Shorewood Today Fall 2016

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FALL 2016

Shorewood TODAY

BACK TO SCHOOL: Real-World Learning


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As we greet a new school year and shift ourselves from the summer-fun mindset, we bring you an issue of Shorewood Today that features stories of vision and achievement.

This issue, we introduce you to some of Shorewood’s business owners 40 and under, who share their perspectives on entrepreneurship and on the aspects of working in Shorewood that they appreciate and embrace. Meanwhile, Shorewood High School is preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs. The District is forging innovative partnerships with area organizations as part of its mission to offer more authentic learning experiences. The skills students learn will better prepare them for a competitive employment environment and perhaps spark their interest in founding a business of their own one day. A vision to support our Village in ways that offer the most benefit to the community and reflect the residents’ desires is driving the Shorewood Foundation’s board to reach out to Shorewoodians and other community groups. This organization, so vital to the Village’s character and success, seeks to collaborate with others as it sets priorities and goes about carrying out its mission. Don’t be surprised if a foundation board member asks you for your thoughts! Something I myself couldn’t have envisioned, but that has come together beautifully through extreme creativity, hard work, dedication and generous donations (including from the Shorewood Foundation and our neighbor profilees, Bill and Marian Nasgovitz), is the Shorewood Ghost Train, the Village’s latest public art project, which you can read about in a number of stories in these pages. What is the Ghost Train? A description may not do it justice … you might just have to come out to the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge on Halloween night and check it out it for yourself. I hope to see you there.

— Chris Swartz, Shorewood Village Manager

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Shorewood Village Manager: Chris Swartz Shorewood School District Superintendent: Bryan Davis Shorewood Business Improvement District Board President: Tim Ryan For more information, visit: Village of Shorewood: Shorewood Business Improvement District: Shorewood School District: On the cover: Adlee Alden, center, is all smiles as he heads to 6th grade at Lake Bluff Elementary, flanked by Hazel Clark, left, and Vivian Rich. Photo by Jonathan Kirn.


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9 40 and Under

Younger business owners thrive in Shorewood

13 Sharpening its Focus Shorewood Foundation seeks community input

16 Real-World Education Entrepreneurship experiences at SHS




4 News

23 Do-Gooder

28 Business Spotlight

24 Classroom Plus


Partnerships that expand authentic learning

30 Education Spotlight

18 Events

27 Recreation

32 Hi, Neighbor

New and noteworthy around town

34 Resources

Handy information on timely topics

Fun fall festivities

20 Senior Resource Center Events and excursions

40 Shorewood Calendar Don’t miss a thing

Ghost Train lights up on


“innovative lighting

and sound technology”

Jim Tasse uses theater to help veterans heal

Personal training at the Fitness Center

Hillary Fry brings fashion-industry glam to Shorewood Kathryn Lofton, SHS ‘96, is an Ivy League professor Bill and Marion Nasgovitz help public art project bring history to life

36 Out & About

Memorable moments

38 A Look Back

The famous 400 train

Go Greyhounds! Celebrate Homecoming

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Shorewood News WILSON DRIVE: Residents Weigh In Shorewood residents have made it clear to Village officials and the Wilson Drive Steering Committee task force that they oppose residential or commercial development on the west side of the drive.


More than 200 residents turned out for a June 15 open house during which members of the Wilson Drive Steering Committee task force presented ideas for the redevelopment of the Wilson Drive corridor. Residents submitted 130 written comments offering a range of ideas regarding bus and bike lanes, parking, pedestrian safety, green/recreational space, bird and butterfly habitat, and park access — as well as opposition to development. Village officials want residents to know they have been heard. On July 11, Trustee Paul Zovic, chair of the Strategic Initiatives Committee, summed up residents’ sentiments for the rest of the Board, saying, “Make it beautiful, not busy.” He emphasized that residents expressed that they do not want another commercial district. The Strategic Initiatives Committee charged the task force members to continue their efforts and complete their assignments according to the framework schedule. The committee recommends not pursuing commercial or residential development and turning the task force’s attention instead to the further development of creative options for traffic and safety, environmental impacts, and parks and recreation issues. Task force members will present recommendations to the public in October. To stay current on the project, visit and find the Wilson Drive Task Force project page under Government>Departments>Community Development.

APPROVED: Police Department Relocation The Village Board voted to approve a move for the Shorewood Police Department headquarters from its current location on North Murray Avenue, where it shares space with the North Shore Fire Department, to a new location at 4057 N. Wilson Dr. Shorewood will pay $2.5 million for approximately 28,000 square feet in the new building, formerly home to the AB Data company. Renovations, including indoor parking for squad cars, will bring the new facility’s total cost to $4.4 million, much less than the construction of a new building. According to Police Chief Peter Nimmer, the project is on schedule and the Village plans to review responses to its request for proposals and choose a construction management firm by early September. Construction is expected to start in January 2017. 4 SHOREWOOD TODAY  FALL 2016

A Bublr Bike station on the UWM campus.

The Milwaukee-area bike-share program, Bublr Bikes, is expanding into Shorewood. The Village has received federal funding for nine bike-rental stations to be installed along North Oakland Avenue and East Capitol Drive in 2017. Bublr Bikes is a technology-supported system of bicycles that can be rented for short trips around the area with a credit card payment or prepaid membership. Started in 2013 with a single rack of eight bikes, the operation has grown to 350 bicycles in 40 Milwaukee locations including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, the Amtrak station downtown and the Third Ward. To date in 2016, riders used Bublr Bikes to make 29,205 short trips. Bublr hopes to have 100 stations and more than 700 bikes in place by 2017, expanding into West Allis and Wauwatosa as well as Shorewood. Each station holds about 10 bikes and existing stations are about a quarter mile apart. Shorewood, the suburb with the highest residential density in Wisconsin, is a prime location for Bublr, which prioritizes “station density” when seeking new locations. Station density means that most residents would have less than a four-block walk to a Bublr station. Stations along mixed-use corridors such as Oakland Avenue and Capitol Drive can help bring visitors into the area. According to Bublr and based on the organization’s analysis, Shorewood could support a total of 11 stations. Bublr’s plan includes two additional stations near Atwater Park and Estabrook Park that are not eligible for federal funding. Bublr is asking the Village to assist in funding these with public and private funds. The Village Board will be looking at this request before the end of the year. For more information about Bublr Passes, station locations and the Bublr mobile app, visit

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Moody’s Bond Rating


The Village of Shorewood recently received an updated bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service. The Village has sustained an Aa2 rating for its General Obligation (G.O.) bonds and earned an A1 for its first-ever sewer revenue bond rating. According to Moody’s, the Aa2 rating reflects the Village’s “affluent tax base with close economic ties with (the) larger Milwaukee metro region” and a “sound financial profile characterized by prudent management and healthy reserve levels.”

An architectural rendering of Mosaic.

The Village’s strong credit rating allowed the Village to issue $9,920,000 of G.O. bonds at a true interest cost of 2.39 percent, which will be used for several public works infrastructure projects and Village facility improvements.


On Schedule for February Opening Mosaic, Shorewood’s luxury rental property at 4175 N. Oakland Ave., is on schedule and slated to open in February 2017. There are 95 apartment homes on five floors, with 31 different floorplans. A few floorplans are two stories, and some have fireplaces. Many of the units (one-, two- and three-bedroom options ranging from 850 to 2,200 square feet) have already been rented and several floorplan options are “sold out.”

In addition, the Village was also able to issue $2,285,000 of sewer revenue bonds at a true interest cost of 2.64 percent to help improve the Village’s aging sewer system. Residents with additional questions about the Village’s bond rating can contact Finance Director Mark Emanuelson at 414.847.2607.


Mosaic is pet friendly and includes a fitness center, bike storage and an overnight guest suite.

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Owners Alaina and Jake Bresette at Shorewood’s new Lake Effect Surf Shop.

