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As 2015 comes to a close, Shorewood has much to celebrate. Atwater Elementary School is capping a century of high-quality education. Our first foray into a Shorewood Farmers Market was a success. Construction on what will be Metro Market’s flagship Wisconsin store continues on schedule. One key to Shorewood’s success is resident involvement. Many residents lend their time and talents to Village committees that are responsible for a wide range of initiatives. We’ve created a committee primer for you on page 16, just in case you’ve wondered, “Who at Village Hall does approve a temporary cabaret license?” Maybe there’s something in the water that explains why Shorewoodians are so willing to put significant energy into community initiatives. We’ve certainly found two inspiring examples of your neighbors who are devoting their energy to making the Milwaukee metro area the best it can be: Bruce Keyes and Ellen Gilligan.
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While it’s hard to argue with Shorewood’s substance, our style also deserves a spotlight. Our unique boutiques offer a carefully curated selection of on-trend seasonal fashion, modeled in this issue by Shorewood residents and professionals. The next time you need something to wear, take a stroll through the business district for a look you won’t find from standard chain clothiers. On a final note, we’re making a slight change in the Shorewood Today production schedule for 2016 to better align with the four seasons. Your spring issue will be in your mailbox in early March, just as we’re all waking up from winter. — Chris Swartz, Shorewood Village Manager
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On the cover: A stunning red dress from SHOP anchors Shorewood resident Mary Beth Keane’s holiday-ready look. Photo by Jonathan Kirn.
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100 9 Centennial Celebration Atwater’s Century of Education
13 Shorewood Style
On-Trend Looks from Local Retailers
18 It Takes a Village
Board and Resident Committees
IN EVERY ISSUE WHAT TO KNOW
WHAT’S GOOD IN THE ’WOOD
30 Business Spotlight
New and noteworthy around town
Handy information on timely topics
Bruce Keyes brings bike sharing to Brewtown
26 Classroom Plus
WHAT TO DO
Showing Adventure Education students the ropes
Fun fundraisers, holiday themes
Building STEM/STEAM skills
22 Senior Resource Center Opportunities and events
34 Education Spotlight
Blue Lotus Farm blooms under Fred Bliffert, SHS ‘66
36 Hi, Neighbor
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Ellen Gilligan
40 Out & About
44 Shorewood Calendar
42 A Look Back
Don't miss a thing
Skating through the years
Tree Lighting Celebration SUNDAY DECEMBER 5
Arts&Crafts Fair SUNDAY DECEMBER 6
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PUB CRAWL A self-guided tavern tour
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GREEN BEHIND THE SCENES Karen de Hartog at the Shorewood Historical Society, where she is president.
KAREN DE HARTOG RETIRES After Decades of Service to Shorewood
Karen de Hartog has been a familiar face in Shorewood for decades, holding various positions with the Village and School District. de Hartog, who moved here in 1973, was hired in 1985 to coordinate volunteer programs for the Village and the School District. De Hartog officially retired from her work with both entities in 2009, but has continued as a freelance writer for Shorewood Today. She has written for the magazine since the very first issue, which was published in the fall of 2008 as a colorful replacement for the Shorewood Bulletin. This fall, de Hartog officially retired a second time, stepping down from her role with the magazine. “I’ve loved being part of Shorewood Today,” de Hartog says. “It’s a good reflection of the Village, a good recruiting tool, and a good marketing tool for new businesses and new residents.” Her beat was Village Hall, and her portfolio is broad. She most enjoyed writing stories about individual Village departments, especially the Department of Public Works. And although she didn’t necessarily relish the subject, she did enjoy the challenge of writing about sewer improvements following the 2010 flood events.
The two-level, 90,000-square-foot Shorewood Metro Market will be one of the most impressive grocery stores in Wisconsin, offering Vero coffee and gelato, a Todd’s BBQ kiosk, and bars for everyone (vegan, juice and smoothie, trail mix, olive and oil, sushi). Behind the scenes, parent company Roundy’s is taking an environmentally friendly approach with its refrigeration system for the store, which uses a CO2-based system that is a cleaner alternative to the hydro-fluorocarbon systems typically found in grocery stores. The company installed its first such system in a Menomonee Falls Pick ‘n Save that opened in January 2014 and will use it in all new stores going forward. The use of the CO2-based system and a commitment to use LED lighting earned Roundy’s the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air Recognition Award in 2014, honoring organizations with innovative strategies to reduce harmful emissions. Submitted photo
“The Village department heads were great to work with, always well informed and helpful,” she says. “They made my job so much easier.”
With the exterior walls up on the store and parking deck and concrete pours for the floors complete, the Shorewood Metro Market remains on track for a first-quarter 2016 opening. Full enclosure will enable progress inside the building during the cold winter months. Interior partitions are framed out, and cooler/freezer equipment is in place.
For the school district, de Hartog also taught at Shorewood High School (SHS), coordinated the SHS yearbook for 12 years and eventually managed district communications. A history enthusiast, de Hartog is currently president of the Shorewood Historical Society, a position she has held for six years. She was a key player in the development of the current Shorewood Stories banner project and A Shorewood Sampler, which was published in 2014. She plans to remain involved with the Historical Society and other volunteer projects, but she is looking forward to her retirement. Maybe this one will stick. “I’m looking forward to the flexibility,” she says. “I love being able to wake up and do something on the spur of the moment.” 4 SHOREWOOD TODAY FALL/WINTER 2015
Metro Market construction continues on schedule.
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Pioneers in Men’s Grooming Celebrate 15 Years in Shorewood
Trish Krumins, co-owner of The Men’s Room, with client Tom Savage of Whitefish Bay.
When Trish and Zig Krumins opened The Men’s Room Barber Shop in the fall of 2000, it was the first salon exclusively for men in the Milwaukee area. People told them they were crazy, they say, but after 15 years of providing outstanding customer service, a warm and inviting environment, and top-of-the-line haircuts and shaves, they’ve proven to be doing something very sane. Not only do they know how to cut hair for males of all ages, but they are also the largest seller of barbering supplies in the state, with a top-notch website, mensroombarbershop.com, to make it easy for customers near and far.
