Shorewood Today Winter 2018

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Shorewood TODAY

Wellness tips for the winter season

Outdoor Education creates connections

Three top Village priorities for 2019

Beautiful bookends Among the attributes of our Village that reflect core community values, transportation is top of mind for many of our residents. And with the reconstruction of North Wilson Drive and resurfacing of North Lake Drive complete, it’s more apparent than ever how these projects promote key aspects of Shorewood living that differentiate our Village. My drives up and down both of these transformed roads — the major arterials that serve as bookends of our community — feel much more relaxed, thanks to improved road definition on Wilson and simplification to one lane each way on Lake. Driving is only part of the enhanced experience. Both projects have moved the needle significantly in terms of bicycle and pedestrian friendliness — Lake Drive with its designated bike lanes, and Wilson with its safer crosswalks and designated cyclist and pedestrian access points to Estabrook Park.

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On the cover: Festive, colorful lights illuminate Shorewood’s iconic public art at Atwater Park, “Spillover II” by Jaume Plensa.


11 Wellness This Season Tips from Shorewood professionals

15 Great Outdoors Learning and bonding outside the classroom

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18 Plans for 2019

Projects at the top of the Village’s list





4 News

25 Do-Gooder

30 Business Spotlight

36 Resources

26 Classroom Plus

New and noteworthy around town

Ben Uphoff proves millennials care about their communities

Handy information on timely topics

A modern way of teaching history


Old Man Lacrosse

29 Recreation

22 Senior Resource Center

Mentoring English language learners

44 Shorewood Calendar Don’t miss a thing

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33 Education Spotlight

Investigative journalist Raquel Rutledge

34 Hi, Neighbor

An artist with a talent for translation

40 Out & About

20 Events

Cool ways to chill

Vedo’s owner will pass the torch

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

Memorable moments

42 A Look Back The Dummy Line

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Shorewood News Lake Drive Resurfacing

BB A new layer of asphalt pavement BB T raffic lanes reduced from four to two BB N ew shared lanes for bicycles and parked vehicles BB Crosswalks approximately every other block

Wilson Drive Reconstruction BB Biofiltration basins BB Landscaped medians BB I mproved access to Estabrook Park and the Oak Leaf Trail

With reconstruction and resurfacing complete on two major Village thoroughfares including North Lake Drive, above, motorists and cyclists can travel smoothly along the eastern edge of Shorewood, as well as along North Wilson Drive further west. The Village also installed Welcome to Shorewood signs on both drives.

LIBRARY LEANS IN to five-year strategic plan

In September 2018, the Shorewood Public Library Board adopted a strategic plan to lead the organization into the future. The plan identifies five major goals with accompanying objectives that the library will aim to accomplish over the next five years. One of these goals is serving the full community. The library learned from three community conversations and via online survey data that it is perceived as a place for all people, but could do more to reach certain populations that are well-represented in Shorewood and the surrounding neighborhoods. In 2019, the library will focus on reaching new Americans and visiting international families and individuals, as well as connecting with adults ages 20 to 40. The library will continue to work to ensure that collections, services, programs and space serve the full community. To see the full plan, visit



Shorewood’s newly re-formed Human Relations Commission has begun the important work of choosing a board, adopting ground rules and plotting a path forward that is rooted in a mission to “cultivate community-wide change through learning, engagement and policy to advance human dignity, respect and civil rights.” The commission is made up of seven Shorewood residents, School District Board liaisons Lance Weinhardt and Pablo Muirhead, Village Board of Trustees liaison Ann McKaig, Police Lieutenant Thomas Liebenthal, and two Shorewood High School students. The group meets monthly (every second Thurs. at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall) but eventually will meet quarterly. “It’s a critical time in both our country and our community,” says Sharveta Parker, commission chair. “The rights of many are being undone and there are hard, painful conversations that need to be had.” The commission has discussed myriad ways to serve the community, such as providing educational programming to the District and to Village residents, pairing underserved groups with helpful tools and resources, and auditing the Village’s procedures and facilities to make recommendations that will better serve minority groups. Currently, the commission’s main goal is to listen. “Part of being a healthy community is having a safe place to talk about the issues of how we connect with each other and take on issues of importance,” McKaig says. “Prior to resurrecting the commission, there really was no place where we could direct these kinds of concerns, neighbor to neighbor, and find new ways to support each other.” Commission members encourage the community to engage and share ideas for how Shorewood can advance inclusiveness. Commission member McKenzie Edmonds believes community engagement is vital to the group’s success: “We really welcome community members to sit at the table with us.”

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Bublr Bikes, Greater Milwaukee’s nonprofit bike sharing program, has been a part of the Shorewood landscape for about a year now, with seven stations throughout the Village that provide residents and visitors a quick and convenient way to grab a bike and go. A year of collected data reveals helpful insights: The most popular station is the one by Metro Market on North Oakland Avenue, which receives exponentially more use than the leastused station on the corner of Oakland and East Lake Bluff Blvd. In Shorewood, Bublr’s busiest month was July, with 1,050 trips, and the slowest month was January, with just 71 trips. Data on the broader Bublr program show that the stations along Milwaukee’s lakefront get the most use relative to other stations throughout the city. Bublr currently has no stations north of the Village but plans to expand the system to Whitefish Bay and beyond over the next several years. The company would like to expand its lakefront stations up through the North Shore communities and may work with the Village to identify a logical lakefront location in Shorewood.

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Excess snow from the Village business district and public parking lots will be transported to the south side of River Park parking lot C during the winter months, a plan the Village Board approved in September. The Department of Public Works will move snow to that area between January and March. Parking spaces will be made available in lots A and B during that time. Some residents had objected to the practice of dumping this snow on North Wilson Drive during previous winters, and the road’s recent reconstruction leaves limited space for large snow piles. In addition, residents voiced concern about the rock salt in the snow melt flowing into the stormwater system from that location, which feeds directly into the Milwaukee River. Snow melt from the River Park lot will flow into a combined sewer system to be treated by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District.


