Monday, August 3, 2020

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter
Message from the
Village President, Julie Siegel

The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation summer drive-through Ice Cream Social event is this Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Cahill Park. The event will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm or while supplies last. Please wear your mask. Check out the story below for event details. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Has yard waste collection and brush chipping resumed? Yes, yard waste collection resumes this week. Yard waste must be placed in sturdy paper bags or in containers that can be emptied and be less than 50 pounds. Brush will next be collected by Village crews the week of August 10, 2020. Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk.

When is in-person absentee voting available at Village Hall? In-person absentee voting continues Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7 during regular business hours (until 5:00 pm August 7). A face mask or covering is required to enter Village Hall.

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

No meetings last week. The Village is using GoToMeeting for upcoming meetings.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, August 3, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting.

  • Thursday, August 6, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting.
Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation
(Drive-Through) Ice Cream Social:
Date: August 5, 2020, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm or while supplies last.

Locale: The parking lot (in front of the warming house) at Cahill Park, 1001 E. Fairmount Ave. Please go north on N. Woodruff Ave, and then east on E. Fairmount Ave to enter the Cahill Park parking lot.

Details: Our 2020 event will be a socially distant, drive-through event with one type of ice cream treat available. All Civic Foundation volunteers working the event will undergo a pre-shift health check, including having their temperature taken, wear masks, wear gloves, and maintain social distance when possible.

Please be prepared to roll down your passenger side window to let us know how many treats you are requesting for your family, and we’ll deliver them to your car. We encourage our neighbors to help support community health by staying home if they are ill. We also encourage those picking up ice cream to wear a mask. Thank you, Whitefish Bay. You are the best!
Gov. Evers Emergency Order #1
Last week, Governor Tony Evers declared a Public Health Emergency and issued Emergency Order #1 requiring individuals ages 5 years and older to wear a face mask when indoors and not in a private residence, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order.

The order is effective at 12:01 am on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and will expire on September 28, 2020.

Note: This order supersedes less restrictive aspects of  Whitefish Bay Ordinance No. 1869  until it expires.

Sounds of Summer Cancelled:
A note from the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation: It is with great sadness that we are announcing the cancellation of this year’s Sounds of Summer concert. Six years ago after moving to Whitefish Bay from my former home state of New Jersey, I realized I wanted to be a part of the organization that put on such a fantastic event.

This year was also going to be special because Whitefish Bay resident (and former American Idol contestant) Steve Beguhn was going to provide the music. Steve and his band have been great supporters of the Civic Foundation and the Whitefish Bay community.

With the support of Village Leadership, we were given the opportunity to look at how to do this safely and hired an event promoter to help in that effort, but after careful consideration we realized we just cannot make that happen. When we can do it safely, Sounds of Summer will return and Steve and his band will get the opportunity to perform for you.

The Civic Foundation will continue to look for ways to engage the community and hope you can join us for our “Drive Through” Ice Cream Social on August 5th. Please visit: for more details.

-Tom Gleason, Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation President
Updates from Village Hall:
August Election Information:

48% of Whitefish Bay voters have requested absentee ballots for the August 11 Election. The Village of Whitefish Bay is urging ALL voters to request an absentee ballot for the August 11, 2020 Partisan Primary Election by mail. Voting through the mail reduces public contact with our poll workers.

Offices to be elected for the August 11, 2020 Partisan Primary Election include: Representative in Congress, State Senator, Representative to Assembly, District Attorney, and Milwaukee County Clerk, Treasurer, and Register of Deeds.

How to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail: You may request a ballot online at or download an absentee ballot application under election information via our quick links section on our homepage: You also may request a ballot be mailed to you by  emailing the Village. Your request must include a copy of your WI photo ID and be received no later than 5:00 pm on August 6, 2020.