Friendship and Common Ground at New Memory Café Walking into Three Lions Pub during a Shorewood Memory Café event brings to mind the well-known line from the Cheers theme song: “Where everybody knows your name … and they’re always glad you came.” The new program, which began in May 2015 and is offered on the third Thursday of each month, offers a comfortable community setting where people experiencing memory loss and their caregivers can socialize and make new friends. The Memory Café at Three Lions is the second such program created through a partnership among the Alzheimer’s Association, Milwaukee County Department on Aging and Milwaukee Public Museum’s Spark! program.
North Wilson Drive
The Village Board is assembling a 13-member Task Force steering committee to move forward with planning for reconstruction of the North Wilson Drive corridor. Discussions around improving the corridor began more than a decade ago and were resurrected in 2014 during the update of the Central District Master Plan.
Artist Jean Sobon, left, works with Rachel Bownef at a Memory Care event at Three Lions.
Volunteers for Shorewood Connects plan a theme for each monthly Café to encourage reminiscence and participation. Three Lions provides the perfect backdrop with designated space, staff trained in customer service attuned to people with memory loss and a friendly atmosphere created by the volunteers who skillfully facilitate the event. Shorewest Realtors pitches in by setting aside parking specifically for Café participants. Memory loss that accompanies Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be extremely challenging and can lead to embarrassment and isolation. Withdrawing from social situations often makes memory loss worse, and the isolation can also take a toll on the emotional health of caregivers. Though a Memory Café is not a support group, it provides some relief for caregivers and plenty of opportunities for laughter and participation, whether it’s sharing a memory from travel long ago, singing a song or enjoying some food and drink with others going through a similar experience. The Memory Café is just one initiative of the Shorewood Connects Dementia Awareness Work Group, which is planning more activities to decrease the stigma associated with dementia, educate people about dementia, and link those with memory loss and their families to helpful resources. For more information, contact the Senior Resource Center at 414.847.2727.
The steering committee (two Village Board members, representatives from the Safety, Conservation, Recreation and Parks committees, and seven at-large appointees) is initially responsible for communication to ensure public participation. Members will also oversee Task Force work groups composed of volunteer residents to address the key topics of traffic and safety, the environment, recreation, and development. Among other things, the work groups will identify priorities, requirements, possibilities and constraints, and develop options for reconstruction scenarios including: z Reconstruct but keep the road and corridor as is z Reconfigure/narrow the road z Create new public spaces with amenities z Increase space for residential or commercial use Work groups will develop a presentation of scenarios for resident review in late fall 2016. Board consideration, design and construction documents, and budget planning for the reconstruction will take place in 2017, with construction to begin in 2018.
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Shorewood Business Improvement District
HONORS AWARD WINNERS at Annual Meeting
The Shorewood Business Improvement District (BID) presented its annual awards at the BID Annual Meeting on October 22.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
McDermott, Foley & Wilson, LLP The Shorewood law firm won for its involvement in the senior community, especially Dan McDermott’s work with the Shorewood Connects Dementia Awareness Work Group and Shorewood Memory Café. Aaron Foley is also the president of the Board of Community Projects for Seniors, an organization that assists low-income seniors who live in subsidized housing. The firm was among the first certified as a senior-friendly businesses in Shorewood.
BUSINESS PARTNER OF THE YEAR
Pete Petrie, chair, Shorewood Community Development Authority In his role as CDA chair, Petrie has overseen economic development projects that have strengthened Shorewood’s business environment and assured developers and business owners that the Village is truly open for business. Petrie, a longtime resident and a former member of the Shorewood BID board of directors, has long supported BID activities and was at the forefront of creating and funding the popular Facade Improvement Grant Program and Business Incentive Loan Fund Program.
Draft and Vessel Shorewood’s newest tavern received the BID’s Showcase Award, which recognizes outstanding façade improvement during the year. Draft and Vessel owner Nat Davauer invested in a complete remake of his commercial storefront housing Draft and Vessel and The Waxwing. Davauer’s use of “found materials” and handmade signs has turned this small storefront into one of the most curb-appealing businesses in Shorewood.
SENIOR-FRIENDLY BUSINESS CERTIFICATION Three Lions Pub The North Shore’s favorite British pub was recognized by volunteers from Shorewood Connects for its efforts to accommodate seniors in the Shorewood community. Three Lions hosts the monthly Shorewood Memory Café for seniors with memory issues and their caregivers.
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American Idiot Coming to Shorewood Stage
In February, Shorewood High School (SHS) Drama will be showcasing the first Wisconsin school premiere of the popular musical American Idiot. In addition to being the state’s first high school or college to perform this musical, SHS will also be one of the first schools in the nation to do so. “This musical was something we wanted to do last year, but the performance rights didn’t become available until 2015,” says SHS Drama Director Joe King. “We have always been known for pushing the envelope and challenging our drama students to explore outside their comfort zone, and this musical definitely does that.” American Idiot is a musical stage adaptation of the punk-rock band Green Day’s album American Idiot. It tells the story of three young men in small-town America who are treading water in life and find that they’re not going anywhere. Desperate to make something of their lives, they go their separate ways, and the musical follows their trials and tribulations. “Our drama students really love modern music and modern storytelling, so it’s a natural fit for us,” King says. “It’s a musical that has teenagers as both the protagonists and antagonists, and I think it will be really relatable to high school students and young adults.” American Idiot is recommended for high school-aged viewers or older. Have younger children? SHS Drama will be performing the classic, family-friendly musical South Pacific in spring 2016. American Idiot: Feb. 4–6, 2016 South Pacific: May 19– 21, 2016
SHS Athletic Facilities: Grand Opening Planned for Spring 2016
The Shorewood School District expects to schedule a spring 2016 grand opening of the new concessions, restrooms, ticket booth and team room facilities at Shorewood High Schoolâ€™s John F. Nickoll Stadium. The new facilities are being constructed with support from a grant received in April 2015. Following an RFP process, the District contracted with Titan Building Company at the beginning of June. The process of securing the necessary permits and approvals was completed in late July. The construction phase began in August and has made good progress.
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Atwater principals, past and present from left: Tim Kenney, Kayla Russick, Tim Duex, Bonni Haber and Richard Cobb.