A young couple from Madison with a passion for extreme sports and environmental sustainability has opened Lake Effect Surf Shop at 1926 E. Capitol Dr. Jake and Alaina Bresette say they are excited to share their love of outdoor activity and promote their core values of conservation in Shorewood and beyond as they offer surfboards, paddle boards and skateboards for purchase (and, soon, for rental) in addition to selling clothing, footwear and accessories. “We are always looking for new brands to carry that are popular with the surfing community,” Jake says. The Bresettes are avid snowboarders who both worked at Keystone Resort in Colorado, spending abundant time

outdoors and also making trips to the California coastline, where they developed a love of surfing. When they moved back to their native Madison, they found themselves driving east to surf Lake Michigan frequently enough that it made sense for them to relocate lakeside, to Shorewood. Proximity to the water and waves drew them to the Village, but the Bresettes also enjoy Shorewood’s close-knit community. Once outfitted with the right gear, customers can use the store’s website,, to plan their day on the water. It offers links to specific weather, wave and wind forecasts for Great Lakes surfing and paddle-boarding sites in Milwaukee and throughout the Great Lakes region. SHOREWOOD TODAY 5

Shorewood News (continued from page 5)

Seasoned Coaches Join Shorewood Athletic Staff The Shorewood School District has hired new coaches for two Shorewood High School varsity athletic teams.

Inquiring minds want to know what Shorewoodians think of the Village library. The “new” library is now 13 years old, and it’s time to think about how the space is serving residents’ needs — from the layout to the lighting to the furniture and more. The goal is to create a master facilities plan in the next year that will prioritize interior improvements. Residents can find the link to a five-minute survey at and share their opinions by Sept. 30 of this year.

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Chris Hill

Chris Hill is the new head coach of the SHS Boys Varsity Basketball team. With an extensive history in basketball, Hill was a standout point guard for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Men’s Basketball team. Hill helped the team clinch three consecutive Horizon League regular-season titles and three Horizon League Tournament crowns in 2003, 2005 and 2006. He also played in three NCAA Tournaments and helped UWM reach the Sweet 16 for the first time in history during the 2005 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.

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Following a successful professional basketball career overseas, Hill worked as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee and later served as an assistant coach for the UWM Panthers as well as director of basketball operations, video coordinator and academic advisor. Cassie Peterson

Cassie Peterson, SHS ’05, is the new head coach of the SHS Girls Varsity Swim team. A former member of the team, Peterson helped SHS win state championships in 2001 and 2003. Peterson attended college at the University of Connecticut, where she was a student athlete and qualified for the Big East Conference Championships all four years. After graduation, she served as an assistant men’s and women’s swim coach at Luther College and Brown University.

Scott Brown Hired as New Shorewood High School Counselor Scott Brown is the newest member of the Shorewood High School Student Support Services team. He serves alongside counselors Sarah Johansson and Molly Norris. Brown previously taught English for five years at Nicolet High School. His career change, he says, stems from a desire to reach even more students and families. Scott Brown

Brown is excited to bring new perspectives and ideas to the District, and the Student Support Services team looks forward to better meeting the needs of all high school students with this staff expansion.


From left: James Beckers, Kris Cryns, Walt Boyer, Joleen Barry and Jason Clark are this year’s SEED Excellence in Teaching Award recipients.

SEED Honors Five Shorewood Teachers

Each year, the Shorewood SEED Foundation honors teachers who go above and beyond in the classroom and community by presenting them with the Shorewood Excellence in Teaching Award. This year, the honorees were James Beckers (SHS), Kris Cryns (Atwater), Walt Boyer (Atwater), Joleen Barry (Atwater) and Jason Clark (SIS and SHS). At a June 2016 dinner for the honorees, each received a $5,000 award, courtesy of an anonymous donor.

To be eligible for the award, teachers must be full-time employees with five or more years of experience with the District, and must be nominated by students, teachers or other members of the Shorewood community. The selection committee chooses recipients based on student achievement, inspiration, and culture and community. The teacher must demonstrate fostering academic and personal growth for all students, engaging students through creative and innovative approaches to learning, and collaborating with colleagues to make Shorewood Schools a better place to learn and teach.

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Small Village Provides Big Opportunity for Younger Business Owners By Michelle Boehm and Jenny Steinman Heyden

Entrepreneurship among any generation typically peaks as that generation’s members reach their 40s, according to the Small Business Administration. But in the Shorewood Business District, a number of entrepreneurs aged 40 and under are proving that they have the passion, drive and ability to make the kinds of connections with customers and the community that can sustain a successful business. Why would a relatively young person want to start his or her own business? For some, inspiration stems from travels or a connection to an exotic location. Take Julie Waterman, 32. During a college backpacking trip to Europe, she experienced the delights of artisanal chocolate with an emphasis on quality ingredients and presentation. She couldn’t find the same experience back in her hometown of Milwaukee, so after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she got to work developing her own recipes. She and her husband, Brian, opened the first Indulgence Chocolatiers store in Shorewood in November 2012 and have since added two more locations, in Walker’s Point and Wauwatosa.

Still, the Watermans insists that the Shorewood shop has a special place in their hearts. “As we grow and expand, it will always be important to us that this location represent the best of what Indulgence has to offer,” Brian Waterman says. Olson House owner Teresa Olson, 40, pays homage to her family’s heritage with her stylish design and home goods business. Her Finnish and Norwegian grandparents instilled in her an appreciation for Scandinavian products, design and architecture. A professionally trained and state-accredited interior designer, Olson decided to start her own business after her father died suddenly in 2013. He had always told her that he could see her running her own business, so she took the plunge to open up shop in Shorewood last June. “I’ve worked hard to build a unique collection of curated products that are locally made, Scandinavian in origin or have a special manufacturing or design story and align with our commitment to sustainable and healthy interiors and homes,” Olson says. (continued on page 10) SHOREWOOD TODAY 9

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Geribeth Stigen-Cota, 32, at GET DOLLED UP. Siegen-Cota took ownership of the Shorewood salon in 2013.


“The community in Shorewood is inspiring, and I bring that inspiration to my work.” Mary Best MARY BEST DESIGNS

“I live in Shorewood, and I love being able to walk to work.” Kate Hubbard EMBODIED THERAPEUTICS

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“Being a business owner also means that you play a significant role in the community and are a mentor to the younger generations.”

“Shorewood has developed great local activities that encourage and continue to grow our community.” Aubrey Contramaestre ANANDA ACUPUNCTURE (continued from page 9)

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“It is such a “ family-friendly — and pet-friendly — area.”

Density with a Dynamic Vibe Shorewood is the densest community in Wisconsin, and savvy business owners of any age know that more residents means more potential shoppers. The most successful proprietors in an urban environment tend to have a genuine appreciation for the wide variety of people who walk through their doors each day. Geribeth Stigen-Cota, 32, owner of Get Dolled Up salon, says she enjoys a diverse customer base. “Our guests range from college students to retired neighbors,” she says. “Shorewood literally has something to offer everyone, so we see people from every walk of life.” Shorewood’s population density means that it also has a lot of households — 6,750 to be exact. That’s music to the ears of Mary Best, 40, an interior designer and the owner of Mary Best Designs. “There are so many beautiful homes and great architecture in Shorewood,” Best says. “It helps feed my passion for interior design. The community in Shorewood is inspiring, and I bring that inspiration to my work.” Other entrepreneurs selected Shorewood for attributes like accessibility, friendliness and a sense of community. Kate Hubbard from Embodied Therapeutics likes the small-town feel of the Village and notes that it is easily accessible for clients around the metro area. “I live in Shorewood, and I love being able to walk to work,” says the 36-year-old bodywork professional. “For those driving to my business, parking is easy and convenient.” Starting her business in Shorewood was an easy choice for Cori Hansen, master pet groomer and owner of Vanity Fur. “It is such a family-friendly — and pet-friendly — area, and I’ve loved

