August 29, 2013     
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo
Village Board Meeting Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Village Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, September 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The Board will:
  1. Consider date for halloween activities.
  2. Consider temporary extension of premises request, Big Bay Brewing LLC, 4517 N Oakland Avenue, September 20, 2013 Plein Air Event.
  3. Consider street festival permit, Goldi's LLC, for the Plein Air Event on September 20, 2013,  4500 Block of N. Oakland Avenue.
  4. Consider appointment of Susan Huse to the Public Art Committee for a term to expire May 2015.


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Special Thank You!

We would like to give a big thank you to the Shorewood Police Department, North Shore Fire Department, Red Cross and WE Energies for their tremendous response Monday nights after a transformer fire left many without power. We would like to give a special thanks to the High School for remaining open as a cooling center for people left without air conditioning.

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Happy Birthday Shorewood!

On August 21, our village turned 113 year old. On that date in 1900, Milwaukee County Circuit Court approved a petition to incorporate the area we now know as Shorewood (formerly part of the Town of Milwaukee).  The new village was originally called East Milwaukee and was re-named Shorewood in 1917.


The petition drive was started by four men, Peter J. Mead, John Legge, Charles Dommer and Joseph Gerber, who felt services they received from the Town of Milwaukee did not justify the high taxes they were paying.  Village streets were a mess; tax money from our area was being used to maintain Port Washington and Green Bay Roads.


The petition process began after a meeting in March 1900 in the back of  Pete Mead's tavern, which was located on Oakland at Newton. Before the Circuit Court approved the incorporation petition, a special census had to be taken to prove that at least 300 people lived in the area, the necessary number for incorporation.



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Shorewood, WI
New Finance Director

The Village of Shorewood is pleased to welcome Mark Emanuelson as our new Finance Director. Mr. Emanuelson's first day will be Friday, September 20, 2013. A life-long Milwaukee-area resident, he brings several years of local government and non-profit accounting experience and strong technical expertise to the finance department.

Mr. Emanuelson is currently the Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Mequon where he was responsible for a wide array of duties from assisting in the annual budgeting process, capital planning and annual reporting to managing the payroll process and utility billing activities. In 2012, he also earned the designation of Certified Public Finance Officer by the Government Finance Officers Association.

Prior to his position at Mequon, Mr. Emanuelson worked for 10 years in the Finance Department at the St. Charles Youth and Family Services, a non-profit organization based in Milwaukee. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and received his MBA from UWM in 2005.


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Shorewood Yields to Pedestrians


Hupy and Abraham, provided the Village with "I Yield to Pedestrians" stickers to help raise awareness and prevent car-pedestrian accidents. (Michael Hupy mentioned the need for increased driver awareness in a recent Journal-Sentinel article entitled "Do Milwaukee drivers flout pedestrian safety laws? Some observers say yes". The article is linked here.) The Village would like to do the same by providing our residents with safety tips for drivers and pedestrians that are especially timely for the Labor Day weekend. As always, police will be out enforcing pedestrian crossing regulations this Labor Day weekend.  



For drivers/bicyclists

  • Yield to pedestrians when crossing a sidewalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians who have started crossing at an intersection.
  • Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the highway and be aware of those walking on the shoulder.
  • Do not overtake and pass any vehicle that stops at an intersection or crosswalk to permit a pedestrian or bicyclist to cross the roadway safely.  
  • Be especially aware of young & disabled pedestrians. Give them extra room.    
  • Bicycle riders must yield to pedestrians.

For pedestrians:

  • When at a crosswalk, clearly show your intention to cross by stepping onto the roadway.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, always walk facing traffic.
  • Dress to be seen.
  • Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks.
  • Stop at the curb or the edge of the road.
  • Stop and look left, then right, then left again before you step into the street.
  • If you see a car, wait until it goes by.
  • If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car.
  • Watch for bicycles on both the sidewalks and the roads.

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The Shorewood Village Board Wants to Know What you Think! 



In September, you will receive a postcard in the mail inviting you to take an online survey. The purpose of this important survey is to provide the Shorewood Village Board with your perceptions and opinions about services, and current and future initiatives.  Your answers will help direct Village officials as they establish policies for the type and level of services to be provided.  Your input as a resident of Shorewood will serve as an important guide for the Village Board as it plans to meet the needs of Shorewood residents - now and in the future.  


The Village of Shorewood is working with the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the administration of this survey.  CUIR has extensive experience working with area communities in survey research, focus groups, and planning.  


Keep an eye out for your survey invitation card!



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Shorewood Stages Plein Air Festival on September 19, 20 and 21   

Come September, you'll wonder if you're in Paris, Greenwich Village or a thriving art colony. Surprise! It's Shorewood's first annual "Plein Air Shorewood" Festival where more than 50 talented, professional artists will paint outdoors throughout the Village on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 19-21. Paintings created during this 3-day weekend, that also includes a variety of other art-themed community events, will then be offered for sale at a Saturday night, September 21, Gala/ Reception/Auction at the Village Center/Shorewood Public Library (3920 N. Murray Ave.). For more information, please click here for the full brochure.

Each day of the event will include opportunities for anyone in the community to meet and greet the artists as they paint outdoors, as well as during these special after-hours social settings:

Thursday, September 19
* 6-9 p.m. Artist and Community Celebration at Hubbard Lodge, 3565 N. Morris Blvd., with live music. Food and beverages for purchase.

