"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny."

- C.S. Lewis
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.

Special Village Board Meeting Scheduled for August 8 about Waste Hauling Contract

The Village Board will be having a special meeting on Monday, August 8 at 6 p.m. to discuss the proposals for the waste hauling contract.  The meeting will take place at Village Hall in the Court Room.

Residents who would like to review the agenda prior to the meeting can visit the Village's Agenda Center on the Village website.

The Conservation Committee created a short survey for residents to provide input on organics collection and other components being considered.  The survey is live and will be open for residents to submit feedback for the next month. Click here to take the survey.

If you have questions about the upcoming special meeting, please contact Village Manager Chris Swartz at 414.847.2701.

A Special Thank You to Everyone for a Successful Shorewood Garden Tour

The Village of Shorewood would like to thank all those involved with last week's Shorewood Garden Tour.  It was a huge success as it beautifully displayed some of the most fabulous landscapes and gardens in the Shorewood community.

A special thank you to the Green Team for sponsoring this event and their continued efforts to maintain the Village's landscapes and properties.

The Village also thanks Laura Drexler for coordinating this event and taking dozens of hours of her time to make sure the Garden Tour would be a success.  In addition, the Village appreciates all the homeowners for their willingness to have their landscapes and gardens be a part of the tour.

Lastly, thank you to the following co-sponsors for supporting this event:  Colectivo Coffee, Feerick Funeral Home, Edward Jones, Sendik's on Oakland, MOD GEN, Luxe Salon & Spa, Shorewood Animal Hospital, and Swanky Seconds.

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.  

Shorewood National Night Out on August 18

The Shorewood National Night Out is scheduled for Thursday, August 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Village Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave.  National Night Out is an event that was started in 1984 as a way for communities to show solidarity against neighborhood crime.  

Thousands of communities across the country take part in this anti-crime and drug prevention event that promotes police-community partnerships and provides an opportunity for public safety agencies to interact with the public.  

If you have questions about the event, please feel free to contact the Shorewood Police Department at 414.847.2610.
Shorewood Farmers Market is in Full Swing!
This Sunday will be a great day at the Shorewood Farmers Market!
Shorewood locals Elizabeth and Nick Hayes will be playing lovely music! Come grab a cup of coffee from the Market booth to support the return of the market next year - thanks to Colectivo for partnering with us! Stroll through the stalls, meet the vendors and connect with your neighbors while getting incredibly fresh food and tasty treats made locally.
This week's highlighted vendors are:
  • Fresh Grow WI.  Vue Vang grows the produce for Fresh Grow Wisconsin without pesticides in Mequon. Farming has been in their family for centuries, passed down from generation to generation. Vang's daughter and her husband sell the produce at the market.
  • Lopez Bakery. A southside institution that also sells tamales, Mexican pastry, chips, salsa and guacamole at some farmers markets.
  • Martha's Pimento Cheese. Martha, a familiar face for many Shorewoodeans, produces artisan pimento cheese in 3 flavors: mild, jalapeño, and Chile de Árbol. Shorewood is the ONLY market she participates in!
  • Mavra's Greek Oil. Mavra's family have been olive farmers for generations! Their Greek family farm is where the first cold-press extra virgin Koroneiki olive oil and Kalamon olives come from. She partners with another Greek farm to bring us organic, aged balsamic vinegar.
  • Miss Cupcake. A Shorewood storefront that joins us with a different tasty variety of baked goods and sweets weekly.
We hope to see you on Sunday! Shorewood Farmers Market is every Sunday, rain or shine, from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the playground of Lake Bluff Elementary School. 

Deadline for Solar Shorewood Group Buy Program is Approaching

One month remains in the Milwaukee Shines and Solar Shorewood programs. That's right, you have until Wednesday, August 31 to get your free site assessment and decide if solar is right for you.

If you still haven't signed up for a free site assessment, just head over to the Arch Electric website to schedule yours today.  The site assessment and proposal that comes with it does not obligate you to participate in any way.  If you need help, feel free to email PeterM@midwestrenew.org or Mike@archelec.com.

Currently the program has surpassed its first benchmark of 50 kW! Right now they have 67 kW contracted by 23 home and business owners in the Milwaukee area.  Remember, at each benchmark (50, 100, 200 kW) everyone gets an additional price break.

There is one more solar power hour scheduled at the Milwaukee Public Library, Central Branch downtown on Saturday, August 6 at 11 a.m. This power hour is a 1-hour presentation where you can learn how solar works, learn how to finance your solar installation and ask questions. This solar power hour will follow a tour of the Library's green roof and solar installation at 10 a.m. No RSVP is required.  Feel free to visit solarshorewood.com to learn more.

Residential Burglary Prevention Tips from the Shorewood Police Department

In light of recent events, we would like to remind everyone of steps you can take to reduce your chances of becoming a burglary victim.
  • Keep your homes well lit and keep up the appearance that someone is home. Keeping lights on outside of your home will make burglars less likely to approach your home because they do not want to be seen.  Also keeping lights, televisions, and radios on when you're not home will give the appearance that someone is there.  Putting lights or televisions/radios on timers is also a good idea especially if you set them so that they turn on and off in different rooms at times that do not coincide with each other.  This will the give the appearance of people moving throughout your home to anyone watching from the outside. 
  • Don't "advertise" valuables that may be inside your home.  With your shades or curtains open, take a walk around the outside of your home and see what items are visible from the outside.  You may want to move anything of high value that is visible to anyone looking into your home from the exterior.  Additionally, do not leave boxes from high end products out by the trash.  These boxes will alert thieves of what may be inside the home. 
  • Secure your doors and windows; set and activate your alarm. The FBI reports that 33% of all burglaries occur without forcible entry to the residence.  This means that the burglar was able to gain entry to the home by using an unlocked door, unlocked window, or by using a key.  Make sure your doors and windows are locked and fully secure when you leave or when you go to sleep for the evening.  Also make sure all garage doors are closed and locked especially if the garage is attached to the home. Lastly, don't hide spare keys outside your home.  Burglars will look for them and will use them to make entry if found. Set and activate your alarm system before you leave. Also make sure your alarm company has current contact information for you in case of an alarm activation.     
  • Prepare before leaving on vacation. Before you leave on vacation, stop the mail and newspapers.  Tell your neighbors you are leaving and ask them to report any suspicious activity.  Submit a vacation home lookout request with the police department either online through the Village website or by going to the Police Station. 
  • Stay vigilant. Be aware of your surroundings.  If you see things that seem out of place or suspicious trust your instincts and notify the police.      

