Monday, September 19, 2022

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter

Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

Anyone who lived through the flooding of July, 2010 gets worried when a big rainstorm is heading to Whitefish Bay. Through these past 12 years, the Village has invested millions in new infrastructure.

Last week, during a 20 hour period, Whitefish Bay endured between 5-7" of rain, depending on which local rain gauge you check. Drumroll: There were no reported private sewer lateral or basement backups caused by sanitary sewers. (There were a handful of backups caused by tree root intrusion, resolved by roto-pipe cleaning private laterals.)

I'm relieved the system appears to have worked as intended. As a village, we will always continue to seek out ways to remove clear water from the sanitary system.

This short presentation on infrastructure improvements was created two years ago, and is worth your time.

Have a great week! -kb

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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?

What are the rules for dog waste pickup? According to Village Ordinance § 15-32, "Any person in control of a dog who takes the dog off of the premises of the dog's owner or caretaker shall have a dog scoop, bag or container in hand or on their person of sufficient size to immediately remove fecal matter deposits from the public ways and from the property of any other person deposited without the other person's knowledge and consent."

Also, "No person shall place said fecal matter wrapped or unwrapped in a storm catch basin of the Village, nor wrapped or unwrapped in private trash receptacles of persons other than the person collecting the fecal deposit, the dog's owner or caretaker, nor unwrapped in a public receptacle." Please be courteous to your neighbors.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews this week (Beginning September 19). Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk.

Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at (414) 962-6690.

Village Meeting Agendas:

Last Week's Meetings:

Board of Appeals

  • Tuesday, September 13, 6:15 p.m., Village Hall Board Room.

Architectural Review Commission

  • Thursday, September 15, 5:30 p.m., Village Hall Board Room.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.

This Week's Meetings:

Village Board

  • Monday, September 19, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall & Zoom.

Community Development Authority

  • Tuesday, September 20, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall.

Library Board

  • Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 p.m., Zoom.

Election Information

National Voter Registration Day:

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 is National Voter Registration Day! Are you new to Whitefish Bay? Have you moved within the Village? Did your name change? If you said yes to any of these, you likely need to update your voter registration.

Register to vote at or stop in at Village Hall to see Erin G., Deputy Clerk, or Jaimie, Village Clerk. Don’t forget to bring a proof of residence with your current address. Most commonly used proof of residence documents include Wisconsin Driver License, tax bill, electric bill, bank statement, or a paystub.

Upcoming Village Elections:

  • General Election – November 8, 2022
  • Spring Primary (if required) – February 21, 2023
  • Spring Election – April 4, 2023

If you have any questions, please email

November 8, 2022 Election FAQ

The Village is experiencing a high volume of questions related the upcoming election, absentee ballots, and response deadlines. Please click here for frequently asked questions related to the upcoming November 8, 2022 Election. If you have a question that is not listed, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (414) 962-6690 or email

WEC Issues Guidance on Absentee Ballot Return Options

The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin entered an Opinion and Order, as well as a Permanent Injunction and Declaration, in the matter of Timothy Carey et al. v. Wisconsin Elections Commission et al (22-cv-402jdp) on August 30, 2022. In his decision, Judge James Peterson clarified how the Voting Rights Act applies to Wisconsin voters who require assistance with mailing or delivering their absentee ballot ("Ballot return assistance") because of a disability.

Pursuant to the Voting Rights Act, any Wisconsin voter who requires assistance with mailing or delivering their absentee ballot to the municipal clerk because of a disability must be permitted to receive such assistance by a person of the voter's choice, other than the voter's employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter's union.

More information about this ruling is on the Wisconsin Elections Commission's website ( and questions regarding elections and voting in the Village of Whitefish Bay can be directed to the Clerk's office via email ( or by calling Erin Granstrom, Deputy Clerk, at 414-962-6690 ext. 122.

Update From the Police Department:

September is National Preparedness Month. 

