"You have to grow from the inside out.  None can teach you, none can make you spiritual.  There is no other teacher but your own soul."

- Swami Vivekananda
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.
Village Receives Bond Rating from Moody's
The Village of Shorewood received an updated bond rating from Moody's this week.  Moody's Investors Service has assigned an Aa2 rating to the Village for its G.O. bonds and a A1 rating for its sewer revenue bonds.  

According to Moody's, the Aa2 rating reflects the Village's "affluent tax base with close economic ties with larger Milwaukee metro region" and a "sound financial profile characterized by prudent management and healthy reserve levels."

The Village's strong credit rating allowed the Village to issue $9,920,000 of General Obligation bonds at a true interest cost of 2.39% which will be used for several public works infrastructure projects and Village facility improvements.  You can access the G.O. bond rating report here.
In addition, the Village was also able to issue $2,285,000 of sewer revenue bonds at a true interest cost of 2.64% to help improve the Village's aging sewer system.  You can access the sewer bond rating report here.

Residents who have additional questions about the Village's bond rating can contact the Finance Director Mark Emanuelson at 414.847.2607.
City of Milwaukee Paving Program Creates Upcoming Road Closures on Oakland Avenue
The City of Milwaukee will be executing its High Impact Paving Program on Oakland Avenue (from Park Place through Edgewood Avenue).  This will create road closures on Oakland Avenue starting the morning of Friday, July 22.  

If heading south on Oakland Avenue, traffic will be detoured starting on Menlo Blvd. and directed to head east towards Maryland Ave. Then south on Maryland Ave. crossing Edgewood Ave. and into the Milwaukee city limits.

If heading north on Oakland Avenue in Milwaukee city limits, traffic will be detoured north on Maryland Ave. crossing Edgewood. Traffic will then be routed to head west on Menlo Blvd. to get back to Oakland Ave.

The detour is set to be in place from the morning of Friday, July 22 through Saturday, July 23. DPW posted "No Parking" along the entire route of Menlo Blvd. today, 24 hours in advance of the planned closures. If you have questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at 414.847.2650.

Upcoming August Partisan Primary Election

The Partisan Primary Election will be held on August 9, 2016.  At a Partisan Primary, each voter may only vote for candidates in one political party.  When voters mark the ballot, they will need to choose one political party and vote for individual candidates within that party.  Sample ballots are available on the Village's websiteThe polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.  To find your polling place, please visit My Vote Wisconsin.
Photo ID
Photo ID is required at the polling place for all Elections.  For more information, please visit Bring it to the Ballot.
Absentee Voting
In-person absentee voting at Village Hall will be held Monday, July 25 through Friday, August 5 during normal office hours.  

Plan Commission Meeting on July 26 will Review Proposed Bank Redevelopment

The Shorewood Plan Commission will review a proposed small redevelopment at their July 26 meeting. North Shore Bank is proposing to build a two-story bank at 4060 N. Oakland Avenue. Currently North Shore Bank has two locations in Shorewood, at 4400 Oakland and 3970 Oakland. They wish to consolidate both locations in a location somewhere between the existing two. 
The Plan Commission will review the site plan and consider a conditional use application for the drive-through component of the proposal. They also are seeking an exception to the commercial parking requirements. All other zoning requirements are met and the bank is not seeking village incentives. You can access the agenda materials by clicking the following link.

Two More Performances Remain for the Shorewood Summer Concert Series

The Shorewood Summer Concert Series started Wednesday, July 13 at Hubbard Park. The musical entertainment is being offered for two more Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic or purchase food and beverage from Hubbard Park Lodge.  The concerts will occur rain or shine.  If it does rain, the concerts will be moved to the Hubbard Park Lodge.

The following is the remaining lineup for this year's Summer Concert Series:
  • July 27 - Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra
  • August 3 - Whiskeybelles
Sponsors for the Summer Concert Series include the Shorewood Men's Club, HarborChase, Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp, Mary Wright and Shorewest, and Diana Kostal and State Farm. If you have questions about the Summer Concert Series, please contact Village Hall at 414.847.2700.

