Monday, June 27, 2022

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

We're a week away from the 4th of July!  Please consider helping out at the festival, as the Civic Foundation needs 40+ more volunteers. The shifts are 90 minutes. Please sign up by clicking here!
 
Also, this Wednesday, the WFB Village Band will hold a special concert at Klode Park at 7pm. Bring your lawn chair! -kb

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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Is refuse and recycling collection rescheduled on Monday, July 4, 2022? Yes, as a result of the July 4th holiday, refuse and recycling typically collected on Monday, July 4, 2022, will be collected on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. The full 2022 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 4, 2022. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews this week (Beginning June 27). 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:

  • Monday, June 20, 4:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room

  • Monday, June 20, 6:00 p.m., High School Library Media Center

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

  • Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 p.m., Zoom

Community Development Authority
  • Thursday, June 30, 7:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room


Please take note that some Village meetings are currently in-person and some meetings are virtual.
Fourth of July Festival Details:
Fourth of July Rules and Reminders:
Show your community spirit and consideration by following the guidelines set out below.
  • We ask that blankets and chairs be placed along the parade route after 6:00 a.m. on July 4th.
  • During the parade, please keep children at the curb on the parade route. There are moving vehicles / large floats that can severely injure a child running into the street. 
  • Picnic tables cannot be removed from the fenced off picnic area at Klode Park. Please note that tablecloths do not “hold” a table. 
  • Limited space is available for private encampments on the south edge of Klode Park. Tents may be set up after 6:00 a.m. on July 4th. Please adhere to marked off areas in consideration of vendors that will need to access those locations. If during the day you wish to put up large umbrellas, awnings, or tents, please remove them prior to the fireworks.  ​
  • Blankets may be placed out for fireworks after 4:00 p.m. on July 4th. Please help us preserve the grass at Klode Park. No tarps are allowed and are subject to removal.          ​ 
  • Rule for personal fireworks: If it flies, if it explodes, if it causes fire on ignition or sustains fire, it’s illegal. Enjoy the Sendik’s fireworks show at the park! Leave it to the professionals and be considerate of your neighbors. 

Please join us in following these guidelines. Event volunteers are dedicated to providing an exceptional event but simply cannot enforce these policies in all instances. We ask that you go above and beyond to make room for your neighbors on the parade route, show consideration for those new to the community and the day's festivities, and help us to ensure the entire community can partake in the celebration.
Fourth of July Volunteers Needed:
The Fourth of July Kids Games at Klode Park hosted by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation can’t happen without your help! Please sign up with a friend or family member for a 1.5 hour shift to run a game. More details are included in the link. This is an easy and fun way to give back to your community. Thank you for your support. Click here to sign up!


August 9, 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 August 9, 2022 Election. If you have a question that is not listed, please don't hesitate to give us a call at: (414) 962-6690.
Whitefish Bay Parks Survey
We Want To Hear From You!

The Village of Whitefish Bay invites you to share your input on Village Parks and Recreation amenities to help develop our first Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP). Click here to provide feedback via the online survey now through June 30, 2022. Online responses are preferred, however hard copies of the survey can be made available at Village Hall.

A CORP serves to guide the continual improvement of the Village's parks, open space, and pedestrian facilities. The CORP also allows the Village to compete for state and federal grants.

The purpose of a Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan is to better understand unmet park and recreation demands in the Village, understand how demand will evolve over the next five years, and offer strategies that can be leveraged to best meet the Village’s needs. By participating in this survey you are helping to shape the future of Whitefish Bay!
Upcoming June and July Events:
June 29 - Village Band Concert at Klode Park

Come celebrate an old fashioned Fourth of July band concert in the park with the Village Band of Whitefish Bay on June 29 at 7:00 p.m. Bring your chair(s) to enjoy music that celebrates our country played by your neighbors. This is the Village Band's 34th Summer Concert Season. Look for the Village Band at various community events this summer. For the most up-to-date information, follow the band on Facebook
July 7 - Sip*Shop*Support Local: First Thursdays on Silver Spring Drive

Join us on Silver Spring Drive on the first Thursday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., June through September, for a few extra hours of shopping (and sipping!). Twenty nine participating businesses will stay open late, and will offer wine (June and August) and beer (July and September) for you to enjoy. Plus, you can expect special promotions and great live music each evening. Learn more on the Merchants of Whitefish Bay website.
July 9 and 10 - Whitefish Bay Art Festival

The Merchants along with Amdur Productions will be closing Silver Spring Drive, from Santa Monica Boulevard to Lake Drive on Saturday–Sunday, July 9–10, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., so that 100+ artists from all over the country can set up their booths and present artworks for visitors to browse and shop.

