April 26, 2013     
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo

Volunteer Opportunities 


The Village of Shorewood is seeking applications for the following Boards, Committees and Commissions: Library Board, Parks Commission, Police Commission, Public Art Committee and Board of Review. A brief description of each can be found here.   


If you are interested in applying for any of these appointments, please submit your application to the Manager's Office no later than Monday, April 29, 2013.  Applications will be reviewed and appointments set for interviews.You may obtain the application here or contact the Village Clerk's office at 847-2608.  Applications are kept on file for two years.  You may also review the list of Boards, Committees and Commissions and submit applications for any selection that is not listed above.  Your application may be considered during the year if a vacancy occurs.    


Thank you for considering volunteering for one of these great opportunities! 



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Shorewood Panel Discussion: Preserving an Architectural Legacy 


Finding appropriate properties for the Shorewood  Spaces and Traces tour (May 18) was no problem according to Historic Milwaukee organizers. Shorewood's overall housing stock is in excellent condition, especially considering that the majority of homes were built 70-100 years ago.

The panel discussion,co-sponsored by Historic Milwaukee Inc. and the Shorewood Historical Society, will be held at the North Shore Presbyterian Church at 6 pm on Tuesday, April 30. Our panel will detail the benefits of continuing to preserve our architectural legacy and discuss preservation alternatives including the possible establishment of historic districts.

Panel members will be:  

  • Michael Spector, former member and president of the Shorewood Village Board. He played a major role in establishing the Shorewood Historical Society
  • Guy Johnson - Elected to the Shorewood Village Board  in 1998; president of the  Board for the last eight years
  • Paul Jakubovich - Milwaukee Historical Commission Staff Planner
  • Carol Cartwright - Historian; completed a historic survey of all Shorewood buildings in 2011
  • Karen de Hartog - President, Shorewood Historical Society

The cost is $5 for Historic Milwaukee and Shorewood Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. To RSVP, click here.  


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Congrats to the High School!

According to US News and World Report Magazine Shorewood was named the top High School in the State of Wisconsin and 476th in the entire nation. These rankings are determined using a mix of criteria, including teacher-student ratio, reading and math test scores and college readiness. Shorewood excelled in all categories. For more information, click here.


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Village Stages Spring Home Tour & Expo on Saturday, May 11   

If you are thinking about listing your home for sale in Shorewood or are considering buying a home here, you won't want to miss the Spring Home Tour & Expo on Saturday, May 11. Join other house-hunters at the Village Center (lower level of the library) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. where you will be able to talk to realtors, lenders, inspectors and various representatives from the Village, Schools and Business District. Pick up a map of all the current Shorewood properties for sale and visit as many as you can fit in from 12-3 p.m. in the afternoon.

Please share this special event with friends and colleagues who are house-hunting. Invite them to attend the Spring Home Tour & Expo to find out more about all the great reasons to live in our outstanding Village!  

Also, if you have a business and would like to participate in the Expo and distribute literature about your products and services, e-mail info@shorewoodtoday.com to receive more information.

Learn from the pros and tour all homes for sale in Shorewood on one special day in May!


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 Save the date and your Recyclables! 



On Saturday, May 4 at 8 a.m., the Conservation Committee will hold its annual Conservation Fair at Atwater School, 3900 North Murray. This event aims to keep items out of the landfill that are dangerous to the environment such as electronics, medications, batteries, compact fluorescent bulbs and/or items that still have a use to someone. Goodwill will collect clothing and household items.You can also recycle your old worn out tennis shoes, cell phones, printer cartridges and wine corks! As an added bonus, bring your confidential papers to be shredded for free!  


The Conservation Committee and other eco-friendly groups will have booths with great information.  Have a cup of coffee and chat for a while.  Hope for sun, but this event will go on rain or shine. In case of rain, large collection trucks will be in the parking lot, but smaller items and booths will be in the Atwater cafeteria on the northwest side of the building.




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Calling All Gardens!


Plans for the 8th Annual Shorewood Gardens Tour, benefitting the Shorewood Public Works Department, are underway.  We are looking for gardens to add to the tour.  The tour date is Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This is not a competition but an opportunity for you to share your love of gardening with others.  If you would like to showcase your garden, please contact Laura Drexler at 414.305.8022 or ladrexler@att.net  



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Employee Anniversaries

Congratulations to the following employees who celebrate their anniversary in March and April:    


Cynthia Wierzchowski  Finance  21 Years

Scott Erickson  DPW   21 Years

Steve Pluta   DPW   15 Years

Debbie Giovani   Court  14 Years

Diane DeWindt-Hall  Customer Service 11 Years

Teri  Repins   Customer Service   5  Years

Leeann Butschlick  DPW   18 Years

Kevin Carini  Police  17 Years

Dave Brunker DPW   15 Years

Gary Lenda   Police   13 Years

John Schaal, Jr. Police 12 Years

Ericka  Lang   Planning  7  Years

Cy  Kaderlik   Police    6  Years

Justin Burris Planning 1 Year





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Survey of the Health of Wisconsin 


The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (S.H.O.W) will be working in Shorewood during the month of May. It's S.H.O.W's job to travel the state to meet face-to-face with residents and to measure their health. The information they collect monitors the health of Shorewood's neighborhoods, communities and families.