Wilson Drive Community Task Force Moves Forward with their Planning Efforts

The Wilson Drive Community Task Force and the work groups continue to meet on a frequent basis to gather community input and identify potential options for the future of Wilson Drive.  The task force met July 13 to reflect on the June 15 open house and discuss next steps.  To receive updates from the task force, feel free to visit their project page here

In addition, the Village Board met on July 11 to discuss Wilson Drive.  Trustee Paul Zovic presented a PowerPoint presentation on the task force's process and some of the findings thus far from the task force and community input.  If you'd like to access the presentation, feel free to click here.  If you have any further questions or comments about the Wilson Drive Community Task Force, please email WilsonDriveProject@villageofshorewood.org.
Shorewood Farmers Market has Several Vendors for Residents and Visitors to Visit
Over the next couple weeks we'll be sharing a link to vendors' websites and some of the products they bring to the Shorewood Farmers Market. Please check out their links but more importantly, stop by and check them and their products out in person!
As a reminder, the Shorewood Farmers Market is every Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
located at Lake Bluff Playground on 1600 E Lake Bluff Blvd.
  • 5 lilies - Local artisanal jams like Blueberry Lavender Peach, Blushing Berry and Pear Citrus Ginger
  • Alice's Garden  - Fresh herbs and herbal skincare products. 
  • Angelic Bakehouse - Sprouted grain bread, dinner rolls, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, wraps, baguettes, and flatzza (pizza crust)
  • Big City Greens - a variety of micro greens, herbs, & locally foraged products
  • Blooming Lotus Bakery - Grain-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free, egg-free Biscotti, No Rye Chips, Apricot Fig Scones, Hippie Scones, Apple Cinnamon Scones, Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Cashew Butter Cookies, Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Shorewood Men's Club Celebrating 60th Anniversary at Hubbard Park

The Shorewood Men's Club is turning 60! To celebrate, we are inviting the community to join us at the Hubbard Park Beer Garden for a party on Saturday, July 23 from 12 to 3 p.m. 

We will have live music and free beer/root beer (while supplies last). Bring the family (and your favorite stein) and help us celebrate summer in Shorewood. 

Don't be surprised if an impromptu Sheepshead tournament pops up.
The music scheduled for the celebration includes:
  • Four-In-Accord Barbershop Quartet from 12 until 1 p.m.
              • Kyle Feerick Band from 1 until 3 p.m.

Shorewood Garden Tour Tickets On Sale

On Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Shorewood Garden Tour will be taking place. The event is presented by the Green Team.

The garden locations for the Garden Tour are:
  • 4322 N. Wildwood Avenue
  • 4399 N. Alpine Avenue
  • 4022 N. Larkin Street
  • 3942 N. Oakland Avenue
  • 1822 E. Edgewood Avenue
  • 2413 E. Shorewood Boulevard
  • 4138 N. Downer Avenue
During the Garden Tour, participants will be able to meet Milwaukee's own "Plant Doctor" Melinda Myers. Myers has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books.  Feel free to visit Myers's website to learn more about her and her gardening tips.

Melinda Myers will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3942 N. Oakland Ave. to answer your gardening questions and to sign books.  Tickets will be sold for $10 at either SHOP (4524 N. Oakland Ave.) or at Village Hall.  All proceeds from the event go toward the beautification of the Village of Shorewood.  For more information, visit the Shorewood Garden Tour Facebook page.
Health Tips to Help You Deal with the Heat
Heat waves are common across the country during the summer.  They are dangerous because the human body can't cool itself properly when exposed to an extreme combination of heat and humidity.  

The National Weather Service reports that in 2015, 45 people in the United States died as a result of extreme heat.  The most dangerous place to be was in a home with little or no air conditioning.

It is important to be aware of heat-related illness such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion which can cause symptoms such as headaches, nausea, strong or rapid pulse, muscle cramps, dizziness and even death if not addressed immediately.  Protect yourself from heat-related stress and follow these tips:
  • Keep your living space cool or seek shelter at a cooling center.  If you have an air conditioner, use it!  If you don't have an air conditioner, and the temperature is above 95 degrees, go to a community cooling center because using a fan will not prevent heat-related illnesses at this temperature.  Visit this website to get a list of cooling centers available in Milwaukee County.
  • Never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car - even briefly.  On a hot day, a car can reach dangerous temperature levels causing anyone inside to suffer brain damage, and even death from heat stroke in a matter of minutes.  Make it a habit to always check the back seat when leaving your vehicle.  If you see a parked car with a child or pet left alone, call 911 and stay with the car.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat lightly.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting light-colored clothing.
  • Don't stop taking medication unless your doctor says you should.
  • Take a cool shower or bath to cool down.
Lake Bluff Elementary Students Present to Village Board on Urban Coyotes
At one of the June Village Board meetings, the Village Board received a fabulous presentation from a group of 6th grade students from Lake Bluff Elementary School.  