ATWATER PAST TO PRESENT: 100 Years Celebrated By Katelin Watson
Much has happened to change our world during the past 100 years. Seventeen U.S. presidents have held office; two world wars were fought; technological advancements have brought us television, computers, cell phones and the Internet. But at least one constant has remained right here in Shorewood: our very own Atwater Elementary School, founded in 1915 and now celebrating a century of education. To commemorate the centennial, community members gathered at the school on September 12 for a celebration featuring food, a movie tribute, speeches, fun and games for children, a commemorative book, archived photos and a live band. Current and former students and teachers came from near and far to remember their time at Atwater. Each attendee had a unique story to tell. Richard Cobb, former Atwater teacher and principal, talked of a core consistency that he believes has endured for the past century. “Atwater has always been a consistent stream of quality education,” said Cobb, who worked at Atwater from 1973 to 1991. “There have been physical changes and big changes to technology, but the welcoming community spirit that Atwater represents and the foundational culture that established this school is still 100 percent intact.” Cobb also touched on the fact that even back in the
1970s, Atwater was known as a standout school for English Language Learner programs. “The diversity that Atwater has provided shaped me as a person,” he noted. “It helped me to be more open and engaging with other cultures and to be more comfortable with meeting challenges.” Diversity was just one of the many aspects highlighted by centennial attendees. Another former principal and teacher, Bonni Haber, reminisced about the remarkable employees. “I have memories of the wonderful staff,” Haber said. “Atwater has always been rarefied air in every single way. The staff have a history of being so professional and passionate about helping their students succeed.” Everyone at Atwater, including the custodial staff, has participated in the spirit of learning. George Anton, former Atwater student and current Atwater custodian, reflected on his own personal experiences. “When I was a student in the ‘60s, I used to walk around with the custodians and they would let me go with them to see the boilers,” Anton recalled. “I would watch them work and take care of other parts of the building, and that’s what got me interested in being a custodian myself.” As relayed through many of the conversations during the (continued on page 10)
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THEN AND NOW Shorewood was one of the first Wisconsin school districts to have both four- and fiveyear-old kindergartens. Pictured “then” is a kindergarten class in 1924 in what is now the music room at Atwater School, which has an art deco-tiled fireplace that still stands. The “now” photo recreated the 1924 photo with 2015 kindergarten students.
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centennial celebration, this type of family atmosphere is what touched many who passed through Atwater.
to Atwater to do student teaching for the hearing impaired. Years later, her granddaughters attended the school.
Perhaps one of the most interesting reflections of the evening came from former Atwater student Natalie Waters, who started first grade at Atwater in 1928. No matter that this was more than 80 years ago: Waters had crystal-clear memories to share of her time spent at Atwater.
“I think Atwater gets better and better each year,” Waters said. “From attending my granddaughters’ events, I’ve been fortunate to see how the school has changed. It’s been one of the biggest parts of my life, and I’m so thankful. Had it not been for the education I received in the Shorewood school system, I would not have gone on to do the things I did.”
“I would walk to school every day,” she said. “We wore dresses or skirts with stockings to school, never pants or leggings like the kids wear today. And we went home for lunch.” When asked about her teachers, Waters remembered nearly all their names, emphasizing that these dedicated teachers made “big impressions on me.” After Waters was grown and started her own family, she returned 10 SHOREWOOD TODAY FALL/WINTER 2015
Atwater Principal Kayla Russick said the opportunity to show students the importance of history and the significance of belonging to this community made the centennial celebration worthwhile. n Atwater will continue to provide additional opportunities to honor the 100th anniversary throughout the rest of this school year. All future events will be listed online at tinyurl.com/atwater100.
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By Linda Presto
It’s a well-known expression: “It takes a village to raise a child.” In Shorewood, it takes a committee to make a Village — in fact, numerous committees. A collaborative effort among Village staff, trustees, residents and business owners sustains the high-quality living experience we enjoy in Shorewood, with committees as the vehicle for working together. VILLAGE BOARD COMMITTEES The Village Board has six standing committees (see above), with each comprising three Village trustees appointed by the Village president. Meetings are open to the public, and the dates, times and locations are published on villageofshorewood.org and posted in Village buildings. CITIZEN COMMITTEES Shorewood also has 13 citizen committees that work closely with the Village Board and staff. These committees comprise between five and 13 members, including residents, business owners, Village staff liaisons, School Board liaisons and trustee liaisons. The committees have varying levels of responsibility and authority. Some are advisory and others have procedural authority, meaning they can take some actions without Village Board confirmation. Two committees — the Library Board and the Police Commission — have separate joint governing authority and can make policy and personnel decisions for the departments they oversee. 18 SHOREWOOD TODAY FALL/WINTER 2015
Most committee appointments run for three or five years and are staggered to provide continuity. The Village president makes some committee appointments directly or with Board confirmation. In other cases, the Judiciary, Personnel, and Licensing Committee screens and recommends candidates for Board approval. Sometimes committees are established on an ad hoc basis, existing as needed to serve a particular end. The new Wilson Drive Task Force is a good example (see page 5 for an update on the Wilson Drive project). Citizen committee meetings are open to the public, with agendas and meeting minutes available prior to meetings. Jameson Auer, who moved to Shorewood with her family in 2012, is a relatively new member of the Recreation and Community Services Advisory Committee. A friend serving on the committee encouraged her to apply for an open position. “I was especially interested in being part of this group because we’re creating courses to support STEM/STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering and mathematics),” says Jameson, whose six-year-old daughter learned to make toys in an engineering class last year. n Shorewoodians interested in contributing their time and talents to one of Shorewood’s essential committees can visit villageofshoreood.org.
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2. Board of Review* Hears appeals regarding property value assessments. 3. Community Development Authority Created in 1993. Goals include strengthening long-term economic viability, eliminating substandard and obsolete buildings, expanding the availability of affordable housing, and enhancing the Village’s tax base. 4. Conservation Committee Established in 2007. Recommends the adoption of policies, programs and projects such as rain gardens and rain barrels, composting, and solar energy. This group includes up to two high school student members. 5. Design Review Board Examines plans and designs for new buildings, façade improvement, building additions, front-yard patios and commercial signs. This board includes architects and a real estate broker. 6. Elder Services Advisory Board Advises the Village Board and administration on matters related to the needs of Shorewood’s older adult population. 7. Library Board* State statutes give this board the authority to determine direction and policy for the library, including long-term planning. One of the seven members is the Shorewood School District administrator.