Shorewood News EARLY LEARNING CENTER APPROVED to open in former Goldi’s space

Upon review of a new parking study, the Village’s Plan Commission in September granted the necessary approvals for Spanish immersion day care provider Casa de Corazon to proceed with plans to open at 4114 N. Oakland Ave. The company currently operates four accredited centers in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. The Plan Commission in August denied Casa franchisee Nicholas Plummer a conditional-use permit because of parking and traffic circulation concerns related to the center’s opening. Plummer submitted a revised parking study clarifying the number of available parking spaces and included a provision that Casa’s 30 employees would park offsite. Casa de Corazon will accommodate 124 students, ages six weeks to five years, in the 9,900-square-foot building, formerly home to Goldi’s. Existing parking spaces behind the building will be eliminated to make room for a playground, as will the exit onto Wood Place. The center is expected to open in late spring 2019. For more information, visit

Green light for expanding


The Village Board of Trustees has approved an expansion of Shorewood’s organics collection, upgrading it from a pilot program to a permanent one. Shorewood is the first North Shore community to adopt a permanent organics collection program, a result of the Village’s commitment to conservation. The community-wide rollout will include up to 200 new residences annually, adding to the 100 households that participated in the pilot program over the last 18 months. POUNDS OF WASTE DIVERTED The Village will supply the FROM LANDFILLS 35-gallon collection carts for


kitchen scraps and yard waste, as well as pay a $1.20 subsidy per participant each month, lowering the monthly participant cost to $12.05 with full participation from 300 households. The rates will drop as participation increases. “This is the realization of one of the key components of our Vision 2025 sustainability action plan,” says Tyler Burkart, assistant Village manager. “The members of our pilot program have been overwhelmingly positive about the service, and we diverted over 69,440 pounds of waste from local landfills. It makes sense to roll it out now to the broader community.” The expanded program is open to one-, two- and three-family dwellings in the Village and interested parties can register online at Carts are picked up weekly on Thursdays from April to November and biweekly from December to March by Compost Crusader, a locally owned small business founded by entrepreneur and recycling enthusiast Melissa Tashjian. 6 SHOREWOOD TODAY  WINTER 2018


What’s happening with Hayek’s The 100-year-old building that was home to local landmark Hayek’s Pharmacy at 4001 N. Downer Ave. has been purchased by developer Elan Peltz, the founder and owner of Chicago-based real estate development firm Blackwatch ’68. Peltz, who grew up in Whitefish Bay, plans to renovate the building while maintaining its historic appeal. The second floor will be remodeled to house three high-end two- and three-bedroom apartments with steel balconies overlooking Downer. Peltz may add a third floor and additional apartments. The former Hayek’s space on the ground floor will be divided into two distinct spaces, one for what Peltz defines as a coffee shop/bakery restaurant. That leaves 1,800 square feet of prime corner retail space that Peltz is actively seeking to lease. The vintage neon Hayek’s sign will be relocated above the second-floor apartments, Peltz says, in a nod to nostalgia. He adds, “We are proud to be working on this for the Shorewood community.”

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Shorewood News NEW BUSINESSES Sacred Sound Yoga 3805 N. Oakland Ave. | 414.403.2053 Shorewood resident Rosie Rain has opened a studio offering classes that combine her two great loves: yoga and music. Sacred Sound Yoga’s variety of classes incorporate music from the myriad instruments in Rain’s studio: the tinkle of piano keys to count out breathing exercises, the healing reverberations of a gong during savasana. Rain is a big believer in the harmony of music and yoga. “Sound can heal the mind and body when consciously used as a restorative tool, with the understanding that sound as vibration is the fabric of the universe. It’s a powerful tool to use in combination with a yoga practice.” Crux owner Stephen Sherman works with athletic trainer Travis Owens on his dead bug exercise form.

Crux Chiropractic 2211 E. Capitol Dr. | 414.877.0866 Crux Chiropractic is here to guide people from pain and injury to performance. Stephen Sherman, a doctor of chiropractic care with deep experience in sports rehab and integrated health care, has teamed up with active rehab specialists Travis Owens and Meghan Owens to offer each Crux client, “a personalized care and rehab plan that combines the best of chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage,” he says.

A Reiki Master Teacher with a bachelor of science in holistic wellness, Rain is also a former preschool teacher and will offer musical yoga classes for children. Other classes include prenatal yoga, classes for caregivers and babies, and a unique Musical Yoga for Memory class Rain has designed drawing on her experience as a holistic memory care specialist. Rain instructs healing yoga classes for cancer survivors and people suffering with PTSD, anxiety and depression. Sacred Sound is the culmination of Rain’s two decades of study and practice. “It is my hope,” she says, “that everyone who comes will feel welcome and at home.”

For individuals looking to return to earlier levels of athleticism or meet new physical goals, “we offer a different model than your average chiropractic practice,” Sherman explains. “We provide each patient with an individualized program that involves some chiropractic work, some soft tissue manipulation and modern recovery exercises tailored to their specific needs.” Sherman did his homework before selecting Shorewood for his new venture. The Village impressed him as “a very active community” where residents of all ages are interested in “leading healthy and active lifestyles.” He also liked its friendly vibe. “We are really passionate about helping people feel better,” he says of the Crux team. “There’s a direct relationship between emotional and physical health, and our goal is to do our part to allow people to lead vital, active lives in order to feel good and remain healthy.”


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isconsinites know how to tough it out in the winter. Rubber soles, multiple layers, extra Vitamin D and positive attitudes go a long way. Still, this time of year’s transition to colder months and darker days can bring an unhewalthy dose of holiday-induced stress. Fortunately, Shorewood’s Business Improvement District includes an impressive number of health-focused entrepreneurs offering services to help us survive winter with our sanity intact. Here, they share their best tips for seasonal self care.

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“If the body gets too cold, you get stiff and that disrupts the flow of chi, the body’s energy.”

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When the temperature falls, Dr. Xiping Zhou of Dr. Zhou’s Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic recommends turning to centuries-old Chinese remedies. “If the body gets too cold, you get stiff and that disrupts the flow of chi, the body’s energy,” Zhou says. “Eat warm foods like soup, and drink tea with spicy ingredients like ginger.” Zhou’s philosophy is that good health comes when body, mind and spirit are in balance and working in harmony. He recommends more sleep to replace seasonal depletions in the body’s serotonin levels and mindful exercises like Tai Chi and yoga. For a healthy spirit, “surround yourself with people you enjoy and live in the moment,” and indulge in soothing rituals like soaking your feet or listening to relaxing music before bed. Yoga is another time-tested practice for strength building and stress reduction, and winter is an ideal time to begin a yoga practice, says Susan Goulet, owner of Milwaukee Yoga Center. “When the weather gets snowy and icy, people find it hard to get out, and that inactivity can lead to a real malaise setting in,” she says. MYC offers a wide range of classes for yogis at all levels, ages and fitness conditions. The benefits of yoga also go beyond fitness.


“Yoga works to move stress out of the body,” Goulet explains. “It removes you from the hustle and bustle of life and helps you feel restored.” Another stress reliever that may seem indulgent but is shown to promote wellness is Shiatsu, a Japanese massage therapy. According to Kate Hubbard of Embodied Therapeutics, “Shiatsu helps you enter into deep, meditative relaxation, balance your nervous system, boost your mood and replenish your energy.” For those interested in pairing the ancient practices with modern technologies, Dr. Kristen Reynolds from Golden Rey Energy Center has some suggestions. The center uses cutting-edge equipment such as far infrared sauna and a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to help patients with everything from headaches to chronic illnesses. “For anyone who wants to optimize their current state of health, these energy-based services provide the piece that’s been missing,” Reynolds says. “Although science backs this up, it’s rarely part of the conversation in a conventional health care setting.”

