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Police Commissioners Blindsided by Sunshine


ShorewoodNewsroom staff writer

SHOREWOOD, Wis. (July 15, 2021) -- Transparency reared its ugly head at the Shorewood Police Commission meeting today, and nearly everyone was caught unprepared. Video

The Commission, meeting for the first time in nine months, unanimously elected Rick Cole president by 4-1 vote and Jennifer Anderson secretary. But the five members could not agree on much else except adjourning. More


July 10, 2021

School Board Meets (and Meets and Meets) Where the Sun Don’t Shine




ShorewoodNewsroom staff writers

SHOREWOOD, Wis. (July 10, 2021) – What consenting adults do behind closed doors is their own business. But now, we're talking about the School Board and civics, not prurient interests.Story



July 6, 2021

New Exceptionally Shorewood podcast

Fifteen years after settling a lawsuit over the cost of public records, Shorewood’s elected officials still can’t wrap their brains around the concept of duty or transparency. Can the village board’s new members show they understand? Podcast index


June 1, 2021

Trinity of Politics:

Ethics, money, power take the field at the Plan Commission on June 1 to decide the fate of Sunseekers-site development proposal


 SHOREWOOD, Wis. (June 1, 2021) – The brawl over a proposed development at the Sunseekers site, at Capitol and Stowell, will reconvene June 1st back at the Plan Commission, after the Board of Appeals bounced the matter back to the Plan Commission on May 4th. Story



May 30, 2021

Exceptionally Shorewood podcast:


New Village Board priorities, property assessment, pickle ball, school superintendent quits and other village news.



Plummeting Enrollment


Can the school district balance its budget without out-of-district kids?



The Shorewood School District is counting on families to re-enroll students who left local schools last year, purportedly due to the district’s decision to offer only virtual instruction throughout most of the school year. But what else is at play? Story




Sunseekers site proposed development:


Residents Pushed Back: what will Plan Commission do?


After remand, Plan Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 6/1/2021, to decide whether a four-story apartment proposed for northwest corner of E. Capitol and N. Stowell gets an exemption from zoning requirements that apply to everyone else.


 Who has more influence?

Residents, or developers who make campaign donations to trustees who will vote on the issue?


Dueling lawyer letters:


Village Atty. Bayer | Atty. Joseph R. Cincotta


Did village attorney violate ethics rules?


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May 27, 2021

Superintendent Davis Gets New Oshkosh Gig





SHOREWOOD, WIS. (May 27, 2021) – After six years on the job, School Superintendent Bryan Davis has quit to assume that position with Oshkosh Area School District. Davis, who holds a doctorate in urban education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will stay on the job through June. Full story here




Exceptionally Shorewood podcast

Can we save the bluff mansions?

Architect Jeff Stein, a long-time Arcosanti buff and apprentice to Italian architect Paolo Solari, has some big ideas about “progress” in places like Shorewood. As our village faces new development and increased traffic, we discuss what it would take to bring about an arcology – a self-contained community that gets over cars, single-family housing, and commuting. By bringing architecture and ecology together, can Shorewood be saved from ultimately being washed into the lake?

Exceptionally Shorewood podcast




Do you put dog poop in other peoples’ trash?

Does the Village Board hate ethics reform?

Find out more from our podcast.



Board of Appeals remands Sunseekers’ exemption to Plan Commission for more parking hearings.




SHOREWOOD, Wis. (May 4, 2021) The Board of Appeals today voted 3-1 to remand to the Plan Commission for further action its decision to exempt a proposed four-story apartment at the northwest corner of East Capitol Drive and North Stowell Avenue from minimum parking requirements.

The board instructed the Plan Commission to re-open the record, to allow additional evidence, and to hold a public hearing, if necessary, to determine whether the exemption is warranted.


The makeup of the Plan Commission has changed since the body found the parking exemption was warranted.


Former Village President Allison Rozek and Trustee Kathy Stokebrand sat on the previous Plan Commission. When Ann McKaig was elected president in April, she gave herself a seat on the commission, and replaced Stokebrand with Trustee Tammy Bockhorst. Bockhorst in the past lobbied the Plan Commission to approve the exemption. See April 11, 2021, story by Davida Amenta



SHS Ripples staff steps up for election duties


Editors Shannon Carlson and Laura Oldfather discuss the role of students in presenting the candidates for municipal office when no one else took the initiative.


Exceptionally Shorewood podcast focuses on Shorewood student journalists who filled the media void in the April 6 election.



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