewood’s Department of Public Works is losing two longtime employees who have applied their distinctive talents to significantly enhance the Village over the years. Judy Kaiser and Russ Falkowski are a married couple with a combined 57 years of experience working for the DPW and the Village. Kaiser, the Village’s horticulturalist known also as the in-house “flower lady,” designed everything from the attractive planters around DPW employees and married couple Judy town to the colorful boulevards of Kaiser and Russ Falkowski are retiring Dec. 31. vibrant native plants. “Judy’s work with plants and flowers is an art, and the Village of Shorewood is so very fortunate to have provided her with a living canvas,” says Leeann Butschlick, DPW director. “Her talent is obvious, but what might not be — at least to those who don’t know her — is how deeply she cares about this community and making every part of it beautiful.”

The Family Backpack Malamadoe BID affiliate Shorewood resident Andrea Khan always knew that travel was going to play a big part in her children’s upbringing — just as it has throughout her life. But traveling with children is a challenge, so Khan set out to make it a little easier for parents with The Family Backpack, a website that offers a carefully curated selection of family travel advice. The site serves up guidance from experienced travel bloggers on great family adventures all around the world, from safaris in Kenya to road trips to Mount Rushmore. Khan hopes the site’s wealth of information and user-friendly format prepares parents for less stressful and more memorable journeys with their nearest and dearest.

Falkowski started as a craftsman in 1985 and quickly moved up to chief craftsman. With the exception of a stint as Shorewood’s lead building inspector, Falkowski spent his career ensuring the regular maintenance and smooth operation of everything from the plumbing to the windows in Village buildings. “Russ has an energy level and work ethic that are absolutely second to none,” Butschlick says. “With over 30 years of service, he knows every inch of the Village and has cared for it like it was his own.”

Shorewood Reads returns with


Shorewood Reads returns to the Village in 2018 with Emily St. John Mandel’s award-winning, optimistically dystopian novel Station Eleven. This tale of a Shakespearean theater troupe’s travels through the Upper Midwest, bringing culture and hope to survivors of a devastating flu pandemic, was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award. Events begin in January and will culminate with an author visit on April 10. Shorewood Reads, organized and sponsored by the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library and the Shorewood Public Library, is co-sponsored by the Shorewood Foundation, Shorewood High School and the Shorewood Senior Resource Center. 6 SHOREWOOD TODAY  WINTER 2017

Structural Elements 4529 N. Oakland Ave. 414.539.4206 Orthopedic wellness clinic Structural Elements has opened in the Ravenna building, occupying the former Sydney b boutique space. Wisconsin is the third state for this franchise business that helps clients “overcome injury and achieve their athletic goals,” according to the website. Practitioners offer acupuncture, dry needling, manual soft tissue manipulation and joint mobilization.

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Acacia Dental Care strives to build life-long patient relationships by providing superior care to all generations. Dr. Brookes brings over a decade of experience to his new practice. He and his family recently relocated to Shorewood to be closer to family. They are excited to be part of the local community and look forward to getting to know you.

BID seeks vendors for new


The Shorewood Business Improvement District has christened the pedestrian arcade just north of the Metro Market parking structure at 4075 N. Oakland Ave. as “Wood Square.” This space can accommodate market stalls and was designed to serve as an outdoor venue for craftspeople and artists to display and sell their works. The BID will host its WinterFest event (see page 18) in Wood Square on December 2. People interested in using the space, which will be activated yearround, can visit for more information.

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Liz Sumner, co-owner of SHOP, celebrates the boutique’s 10-year anniversary.

SHOP CELEBRATES 10 YEARS Ten years ago, Liz Sumner and her mother, Mary LeBlanc, poured their energies into a small women’s boutique that quickly developed a following among the area’s fashion-forward crowd. Named simply SHOP, the store, originally located on East Capitol Drive, became the go-to place for interesting jewelry, chic clothing and unique leather goods. A decade later, SHOP is still a local favorite and has moved north to 4524 N. Oakland Ave. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to hit the 10-year mark,” says Sumner, who splits her time among SHOP, her two young children and her work as a trustee for the village of Fox Point. “We have such awesome clients; they make it so much fun and they have been devoted to us through it all, from the many months when the road in front of the store was under construction to our move to the Oakland location. We love sharing new items that we’ve found with them, whether it’s a great brand of jeans or a local jewelry maker.”


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Shorewood residents and owners of Lake Effect Surf Shop, are ready to get TONED, GROOMED AND GLAMMED UP, HOLIDAY–STYLE.


Sweat out stress and rev up energy with a workout or personal training session. Jake is guided by Shawn Glazer.

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Get a fresh cut now and you’re groomed for the season. Jake trusts Jeff Hayes at Trilogy for the right look.



Spa Solace

Jake relaxes with a restorative massage from Ann Marie Tillman, owner, massage therapist and esthetician.





The Men’s Room Barber Shop A straight-razor shave never goes out of style. The steady hands of Trish Crummins ensure smooth results.



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Cold, dry weather can stress your complexion. Laurie Ritchie, esthetician, gives Alaina the spa’s signature facial.





Polish your look with a professional up-do. Stylist Nancy Ralph gives Alaina an Old Hollywood look.


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A professional makeup artist can bring out your best features. Elif Sen, owner, works her magic with a mascara wand.


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Add some sparkle with party nails. Hillary Fry adorns Alaina’s with gel polish by essie, rose-gold glitter and Swarovski crystals.


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Festive fashions from Shorewood’s boutiques Alaina’s dress, purse and scarf: SHOP Alaina’s jewelry, coat and shoes: SWANKY SECONDS Jake’s clothing: HARLEYS: A MODERN MAN STORE



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Shorewood’s new Village manager, Rebecca Ewald, in the courtroom at Village Hall.

New Village Manager Rebecca Ewald: “It’s like a dream to be able to come here”



ew Village Manager Rebecca Ewald counts among Shorewood’s assets the vibrant street life and the “tucked-away pockets” of natural beauty, like Hubbard Park.

