Monday, March 2, 2020

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

Friendly reminder! Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00 am. Remember to adjust your clocks forward one ho ur. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
When does in-person absentee voting begin and end for the April 7, 2020 election? In-person absentee voting begins the week of Monday, March 23 and ends Friday, April 3. Visit the Village  election information page has more info.

How can my child enter the WFB Civic Foundation Voice of the Bay Competition? Eligible Whitefish Bay residents in 3rd to 12th grade can submit a video by email showcasing their vocal talent. Check out the story below for more event details!
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone number is 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, Mar. 2, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, Mar. 3, 6:15 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, Mar. 5, 5:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, Feb. 24, 5:45 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Monday, Feb. 24, 6:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room
March 2020 Bay Leaves:
  • Save the date for the 2nd annual BAY DAY from the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation, Merchants of Whitefish Bay, and Whitefish Bay Public Education Foundation.
  • Free home safety visits from the North Shore Fire Department.
  • Pancake Breakfast with the Bunny from Kiwanis.
  • Save the date for Artisans in the Garden from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club
  • A story on the Whitefish Bay Women’s Club from the Whitefish Bay Historical Society. 
  • Save the date for Artisans in the Garden from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club.
  • Safe gardening from North Shore Health Department.
  • Last call for pet licenses from MADACC.
  • Spring activities from the Recreation and Community Education Department.
  • WFBHS Choir Concert and other events from the Whitefish Bay School District.
  • Spring onto Silver Spring Drive from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay.
  • Upcoming events from the Whitefish Bay Public Library.
  • Property tax reminders, recycling information, and election information from the Village.
Voice Of The Bay - Entries Due April 3, 2020:
The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is excited to announce the 2nd annual youth vocal competition “The Voice of the Bay” to coincide with Bay Day Events: Green Day in the Bay, Run the Bay, and Recycle Day in the Bay on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Klode Park. New this year: Voice of the Bay, Jr for grades 3-6. 
 
Eligible Whitefish Bay residents in 3rd to 12th grade can submit a video showcasing their vocal talent to VoiceoftheBay@wfbcivicfoundation.org. From these submissions, 15 finalists (5 from grades 3-6; 10 from grades 7-12) will be accepted into the competition to perform on the Green Day in the Bay entertainment stage before a judge’s panel of professional Milwaukee vocalists. Judges include Ally Hart of the Amplified Artist Sessions, Stephen Hull from The Stephen Hull Experience, Antonina Johnston from Johnston Voice Studio, and Tom Riddle of Stories Studio.
 
A grand prize package, which includes a complimentary studio recording session, will be awarded to one contestant for their outstanding vocal performance. There is a special performance prize, as a guest of the Amplified Artist Sessions, for one singer-songwriter who has at least 5-6 original songs in their repertoire and can accompany themselves on guitar or piano.
 
Video submissions are due no later than Friday, April 3, 2020. Details on submission guidelines can be found at www.wfbcivicfoundation.org. For general questions regarding the Voice of the Bay competition or the Green Day in the Bay entertainment schedule, contact Suzanne Singh at VoiceoftheBay@wfbcivicfoundation.org.
Back by Popular Demand - HHW Info:
Got yuck in your house or garage? Check out the list of permanent locations and mobile collection dates for Milwaukee County residents.

Drop off your old and unused household hazardous waste (HHW) at one of the  Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD)  permanent or mobile collection locations. It’s a great way for you to help keep our land and water clean and safe!

Final Pet License Deadline is March 31:
Each year your cat or dog license expires on December 31. A new one must be purchased by March 31 or there will be a late fee charged on top of the licensing fee (Licenses are $12 for sterilized animals or $24 for intact animals).

Fortunately, Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) has you covered. You can purchase a license online! Or, if you want to purchase the license in person, MADACC is open 7-days per week at 3839 W. Burnham Street, West Milwaukee (Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and weekends 8:00 am to 5:00 pm).

Do you need to update your pet’s rabies vaccine to get a license? MADACC will be having a pre-paid vaccine clinic on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at MADACC with $5 rabies vaccines, and $5 parvo/distemper vaccines for cats and dogs, along with $15 microchips. Information about the event and the sign-up sheet can be found on our website. MADACC also does walk-in vaccine clinics on most Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday mornings. 