Smart eating and drinking to stay merry Food may be fuel, but not in the form of holiday cookies and eggnog. All that extra sugar and fat can leave us grumpy and sluggish. Catherine Andersen, nutrition specialist, fitness coach and founder of Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp, has two words for us: protein and water. “When you head out to the parties, grab some protein first,” Andersen advises. “Shrimp is a great option. So are things like turkey roll-ups. Pair that with some veggies and it will be super satisfying and satiating and you won’t be as likely to feed your hunger with empty calories.” In addition, she says, “The weather and extra alcohol during the holidays can leave us dehydrated, which many people confuse as hunger and they try to feed that feeling rather than quench it.” Even if we think we’ve had enough water in winter, Andersen advises, “Have some more.” Golden Rey also provides a five-day, plant-based eating plan to help people stave off or lose unwanted holiday pounds. The ProLon Five-Day Meal Program, says owner Reynolds, “is designed to help achieve the positive effects of fasting while staving off the downsides by infusing the body with the appropriate nutrients and nourishments.”

“When you head out to the parties, grab some protein first.”

Mental health through mind management Managing mental health can be a challenge when sunlight exposure decreases as exposure to your annoying brother-in-law increases. Fortunately, you get to decide whether to enjoy your next family gathering — it’s all about mind management. Experts suggest focusing on your core values to help avoid emotional triggers and traps. “Reconnecting with family and friends over the holidays can be a lot of fun, but it also holds the possibility of reactivating unresolved hurt feelings related to difficult past experiences,” says Carolyn Davis, a licensed therapist and owner of Sourcepoint Counseling. “Before getting together with others during the holidays, I recommend people take a moment to identify a core value, such as humor, love or honesty, and create a statement around that value that summarizes what they hope to get out of that gathering.” Setting an intention as simple as “I am giving and receiving respect within my family,” says Davis, can help you take actions aligned with that value statement during gatherings. To avoid getting sidetracked by other people’s agendas, issues or motivations, Davis says, remember that you have a choice: “You can play out old patterns, or you can tap into your innate personal power and act in alignment with your values, with the possibility of transforming even the most challenging relationship dynamics in the process.” n

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Outdoor Education Builds Connections and Culture Outside the Classroom BY KATELIN WATSON | PHOTOS BY JONATHAN KIRN


“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” —John Muir

he Outdoor Education experience for Shorewood Intermediate School seventh-grade students is a unique tradition in the Shorewood Schools. Started in 1982 by a handful of teachers, Outdoor Ed, as it’s been nicknamed over the years, is a twoday, one-night fall camping experience for all seventh-grade students, held at Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland, Wis., which is run by the Boys & Girls Club of America.

Outdoor Ed is designed to give students the opportunity to build a positive school culture and develop new peer connections through a variety of community-building activities. It promotes interaction among students from Lake Bluff and Atwater elementary schools — as well as any District newcomers in seventh grade — who are coming together for the first time as classmates. The camp environment encourages them to learn about each other as they work together to reach goals.

Seventh-graders Ansgar Guentsch, left, and Da’Veon Harbour participate in a scavenger hunt during Outdoor Ed at Camp Whitcomb/Mason in October.

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Seventh-graders Alexis Averette, left, and Sheta Schutz during a goal-setting activity at Outdoor Ed.

“It’s so important for students and teachers to connect outside of the walls of the classroom,” says SIS seventh-grade teacher and 16-year Outdoor Ed veteran Sarah Kopplin. “We’re still in a learning environment, but it’s a different type of learning. You have beautiful trails, trees, a lake; you observe different types of ecosystems; and you actively experience nature at its fullest. Students get to see their teachers and each other in a different light and are able to relate on a more personal level. Since we have (the students) for only two years (at SIS), it’s vital for bonding to happen early on. It sets the tone for the remainder of their time at SIS and into high school.” Students get the full camp experience complete with sleeping cabins, meals together in the Friendship Lodge, nighttime campfires and a variety of outdoor daytime activities on rotation. The activities fluctuate from year to year, but there are always six options available. This year, students enjoyed disc golf, a scavenger hunt, canoeing, games of Capture the Flag and other cooperative team challenges, as well as a new offering — a high ropes course — supported by a generous Shorewood SEED Foundation grant. Building on work to redesign the SIS Guided Study program to promote more community building and character development in

accordance with the District’s Wellness Policy, “we wanted to transition our activities (at camp) to include a larger focus on physical movement and cooperative learning,” says Maria Gitter, SIS science teacher and a longtime Outdoor Ed co-organizer. “An experience like the high ropes course provides students with a learning experience they cannot participate in at school that’s challenging and motivating for them.” The Outdoor Ed experience will continue to evolve, but Julie Wells, an SIS counselor with 10 years of Outdoor Ed experience, emphasizes that concepts behind it will stay the same, especially because Outdoor Ed has become such a staple for the Shorewood community — one that many students and parents talk about long after their SIS experience is over. “We’ve actually had parent chaperones who share that they themselves attended Outdoor Ed as students,” Wells notes. “And when we post photos online, alumni comment with their past experiences. It’s so fun to hear them recall their fond memories of Outdoor Ed. That tells you just how valuable this experience truly is.” District staff and administrators place a high priority on offering students learning opportunities like Outdoor Ed that are not solely academically focused, but also involve problem solving, team building and collaboration. Additional outdoor-focused opportunities include Winter Experience, where the eighthgrade class returns to Camp Whitcomb/Mason for winter activities, as well as Adventure Education and Watershed Wisdom, both elective classes offered at the high school. “I think students often comprehend lessons better outside the walls of the classroom,” Kopplin says. “We are always trying to redefine outdoor education and I really feel good that the administration is focused on building a sense of culture, improving physical and emotional health and well-being, and that our staff really wants to drive that forward. It feels good we are choosing this path, and we’ll continue to morph and grow.” n



Priority Projects for 2019 BY JENNIFER ANDERSON

The Village Board’s budget and visioning process for 2019 identified key initiatives that closely align with issues many Shorewood residents have shared as being top of mind. To provide a deeper dive on three programs of broad impact, we went straight to the experts: Village Planning Director Bart Griepentrog, Director of Public Works Leeann Butschlick and Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart.

Transportation and Parking Analysis


he Village will invest in its first community-wide transportation analysis, using a comprehensive approach rather than reviewing traffic on a block-by-block basis. “Looking at the Village as a whole versus doing a piecemeal review gives us a chance to see how every part of the system affects the others,” Griepentrog explains. This study will examine all aspects of Village transportation including vehicles, bikes and pedestrians throughout the residential and commercial districts. The scope includes analyzing the impact of the newly redesigned North Wilson Drive and North Lake Drive on intersecting and nearby streets, identifying potential locations for permit parking, determining which routes can support bike lanes, and evaluating the potential impact of introducing metered parking in certain areas. The Village will engage the public in discussion around any recommendations stemming from the findings through public workshops and meetings, says Griepentrog. “This will be a deep, rational look at how (residents’) neighborhoods are doing and how their blocks are impacted.” •


Automated Water Meter Reading

Village Organizational Review



Today’s meters are read by DPW employees who periodically make the rounds of every block, a process that takes two employees two weeks for each full meter read. The new meters, scheduled to be installed beginning in 2020, will upload data automatically and provide homeowners with more accurate and clearer information on their water usage.