Admission is free and there is plenty of nearby parking. The show is also handicap accessible and wheelchair friendly. Live music, artist demonstrations, and art activities for kids contribute to the festive family-friendly atmosphere.

The juried artists, live entertainment, and food and beverages from local restaurants will prove to make this a wonderful event for the whole family. Watch for details at the Merchants of Whitefish Bay website and Facebook page.
July 15 and 16 - Sidewalk Sale

Shop on the Street Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16. 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.
Updates From The Whitefish Bay Library:
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 26.
Outdoor All Ages Storytime at School House Park
Mondays & Thursdays, June 27 & 30, July 11 & 14, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Please register on our website. We're excited to offer outdoor storytime for all ages in School House Park this summer! Join us for stories, songs, and more. Please register so we can update you about weather and possible rain site.
Yoga in School House Park with Embody Yoga (For those entering Grades 4-6)
Tuesday, June 28, 10:00 a.m.
Register here. Join us for yoga in the park!! This program will approach yoga as play, using a variety of games and team building exercises to help tweens learn poses and breathing techniques, as well as meditation/relaxation exercises. Please bring a yoga mat if able. In case of bad weather, class will be held in the upstairs program room.

Outdoor Crafting: Coral Reef Art in School House Park (For those entering Grades 4-6), Monday, June 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Please register here. Create your own coral reef using a variety of craft supplies for this process-focused, mixed media project. Please note: this event will be held in School House Park (across the street from the library). In case of bad weather, the program will be held in our upstairs program room.

Music in the Park: Pint-Sized Polka
Friday, July 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Pleaser register here. Come polka in the park with Uncle Mike of Pint-Sized Polkas. Nationally known accordion player and Polka musician Mike Schneider brings the happiest music on Earth together with education and comedy, promising tons of fun for the whole family! Please note: this event will be held in School House Park. Rain Site: Tower in the Youth Services Wing
Community Spotlight:
Updates From The School District:

Register Now for the 2022-23 School Year! New and returning families visit the District website or call for more information. Moving? Please contact your school to let them know of any moving plans or address updates.

Upcoming School Board Meetings:
  • July 13 – Business & Committee Meetings
  • August 10 – Business & Committee Meetings
Meeting dates, agendas, minutes and more information can be found online.

NSHD Healthy Highlight 6/22/22: Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning
 
Lead is a metal that is toxic to most living organisms(1). In humans, there is no safe blood lead level (BLL), which means that even in small amounts, lead can be dangerous. Humans are mainly exposed to lead via paint, soil, and water. In children, lead exposure can lead to both physical and mental development issues as it effects many organs like brain, kidneys, and nervous system. This can lead to behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures, and very rarely death.
 
Lead Facts
  • Lead exposure is a problem in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.
  • Children are most at-risk of lead exposure if they live in neighborhoods with older homes, lower housing values, and a higher proportion of rental properties.
  • Even though rates of lead poisoning have declined over time in Wisconsin, there are dramatic differences for children of color, especially Black children who are poisoned at more than three times the rate of white children.*

*Despite this previous fact, ALL houses built prior to 1978 should be monitored and tested for lead.
 
However, LEAD POISONING IS 100% PREVENTABLE AND TREATABLE IF DETECTED EARLY.
 
WHAT CAN WE DO:
Parents
 
Health Care Providers
  • Ensure children ages 0-6 receive age-appropriate lead testes, especially children living in high-risk areas.
  • Immediately connect parents of children with elevated BLL to services to prevent further exposure and for treatment.
 
Policymakers
  • Repeal Wisconsin law that blocks local rental licensing and certification programs and restricts the fees collected to recoup programs costs.
  • Increase funding for lead poisoning prevention efforts, particularly home lead abatement programs and lead service line replacement. Target funds to communities with the highest risk and rates of poisoning.
  • Create a grant program for in-home childcare providers, who care for a third of all infants, to remediate lead hazards in their childcare setting.
  • Make blood lead level tests for Wisconsin children free regardless of insurance coverage.
 
Visit our website for more information on lead. Click here to view the Office of Children's Mental Health PDF page on Childhood Lead Poisoning.
 

RESOURCE
1. Srianujata S. (1998). Lead--the toxic metal to stay with human. The Journal of toxicological sciences, 23 Suppl 2, 237–240. https://doi.org/10.2131/jts.23.supplementii_237
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