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getting to know the residents and following along with the changes in their families over the years,” says the 36-year-old. “Shorewood has developed great local activities that encourage and continue to grow our community, like the Farmers Market,” notes Aubrey Contramaestre, 30, of Ananda Acupuncture and Healing Center. “That keeps people engaged and connected to the continued vision of growth and sustainability for generations to come.” Cultivating Community Connection For businesses in a small and relatively close-knit village like Shorewood, connection to the community certainly counts. Jacob and Alaina Bresette, both 28 and proprietors of Shorewood’s newest business, Lake Effect Surf Shop (see page 5) intend to walk the talk when it comes to community involvement. “Being a business owner also means that you play a significant role in the community and are a mentor to the younger generations,” Jake Bresette says. Indulgence Chocolatiers’ Julie Waterman recommends getting involved in the community and supporting the causes important to its residents. “Give to the schools, civic organizations and others doing good,” she advises. “You shouldn’t expect the community to support your business if you don’t show support for the community.” n

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Sharpening its Focus: Shorewood Foundation Board Seeks Community Input to Help Define Future Direction

By Paula Wheeler

Although Sebastian “Saj” Thachenkary has lived in Shorewood for more than 20 years, he admits he didn’t know much about the Shorewood Foundation before he became a board member in 2014. “Since that time, it’s been amazing to learn how much the foundation has done and the rich history of its impact on the Village,” says Thachenkary, who succeeded Alicia Domack as president in 2016. He suspects he wasn’t the only Shorewoodian with a vague understanding of the foundation and the many Village initiatives it supports. “That lack of awareness,” he says, “means we need to continue to get better at telling our story.” One of the oldest community nonprofits in Wisconsin, the Shorewood Foundation began investing in the community upon

its formation in 1964. With the stewardship of a volunteer board independent of Village government, the foundation raises money to “enhance the culture, beauty, quality of life and neighborhood spirit of Shorewood, helping ensure that it remains a special place to live, work and visit.” Thachenkary acknowledges that this mission is a broad one. With the help of past foundation presidents including Domack and Bob Dean, the board has embarked on a strategic planning process to help sharpen its focus. Above: The Shorewood Foundation’s current president, Saj Thachenkary, at the Shorewood Library, which the foundation supported in 2004 with a $75,000 grant. (continued on page 14)

Shorewood Schools playground equipment and bike racks Summer school art program sketchbooks Shorewood Connects Yard Clean-Up hats Shorewood Concert Band SHS Scholarships and Post-Prom Event Shorewood Senior Resource Center via the Benjamin Fund RedGen Resiliency through Change speaker series Shoreline Interfaith Neighborhood Outreach Program Plein Air Art Festival Hubbard Park Concert Series Shorewood Swim Club Welcome New Neighbors Program SHOREWOOD TODAY 13




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The Shorewood Foundation’s AREAS OF SUPPORT


Athletics & Recreation



Cultural Enrichment



Community Celebrations & Events



Parks & Environment



Resident input is key to this process, and the board is working on ways to reach out to Shorewoodians to learn more about the kinds of initiatives they would like to see the foundation prioritize going Athletics “By listening and &forward. Recreation better understanding what’s important to our Culturalresidents, Enrichment we hope to focus our efforts to best serve them,” Thachenkary explains.






Celebrations An extensive background in marketing communications & Events is just one asset that Thachenkary, currently the marketing Education director at Alverno College, brings to the board’s leadership. Another is an infectious enthusiasm for the Parks & Environment Shorewood community.


“My wife, Jackie, and I began as young renters, and we’ve since owned homes on Larkin Street and Wildwood Avenue — both of which have been recognized as ‘blocks of the year’ with wonderful neighbors who embody the very best of Shorewood,” Thachenkary says. His fellow board members, he says, are an energetic and creative group with diverse professional backgrounds and a shared passion for maximizing Shorewood’s potential. Currently, the foundation has 12 active members, but a full board is 15. “We’re actively looking to fill those three additional spots,” Thachenkary notes. “I would encourage anyone interested to grab coffee with any board member or consider applying at” The board is taking a fresh approach to this year’s annual fundraising event (see page 19) on Sept. 24 at HarborChase. Celebrate Shorewood promises to be an informal evening gathering that will feature signature drinks named for the foundation’s areas of support (the Fireworks Margarita, the Ghost Train Old Fashioned) and a small silent auction with a chance to win 12 VIP seats for the Ghost Train opening on Halloween night (see page 18). The event is an opportunity to welcome new supporters and also acknowledge foundation donors at all levels. “We are thankful for Bill Benjamin’s million-dollar gift on behalf of the Senior Resource Center and for our neighbor’s $25 gift on behalf of the Fourth of July fireworks,” Thachenkary says. “No matter the size of the donation, it’s given from your heart for our home, and every gift makes Shorewood better.” For more information about the foundation, a board roster and ways to get involved, visit 14 SHOREWOOD TODAY  FALL 2016

Celebrate Shorewood Help us celebrate Shorewood and usher in fall at the Shorewood Foundation’s annual event. Mix and mingle with your neighbors and friends over heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a limited but fantastic silent auction.

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Shorewood Students Gain Opportunities to Explore Entrepreneurship By Katelin Watson

While some kids might experience the joys and challenges of setting up their own lemonade stand or selling their homemade crafts at an art fair as leisure activities, most students have few opportunities for in-depth learning about entrepreneurship during their school years. At Shorewood High School, however, students are participating in a range of entrepreneurship education programs thanks to several partnerships the District has forged with regional organizations. The effort is part of a broader District initiative to offer more authentic learning experiences, which give students the opportunity to become content experts through independent research; demonstrate problem-solving skills to address real-world challenges outside the classroom; and present their projects, proposed solutions or research findings to an audience. Understanding the principles of entrepreneurship is an increasingly important life skill for graduates. Recent surveys indicate that employers are most interested in recruiting graduates who exhibit creative, communications, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills. A 2015 report released by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and sponsored by Babson College and Baruch College reports that a record 27 million working-age Americans — nearly 14 percent of the nation’s workforce — are starting or running new businesses. Design Thinking The District has been working with engineering faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to launch new pop-up workshops for high school students on entrepreneurial learning, introducing them to design thinking and the business mode (or “mission model”) canvas, a framework popularized by Stanford University’s Steve Blank. During the workshops, students learn how to approach a challenge or problem and develop ideas for solutions. With design thinking, students first define a problem and then consider how they would create and implement the solution, focusing on the needs of those facing the problem. The mission model canvas helps students explore how their solution could be viable and sustainable on a larger scale as they consider how they would engage partners and stakeholders to operationalize and broaden the solution’s reach and impact.


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“We are very excited to be offering more entrepreneurship-themed educational experiences to our students as part of our emphasis on authentic learning, a top priority we identified as a community during our visioning summit,” says Dr. Bryan Davis, Shorewood superintendent. “Thanks to our partners, we are introducing our students to college-level concepts and skills that will help prepare them for their future studies and careers.” Developing and Pitching Business Ideas The District is also working to introduce high school students to entrepreneurial education experiences through a partnership with The Commons, a collaboration among 24 southeastern Wisconsin colleges and universities, the local business community, and the region’s entrepreneurs. While The Commons primarily works with college students, Shorewood was one of a small group of schools invited to participate in a pilot program. Twelve Shorewood students, joined by SHS teacher Evan Schmidt, attended a Commons event last spring and observed college students pitching their startup business ideas. Shorewood will continue to partner with The Commons in the 2016-17 school year. “I’m very excited for the opportunities this relationship gives to students,” Schmidt says. “It’s another example of what we’re trying to do here at Shorewood: reach out to students with different interests.” Shorewood is also partnering with WERC Bench Labs JV and the Young Enterprising Society through their Summer Accelerator Program. The program enables teams of students to participate in a summer entrepreneurial experience to develop and advance their ideas for a technology venture. n For more information, contact Director of Curriculum and Instruction Tim Joynt at or SHS Principal Tim Kenney at Organizations interested in partnering with Shorewood Schools around entrepreneurship or authentic learning can contact Advancement Director Ted Knight at tknight@shorewood.

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Celebration of the Arts & Plein Air Shorewood 2016 Saturday, September 17, 8 a.m.– 8 p.m.

