- Vince Lombardi
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.

February 1 Village Board Highlights

The Village Board met on Monday, February 1 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 February 1, 2016
  2. Approved Beekeeping Ordinance
  3. Approved Reserve "Class B" Retail Intoxicating Liquor and Malt Beverage license - Village Pub of Shorewood, LLC d/b/a 4488, 4488 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood WI, Rebecca Goldberger, Agent
  4. Approved "Class A" Retail Intoxicating Liquor License - Walgreen Co., d/b/a Walgreens #15188, 4035 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood WI, Tania Wright, Agent
  5. Updated on the Wilson Drive Community Task Force
  6. Discussed properties to explore for Police Department Building (closed session)

February 17 Joint Meeting with Village Board 
and Community Development Authority

Each year the Community Development Authority and the Village Board schedules a joint meeting to review the annual Tax Incremental Finance Report. This year's annual report is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17 at 6 p.m. in the lower level conference room of the Village Center. The purpose of this annual report is to:
  • Report on the financial condition and status of each Tax Incremental District ("TID").
  • Review the accomplishments, long-term strategies, and prospective short-term activities of the Shorewood Economic Development Authority in pursuit of the Village's economic development goals.
  • Assess the financial capacity of each TID to accommodate and support prospective activities.
  • Present prospective multi-year expense approximations expected to be incurred by each of the Districts.
  • Provide the basis for the Shorewood 2017 annual revenue and expense budget for TID and CDA activities.
Please feel free to click the link to review the TID Annual Report.

Lead Awareness and Drinking Water Safety

Lead is not found in Shorewood's source water, Lake Michigan, nor is lead in our treated drinking water. 

Shorewood purchases its water from the Milwaukee Water Works which has since 1996 safely treated our water with a compound that forms a protective coating inside pipes to control lead dissolving into the water. 

Our water meets all federal guidelines for safety. However, lead can enter the water as a result of the wearing away of materials containing lead in service lines or internal plumbing. 

Properties built before 1951 were likely built with lead service lines and lead household plumbing.  For additional resources on this issue, please visit www.milwaukee.gov/water or click here to download a PDF version. 

Boutique Blowout Returns to Shorewood on February 6

Returning for its eighth year on Saturday, February 6 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.
Milwaukee County Parks Initiating Coyote Monitoring Program
Starting next week, Milwaukee County Parks in collaboration with the Wisconsin DNR and the UW-Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology's Urban Canid Project will be setting cable restraints on county land in Wauwatosa and West Allis along Underwood Creek to live trap and ear tag coyotes for monitoring purposes. Coyotes will be released after being marked.The combination of a relaxing lock, minimum and maximum loop size, lack of entanglement and breakaway make cable restraint devices optimum for trapping in urban areas. 

Additionally, the use of cable restraints greatly reduces incidental take of other species and assures a safe, live restraint. Traps will be checked 1-2 times per day and will not be open during inclement weather. Trapping will run through March.

If you have any questions, please contact Milwaukee County Wildlife Biologist Dianne Robinson at Dianne.robinson@wisconsin.gov or 262.424.9827.

Citizen Police Academy begins February 25

In order to provide the citizens of Shorewood an opportunity to learn more about their police department, the Shorewood Police Department is once again hosting a Citizens' Academy. This year's Academy begins on Thursday, February 25.
    
This popular program offers a unique, inside look at the day-to-day operations of the Shorewood Police Department. The purpose of the academy is to increase understanding between the participants and the department through education and interaction with officers. This makes people feel more comfortable and familiar with the police.
 
Some of the topics covered in the academy include: Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) laws, Traffic enforcement, Criminal law and the criminal justice system, Defensive tactics, Firearms, Domestic violence, Drugs and Crime prevention.
Participants also ride along with patrol officers from the Shorewood Police Department.
 
Those interested can apply online at www.villageofshorewood.org/police or complete a paper application available at the Shorewood Police Department. 

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.

Estabrook Park is Turning 100 Years Old

Milwaukee County purchased the land we know as Estabrook Park from the Milwaukee Cement Company in 1916. The park became a popular spot for hiking and community picnics. 

According to an article in the Shorewood Radio (Shorewood's first newspaper): "In the summer of 1924, the annual Village picnic was held at the south end of Estabrook Park. Residents gathered at grade schools and marched to the park carrying their lunch baskets. There was a band, and games and prizes were awarded for races (married women, married men, fat ladies, potato and peanut races), ball games, a women's nail driving contest and horseshoes."

