- Martin Luther King, Jr.
For information on upcoming Board, Committee and Commission meetings as well as other government-related meetings and events, please follow the link above to the Village Government Calendar.

January 19 Village Board Agenda

The Village Board will meet on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room. These are the agenda items that the Board will discuss or take action on during the meeting:
  1. Consider Presentation of Accounts January 19, 2015
  2. Swearing in of Police Officer Theron Rogers
  3. Consider Consideration of Water Metering Infrastructure System Request for Proposals
  4. Consider Authorization to Fill Vacant Public Works Position
  5. Consider Reserve "Class B" Retail Intoxicating Liquor and Malt Beverage License - Mega Marts LLC, d/b/a Metro Market #6893, Agent Anthony Kuchinsky, 4075 N. Oakland Ave.

Community & Business Relations Committee Discussing Plensa Debrief Event

On January 4, the Shorewood Village Board
engaged in a discussion regarding the Plensa
Spillover II Sculpture. The Village received
word from the Richard Gray Gallery that the
artist Jaume Plensa's strong preference was to
adjust the letters in the sculpture to avoid any
future misinterpretations of this work and then
return it to Atwater Park as soon as possible. Plensa continues to express deep sadness that his sculpture has been egregiously misinterpreted as his works and beliefs are the antithesis of anti-Semitism.

The Village Board took action on the artist's
recommendation and voted unanimously to
accept the artist's request to alter the sculpture.

The Village Board also approved a motion
that asks the Community and Business
Relations Committee to coordinate a debriefing community conversation event with the community and the schools for further reflection. The Community and Business Relations Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall to discuss the community debriefing event.

The Public Art Committee and the Village encourage residents to visit and reflect on the Plensa sculpture when it returns to Atwater Park this month.  It is a great way for residents and families to enjoy the park while using public art to initiate important conversations.
Village Tax Payment Reminders 
As we approach January 31, the Village would like to remind you of the following:
  • Taxes are due in full by January 31 of each year, unless using the installment plan.  If using the installment plan, the first installment is due by January 31. 
  • Payments must be received, not postmarked, in the office or Village drop box by close of business.
  • Escrow checks that have been made out to the property owner and the Village must be properly endorsed.  Please note, the Village will not sign checks over to the property owner.
  • Refunds for overpayments will be processed, but not necessarily mailed, within 20 days.  They will be mailed following accounts payable approval by the Village Board.
  • Receipts can be obtained through the Village website or by providing a self-addressed stamped envelope with the payment.
Property tax bills can be paid in the following methods:
  • Credit Card (Online Only - Additional Fee)
  • Electronic Check (Online Only - Additional Fee)
  • At one of two North Shore Bank locations (Full payments or Installments only, no refunds given, no partial payments):
    • o   Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to Noon
    • o   3970 N Oakland Avenue
    • o   4414 N Oakland Avenue
    • By mail: Village of Shorewood, 3930 N Murray Avenue, Shorewood WI 53211
    • By postage-free drop box located in the parking lot behind Village Hall
    • In person at Village Hall, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Photo Identification Needed for 2016 Voting

Beginning in 2016, voters will need to show proof of identification, commonly known as photo ID to be able to vote.  This requirement applies to all voters who vote on Election Day and most absentee voters, including those who vote in the Clerk's office.  

There are a number of documents that are acceptable forms of photo ID but the most common ones are a State of Wisconsin Driver License, State of Wisconsin ID Card, or U.S. Passport.  The photo ID does not need to have a current address.  

If you do not have an acceptable photo ID, you may be eligible for a free identification card from the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.  More information can be found at bringit.wi.gov, on the Village website www.villageofshorewood.org, or by contacting Village Hall at 414.847.2700.  Please plan ahead to be sure you have acceptable photo ID when it is time to vote.

Save the Date for the Shorewood Schools Summit:  Building Our Children's Future!