What else gets her fired up about living and working in the Village? “Sidewalks!” she exclaims. “As a big walker, I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back in a community that has sidewalks.” Ewald comes to the manager’s position after more than 11 years as the village administrator for Waterford, Wis. Prior to that, she was the assistant to the village manager as well as the zoning and planning administrator in the Village of Elm Grove, Wis. She is impressed by what she sees as strong leadership within the Shorewood community. “Shorewood has some phenomenal leaders with really great experience,” Ewald says. “There are so many residents who have chosen to give back to the community by running for office or volunteering in different capacities. They’ve chosen to work at a local level because that’s where they think they can have the greatest impact and because they want the Village to continue to be the kind of place that people are proud to call home.” Though Ewald says much is going well for the community, she’s eager to talk to residents about changes they would like to see. “I love learning about new ideas and hearing what people are thinking and talking about,” she says. “I’m excited to engage with people, and I want to encourage people to reach out to me.

Whether you’re 5 or 85, there needs to be a place for you in the community.” Ewald grew up in Whitefish Bay and attended Divine Savior Holy Angels High School. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It was during those years of living on the East Side that she fully experienced the advantages of urban living — advantages she believes Shorewood shares. “It’s a great opportunity to now find myself in a community where I can work, live, bike and play all in the same place,” she says. Ewald and her husband, Eric, are planning to move to Shorewood, and she is excited for her daughters Emily, 4, and Macy, 2, to engage with the Shorewood schools and community. “It’s like a dream to be able to come here,” she says. “I love that there are so many things that we can do together as a family in the Village.” An avid biker and kayaker, Ewald looks forward to taking advantage of the local trails and both the lakefront and the Milwaukee River. “Rebecca clearly recognizes what a gem of a community we have here in Shorewood,” says Guy Johnson, Shorewood’s Village president. “She has sharp skills in the areas of collaboration, administration and visioning that will suit her well in Shorewood. I know she is excited to be able to work with our Village staff, our Board, our residents and our businesses to ensure that Shorewood continues to be a most desirable place to live.” n



New Project Lead the Way Classroom Brings Hands-On Learning BY KATELIN WATSON | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN


Seventh-graders Hannah Pink, left, and Chloe Cayo work with a VEX kit in the Automation and Robotics class at SIS.

alk into Room 122 inside the Shorewood Intermediate School building, and you may think you’ve been transported to a college classroom. Eight state-of-the-art, 3D printers line the back walls and rows of modern, sleek high-top tables and chairs seat students who are working together in groups with brand-new VEX Robotics kits. Thanks to generous donations from the community through the Meet the Match campaign, what was once an old art classroom has been transformed into the official SIS Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classroom. Beginning this school year, the District piloted its first PLTW class at SIS and hired new teacher Dustin Slusser, who has nine years of PLTW teaching experience. The 18-week class focuses on two introductory courses, Design and Modeling (nine weeks) and Automation Robotics (nine weeks), and is offered to all students in seventh and eighth grade. Though the curriculum stems from standards outlined by the national PLTW organization, the standards serve mainly as a guide to structuring the class. Teachers have plenty of flexibility when it comes to classroom projects.

“What I especially love about teaching PLTW is that it’s all about a personalized learning approach,” Slusser says. “Students in my classes will come in having so many different levels of PLTW knowledge — some will come in with no knowledge of the concepts at all — and the PLTW curriculum allows me to teach to where every students is, so each student is constantly challenged.” During the Design and Modeling unit, students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creative and innovative design on our lives. Students use industry-standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions. In the Automation Robotics unit, students trace the history, development and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics platform to design, build and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths and robotic arms. “My students are genuinely enthralled by what’s going on in the classroom because

To tour the PLTW classroom or learn more, contact Dustin Slusser at 16 SHOREWOOD TODAY  WINTER 2017

it’s unlike anything they’ve ever had experience with before,” Slusser explains. “They want to do the research, they want to ask the questions … there are no books, but you can tell that the kids are learning so much.” Through the introductory courses, students gain knowledge of PLTW concepts and learn critical life skills applicable to any job field, including collaboration, teamwork, communication, problem solving and responsibility. Slusser’s goal is to expand the program at SIS with two more courses next year. He also hopes to incorporate more parents and community members, bringing in guests who work in science, technology, engineering or math to give students a different perspective and create more awareness about college and career possibilities. “We have a community that supports not just the kids, but education as well, and a district full of administrators who genuinely want what’s best for students,” Slusser says. “The amount of money and resources invested into my classroom and the opportunities these kids have been given is mind blowing. The Shorewood community should be really proud of what they’ve helped to accomplish up to this point, and I’d just like to say ‘thank you.’” n

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Shorewood Events WinterFest and Tree Lighting Celebration Saturday, December 2, 3–8 p.m.

Holiday Book Talk and Sale

Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m. Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library’s popular Holiday Book Sale, held at Village Center. Books make the perfect gifts, and Boswell Book Company’s 38TH ANNUAL SHOREWOOD ART & CRAFTS FAIR always-entertaining Daniel Goldin is the 3rdof2017 perfectSunday, guide to December the best books 2017. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come hear Goldin’s take on dozens of SHOREWOOD HIGH SCHOOL books in1701 all genres along amusing East Capitol Drivewith • Shorewood anecdotes about their authors, editors Packed with and publishers. A portion the sale’s proRegional Artisans of & Crafters ceeds will be donated to the Friends • Silent Auction & Raffle Baskets • Bake Sale & Beverages • Greyhound to support the library.Café Luncheon Fare • Shorewood Spirit Wear

$4 Admission Proceeds benefit ALL Shorewood Athletic Programs!


The Shorewood Business Improvement District invites the community to celebrate the season with festivities at the newly christened “Wood Square” space (see page 8) just north of the Metro Market parking structure at 4075 N. Oakland Ave. Winterfest’s live music, crafts, hot cocoa and cookies lead up to the annual tree lighting ceremony, which begins at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available from MOD Pizza, Three Lions Pub, Beatrix Foods and more. Visit for more details.