Painting by Lorraine McFarland

8–10 a.m. Plensa Birthday Breakfast; Kickoff and Plensa Rededication Celebration 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Artists painting outdoors in Shorewood 4–7 p.m. Plein Air Happy Hour and art sale at Atwater Park For more information, visit

Friday, September 30

The annual Shorewood High School Homecoming weekend includes celebratory activities for the entire Shorewood community as well as a homecoming dance for SHS students. 4:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade The parade starts in the SHS parking lot and ends at Shorewood Intermediate School. Immediately following the parade, participants and attendees can enjoy a hot bowl of chili in the SIS Commons as part of the Chili Cook-Off Competition held in conjunction with the Shorewood Games. All proceeds from the cook-off will benefit the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. (MACC) Fund. 7 p.m. Homecoming Football Game The event marks the grand opening of the newly renovated SHS athletics facilities (right) at John F. Nickoll Stadium, completed thanks to a 2015 grant from an anonymous community foundation. The updated facilities include new concessions, restrooms and team room spaces.


The Homecoming Dance for SHS students takes place Sat., Oct. 1, 8–11 p.m. in the SHS Arena.

Saturday, October 1, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Ghost Train Halloween Debut

Fish and Feather Festival What do salmon running, the Milwaukee River, migrating birds, fall color, and great food and music have in common? They are all elements of the annual Shorewood Fish and Feather Festival, held the first day of October at Hubbard Park. The festival is hosted by the Village of Shorewood and the Shorewood Waters Project, which was launched in 2011 to connect residents to their freshwater resources and help them improve storm water management and water quality. The festival helps Shorewood meet the renewal criteria for certification from Bird City Wisconsin, and also represents Shorewood’s long-term commitment to making the Village a better place for birds and other wildlife as well as people. Festival activities have included fly fishing demos, river wading, musical entertainment and food for purchase provided by Hubbard Park Lodge. Drop by the park Oct. 1 to see what’s in store for this year’s celebration.


Monday, October 31

This Halloween, the Ghost Train will have its first “run” through Shorewood. A combination of innovative lighting and sound technology, the Ghost Train will cross the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge twice each evening after dark, commemorating the Twin Cities 400 train operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway from 1939 to 1963. The Shorewood Public Art Committee joined forces with the Shorewood Historical Society to create this unique collaboration of art and history designed to appeal to residents and visitors of all ages. The overall plan also includes general bridge illumination from dusk to dawn. Organizers promise a memorable grand opening that includes recognition of more than 100 donors and partners. Check for event details.

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The Village of Shorewood Public Art Committee invites all to celebrate Shorewood and the arts during this community-wide, family-friendly event at Atwater Park (rain or shine). The day will begin with a rededication of the iconic Jaume Plensa sculpture, celebrating its fifth year in the park overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan, and includes a free open-air painting event near the sculpture. Food, beverages and art will be for sale.

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Saturday, September 24 6 –9 p.m. The Shorewood Foundation invites everyone in the Shorewood community to its annual event to support the Foundation’s contributions to a variety of initiatives, groups and events that make Shorewood a special place. Attendees can mix and mingle with friends and neighbors while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a small silent auction that includes a chance to win VIP seating for 12 people at the Ghost Train opening on Oct. 31. The event takes place at HarborChase, 1111 E. Capitol Dr. More information and tickets available for purchase at

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Beer Garden Classic Saturday, November 5

What do you get when you cross road racing with mountain biking? Cyclocross! In this exciting hybrid sport, competitors race laps around a course that includes paved surfaces, grass, gravel trails, steep hills and more, often negotiating obstacles that may require them to dismount, carry and then remount their bicycle. Catch Cyclocrossers of all levels — beginner to pro — in action from sunup to sundown in Estabrook Park, which has hosted this unique event since 1996 with promotion by Hampshire Cycling Club (HCC). HCC was formed in 1977 by the owners of Rainbow Jersey Bicycles in Shorewood to promote amateur bicycle racing throughout Wisconsin and beyond. HCC is sponsored by Shorewood bike shop Rainbow Jersey Bicycles and Tim Hart, D.D.S. For more information, visit

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Fall Yard Clean-Up Saturday, November 9 9 a.m. – noon

Shorewoodians who want to spend time outside savoring the crisp fall air and working alongside fellow volunteers are needed for raking and general yard clean-up for elderly and disabled neighbors. No assignment takes more than two hours, and volunteers need bring only a rake, a means of transport and a can-do attitude. To sign up, contact Michelle Boehm at 414.698.4369 or


Senior Resource Center Email or call 414.847.2727 for a complete schedule of events or more information on any of the activities below.

Qi Gong with Sherrod Milewski of the Milwaukee T’Ai Chi Ch’uan Center Mon., Sept. 12–Dec. 19, 10–10:45 a.m.

Fitting the Pieces Together with Medicare — Medicare and Supplementary Insurance Wed., Sept. 14, 1–2:30 p.m.

Relaxing, energizing and beautiful movements from Tai Chi and Qi Gong can help reduce stress, improve balance and general coordination, and spark awareness. Milewski has studied with Tai Chi masters from China, Taiwan and the United States and has taught Tai Chi and related exercises in the Milwaukee area for more than 30 years. Residents $5/ nonresidents $10. Drop-in class; pay at the door.

Sam Johnson, counselor from the State of Wisconsin Medigap Helpline, helps unravel the many choices of insurance coverage for those 65 and older. We will look at Medicare and supplementary policies, Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug coverage options, employer/retiree group health plans and medical assistance programs. Free; please preregister through the SRC.

SRC Young at Heart Players Thurs., Sept. 8–Dec. 15, 10 a.m.–noon

Making Sense of Long-Term Care Wed., Sept. 14, 3–4:30 p.m.

Stretch your boundaries and maybe even your comfort zone! Explore your musical, movement and/or theatrical talents with SRC Players. All levels of experience welcome. You and your fellow stars will step in the spotlight in a performance at the SRC on Dec. 14.

Did you know that you can get long-term care services at your own home or in a hospice, nursing home or assisted living facility? Steve Shapiro, a representative with the State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long-Term Care, will cover the basics of long-term care including its access, costs and insurance coverage. Free; please preregister through the SRC.

Social Security Retirement Overview Thurs., Sept. 8, 1–2 p.m. Bring your brown bag lunch and learn about Social Security retirement rules, options, and Social Security and Medicare enrollment periods. Presented by Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Bob Trotter, who can help you make the best decision in planning your Social Security payments. Free; please preregister through the SRC.

Men’s Morning: All Aboard the Ghost Train with Creator Marty Peck of Creative Lighting, Design and Engineering Wed., Sept. 14, 10–11:30 a.m. Although it’s been gone for more than 50 years, the Twin Cities 400, then the fastest train in the nation, once raced daily through Shorewood. Beginning Oct. 31, the legendary train will return each evening in a public art program that will be unlike any other bridge lighting project in the world. Designer and creator Marty Peck will explain how this unique lighting display will give an illusion of a “ghost train” running along its old route on the Capitol Drive railroad bridge. Get the scoop on a first-of-its-kind experience that blends art, history and technology. Peck’s many other lighting projects include Summerfest, the Potawatomi Casino welcome wall, the Mitchell Park Domes and the Wisconsin State Capitol. Donuts, coffee and juice will be served. Thank you to the Shorewood Historical Society, Library and Public Art Committee for their collaboration on this event! Free; no preregistration required.


Adventures in History: Presidential Campaigns Mon., Sept. 19, 1–2:30 p.m. One Englishman called our elections “The Great American Shindig.” A discussion with Jo McReynolds Blochowiak makes history come alive with entertaining stories of candidates and elections past. Free; no preregistration required.

Modern Art — Art History Series with Art Historian Martha Bolles Thurs., Sept. 22 & 29, Oct. 6 & 13, 1:30–3 p.m. Modern art (also called 20th-century art) actually began in the late 19th century, lasted into the late 20th century, and includes a vast variety of styles and motifs. In this four-week lecture series, we will explore what makes modern art “modern.” Residents $6 per class or $20 for the series/nonresidents $8 per class or $28 for the series. Please preregister through the SRC.

