- Dr. Steve Maraboli
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 25 Special Village Board Agenda

The Village Board will be having a special meeting on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room. The Village Board will be reviewing and discussing the RFP for the Village's garbage and recycling program.  Residents that would like more information about the meeting can access the meeting announcement and meeting materials on the Village website.

January 19 Village Board Highlights

The Village Board met on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room. These are the agenda items that the Board discussed or took action on during the meeting:
  1. Approved Presentation of Accounts January 19, 2015
  2. Swore in Police Officer Theron Rogers
  3. Delayed action on Water Metering Infrastructure System Request for Proposals
  4. Approved Authorization to Fill Vacant Public Works Position
  5. Approved 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.

Shorewood Vision 2025 Plan Now Available

The Village of Shorewood completed the Vision 2025 Plan and is available for public viewing.  The Village developed the plan by having residents and community leaders provide input on many characteristics related to the Village of Shorewood.

The purpose of the Vision 2025 Plan is to outline actionable items and programs identified during the strategic planning process.  The plan communicates the implementation process of several proposed initiatives through an 18-month implementation plan for staff which will be continually updated. The Vision 2025 Plan builds off of the 2015 plan completed ten years ago.

For those that would like to review and learn more about the plan, feel free to visit the Village website.  The Village will also have a hard copy at the Library and Village Hall Customer Service for anyone to review. The Village thanks everyone involved in the process for their feedback and ideas.

Plensa Sculpture Returned to Atwater Park

On January 4, the Village Board took action on the Plensa sculpture and voted unanimously to accept the artist's request to alter the sculpture. Since then, the sculpture has returned to Atwater Park for residents and visitors to enjoy.

The Community and Business Relations Committee will continue to work on organizing an event for residents and the community to reflect on the sculpture and talk about public art's role in the community.

The Public Art Committee and the Village encourage residents to visit and reflect on the Plensa sculpture at 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):
    • Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to Noon
    •    3970 N Oakland Avenue
    •    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.

Wilson Drive Community Task Force Making Progress on Planning Efforts for Work Groups

A third Wilson Drive Steering Committee meeting took place on Wednesday January 20, 2016. To help the task force focus on the process, the committee divided into two subcommittees. One for creating a communication plan and another for forming the four work groups. 
The Village continues to encourage residents to participate in the process. Non-committee residents in attendance at the last meeting were able to participate in either subcommittee discussions. 
Go to www.villageofshorewood.org/wilsondrive for more information or meeting materials. Residents are encouraged to call Planning Director Ericka Lang at 414.847.2647 or email at elang@villageofshorewood.org with any questions.

Atwater Park Playground Featured in Catalog

The 2016 catalog for Northland Recreation's products features the Atwater Park playground that was installed in the summer of 2015.  Down below illustrates the pages dedicated to the Atwater Park playground and some of the specifications related to the structure.  The Village is proud to have excellent playground structures for children, families and visitors to enjoy.

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 the Shorewood Today magazine 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 multi-generational 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.

Safe Winter Driving Tips from the Shorewood Police Department

Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights - even the hood and roof - before driving.
Go slow!  Don't try to out-drive the conditions. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.  With snow and ice on the road drivers need to reduce their speeds in order to safely stop. 
Leave plenty of room for stopping.  It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
Black Ice.  Transparent ice may form on the roadway. If you notice ice forming on any objects, assume that it is forming on the road surface as well. Bridges are usually the first surfaces to freeze. Drive slowly and, if possible, avoid driving on iced-over surfaces. 
Don't get overconfident in your 4x4 vehicle. Remember that your four-wheel drive vehicle may help you get going quicker than other vehicles but it won't help you stop any faster. Many 4x4 vehicles are heavier than passenger vehicles and actually may take longer to stop. Don't get overconfident in your 4x4 vehicle's traction. Your 4x4 can lose traction as quickly as a two-wheel drive vehicle.
Look farther ahead in traffic than you normally do. Actions by cars and trucks will alert you quicker to problems and give you a split-second extra time to react safely.
Buckle Up. Ensuring everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained is the single most effective thing that motorists can do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe on the roads.
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.

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 began 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 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        

Ways to Save Heating Energy at Home from Duke Energy Progress
  • Cover all bare floors. Carpeting or rugs add to comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.
  • Raise the temperature slowly to keep your bill lower. Quickly raising your heat pump's temperature activates the heat strip, which uses tons of energy.
  • Lower your thermostat temperature to the lowest temperature that is comfortable to your family. You may save as much as 3 percent on your energy bill for each degree you lower your thermostat. Reduce your thermostat setting at night and/or when you are away.
  • Close the flue in your fireplace and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
  • Limit your use of portable heaters. They're great for "spot" heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive.
  • Keep your thermostat close to the outside temperature - it's cheaper to keep your home at 70F when it's 50F outside than when it's 30F.
  • Don't block air vents with drapes and furniture.
  • Get an energy-efficient heat pump and you could cut your heating costs in half. Duke Energy Progress offers rebates up to $300 to help you upgrade.
  • Change the filters in your heating system every month for optimum efficiency.
  • Give your air compressor space to work efficiently. Never stack anything against your HVAC or drape anything over it.
  • Set your thermostat to 60 degrees if going on vacation during the winter months, but don't turn it off.
  • Heat your home with the sun's help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
  • Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house.

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.  Not all birth defects are preventable but there are steps that women can take to increase their chances of having a healthy baby. 

The CDC recommends making a PACT to get healthy before and after pregnancy. A PACT includes the following steps:
  • Planning ahead and getting your daily dose of folic acid
  • Avoiding harmful substances
  • Choosing a healthy lifestyle
  • Talking to your healthcare provider about any medications and vaccinations
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 26 from 4 -5 p.m. - North Shore Library (appointment required)
Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required)
  • Tuesday, January 26 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Shorewood
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (No appointment required)
  • Tuesday, January 26 from 3:30 - 4 p.m. - North Shore Library
  • Wednesday, January 27 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Shorewood 
Upcoming Community Events

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 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Atwater School in the Cafeteria

Band O Rama Concert (Shorewood Bands Grades 4-12)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School Arena

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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