February 13, 2015 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Agenda


The Village Board will meet on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Agenda items for this meeting include:


1. Presentation of the Planning and Development Department             Annual Report.

2. Public Hearing-Amendment to the Zoning Code pertaining to         solar and wind energy systems.

3. Consider Ordinance regarding solar and wind energy systems.

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Metro Market Redevelopment Begins


 The Oakland Avenue redevelopment project started the week of February 9. The developer, General Capital Group, began demolition work of the vacant Walgreens and bookstore at Oakland and Kenmore and foresee the new Metro Market grocery store foundation to start taking shape in March. The Village and developer will have project information and updates available.  


Sign up to receive project alerts from the Village at www.villageofshorewood.org/signup. The Village also has project renderings and a construction schedule on the website at www.villageofshorewood.org/metromarket.


Also check out the developers project page which will include a blog highlighting project details and status at  www.shorewoodmetromarket.com.

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Upcoming Village Elections


An Election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 which will include positions for the Village President and two Trustees. A Primary Election for School Board will be held on February 17, 2015, utilizing all three voting locations.


Class A Notice of Election with information is available.


Please contact Village Clerk Sherry Grant with any questions regarding this election.


Election Information:

2013 Wisconsin Act 178 limits write-in votes that can be counted for an office, depending upon whether candidates' names appear on the ballot for the office.  The Act also provides direction on counting write-in votes if a ballot candidate is deceased.  These are the basic elements of Act 178:

  • If there is at least one ballot candidate for a given office, votes will be counted for those listed on the ballot and any registered write-in candidates.
  • If there are no ballot candidates for a given office, all write-in votes will be tallied.
  • If there are ballot candidates for a given office, and one or more pass away, all write-in votes will be tallied.

Therefore, write-in votes will only be counted for registered write-in candidates unless one of the above scenarios applies.

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Lake Bluff Grade School Meets the Needs of Growing Village


To meet the needs of a rapidly growing village, Lake Bluff Grade School and Shorewood High School were under construction at the same time.  Land was purchased for the new grade school from a chicken farmer. The first unit of Lake Bluff, which consisted of six classrooms, was opened in the fall of 1924.  (The High School opened February 2, 1915.)


The first unit was the southeast portion of the current building (see picture; single door on left is part of current main entrance). Additions were made to Lake Bluff in 1930 and 1932 and by 1939 the school had 33 classrooms and 675 students in grades K - 6. The last addition, which included additional classrooms and the new gymnasium, was completed in 1993. The separate kindergarten buildings were added to Atwater and Lake Bluff in 1970.


Lake Bluff was designed by the Milwaukee architectural firm of Eschweiler and Eschweiler in an Old English style. Building accessories included leaded glass windows, delightful animal gargoyles and fire places to keep the kindergarten children warm. 


Individual rooms were named for people like Louis Pasteur, Solomon Juneau and Charles Lindbergh. The fire places are no longer in use, but much of the original decoration remains to delight both children and their parents. A small wading pool was constructed on the southwest corner of the grounds that was enjoyed by neighborhood children until the 1940s when it was removed during the polio epidemic. (An early theory suggested that polio was contracted through water.)


Like all of Shorewood's public schools, Lake Bluff was used by the public after school hours. Book clubs and other social gatherings were held in the building. An active PTA sponsored parties, festivals and dances in order to purchase additional school furnishings. Health talks and lectures on child training and baby clinics were held periodically. 


In 1925, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay jointly proposed that the Lake Shore Division tracks of the Northwestern Railroad be abandoned. The track ran from current Capitol Drive north along current Ardmore Ave.  The Railroad agreed, abandoned the Lake Shore line, and sold all of its land along the line to the Villages of Shorewood and Whitefish Bay. New homes soon surrounded Lake Bluff and were occupied by families pleased to have a delightful, progressive neighborhood school for their children.