Boutique Blowout

Saturday, February 3, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. The bargain hunter’s paradise known as Boutique Blowout returns for its ninth year as a fun and fashion-oriented fundraiser for the Shorewood Recreation Department (admission is $5). Be there when doors open for the best selection of clothing, accessories and home goods from Milwaukee’s chicest boutiques, at deeply discounted prices. Boutique Blowout is held in the cafeteria space at Atwater Elementary School. For additional information, contact Liz Sumner at or 414.961.4030.



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Sunday, December 3rd 2017 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shorewood Booster Club Arts & Crafts Fair Shop for unique holiday gifts at the 38th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair hosted by the Shorewood Athletics Booster Club. It features a variety of artisans and crafters from all over the Midwest selling items in the Shorewood High School Arena. The fair will feature a silent auction and raffle, a bake sale and a café. SHS spirit wear and accessories will also be available for purchase. Proceeds support Shorewood Athletics programs. More information is available at

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Saturday, February 10, Noon to 4 p.m. The Lake Bluff Elementary School Ice Captains, Shorewood Recreation Department, Village of Shorewood and Shorewood Business Improvement District invite you to an afternoon of skating, hot cocoa and more at the Lake Bluff Elementary School Ice Rink. Save the date and watch for more information from School District and Village communications.


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Environmental Film Festival

Fridays, February 9, March 2, April 6, 7 p.m. The second annual Environmental Film Festival, organized by the Shorewood Conservation Committee, will offer free screenings of three documentaries in the months leading up to International Earth Day in April. Films are shown at Village Center and begin with an introduction to the film by a guest speaker. The festival begins February 9 with Catching the Sun, a documentary on the future of energy production in the U.S. and the role of rooftop solar panels and decentralized energy sourcing. The film ties in with the committee’s exploration of solar opportunities for Shorewood residents following the 2016 Solar Shorewood group-buy program, the largest to date in Wisconsin.


Special Activities Sat., Dec. 2 & Sun., Dec. 10

Featuring Wisconsin’s own fresh-cut Fraser firs and a wide selection of fresh evergreen wreaths, garland and Christmas decor for home or office! Visit our website for information on winter services and photos of our latest projects and tree lot selections.


NOV. 20-DEC. 24 • 10 a.m.-8 p.m. • Closed Thanksgiving Nov. 23


Ice Carving • Sat., Dec. 2 • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reindeer Visit • Sun., Dec. 10 • 1:15-4:15 p.m.

• SANTA MONICA AND LAKEVIEW, WHITEFISH BAY On the grounds of St. Monica School

Ice Carving • Sat., Dec. 2 • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reindeer Visit • Sun., Dec. 10 • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Senior Resource Center BEWARE OF THE NEWEST MEDICARE SCAM Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries. The issuance of new cards is part of a major effort to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards by April 2019 and replace them with a new Medicare Beneficiary Number. Though the purpose of this change is to protect card holders, the transition provides an opportunity for unscrupulous con artists to prey on Medicare beneficiaries in an attempt to steal personal information. z Beware of phone calls from someone claiming to be from Medicare or Social Security regarding a “new” Medicare card. z Do not give out your Medicare number or any other personal information to someone you do not know. z Call Senior Medicare Patrol toll free at 877.272.8720 if you think your Medicare or Medicaid number is being used for scams, waste or abuse.

Events The Senior Resource Center has many new programs for 2018! Whether your interests include literature, science, history, dance, culture or music, the SRC has a program for you. We invite you to expand your horizons and check out our new offerings.

Conscious Aging, with Tree Moore* Tuesdays, Jan. 16 –March 4, 2–4 p.m.

*This program is not new, but it is changed, expanded and enhanced! Most of us want to live to a ripe old age, continuing to enjoy life. How do we not only survive but thrive during our older years? This can be a time of great opportunity for spiritual, emotional and psychological growth. Seasoned group facilitator Tree Moore, 82, will facilitate the Institute of Noetic Science’s Conscious Aging program over eight two-hour sessions, each focusing on a different aspect of aging: 1) Introduction to Conscious Aging; 2) Self-Compassion; 3) Forgiveness; 4) Life Review; 5) Transformative Practices; 6) Death makes Life Possible; 7) Surrender — Letting Go; and 8) Creating a New Vision of Aging. Each session is designed to increase our awareness of our own beliefs, thoughts and attitudes and help us set intentions to make life-affirming changes. Sessions offer a receptive space for sharing and listening in small- and large-group discussions. 20 SHOREWOOD TODAY  WINTER 2017


Workshop aspects include self-reflection/journaling, generating inspirational ideas and sharing our collective insights and wisdom. Participants will receive a workbook for additional guidance and reference. Cost of the eight-week series is residents $25/nonresidents $35; please pre-register through the SRC.

Women Writers and Thinkers You Might Not Have Read, but Should Mondays, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26, 1–2:30 p.m.


Throughout history, women have made significant contributions to develop and advance philosophical and intellectual thought. They have inspired and created important works and intellectual movements in the arts, humanities and sciences, but their names and voices are often missing from recommended reading lists. This series will bring an important and necessary focus to three women writers and thinkers in the fields of philosophy, history, theology, psychology and literature. No previous experience with the topic is required. All are welcome. Please join local philosopher Dr. Greg Sadler and his co-facilitator Andi Sciacca for an engaged lecture and discussion. Free. z 1/22: Simone de Beauvoir z 2/26: Diotima of Mantinea z 3/26: Hannah Arendt

Let’s Dance! Tuesdays, Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, & 13, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.


This dance/fitness class with Kelly Schroeder-Strong will strengthen our bodies, empower our minds and bring a smile to our souls. The exercise will include a warm-up, learning easy-to-follow steps with fun music, and a cool-down. All movements can be modified to suit all levels. Residents $20/nonresidents $40 for the four-week series. Optional guided meditation with Kelly follows each dance class.