“We need to understand what these departments should look like in the next five to 10 years to accommodate the future needs of the community and determine what skills and experience the staff will need to have,” Burkart says.

he Wisconsin Public Service Commission requires that the Village replace all residential water meters every 20 years, and that deadline is fast approaching. In 2019, a DPW contractor will develop a plan to replace all residential meters with modern models that can be read remotely.

“There are lots of efficiency benefits from a conservation perspective,” Butschlick says. “Customers will be able to log on to a website to track their water usage, and we can notify a resident if there’s a sudden dramatic increase in their usage that might indicate a broken pipe or other emergency.” •

n 2019, the Village manager’s office will take a comprehensive look at compensation for all Village positions to ensure they are within market rates. This review will also analyze the organizational structure within Village Hall departments (Planning, Clerk and Customer Service, Finance, and theVillage Manager’s office), as well as the DPW, to develop a roadmap for the future.

The review will explore different options for delivery of Village services including in-house, contractual or shared delivery, and determine if any service delivery can be eliminated or altered based on costs, usage and community feedback. A similar review of the Police Department is expected in 2020. •

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Shorewood Events Holiday Book Talk with Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Company

Boutique Blowout

Saturday, February 2, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

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Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m. Join Boswell’s proprietor, Daniel Goldin, for a presentation at Village Center about the best books to look for during the holiday season. Goldin is known for giving interesting and varied suggestions. Shop for yourself and all the discerning readers on your holiday gift list, as the books will be available for purchase. A portion of sales will support the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library.


Community Conversations Monday, January 21, 6–7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in conversation with your neighbors. Read “My President was Black,” an essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates featured in The Atlantic, available online or in Coates’ book We Were Eight Years in Power. Then join a group discussion facilitated by Dr. Martha Berry, racial justice director of the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin, at Shorewood Village Center. This session will be the culmination of a year of community conversations hosted by the Shorewood School District, the YWCA and the Shorewood Public Library. For more information, call 414.847.2670.

Now in its 10th year, Boutique Blowout features more than a dozen area shops and attracts hundreds of shoppers to the Atwater Elementary School Cafetorium with deeply DEEPLY DISCOUNTED discounted PRICING ON CLOTHING, pricing on HOME GOODS AND clothing, home goods and ACCESSORIES. accessories. Regulars know they need to line up early for the best deals and steals, happily paying their $5 entry fee (proceeds benefit a local charity). “We started Boutique Blowout on a whim, to move inventory and clear our shelves for spring,” says Liz Sumner, owner of SHOP and one of the event’s founders. “It’s grown into this great social event that people look forward to all year.”

Segregation in Milwaukee and Shorewood Thursday, February 7, 6–8 p.m.

This presentation and discussion — newly offered by the Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department — will briefly cover the role of Shorewood in the context of Milwaukee being cited as the most segregated metro area in the U.S. and discuss the impact. The class, instructed by Leland Pan from YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, will take place in the Shorewood High School Library. Participants must register at (Course #: 2705.1), but the class is free.


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Saturday, February 9, noon–4 p.m. Lucy Shacklady with mom Angela at Shorewood Chill 2018.


The Lake Bluff Ice Captains have partnered with the Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department and the Village of Shorewood to host the second annual Shorewood Chill. This community-wide event at the Lake Bluff Elementary School ice rink celebrates our wonderful Wisconsin winter. Ice skating, s’mores and hot chocolate, music, and more make it fun for all ages. Look for more information to come via District and Village communications.







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Senior Resource Center

Mimi Oxman leads a Zumba class made up of seniors from Alexian Village, the Catholic Home and the Shorewood Senior Resource Center in October.

Events Village Manager Rebecca Ewald Mon., Jan. 7, 12:30–1 p.m.

Hear the latest news on planned projects in Shorewood for 2019. Free; no pre-registration required.

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

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

Men’s Morning Wednesdays, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13, 10–11:30 a.m.

Women are welcome, too! Donuts, coffee and juice will be served. BB Jan. 9: “Around the Corner” with Marilyn John: Marilyn shares her recent travels with John Gurda and John McGivern. BB Feb. 13: “Mongolia: A Journey to the End of the Earth” presented by writer and freelance photographer Jeannee Sacken. BB Mar. 13: Tim O’Driscoll, Milwaukee Brewers official scorekeeper for 30 years, brings his Irish wit and shares the stories behind the scores. $3 fee at door; no pre-registration required. 22 SHOREWOOD TODAY  WINTER 2018

The Holistic Way to Health and Wellness with Maria Viall Tuesdays, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, 11:15 a.m. –12:15 p.m.

Viall, a certified holistic health practitioner and certified nutritional practitioner, leads small group discussions to help you discover how to reach your true health potential with simple but effective strategies. BB Jan. 8: How to beat winter weight gain BB Feb. 12: Tips on eating a more plant-based diet BB Mar.12: “The Skinny on Fat” (What kind, how much, when) Suggested payment is residents $4/nonresidents $6. Please pre-register with payment.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Thursdays, Jan. 10–31, 9–10:30 a.m.

Elizabeth Lewis, certified stress management consultant and HeartMath instructor, brings together mindfulness and yoga and teaches us their use in holistically treating a wide variety of health problems such as pain, anxiety, high blood pressure and more. Four-week series; residents: $40/nonresidents $60. Please pre-register with payment.

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Five Wishes: Power of Attorney for Healthcare Wed., Jan. 16, 11 a.m.–noon

Join Sue Engstrom, MA, LPC-IT, of Tree of Life Counseling Center for an interactive presentation. The Five Wishes Power of Attorney for Healthcare assigns a proxy to make medical decisions for you should you become unable. The easy-to-use legal document 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.

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

Greet old friends and make new ones at Three Lions Pub, 4515 N. Oakland Ave. If this is your first visit, please RSVP in advance to the SRC. Free admission, coffee, soda and water. Food available for purchase from the Three Lions menu.

History Repeats Mondays, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Mar. 18, 1–2 p.m.

Discussions on an interesting variety of historical topics led by amateur historian Kathleen Smith. BB Jan. 21: Rosa Parks. The Woman Who Ignited a Movement BB Feb. 18: Ignaz Semmelweis. Childbirth in the 19th and early 20th century was frequently a death sentence. Meet the man who had insight into this scourge. BB Mar.18: Princess Margaret. Before Princess Diana and Grace Kelly, there was Princess Margaret. Everyone wanted to know what she was wearing and who she was dating. Free; no pre-registration required.