Prescription Drug Coverage Options Wed., Sept. 28, 10 a.m.–noon Jill Helgeson with the Board of Aging and Long Term Care Medigap Helpline will discuss in detail the various options for prescription drug insurance coverage for people 65 and older. This program can help you make informed choices during the Medicare Open Enrollment for Prescription Drug Plans and Advantage Health Plans Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. Free; please preregister through the SRC.

Learn how to Use to Find Your Own Part D Plan Wed., Sept. 28, 12:30–1 p.m. SRC staff teams with Metro Market pharmacy manager Kim Giovannetti to offer a quick tutorial on finding your own Part D plan. Free; please preregister through the SRC.

One-to-One Tech Support Fridays Fri., Sept. 30–Dec. 2, 9 a.m.–noon Learn about and be more comfortable using your gadgets. Bring in your portable technology — cell phone, laptop, iPad, Kindle, camera — and get one-to-one support from volunteer tech tutors. They can help you with Facebook, email, downloading apps, deleting or finding programs and apps, managing contacts on a cell phone or iPad, Skype, Facetime, voice memo and much more. Free; no preregistration required.

Five Wishes — Getting the Care You Want When You Need it Most Thurs., Oct. 4, Noon–1 p.m. Join Sue Engstrom, MA, LPC-IT, of Tree of Life Counseling Center, for an interactive presentation of Five Wishes, the most popular living will or 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. 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 preregister through the SRC.

Dementia Education Series sponsored by Shorewood Connects Join us for presentations by community professionals on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia. All presentations will be held in the Village Center, lower level, from 6:30–8 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 27

Is it or Isn’t it? Memory problems do not always mean Alzheimer’s disease. Gina Green-Harris of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute will discuss what dementia is and isn’t, what types of dementia there are, and how dementia differs from normal aging.

Tues., Oct. 18

Legal and Financial Planning to Protect Your Loved One and Their Finances. Dan McDermott from law firm Weiss Berzowski LLP will lead a discussion with other professionals covering powers of attorney for health care and finances and what you need to know about paying for long-term care.

Tues., Nov. 1

What Kind of Help is Out There for Someone With Dementia and Their Care Partner? A panel discussion about available resources, moderated by Elizabeth Price, SRC coordinator, and including Kathy Platt, RN, North Shore Health Department; Krista Scheel, Alzheimer’s Association of SE Wisconsin; Bashir Easter, a Milwaukee County dementia care specialist; and Miriam Olienses-Torres, Stowell Associates, who will provide a general overview of care options.

Day Trip: Autumn Art Adventure Wed., Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m.– 4 p.m. Beautiful Wisconsin is at its best in the fall! Spend a delightful day in the country as we travel to West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA). We’ll enjoy a docent-led tour of the work of Shorewood’s own artist David Lenz, whose work hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. From a distance, his paintings appear to be photographic; up close, they are seen to be made up of thousands of brushstrokes. The exhibit will include many rarely seen works as well as several making their exhibition debut at MOWA. Then it’s on to Timmer’s Resort on Big Cedar Lake for a delicious lunch. Before we head home, we’ll stop at Barthel’s Fruit Farm for apples. Don’t miss this relaxing, interesting and enjoyable Wisconsin fall journey. Residents $62/nonresidents $66; includes deluxe motor coach transportation, lunch and bus driver gratuity as well as the required MOWA membership, good for one year. Request registration form from the SRC.

Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness Thurs., Nov. 3, 10 & 17, 10–11:30 a.m. Buddha’s Eightfold Path is a practical guide to finding peace, compassion and wisdom. The book Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, written by a Buddhist monk, will be our guide for this three-part series. Each class session includes meditation. Residents $6 per class or $15 for the series/nonresidents $8 per class or $21 for the series.

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A Play’s Power to Heal:

Jim Tasse Summons Shakespeare to Reconnect Military Veterans By Linda Presto

Four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is still relevant. Jim Tasse, senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and former associate artistic director of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, is using his stagecraft skills and Shakespeare’s words and themes to help military veterans manage post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, dependency issues and more as they return from active duty. Tasse, a Vietnam-era veteran and longtime Shorewood resident, is co-founder of the Feast of Crispian, a Milwaukee nonprofit that uses Shakespeare’s universal messages to help veterans deal with reintegration into civilian life. In 2013, Tasse worked with Bill Watson and Nancy Smith-Watson to develop workshops for veterans participating in the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s music and recreational therapy group. “We’re not therapists, but our work is therapeutic,” Tasse says. “A lot of veterans are dealing with big emotions that sometimes cause big problems. Our goal is to give vets a safe outlet for those big emotions and to foster conversation between vets and the larger community. We developed intensive weekend programs that allow vets to feel safe behind the ‘masks of character’ that a Shakespearean role provides.” Their inspiration for this effort came from the work of Shakespeare and Company of Lennox, Mass., an intensive arts-in-education program that works with a local juvenile court system to provide an alternative to more punitive consequences for adolescent offenders. Tasse and colleagues considered creating a similar program for youthful offenders in Milwaukee County, but were instead drawn toward the veteran community. The Feast of Crispian is a nonprofit organization funded by the Bader Philanthropies and the Charles E. Kubly Foundation. Using basic acting tools and techniques and the powerful stories of William Shakespeare, Tasse helps wounded warriors be heard and seen in the expression of their thoughts and feelings, reconnecting them with their own sense of self-worth and with their communities. The name “Feast of Crispian” comes from the “band of brothers” speech in Shakespeare’s Henry V: “This day is called the feast of Crispian: He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named, And rouse him at the name of Crispian.”

Jim Tasse as Brutus in a Fall 2015 Feast of Crispian production of Julius Caesar at Next Act Theatre.

Last year, the group staged its first theatrical performance, Julius Caesar, at Next Act Theatre’s performance space. Because participants are not trained actors, the program uses techniques such as prompters on stage to feed lines. Eventual memorization is encouraged, but starting out this way reduces stage fright and allows performers to focus on the emotion of the words and the scenes. “Some of them start out reluctant to be on stage,” Tasse says. “Eventually, we can’t get them off.” This year, the 10-week workshop will conclude with a performance at the Peck School of the Arts Mainstage Theatre on the UWM campus (7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2). And Comes Safe Home will be an evening of familiar Shakespearean scenes, original material based on true stories of veteran’s experiences, and music performed by army veteran and Madison-based musician Jason Moon. The group’s association with UWM enables it to partner with MAVRC, the campus Military and Veterans Resource Center that helps students transition from the military into college and supports them and their families as they pursue academic degrees. In addition to Tasse and his co-founders, two other Shorewood residents are participants in the coming production: Maylan Thomas, technical director for Shorewood High School and former productions stage manager and scenic designer for the United States Army entertainment tours, and Christopher Guse, associate professor at UWM, who will handle sound and video projections. Tasse and his wife, Amy, have lived in Shorewood for 25 years and have two daughters: Jennifer, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Isabelle, a senior at Shorewood High School. n SHOREWOOD TODAY 23

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Shorewood Intermediate School students enjoying a hands-on outdoor experiment during the week-long GE Girls Camp at MSOE in June.

Meet the Match Campaign Catalyzes Partnerships and Programs for Authentic Learning By Katelin Watson

Since 2015, Shorewood School District’s partnership outreach to expand authentic learning experiences for students has increased tenfold, thanks in large part to the successfully completed Meet the Match (MTM) campaign. Raising funds to support expeditionary learning and project-based experiences has opened many new doors for students and staff to collaborate with external organizations and to facilitate more in-depth, hands-on educational opportunities. An important partnership fostered this past spring was with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Department of Physics to create a semester-long physics research internship program for Shorewood High School students. The four students selected for the opportunity were able to work with UWM professors and graduate students on cutting-edge research in areas including physics, biophysics, molecular biology, chemistry, medical imaging, astronomy and space. “It was incredible to hear about the sophisticated, real work our students did with these scientists,” says Julie Cabaniss, SHS science teacher. “Those of us listening to their presentations at the end of their internship were blown away by the depth and complexity of their work.”