The Marvelous Monarch Wed., Jan. 31, 9–10 a.m.


Lake Bluff Elementary School sixth-graders share the amazing story of the Monarch butterfly. This program is part of the Lake Bluff Monarch Expedition and presented in partnership with the Shorewood Library.

Piano Recital Sun., Feb.11, 12:30–1:30 p.m.


Please come enjoy and encourage the accomplished students of Olga Volodarskaya as they prepare for the Wisconsin Music Federation Club competition and Solo and Ensemble Festival.

The Culture and History of Tattoos Tues., Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.


Amelia Klem Osterud, an academic librarian who writes and lectures on this subject, will delve into the significance of this once-denigrated ancient art form and its current surge in popularity. This program is in collaboration with the Shorewood Library and part of the Shorewood Reads program series.

One-to-One Tech Support Fridays Fridays, Jan. 5– May 4, 9 a.m.– Noon

(no tutor available Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, March 23 & 30) Here’s a chance to learn and be more comfortable using your gadgets. Bring in your portable technology, (cell phone, laptop, iPad, Kindle, camera, etc.) and get one-to-one support from UWM student volunteers. Want to open a Facebook account, sign up for email, have FaceTime on the computer with distant friends and family, solve a problem or just become more familiar with a new toy? Our volunteers are here waiting to help you. Free; no pre-registration required.

Five Wishes — Getting the Care You Want When You Need It Most Wed., Jan. 17, 11 a.m.–Noon Join Sue Engstrom, MA, LPC-IT of Tree of Life Counseling Center for an interactive presentation of Five Wishes, the most popular living will or advanced directive in the country. Five Wishes is an easy-to-use legal document that allows you to clearly state your personal, emotional and spiritual needs. We’ll also learn important follow-up actions to ensure that Five Wishes is there when needed most. A Five Wishes document will be reviewed during the presentation. Participants may take a copy home to do on their own. Free; please pre-register with the SRC as seats are limited.

FREE Tax and e-Filing Assistance Thursdays, Feb. 1– April 12, 1–5 p.m. The SRC offers free assistance with your tax filings from volunteers from AARP. Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments for future dates can be scheduled on site during the tax assistance period. Bring a photo ID, Social Security card, 2016 tax return and 1099 forms (for investments, pensions, distributions, etc.), W-2s, Social Security forms (1099-SSA) and documentation for any other income. If applicable, bring a summary of your itemized deductions and appropriate receipts. Homestead Credit filers should bring a completed and signed rent certificate or 2017 property tax bill. If you plan to use direct debit or credit, bring a check from your account (for routing and account numbers). AARP volunteers will be prepared to help with Affordable Care Act tax matters, but married-filing-separately, rental properties and recent divorces are out of scope and cannot be addressed. As always, our calendar represents just a sample of what the SRC has to offer. To learn more, please call 414.847.2727 or email Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and held in the Shorewood Village Center at 3920 N. Murray Ave. (lower level of the Shorewood Library).


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riving by Lake Park’s North Point Lighthouse in its abandoned, boarded-up days, Mark Kuehn became curious.

He had lived away from his hometown of Milwaukee for many years, but now was back, living on the North Shore. Often when he passed the lighthouse, his thoughts would turn to his childhood, when the house had been a place to play with cousins, and the surrounding park was the children’s enormous “yard” to explore. That was the late 1950s, when the lighthouse was home to Kuehn’s uncle, Roger Erdmann, and his family. Erdmann was in the U.S. Coast Guard and in command of the Ninth District, which maintained all of the lighthouses and Coast Guard Stations on Lake Michigan. Eventually, Kuehn started seeing signs near the lighthouse that said, “Opening Soon.” When the sign’s message changed to “Open,” in fall 2007, Kuehn decided to check it out. “I walked into the gallery and there was really nothing in it,” Kuehn recalls. He struck up a conversation with the docent on duty. “I said, ‘That used to be the living room, and that was the kitchen and that was the dining room.’ And they were like, ‘What?’” Kuehn explained his connection, and soon he was asked to join the board of directors for the North Point Lighthouse Friends. The Friends group formed in 2002, when local volunteers raised enough funds to restore the lighthouse after it was decommissioned in 1994 and vacant for several years. Kuehn’s keen interest in maritime history and his professional background in marketing, advertising and graphic design — he is a creative director at Milwaukee agency Anthologie, Inc. — proved a strong combination when it came to generating ideas for the museum space. So did his connections with other local museum curators. "Pretty soon," he says, "I got the place filled."

Nine years later, Kuehn, now a Mark Kuehn at North Point Lighthouse, wearing the official Shorewood resident, continues keeper's uniform and hat of as curator, calling the museum the United States Lighthouse his “canvas.” He gives tours on Service, which was created in Sunday afternoons, pulling ideas 1910 and merged with the U.S. and research together during Coast Guard in 1939. weekday evenings and spending parts of Saturdays in his workshop-like space at the museum. He also hosts Lectures at the Lighthouse, a monthly series of talks by experts on different aspects of Milwaukee history. Kuehn is currently putting together an exhibit on the history of model boat building, and another on the Kashubes, a group of immigrants from Europe’s Baltic region who settled on what is now Jones Island. Their regional influence, he says, is significant, and even extends to Friday-night fish fries, which they used to host for their city neighbors. Enjoyable rewards for the many hours Kuehn devotes include getting to know local historians like John Gurda, and talking with people who come from far and wide to visit the museum. “Yesterday, we had visitors from Greece, the Philippines, Ukraine,” he says. “A lot of people from Illinois come up for the weekend or the day. A lot of people from Milwaukee will come in the door and the first thing they say is, ‘I’ve lived here my whole life. I never knew there was a lighthouse here!’” n

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Lake Bluff aide John Kroeger helps students (from left) Jack Lindeman, Maya Skoien and Quinn Woods during a freshwater research expedition in the Milwaukee River at Hubbard Park.