Call ahead at 414-649-8640 to verify clinic times and dates and for more information about licensing, vaccine clinics, microchipping, low-cost spay/neuter and Milwaukee County dog park tags.
Events at the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Whitefish Bay TALKS: The Great American Songbook
Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 pm
In his one-hour presentation, Mr. Hindin plays, sings and tells background stories of the music, how it came to be, and the men and women who created the iconic sounds of the era that spans the end of World War I, the Great Depression, World War II and the explosion of America on the world stage after the conclusion of World War II. Read more about this event on our website. Please register.
Mystery Book Club
Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm
Our Mystery Book Club meets once a month and is led by Patron Services Intern Sharon Nagel. This month we're reading Falling in Love by Donna Leon. More information.
Drop In and Make: Paper Cupcakes
Friday, March 6, All Day
We will supply all the materials to create cool paper cupcakes! Just bring your creativity and stop by whenever the library is open. All ages. No registration required.
Storytime Registration Begins
Monday, March 9, All Day
Call (414) 755-6555 or stop by the Youth Services desk to register in person.
Community Spotlight:
Update from the School District:

The Whitefish Bay School District invites you to check out their Data Dashboard link. Check out a district overview, financial overview, performance information, and more! ClearGov works with hundreds of local governments from large cities to small school districts to help them communicate, connect and engage with their constituents to build community support for mission-critical projects. 
Pancake Breakfast with the Bunny is Saturday, April 4, 2020:
 
Come celebrate Spring at the North Shore Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday, April 4, 8:00 to 11:00 am. The event will take place at the Bay Shore Lutheran Church, 1200 E. Hampton Road, Whitefish Bay. Guests may enter at the north door from the parking lot on Wildwood Avenue.
 
Enjoy photos with the Bunny, raffles, face painting, and a delicious breakfast featuring pancakes, sausage, juice, milk & coffee. Tickets are available at the door, from Kiwanis members or at Winkie’s - just $8 per adult (10 & up) and $5 per child (over 2 years of age).

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. All proceeds will benefit Kiwanis youth charities. Fore more info visit: kiwanisnorthshoremke.com
A Helpful Suggestion from the Whitefish Bay Environmental Group:

Despite community efforts to support local businesses, ordering online from Amazon has become a popular way to obtain items. A common frustration, however, is the packaging and the volume of packaging materials, many of which are not recyclable. The result is an ever increasing amount of cardboard boxes, paper envelopes and, frequently, large amounts of plastic!

Request Less Packaging: Contact Amazon’s customer care team and let them know you would like your account to be noted for reduced packaging when shipping your orders. There are a few ways you can go about this:
  • Send an email to customer service (cs-reply@amazon.com) asking them to avoid plastic packaging and extra packaging - which means no bubble wrap or packing peanuts.
  • Call them at 1 (888) 280-4331 and make your request over the phone.
  • Live chat with an Amazon associate on their customer service Contact Page.
Ultimately, it’s up to Amazon to honor your request, so it’s not guaranteed to work for every order.

Frustration-Free Packaging: Amazon has a “Frustration Free” packaging service. You can search for products available with frustration free packaging (simply add the term “frustration free packaging” in the search field) - and choose this option from the product detail page like you would color and size. Your item will be delivered in an easy to open, 100% recyclable package. Amazon currently offers more than 200,000 different products in Frustration Free Packaging.
Bay Bridge Meeting Date:

Bay Bridge Community Planning Meeting, March 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Whitefish Bay Public Library: If you want to learn more about what justice, diversity, & equity this event is for you! Our conversation will be facilitated by Kellie Sigh.
North Shore Health Department:
Did you know? According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, three people died while snowmobiling in Wisconsin this weekend, bringing the total to 17 deaths for the season. Although there is not a lot of snowmobiling happening within the North Shore area, we know many of our constituents travel throughout the state to do so. With snow in the forecast and more still on the ground, a reminder is warranted for snowmobilers to sled safely.

There are now nine snowmobile fatalities so far this February. Alcohol, excess speed, driver inexperience or operator error are the leading causes of snowmobile fatalities. There were 16 total snowmobile fatalities in 2019. Eleven of those involved operation on public trails and roadways while four incidents occurred on frozen waterways.

Winter's fluctuating temperatures, snowfalls and snowmelts have made for often-changing terrain and mixed conditions on snowmobile trails as well as rivers and lakes. The DNR cautions that no ice is 100% safe. The DNR does not monitor conditions and suggests snowmobilers contact local fishing clubs, snowmobile clubs or outfitters to inquire about the ice conditions.

With more than 200,000 registered snowmobiles hitting Wisconsin's 25,000 miles of groomed trails each winter across the state, safety is an important part of the ride.

If you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, and are at least age 12 years old, you must complete a snowmobile safety certification course to operate a snowmobile on Wisconsin public snowmobile trails and areas. The DNR recommends all snowmobilers complete a safety course. 
Follow these tips to ride responsibly:
  • Don't drink alcohol and ride
  • Slow down
  • Carry a first-aid kit and dress appropriately
  • Avoid frozen rivers and lakes
  • Stay on marked trails
  • Never travel alone and keep a safe distance between you and other snowmobilers
  • Take a snowmobile safety course

Upcoming Immunization Clinics (Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Mar. 3
8:00 am to 9:30 am
Brown Deer Office

Wednesday, Mar. 11
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Shorewood Office

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (Appointment Required)

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

Tuesday, March 24,
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Shorewood Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening 
(No Appointment Required)

Wednesday, Mar. 4
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
Dolan Center
(4355 W Bradley Road)

Wednesday, Mar. 18
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
LX Club (Sinai Synagogue, 8223 N. Port Washington Road) 

Contact the NSHD for appointments:
414-371-2980
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651