May 8, 2014      
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo

Village Board Highlights

The Village Board held its regular meeting on Monday, May 5. The Board:
  1. Approved  Special Privilege Permits for Outdoor Seating for Village Pub and Three Lions Pub
  2. Approved Reserve "Class B" License for Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor, NaNa Fusion Japanese Restaurant d/b/a NaNa Fusion, 4511 N Oakland Avenue, Agent Lanqing Zhang
  3. Approved Professional Services Agreement with City Water, Inc. for Water Metering and Water System Loss Investigation
  4. Approved Amendments to 2014 Street Reconstruction Program Contract for Additional Watermain and Pavement Replacement and Brush Removal
  5. Authorized Participation with Wholesale Customer Group in Milwaukee Water Works Rate Analysis
  6. Approved Resolution Authorizing Application for Stewardship Local Assistance Grant


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Join Us for Another Open House for Updating Shorewood's Business District Master Plan  

On Thursday May 21 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Village is hosting an open house event to gather public input on potential redevelopment sites in Shorewood's business district. The process started in February and the first public meeting held on March 20 was a great success with over 80 people in attendance. 


At this event, we'd like your reaction to over 10 site concepts  that will be on display.  We'd love to hear from you --  stay for 5 minutes or the whole time.


Plan updates are available on the Village's website www.villageofshorewood.org under Community Development or you may contact Planning Director Ericka Lang with questions and comments. She may be reached at 414.847.2647 or elang@villageofshorewood.org.



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Historical Society to Celebrate 30th Anniversary


As a community grows so does its need to remember, record and celebrate its history.   In 1982, the Shorewood Village Board adopted a resolution establishing an ad hoc committee to draft a recommendation for a permanent Historical Society.  Trustee Michael Spector led the committee that filed Articles of Incorporation on May 7, 1984 and the Society was officially established.  


Preservation and education have been the goals of the Society for 30 years. To advance those goals, an archives was established, research has been encouraged, and numerous historical programs have been presented. The Society has become the official collector of stories, pictures, newspapers and other data necessary to help current residents understand how the Village developed and to encourage Village leaders to make informed  decisions about the future.


Society members will celebrate the 30th Anniversary at their annual dinner meeting on May 12 at Hubbard Lodge.  Non-members are welcome to join the celebration.  The speaker will be Martin Hintz who will speak about Dickey Chapelle, a 1935 graduate of Shorewood High School who was a nationally recognized  photojournalist and military correspondent.  Ms.  Chapelle died in Vietnam, the first American woman journalist killed in combat.  For dinner reservation information, call 964-5258. Anyone interested in just hearing Mr. Hintz's presentation should  arrive at Hubbard Lodge by 7:45 p.m.



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Spring Yard Clean-up a success!  


Last Saturday brought out the sun and 63 fantastic volunteers who helped 25 elderly and disabled homeowners get ready for spring. Shorewood really is a special community with "neighbors helping neighbors!"




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Welcome New Businesses in Shorewood


With summer approaching, three new businesses opened in Shorewood: 

  • the long- awaited North Shore Boulangerie, a bakery and café, opened at 4401 N. Oakland Avenue.  
  • Movement MKE, personal training and nutritional consulting services, opened  at 1922 E. Capitol, and  
  • ReThreads, a women's and men's resale apparel and accessory store, is opening soon at 1920 E. Capitol. 

Help give these new businesses a warm welcome. Information on businesses and related events may be found on Shorewood's Business Improvement District website at www.shorewoodwi.com.


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New Village Signs 



Please come by and see our new signs! They were designed by an ad-hoc committee of Shorewood residents and Poblocki Sign company. The signs have our updated logo, a blue swoosh respresenting the importance of the river and lake in our community, and the copper coloring representing the copper dome of the high school.


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Ride your Bike to Work Week    

Bike to Work Week, May 11 - May 17- During National Bike To Work Week, the Milwaukee area will have fun events to tempt you to try riding bikes for transportation, to reward those who already do and as another chance to rack up a bunch of miles for the 2014 Wisconsin Bike Challenge. For Shorewood residents who work downtown, a morning commuter station (7:30 - 9 a.m.) with bakery items, coffee and a repair station will be available on the Oak Leaf Trail at the Urban Ecology Center.  For more details on the event or help preparing for bicycle commuting, visit the Wisconsin Bike Fed at http://wisconsinbikefed.org/events/bike-to-work-week/southeast/    



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Stay Up-to-Date on the Roundy's Project  


The Village is very excited to begin the preliminary work on the Roundy's project. The project will feature a new Metro Market and a major mixed-use building.  The new facilities would occupy the entire two blocks between Kenmore and Olive Streets on the West side of Oakland Avenue, replacing the current Pick 'n Save and abandoned Schwartz and Walgreens facilities.  To stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the Roundy's project, click here.  



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Little Free Library


You may have noticed that there's a new library in town; it's located at the bottom of the steps leading to the library's Murray Avenue entrance. It's a Little Free Library, one of more than 15,000 worldwide and reportedly the eighth to be erected in Shorewood.