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A partnership with GE Healthcare enabled five Shorewood Intermediate School girls to participate in a week-long GE Girls program at MSOE this summer. The dynamic curriculum included physics, math, chemistry and electronics, with a variety of hands-on interactive learning exercises. These were designed to help develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills and to spark interest in building engines, understanding combustion, electronic circuitry, medical imaging and Lean principals. The girls even explored the chemistry of ice cream and lip gloss. “The GE and MSOE team did a good job of developing a curriculum that is hands-on and interactive, which is the best way to engage youth,” says Jessica Votava, Shorewood teacher and GE Girls instructor. The BUILD motorcycle program at SHS has also flourished with the support of MTM funds. BUILD is a competitive extracurricular activity involving a team of eight high school students who collaborate to build a motorcycle from the ground up. In June, the SHS team took first place in the competition, besting seven other area high schools.

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“The kids did an amazing job on all levels,” says Kevin Kane, BUILD mentor and SHS physics teacher. “I think it’s extremely important to offer a program like this to our students because it helps develop their fundamental mechanical skills. For some students who plan on going into engineering, they see how mechanical systems are intertwined and they get great hands-on applications of textbook stuff.” At the elementary schools, the focus on expeditionary learning led to some unique collaborations for Shorewood students. Lake Bluff 6th grade teacher Nate Schultz piloted an authentic learning expedition with his class around the topic of urban coyotes. As part of Schultz’s “Populations & Ecosystems” curriculum, students participated in an in-depth study, building background knowledge around food webs, population dynamics and the structure of ecosystems. Representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) also participated in an online chat with the students. “My students learned about the interconnectedness of different populations within an ecosystem and the role humans play in the local environment,” Schultz says. “The DNR chat was a great way to connect with experts in the field and learn more about urban coyotes. The chat not only answered our questions, but also taught us new things we had not discussed.” n The above-mentioned experiences are just a few of the many new partnerships and programs stemming from MTM. For more information about partnerships and/or supporting these learning opportunities, contact Ted Knight at tknight@shorewood.

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Shorewood Community Fitness Center Puts the “Personal” in Personal Training By Katelin Watson

Improving community health and wellness is the mission of the Shorewood Community Fitness Center (SCFC). Through its personal training program, the SCFC provides one-on-one attention and coaching for clients who want to improve their fitness.

sessions. There are also group training packages for clients who prefer to train alongside others. Additionally, clients can choose from among nine personal trainers, each with a variety of experience as well as areas of specialization.

The experienced and knowledgeable personal trainers at SCFC are there to help people of all different ages, levels and abilities meet their fitness goals. Whether clients want to increase and/or sustain muscular strength, improve endurance, enhance flexibility, prevent injury, increase their fitness IQ, find challenging, interesting and safe workouts or improve their “activities of daily life,” the SCFC trainers are ready to assist.

“I started working for the Shorewood Fitness Center when I was an undergrad at UWM studying kinesiology,” says Luke Schneider, SCFC personal training coordinator. “I was really interested in working on the preventative side of kinesiology … I wanted to help stop injuries before they happened, and I thought training at a community center like this one would fulfill that objective.”

During free one-on-one orientations for those interested in learning more about personal training, these professionals teach people how to safely and effectively use the equipment, perform body composition tests, and ask about any injuries, issues or physical limitations to consider when designing a workout.

In addition to the experienced staff, other benefits of training at the SCFC are competitive prices compared with other area gyms, flexibility in packages and training schedules, and a mentality that prioritizes clients over profits.

For those who sign up for personal training programs, the next step is another one-on-one meeting to go over medical history, determine the client’s goals and desires for his/her fitness and determine, collaboratively, the best training package for the client.

SCFC member James Sayers is one happy personal training client. He emailed Schneider last year with details of his back injury and inquired about personal training sessions. Sayers had hoped that the training sessions would strengthen his core, tone his body and possibly help him avoid back surgery. Little did he know that after eight months of training he would feel like his life truly changed.

“One of the best parts of our program is that we have trainers who really care about the people they serve,” says Jake Wilson, SCFC manager. “Our trainers don’t follow cookie-cutter training plans, but rather create individualized plans that are tailored specifically to each client’s needs and experience level.”

“Luke listened carefully to my goals and taught me how to safely exercise,” Sayers says. “With Luke’s instructions and some hard work, I have increased my overall strength, agility and balance. My back pain is reduced and I no longer need surgery thanks to Luke and the Shorewood Fitness Center.” n

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Nail Artist Hillary Fry Brings Fashion-Industry Fabulousness to Shorewood From Shorewood to Hollywood, Hillary Fry’s talent as a nail artist extraordinaire has taken her all over the United States, as well as overseas, to share her skills via photo shoots and during fashion weeks. In addition to having manicured models like Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, Fry has been adding bling to the nails of local clients since 2011 from a simple station in the cozy backroom of Scenario salon on East Capitol Drive. She became the salon’s owner — and moved her station out front, to better greet customers — earlier this year. Fry has competed in a number of national and international competitions, taking top honors that include 2014’s International Nail Technician of the Year (via America’s Beauty Show). She recently was named one of five finalists for Nail Professional of the Year in the North American Hair Styling Awards in Las Vegas. This summer, Fry headed to Iceland as a Mastered Ambassador, where she participated in Mastered Live, a unique global collaboration of photographers, makeup artists, session stylists, nail techs and designers. Along with creating nail looks, Fry was the fashion stylist for the collaboration’s main photo shoot. Soon afterward, Fry got word that the senior


photo editor of Vogue Italia had selected two photos from the shoot for online use. As if that weren’t enough, Fry is also a top educator for Essie, L’Oréal and Swarovski Crystal Culture. Next up for this fashionista is September’s New York Fashion Week, where she will work behind the scenes to make models’ nails runway ready. “The end result is glamorous, working with the top talent in the world, but the actual process includes crawling under tables, working standing up, and literally squeezing in with hair and makeup to get the final look done within a very short amount of time,” says Fry, who has worked on shows for Rebecca Minkoff, Zac Posen and Alexander Wang. “It’s high stress, but it only comes two times a year. It’s intoxicating!” This sought-after artist could have planted roots anywhere, but Fry says she chose Shorewood because she loves the community. As a salon and editorial nail artist, she finds joy in working with new materials and looks, but her work is rooted in a holistic approach to nail, skin and hand health. One loyal client, Mary Beth Gahn, sums it up well: “Hillary is generous, a genius and so much fun to work with. She always has a new design idea and is willing to push the envelope and experiment to find the right look.” n

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Kathryn Lofton gives a talk at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge.

From Shorewood Student To Yale Professor ALUMNA DR. KATHRYN LOFTON, ’96

By Katelin Watson

Dr. Kathryn Lofton (SHS ’96) has always loved two things — school and challenges — so it’s fitting that she followed the path to becoming a professor at one of the nation’s most prestigious colleges, Yale University. Lofton, who chairs Yale’s department of Religious Studies and serves as deputy dean for Diversity and Faculty Development, began her formal education in a kindergarten classroom at Atwater Elementary and went through the entire Shorewood school system. She enjoyed school from the start and remembers often circling Atwater with her best friend during the lunch recess, drafting future presidential addresses. This creative energy and passion followed Lofton into her high school years, where she participated in a plethora of activities. “You know how at the beginning of the movie Rushmore the audience learns just how lunatic Max Fisher is with his extracurriculars?” Lofton says. “That was me. Drama, student council, social service.” She calls herself the greatest “keener” at Shorewood High School — a slang term for an extremely enthusiastic student. Lofton says many school experiences were instrumental in pushing her forward. “We had educators with such high standards,” recalls Lofton. “Ms. Messer and Mr. Wiswall in English, Ms. Ivanovich in social studies, Ms. Shepard in history. Although these are really different teachers, they all had exacting ideas about correct speech and argument. They were withering about minor mistakes, and I think I learned a lot about pedagogy from the seriousness with which they treated us and our work.” Growing up in Shorewood, Lofton says, she knew people who may have identified with a particular religious faith, but she didn’t talk about or debate religion with anyone. Once she got to college at the University of Chicago, she wanted to understand when and how people organized themselves

