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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE VILLAGE BOARD.

Voting on resolutions

Sunrise development, contrary to certain opinions has been a “done-deal,” I believe, since about day one. The train has long ago left the station.

I believe this because Guy Johnson, chairman of the Planning Commission who is also president of the Board, has of course been aware of this project from the beginning. He has obviously been promoting it under his leadership or it would not have got this far, on its own, if he were not strongly in favor of it.

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A Few Good Men Wearing Aprons

After thirty some years in teaching I feel qualified to state the obvious about parent volunteers. They are women. Occasionally, men will help out and I’m sure there are some that are reliable regulars somewhere but for the most part it is women doing the yeoman’s share of the work. I don’t think it is because fathers don’t care, I think it is that they think bigger. There is no way I could find even three men willing to sit at a table and count thousands of milk bottle tops and oddly enough, I tip my hat to them. One parent suggested to me that rather than being gender issue, it is a stay at home vs. out of house worker issue. I conceeded the point to him but mostly to be conciliatory.

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Sunrise is not guaranteeing a bright sunny day.

Assisted living --the small print

Like most insurance policies, assisted living agreements leave a lot in the small print.

The American Association of Retired Persons is recommending that a lawyer look over the small print before signing. Many states have not established any standards, but they'll be coming up.

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POWER AND DOMINANCE.

Power and Dominance

A straight-line motivation as unbending as a beam of steel holds within it no humility, no humanity and no sensitivity. It is merely a steel shaft.

Consistency like steel is without humanity and therefore evil. In its existence it is a form of abuse, especially as a power politically applied toward individuals or toward social groups.

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A Child Shall Lead the Way

It’s parent/teacher conference day; only here it is parent/teacher/student conference day. There is something new in the air and it is causing excitement in some Shorewood classrooms. These meetings are not parent sit across from teacher who talks for half and hour conferences. These are student led, and the teacher stays out of it. Students engaging in this type of meeting have been preparing to sit down with their parents and go over work samples they have declared their best work for a reason they state during the meeting. Children have portfolios that hold some work they were required to put in, much of it they chose to include. Some very young children may actually show their parents what they know as they move them from area to area in a classroom set up for the purpose of parents watching children do and discuss what was taught this trimester. If a picture is worth a thousand words, watching with your own eyes is priceless.

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When a hearing is not a hearing.

When a hearing is not a hearing.

I shouldn't have been disappointed because I predicted that seven bobbing heads would come to a consensus and agree to go ahead with a house of cards, cards, cards.

Everyone involved was pretending that they knew what was going on and that everything would work out in the end, in the end, in the end.

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Tax Assessment on River Property Changes Dramatically (and lower) --- Why ?

BID, CDA, Shorewood Businesses, Sunrise, Taxes, TIF

According to property tax information available on the internet, the property at 3907-09 N Sherburn, which is one of the parcels for the Sunrise Development that the Village Board is planning on funding for $800,000 plus has changed dramatically for 2007.

The past assessments for the Sherburn property had a separate assessment for the land and a separate assessment for the improvements (buildings) which is the normal breakdown, and is the way that the property at 1111 E Capitol (Riverbrook Restaurant) is assessed.

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To know or not to know.

Political information

It is useful to some of us to know that, perhaps built into our human nature that most people are pretty much the same, much like what we are.

From a standpoint of consciousness, others are either as little informed as we are and often less informed on those subjects of our individual interests. It's always a delight to find someone less human in these characteristics, with great intellect, knowledge and the appropriate mixture.

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On the Sidewalks of Shorewood, Step 1.

Walking the sidewalks

Some of Shorewood's promotional money should go for its sidewalks. Our walkable sidewalks seem to be our “signature” tune. This advertising will pay off almost immediately in its reality.

Shorewood believes in good schools, good sidewalks and good community. Good sidewalks , in our business center and in our residential areas.

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SIDEWALKS OF SHOREWOOD: Step 2.

Friendly sidewalks

Here on the streets where we live, we greet each other with a smile and a “hello”.