Their teacher, Nate Schultz, asked his students to complete a research project and present the findings to a body that would be interested or impacted by the findings.  One of the groups in the class selected to give their presentation on Urban Coyotes to the Village Board.

For the presentation, the students passed out a brochure highlighting their research. The brochure will be on the Village website and can be found using the following link. The Village Board thanks Henry Claussen, Kendall Cole, Izzy Colvin, Juliet Peterka and Jacob Silverberg for sharing their research with the community.

Shorewood Library Facilities Plan Survey Available Now through September 1

Tell us what you think about the Library Building! As many of you know, our 'new' building is thirteen years old and it's time to think about how the space is serving our needs.  We want to hear what you think about our library space, furniture, lighting and more.  Our goal is to create a Master Facilities Plan in the next year that will prioritize facility improvements.  We've created a survey that will take about 5 minutes to complete.  Thank you for taking the time to share your opinions by September 1, 2016. You can access the survey from the Library's website here.

Weekly Highlight from Shorewood Schools Superintendent Bryan Davis
This week, I'd like to highlight Shorewood Intermediate School Physical Education teacher, Jan Zehren, who received the "Outstanding Middle School Teacher of the Year" award by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and was recognized on Tuesday, July 12th for her tireless effort and dedicated service to Shorewood Intermediate School. 
Principal Mike Joynt nominated Zehren for this outstanding teacher award because of her leadership in promoting civic responsibility, flag etiquette, patriotism and community service with her students.
Zehren is the faculty advisor of Student Council and volunteer coordinator for three annual Veterans Day Assemblies for the District; she also spearheads community service projects that benefit our veterans and serves on the community's Memorial Day Celebration planning committee.
This is the second consecutive year that Jan has been recognized by the VFW as an outstanding middle school teacher.
To view a photo from this recognition ceremony, visit the following link.

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that each year nearly 300 children younger than five drown in swimming pools and spas and an additional 4,000 children that age go to hospital emergency rooms due to submersion injuries in pools and spas. It's not just full sized pools, either. 

From 2005 to 2008, submersion fatalities associated with portable pools averaged 35 deaths each year for children 4 and under. Midsummer is a great time to remind parents and caregivers that cooling off in a swimming pool or spa also means taking vital steps to ensure children are staying safer in and around the water. 

This year, the Pool Safely campaign is hosting its third annual Pool Safety Pledge Week from July 18-24, a week dedicated to reminding all adults and children to take the Pool Safety Pledge and adopt simple safety steps to save lives in and around pools and spas every day. 

You can Pool Safely by adopting extra safety steps:
  • Make sure kids learn to swim
  • Properly fence all pools 
  • Always watch kids in and around the water 
  • Stay away from drains 
  • Know life-saving skills
To sign your own Pool Safety Pledge, visit http://www.poolsafely.gov/pledge/

Learn more about the North Shore Health Department and visit us at www.nshealthdept.org, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/NSHealthDept and follow us on Twitter @NSHealthDept

Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414.371.2980.
  • Tuesday, August 9 from 10 - 11 a.m. - Brown Deer
  • Thursday, August 11 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. - Shorewood
  • Tuesday, August 16 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. - Shorewood
  • Wednesday, August 17 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Brown Deer
  • Tuesday, August 30 from 4 - 5 p.m. - North Shore Library
Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required) - Please call North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414.371.2980.
  • Tuesday, July 26 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Shorewood
  • Wednesday, August 17 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Brown Deer
  • Tuesday, August 23 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Shorewood
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome - no appointment necessary)
  • Wednesday, July 27 from 3;30 - 5 p.m. - Shorewood
  • Wednesday, August 24 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Shorewood
  • Tuesday, August 30 from 3:30 - 4 p.m. - North Shore Library
Upcoming Community Events

Shorewood Public Library 18th Annual Summer Celebration
Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Front lawn of the Village Center

Shorewood Men's Club 60th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 12 - 3 p.m.
Hubbard Park Beer Garden

Shorewood Summer Concert Series - Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Hubbard Park

Movie Under the Stars Series: Minions
Friday, July 29, 2016 at 8 p.m. (after dusk)
Lake Bluff Elementary School playground

Shorewood Garden Tour
Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Village of Shorewood

Shorewood Summer Concert Series - Whiskeybelles
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Hubbard Park
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