into groups to argue for different worlds of experience, for better practices or disciplines toward a concept of the good. “We often think of groupthink as an inherently bad thing, but no good end in human history has ever occurred without communities working together to make their worlds other than how they are given,” Lofton says. “I became interested in religion as a thing — a word — that summarizes a particular idea of collectivity.” Though Lofton fell in love with what she was studying, she internally struggled with the idea of pursuing a doctorate and becoming a professional scholar. She was torn between her expanding intellectual interests and her fears about financial security in the world of academia. “Once I admitted to myself that I wanted to be a professional scholar, everything else flowed from the excitement I had for that work,” Lofton says. “I just chased the smart people in my field and kept writing and working and speaking wherever I could afford to go.” After graduating from U Chicago and earning an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Lofton eventually landed at Yale. In addition to her administrative duties, Lofton is also the author of two books: Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (2011) and Consuming Religion (out in 2017), in which she explores how consumer culture defines our ideas about morality, community and kinship. Lofton’s favorite aspects of her work? “I get to do so many different things in a day, from tracking down a document for a paper I’m writing, to talking intensely with a student about their draft essay on agrarian religious cultures, to brainstorming about how to increase accountability in a modern nonprofit organization. I get to think through the hardest questions with phenomenally smart people.” n

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As a child, Bill Nasgovitz witnessed the 400 train passing through Shorewood; now, he’s helping bring its “ghost” to life Meet: Bill Nasgovitz and his wife, Marian Nasgovitz Moved to Shorewood: 1983

Bill and Marion Nasgovitz stand at the site of the Ghost Train public art project, which they have actively supported.

Milwaukee native Bill Nasgovitz is the founder of the independent investment and money management firm Heartland Advisors. He currently serves as chairman, chief investment officer and portfolio manager. Nasgovitz developed and trademarked Heartland’s successful approach to value investing. He and his wife, Marian, have called Shorewood home for more than 33 years. As told to Paula Wheeler

“I’ve been in the money management business for over 40 years. I started at 22 years old with Dean Witter, based in San Francisco. I ‘kidnapped’ Marian and brought her back with me to Wisconsin. We got married in 1970 and settled on the East Side because Marian wanted to be close to water. “In 1983, we moved to Shorewood. All four of our children attended the Shorewood schools. We were very happy with their experience. “What we love about Shorewood is, first, its size. It’s a small little ‘burb, so it’s easy to get around. It’s also on the lake. I think that’s a huge advantage. We like the people, and we’ve made a number of friends over the years. Also, it’s a place that’s small enough that you can make a difference. So, over the years, we’ve been involved in various activities. “We were involved with [fundraising for] the Shorewood Fitness Center and that was certainly a team effort. We also were part of supporting the high school football team in improving their physical fitness center and weight room.

“And, now, the Ghost Train. “Marian talked me into attending an informational meeting about the Ghost Train last December, and I found it quite unique. Listening to [Ghost Train designer] Marty Peck and [Public Art Committee member] Pat Algiers’ presentation took me back to sometime in the early ’50s. I remembered coming over from the west side — my dad, my sister and I — to watch the 400 train. I hadn’t thought about that for over 60 years! But I remember that green and yellow train going through near the Pig ‘n Whistle. “We knew some of the people involved with the Ghost Train project, and my wife had a strong interest in doing something to help. So we’ve been hosting informational meetings and helping them reach their fundraising goal. We’re impressed with Marty Peck’s resume. Not only is he an accomplished engineer, but he’s also a very creative artist with light. We think the Ghost Train will be a first-class tribute to Shorewood and heighten the awareness of our beautiful village.” n

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Shorewood Resources Village Board Meetings NOW ON YOUTUBE In a move designed to improve transparency and provide another way for residents and interested parties to stay in touch with news and official business, the Village began recording Village Board meetings starting on Aug. 15. After an initial breaking-in period, the Board will decide whether to record other Village public meetings. Residents who are unable to attend Board meetings in person will be able to access recorded meetings on, by searching for “Village of Shorewood,” or on the Village website at

Waste-Hauling Services SURVEY The Village of Shorewood solicited and received proposals for a new waste-hauling contract, including options for the collection of trash, recyclables and yard waste and options for a potential new program for composting food scraps. The proposals are currently under consideration by the Village Board. The Shorewood Conservation Committee would like to provide your feedback to the trustees as they consider the new contract options. The committee created a short survey to collect resident input. The survey is live at through the month of September.

Welcome New Neighbors PROGRAM The Welcome New Neighbors Program welcomes new residents to the Village and hosts quarterly free receptions to all newcomers. Stop by, find out about the Village and receive a welcome bag with special offers from Shorewood businesses. Next Open Houses: Sat., Sept. 10, 9–11 a.m. Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave. Sat., Dec. 10, 9–11 a.m. City Market, 2205 E. Capitol Dr. Please RSVP to either event to receive the gift bag by emailing Program Director Jenny Heyden will be at the receptions to answer your questions and provide information about the Village. 34 SHOREWOOD TODAY  FALL 2016

Avoid The Longest Election Day Lines: REGISTER NOW TO VOTE In the few weeks leading up to Election Day and on Election Day itself (Nov. 8, 2016) voter registration is the process that takes the longest and has the longest lines. Village management encourages residents needing to register to vote to do so well in advance of the November election. Who needs to register? z New Shorewood residents z Residents with a name change z Residents with an address change (including a change of apartment) z Residents who have just turned 18 z Residents who have never registered to vote What are the qualifications? By Nov. 8, you must: z Be a U.S. citizen z Be at least 18 years old z Have resided at your residence for at least 28 consecutive days z Not be serving a sentence including incarceration, parole, probation or extended supervision for a felony conviction z Not be otherwise disqualified from voting How do I register? z Online. Visit and click “Register to Vote.” Complete the entry, then print, sign and mail your registration form, along with proof of residence, through Oct. 19. z At Village Hall. Visit the customer service desk on the main floor during open hours through Nov. 4. When and where can I vote? z At your local polling place. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 8). To find your polling place, please visit z With an absentee ballot. – Vote absentee in person at Village Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Nov. 4. – To avoid lines for in-person absentee voting, submit a request now through Nov. 3 to receive your absentee ballot by mail by visiting and clicking “Vote Absentee.” Ballots will be sent by regular mail. For more information about elections, please visit or contact the village clerk at or 414.847.2601.

Library Seeks NEW TEEN ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS Teens looking for a way to get involved in their local community can make a difference as a member of the Shorewood Library Teen Advisory Board. Board members help plan library events, select library materials and volunteer their time to help at the library. Teens entering grades 7 through 12 who live in Shorewood or attend a Shorewood school are eligible. Applications are available at For questions or more information, contact Lisa Quintero at

COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee Each summer since 2004, Shorewood has hosted the Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic on 2.6 miles of Village streets. Residents gather on front lawns and at corners to watch colorful athletes speed by or at the start/finish line near the announcer’s booth. It’s an exciting day. But bicycling in Shorewood is about more than just one day of racing. Shorewood has earned bike-friendly and pedestrian-friendly designations that are a tribute to the hardworking volunteers on Shorewood’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee, Village staff, and a local group called Greater Shorewood Bikers. Together they have addressed safety issues and developed activities to raise awareness about pedestrian and bicycle safety. The seven-member committee includes Thomas Kuhlman (chair), Jennifer Baynes Piccolo, Matt Peaslee, Dzidra Banish, Jerry Lynn, Dan Weber-Schulz and Rachel Ellerman. Davida Amenta is the Village Board liaison. They meet the second Tuesday of each month at Village Hall.

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Kuhlman joined the committee in 2010, when it was reactivated after a period of inactivity. He also serves as the committee’s liaison with the Wilson Drive Steering Committee task force. Kuhlman says he is pleased with the upgraded accident reporting and improved enforcement of pedestrian crossings under the leadership of Peter Nimmer, police chief, and Lt. Thomas Liebenthal, police liaison.


