Monday, September 2, 2019

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

I hope you have a Happy L abor Day. Don't forget the deadline for submissions to the 4th Annual Whitefish Bay Public Library Photo Contest is this Friday, September 6, 2019. Click here for more details! To subscribe to ou r newsletter, click here .
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
Is Village Hall closed to the public on Labor Day?
  • Yes, Village Hall is closed on Monday, September 2, 2019. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

What is the refuse and recycling collection schedule for Labor Day?
  • As a result of the holiday, refuse and recycling typically collected on Monday, September 2, 2019 will be collected on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone number is 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, August 26, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

Library Board (Meeting Cancelled)
  • Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 pm, Whitefish Bay Public Library
This Week's Meetings:

  • Thursday, September 5, 5:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room

Note: For past meeting agendas and minutes please visit the  Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
September 2019 Bay Leaves:
  • Fundraising for a cause from the North Shore Fire Department.
  • Immunization reminders from the North Shore Health Department.
  • Great Pumpkin Festival event information from the Civic Foundation.
  • Autumn hazards for Dogs and Cats from MADACC.
  • Tips from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club.
  • September activities from the Whitefish Bay Public Library.
  • 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update from the Village.
  • Summer recap from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay.
  • A story from the Whitefish Bay Historical Society.
  • Fall activities from the Recreation and Community Education Department.
  • September events and information from the Whitefish Bay School District.
Whitefish Bay Recycling Reminders:
The new bi-weekly refuse and recycling program is officially one-year-old! With that in mind, it's a great time for some important reminders about the recycling program.

The following items can go in your blue recycling cart: Plastic Bottles & Containers, Food & Beverage Cans, Paper, Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard, Food & Beverage Cartons, and Glass Bottles & Containers!

Other items such as Plastic Bags, Food Waste, Foam, Textiles, Scrap Metal, Electronics, and Yard Waste should not go in your recycling cart.

Click here for more details on what items can and can't go into your recycling cart. This flyer will also be mailed to you in your next water bill.
Overnight Pavement Marking Project:
LaLonde Construction will be performing crosswalk pavement removal and marking along Silver Spring Drive from Lake Drive to Lydell Ave as part of the current safety project over the next several weeks.

This work will entail water jetting the existing crosswalk paint off of the pavement. Water jetting will allow for the repainting of the crosswalks, stop bars, parking stalls, and yellow safety striping. There will be some construction noise associated with the water jetting. The contractor will then utilize highly reflective epoxy paint to mark the crosswalks for increased visibility and safety.

The water jetting and painting will take place during overnight hours (8:00 pm to 6:00 am) for the following reasons:
  • Eliminate paint removal and painting related vehicle traffic backups 
  • Eliminate MCTS bus service interruptions and delays (2 routes)
  • Eliminate the need for road lane closures and detour implementation
  • Increased safety for the workers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists 
  • Eliminate numerous day time parking stall closures
  • Eliminate the impact on all adjacent businesses
Please be careful, slow down and pay extra attention when driving around this and all construction zones.
Don't Forget - Back to School Crosswalk Info:
Important back to school crosswalk info! The Village is in the process of completing the Silver Spring Drive/Santa Monica Blvd Intersection Traffic Signal Replacement Project. The intersection will be under construction through mid-October. For the first phase of the project, the crosswalks at the intersection will be closed to pedestrians.

With school starting within the next two weeks, you and your children should plan to utilize the crosswalks at Berkeley Blvd and Shoreland Ave (map pictured). Crossing Guards will be at these alternative locations to help facilitate safe crossings. It is not safe to walk around the construction at Silver Spring Drive and Santa Monica Blvd.
Tips from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club:
Want a great lawn next spring? Right now — around Labor Day — is the ideal time to think about your “wish list” for next year’s front yard and to begin to create your very own backyard oasis. Cooler temperatures will kick-start both the top growth and root growth.