For more information, go to www.show.wisc.edu. 


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Prevent House Fires  


The National Fire Protection Association's new report on home fires shows that approximately 366,600 home fires occur each year and an average of seven people died each day in U.S. home fires. North Shore Fire/Rescue reminds you that you can prevent these types of tragedies by:


  • Watching your cooking - don't leave items cooking on the stove that are unattended 
  • Giving space heaters space
  • Asking smokers to smoke outside
  • Keeping matches and lighters out of reach of children
  • Replacing electrical cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or loose connections
  • Being careful when you use candles
  • Having a home fire escape plan
  • Installing smoke alarms
  • Testing smoke alarms
  • Installing fire sprinklers if you are building or remodeling a home or other building 


Contact our Community Relations Bureau at (414) 357-0113 Extension 1512 or visit www.nfpa.org/safetytips to learn more and access free downloadable resources.



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Installing a dishwasher, disposal or water heater?

Installing any of these three items typically requires a plumbing permit and an electrical permit, common throughout  Wisconsin. The Planning and Development Department is pleased to announce that  a new single plumbing-only permit for the installation of dishwashers, disposals and water heaters has been created. 

Previously, when installing any of this equipment a plumbing and electrical permit were required totaling $120 in permit fees. With the implementation of the new permit, the fee has been reduced in half to $60.

The department encourages licensed master plumbers to obtain permits when they are performing the installation,  but residents who reside in single family dwellings can obtain their own permits as well. For more information call the Planning and Development Department at (414) 847-2640.




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"IT" is up to you:

Lock IT
Light IT
Take IT
Report IT   
Tip Four:

Report "IT"

Sir Robert Peel is considered the "Father of modern policing" and he once said, "The Police are the Public, and the Public are the Police." This is still true today. The Police Department needs the community to keep peace and order. How can you help? Report IT. You know your neighborhood and who is normally in your neighborhood. If you see someone or something that makes you suspicious, Report IT. If you see something that makes you wonder, Report IT. The Police Department would rather check out 100 suspicious calls and find nothing wrong then not be called and have a home broken into or worst. So, IT is up to you - will you help us and...Report IT!!



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Calendar of Events

Annual Wearable Art Show
Sat., May 4 at 9:30 a.m Annual Wearable Art
Village Center

This is event is presented by the Shorewood Woman's Club and will include a bake sale, silent auction, and door prizes.

Spring Musical: Spring Awakening

Fri. and Sat., May 10-11 at 7:00 pm. Sun., May 12 at 2:00 pm. Thurs., Fri., and Sat. May 16-18 at 7:00 pm.  

Shorewood High School Auditorium  


The SHS Drama Department will perform the musical "Spring Awakening" in May!  We will be one of the first public high schools in the nation to perform the show.  Given the content of the show, some may formulate questions regarding its progressive nature. Our goals for performing "Spring Awakening" are to produce a high quality and moving theatrical performance and to use the content of the show to encourage young people and adults to engage in dialogue about the real challenges our adolescents face.  This is an opportunity to produce powerful theater and powerful conversation to support the young people we all serve.  


Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for students or $25 for a limited number of on-stage seating ($15 of which will go to local you social service organizations). You can order tickets online here

Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Volunteer Opportunities
Shorewood Panel Discussion
High School Honor
Spring Home Tour
Conservation Fair
Garden Tour
Prevent House Fires
Tips from the PD

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 5 PM
Court Room

Conservation Committee
Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Committee Room

Community Development Authority
Friday, May 03, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Committee Room

Village Board Meeting
Monday, May 06, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Court Room

Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Village Center

Quote of the Week

Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others.

Jonathan Winters 

Health Tip


Schedule yourself for a massage. Massages help reduce stress, eliminate pain, improve mobility and flexibility, and they feel terrific. When you have a standing massage appointment, you have something wonderful to look forward to in your week or month. 

Environmental Tips

Shower power! A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, but taking a five-minute shower saves water by using 10 to 25 gallons. Put a little timer or clock near your shower so you can see how fast you are.
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