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8. Parks Commission Established in 2008. Advises on the physical improvement, maintenance, and use of parks and facilities. Works closely with the Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department, the School District and community groups. 9. Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Committee Shorewood prides itself on being a walkable and bicycle-friendly community. This committee promotes safe, enjoyable and accessible paths and trails for pedestrians and cyclists. 10. Plan Commission* Handles zoning amendment requests, new construction site plan review, conditional use applications and review of parking exceptions. 11. Police Commission Deals with police personnel matters, including promotions and disciplinary action by the police chief. 12. Public Arts Committee Recommends policies and guidelines for designing and placing public art throughout the Village and serves as an advisor for the Plein Air Shorewood outdoor art event. 13. Recreation & Community Services Advisory Committee Assists the recreation director in planning, implementing and evaluating adult and youth recreation programs. Half of the members are appointed by the Village president and the other half by the School Board.
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HOLIDAY EVENTS In the Business District
Tree Lighting Celebration
Saturday, December 5, 6–7 p.m. Harry’s Bar & Grill, 3549 N. Oakland Ave. Bundle up and bring the family out to the fourth annual Shorewood Tree Lighting celebration! Ideal Property Management will provide the beautiful Shorewood holiday tree, which will be lit outside Harry’s Bar & Grill. Enjoy a visit from Santa, entertainment from the Shorewood High School choral and jazz ensembles, and complimentary snacks and beverages. The tree will be lit at 6:30 p.m. 2014 Fowl 5K participants run past the Shorewood Fitness Center.
FOWL 5K FUN RUN/WALK Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.
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The Shorewood Fitness Center and the Shorewood School District are hosting the 21st Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk, nicknamed the Fowl 5K. For more than 14 years, this race has benefitted the Shorewood High School (SHS) Cross Country teams, with the proceeds supporting team travel to meets that garner collegiate exposure for our student athletes. The race also Additional events hosted by Ideal Property Management ANNUAL SHOREWOOD FAIR 36TH ANNUAL SHOREWOOD ART & CRAFTS FAIR promotes fitness within the community, 36TH showcases neighbor- ART & CRAFTS at the Shorewood tree lot on the corner of North Oakland Sunday, December 6th 2015 Sunday, December 6th 2015 hoods and schools, and provides for a fun and wholesome Avenue and East Edgewood Avenue: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. community event in the Village.
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36TH ANNUAL SHOREWOOD ART & CRAFTS FAIR
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A variety of artisans and crafters from all over at Packed with Athletics Booster the 36th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair, hosted by the Shorewood Regional Artisans & Crafters Club. The fair is in the Shorewood High School (SHS) Arena and also features • Silent Auction & Raffle Baskets • Bake Sale & Beverages a silent auction and raffle, as well as a bake sale and café.Café SHS spirit • Greyhound Luncheon Fare wear and • Shorewood Spirit Wear accessories will be available for purchase at the fair. This is a great holiday shopping $4 Admission opportunity, and all proceeds benefit theProceeds Shorewood Athletics benefit ALL Shorewood programs. Athletic Programs! More information regarding the fair is posted at shorewoodschools.org. $1 OFF ADMISSION WITH THIS COUPON! SPONSORED BY SHOREWOOD BOOSTER CLUB
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The Shorewood Memory Café Thurs., Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, 2:30–4 p.m. Memory-challenged individuals and their care partners meet at Three Lions Pub, 4515 N. Oakland Ave., for a social gathering with an emphasis on making friends. Activities will be welcoming, informative and entertaining. Contact Wendy Betley at 414.479.8800 to RSVP or to learn more about other Memory Cafés in the area.
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THAT CONNECTS GENERATIONS By Justine Leonard
Today’s rapidly advancing personal technology has its benefits, but keeping up can be challenging for non-techie types or retirees. Shorewood’s 2014 recognition as one of MetLife Foundation/ Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities sparked an idea for Elizabeth Price, director of the Shorewood Senior Resource Center (SRC). Why not link younger people who grew up in the tech world with older residents interested in learning how to make it part of their lives? That’s how the SRC’s One-to-One Tech Support program began. The program is a partnership of the SRC and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research. Students in the School of Education, who are required to complete community service teaching hours, work with adults on a walk-in basis at the SRC from 9a.m. to noon Friday mornings. They can assist people with any kind of portable technology, including Kindles, cell phones, tablets, laptops and digital cameras. “Technology is natural to my generation, so it’s cool to help seniors learn new things and master a device,” says UWM student Molly Martha Robinette, who volunteers at the SRC. Another volunteer, student Kayla Jagiello, says it’s a great feeling seeing everyone who comes in with a question leave with an answer. “I am impressed that they have the opportunity to learn the latest skills in their own community,” she adds. Participant feedback is positive as well, with comments ranging from, “I got a new iPad for Christmas, now I finally know how to use it!” to “The students are fun teachers, no pressure, no stress,” and “I feel more tech savvy because of their help.” Programs are free and no pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the SRC at 414.847.2727. 22 SHOREWOOD TODAY FALL/WINTER 2015
Getting Through the Holidays When They No Longer Bring You Joy Tues., Nov. 10, Noon–1 p.m. Join Sue Engstrom, MA, LPC-IT, of Shoreside Therapies, for a conversation on how to move through the holidays when feelings of loneliness and sadness threaten to overshadow the joy of the season. Participants can share their feelings with others in similar situations as they learn realistic expectations for navigating grief and loss, as well as getting tools and tips for healthier coping. Free; please pre-register through the SRC.
Outstanding in Their Field Wed., Nov. 18, 1 p.m. Shorewood High School has graduated an exceptional number of talented, creative people. Building on their Shorewood education, they have pursued their interests to become successful adults. Some are famous; others have lived their lives out of the limelight, but are still outstanding in their field. Karen de Hartog, president of the Shorewood Historical Society, will highlight the accomplishments of a few notable grads starting with photo journalist and war correspondent Georgette Meyer/Dickey Chapelle, a 1935 grad. Free; please pre-register through the SRC.
Five Wishes: Getting the Care You Want When You Need it the Most Tues., Jan. 5, Noon–1 p.m. Join Sue Engstrom, MA, LPC-IT, of Shoreside Therapies, for an interactive presentation of Five Wishes, the most popular living will or advance 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, as well as your medical wishes, if you become seriously ill and can no longer speak for yourself. A Five Wishes document may be completed during the presentation or on your own. Free; please pre-register through the SRC.
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FREE Tax Help Thurs., Feb. 4 — April 14, 1–5 p.m. Assistance with preparing tax returns is provided by volunteers from AARP. Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments for future dates can be scheduled on site during the tax assistance period. AARP volunteers will be prepared to help with Affordable Care Act tax matters. Please note that some topics, including married-filing separately, rental properties and recent divorces are out of scope for these volunteers and cannot be addressed.
Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School Wed., March 30, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Enjoy stunning views of nature from Niagara Falls to the American Frontier in this docent-guided tour of masterwork paintings from the mid-19th century. Tour fee is $15 for residents, $18 for non-residents. The school bus will leave from the SRC at 10 a.m. If you plan to park there for the event, please provide car license plate information and telephone number when submitting payment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414.847.2727 for a complete schedule of events or more information on any of the above activities.
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Look behind the scenes of several major Milwaukee development initiatives with a recreational and environmental focus, and you’ll find Bruce Keyes providing much of the pedal power. The Foley and Lardner attorney has synergized his professional expertise — helping clients navigate the legal aspects of brownfield redevelopment — with three of his greatest passions: the environment, cycling and the Milwaukee metro area. One of his recent projects, Bublr Bikes, has brought bike sharing to Brewtown. While Bublr began with a network of stations clustered close to downtown, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus in October saw the installation of five kiosks. One week later, Keyes’ usage stats showed that students composed 60 percent of the week’s ridership. “On the basic metrics, it’s going extraordinarily well,” Keyes says of Bublr. “We went into this knowing that Milwaukee is a good community for cycling.” Shorewood will see Bublr stations sometime in 2016 or 2017. The Village has secured federal money for the bike-share system, but timing depends on additional private funds, Keyes says. Keyes, a Whitefish Bay native who moved to Shorewood in 2003, holds a master’s degree in environmental studies and has specialized in brownfields since the mid-1990s, when cities had just started taking a keener interest in cleaning up and redeveloping former industrial sites. Outside of his legal work, he voluntarily helped Milwaukee secure federal funding for redevelopment of the 30th Street Industrial Corridor. Eventually, he intersected with a group determined to redevelop the Menomonee Valley. “My first exposure to it was biking through this abandoned, 140-acre brownfield during the Fat Tire Tour,” Keyes recalls, referencing the longest-standing group bike ride in Milwaukee. Keyes ultimately became a founding organizer of Menomonee Valley Partners. As the group’s work with state and local agencies advancing the Valley’s clean-up was gaining palpable momentum, Keyes was approached to help with efforts to build the Hank Aaron State Trail.
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“I declined,” he says. “I said I would help organize, but wouldn’t get hands-on involved. After six months, I was so involved that I took over as president of the Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail.” In this way, Keyes was also able to get buy-in from the Department of Natural Resources to ultimately build Three Bridges Park on a narrow jet of land that was stymieing the Menomonee Valley Partners. “I suggested that it could become part of the Hank Aaron State Trail,” he says. “Ultimately it took lots of people helping and carrying weight, but that nugget of an idea took hold.” Meanwhile, together with some local small business owners, including Colectivo’s Ward Fowler and the Lowlands Group’s Mike Eitel, Keyes became an active city cycling advocate. Bublr Bikes was born of that work, when Keyes and others, including Shorewood’s Juli Kaufmann — an eventual Bublr board member — pitched a bike-share project to a local philanthropist. A winter bike commuter, Keyes points out that Milwaukee has plowed, rideable streets most days: “If you try it, you’ll realize that even in winter, it’s a really practical mode of transportation.” n SHOREWOOD TODAY 25
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Adventure Education, or Adventure Ed as it’s known, is an elective physical education course for SHS juniors and seniors. No ordinary class, it is designed to expose students to learning in the great outdoors. Experiences in Adventure Ed include a high ropes and low ropes course, rock climbing, backpacking, spelunking, winter camping, and a rotation among canoeing, kayaking and scuba diving. Course instructor Mike Gregornik, who holds a master’s degree in outdoor programming, developed the curriculum on his own and introduced it in Shorewood in 2000, offering mainly rock climbing and horseback riding. He has continually expanded and evolved the program. “Some people think we just go out and play and have fun, but the students learn a lot,” Gregornik says. “What they learn isn’t textbook learning. It’s interrelationship learning, stuff you can’t teach in a classroom, but important stuff — communication, teamwork, problem solving, conflict resolution and learning to trust.” Students who enjoyed their experience in the class during the 2014-2015 school year say they appreciate its value. “I was never really involved with outdoor stuff before, and I felt like this was the perfect opportunity to become more outdoorsy and learn more about how to handle myself,” says Kayla Wasserman, a senior. n
Junior Micaela Gayner adds: “I quickly found that the class provided an environment where everyone was really welcoming and nonjudgmental, and I found that I was able to open up pretty easily to the group and Mr. G. I was able to learn about my peers and myself, and it ended up being a comfortable and welcoming experience.” Adventure Ed students are required to keep a journal throughout the semester to record interviews, reflect on each of the trips and write specific assignments. “It’s not necessarily about the trip itself; it’s what happens on the trip. Some of them will write in their journals about the car ride there and back, and how fun that was,” he says, noting that these rides are typically quite interactive, in part because students are not allowed to bring electronics such as cell phones with them on the trips. Another benefit to students is becoming more in tune with themselves and others. “They learn how to appreciate people, especially the differences in people and what they bring to the table,” Gregornik says. “A lot of people think that they can’t get to know other people or there are people they dislike, and they end up being the best of friends once they open that door up and find out what they’re really about.”
