Monday, July 19, 2021

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter
Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

The 2021 Alley and Parking Lot Reconstruction Project starts this week. Project details can be found below. Drive carefully around construction zones!

Also, please stop by School House Park (across from the WFB Library) this Wednesday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m., to enjoy a concert by the Village Band of Whitefish Bay, who are celebrating their 33rd concert season. -kb

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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When is the Whitefish Bay Farmers Market? The Farmers’ Market, a ‘Simply Unbeetable’ event, is held in the Aurora Parking Lot, 325 E. Silver Spring Drive. The market runs Saturdays through October 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Click here for more details!

When is the Brush Chipper next scheduled for collection? Brush/Chipper material will be collected by Village crews next week (July 26). Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk at the beginning of the week.

Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at (414) 962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, July 12, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, July 13, 6:15 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, July 15, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, July 19, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Wednesday, July 21, 6:00 p.m. Village Board Room

Please take note that some meetings are currently in-person and some meetings are still virtual.
Update from Public Works:
2021 Alley and Parking Lot Reconstruction Project:

LaLonde Contractors, Inc of Waukesha is under contract with the Village of Whitefish Bay to reconstruct several alleys with pavement deterioration and expand the Marlborough Drive Municipal Parking Lot (aka: Winkies Lot. Alley work will include the removal of the existing alley surface, installation of a new storm sewer, permeable pavers, concrete pavement, needed garage and driveway apron work, and landscape restoration.

In addition to providing a newly constructed alley, this project will provide storm water quality improvements with the assistance of MMSD Green Solutions Fund stormwater funding.  Permeable paving bricks with an underdrain system will be installed in the middle of the new concrete alley, filtering out pollutants as well as reducing the storm water quantity generated through the detention of stormwater during rain events. The municipal parking lot south of Winkies/ Bruegger’s Bagels will be expanded to the south through the use of permeable pavers as well.

The contractor has supplied the Village with the below detailed construction start date schedule (all work is weather permitting):
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021: Alley north of 100-200 W. Henry Clay St., weather permitting.  
  • Monday, July 26, 2021: Alley-5200-5300 Lydell and Bay Ridge Avenues, weather permitting.  
  • Monday, August 2, 2021: Alley-5300-5500 Lydell and Bay Ridge Avenues, weather permitting.  
  • Mid - August, 2021: Alley behind Silver Spring Drive between Kent Ave and Shoreland Ave
  • Sept. / Oct. 2021: Municipal Parking Lot expansion (South of Winkies/Bruegger’s Bagels)  

The Public Works Department staff understands the inconvenience that this project may create for you and greatly appreciates your patience and understanding. Please be careful, slow down and pay extra attention when driving around this and all construction zones. If you should have any questions regarding this project, feel free to contact:
Spencer Charczuk, EIT, Staff Engineer 414-962-6690 extension 123 or s.charczuk@wfbvillage.org.
Updates from the Police Deapartment:
Traffic Accidents in Whitefish Bay:

From 2016 to 2021, the Village experienced a 45.5% reduction in vehicular accidents. Year-to-year accident totals can vary for many reasons, but it's a great sign to see totals trend down over a period of time.

The Village has recently completed the Lake Drive Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project, has made traffic signal improvements in Bay Ridge Ave/Silver Spring Drive and Santa Monica Blvd/Silver Spring Drive, and is in the process of upgrading the Lydell Ave/Silver Spring Drive traffic signal.

In addition, the Department of Transportation has approved the Village grant application to fund 90% of the project cost to replace the signals at Lake Drive/Silver Spring Drive. That will will occur in 2023.
Police Department Job Opening: 

The Whitefish Bay Police Department is accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the position of Police Officer. Please visit https://wilenet.widoj.gov/ and click on the Law Enforcement Employment Opportunities link for a full job posting and details about how to apply.

A DJ-LE-330 form is required. Do not complete the standard Village of Whitefish Bay online job application. You must complete the DJ-LE-330 form found by following the link above. Email completed applications to Lieutenant Andrew Mroz: a.mroz@wfbvillage.org
Update From North Shore Health Department:
Bike Helmet Fitting:

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021 the North Shore Health Department will be fitting bicycle helmets for those who need it from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at their Brown Deer Location ( 4800 W Green Brook Dr). Feel free to bring in your own or buy a new helmet for $10. Sizes available for both children and adults (while supplies last).

Why is it important to wear a bicycle helmet? All bike riders should wear bicycle helmets. Each year in the United States, about 800 bicyclists are killed and another 500,000 end up in hospital emergency rooms. About 2/3 of the deaths and 1/3 of the injuries involve the head and face. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury to bicyclists by as much as 85 percent.
Updates from Village Hall:
Solar in Whitefish Bay:

Thinking about going solar? Grow Solar Greater Milwaukee is a great way to reduce your energy bills, support the local economy, and help create a healthier environment!