Friday, September 20
* 7-9 a.m. Community Breakfast Celebration at Atwater Park (Capitol Dr. and Lake Dr.) to celebrate the third anniversary of "Spillover II" and acknowledge the generosity of an anonymous donor who made the sculpture possible. Meet Village leaders, artists and volunteers.
* 6-10 p.m. Kensington Square Festival: Community celebration in the 4500 N. block of Oakland Ave. with live music, artists, food and beverages (for purchase), and a performance by the McMenamin Irish Dance Academy and the band Loud Mouth Soup.

Saturday, September 21
All events open to all at the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave.
* 10 a.m.-12 noon Collector's Sneak Peek: Preview of paintings
* 6-6:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
* 6:30-10 p.m. Plein Air Gala/Reception/Auction: Paintings on display in a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and entertainment. It is anticipated that more than 150 paintings will be presented for sale.



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Bird City Event: Lake Park Chimney Swift Count

Every year, the Lake Park Birders observe the roost located near St. Robert's Church, starting about 30 minutes before dusk, and estimate the number of swifts that enter the chimneys. This year you can join them on September 1 at 6:45 p.m. at Capitol Drive and Maryland Avenue. This event is part of Shorewood's commitment to be a Bird City.


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Shorewood Connects Tool Kit

Wouldn't it be helpful to have:


  • Recommendations re: contractors
  • Updates on crime in the area
  • Requests for lawn mowing, snow shoveling, babysitting, dog-walking, etc.


from your own neighbors?

If your neighborhood doesn't have an email distribution list set up, get going today!  Download the Shorewood Connects Neighbors Toolkit, here. 


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September Anniversaries

The following Shorewood employees celebrate their anniversaries in September.

25 years
15 years
DaveKunzePublic Works15 years
AngieAndreLibrary7 years
EddieChapmanLibrary6 years
SherryGrantClerk5 years
AdamBowserLibrary4 years
AndrewRekuskiPolice Department4 years
JarrettStrohmLibrary2 years
EmilyPasseyLibrary1 year
Bethany BlountLibrary1 year

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 Shorewood High School Instrument Drive

Shorewood High School students and community members will be collecting working instruments to donate to Haitian schools as part of the non-profit organization Musical Haiti. (Instruments that need small repairs will also be accepted.) The instrument drive is being organized and run by Maryann Desaulniers, a retired Marquette staff member, and her husband, Dan, both of whom are Shorewood community members. 


The instrument drive will be held on September 14 and September 28 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Shorewood High School parking lot.



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Shorewood B.I.D Ladies Night Out! 

The Shorewood Business Improvement District will host its first Ladies' Night Out on Thursday, September 12. Ladies shopping in Shorewood that evening should prepare to be pampered by participating businesses offering samples, specials, sales, free services and more!  


This fun evening of shopping and socializing will end at a to-be-determined local establishment where ladies can enjoy drink specials. Fabulous prizes from local businesses will be awarded to lucky winners. Visit enough businesses to be in the drawing and you could be one of them! Watch your mail for an official invitation with more details, and keep up with this and other business district events at Facebook.com/ShopShorewoodWI and through the BID website at shorewoodwi.com 




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Calendar of Events

SRC Trip to Westown Farmer's Market  

Wed., Sept. 4 - 10:30 am-1:30 pm

Bus will leave from Senior Resource Center 


Located in beautiful Zeidler Square. Music, people-watching, fresh produce, flowers and lots of vendor choices for lunch make for a fun time. On our way home we will stop at the Northpoint Custard Stand, if weather permits. First pick up at 9:45 am the Lydell Center, 5205 N Lydell Avenue. The bus will leave the SRC at 10:30 am. The cost for residents: $3/nonresidents: $5 and includes school bus transportation. Please sign up by August 29th.


Handwriting Analysis  

Thurs., Sept. 5 -1:30 - 3 pm   

Senior Resource Center


Do you ever wonder what someone's signature says about them?  Join us for this fascinating Handwriting Analysis Class that demonstrates how handwriting can reveal a person's basic personality traits, including giving you insight into your own behavior. Pre-registration is required. Residents: $7/nonresidents: $9. Please make payment by September 4.




Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Agenda
Thank you!
Happy BDay Shorewood!
New Finance Director
Shorewood Ped Tips
Resident Survey
Plein Air
Bird City Event
Shorewood Connects
Employee Anniversaries
SHS Instrument Drive
BID Ladies Night
Village Hall Closed
Monday, September 2
Village hall will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday.

Village Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Court Room

Conservation Committee
Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Committee Room

Shorewood Foundation
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Committee Room

Parks Commission
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Manager's office

Plan Commission
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Court Room

Pedestrian and Bike Safety
Tuesday, Septemeber 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Manager's Office

Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Village Center

Community Development Authority
Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Committee Room
Quotes of the Week

It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. 

Adam Smith

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Lu
ther King, Jr.

Health Tip


Grill some veggies at your labor day cookout. Veggies are ideal for grilling because you can't really over grill them and if you use a marinade they will taste delicious and keep you full while cutting down on calories and fat.
Environmental Tips

Use the final celebration weekend of summer to enjoy locally grown produce and other locally produced foods.
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