Deadline for Returning your Absentee Ballot: Your completed absentee ballot must be received by 8:00 pm on Election Day. If you would like further information about elections or registering to vote, please contact Deputy Clerk Caren Brustmann at (414) 962-6690 ext.122

Please visit  for the following information:
  • View a sample ballot
  • Register to vote
  • Request an absentee ballot
  • Check the status of your absentee ballot
  • Avoid long lines in August or November

In-person absentee voting: In-person absentee voting continues at Village Hall from Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7 during regular business hours (and until 5:00 pm August 7). A face mask or face covering is required to enter Village Hall.
Return Your Absentee Ballot:

Your options to return your ballot:
  • Place your ballot in the mail. The U.S. Postal Service sorts and delivers official election mail in an expedited fashion.
  • Use the dropbox just inside the Village Hall vestibule door. The box is checked regularly during the day.
  • Drop your ballot off at the Village Hall front desk during regular business hours.
Please remember that your ballot must be received at Village Hall (not postmarked) by 8:00 pm on August 11, 2020.
We Are #SilverSpringStrong:
A message from the
Merchants of Whitefish Bay:

"We are open for business! More than anything, we care about you and want to let you know that your health and safety are of the utmost importance. Thank you for your support! Together We Are #SilverSpringStrong."

From the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Library Hours - Open for browsing, checkouts and computers (no appointments needed):
  • Monday & Wednesday: 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Come into the library building to browse books, renew library cards, apply for a new card, or use the copier/scanner. No need to make an appointment; just stop by during our open hours. Please keep your library visits to 30 minutes or less. And thanks for protecting staff and other patrons by wearing your mask. (Masks are required and we can provide you with one if you don’t already have one.) Library computers are available for up to 1 hour per day, no appointment necessary.

Curbside Pickup (by appointment):
  • Monday, Wednesday, & Saturday: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Our curbside pickup is easy and contactless! Place materials on hold through CountyCat. When you receive a notification that items are ready for pickup, go here to schedule your pickup:

Summer Reading Program: There are just a few weeks left to enter our summer reading program! Sign up online through Beanstack and experience the great programs for all ages, full of opportunities for fun and learning. You can register online here or you can also use the Beanstack app! Download the Beanstack app and search for Whitefish Bay Public Library. The program runs through August 15.

Library Returns: Based on new research and updated recommendations by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, we are now quarantining returned items for four days. Items will remain on you card until then. But don't worry, items are being back-dated and checked in with their original return date.
Community Spotlight:
Updates from the School District:

Board of Education Meetings - All are invited and welcome to attend:  Link for virtual meetings, agendas and more.
  • Special Board Meeting August 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm - School Board Update and possible approval of Opening of Schools Plan 
  • Regular School Board Meeting August 12, 2020 - School Board Update of Opening of Schools progress

School District Registration Open for New WFB Resident Families: Have you recently moved into the Village of Whitefish Bay? The School District is currently taking enrollment for K4-12th grades for new Whitefish Bay residents. Reminder for age guidelines:
  • Junior Kindergarten: 4 years old on or before September 1, 2020.
  • Senior Kindergarten: 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020.

Moving out of the Village of Whitefish Bay: Please contact your school to let them know of any moving plans.  Click here for contact information.
North Shore Health Department Highlights 7/28/2020: Immunizations

According to WI DHS, there has been a large decrease of child immunizations in 2020 compared to 2019 in Wisconsin. Looking at the 5-year average, the number of immunizations administered per week between March and June 2020 was also lower in all age groups. With National Immunization Awareness Month coming up in August, we would like to stress the importance of getting vaccinated.

A vaccine is a product that stimulates a person’s immune system. The goal is to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Those who are immune to a disease can become exposed to it without becoming infected. One of the important reasons to get vaccinated is to increase herd immunity within the community. When people who are able to get vaccinated, do get vaccinated, they create a shielding effect for those who are immunocompromised and for those who cannot get vaccinated so that they can also be protected from various diseases and infections.

We encourage you to take action against vaccine-preventable diseases and to stay up to date on your vaccines. Check out the CDC’s updated vaccine schedules below for recommendations on which vaccines should be taken and when.

It is important that you talk to your doctor to make sure that you haven’t missed any recommended vaccines. In the North Shore, the North Shore Health Department does provide immunizations to residents without insurance, to residents with Medicare, and to private payers. For more information, please contact the North Shore Health Department at (414) 371-2980.
Whitefish Bay Farmers Market Continues Each Saturday:

The Whitefish Bay Farmers Market continues each Saturday through October 19, 2020 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Farmers Market is located in the Aurora Parking Lot (325 E Silver Spring Dr.).

The Whitefish Bay Farmers Market is working to provide as much space as possible for vendors and customers to shop safely. Social distancing should be practiced, face masks are required, and hand sanitizer will be available. Please click here to view a full list of Whitefish Bay Farmers Market guidelines for customers. We look forward to seeing you!
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651