Brain Camp Tuesdays, Jan. 22 & 29, Feb. 5 & 12, 10–11 a.m.

We all know how important it is to keep our brains active and engaged. Just as we exercise our bodies, it is equally important to exercise our minds. In each session with Kelly Schroeder-Strong, we will work our brains with challenging yet fun activities and learn about brain health along the way. We will end each class with a mind-resting meditation. Four-week series, residents $12/nonresidents $16. Please pre-register with payment.

Ask a Dietitian Tuesdays, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Learn from Carmel Bankier-Sweet, registered dietician. BB Jan. 22: Artery and vascular health as seniors.

Peggy Rose, left, and Gail Morley, right, get acquainted with Atwater fourth-grader Maria (Xi) Ma.

Finding Common Language BY JUSTINE LEONARD

Shorewood is recognized nationally as an active and vital intergenerational community. That reputation continues to grow with innovative programs like the new partnership between Senior Resource Center mentors and English Language Learner students at Atwater Elementary School. This past spring, Atwater ELL teacher Roxanne Tibbits identified an opportunity for her students in fourth through sixth grade to both improve their English skills and interact with older adults, and approached SRC coordinator Elizabeth Price. “Often, our ELL students come to our country with no extended family,” Tibbits explains. “Our partnership with the SRC is an opportunity for them to connect with older adults and learn more about our customs and culture while becoming better English Language Learners.” The students and their senior mentors meet for one hour each month during the school year at Shorewood Village Center, interacting through one-to-one projects Tibbits has prepared. At their first session this fall, participants used “acquaintance cards” to guide introductory conversations, with questions to prompt discussion around family, country of origin, favorite subjects, sports and books, languages spoken, and hobbies. This intergenerational effort is an example of the commitment among the greater Shorewood community to work together to help all students succeed.

BB Feb. 26: Can what you eat reduce your risk of diabetes? Free; please pre-register.

Young at Heart Players Spring Choir Thursdays, Feb. 7– May 9, 10 a.m.–noon

If you love singing, writing skits, acting or are just looking for some fun, consider pursuing this opportunity to explore your talent and be part of the SRC performing group. We rehearse in the River Park Apartments Community Room, 1600 E. River Park Court. Residents $25/nonresidents $35. Please pre-register with payment. Registration form available in the SRC office or by email upon request.

Connecting with the SRC is easier than ever! We now have a Facebook page! Please join, like and follow our new group, As always, you can call or email the SRC at 414.847.2727 or For more details on any of our programs or to receive a monthly calendar of events, contact the SRC directly. Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and meet in the Shorewood Village Center at 3920 N. Murray Ave. (lower level of the Shorewood Library). SHOREWOOD TODAY 23

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Candidates running for local trustee and school board seats are invited for an informal meet and greet. It’s your chance to get to know them a little better, ask questions and have a donut. Free; no pre-registration required.

I’m Retired! Now What Do I Do with the Rest of My Life? Thursdays, Mar. 21, 28, Apr. 4, 1–2:30 p.m.

Create the retirement of your dreams by discovering your forgotten passions, finding balance, creating your life goals and feeling free to enjoy life to the fullest. Led by Linda McGuire, a certified retirement coach and graduate of Coach U. Through presentations, discussions and facilitated group sharing and reflection, we explore activities that will help you initiate change, choose your direction and increase involvement in your renewed interests. Residents $20/nonresidents $30. Please register through the Shorewood Recreation Department, 414.963.6913 ext. 4. Course #3721.1.

Tick Talk Tues., Mar. 26, 6:30–7:45 p.m.

Approximately 400,000 new cases of Lyme disease will emerge in the U.S. this year making it a major health care crisis. This talk with Terry Foster, M.D., will explore acute and chronic Lyme as well as associated diseases, worldwide spread of the disease and appropriate medical rsponses. Free, no pre-registration required.


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rowing up in tiny Luverne, Minn., Ben Uphoff was always involved in something. Whether it was mentoring students with intellectual disabilities, editing the school newspaper or starting the school recycling program, Uphoff loved being part of positive change. So when Uphoff moved to Shorewood last year from Sioux Falls, S.D., it made sense to find new ways to give back to a community he quickly came to love. “We were so blown away by Shorewood,” says Uphoff, speaking for himself and his wife, Brittany Vogt. “We really liked the small-town feel and being right next to a bigger city and on the lake. It felt like the perfect place to plant our roots and start our careers and family.” A financial associate with Vantage Financial in Elm Grove, Uphoff says he has been deliberate about his career choices, seeking a work/life balance that enables him to give back. “When I went back to work after graduating from business school, the amount of time I had to

Ben Uphoff stands among the winter-dormant plots at Victory Garden Urban Farm in Milwaukee, where he volunteers.

volunteer fell off,” he says. “So I made a change and chose this job and this firm specifically because they gave me the flexibility to become involved in my community.”

“You can really make a positive impact in a small community,” he says. “Shorewood is such a unique place and we feel so fortunate to live here. I want to do my part in helping it thrive.”

As he was settling into Shorewood, Uphoff attended a public forum on urban gardening and quickly joined the fundraising and event planning committees for Milwaukee’s Victory Garden Initiative. He participated in a United Way conference, conducting mock interviews with disadvantaged young men to help prepare them for the workforce. He helped organize the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s annual oyster roast.

Uphoff puts his financial know-how to good use as a volunteer instructor for a Shorewood Recreation Department class on financial responsibility, explaining taxes and investments to teens as they prepare for adulthood and financial independence. He also volunteers as an advisor to older adults regarding social security and retirement savings through the Senior Resource Center, and he has started a group for local entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and information to help grow their businesses.

Shorewood has been a primary beneficiary of Uphoff’s philanthropic energy. After enjoying the 4th of July fireworks display, he reached out to members of the event’s sponsor, the Shorewood Foundation, to apply for an open spot on the board. Sustainability issues are a passion for Uphoff, so he’s gotten involved with the Conservation Commission, helping out with its annual Fish & Feather Festival in the fall.

Uphoff, 30, feels his altruistic attitude is not unusual for his generation. “Millennials have a bad reputation for being self-involved and always on their phones, but I think that’s a misconception,” he says. “I see my peers getting out and becoming engaged in their communities. I’m very optimistic about what our generation can achieve.” n SHOREWOOD TODAY 25


Media Masters in the Making: SHS students combine investigative journalism and video to study the Progressive Era BY KATELIN WATSON | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN


he influential journalists of America’s Progressive Era examined and exposed society’s often shocking injustices and issues. Now, Shorewood High School teachers Brian Schulteis and Krystle Thomas are having social studies students channel these historical champions of media. The instructors’ new approach for teaching this era in their freshman-level American Society classes debuted this fall. They designed the unit to engage students in hands-on investigative journalism and video production as they explored late 19th- and early 20th-century political, economic and social corruption.