The park was named in honor of Charles Estabrook, a Milwaukee representative to the state assembly who guided legislation to create the county park commission through both houses of the state legislature.

Friends of Estabrook Park are planning a Centennial Celebration in the park on June 12. Contact Jennifer Vulpas, jcvulpas@sbcglobal.net for more information.

The Shorewood Historical Society will be collecting and publishing stories about the park throughout the coming year. Please contact us if you have a story to share at shorewoodhistory@yahoo.com or call 414.847.2726.

Tax Preparation Tools at the Village Center

As you begin to prepare your 2015 taxes, remember that Shorewood has two great, free, resources available with tools to help you. The Shorewood Public Library offers paper tax forms, both state and federal, and also has a public access computer from which you can print any forms and instructions you may need. 

The Senior Resource Center engages AARP volunteers to offer free tax preparation assistance each year. This service is free, and offered on a first come first served basis. Tax assistance from AARP volunteers begins next Thursday, February 4, and continues every Thursday through the end of March, from 1-5 p.m. Learn about these and other tax tools & resources on the Library's website.
Postponing of the Student Artist-in-Residence Workshop at HarborChase Senior Living
The workshop is now re-scheduled for Saturday, February 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the HarborChase Senior Living Facility (1111 E. Capitol Drive).  

All Shorewood residents are invited and encouraged to attend this intergenerational event.
 
Shorewood was 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.  
 

Children's Author Gordon Korman at Shorewood Public Library
Join us for a visit from children's author Gordon Korman on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. 

Korman, well-known among kids who love the 39 clues series, will talk about his newest series, Masterminds. 

There will be a prize drawing for a copy of the newest book. Books will also be available for sale. Refreshments will be served. 

This program is co-sponsored with Boswell Book Company.

 

Coloring for Adults at the Shorewood Library

Relax, restore and be creative at Color me Happy - a coloring program just for grown-ups at the library on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. Unleash your inner playful artist as you experiment with meditative coloring and art forms such as Zentangle. All adults are welcome, and we'll even provide some snacks. 


Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

Plant early spring vegetables when soil is workable. 

The groundhog told us this year that Spring is on its way; so we thought we'd celebrate with some early spring gardening tips.

Soil is ready for gardening once it is free of ice crystals and crumbles easily. Soil that is too wet is easily compacted, reducing beneficial soil aeration. Common early spring crops are peas, spinach, lettuces and leeks. For a prolonged harvest, plant several varieties, each with a different maturation date. Follow these crops with broccoli, cabbage, radishes, kale, turnips, new potatoes and onions. Mulch early bulbs if you live in areas where freezing temperatures hang on.

For more early spring gardening tips, feel free to click here.

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
Lead is a naturally-occurring toxic metal.  Lead poisoning has been linked to delays in both mental and physical development.  Children under the age of six are particularly vulnerable to elevated lead levels. The amount of lead in manufactured materials has been reduced in recent years due to health concerns, though it can still be found in a wide variety of products in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics. Although lead rarely occurs naturally in water, if internal pipes contain lead, it can leach into water if the water is not treated correctly.  

The North Shore communities regularly test tap water for lead and the results are consistently below the EPA's action level of 15 ppb (parts per billion). The treatment plants that supply water to North Shore communities add corrosion control treatment to the drinking water. The treatment is designed to coat the interior of the pipes to help prevent the leaching of lead into the drinking water.
 
There are several simple ways to decrease the lead in residential water:
  • Flush your plumbing by running cold water for three minutes
  • Only use cold water for cooking
  • Purchase a home filtration system
  • Contact a certified plumber who can:
    • Tell you if your home has a lead service line;
    • Check for lead solders in your home's internal pipes; and
    • Look for fixtures containing lead. 
If you have concerns about lead in your drinking water and want to test your water, contact the State Lab of Hygiene for a specific test kit. Residents can order the sample kit by calling 1.800.442.4618.  The test kids available through the North Shore Health Department are to be used for well water only.  
 
To learn more about the drinking water in your community, you can visit the following website.
 
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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, February 9 from 10-11 a.m. - Brown Deer (appointment required)
Upcoming Adult Health Clinics
  • No upcoming adult health clinics
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (No appointment required)
  • No upcoming blood pressure clinics
Upcoming Community Events

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

Children's Author Gordon Korman at Shorewood Library
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

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

Student Art-in-Residence Workshop
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 3 p.m.
HarborChase Senior Living

Shorewood School District Art Show
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. (Opening)
Shorewood Public Library

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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