In this the walkable community of Shorewood, on the street where you live, we are going to encourage each other to smile and we will greet each other with a friendly “hello.”

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Selective Hearing Syndrome

A friend came to my parent’s house with me one day and while I was doing something, she sat in the living room with my dad, who was watching television. I heard her ask a couple of questions just to get a conversation going. Not hearing any replies from him I went in and saw he staring at the TV, apparently oblivious to what she had said, “Dad, she’s been talking to you!” I admonished. Laughing, he turned to my friend and apologized. “I’m sorry. Your voice sounds just like my wife’s.”

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Getting On With It

So, Florida. It’s you again. You hang around in the back of the room goofing off, texting your friends, listening to the ipod you don’t think I know you have, and then wonder why you keep getting caught and punished. It’s bad enough you roll in trouble yourself, but dragging Michigan into it? Shame on you. Not exactly shocking that you both totally flunked the chapter test. So now your parents want us to let you take it all over again, huh? A do-over, just for you because you’re so special.

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ARE YOUR KIDS STREET SMART ? ARE THEY COMPUTER SMART ? ARE YOU ???

Kids, Parents, Schools, Teachers

 MYSPACE: 
A Must Read for All
 

EVERYONE 
NEEDS TO READ ALL OF THIS and HAVE CHILDREN READ I TOO!
 

After 
tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line. 
She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy List and 
saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message: 


ByAngel213:
Hi. I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was 
following me home today. It was really weird!

GoTo123:
LOL You watch 
too much TV. Why would someone be following you? 
Don't you live in a safe 
neighborhood? 

ByAngel213:
Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my 
imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked 
out.

GoTo123:
Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't 
done that have you?

ByAngel213:
Of course not. I'm not stupid you 
know.

GoTo123:
Did you have a softball game after school 
today?

ByAngel213:
Yes and we won!!

GoTo123:
That's great! 
Who did you play? 

ByAngel213:
We played the Hornets. LOL. Their 
uniforms are so gross! They look like bees. LOL

GoTo123:
What is 
your team called?

ByAngel213:
We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger 
paws on our uniforms. They are really cool. 

GoTo1 23: 
Did you 
pitch?

ByAngel213:
No I play second base. I got to go. My homework 
has to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. 
Bye!

GoTo123:
Catch you later. Bye 

Meanwhile.......GoTo123 
went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up, 
he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write 
down what he knew about Angel so far. 

Her name: Shannon
Birthday: 
Jan. 3, 
1985
Age: 
13
State where she lived: North 
Carolina


Hobbies: 
softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall. Besides this information, he 
knew she lived in Canton because she had 
just told him. He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 
p.m. every afternoon 
until her parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday 
afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats. Her 
favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eighth 
grade at the Canton 
Junior High 
School . She had told
 
him all this in the conversations they had on- line. He had enough information 
to find her now. 

Shannon didn't tell her 
parents about the incident on the way home from the ballpark that day. She 
didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the 
softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It 
made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers and 
sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective. 

By Thursday, 
Shannon had forgotten 
about the footsteps following her. 

Her game was in full swing when 
suddenly she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came 
back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her 
closely.

He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he 
smiled when she looked at him. He didn't look scary and she quickly dismissed 
the sudden fear she had felt. 

After the game, he sat on a bleacher 
while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked 
past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of 
her shirt. He knew he had found her. 

Quietly, he walked a safe 
distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon 's home, and once 
he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his 
car.

Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time 
came to go to Shannon 's house. He 
drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move. 


Shannon was in her room 
later that evening when she heard voices in the living room.

'Shannon, come here,'
 her father 
called. He sounded upset and she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room 
to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa. 

'Sit down,'
 her father 
began, 'this man has just told us a most 
interesting story about you.'

Shannon sat back. How 
could he tell her parents anything? She had never seen him before 
today!

'Do you know who I am, 
Shannon 
?'
 the man 
asked. 

'No,'
 
Shannon answered.

'I am a police officer and your online 
friend, GoTo123.'

Shannon was stunned. 
'That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! 
He's 14. And he lives in Michigan 
!'