After choosing their themes, students had to complete extensive research, storyboard their topics, write their own scripts, plan filming schedules, shoot and edit their pieces, and write an accompanying essay and reflection. The process-driven project, say Schulteis and Thomas, enabled students to develop skills useful in college and beyond.

SHS freshman Dana Alnejaimi takes a cue from her classmate as she is filmed in front of a green screen for an American Society class project.

“We wanted to combine both of our teaching styles as well as utilize some of the awesome resources already available to us,” says Schulteis, “such as the Library Media Center’s Think Space Lab that is equipped with a green screen, and some beautiful spots on campus for filming. Since most students are already familiar with video-making, we thought they could use those skills to go forward and do something ‘next level,’ demonstrating the research they’d done through a unique vessel.” In small groups, students were charged with creating videos about social issues of the era, with a focus on the Gilded Age and Industrial Revolution. Each group was given a social problem to explore and asked to define the problem, provide specific examples and present solutions. They were asked to show the cause and effect of those events, as well as key ideas, movements and figures. Students could earn extra credit for showing how their chosen problem continues to manifest in modern American society. 26 SHOREWOOD TODAY  WINTER 2018

When it came to project delivery and format, students were given full creative freedom. “Projects ranged from music videos to propaganda and campaign videos to documentary-style videos,” Schulteis says. “We even had a team do a parody of The Office. The students went above and beyond and the results were really impressive.”

The unit, says Thomas, dovetailed nicely with the District’s goals around student connectedness. “The students not only got a glimpse of what professional digital media looks and feels like, but they also homed in on important life skills such as collaboration, communication, reflection, delegation and research-based writing. In terms of connectedness, it was an opportunity for natural community building in the class. The project helped create some stronger relationships among these students who are just starting out their high school careers.” With positive feedback from the students, Schulteis and Thomas plan to build on the project and look forward to expanding learning opportunities. “We will be searching for more authentic learning opportunities out in the community,” Thomas says. “Hopefully, on the horizon, there’s a chance to build connections with entities such as the Shorewood Historical Society, which could be a perfect fit for our subject matter. It’s exciting to see where we could go next.” n

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The Rec Department’s Old Man Lacrosse course attracts men of all ages, including fathers and sons who enjoy playing the sport together.

No Body Checking for Old Men Intergenerational Lacrosse is Good, Clean Fun



ompetition and camaraderie don’t often go hand in hand, but when it comes to Old Man Lacrosse — the tongue-in-cheek moniker for a fun course offering from the Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department — these two words could not be better descriptors. Old Man Lacrosse is a recreational lacrosse program designed for the “Old Man” (defined, however unjustly, as over age 30) player as well as for fathers and sons who want to play the sport together. Shorewood High School physics teacher and avid lacrosse player and coach Kevin Kane inherited the program from the Ozaukee Lacrosse Club and decided to bring the game to Shorewood six years ago. “It started as a fun, low-key summer activity among coaches and their sons,” Kane says. “In its first year, we had around 10 to 12 people participating. Now, years later, we are maxed out with 60 players.” The course, offered weekly in both summer and fall, brings together new and experienced adult players with student players from sixth grade through college who have at least one year of competitive lacrosse play. While full equipment is required and the competition factor is high, the game’s rules prohibit body checking, the practice of slamming into other players with massive force. “It’s just a lot of good, clean fun and it’s a melting pot of people,” Kane says. “The ages range from 11 years old to mid-60s, and you’ve got fathers, sons, residents,

non-residents, coaches, collegiate athletes, old men and young kids. On one hand, the competition is good and you get a real full-body workout, and on the other, the experience really builds camaraderie and solidarity among all the players.” Father and son duo Mark and Henry Lien have been participants in the program for two years and say they have gained much from their experiences in this unique setting. “It’s very different because you have a wide range of skills and ages, from those who have never played to those who have competed at a college level, and I like that about it,” says Henry, an eighth-grader. “It’s fun to play against my dad … I score on him when he plays goalie and also give him tips, since I play goalie (on my lacrosse team) during the regular season.” Henry’s old man agrees. “In youth sports today, parents often stand on the sidelines so there are very few opportunities to actually participate in an organized activity with your children,” he says. “This lacrosse program lets you really spend time with them. Our children learn good sportsmanship, and we adults learn more about our children and their spirit. Not to mention, it’s great exercise, and you meet so many wonderful people.” The program is open to residents and nonresidents, and the next offering is scheduled for summer 2019. Those interested in joining the fun should look for “Old Man Lacrosse” in the Shorewood Recreation Summer Course Guide, which will be mailed to residents and available at this spring. n SHOREWOOD TODAY 29

Feeding the community has fed Mary Marti’s soul BY JENNIFER ANDERSON | PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRN

When Mary Marti opened Vedo’s Pizza 11 years ago, it quickly became a favorite spot for local students, BUSINESS rambunctious groups of SPOTLIGHT whom roll in daily at lunchtime for a warm greeting and a hot slice. The tiny storefront also gained fans among aficionados of true New York-style pizza, who know better than to ask for utensils and crave the tomato sauce Marti makes with only the freshest ingredients using an old family recipe.

Mary Marti demonstrates her professional pizza prowess in the Vedo’s kitchen.

Marti moved to Shorewood in 2000 as a single parent with two young daughters, in part because she had heard good things about the school system. The Vedo’s space on East Capitol Drive came available not long afterward. Marti says it felt like the right time, and a natural fit, as she had opened pizzerias in the past. The hard work she poured into her small business fueled her, and working alongside her cousin Nick Dastoli, being around the students and serving pizza to regulars brought laughter and companionship to her day. “This kept me alive,” she says. “I love my customers ,and I have never taken them for granted.” Those customers, especially the Shorewood High School students, reflect back Marti’s affection. “The pizza is great but my favorite part is the workers because they are just so kind,” says SHS senior Sam Rupel. “The pizza is super good — it gets a lot of talk from students so you know it’s good,” says SHS sophomore Zoe Neudorfer. “The service is wonderful, and it’s affordable for high school students.” Today, both of Marti’s daughters are college graduates — talking about this quickly brings tears to Marti’s eyes — and the number 30 SHOREWOOD TODAY  WINTER 2018

of days she has remaining as the owner of Vedo’s can be counted on what’s left of a 2018 calendar. Marti will retire at the end of December, passing the business, along with recipes for the homemade sauce and hand-kneaded dough, on to her brother, Vidal Acevedo. “The product will stay the same,” promises Marti, “but he’s going to do more with social media and give the place a little facelift.” Marti’s gratitude for the community and her loyal patrons runs deep and she knows retiring will create a void in her life. “I’ve been spinning pizzas for 26 years and I’ve always enjoyed it,” she says. But she won’t miss getting up early to turn on the ovens so they heat up before the noon rush, and she’s looking forward to more time to read books, cook new foods and go fishing with her husband. Retirement, however, may not be a plan that sticks. The couple aims to move to Savannah, Ga., and already Marti can excitedly describe the pizzeria she wants to open there. “I know myself,” she laughs, “I won’t be able to sit around for long.” n Vedo’s Pizza | 1808 E. Capitol Dr. | 414.962.2008

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Raquel Rutledge in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newsroom.



