Monday, July 5, 2021

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

I hope you all enjoyed last week's Whitefish Bay Village Band concert and Fourth of July festivities!

This weekend, I encourage you to shop local and support the Merchants of Whitefish Bay while attending the second annual Art Fest on July 10-11, Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Silver Spring. Check out event information below. -kb.

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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When and where will Silver Spring Drive be closed for the Whitefish Bay Art Fest? Silver Spring Drive will be closed from Santa Monica Blvd to Hollywood Ave beginning Friday, July 9, at 5:00 p.m. until Sunday, July 11, at 10:00 p.m. to accommodate the Whitefish Bay Art Festival. Please take this into consideration as you plan your weekend travels.

Is refuse and recycling collection rescheduled on Monday, July 5, 2021? Yes, as a result of the July 4th holiday, refuse and recycling typically collected on Monday, July 5, 2021, will be collected on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The full 2021 refuse and recycling schedule is available on the Village website. Click here to view the schedule.

What are the Village Hall holiday hours? Village Hall and Police Administration will be closed Monday, July 5, 2021. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

When is the Brush Chipper next scheduled for collection? Brush Chipper Brush will be collected by Village crews next week (July 12, 2021). Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk at the beginning of week.

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

No meetings this week. For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.

Please take note that some meetings are in-person and some meetings are virtual.
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 29, 4:45 p.m., Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, July 1, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
Whitefish Bay Art Festival:
Whitefish Bay Art Fest
(July 10 and July 11):

Whitefish Bay Art Festival: The Merchants of Whitefish Bay are happy to announce that the Whitefish Bay Art Festival is back for 2021, Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The WFB Art Festival will take place in the downtown area of Silver Spring Drive.

Free and open to the public, the Whitefish Bay Art Fest will showcase the work of about 100 juried artists in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, wood, and furniture. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with the artists through demonstrations and booth chats.

Visit Amdur Productions or contact for more info.  Click here for the artist list and booth numbers. Check out the festival map below:
July 2021 Bay Leaves:
The July Bay Leaves magazine is now available on the Village website. Stories include:
  • Resident Feature: The Rinka Family Comes Together as a Team
  • A Refuse and Recycling Schedule Change and Important Property Tax Information from the Village
  • Eating Healthy This Summer from the North Shore Health Department
  • Fourth of July Updates from the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation
  • Upcoming Events on Silver Spring Drive from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay
  • Books by Wisconsin Authors from the Whitefish Bay Public Library
  • July Blood Drive Information from the Whitefish Bay Women’s Club
  • American Pie – a Reflection from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club
  • Firework Safety Tips from North Shore Fire Rescue 
  • Fire Safety for Pets from MADACC
  • 2021-22 Registration Information from the Whitefish Bay School District
  • What Got FDR’s Portrait on the Dime (And Inspired a Mary Poppins Song)? from the Historic Preservation Commission
  • Summer Programs from the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department
Updates from Public Works:
MMSD Pipe Check Program - Financial Incentives Available:

The Pipe Check program provides residents within the MMSD service area a financial incentive to eliminate sources of clear water entering the sanitary sewer system. Excess clear water in the sanitary sewer system increases the risk for basement backups for yourself and for your neighbors during rain events.

Completed by an Approved Contractor, a Clear Water evaluation identifies sources of rain or groundwater entering the sanitary sewer system from private property. The maximum financial incentive available to the homeowner is based on the findings of the Clear Water evaluation.

The contractor inspects the discharge locations of existing foundation drains, sump pumps, and rain gutter downspouts. If any of these items discharge into the sanitary sewer, they will need to be disconnected and rerouted to a building code approved location.