Whitefish Bay joins the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and other North Shore communities in offering residents and business owners an extraordinary opportunity to bundle their purchasing power by participating in a group-buy discount for new solar installations. Property owners can attend free information sessions, learning the basics of solar and its myriad financial advantages, and then schedule a free, no-obligation site assessment from the competitively-selected installer, Arch Electric.

The more people who sign contracts and install solar, the lower the price drops for installed kW, incentivizing wider participation. As of this writing, the Grow Solar Greater Milwaukee program had already reached its first benchmark of 50kW, translating into deeper savings for everyone. An average residential system, about 6kW, earns a rebate of approximately $60 when the program completes. The next benchmark is set for 150kW, when that average rebate will increase to approximately $300. Learn more and register for a free Solar Power Hour information session here.

Come join us and see if solar is right for you! Contact Peter Murphy, Solar Program Director at MREA with any questions – PeterM@midwestrenew.org.
Whitefish Bay Public Library Photo Contest:
Snap those pictures because the library is hosting its fifth annual amateur photo contest! The contest is open to amateur photographers of any age and can include photos taken in the past two years. There are 10 categories:
  • Travel or Landscape
  • People or Portrait
  • Architecture—Buildings, Bridges, Structures
  • Nature—Animals, Flowers, Outdoors, Weather, Etc.
  • Still Life—Anything Not Listed Above
  • Black & White—Any Subject
  • Close-up or Macro
  • Photo Manipulation
  • Kids Category—Voluntary (Open to anyone under 17. Kids can enter either in the kids’ category and submit one photo or compete against adults in the other categories.)
  • Entries by staff and family (no cash prize)
The deadline for photo submissions is Friday, September 10, 2021. First, Second, and Third Place in each category will receive gift cards, and one lucky winner will receive the Best in Show cash prize of $250 (all prizes generously donated by Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library!). Winners will be announced by the end of September 2021, and their submissions will be on display at the library through 2022. Read all the details on the library’s website. Pictured 2019 Best In Show Winner: Joseph Eichers
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Library:
Summer Reading Program: Our Summer Reading Program is going on now! Sign up online through Beanstack and experience this great program for all ages, full of opportunities for fun and learning.
You can register online or you can also use the Beanstack app. Download the Beanstack app and search for Whitefish Bay Public Library. The program runs through August 20.
Outdoor All Ages Storytime at School House Park, Tuesday, July 20
There is Still Room in the 11:00 a.m. Encore Performance! We're excited to offer an outdoor storytime for all ages in School House Park! Registration is required (please include all who plan attend), and we are limiting our registration. Register Here.
Take and Make: Engineering Mystery Bag Challenge with Miss Katie
  • Pickup times: Wednesday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Program: Thursday, July 29, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Pick up an Engineering Mystery Bag Challenge during our regular pick-up times to receive your ingredients. To find out what we're making, join Miss Katie on Zoom on Thursday, July 29, at 4:00 p.m., to craft with her. Click here for more information.

Teen Outdoor Crafting: Felt Pop Tarts, Friday, July 30, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join us in School House Park to sew some adorable felt pop tarts. New to sewing? We'll provide all the supplies you need, and Miss Valerie will be there to teach you what you need to know! (In case of rain, we will contact everyone with the next available day.) Registration is required. For children entering Grades 7-12. Register Here.
Upcoming Special Events:
Village Band Concert at School House Park: Watch your nieghbors perform at School House Park with the Village Band of Whitefish Bay on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. This is the Village Band's 33rd Summer Concert Season. Come out and enjoy free music in the park across from the Whitefish Bay Public Library. Bring your chair(s)!
Ice Cream Social: The Civic Foundation’s annual Ice Cream Social will return to School House Park, on Wednesday, August 4, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. We will have some safety modifications at this free, family event to ensure that all can enjoy this great tradition. Watch our Facebook page for final details.
Sounds of Summer: Sounds of Summer will return to Silver Spring Drive on Saturday, August 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Dance the night away to live music from Whitefish Bay’s own Steve Beguhn and Cold Sweat & The Brew City Horns.
  • You’ve seen him on the 4th and Pumpkin Fest. You’ve seen him riding a tiny moped door-to-door on his “SB Kind” tour during the pandemic. Now, see him like you never have before—a special, acoustic set at Sounds of Summer! Steve Beguhn is a Whitefish Bay resident and American Idol finalist. As you know, he brings it all to the stage. Every. Time. It’s been a year, Whitefish Bay. Shake it off with one of our own. Shake it off with Steve.
  • Cold Sweat: Cold Sweat is Wisconsin’s premier show band, featuring some of the area’s best musicians, multiple dynamic vocalists and the renowned three piece horn section, the Brew City Horns. Cold Sweat's energy, talent and non-stop fun will infect you until you can’t help joining in. 
Purchase dinner favorites from the Sendik’s food tent and beer, wine and soda from the Civic Foundation. Thank you to the sponsors who make this event possible: Merchants of Whitefish Bay, Sendik’s Food Market, Keller Williams Realty, and the Ellenbecker Investment Group.
Klode Park Beer Garden: The 1840 Traveling Beer Garden Show has added an additional date at Klode Park. The 1840 Traveling Beer Garden Show will be in Klode Park on August 21 (new) and September 11, from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