Investigative journalism takes courage, good instincts and, perhaps most of all, tenacity — a trait that Raquel Rutledge, SHS ’85, says her years in the Shorewood School District helped her develop.

Rutledge spent all of her school-age years in the District, a deliberate decision on the part of her parents (particularly her mother, also a Shorewood graduate). “It was important to them that we were in a good school district and received a solid education,” Rutledge says. She attended Atwater Elementary and Shorewood Intermediate School, then graduated from SHS in an impressive three years. Though she didn’t participate in journalism-related extracurriculars at SHS, Rutledge was a curious and attentive student. “I’ve always been driven by my curiosity,” she says. “If I don’t understand something, I’m very intrigued by it and want to figure it out, which is an important characteristic for a journalist. I think the emphasis the District placed on the importance of curiosity and learning was huge. All of my teachers were inspiring, and that overall approach to education was something I really appreciated.” Rutledge earned her college degree in mass communications, with a print emphasis, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She started her career at a radio station in Hartford, Wis., then worked in both television and print, even moving to Colorado Springs for a time to pursue career opportunities there with her husband, also a reporter. She eventually returned to Milwaukee to work as a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where she has now been for nearly 15 years.

At the Journal Sentinel, Rutledge is on the “Watchdog” team and has investigated an array of issues, from health and science to crime and taxes. She is known for uncovering widespread fraud — more than $40 million a year — in the state’s subsidized child-care program. Her child-care investigation series, “Cashing in on Kids,” resulted in new laws, sweeping policy reforms, a crackdown on at least 200 child-care providers suspected of cheating the program and more than three dozen criminal charges. It also won Rutledge a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism. Rutledge has also exposed serious illnesses affecting workers in food-flavoring plants and federal regulators’ failure to protect them; revealed how a chemical known to cause deadly lung disease is endangering coffee workers and those who use e-cigarettes and, more recently, explored deaths, injuries and other dangers faced by tourists visiting Mexican resorts, as well as TripAdvisor’s efforts to minimize these issues by curating content. Including her Pulitzer, Rutledge has dozens of awards under her belt. She was also a Nieman Foundation for Journalism Fellow at Harvard University in 2012. But she says her work is not about the awards and honors — it’s about making an impact. “What fuels me is the ability I have to make a difference in the lives of others,” Rutledge says. “I think shedding light on (issues such as fraud or poor manufacturing practice) and raising awareness about them is very important. People can’t take action and can’t bring about change if they aren’t properly informed, so it’s my job to make that happen. I’m passionate about my work, and helping others is truly what keeps me going.” n SHOREWOOD TODAY 33

Hi, Neighbor Meet: Tuan Trinh (pen name: Trinh Lu) Moved to Shorewood: 2014

A child of artists from Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuan Trinh has never stopped painting, even while making a living in other ways: as an English-speaking announcer for Radio the Voice of Vietnam, a communication professional for various organizations, and an award-winning literary translator of prominent works including Life of Pi, The Great Gatsby, The Sea and Thomas More’s Utopia. His plein air paintings of Shorewood and Milwaukee have been exhibited in Hanoi and closer to home. Tuan Trinh among several of his artistic works that depict nature in Shorewood and Milwaukee.

Found in translation AS TOLD TO PAULA WHEELER

“My parents were both French-educated artists, and my family’s home was like a big studio. I have 12 brothers and sisters, and almost all are either painters or musicians. “Growing up, I learned English without any formal training, mostly from listening to Voice of America, where I picked up the American accent. When Radio Voice of Vietnam need a male English speaker to address American GIs, I auditioned and they immediately picked me up. That was my job for 14 years, but art was still a way of life for me. I participated in group art exhibitions in Hanoi, and I even won some international prizes. “My son and daughter were largely brought up in New York, where I worked in communications for many years. When my kids were in college in the U.S., my wife and I returned to Hanoi. Eventually, I went to work for the Atlantic Philanthropies. But at first, I was jobless. A couple

of young guys who were forming a publishing company visited me and said, ‘Can you translate this book?’ It was Life of Pi. I said I needed one night to see what it was about, and I fell in love with it. “The key to successful translation is, when people in Vietnam read that book, they feel like they are reading a Vietnamese writer. I think I conveyed the voice and all the feelings. That first translation won a national prize. “After that, I began translating a lot. I work differently from other translators, I think. I browse through a book to get connected with the author’s voice and I get a feeling about them. I don’t want to read the whole book too carefully because it will kill the sense of suspense! I translate as I read the book myself. “We moved to Shorewood in 2014 because my son is now a professor

of linguistics at UWM. After so many years living in New York, I immediately felt at home here. The environment, the nature and especially the new friendships have been so inspiring. I started going out painting on my bicycle, my ‘mobile studio,’ every day. I would blog about my experience each evening, and people in Vietnam would say they loved it. “When I was 67, I took 67 of these paintings for an exhibition in Hanoi, ‘Painting En Plein Air in America.’ The U.S. ambassador to Vietnam came to make the opening remarks. It was quite a big hit because it showed nature in America, not skyscrapers and factories. “I’ve also done an exhibition here, in the common room at Eastwood Condominiums, just for my neighbors! They saw me going out and painting daily, so they organized it all. It was so lovely.” n

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Shorewood Resources FIND THE 2019 RECYCLING CALENDAR ONLINE Information about the Village recycling program and schedule will now be available exclusively online. In the past, the Department of Public Works mailed or delivered printed calendars. Find your 2019 recycling schedule at


NEW ARTISTS GUILD CONNECTS CREATIVES The Shorewood Artists Guild was conceived this past spring as a way to connect and support the Village’s flourishing artistic community. Founders Sangeeta Patel, an oil painter who concentrates on classical realism, and Noel Clark, an expressionist painter and digital artist, describe the group as “a gathering spot for artists, crafters and creatives to share ideas, inspire each other and advocate for the arts.” The eclectic group includes novice, intermediate and professional artists who work in a variety of styles and media, from ceramics to photography, mixed media and glass. “Making art can be kind of a lonely pursuit,” Clark says. “It’s great to have this community we can go to for support.” The Guild aims to partner with area businesses next year on a Shorewood art walk. It currently meets monthly at Shorewood’s Colectivo. For more information, visit the Guild’s Facebook page or

APPLY TO JOIN THE SHOREWOOD CITIZEN’S ACADEMY Residents can now apply to join the third cohort of the Shorewood Citizen’s Academy, a program that offers participants the opportunity to learn more about Village services and community volunteer opportunities. During six two-hour sessions on Thursday evenings in February and March, 20 Academy participants will hear from presenters representing the Shorewood Historical Society, the School District and the Business Improvement District, among 36 SHOREWOOD TODAY  WINTER 2018

others. Village departments including Public Works and Police also provide informative and hands-on learning experiences. Tours of Village facilities and discussions with elected officials like Representative David Bowen and Senator Lena Taylor are also part of the experience. Visit or pick up an application from Village Hall or the Village Center. Applications are due by Dec. 21.