During this month, we encourage members of our community to learn more about being prepared for emergencies. Here are some steps that you can take to be prepared should a disaster occur:

  • Create a plan on how to respond to disasters. Ask yourself these questions: What type of emergencies could affect my community? What is my evacuation route? How will I communicate with family/household members, and what items should be in my emergency preparedness kit? Be sure to include pets, older adults, and those with disabilities into your emergency plan.
  • Build your emergency kit. An emergency kit should last you several days during an emergency. Some important items to include are: food and water; medication for family members; and First Aid supplies.
  • Include your children in the discussions about emergency preparedness.  
  • Subscribe to emergency notifications on your phone.

For more information on the steps above and to ensure your family is prepared for a disaster visit

Emergency Medical Dispatch - Live on Sept 21

Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) is the essential initial point of contact for callers seeking medical assistance, providing a combination of telecommunication skills and medical instruction. EMD initiates and coordinates the most appropriate emergency medical service response while providing medical assistance to callers over the phone until help arrives.

EMD uses a protocol reference system which is the single-most valuable tool for processing medical calls. EMD reference cards help to determine which questions to ask, resources to dispatch and pre-arrival instructions to provide. The use of standardized and medically approved EMD cards makes the provision of medical information by phone consistent and accurate, delivering accurate information, in the same manner, every time.

For more information, visit the Bayside Communications website.

Updates From The Whitefish Bay Library:

Outdoor All Ages Storytime at School House Park

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in September at 10:00 a.m.

Please register here. 

We're excited to offer outdoor storytime for all ages in School House Park this fall! Join us for stories, songs, and more. In case of bad weather, we'll hold storytime in the tower of the children's department. Registration open now.

Take and Make: Emoji Thaumatrope Optical Illusion Toys

Wednesday, September 21, 10:00 a.m.

Outside the Front Doors from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.

This week's Take and Make is a modern twist on classic optical illusion toy: thaumatropes. They consist of two pictures that are rotated quickly. When you spin the straw between your hands, instead of seeing one of the pictures or the other, you see a combined version of the two. We ask that you take one craft kit per child.

Tote Bag Printing (For Grades 3-5)

Thursday, September 22, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

In School House Park

Please register here.

Carry your library books (or whatever else you want) in style! Get creative painting your own custom canvas tote bag. We'll provide all of the supplies you might need.

Tea Time Book Club

Friday, September 30, 12:00 p.m.

Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month is led by Library Director Nyama Reed. This month we're reading The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed. Tea Time Book Club offers hybrid meetings. You can attend in-person at the Library in the 2nd floor Program Room or online via Zoom. 

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 817 7725 2388

Passcode: 33887462

Friends Don't Lie Friendship Bracelets (For Grades 6-12) 

Friday, September 30, 4:00 p.m.

In School House Park

Please register here. 

Celebrate all things Stranger Things! We'll have all the supplies you need to make "Friends Don't Lie" friendship bracelets, as well as Stranger Things trivia and snacks. In case of bad weather, we'll meet in the upstairs program room.

Whitefish Bay Public Library’s 85th Anniversary Event

Saturday, October 1, 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Celebrate the library at Whitefish Bay Public Library’s 85th Anniversary Event on Saturday, October 1, from 12-4 p.m., in School House Park right across from the library (rain location inside the library). There will be games, food, and fun for all! At 1 p.m., see a performance by the Truly Remarkable Loon: Comedy Juggler for All Ages. Nonstop hilarious banter, lots of audience participation, and a big dose of fun! See wacky stunts, gravity-defying plate spinning, and spectacular juggling from the Wisconsin premiere comedy juggler. Truly Remarkable Loon has been performing as a comedy juggler for over forty years and will amaze the whole family. This will be your last chance to see Truly Remarkable Loon before he retires this fall.

At 3 p.m., join us for a performance by the band Yid Vicious. Yid Vicious formed in 1995 in Madison, WI to celebrate klezmer which is Yiddish folk music for dancing and celebrating. So bring your dancing shoes and get your toes tapping! The six members of Yid Vicious play a variety of instruments consisting of clarinets, fiddle, horn, vocals, guitar, accordion, tuba, drums and sometimes theremin. They have performed at performing arts centers, cultural festivals, universities, and K-12 schools throughout the Midwest, as well as on Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.