Shorewood elementary school students make a splash in freshwater research BY KATELIN WATSON | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN

ounded as a port city on Lake Michigan’s western shore, Milwaukee has always relied on the surrounding water as a vital city resource. Today, understanding freshwater systems dynamics has become an important research focus, as has learning to balance freshwater’s protection and use. The District’s elementary school classrooms have taken advantage of Shorewood’s proximity to Lake Michigan to research water and its impact on the community as part of their Authentic Learning expeditions this year, enriched through the participation of experts at regional partner organizations. Atwater Sixth Grade Students are learning about “Watersheds and Communities” and have been to the Milwaukee River twice, taking samples to examine its macro organisms. Studying ecology, history and local environmental issues, they will ultimately apply their learning to take a position on water diversion to the city of Waukesha, located outside of the Great Lakes Watershed basin. 24 SHOREWOOD TODAY  WINTER 2017

Lake Bluff Third Grade Students are studying “Erosion and the Great Lakes,” learning how people affect their environment and factors affect erosion. They plan to plant a rain garden next to the new Lake Bluff tennis courts to help reduce runoff from the courts and parking lot. “They are also going to investigate what happens to water after it is used by people, focusing on the combined sewer system in Shorewood and its impact on Lake Michigan,” says Lake Bluff teacher Karen Walton. The students will also paint rain barrels to help reduce rainwater in the sewers, and Marek Landscaping will provide expert guidance.

humans can help eliminate the amount of garbage on our Great Lakes beaches.”

Atwater Fourth Grade and 3/4 Multi-Age Classroom (MAC) Students are exploring “The Importance of the Great Lakes for Wisconsin and Invasive Species” with a focus on how humans impact the Great Lakes. At a clean-up at Atwater Beach organized by the Urban Ecology Center, students collected data, analyzed it and compared it with other beaches. “Our students were very surprised about the amount of garbage that was collected in a short amount of time,” says teacher Deb Sakai. “They are enthusiastic about learning how

Lake Bluff MAC2 Birch and MAC2 Oak Students are studying the overlapping themes of “Water is Life” and “The Importance of Water in Our Lives.” MAC2 Birch is exploring the role of freshwater in the natural world locally and around the globe. MAC2 Oak is answering vital questions like: Where is water in the world? What happens when people don't have access to enough clean water? How can I be a good steward of our freshwater resources? The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences will

“This expedition covers so much ground,” adds teacher Kris Cryns. “With a science lens, students are learning about invasive species in the Great Lakes; with a social studies lens, they’re learning about how the glaciers created the Great Lakes, which will lead into how the lakes were used long ago and how they changed the lives of the native people in Wisconsin; and with a language arts lens, they’re reading literature in book clubs with a focus on characters, setting and plot that is dependent on the Great Lakes.”

provide an expert to participate in their expeditions. “These expeditions make science and social studies standards come alive through meaningful project-based learning with lots of hands-on field work that engages students in their learning by asking questions and seeking answers,” says MAC2 Birch teacher Aggie Gehl. “We want them to be the drivers of their learning and the agents of change.” Adds MAC2 Oak teacher Marita Gruber, “Given the many demands on our finite freshwater supply and the challenges to access freshwater for billions of people, it is essential that we raise a generation of young thinkers who are aware of these challenges and feel a sense of responsibility for protecting our resources.” Though it’s just one of many focus areas, freshwater will continue to be a common inspiration for many teachers, says Authentic Learning Coordinator Nate Schultz, especially as Milwaukee advances as a leader in water technology. n

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Shorewood Recreation Department Unveils New Outdoor Exercise Equipment BY KATELIN WATSON | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN

Time-exposure photography captures a visitor’s trial of the Fitness Center’s new outdoor machines.


e’ve all heard the saying, “Good things take time.” It rang exceptionally true for the Shorewood Recreation Department’s recent installation of new outdoor exercise equipment, which took nearly eight years from conception to completion. Conceived when the Shorewood School District created its wellness vision in 2009, the idea of an outdoor exercise area where students, parents and community members could gather to improve their physical health was tabled as more pressing District matters took priority. In fall 2016, the idea resurfaced, this time with a strong sense of urgency propelling it. The Recreation Department and Fitness Center carefully began crafting plans for the area, collaborating with the Shorewood High School physical education integrated health teachers to research and determine what type of exercise equipment would be most useful for the space. Construction began in summer 2017 and the project was completed in early September. “We chose two different lines for the exercise equipment for versatility purposes,” says Fitness Center Manager Jake Wilson. “The Energi Total Body Fitness System line focuses on

stations where you use your own body weight as resistance to build strength, flexibility and balance. Then there’s the Greenfields Outdoor Fitness line that has more of your traditional weight machines to work your arms, legs, back and chest.”


1. Static and Dynamic Stretches: 24 stretching exercises that are the perfect beginning and end to any exercise routine, and a gray non-slip platform with colored targets for a more dynamic, safe exercise.

The outdoor exercise equipment is available free to all community members from sunrise to sunset and is located directly east of the Shorewood High School track and bleachers, facing East Capitol Drive. The equipment can accommodate up to 35 people at a time and is ADA accessible. While there is no supervision of the equipment, there are instructional signs set up throughout the entire area that explain how to use the equipment effectively and correctly.

