Monday, October 21, 2019

2019 Weekly Village of Whitefish Bay
Official Newsletter
Message from the
Village President, Julie Siegel

I'm excited to welcome the Great Pumpkin Festival back to Old Schoolhouse Park from Wednesday through Sunday this week. Find event details below! Thank you to the Civic Foundation for putting together this great community event. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here .
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
When is Prescription Drug take back day?
  • Prescription Drug take back day is October 26, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Village Hall. See the info below or click here for more details.

When is the Brush Chipper next scheduled for collection?
  • Brush will next be collected by Village crews next week. Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk. 
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone number is 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room

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

  • Monday, Oct. 21, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 pm, Public Library Program Room
The Great Pumpkin Festival Returns!
Join us this week for the Great Pumpkin Festival! Event details:
  • Date: Wednesday, October 23 to Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm nightly.
  • Locale: Old School House Park (5420 N. Marlborough Drive)
  • Details: Enter the Pumpkin patch, pick out a pumpkin and bring it into our carving tent! Prepare, design and carve your pumpkin at this family friendly event. Pumpkin carving is free and carving tools are provided.
  • Each night will feature live local music and delicious food. Beer served on Friday and Saturday nights.
This wonderful event is organized by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation.
Village and Police Department Events:
Trick-or-Treat Silver Spring Drive:

Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. 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. The event is hosted by the Merchants of Whitefish Bay.

Village Trick-or-Treat:

Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm throughout the Village. Block parties are not permitted the day of Trick-or-Treat.
Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Prescription Drug take back day is October 26, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Village Hall.

National Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

The April 2019 Take Back Day brought in 937,443 pounds (468.72 tons) of unused or expired prescription medication nationwide.
Curbside Leaf Collection Reminders:
Curbside leaf collection continues through mid-November. Frequently asked questions about the curbside collection program can be found below: 

How often are Leaves Collected? Collection is typically weekly, but there is no specific collection schedule. Collection is dependent on crew availability and the volume of leaves that need to be collected.

Where Do I Place My Leaves? Leaves should be placed in the curb of the street. Please place leaves away from storm inlets as leaf decay can clog storm sewers and add unwanted material to Lake Michigan.

Can I Throw Yard Waste In The Leaf Pile? The Village encourages property owners to throw certain yard waste material (plant material such as flowers and garden material, in the leaf piles to preclude a separate yard waste pick-up. Branches, sticks, and other woody material should not be placed with the leaves and should be left on the boulevard/parkway for chipping.

What Does The Village Do With The Leaves? Most of the leaves are temporarily stored and composted at a DNR monitored site shared with the City of Glendale. In the spring, the composted piles are hauled away by a private sod grower and used as sod bedding material.

When Is The Last Day That Leaves Or Yard Waste Will Be Picked Up?
Village crews will typically begin the last leaf collection the week before Thanksgiving. Leaves raked to the curb after the crews have made the final pass will not be collected and must be bagged or containerized. The DPW will run yard waste crews to pick-up bagged and containerized material until the first significant snow fall or through the first week in December.
MCTS Next Update:
As part of the NEXT process, MCTS spent nearly a year examining and evaluating every route and bus stop across their service area to identify opportunities for improvements, added efficiency, and faster service.

In September, Milwaukee County announced it would be redirecting over $4 million in the 2020 County budget to restore some of the routes initially slated for cuts. During the year long review process, the County decided to restore Route 14 along Santa Monica Blvd. Click here to view the most updated recommended transit system map.

Thank you to all those residents who provided feedback to Milwaukee County related to the transit system changes!
Events at the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Thursday, October 24:
Thursday Films, 6:30 pm, Bring a snack to eat and a soda to sip while you enjoy these free movies. The Upside (PG-13, 2019, 2 hours 7 minutes). A recently paroled ex-convict, Dell (Kevin Hart), strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a quadriplegic billionaire, Philip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston), in this "funny and warm-hearted buddy comedy" (Pete Hammond, Deadline). From worlds apart, Dell and Philip form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life's possibilities. Inspired by a true story, this heartfelt comedy also stars Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies, and Aja Naomi King. No Registration Required.
Friday, October 25:
Parachute Playtime, 10:00 am to 10:30 am, Join us for an interactive and play-filled program featuring songs, rhymes and activities with the library's parachute! Ages 2yo-5yo with an adult caregiver. Registration required
Community Spotlight:
Tips from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club:

Kick the Habit - Don't Rake Your Leaves, Mow Them! As curbside leaf collection has started in the Village, the Whitefish Bay Garden Club encourages you to “turn over a new leaf” — give up raking and mow your leaves into your lawn. This practice has many benefits:
  • Saves you time and energy — it is safer for your back and gives you more time with family and friends,
  • Improves your lawn as it returns valuable nutrients back into the soil, 
  • Prevents dandelions, crabgrass and other weeds from growing in your lawn (based on an extensive 3-year Michigan State University study),
  • Keeps the storm drainage systems clear of leaves,
  • Improves the water quality for both Lake Michigan and the rivers as it keeps plant material out of the waterways, AND
  • Saves the Village money as there are lower labor and fossil fuel costs when you mulch your own leaves in place.
Click here fort a short video gives a quick demonstration of how to mulch leaves in place. Photo courtesy of Dave Samson, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
A Note from the School District:

Due to the unexpected passing of Kristin Yunker and the resignation of Douglas Armstrong there are currently 2 vacancies on the School Board. If interested in seat appointment inquire here.
North Shore Health Department:
Did you know? Conveniently timed to coincide with Halloween and Trick-or-Treating, October is National Dental Hygiene Month. With bags of free candy and more sweets than your children can eat in one sitting, it’s no surprise that Halloween can also present health challenges. Here's some tips to help your family stay tooth-healthy on Halloween and year-round.
  •  Time it right: Eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals, which helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles. Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and sweet snacks are even worse.
  • Choose candy carefully: Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. The longer time candies stay in the mouth, the increased risk of tooth decay. Sticky candies like taffy and gummy bears stick to your teeth and take even longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
  • Drink more water: Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay.
  • Brush and floss: Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth. Floss your teeth once a day to get decay-causing bacteria between teeth and under the gum line where toothbrush bristles can't reach.
  • Visit the dentist: Regular visits to your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early, when they are easy to treat.
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Oct. 29,
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm,
North Shore Library

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics
(Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Oct. 22,
8:00 am to 10:00 am,
Shorewood Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening 
(No Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Oct. 22,
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm,
WFB Sr. Center (5205 Lydell Avenue)

Wednesday, Oct. 23,
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Shorewood Office
Contact the North Shore Health Department for appointments: 414-371-2980
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651