The Shorewood School District will be hosting three different strategic planning sessions for the community to participate in.  The dates of the sessions are:
  • Thursday, February 25 from 5-9 p.m.
  • Friday, February 26 from 5-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 27 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Important Note:  All sessions will take place in the Atwater Cafeteria
The purpose of the community conversation is to develop a vision responsive to the diverse needs and aspirations of all students along with the values and interests of the larger community. The outcomes of this event include:
  • Identify relevant issues and trends that may impact education.
  • Identify qualities of a positive educational experience.
  • Identify ways to expand and strengthen community partnerships.
  • Identify ways to foster communication with the larger community.
The School District asks that participants attend at least 2 of the 3 sessions in order for the process to be most effective.

2016 Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year Competition

The Shorewood Connects Neighbors project is seeking applications for the sixth annual "Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year" competition.  Applications will be reviewed by an evaluation panel, and the winning neighborhood will be featured in Shorewood Today in addition to having an opportunity to march behind a "Neighborhood of the Year" banner at the Village's annual 4th of July parade.  Permanent street signs noting the award will be placed on the winning block.
Applications will be judged according to the following criteria: inclusiveness, extent of multigenerational involvement, communication and organization, and whether the block incorporates a service element.  Applications are limited to one per neighborhood.  (a neighborhood usually encompasses one to four blocks)  and will be accepted through February 29, 2016. 
Applications are available on the Village website on the Shorewood Connects page.  They can be completed online and emailed to Sue Kelley at sue@suekelleyconsulting.com or can be printed and returned to Shorewood Connects c/o Shorewood Village Hall 3930 N. Murray Avenue.
If you have any questions, please contact Sue Kelley, Shorewood Connects Facilitator at 414.961.7262 or sue@suekelleyconsulting.com.
UWM Student Artist-in-Residence Workshop at HarborChase Senior Living
Shorewood has been selected as a site for a Student Artist-in-Residence event sponsored by the Creative Trust, with HarborChase Senior Living playing host to two students, KC Rasch and Rachel Zembrowski, for the 2015-16 school year.  

The staff of HarborChase and the Student Artist-in-Residence would like to invite all Shorewood residents to a story-based workshop, "Creating the Tree", at HarborChase (1111 E. Capitol Drive) on Saturday, January 30 from 2-4 p.m.  

Participants will share stories to create a tree-inspired art piece for a later performance event.  It promises to be a fun event and offers an opportunity to check out Shorewood's newest senior residence.

Boutique Blowout Returns to Shorewood on February 6

Returning for its eighth year on Saturday, February 6, 2016 is the bargain hunter's paradise known as "Boutique Blowout."  

Many of the Milwaukee's chicest boutiques will be here to sell clothing and accessories at deeply discounted prices.  This year's event will again be held at the Atwater Cafeteria from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

The $5 admission fee is donated to the Shorewood Recreation Department's "Round Up for Recreation" program, which provides financial support for anyone unable to afford the department's activity fees.
Attendees are advised to bring cash, as not all vendors will accept credit cards.  Entrance is at the back northwest corner of the school.  For additional information, please contact Liz LeBlanc at Liz@SHOP53211.com or 414.962.4030.

Next Shorewood Memory Cafe on January 21

2016's first Shorewood Memory Café meets Thursday, January 21 from 2:30-4 p.m. at Three Lions Pub. This month's theme is "Firsts". Curious? Memory Cafés are social gatherings for individuals living with memory issues, and their care partners. 

Please register with Wendy Betley, 414.479.8800 if you are new to the program. This program is free and is offered through the Alzheimer's Association, Shorewood Resource Center and Shorewood Connects.

Our Memory Cafes have become a time to share some happy memories and lots of laughter. You never know what the day will bring. Sometimes singers are there to lead us in song. Other days we're the ones who help tell a story line-by-line with each of us adding a new twist or turn to the tale. But it's always a time to make new friends and eat something delicious. 

Get Booked all Winter!