2. Pull Back, Angle Bar and Hurdle Exercises: 24 exercises including the pull-up, chin-up, hurdle dip and hurdle jump.

“We hope that this space will encourage people to go outside their comfort zones, get fresh air and use this unique opportunity to exercise in a different way,” Wilson says. “Shorewood is such an active community and the space just adds another dimension to working out. We have already started to see student athletes use the equipment and we are excited to incorporate it into the integrated health curriculum for years to come.” n


3. Squat, Dip, Push-Up and Balance Exercises: 24 exercises including the squat, single-leg squat, V-sit, triceps dip, balance beam and push-up. 4. Power and Agility Step Exercises: 24 exercises including the step-up, lateral-step-up, V-step and A-step. 5. Core, Torso and Balance Disc Exercises: 24 exercises including the lunge, plank, sit-up and reverse curl. 1. Four-Person Lower Body Combo

2. Two-Person Back and Arms Combo 3. Two-Person Vertical Press 4. Two-Person Lateral Pull

5. Two-Person Chest Press

6. Combo Butterfly and Reverse Fly 7. Four-Person Leg Press

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It's a family affair for the owners of Russian Food and Gifts on their 10-year anniversary. From left are Nick Rogovskiy and his parents, Oleg and Alla Rogovskiy.

Customers who come into Russian Food & Gifts in Shorewood are often greeted as warmly as if they were family BUSINESS to the owners, Nikolay Rogovskiy SPOTLIGHT and his parents, Oleg and Alla. They embrace and exchange news in rapid-fire Russian. Many like to linger in the shop, relishing the sights, sounds and smells of their home country. For 10 years, people have traveled here from all over Wisconsin and even outside of the state to buy Russian and Eastern European items they can’t find anywhere else. For a small store, Russian Food & Gifts has a remarkable breadth of products: aromatic teas, frozen Siberian dumplings, all-natural ice cream treats and, naturally, dozens of brands of vodka in bottle shapes that range from crowns to Kalashnikovs. “When customers come in and look around, they say ‘Oh, I’ve been dreaming of that!’” says Rogovskiy, who emigrated to the United States with his parents in 2002, at age 19. “Over the years, I’ve developed relationships with distributers who supply us with many of the delicacies people miss from back home.” The family left the Ukraine, where Nikolay worked as a jeweler, because “there was so much instability there,” Rogovskiy explains. “You could have a good life and then the next day, everything could change.”

Rogovskiy and his wife, Nadiia, another emigree from the Ukraine, want their two young sons to understand how good they’ve got it in America. “It’s little things that we take for granted here, like how green it is and how you can walk around on a rainy day and not get your pants all muddy from the roads.” Russian Food & Gifts sells an eclectic mixture of fresh and canned or frozen food, pop culture items like movies and CDs of Eastern European hits, and gifts that range from fine crystal shot glasses from Belarus to hand-painted matryoshka nesting dolls. The wines and liquors that fill one wall are hand-selected by Rogovskiy for their unique flavors and high quality, like the small batch cognacs and wines from Moldova. The store also offers several hard-to-find luxuries: caviar with roe the size of gumballs, ornate silver glass holders like the kind used on trains across the former Soviet Union, and vodka infused with fine oak strips and black elderberry flowers. Not all of Rogovskiy’s customers come in for a taste of something that reminds them of a childhood spent far away. “A lot of people come here who aren’t Russian,” says Rogovskiy. “Shorewood families shop here because most of the foods are made with all-natural ingredients. University students love the frozen pierogis because they are delicious and easy to make. Other people just like to try unique things. We have good, fresh products and we strive to always be friendly with people.” n

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SHS Alum William Frackelton Built the School of His Dreams BY KATELIN WATSON

Building a school from the ground up requires faith EDUCATION in the unlimited SPOTLIGHT possibilities for learning. Just ask Shorewood High School alumnus William Frackelton, SHS ’87, who founded Soundview Academy, a middle school in the South Bronx. Soundview, which opened in 2009 with a mission to “turn the conventions of community-based South Bronx middle schools on their head,” is literally Frackelton’s vision for education come to life. He wrote the proposal for the school after completing a rigorous training program with the Leadership Academy, a nonprofit organization that prepares and supports passionate, high-quality but often nontraditional candidates for school leadership in historically underserved neighborhoods. In his Shorewood days, Frackelton was a curious student with a passion for knowledge, no matter the subject. “Shorewood was a place where I enjoyed applying myself,” he says. “School came naturally to me and there was not a subject I didn’t like.” Following high school, Frackelton attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison,

where his broad appreciation for all subjects meant the university ultimately had to force him to declare a major. He declared the most non-specific major he could find: Comparative Literature, with a focus in Liberal Studies. “I probably graduated with the most unpractical degree ever, but I loved every second of the experience,” he says, adding that he read books in multiple languages and had the opportunity to study abroad in Portugal. Frackelton went straight into Peace Corps work in the Portuguese-speaking African country of Angola, where he helped open a school. He returned to Milwaukee to pursue bilingual education and teach in the Milwaukee Public Schools, then relocated to New York City, which at the time was funding an initiative to innovate in its public schools. He taught for 14 years — sixth-grade Spanish in South Brooklyn and English, Spanish and ESL at a high school that drew students from Harlem and Washington Heights — before completing the Leadership Academy program. “Once the program was over, they gave you the option of taking over a failing school or founding your own,” Frackelton explains. “I realized that I had strong ideas about how schooling could be done and wanted to put those to the test.”

His proposal for a new school was ultimately accepted by the academy’s committee, with the condition that the school be located in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx. “They gave me 24 hours to decide on the offer,” says Frackelton. “I couldn’t sleep that night, so around 4 a.m. I drove to that area of the Bronx. After speaking with community members at the local corner store about their thoughts on a potential new school, I decided to accept the challenge, and the rest is history.” Today, Soundview Academy, with Frackelton as its principal, is at the forefront of middle-school education in NYC, with an innovative bilingual program and a global curriculum. In 2015, it became a grantee of Apple ConnectEd, former President Barack Obama’s initiative to place Apple technology and support in schools in underserved communities. “The sky’s the limit, and we continue to push those limits,” Frackelton says. “For me, public education is about offering unlimited possibilities and the opportunity for every child to take full advantage of their potential. If I hadn’t been intellectually challenged the way I was in Shorewood, I don’t think I would have wanted to turn around and create that same experience for my students.” n

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Hi, Neighbor Walter Kelly’s High-Profile Cases Meet: Walter Kelly

Moved to Shorewood: 1998 The clients of longtime employment and civil rights and liberties attorney Walter Kelly include the family of Daniel Bell, murdered by police in 1958, and Steven Avery, subject of the popular Netflix documentary Making a Murderer.