The man 
smiled. 'I know I told you all that, but 
it wasn't true. You see, Shannon 
, there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of them. But 
while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of 
parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to 
teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You told me enough 
about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You named the school you 
went to, the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number 
and name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze.' 


Shannon was stunned. 
'You mean you don't live in 
Michigan 
?'

He 
laughed. 'No, I live in 
Raleigh 
It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?' 


She 
nodded.

'I had a friend whose 
daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky. The guy found her and 
murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when 
they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick 
you into giving out information a little here and there on-line.. Before you 
know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing 
you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it 
again. Tell others about this so they will be safe too?' 

'It's a 
promise!'

That night Shannon and her Dad and Mom all knelt 
down together and thanked God for protecting Shannon from what could have been a tragic situation.
 

*****NOW****


EVEN 
FORWARD THIS TO PEOPLE WITHOUT KIDS SO THEY CAN SEND IT TO FRIENDS THAT DO 
HAVE CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN 
 
  

The Ugly That Makes Us Human

Did you ever have one of those weeks where everything seems to go wrong, like your dogs eat a full bottle of anti-inflammatories you got because one started limping really badly, so you had to induce double vomiting to figure out who ate most? Then you had to take them to the emergency room for charcoal treatment and subcutaneous hydration leaving them looking like two little hunchbacks, one of which doesn’t even limp anymore?

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Does God Bless America --- What About Your Preacher

The Media's Story Du Jour is Barack Obama's Preacher --- the Rev Wright --- giving some supposedly "anti-American" sermons at the church that Barack and his family attend.

After seeing clips of the sermons ad nauseum --- the greatest impression they have left on me is that there really is a church where it is impossible to sleep during the sermon !  Wright is one animated Preacher --- nobody in his congregation needs a cup of coffee on Sunday morning .....

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What Happened to Your Other Boot?

Who thought that putting zip-off legs on little kids pants was a good idea? It’s not like they are on safari and need to carry a canoe across a river. I’ve been holding up the bottom of somebody’s pants in front of the classroom for the last two days now asking, “Whose is this?” They don’t remember unless they’re standing there in boots and shorts with zippers around the bottom and you‘re staring at their kneecaps.

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They're All Yours

So you woke up with the usual mix of, “Darn, the weekend is almost over!” and “Yea, the kids will be back in school tomorrow!” Then you realize the kids won’t be going to school, but they’ll be home for the entire week and there is snow. The kids are even sick of it. Where once they used to run to the windows and beg to go sledding, now they look at it like a big plate of salad and cottage cheese. Besides, they lost half their winter clothes anyway.

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Declining Property Values in Shorewood Could Mean Current Property Owners Face Tax Increases to Pay Off TIF's

CDA, Housing, Residential, Streetscape, Taxes, TIF, Village Administration

The current Shorewood Village Board is spending some big dollars and planning to spend more, and gambling that increasing property values will pay the bill.

Shorewood is using what is called a TIF (tax incremental financing) as a Financing Tool to pay for various projects, such as Streetscaping, the River Project, Condo Development, etc. 

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Tax Assessment on Sunrise Development (TIF Project) Flawed

CDA, Sunrise, Taxes, TIF

 I had noted in an earlier posting that a major TIF property had a questionable assessment.

The property at 3907-09 N Sherburn, which is one of the parcels for the Sunrise Development that the Village Board is planning on funding for $800,000 plus had a drastic change in assessment for 2007.

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Edumercialism In America

Schools fall victim to clever marketing in ways people don’t always realize or acknowledge. The last reminder I had of this was the peculiar celebration of what is called “100s Day” in elementary schools across the entire country. Corporate America has managed to create a classroom holiday based on the arbitrarily chosen number 100. They market it as math. We teachers fall for gimmicks like this and swear the kids love it. Kids will love most things that you’re excited about, or pretend to be excited about until maybe middle school. So each day teachers add one to the count and when they hit 100, in come 100 little hands and feet carrying buttons, crackers, pennies, nails and other objects that will add up to a couple thousand by the time the last kid brings his stuff in which will be about day 105.

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