This Little Free Library is brought to you by the Friends of Shorewood Library. The Little Free Library should come in handy when in the mood to do a bit of book browsing only to find the Shorewood Library closed. As of it's start date, the approximately 20 volumes inside included titles such as: The Color of Water, WikiLeaks, Olive Kitteridge, The Lord of the Rings, The Emerald City of Oz, and Quick Veggie Curries.


To make sure this Little Free Library is never empty, the Friends' of Shorewood Library volunteers who run the Used Book Sale have agreed to oversee its operation, keeping it stocked with a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and children's books.  




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New Website Photo Contest


Shorewood is working with CivicPlus, a national leader in municipal website design, to re-vamp its website www.villageofshorewood.org.  The new site is expected to launch at the beginning of June.


Beautiful, vibrant photos will play a significant role on our new website.  While we have numerous photos to choose from, we invite members of our Shorewood community to take high-resolution, high-quality photos to possibly be featured on our new website.  Please take photos of what you think makes Shorewood a special place to live, work and play.  Selected photos will be featured on our new website's front page with a credit to the photographer.   


We've recieved a few submissions to date : So, please submit your photo(s) to manager@villageofshorewood.org or drop them off at Village Hall, 3930 N Murray, in a digital format (CD or USB drive) by June 2.  Please be sure to include your email and/or phone number so that if your picture is chosen proper credit can be given.  The selected photographers will be featured in an article for the Village Manager's Weekly Memo.



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2014 Shorewood Water's Project Events and Projects

Spring is here and so are fun events to cure our "cabin fever" from one of the coldest winters
in years! Shorewood's residents and students will enjoy a series of events and outdoor programs to get out and connect to their waterways.

Step-out and enjoy these upcoming events:

  • June 24 - Milwaukee River Canoeing with the Urban Ecology Center. Paddle this beautiful stretch of the river from Kletzch to Estabrook Parks. You won't even know you're in the city and will be surprised how clean and healthy this river has become. A free afternoon for beginners or experienced paddlers.
  • June, July and August - Milwaukee River and Atwater Beach Fun Days programs for kids with the Shorewood REC Department.
  • July 24 - The Shorewood Waters booth at the Summer Celebration at Shorewood Library.
  • August 23 - Surf @water Beach Party - Paddle and play down at the beach. Surfboard and paddle board demos, food, beverages, music and more!
  • September 17 - International Beach Clean-up at Atwater Beach. Join the crew down at the beach and collect data on what you collect to report to the international effort to see how clean our beaches are.
  • October 4 - Shorewood's Fish and Feather event at Hubbard Park. A free fun family day to enjoy the fall colors, fly fish, watch the salmon run up the river, see birds of prey up close and personal, participate in the bird house decorating contest and attend workshops on making lures and Birding 101. Beginners and pros are welcome to enjoy great food, music and other festivities.

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School District Business Assessment

Members of Shorewood School District Finance and Facilities Committee recently approved a recommendation to the Board that the District hire an independent firm to conduct an audit and assessment of Shorewood's District-wide business processes and procedures, including HR, with the intent to create a plan for improvements. Additional information can be found by clicking here. 



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Calendar of Events  

Atwater Rummage Sale  

Fri., May 9 at 3:30 p.m.; Sat., May 10 at 9 a.m.

Atwater Elementary School 


Shorewood Drama presents "Westside Story"

Fri.-Sat., May 9-10 at 7 p.m. ; Sun. May 11 at 2 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., May 15-17 at  p.m. 

Shorewood High School Auditorium  

This classic musical is a re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Shorewood's production promises to be grand, colorful, and powerful! Click here for tickets.

Annual Memorial Day Weekend Program
Sun., May 25 at 4 p.m.
Atwater Park

Honoring all Shorewood Veterans who have served in war and peace; 4 p.m. at Atwater Park. Event includes music and a special program with area dignitaries. A cookout immediately follows at the American legion Post #331.




Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Highlights
Open House - Master Plan
Historical Society Anniversary
New Businesses
New VIllage Signs
Ride your Bike to Work
Roundy's Project
Little LIbrary
Website Photo Contest
Shorewood Waters
School District

Shorewood Foundation Meeting
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Committee Room

Special Parks Commission Meeting
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Manager's Office

Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Shorewood Library

Village Board Meeting
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Court Room

Municipal Court
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Court Room

Open Book Assessments
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Business District Master Plan
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Committee Room
Song of the Month

Fortunately, I have a son who takes me to concerts and exposes me to a lot of new music. One of the best concerts he took me to and one of the top ten concerts I have ever been to was Dave House's Revival Tour performance. Since this concert, Dave House has become one of my favorite artists. Check out, Dave House's "Pray For Tuscon".

Quote of the Week

In this age of fiberglass, I am searching for a gem.

Bob Dylan

Health Tip


Spring is the best time for asparagus and they are one of the best veggie sources of folate, a B vitamin that could help keep you out of a slump, which is crucial to keep you in a good mood.


Environmental Tips

Move your refrigerator from the wall and vacuum its condenser coils each year. This will help the refrigerator run more efficiently.
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