As told to Jennifer Anderson | Photo by Jonathan Kirn

“Because I was the features editor of my college newspaper and had grown up inspired by my dad, a lawyer, I was torn between journalism and law. I opted for law school, and I never regretted it. “Following law school, I clerked for a federal district court judge in Rhode Island. I saw a lot of civil rights and liberties trials during those two years. After I moved to Milwaukee I began to handle similar cases on a pro bono basis, often as a cooperating attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. Eventually, I served consecutive terms as chairperson of the board of the Wisconsin ACLU affiliate and as the Wisconsin representative on the ACLU’s national board. “In 1981, I took on a case that would become one of the most important in my career. Daniel Bell was a 22-year-old African-American man murdered by two Milwaukee police officers in 1958, and they covered it up for years. I, along with two other lawyers, represented the Bell family in a federal civil suit. In the end, it was revealed that the cover-up went all the way to the top of the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee District Attorney’s office. The Bell family won a remarkable verdict, and the case helped to shape national civil rights law. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater did a well-received play about the case: An American Journey. “In 2004, I was referred to the family of Steven Avery, a Manitowoc man who had been wrongly convicted of rape and imprisoned for 18 years until he was released after being vindicated through the work of the University of WisconsinMadison Law School’s Innocence Project. The family hired me

to sue Manitowoc County and its former sheriff and district attorney for Steven’s wrongful incarceration. My colleague Steve Glynn and I were just completing our discovery and coming up to trial when Steven was arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach, a photographer who had been last seen at the Avery family auto salvage yard. “The first I learned about it was when I got the call at home from a reporter that weekend asking for a comment on Steven’s investigation. I thought he was joking; I was shocked. I immediately thought that he had been set up. We soon settled his civil suit and handed off everything we had to Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, the attorneys who represented Steven in his criminal case. “Many people are aware of the Netflix movie Making a Murderer about the Avery cases and family. From the beginning, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos were capturing everything. They were, at the outset, new to filmmaking and had almost no resources, but they wanted to do a documentary about Steven’s exoneration. I have the highest respect for them; they scrambled for years with great uncertainty of success. Netflix bought Making a Murderer after HBO, PBS and other financiers turned it down. Within a month of its release, 20 million people had watched the series, which eventually won an Emmy award. “I think Making a Murderer really changed people’s attitudes. It showed people how flawed our criminal justice system can be. Presently, Mr. Avery’s post-conviction efforts continue, as do the hopes of his family and supporters.” n

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Shorewood Resources Backyard beauty IN THE EARLY LEARNING CENTER

2018 BUDGET available online The 2018 Village budget maintains existing service levels at a 1.5 percent tax levy increase for residents. After holding a series of three public budget workshops, the Shorewood Board of Trustees voted to approve the budget at a public meeting November 20. For more information and a copy of the complete budget, visit

Three-year-old Kardell Knight of Shorewood rakes leaves in the Seasonal Backyard at the Shorewood Public Library.

Shorewood’s youth librarian, Heide Piehler, has long wanted to update the “seasonal backyard’ in the library’s Early Learning Center. This faux-grassy corner features a deciduous “tree” and reflects seasonal changes with tools that toddlers and preschoolers love: colored leaves and rakes in the fall, spongy snow and shovels in the winter and grass and lawn mowers in the spring and summer. Through the Shorewood Men’s Club, Piehler and library staff connected with David Weissman and David Cobb, founders of the Milwaukee Craft Guild, which supports adults learning new skills and crafts from mentors, specifically around woodworking, gardening and photography. They helped draw plans and ultimately create a singular, sturdy backyard that will be used by young ones for seasons to come.

NEW BID WEBSITE invites ideas The Shorewood Business Improvement District has rolled out a website redesign that provides a more user-friendly experience and enhanced compatibility with tablets and smartphones. The BID is also seeking community input regarding its events, activities and initiatives. Visit to complete a short survey and share your thoughts.


Now available: VILLAGE MEETING RECORDINGS All meetings of the Village Board, Plan Commission and Community Development Authority are now being recorded, and residents can find links to those recordings on the Village website, A separate column next to the meeting minutes provides links to each recording on The recordings are designed to make Village information more accessible for residents and the community. Contact Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart with questions at

Sidewalk safety reminder: KEEP WALKS CLEARED IN WINTER Winter is upon us, and Village homeowners are required to clear all ice and snow from their sidewalks down to the pavement within 12 hours after a snowfall. This includes laying down salt, sand or snow melt to ensure safe pedestrian traffic. When owners fail to do so, the Department of Public Works will make efforts to clear the sidewalks, with the expense charged as a special tax to the homeowner. Tenants in multi-unit dwellings can do their part by contacting landlords or building owners if sidewalks are not cleared within the required time frame.

READ TO WIN this winter The Shorewood Public Library brightens up winter’s cold, dark days with its fourth annual adult winter reading program, Book Your Winter Getaway. Starting Tuesday, January 2 and running through Sunday, March 18, participants will be rewarded for reading. Stop by the library and pick up a reading log, read four books and participate in additional library activities to earn entries for our fabulous prize drawings. Warm up with a book this winter, and you could win!

The Ghost Train’s debut on Oct. 31, 2016.

The Ghost Train: A YEAR OF “SCARY COOL” October 31 marked one year since Shorewood’s Ghost Train began making its twice nightly journey across East Capitol Drive, captivating onlookers with its clamor of warning bells, whistles and the chug-chugging of wheels on tracks that explode into a rush of phantom railroad cars lighting up the night sky. A high-tech nod to the Village’s locomotive history, the Ghost Train has won kudos from Milwaukee Magazine, which highlighted it as the city’s “Most Imaginative Art Installation,” calling it “scary cool.” CODA magazine, which reports on interactive art exhibits, named it a top-100 project of 2016.