Once the contractor identified sources of clear water are eliminated from the sanitary sewer, the homeowner qualifies for the listed financial incentives. Click here for more information. Please contact MMSD directly with questions.
Public Works Job Opening:

The Department of Public Works is seeking applicants to fill the position of Service Worker/Collector. This full time position performs automated refuse and/or recycling collection, general labor tasks including but not limited to landscape maintenance, yard waste collection, tree/forestry maintenance, utility operation and maintenance, park and building maintenance, street maintenance as well as other general labor duties within the Department of Public Works. Hourly rate starts at $24.38/hour with a 6 year pay increase plan and excellent benefits. Click here for more information and to apply.
Updates from Village Hall:
Additional Beer Garden Event:

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!
Police Department Retirement: Congratulations to Officer Russ Blank who retied last week! Officer Blank started his Whitefish Bay career in 2008. Prior to that, he was a West Milwaukee K9 Officer for 12 years and was also an officer in Delavan and LaGrange. Enjoy retirement!
Board of Appeals Vacancy: The Village of Whitefish Bay is accepting applications from citizens who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals reviews requests for zoning code variances (including fence heights and setback issues) in addition to appeals of administrative decisions made by Village officials. The Board of Appeals meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. Click here to fill out an application. Please email Village Manager Paul Boening with questions.
Update From the School District:
School District of Whitefish Bay Names New Associate Principals: The Whitefish Bay School District is excited to welcome Katie Petersen and Rebecca Salomon as the next Associate Principals for Richards and Cumberland Elementary effective July 1, 2021.

Save the Date: District Presentation and Community Feedback Conversation on the 2021-22 In-Person Learning Plan is July 12, 7:00 p.m. More information available online.

Register Now for the 2021-22 School Year!
Whitefish Bay School District is returning to in-person instruction 5 days a week for the 2021-22 school year. We look forward to returning to a traditional school year calendar.
New and returning families please visit the District website or call for more information.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Library:
Whitefish Bay Public Library Summer Hours:
  • Mondays to Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Fridays to Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sundays, Closed through Labor Day Weekend

Summer Reading Program: Our Summer Reading Program has begun! 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, with a midsummer drawing on July 17 for adults and teens.

Outdoor All Ages Storytime at School House Park, Tuesday, July 6. 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 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. Please note: the 11:00 a.m. performance is a repeat of our 10:00 a.m. storytime due to popular demand! Please do not register for both performances.

Virtual Mystery Book Club, Thursday, July 8, 7:00 p.m., Murder in the Marais by Cara Black. Our Mystery Book Club meets once a month and is led by Librarian Sharon Nagel. This meeting will take place virtually on Zoom. Click here to join. Meeting ID: 977 1128 0790, Passcode: 408681

Teen Outdoor Crafting - Vinyl Record Painting: Friday, July 9, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Entering Grades 7 to 12. Join us for a fun outdoor crafting session! Join us for Vinyl Record Painting, outdoors in School House Park. We'll provide the vinyl and the paint, and it's up to you to create a cool design or scene on your vinyl. Click here to register. Event is weather permitting.

Author Simon Van Booy in Conversation with Sharon Nagel and Daniel Goldin: Thursday, July 15, 2:00 p.m. For this event, Boswell and the Whitefish Bay Public Library are working together - two champions of Van Booy's book The Illusion of Separateness - Sharon Nagel at the WFBPL and Daniel Goldin from Boswell. We will discuss Night Came with Many Stars with Van Booy for this virtual event. 

Award-winning author Simon Van Booy's spellbinding novel spans decades as he tells the story of Carol, a young girl in 1930s Kentucky who lives in poverty and struggles with abuse. Just one bet in a card game alters her life forever. Incidents intersect and lives unexpectedly change course in this story of chance and choice that leads home again to a night blessed with light. Click here to register.
Upcoming July Special Events:
Sidewalk Sale: Shop on the Street Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17. This annual event kicks off with businesses opening early and bringing some of their goods out on the street to create a fun environment for shoppers.

On Saturday, the sales continue throughout the day and, at Berkeley Boulevard, the street will be closed and the Merchants of Whitefish Bay along with Yellow Wood will set up a fun ‘Kids Adventure Zone,’ complete with a climbing wall and more.
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)!
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Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651