Save the Dates: Fall Events

Farmers Market Fall Harvest Celebration: Save the date for our upcoming Fall Harvest Celebration (Sat, Oct 1)! This is our way of thanking all of you who continue to support our Farmers' Market each week. We couldn't do it without you! See you at the market, Saturdays through October 15, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Aurora Clinic Parking Lot located on the corner of Silver Spring and Santa Monica Blvd.

Great Pumpkin Festival: Wednesday, October 26, to Monday, October 31, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. nightly (Pumpkins will be left up on October 30 and 31, but there are no festival activities on those days.). Join friends and family at Old School House Park for this festive fall tradition! Pick up pumpkins to carve at home, then return them to the park to be part of the lighted display. Enjoy beer, hot cider, and delicious food while listening to live music each night. Event hosted by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation.

Treat-or-Treat Silver Spring Drive: Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participating businesses offer treats for kids in the company of at least one parent or guardian on the Saturday before Halloween. There’s something “sweet-in-stores” for everyone on Silver Spring Drive. Event hosted by the Merchants of Whitefish Bay.

Village Trick-or-Treat: Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the Village. Block parties are not permitted the day of Trick-or-Treat.

Community Spotlight

World Hunger Relief Event

There will be a meal packing event from September 29-October 1 for world hunger organization, Feed My Starving Children. We expect to pack 125,000 meals at eight 2-hour sessions. Meals will be shipped to countries facing severe food shortages. All are welcome to participate. You can register for a session at Grafton, WI event or by emailing Kathy Schluter at The event is sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay and will take place at Portal Industries in Grafton. 

Bay Bridge Update:

Sue Ballew St Clair presents

How Racism Distorts the Human Spirit

CAPITA Productions will proceed with 

a musical performance

CAPITA Productions, which stands for “City at Peace in the Arts,” is a Milwaukee community theater nonprofit. Their goal is to draw from all areas of the community to foster multicultural awareness and racial harmony through community theater. Since its inception, CAPITA has worked to bring together people of diverse ages, races and backgrounds to provide an example of how the community can work together.

How Racism Distorts the Human Spirit: The focus of this presentation will be on racism and how it affects and harms the spirit of man - both Black and White - in America. Racism was embedded into the very foundation of America's beginning and therefore became an essential part of the development of its educational, religious, political and judicial systems, as well as housing and healthcare. It therefore became seeded into everyone born and raised in America. We will dive deeper into how this affects Blacks in this country, but also how it affects the spiritual health and well-being of Whites.

Sue Ballew St Clair has been a member of the Baha’i Faith since she was 19 years old and has served in many different capacities, including home front and international pioneering. She has a Master of Science degree in nursing and in international public health. She is focused on addressing the most vital and challenging issue (racism) in this country and the importance of centering the roles of people of African descent, the Pupil of the Eye, in the work of the Faith.

To register for this event, please choose one of these options: in-person or online participation, register by clicking here.

Questions and answers will follow the presentation. The event will also include information for further learning from our presenter and future events for CAPITA 

Click here to view the September 14, 2022 Weekly Summary from the North Shore Health Department

NSHD Healthy Highlight 9/14/22: September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ovarian cancer:

  • Is the second most common gynecologic cancer in the United States
  • Causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system
  • Ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women.

The ovaries are small organs located on either side of the uterus that produce eggs and several hormones. Ovarian cancer occurs when malignant (cancerous) cells develop in, near, or on the outer layer of one or both ovaries.

According to the American Cancer Society:

  • In 2022, it is estimated that 19,880 cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed 
  • An estimated 12,810 women will lose their lives to ovarian cancer this year
  • The risk of a woman getting ovarian cancer is about 1 in 78 in her lifetime

It is important to pay attention to your body and know what feels normal for you. Contact your healthcare provider if you are concerned about any of the above signs and symptoms, risk factors, or to learn more. Also contact your healthcare provider to schedule a preventive care visit.

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