The Ghost Train runs every night, all year, heading north at 7 p.m. then back south at 7:15 p.m. These times are an hour later during daylight-savings time. “The Ghost Train has the potential to not only be a local but a regional attraction,” says Pat Algiers of Shorewood’s Public Arts Committee. “We are engaged in a continual campaign to introduce it to new audiences.”




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Out & About in Shorewood 1


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1 A crowd gathers at the base of the Plensa to view the August

solar eclipse at Atwater Park.

2 Shorewood High School actors dance across the stage

during a performance of the SHS fall musical, Into the Woods. 3 Shorewood Intermediate School seventh-graders test out

their canoeing skills on the Camp Whitcomb-Mason lake while participating in the 2017 Outdoor Education Days.


4 Dimitri, George and Peter Dimitropoulos (center, left to right),

owners of Shorewood’s Culver's and Corner Bakery, won Facade Improvement of the Year and Business of the Year awards at the Shorewood BID Awards Night, Nov. 1 at Thief Wine Shop & Bar. With them are Ericka Lang, Shorewood BID executive director (far left), and Mike O’Brien, BID board president (far right). 5 A paddle boarder returns to Atwater Beach after watching the

sunrise with a surfing group at the 5th Annual Surf @water Day in August.

6 Six-year-old Margaret Ernst of Shorewood eyes a honeycomb

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7 Shorewood Schools Superintendent Bryan Davis cuts the ribbon

at the grand opening of the new Lake Bluff Elementary School tennis courts, built to honor Kirk Juffer, former Lake Bluff principal (second from right), and Sonja Juffer, former SHS art teacher. 8 Both four-legged and two-legged participants enjoyed

Barktoberfest at the Estabrook Beer Garden in September.


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Streetcar Backup Streetcars were lined up in the 4500 block of North Oakland Avenue in this 1940s-era photo, possibly waiting for snow to be removed from the rails further south. Streetcar riders depended on the “15” to take them to jobs and shopping in Milwaukee. Public transportation on Oakland Avenue was always designated by the number 15. Streetcars were replaced by the No. 15 trackless trolley (looked like a bus, but ran on overhead wires) and ultimately the No. 15 diesel bus. Current buses are called the “Green Line.” This picture may have been taken in 1947. Shorewood residents who lived in the Village in the 1940s still talk about the winter of ’47 due to record amounts of snow. The last streetcar completed its route on June 20, 1953, and probably returned to the bus barn on the corner of Oakland and Edgewood. The business building on the right in the picture still exists just north of The Cornerstone. n Photo and information courtesy of Shorewood Historical Society. 38 SHOREWOOD TODAY  WINTER 2017

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

DECEMBER SAT. DEC. 2 Chicago, Your Way! Holiday Shopping Trip 8:15am, bus departs SHS parking lot For more information, visit SAT. DEC. 2 Holiday Book Talk with Daniel Goldin 11am, Shorewood Village Center

WED. DEC. 20 MAC2 Music Performance 7pm, Lake Bluff Elementary School Cafetorium



SAT. FEB. 3 Boutique Blowout 9am–2pm, Atwater Elementary School Cafetorium

THURS. DEC. 21 SIS/SHS Choir Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium

TUES. JAN. 2 Adult Winter Reading Program Begins Shorewood Public Library

SAT. DEC. 2 WinterFest and Tree Lighting Celebration 3–8pm, Wood Square, 4075 N. Oakland Ave. For event details, see page 18. SUN. DEC. 3 38th Annual Athletics Booster Club Arts & Crafts Fair 10am–4pm, SHS Arena For event details, see page 18. TUES. DEC. 5 6th Grade & SIS Orchestra Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium THURS. DEC. 7 Women You Should Have Read: Margaret Cavendish 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center

SUN. JAN. 14 SHS Chamber Orchestra & Singers 7pm, Kingo Lutheran Church

TUES. JAN. 16 Shorewood Woman’s Club presents Kyle Cherek, host of PBS’s Wisconsin Foodie 1pm, Village Center

WED. & THURS. JAN. 24 & 25 Winter Sing Performances 6:15–8:30pm, Atwater Elementary School Cafetorium WED. JAN. 24 Shorewood Reads Story Slam 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center THURS.–SAT., JAN. 25–27 SHS Winter Play, Flowers for Algernon 7pm, SHS Auditorium

THURS. DEC. 7 SHS Orchestra Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium

TUES. JAN. 30 Music Performance Gr. 3 & 4 6:30pm, Lake Bluff Elementary Cafetorium

WED. DEC. 13 SIS Band Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium

TUES. JAN. 30 Shorewood SEED Foundation presents “Stairway to Heroin” program 6:30pm, SHS Auditorium

THURS. DEC. 14 The Future Role of the Coast Guard in the Great Lakes 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center THURS. DEC. 14 SHS Band Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium

TUES. DEC. 19 Shorewood Woman’s Club presents the SHS Chamber Orchestra 1pm, Village Center

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THURS. FEB. 1 SHS Orchestra Benefit Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium

FRI. FEB. 9 Environmental Film Festival Catching the Sun 7pm, Village Center For details, see page 19. SAT. FEB. 10 Shorewood Chill Noon–4pm, Lake Bluff Elementary School For details, see page 19. TUES. FEB. 13 Shorewood Reads: The History and Culture of Tattoos 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center WED. FEB. 14 Band-O-Rama 7pm, SHS Arena

TUES. FEB. 20 Shorewood Woman’s Club presents Adele Lund, the Laureate Group, on “Valuing the Stories of Our Lives” 1pm, Eastwood Condominium meeting room THURS. FEB. 22 District Art Show Opening 6pm, Shorewood Public Library Runs through Apr. 3. TUES. FEB. 27 Shorewood Reads: Meet a Traveling Shakespeare Troupe 6:30pm, Shorewood Village Center