1840 has partnered with the Milwaukee Next Door Foundation to host this event. Please bring children’s books to donate to Next Door - Milwaukee’s book drive! Find more event information on the 1840 Brewing Company facebook page. Enjoy food, drinks, and live music! Cheers!
Community Spotlight:
Blood Drive at the Whitefish Bay Women's Club: The next Whitefish Bay Woman's Club Blood Drives are on Wednesday, July 21 and Thursday October 14 from 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. at 600 E. Henry Clay St., Whitefish Bay, WI. Make an appointment today to donate blood at the Whitefish Bay Women’s Club, located at 600 E. Henry Clay Street. Thank you to all our donors!

According to a recent press release from Versiti, blood and platelet supplies are reaching critically low levels, as winter weather and the ongoing pandemic have limited the number of donations in Wisconsin. O-positive and O-negative blood donors are most needed.

Call the Versiti Blood Center, at 877-232-4376, or visit their scheduling page to reserve your time, and help save a life. As Versiti says on their website, “Sometimes the greatest gifts are free, give blood!”
Bay Bridge Update: Come see us at the Whitefish Bay Farmers Market beginning July 31, 2021 to learn more about efforts to build a more welcoming and equitable community for all. We'll also have some fun and educational take-aways if you visit our booth!

Join us for education and dialogue with friends and neighbors in the 2nd annual summer book read. Bay Bridge is offering multiple options for education and dialogue depending on your needs. Click here to read more about this program.
North Shore Health Department Highlights 07/13/2021 - RISE. SHINE. WEAR SUNSCREEN:

Wear sunscreen every day, as part of your daily routine.  To reduce exposure to harmful sunrays:
  • Apply sunscreen 365 days of the year.  
  • Reapply every 2 hours, or more if sweating or in the water.
  • Look for a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and SPF of at least 15 (SPF30 is recommended).
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat if in the sun. 
  • Seek the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

When are UV rays at their strongest?
  • Time of day: between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Season: strongest in spring and summer but still powerful in fall and winter.
  • Latitude & Altitude: the closer you are to the equator or higher in elevation, the more powerful UV rays are, having less distance to travel.
  • Ozone: while the ozone layer helps filter out UV rays, due to a thinning ozone layer, UV intensity is increasing. 
  • Clouds: different types of clouds can filter out some UV rays, such a dark, water-filled clouds, but you can still be exposed to UV rays on cloudy days.
  • Reflection: Many know that water and sand increase UV exposure, but snow and pavement are also reflective. 

Overexposure from UV rays can damage our skin:
  • Most skin cancers are associated with UVA and UVB rays.
  • UV rays can cause skin to visibly age (wrinkles), prematurely. 
  • Sunburn is a sign of overexposure, appearing immediately or within a few hours. 
  • UVA impacts cells deeper in the skin’s layers while UVB impacts outer layers.
What has the NSHD been working on?
  • This week will be holding a thank you lunch for the many volunteers that helped our department through the COVID-19 pandemic response, including contact tracing and COVID-19 vaccine clinic support. In total, we administered over 9,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at NSHD. This work would not have been possible without the dedication of our outstanding volunteers. 
  • Our nurse supervisor, Kathleen Platt, has been named interim health officer. She has previously served as interim health officer and will lead our department as we continue the recruitment process for a new health officer.  
  • Stepping On Fall Prevention Class: FULL - Our Stepping on Fall Prevention Class is full!
  • Beach Advisories: please check our social media for beach advisory announcements 
  • Immunizations (appointment required): We provide vaccinations for individuals who are underinsured or uninsured. Please call us at 414-371-2980 to find out what vaccines we have available and to make an appointment. 
  • Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening (walk-ins welcome – no appointment necessary):
  • NSHD Shorewood Office: 2010 E Shorewood Blvd. On the 4th Wednesday of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting on July 28th. 
  • Lydell Community Center: 5205 N Lydell Ave, Whitefish Bay. On September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
  • Lois & Tom Dolan Community Center: 4355 W. Bradley Rd, Brown Deer. On the first Wednesday of the month from 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. UPDATE: There will be a clinic July 21 and August 18.  
  • Check our website for more up-to-date information about BP Screenings.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651