The easiest first step in optimal lawn care is to begin mulching your grass clippings and leaves back into the lawn. If you are already mulching your grass clippings back into your lawn, then take the next step — assess your lawn. Here are some simple ways to do that:
  • Walk your lawn. Grab a cup of coffee and a note pad. Jot down where the grass is thin. If YOU can see the soil, weed seeds can find that same patch of soil to grow into next spring. If it is easier for you, take photos with your phone to remind yourself of trouble spots that need attention. Make note of places that are completely bare and those that are just thinning.
  • Observe. What are the growing conditions? Are there places where the water tends to collect, the lawn gets soggy, and then the grass thins? Are there places that are always worn from foot traffic that might be better suited for a path or some paving stones? What about sun and shade? Eventually you will need to plant grass seed suited to your own growing conditions, so pay attention to that now. What portion of your lawn is in full sun and what parts get partial or full shade?
  • Plan ahead. Think about, “How much lawn do I really want to take care of?” Do you need play space for your kids, your dog or both? Or, is it the visual appeal? Most turf grasses grow best in full sun. If you have a shady backyard, possibly a low-maintenance shade garden would require less care and suit you better. This fall, take care of only the lawn spaces that you want to keep.
  • Test your soil. Go the extra mile, and find out the pH of your soil and learn the nutrient profile. Testing helps you know what soil amendments are right for your lawn rather than just guessing. Fall is the best time to adjust your soils, as amendments have plenty of time to break down and take hold before next spring. Lawn grasses prefer a pH of about 6.5 (slightly acidic). Soil testing is a fun science experiment for both kids and adults, and many gardeners make testing and amending their soils a part of their annual fall rituals. You can either use a sample test kit from a nursery or hardware store or submit samples to UW Extension (allow at least two weeks for processing). Click here to find detailed instructions for collecting soil samples.

Each week in the lawn care series, the Whitefish Bay Garden Club will suggest some action items that you can take to enhance your lawn and gardens for next year. Click here for more lawn and gardening tips from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club.
Events at the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Wednesday, September 4:

No-Sew Pencil Roll Up, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Celebrate Back to School with this great no-sew DIY project! We'll provide all the supplies you need. Grades 3rd-5th.  Registration required.
Saturda y, September 7:

Saturday Stories, 11:00 am to 11:30 am, This all-ages storytime doesn't require registration. Drop in for stories, songs, and more! No registration required. 
Community Spotlight:
'55 And Better' at the Recreation Department:

Adult exercise programs: Programs start September 4, 2019 and continue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Register at the Lydell Community Center.
  • 8:00 am low impact aerobics.
  • 8:50 am strength and stretch.
  • 11:35 am combination class.

Senior tour: A few seats are still available for this months Senior Tour to see the China Lights at the Botanical Garden and dinner at Lovers Lane Seafood on September 17, 2019. Please register by September 6, 2019. The bus departs the Lydell Community Center at 3:00 pm and returns at 9:00 pm. Cost $75.00. Contact the Carolyn Noori at 414-963-3992 with questions or to register.
School District Annual Meeting Update:

All are i nvited and welcome to attend the Whitefish Bay School District Annual Meeting, Budget Hearing, and State of the District Address. The meeting is Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium.

North Shore Health Department:
Did you know? Drowning remains the number one unintentional cause of death for children in the U.S. ages 1 to 4, and the second leading cause among children ages 5 to 14. Most parents are vigilant when enjoying summer activities with their young kids, but it is important to realize that drownings occur all year long. Bathtubs, fountains, toilets and even buckets also can pose a danger for very young children since most of these drownings are due to children falling into a pool or being left alone in the bathtub. When the unthinkable happens, caregivers often say, “I only looked away for a second.” Following are a few water safety precautions:
  • Never leave your child alone in the bathtub or near water; if you have to leave, take your child with you.
  • Find age-appropriate swim lessons for yourself and child which are available all year long. Go to to find lessons near you. Scholarships may be available upon proven need.
  • Keep in mind that lessons do not make your child "drown-proof" and that lifeguards aren't babysitters; there is no substitute for a caregiver’s undivided attention near water.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first.
  • Learn CPR and rescue techniques.
  • Although it is true that the younger the child, the greater the risk; it is important to encourage teens and young adults to keep water safety in mind as the dangers may not be on their radar.
  • Make sure the body of water matches your skill level; swimming in a pool is much different than swimming in a lake or river, where more strength is needed to handle currents
  • Never drink alcohol while swimming or operating a boat. Alcohol is involved in about half of all male teen drownings, according to  
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Sept. 10,
10:00 am to 11:00 am,
Brown Deer Office

Thursday, Sept. 12,
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm,
Shorewood Office

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics
(Appointment Required)

Wednesday, Sept. 18,
8:00 am to 10:00 am,
Brown Deer Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening 
(No Appointment Required)

Wednesday, Sept. 4,
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm,
Lois & Tom Dolan Community Center (4355 W. Bradley)
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