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Not Your Father’s LEGOs New Shorewood Recreation Classes Build Skills in Science and Technology
Grace Creagh checks out the length of her Lego pieces. By Katelin Watson
When the opportunity emerged to introduce new FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) extracurricular programs as part of Shorewood’s Expeditionary Learning and STEM/STEAM initiative, the Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department welcomed the challenge. Along with the Shorewood School District, the Rec Department has been committed to offering more hands-on learning opportunities for students. Shorewood Recreation Director Deb Stolz saw that FIRST would fit the bill. FIRST is a national organization that provides K-12 students the opportunity to engage in hands-on projects that help build science, engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including problem-solving skills, self-confidence, collaborative and team-based learning, communication and leadership. “We thought that bringing FIRST classes to Shorewood was the perfect gateway to showing our community the types of amazing opportunities we can take advantage of if we can succeed with Meet the Match (a matching grant to raise $1 million for STEM/STEAM initiatives and Expeditionary Learning in the district),” Stolz says. To prepare to introduce the programs, Stolz and other district staff worked closely with FIRST’s regional director. They surveyed Shorewood parents and students to gauge interest and recruit
parent volunteers as coaches, and were also able to recruit University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee engineering students to volunteer to help assist with teams. Taking on Trash The Rec Department offered three STEM courses in fall 2015: Jr. FIRST LEGO League (JR FLL, grades K-3), FIRST LEGO League (FLL, grades 4-8) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC, grades 7-12). The classes filled up quickly, with 65 Shorewood students ultimately participating. The JR FLL and FLL each are participating in the Trash Trek challenge. Their projects are rooted in researching and coming up with solutions for real-world waste management problems. JR FLL teams each collaborate to build a structure from LEGOs related to their solutions. FLL teams take things to the next level by incorporating robotics, together building and programming a robot to carry out a small-scale “mission” related to a team’s solution. The robot maneuvers on an 8-foot by 4-foot board supporting the team’s LEGO structures, which are also related to the Trash Trek theme. These teams can compete in regional competitions for their level beginning in November, with the opportunity to advance to state and national competitions. “Participation helps students develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities,”
Stolz says. “They also experience firsthand that they can make a positive contribution to society.” Working Together The FTC students design, build and program their robots to compete in a regional competition in January. The robots maneuver on a 12-foot square field space to complete a specific, challenging task. The robot that can accomplish the greatest percentage of the task wins points for its team. In FIRST’s “Alliance” format, teams and their robots are paired up and have to work together to help each other gain points. Stolz says the Rec department hopes to continue to build momentum behind these classes and recruit more students and volunteers. “We want to offer a class in the spring or summer where kids can simply test out the FIRST kits and get used to the equipment — just build the robot, program it and work to maneuver it around the field, without worrying about competition.” Continuation of FIRST programs in Shorewood depend on support from funds raised through Meet the Match, a $500,000 matching grant awarded to the School District to support the implementation of STEM/STEAM education. n For status updates or to support Meet the Match, visit tinyurl.com/meetthematch. To learn more about the FIRST classes offered through the Recreation Department, or if you are interested in volunteering with the classes, email dstolz@shorewood. k12.wi.us or call 414.963.6913 x4. SHOREWOOD TODAY 29
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PUB CRAWL Looking for some local fall fun? Grab a group of friends or neighbors and make a plan for a Do-It-Yourself Pub Crawl. This pub crawl is walkable from start to finish. Work your way along Shorewood’s own “Magnificent Mile” (a.k.a. North Oakland Avenue), stopping in at each tavern to try some of their best refreshments. North Star American Bistro 4526 N. Oakland Ave.
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From the Band Scene to Blue Lotus Farm ALUMNUS FRED BLIFFERT, ’66
Fred Bliffert stands on the pier of the Blue Lotus Farm retreat’s man-made lake. Clients enjoy a day of fishing in the background.
By Molly Loucks
Mention the name “Bliffert” in Milwaukee, and a couple of things might come to mind. There’s the namesake hardware and lumber business that has helped keep local handymen and women up and running since 1904. And there are the retro music stylings of Freddy and the Blifftones, who perform regularly at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn. Shorewood High School (SHS) alumnus Fred Bliffert, class of ‘66, can be found center stage at those gigs. When he’s not rocking Linneman’s or other Milwaukee venues, Bliffert works with the family lumber business and also devotes time to a third enterprise: Blue Lotus Farm & Retreat Center. Bliffert and his wife, Susan, converted this 64-acre family homestead near West Bend into a recreational facility for special needs groups and opened it as a nonprofit in 2002. A rocker’s early road Attending SHS in the 1960s, Bliffert became hooked on R&B music and was active in the local band scene. “After wasting five years of college, and bandless, I joined TheaterX, an experimental theater group in Milwaukee, and worked with them for a few years,” Bliffert recalls. “One day I received a call from ‘the’ David Zucker (SHS class of ’66, writer and director of Airplane! and the Naked Gun series), inviting me to Los Angeles to take his place as actor/comedian in the Kentucky Fried Theater.” 34 SHOREWOOD TODAY FALL/WINTER 2015
Bliffert cashed in all his chips and moved to California in an old UPS truck that he had converted into a camper. Despite failing the initial audition, he managed to record and tour with a new band called Jelly before recording a solo album under the moniker Freddy Henry. After lukewarm record sales and a fairly erratic career, Bliffert returned to Milwaukee with his wife and baby daughter to join the family lumber business. He has since divided his time as the self-proclaimed “Monarch of Moulding,” at Bliffert Lumber, and as leader of the Blifftones. A serene space for special needs Come summer, Blue Lotus Farm keeps Bliffert busy. The farm operates like a day camp, allowing at-risk or otherwise disadvantaged individuals and their caretakers an opportunity to enjoy nature. “My dad bought this property as a quiet, serene country weekend refuge for himself in the 1940s,” Bliffert explains. “Dad planted lots of trees, put in a pool and dug out a small lake.” The farm evolved along with the family, serving as a summer getaway, teenage hangout space and, upon the death of Bliffert’s father, what is now the current retreat. “Every day during the summer, we serve children, adults and seniors who are at risk, physically disadvantaged, mentally challenged or facing a particular life challenge by providing
recreational programs and curative workshops in a caring, accepting and inspiring day camp setting,” Bliffert explains. In 2014, Blue Lotus Farm served 30 special needs groups, taking in 3,204 total visitors, including seven new special needs groups. Additionally, more than 3,800 hours were logged by 244 volunteers, musicians and students. Blue Lotus also partners with a number of local organizations, including the Helen Bader Foundation, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Funjet Vacations. During the season, Bliffert spends at least three days a week at Blue Lotus Farm, welcoming groups, assisting guests with canoeing, fishing and leading sing-alongs. Under another self-appointed title — “Senior Vice President of the Maintenance Department” — Bliffert also applies his handyman skills. Bliffert credits much of Blue Lotus’ success to its small army of hands-on volunteers. Shorewoodians looking to give back to their community in a fun, relaxing and unique nature environment can learn more at bluelotusfarm.org. n
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Moved to Shorewood: 2010 Ellen Gilligan has spent her career in the nonprofit sector. She was recruited from Cincinnati to lead the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, which celebrated its centennial this year. The Foundation is a founding partner of Milwaukee Succeeds, a collaborative movement to support the success of Milwaukee school children from cradle to career. Ellen Gilligan at Shorewood’s Plensa sculpture, whose anonymous donor is also a major contributor to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. As told to Paula Wheeler
“I’m from Cincinnati and had no intention of leaving, but when the Greater Milwaukee Foundation came calling, I realized that it was a great opportunity to do more with everything I had learned about the role a community foundation can play. Milwaukee, Cincinnati and many urban communities in the Midwest share similar opportunities and challenges. They have great civic pride, wonderful neighborhoods, and people who love the community who are very generous in terms of their time, talent and treasure. At the same time, there is concentrated poverty in the inner city, and challenges with issues like education and job creation. “Milwaukee is a fabulously beautiful city. It’s a very livable city. It has all the benefits of a big city without the traffic and other challenging aspects. It has wonderful arts, great restaurants, wonderful parks, great housing stock, wonderful neighborhoods — all the things that you want in a place to live. So it’s important to figure out a way to use the talent that we have here to create an environment that attracts young, talented people to come and live here. That helps us thrive as a community and region.