Join your Shorewood Neighbors in Walking to end Alzheimer's Disease!

The Shorewood Connects Dementia Awareness Work Group and HarborChase of Shorewood invite you to join us in the annual Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease. Please join their team by clicking on the following link to sign up.  The team name is Chase a Cure (HarborChase of Shorewood).  The walk is Sunday, September 18.  Registration is at 8:30 a.m., the ceremony starts at 9:40 a.m., and the walk then begins at 10 a.m.  The walk will be taking place at Henry Maier Festival Park.  If you have questions, contact Sue Kelley via email at sue@suekelleyconsulting.com.

Celebrate and Attend the Shorewood Foundation's Annual Event on September 24

Come celebrate Shorewood and usher in Fall at the Shorewood Foundation's Annual Event.  

Mix and mingle with your neighbors and friends over heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and a limited but fantastic silent auction.  The silent auction includes a chance to win VIP seating for 12 individuals at the opening of the Ghost Train on October 31.

The Shorewood Foundation's Annual Event will be Saturday, September 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.  The event will take place at HarborChase of Shorewood (1111 E. Capitol Drive).  

You can purchase your tickets to the event by clicking the following link.

Information on Property Zoning Setbacks

Thinking of building a shed or installing a patio? Before beginning your plans, verify your property's setback requirements and property boundaries. Zoning setbacks are established within Shorewood's zoning codes and requires buildings, structures or other improvements set back a certain distance from the property line. 

All properties have setback requirements which vary by each zoning district. Setbacks are further identified for property front, side and rear boundaries. For most residential districts, the rear and interior side yard zoning setback is three feet and 25 feet for the front yard. Also verify where your property begins.  It is often thought that private property boundaries begin immediately adjacent to the interior sidewalk edge. However, for most Shorewood properties the public right-of-way typically begins several feet beyond the interior sidewalk edge.  

Permanent structures may not be placed within public right-of-ways unless a Special Privilege Permit has been approved by the Village Board. Check with the Planning & Development Department before erecting any structures to find out where your setback begins and what permits may be required.  Click here if you'd like to review a zoning summary table.
Weekly Highlight from Shorewood Schools Superintendent Bryan Davis
The Shorewood School District kicks off the 2016-2017 school year with registration for all students during Forms and Fees Days on Thursday, August 11 from 12 - 7 p.m. and on Friday, August 12 from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Arena at Shorewood High School.  

All Shorewood students will need to register on one of those two days.  Parents and students will be filling out required paperwork and paying school fees at this event. 

If families miss the registration days, they will need to register their students at the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Office located at the Shorewood High School Administration Building prior to the September 1 start date.  Student class assignments will be handed out after all the forms have been completed. 
Please contact Jeff Cyganiak, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, at 414.961.2884 with any questions about student registration.

Celebrate the Olympics at the Shorewood Public Library

On Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m., local author Jessie Garcia joins us to talk about her new book, Going for Wisconsin Gold: Stories of Our State Olympians

This event is co-sponsored by Boswell Book Company and is appropriate for all ages interested in athletics on a local and global scale!

For more information, please visit the Shorewood Public Library website by clicking here.

Shorewood Library Facilities Plan Survey Available Now through September 30

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 30, 2016. You can access the survey from the Library's website here.

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
The first week of August (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW).  It begins National Breastfeeding Month, which concludes with Black Breastfeeding week (August 25-31).  WBW has been observed since 1992 and is now celebrated in over 170 countries.  This year's theme, Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development, celebrates links between breastfeeding and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, which are a blueprint for global commitment and action towards equitable development. 
The North Shore Health Department launched its Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Recognition Program, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week.  If you are a North Shore business, or work for one, please consider contacting us about becoming recognized as a breastfeeding friendly workplace.  We will work with businesses to evaluate current facilities and policies and assist with making additions to achieve a gold, silver or bronze level commendation.  Read more about the program on our website at:  http://www.nshealthdept.org/Breastfeeding.aspx
You are invited to join other breastfeeding supporters in Milwaukee County on Saturday, August 7 at this year's Community Breastfeeding Walk from Alice's Garden to Fondy Food Center (specifics here:  http://tinyurl.com/MCBCwalk).

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.
  • 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, August 24 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Shorewood
  • Tuesday, August 30 from 3:30 - 4 p.m. - North Shore Library
Upcoming Community Events

Author Jessie Garcia and Going for Wisconsin Gold: Stories of Our State Olympians
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

Shorewood National Night Out
Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
Shorewood Village Center & 3900 Block of N. Murray Avenue

Surf @Water (sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation)
Saturday, August 20, 2016 (All Day)
Atwater Beach and Park

Plein Air Shorewood
Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Atwater Park near Plensa sculpture

Walk to End Alzheimer's
Sunday, September 18, 2016; Registration starting at 8:30 a.m.
Henry Maier Festival Park

Shorewood Foundation's Annual Event
Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.
HarborChase of Shorewood (1111 E. Capitol Drive)
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