Committee member Jerry Lynn and his wife, Haley, who grew up in Shorewood, decided to make their home here in part because of safe neighborhoods, strong community engagement by residents and “walkability.” Their six-month-old daughter, Jane, will be riding her bike in Shorewood before long, and Lynn is committed to advocating for both pedestrians and bicyclists.

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The committee has sponsored workshops for kids and coordinated the annual Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Week, the spring Bike Rodeo at Atwater Elementary School, and efforts to bring Bublr Bikes to Shorewood (see story, page 4).

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Benish, a longtime resident who gave up driving and now walks everywhere, recently spearheaded an effort in collaboration with the Senior Resource Center to ensure safer sidewalks. Village ordinance allows children under 12 to ride their bicycles on sidewalks, so Benish and the committee worked with the schools to educate students about sharing the sidewalks safely with pedestrians. In mid-August, the Village Board approved funding for two pedestrian-controlled crosswalk signals on North Wilson Drive. Other committee initiatives include working with the police department to explore plans for “Walk Your Bike” signs/decals on busy sidewalks and determining locations for “Share the Walk” signs. For more information, visit the committee’s Facebook page, “Shorewood Pedbikesafe.”


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Out & About in Shorewood

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1 & 2 June’s Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic offered events for both pro and amateur riders. 3 Village Trustees Tammy Bockhorst, left, and Ann McKaig showed their spirit after marching in the Fourth of July Parade. 4 Student players take time out during Minors Baseball, a Shorewood Recreation program with a history that goes back more than 50 years. 5 Wild bluff daisies frame instructor Sarah Hammond’s yoga class on the new boardwalk at Atwater Beach.


6 Tubas trek down Bartlett Street before the Shorewood 4th of July Parade. 7 SHS Alumni at the annual All-Class Reunion on July 9 at the Estabrook Beer Garden. 8 Lisa Todd gets some corn inspection help from her daughter Emily at the Shorewood Farmers Market. 9 Dad Steve Robinson twirls 2-year-old daughter Harper to the dance music at the Shorewood Library Summer Celebration. 10 Shorewood students with Atwater art teacher Angela Hayes at the summer Recreation Department class “Art Collaboration & Beautification.” 11 Shorewood Woman’s Club members attempt to keep up with demand for free Culver’s frozen custard at the Shorewood Library Summer Celebration. From left: Beverly Scott, Chris O’Brien and Peggy Papenfus. 12 Players gather on the SHS football field after a competitive lacrosse game with the Shorewood Summer Recreation program “Old Man” Father/Son Lacrosse.


13 Justin Olson conducts the Shorewood Summer Jazz Ensemble as they open for the 5 Card Studs at the Shorewood Summer Concert Series in Hubbard Park.


Shorewood A Look Back

The Chicago & North Western Railway 400 (later known as the Twin Cities 400) passenger train is pictured crossing the Capitol Drive trestle in this mid-century photo. The advertisement for the 400 was painted on the trestle in 1948.

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Trains were not new to Shorewood residents. The first train had come through the Village in 1873, and by the mid-1920s, more than 40 trains — passenger and freight — passed through Shorewood daily. Still, the bright yellow and green 400 trains, which began running on Jan. 1, 1935, were bound to catch people’s attention as they streaked through the Village at the high speed needed to cover their Chicago-to-Minneapolis route in about 400 minutes. The 400 brand eventually represented a level of “streamline service” that was added to many C&NW routes. Trains going to Flambeau, Wis., and Ishpeming, Mich., were referred to as 400s because of their level of service. 400 trains were designed to encourage people to continue riding trains and leave their automobiles at home, but the development of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s contributed to a dramatic decline in demand for passenger train service. The last 400 crossed the Capitol Drive trestle in 1969.

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THURS. SEPT. 1 First Day of Shorewood Schools

SAT. OCT. 1 Shorewood Woman’s Club Rummage Sale 9:30 am-4 pm, Village Center Call 414.332.4410.

TUES. NOV. 1 SHS Fall Blood Drive 8am, SHS North Gym

THURS. SEPT. 8 Color Me Happy! Coloring for Adults 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

SAT. OCT. 1 Fish and Feather Festival 11am-4pm, Hubbard Park

SAT. SEPT. 10 Welcome New Neighbors Open House 9-11am, Shorewood Public Library

THURS. OCT. 6 Pins & Needles knitting group 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

THURS. SEPT. 1 Pins & Needles knitting group 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

FRI. SEPT. 9 Shorewood Schools & MACC Fund Football Frenzy 4-7pm, SHS Softball Field

WED. OCT. 5 Shorewood Walk or Bike to School Day

THURS. SEPT. 15 Pins & Needles knitting group 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

THURS.–SAT. OCT. 6–8 SHS Fall Play: Almost, Maine 7pm (additional Sat. performance, 2pm), SHS Auditorium

SAT. SEPT. 17 Shorewood Celebration of the Arts & Plein Air Shorewood 2016 8am-8pm, Atwater Park See page 18. MON. SEPT. 19 The Ethics of Anger, a discussion with Dr. Gregory B. Sadler 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

TUES. SEPT. 20 Shorewood Woman’s Club Salad/Tea Lunch 1 pm, Village Center Call Janet Nortrom, 414.964.3764, for speaker details and more information. WED. SEPT 21 Author visit: Lori Degman 4pm, Shorewood Library

SAT., SEPT. 24 The Shorewood Foundation’s Celebrate Shorewood Annual Event 6-9pm, HarborChase, 1111 E. Capitol Dr. See page 19. SUN. SEPT. 25 Shorewood Rec Dept. NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition 1–2:30pm, Atwater Elementary School Field TUES. SEPT. 27 Dementia Education Series: 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

FRI. & SAT. SEPT. 30 & OCT. 1 SHS Homecoming Weekend Festivities See page 18.

FRI. OCT. 7 Author visit: Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society Series and The Secret Keepers 6:30pm, Shorewood Library THURS. OCT. 13 Color Me Happy! Coloring for Adults 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

SAT. OCT. 15 Hoops for MACC 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament SHS Arena TUES. OCT. 18 Shorewood Woman’s Club Program 1pm, Village Center

TUES. OCT. 18 Dementia Education Series 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

THURS. OCT. 20 Pins & Needles knitting group 6:30pm, Shorewood Library FRI. OCT. 21 SHS Band’s Rocktoberfest Concert 7pm, SHS Auditorium

SUN. OCT. 23 Final Shorewood Farmers Market 9am–1pm, Lake Bluff Elementary School

TUES. OCT. 25 SHS Masterworks Concert 7pm, St. Robert Church

TUES. NOV. 1 Dementia Education Series 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

THURS. NOV. 3 Pins & Needles knitting group 6:30pm, Shorewood Library FRI. & SAT. NOV. 4 & 5 SIS Show Circle 7pm, SHS Auditorium

SAT. NOV. 5 Shorewood Connects Fall Yard Clean-Up 9am, Village Center See page 19.

SAT. NOV. 5 Estabrook Park Beer Garden Cyclocross Classic 8am–8pm, Estabrook Park

THURS. NOV. 10 Color Me Happy! Coloring for Adults 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

FRI. & SAT. NOV. 11 & 12 SHS AFS Showcase 7pm, SHS Auditorium SAT. NOV. 12 Shorewood Rec Dept. Fowl 5K Run/Walk 10am, Starts in SHS Parking Lot THURS. NOV. 17 Pins & Needles knitting group 6:30pm, Shorewood Library

SAT. & SUN. NOV. 19 & 20 Shorewood Drama Jr. fall show, There’s Nothing Like a Show on Broadway: A Musical Revue Sat. 7pm & Sun. 1:30pm, LB Cafetorium SAT. NOV. 26 Small Business Saturday, Shorewood Business District Visit

DECEMBER SAT. DEC 3 Shorewood Tree Lighting Visit

SUN. OCT. 30 Shorewood Rec Dept. Halloween Party 11:30am, SHS Youth Center SUN. OCT. 30 Village Trick or Treating 1–4pm MON. OCT. 31 Ghost Train Halloween Debut For more information, see page 18.

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