“For 100 years, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped donors provide a permanent endowment that is really about making this community better in all kinds of ways. When I came in 2010, our board had decided that education was a key issue. Our donors are critically interested in education. I had been involved at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation in the Strive partnership, and we took what we learned there to start Milwaukee Succeeds. “Milwaukee Succeeds is about engaging the entire community in trying to understand how to achieve some enormous goals.
our 11 indicators are moving in the right direction, but there is tremendous work still to be done. “On a personal level, this community and region have been tremendously welcoming and generous to me and my family. Doris Heiser, a long-term staff member of the Foundation, lives on Shorewood Blvd. She and her husband are huge Shorewood boosters, so when one of their neighbors had a house for sale, Doris zeroed in on me. She told me to look at their block in particular. It has a very strong history of involvement in philanthropy, with Doris, and also the Habermans, who are running the Herzfeld Foundation. Doug Jansson, my predecessor (at the Foundation), lived on that block. So it just all came together, and we’ve really been very happy there.” n
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Winter Parking and Snow Removal REMINDERS The change of season also means a change to parking regulations in Shorewood and additional responsibilities for property owners and occupants regarding sidewalk snow removal. Winter Parking Parking is restricted to one side of the street from December 1 through March 1 on most neighborhood streets to facilitate snow removal. Streets with this regulation are clearly posted “No Parking Dec. 1– March 1.” Snow Emergencies During heavy snowfall, a snow emergency can be declared by the Village manager and announced via local media. No vehicle of any type may be parked on a street or alley for the duration of a snow emergency. Residents can call 414.847.2610 to see whether a snow emergency has been declared. Winter Snow Removal Regulations Village private property owners, commercial property owners, and property occupants are required to clear sidewalks of snow and ice within 12 hours after the snow or ice has stopped falling, clearing the full width down to the pavement. This includes the corner ramps to the crosswalks for property owners with corner lots or those whose property abuts a mid-block crosswalk. Points to remember: z Owners or occupants must also sand, salt or use approved chemicals on sidewalks and ramps to crosswalks to make them reasonably pedestrian safe. z T he Village will remove ice and snow when owners or occupants fail to do so and will charge a special tax allowed under state statute. z Owners or occupants who plow, shovel or dump snow from sidewalks and driveways onto a public street or alley are subject to penalties. 38 SHOREWOOD TODAY FALL/WINTER 2015
LONG-RANGE FINANCIAL PLANNING: A Cornerstone of Shorewood Policy A hallmark of the Village of Shorewood’s 2025 Vision Plan is innovative, long-range financial planning. Shorewood follows a long-range financial plan to guide fiscal and programmatic decision-making and ensure that annual budget deliberations consider long-term issues and objectives. In 2014, this innovative approach was recognized with an award from the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum. Shorewood officials report that having a long-range financial plan has enabled the Village to respond responsibly to potential crises, including the 2008 economic recession, the 2010 flooding and a rash of water main breaks last winter. Long-range financial planning anchors all aspects of the 2025 Vision Plan (marketing, a central business district master plan, capital improvement, parks improvement) to ensure the financial stability of the Village. The Village’s most up-to-date long-range financial plan (2016–2025) was reviewed by the Village Board on August 31 and is available at villageofshorewood.org. To learn more about Shorewood’s long-term financial management plan, contact Village Manager Chris Swartz or Finance Director Mark Emanuelson at 414.847.2700.
Election Inspectors NEEDED The Village of Shorewood is looking to expand its list of election inspectors (also known as poll workers). To be an election inspector, a person must: z Be a qualified elector of Milwaukee County (an adult U.S. citizen who has resided in Milwaukee County for 28 consecutive days and is not otherwise disqualified from voting). z Be able to fluently speak, read and write the English language. z Have strong clerical, problem-solving and communication skills. z Possess good handwriting, vision, hearing, attention to detail and the ability to follow directions. z NOT be a candidate for any office on the ballot for the election taking place. Election inspectors help ensure an open, accurate and fair election. Some of the duties include issuing ballots, registering voters, monitoring the voting equipment and completing required paperwork. Training is provided. If you are interested in serving the Village in this capacity, please complete an election inspector interest form, which can be obtained at villageofshorewood.org or from the Village clerk (email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414.847.2608).
Village Tax Payment INFORMATION Property tax bills will be mailed to property owners in midDecember. The bills include taxes levied by the Village of Shorewood, the Shorewood School District, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Area Technical College, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the state of Wisconsin. Property tax bills can be paid in the following ways: z Credit card (online only – additional fee) z Electronic check (online only – additional fee) z At one of two North Shore Bank locations (full payments or installments only, no refunds given, no partial payments): — Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon — 3970 N. Oakland Ave. — 4414 N. Oakland Ave. z By mail: Village of Shorewood, 3930 N. Murray Ave., Shorewood, WI 53211 z By postage-free drop box located in the parking lot behind Village Hall z In person at Village Hall, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Taxes are due in full by Jan. 31 of each year, unless you are using the installment plan. If you wish to use the installment plan, the first installment is due by Jan. 31, the second installment is due by March 31 and the third installment is due by May 31. Escrow checks that have been made out to the property owner and the Village must be properly endorsed. Refunds for overpayments will be processed within 20 days. Receipts can be obtained through the Village website or by providing a self-addressed stamped envelope with the payment.