Last year's popular Adult Winter Reading Program is back in 2016 with the theme "Booked all Winter." Your chance to earn prizes by reading started on January 4

Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark. Read a book or audiobook, complete a short review on the bookmark, and turn it in to be entered to win one of several Shorewood prize packs. You can submit as many entries as you want! Throughout the winter, we will share your submitted reviews on our blog and in the library.

Register for Story Time at the Shorewood Public Library

Registration for lapsit and toddler story times begins on Monday, January 18. 

Ms. Heide has redesigned the Monday story time sequence to better-fit your schedule. If morning is best for you, there's an AM lapsit (6-23 month-olds) and an AM toddler session (2- to 3-year-olds). If you prefer evening activities, there's an age-inclusive story time for 6-month-olds through 3-year-olds, with early literacy activities suited to the development of young minds. 

Register online, in person or over the phone beginning Monday, January 18. Registration is open until sessions are full. Learn more about story time offerings on our website.

Bucks Reading Program is Back

Kids in grades 1 through 8 can read their way to a FREE Bucks game (how about that win over the Bulls this week?!) just by signing up at the library. Stop in between January 18 and February 19 to pick up a bookmark to track your child's reading. Turn it in once your child has read 250 pages or more to receive a voucher for a game ticket, plus reduced cost adult tickets. Overtime readers (500 pages or more) receive special recognition at the game, are entered in a Bucks prize drawing, and are entered in a prize drawing here at Shorewood, too! What a great way to reward a crucial activity. Get reading and have some fun this winter!

Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

Check your tire pressure and balance regularly

Properly inflating your tires makes a huge impact on improving fuel economy. Underinflated tires can decrease efficiency by up to 10% by creating extra drag between the tire and the road. Properly balanced tires have a similar impact.


Note: Some extreme hypermiling advocates actually overinflate their tires to create even less drag. BAD idea! Overinflated tires lead to blowouts, loss of control of your vehicle and makes for a bumpier ride.

See more transit related tips at the following website

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services have released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. According to the new guidelines "about half of all American adults have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and overweight and obesity." The new guidelines focus on promoting healthy eating patterns in order to reduce the risk of chronic disease. Eating patterns are the combination of foods and drinks that a person eats over time. By focusing on an individual eating pattern the new guidelines provide a more customized approach to healthy eating.

A healthy eating pattern includes:
  • A variety of vegetables, whole fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, oils, and a variety of protein foods
  • Consuming less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars
  • Consuming less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats
  • Consuming less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day of sodium
To learn more please visit: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/

For tips that reflect your personal preferences, values, traditions, and culture visit: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/dietary-guidelines

We continue to offer flu immunizations during our regular All Immunization Clinic times. Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414.371.2980.
The next Immunization Clinics are scheduled for the following days:
  • Tuesday, January 19 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. - Shorewood (appointment required) 
Upcoming Adult Health Clinics
  • Wednesday, January 20 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Brown Deer (appointment required)
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (No appointment required)
No upcoming blood pressure clinics

Upcoming Community Events

Architect, Professor Linda Nelson Keane - Diversifying Public Imagination Green Cities
Shorewood Woman's Club Meeting 
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Village Center

Atwater Winter Sing Performances
Wednesday and Thursday, January 20 and 21, 2016
Atwater Cafetorium, 6:15-8:30 p.m.

Shorewood Memory Cafe
Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 2:30-4 p.m.
Three Lions Pub

UWM Student Artist-in-Residence Workshop
Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
HarborChase Senior Living Facility

Shorewood High School Winter Musical "American Idiot"
Thursday through Saturday, February 4-6, 2016
Shorewood High School Auditorium

Boutique Blowout
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Atwater School in the Cafeteria

Save the Date for the "Shorewood Schools Summit: Building Our Children's Future!"
Thursday, February 25 from 5-9 p.m.
Friday, February 26 from 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, February 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Atwater School in the Cafeteria
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