This article concludes the current series on Shorewood's schools.  For more information on early Shorewood and the building of our community, purchase a copy of the Historical Society's "A Shorewood Sampler." The book is available at the Village Hall Customer Service Desk or at the Historical Society's Sheldon Room in the Village Center (open Wed., 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.). Cost is $15.

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Teen Program this Friday


Shorewood teens are invited to have some non-lovey-dovey fun and eat snacks that aren't shaped like hearts at our Anti-Valentine's Day Party.  Enjoy games, food and crafts to get your mind off the most gushy holiday of the year. This Friday, February 13, at 4 p.m. in the Village Center North Meeting Room. For teens in grades 6-12. 


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Tax Forms & Tax Help


State and federal tax forms can be found at the Shorewood Public Library during tax season. As of this memo, the major state forms (1, 1A, WI-Z, 1NPR, H/H-EZ, WD) and federal (1040, 1040A) are available at the library.  

This year, due to funding cuts, the IRS was unable to print large quantities of instruction booklets. Due to this cut, we will not receive any instruction booklets for federal taxes. However, they are still available to you! You can access instruction booklets - and any and all tax forms - online through the IRS website (state forms can be found through the WI Department of Revenue website).  Download instructions and forms to print, or request hard copies to be mailed to your home. Librarians at Shorewood Library are happy to help you with this process as we understand this is a major, and inconvenient, change for many.


Tax preparation help is also available through the Senior Resource Center's partnership with AARP volunteers. Volunteers will be in the Village Center Meeting Room every Thursday, 1-5 p.m., from February 5 through April 9. No appointment is necessary - anyone is welcome.

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Health Department Highlights


Last Friday February 6, 2015 was National Wear Red Day to help the American Heart Association raise awareness for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. The North Shore Health Department offers free blood pressure screenings


The North Shore Health Department met its objective for the 2014 Immunization Grant.  By December 31, 2014, 73% of the children, 24 months of age, residing in our jurisdictions received all of their required immunizations.


Upcoming Immunization Clinics: (appointment required)


-Tuesday, February 17, 2015: 7:30-9 a.m. @ Shorewood Office

-Wednesday, February 18, 2015: 3:30-4:30 p.m. @ Brown Deer Office


Adult Health Risk Screenings: (appointment required)


-Wednesday, February 18, 2015: 8-10 a.m. @ Brown Deer Office

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Community Event Calendar 

Primary School Board Elections
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, All Day
(See Article for More Info)

Shorewood Women's Club
Enjoy Martha Kipcak of Martha's Pimento Cheese Company.  Learn about and sample cheeses as well as find it takes to start your own business.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
Community Room of the Eastwood Condos, 3942 N Oakland Avenue. 

School Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School

Shorewood School District Art Show Reception
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6-8 p.m.
Shorewood Village Center

Shorewood School District Art Show
Wednesday, February 25- Sunday, April 5, 2015
Multiple Locations 

Shorewood Intermediate School Musical
Friday-Saturday, February 27-28, 2015, 7 p.m.

Shorewood High School Orchestra Benefit Concert
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School


Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Village Board Agenda
Metro Market Redevelopment
Village Elections
Historical Society News
Library Teen Program
Free Tax Help
Health Department Highlights
Calendar of Events 

Municipal Court
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

Village Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room 

Police Commission
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Village Hall Board Room

Joint Village Board and Community Development Authority Meeting
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Village Center

Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

Design Review Board Meeting
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

Community Development Authority Meeting
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. Village Hall Committee Room
Quotes of the Week

"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."


-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Health Tip 


 While a full night's sleep is vital to good health, stamina and alertness, a short nap also can do wonders for your mood and performance. 

Environmental Tip


When hosting or planning parties and events, make it a policy to provide reusable dishes, silverware and glasses. Switch to fair trade and organic coffee and tea, and buy as much organic and local food as possible. Provide filtered drinking water to reduce bottled-water waste. 

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