SHOREWOOD LIBRARY: A Resource for Knowledge and Fun Online Databases Did you know that the Shorewood Public Library offers a variety of information retrievable online from the comfort and convenience of home? With online databases, you can research a topic, look for a job, compare consumer items, learn a language, prepare for college admissions tests, manage money or health and more. (You can even explore a family tree, but access to the ancestry.com database is available only from within the library.) For a complete list of available databases, visit shorewoodlibrary.org, click on “Explore Our Collection” and then on “Research a Topic.” Librarians are available during regular library hours to demonstrate how to log on to the site and access the databases. Events for All Ages From book clubs for literature lovers to a bedtime buddies sleepover that appeals to tiny tots, the Shorewood library offers more programs than you might realize. Here is a sampling of what’s on the books for fall and winter. z Rhyme & Read Lapsit Morning and Evening: Age 6-23 months, with adult. Finger rhymes and other early literacy activities. z Toddler Story Time: Age 2, with adult. Designed to foster the language and early literacy skills of very young children. z Wednesday Art Cart: School-age children. Drop in and enjoy fun and creative art activities. z LEGO Club: First grade and up. Drop in, build and play. LEGOs are provided or kids can bring their own. z Family Fun Craft Nights: All ages. Drop in after dinner for an evening of crafting. z Tinker Lab: Fifth grade and up. z Bedtime Buddies Sleepover: Any age. A stuffed animal slumber party! Drop off your favorite “buddy” for a night of library fun.
Welcome New Neighbors PROGRAM This free program from the Village of Shorewood is designed to connect new residents with village services, businesses, schools, recreation and volunteer opportunities. The Welcome New Neighbors program is available to help newcomers enjoy all the benefits Shorewood has to offer. Next Open House: Sat., Dec. 12, 9–11 a.m., Olson House, 4326 N. Oakland Ave. For more information and to sign up, contact Jenny Heyden, program director, at email@example.com.
z Book Discussion Groups: Adults. 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 4 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 11 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 19 Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 2 Redeployment by Phil Klay 11 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 17 Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
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Out & About in Shorewood
1 Shorewood artist James Hempel paints a nighttime scene along East Capitol Drive during Plein Air 2015. 2 Winners of the St. Robert Centennial 5K Run pose with their medals. Men’s winner Dan Vrobel, fourth from right, clocked a time of 16:45, while women’s winner Sarah Babcock, second from right, finished in 21:46. Both are Shorewood residents. 3 Morgan Florsheim, SHS senior and a captain of the girls cross country team, took an individual championship and led the team to victory in its Kern Park invitational. 4 The SHS dance team performing a number for the Annual Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 2 in the SHS Auditorium. 5 SHS Senior Ella Curran in the lead role as Dr. Vivian Bearing in the SHS fall drama production Wit.
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Shorewood A Look Back
Skating Through the Years
NORTHEAST CORNER OF ATWATER SCHOOL PLAYGROUND LOOKING ON TO NORTH MARYLAND AVENUE
A makeshift skating rink still makes a seasonal appearance on the grounds of Atwater Elementary School, but today, it’s on the site of the baseball diamond in the corner just north of the west playground. This photo, circa mid-20th century, shows the rink in the northeast corner of the playground, where the tennis courts are now located, against a backdrop of homes on North Maryland Avenue. Lake Bluff Elementary School had a skating rink as well. Skaters could warm themselves in “warming houses” that took the form of Department of Public Works wagons that were hauled to the site. The wagons were heated by pot-bellied stoves and insulated with bales of straw around the base.
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Shorewood Winter Calendar SIS = Shorewood Intermediate School SHS = Shorewood High School
LB = Lake Bluff Elementary School ATW = Atwater Elementary School
Rec. Dept = Shorewood Recreation Department
SAT. NOV. 7 Fall Yard Clean-Up 9am-noon, Village Center SAT. NOV. 7 Estabrook Beer Garden Park Cyclocross Classic 9am–5pm, Estabrook Beer Garden FRI.– SAT. NOV. 13–14 SIS Show Circle (Talent) Performances 7pm, SHS Auditorium SAT. NOV. 14 Fowl 5K Run/Walk 10am, Start at SIS Commons For event details, see page 20. FRI.& SAT. NOV. 20 & 21 AFS Showcase (SHS Talent) Performances 7pm, SHS Auditorium
SAT. DEC. 5 Chicago, Your Way! Shopping Trip 8:15am, Bus Departure from SHS Parking Lot For more information, visit shorewoodrecreation.org. SAT. DEC. 5 Shorewood Tree Lighting 6pm, Harry’s Bar & Grill, 3549 N. Oakland Ave. Free and open to the public. SAT.& SUN. DEC. 5 & 6 Rec. Dept Drama Jr. Shakespeare Soup Performances Sat. 1:30 & 7pm, Sun. 1:30pm, LB Cafetorium SUN. DEC. 6 Athletics Booster Club Arts & Crafts Fair 10am–4pm, SHS Arena For event details, see page 20. WED. DEC. 9 6th Grade & SIS Orchestra Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium
WED.–FRI. NOV. 25–27 District Thanksgiving Break
THURS. DEC. 10 SHS Orchestra Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium
THURS. & FRI. NOV. 26 & 27 Village offices closed
SAT. DEC. 12 Welcome Neighbor Reception 9am, Olson House, 4326 N. Oakland Ave.
SAT. NOV. 28 Small Business Saturday 10am–9pm, Shorewood Business District
TUES. DEC. 15 SIS Choir & Band Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium WED. DEC. 16 LB MAC 2 & 4th Grade Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium THURS. DEC. 17 SHS Choir & Band Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium WED.–FRI. DEC. 23–JAN. 1 District Winter Break THURS. & FRI. DEC. 24 & 25 Village offices closed THURS. & FRI. DEC. 31 & JAN. 1 Village offices closed
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SUN. JAN. 10 SHS Chamber Orchestra & Singers 7pm, Kingo Lutheran Church WED. & THURS. JAN. 20 & 21 ATW Winter Sing Performances 6:15–8:30pm, ATW Cafetorium
THURS.–SAT. FEB. 4–6 SHS Winter Drama Show American Idiot 7pm, SHS Auditorium For event details, see page 6. WED. FEB. 17 District Band-o-Rama 7pm, SHS Arena THURS. FEB. 18 SHS Orchestra Benefit Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium WED. FEB. 24 District Art Show Opening 6:30pm, Shorewood Public Library
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