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Members of the Shorewood Artists Guild review member work at their monthly meeting in November. From left are: Kevin Tissot, Lisa Castagnozzi, John O’Hara, Noel Clark and Sangeeta Patel.

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A revamp has made the Village of Shorewood’s website site more user-friendly and easier to navigate. The straightforward new design of the main landing page allows for easy access to meeting agendas and minutes, as well as archived editions of the Village Manager’s Memo and other communication tools. Significant enhancements have also been made to the Village and Senior Resource Center calendars.

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LOVE FOR THE LIBRARY Yard signs showing love for the Shorewood Public Library appeared this fall in front of 40 homes as part of a campaign to celebrate the library and promote its vital role in Village life. The signs were sponsored by the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library in conjunction with National Friends of Libraries Week in October. The Friends provide the library with financial support for its children’s and adult programming, special events, and additions to its collection. For more information about the friends, visit

RESEARCH YOUR ROOTS Are you curious about your family tree? Delve into the past with Ancestry’s Library Edition, available free at the Shorewood Public Library. Access this online genealogy tool using one of the library’s 29 public computers or using the library’s WiFi on your own device. Go to, click on Grow, then choose Discover the Past to access Ancestry Library Edition. The Library is also offering a hands-on workshop on Ancestry Library Edition at 6:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 19. Although the library will provide a number of computers or tablets for the program, attendees are encouraged to bring their own if possible.

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SHOREWOOD GROWS READERS Early literacy skills are defined as what children know about books and reading before they actually start reading. Strong early literacy skills lay the foundation for future learning success. Research has identified five everyday activities that build those skills: talking, singing/rhyming, playing, writing and reading, and the Shorewood Public Library has resources to help with all five. Visit us to learn more, sign up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program and discover great books to share with little ones.

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GET READY Let’s Sell Your Home This Spring.

7 1 Keeping a steady beat during September’s SHS

Homecoming parade are (from left) Ilijah Taylor-Jordan, Jacob Friend and Jack Mackowski. 2 Atwater Principal Kayla Russick leads the crowd in a

cheer during a Walk to School Day celebration before the morning bell. 3 Members of the Shorewood Foundation board hear a

pitch from Arthur Ircink during the Foundation’s first Shark Tank Challenge at Three Lions Pub on Sept. 24. Residents were invited to present community-enhancing project ideas for possible foundation funding. 4 The Norris family enjoys Halloween festivities outside

Corner Bakery at the Second Annual Night of the Ghost Train on Oct. 31. From left: Quinn, 1; James; Lincoln, 7; Brooklyn, 5; and Molly. 5 Messwood running back Zoe McDowell stiff-arms

a New Berlin Eisenhower defender during the team’s first appearance in the Woodland Conference Title game in October. Messmer/Shorewood finished the season 8–3. 6 Rocktoberfest in November: Woodwind players

perform at the Shorewood Bands’ event on Nov. 2. 7 Packers fans congregate on a closed-off North Oakland

Avenue outside of Camp Bar, which sponsored a viewing party in October.


Shorewood A Look Back

The “Dummy Line” In this 1898 image, the “Dummy Line” train is parked among high snow bluffs between North Maryland and Frederick Avenues, approximately at North Lake Bluff Blvd. Note the snow plow on the front of the engine. From 1888 to1898, the Dummy was a small train line that ran north from Milwaukee, entering Shorewood at what is now North Downer Avenue and exiting between Maryland and Frederick. It ended near the Pabst Garden in Whitefish Bay (near the current Pandl’s restaurant). The train carried passengers to Shorewood’s parks or the Milwaukee Country Club on East Lake Drive.

Photos and information courtesy of the Shorewood Historical Society.


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

DECEMBER TUES. DEC. 4  6th Grade & SIS Orchestra

FEBRUARY SAT. FEB. 2  10th Annual Boutique Blowout

THURS. DEC. 6  SHS Orchestra Concert 7pm, SHS Gensler Auditorium

TUES. FEB. 5  Lake Bluff Gr. 5 & 6 Fine Arts Production Lake Bluff Elementary School Cafetorium

Concert 7pm, SHS Gensler Auditorium

SAT. DEC. 8  Holiday Book Talk with Daniel Goldin, proprietor, Boswell Books 11am, Shorewood Village Center TUES. DEC. 11  SIS Band Concert 7pm SHS Gensler Auditorium

THURS. DEC. 13  SHS Band Concert 7pm, SHS Gensler Auditorium

SAT. DEC. 15  Digital Downloads 101 10:30am, Shorewood Public Library

TUES. DEC. 18  Shorewood Woman’s Club presents the SHS Chamber Orchestra, directed by Karen Frink 1pm, Village Center THURS. DEC. 20  SIS/SHS Choir Concert 7pm, SHS Gensler Auditorium

JANUARY SAT. JAN. 19  Shorewood Woman’s Club

presents Milwaukee: A City Built on Water with Historian John Gurda 1pm, Village Center

MON. JAN. 21  Reading Race: Community Conversations 7pm, Village Center THURS.–SAT. JAN. 24–26  SHS Winter Musical, Rent 7pm, SHS Gensler Auditorium SUN. JAN. 27  SHS Chamber Orchestra & Singers 7pm, Kingo Lutheran Church WED. & THURS. JAN. 30 & 31  Winter Sing Performances 6:15–8:30pm, Atwater Elementary School Cafetorium

9am–2pm, Atwater Elementary Cafetorium

WED. FEB. 6  SHS Black History Month Program SHS Gensler Auditorium

THURS. FEB. 7  Shorewood Recreation Department’s Segregation in Milwaukee & Shorewood 6–8pm, SHS Library SAT. FEB. 9  Shorewood Chill Noon–4pm, Lake Bluff Elementary School

WED. FEB. 13 Band-O-Rama 7pm, SHS Arena THURS. FEB. 14  SHS Orchestra Benefit Concert featuring Jon McCullough-Benner, principal bass, MSO 7pm, SHS Gensler Auditorium

TUES. FEB. 19  Researching Your Family Tree with 6:30pm, Shorewood Public Library

TUES. FEB. 19  Shorewood Woman’s Club presents What is Happening in Milwaukee’s Latest Redevelopment District (Inner Harbor)? with Lilith Fowler 1pm, Meeting Room at Eastwood Condominiums, 3942 N. Oakland Ave.

THURS. FEB. 21  Lake Bluff MAC 3 Fine Arts Production Lake Bluff Elementary School Cafetorium

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