Monday, May 31, 2021

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter
Message from the Village

We hope you are able to join the Civic Foundation this morning at Armory Park beginning 11:00 a.m. for the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Also, be sure to check out the 2021 Whitefish Bay Summer Event Guide below! To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
What is the Refuse and Recycling collection schedule for Memorial Day (May 31)? Refuse and recycling normally picked up on Monday, May 31, will be picked up on Tuesday, June 1.

Is Village Hall closed to the public on Memorial Day? Yes, Village Hall is closed on Monday, May 31. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, June 1.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will be collected by Village crews this week (beginning June 1). 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:

No meetings last week. For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.

Please note that the Village uses GoToMeeting for virtual meetings. Contact Village Hall with questions.
This Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, June 3, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
6th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony:
Join us today! The community is cordially invited to Whitefish Bay’s 6th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation. The event is at 11:00 a.m. on May 31, 2021, at Armory Park (Corner of Henry Clay St. and Ardmore Ave.)

The ceremony will be an opportunity for Veterans to connect with one another and for the community to honor our country’s fallen service members. The event will also give Whitefish Bay families a way to teach children the meaning behind Memorial Day and to witness traditional military customs.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Anoop Prakash, a Whitefish Bay resident who served four years of active duty as an Intelligence Officer in the US Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. Anoop served as the Intelligence Officer for Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 (HMM-263) and later as the Air Combat Element intelligence officer for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU) deployed on the USS Guam (LPH-9), participating in several multinational exercises in the Mediterranean and expeditionary operations in the Persian Gulf region. After his deployment, Anoop was promoted to Intelligence Officer for Marine Aircraft Group 29 (MAG-29) and upon leaving active duty was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.  

Attendees are encouraged to keep themselves and community members healthy during the ceremony, which includes remaining a safe physical distance from others and following any other CDC / Village guidelines recommended for outdoor events.

Below are ideas for those looking for other ways to honor those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today:
  • Display the Flag on Memorial Day Weekend.
  • Visit Armory Park (southwest corner of Henry Clay Street and Ardmore Avenue) or other memorial parks/sites to reflect on the those lost (while maintaining social distancing practices).
  • Research a family member or friend of a friend who lost a loved one in defense of our country. If you don't know of anyone, you can research some of those lost from Wisconsin.
  • Post a tribute to a fallen service member online (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.).
  • Make a donation to a veterans’ organization in honor of a fallen service member, such as the Wounded Warrior Project.

We hope you will take a moment to reflect and honor the sacrifices of our fallen service members on this Memorial Day Weekend.

Sincerely, Whitefish Bay Memorial Day Ceremony Committee
2021 Whitefish Bay Summer Event Guide:
First Thursdays on Silver Spring Drive
Thursdays, June 3, July 1, August 5, and September 2, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Join us on Silver Spring Drive on the first Thursday of each month, June through September, for a few extra hours of shopping (and sipping!). 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.
 
Farmers Market
Saturdays, June 12 – October 16, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Again this year, the Farmers Market, a ‘Simply Unbeetable’ event, will be held in the Aurora Parking Lot, 325 E. Silver Spring Drive. Shop fresh and organic produce, meats, breads, flowers, honey, vegan and gluten-free items, sweet treats, coffee, eggs, and more! Find more information on the Farmers Market Facebook page.
 
1840 Traveling Beer Garden
Saturdays, June 19 and September 11, 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cheers! 1840 Brewing Company will host their traveling beer garden in Klode Park on two Saturdays this summer. Guests can enjoy food, drinks, and live music each time. Check out their beer menu here.
 
Fourth of July
Sunday, July 4, 11:30 a.m.
What’s the Best Day in the Bay? You know it’s the Fourth of July! The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is thrilled to keep the tradition going in 2021. Don’t miss the annual parade (following a new route!), and stop by Klode Park for food, drinks, games, and, of course, fireworks! For details, visit the Civic Foundation’s website.
 
Whitefish Bay Art Festival
Saturday – Sunday, July 10 – 11, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Merchants along with Amdur Productions will be closing Silver Spring Drive, from Santa Monica Boulevard to Hollywood Avenue so that 100+ artists from all over the country can set up tier booths and present artworks for visitors to browse and shop. 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.
 
Sidewalk Sale
Friday – Saturday, July 16 – 17
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. Learn more on the Merchants of Whitefish Bay website and Facebook page.
 
Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, August 4
The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation will be bringing back the popular Ice Cream Social this August. Event hours, details, and location will be coming soon.
 
Sounds of Summer
Saturday, August 14, 11:00 a.m.
Bring your own blankets and chairs, and enjoy a live concert on Silver Spring Drive! This free event is organized by the Merchants of Whitefish Bay and the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation. Look for more details on each organization’s website.
 
St. Monica Parish Fair
Saturday – Sunday, August 28 – 29
Close out the summer with food, drinks, games, live music, and fun for the whole family! Proceeds benefit St. Monica Parish. Watch for updates on St. Monica’s website. St. Monica’s is also planning a ‘fun run’ event in conjunction with the Parish Fair – stay tuned for details.
 
Village Band Concerts
Look for the Village Band at various community events this summer and stay tuned for a concert schedule! For the most up-to-date information, follow the band on Facebook.
June 2021 Bay Leaves:
The June Bay Leaves magazine is now available on the Village website. Stories include:
  • Resident Feature: The Ingram Family Has Almost Four Decades of Memories in Whitefish Bay
  • Information on the Emerald Ash Bore Program from the Village
  • Adding Daily Activity from the North Shore Health Department
  • A Call to Join the Board and Fourth of July Updates from the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation
  • Welcome Summer to Silver Spring Drive from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay
  • Summer Reading Program and Photography Contest Information from the Whitefish Bay Public Library
  • Vegetable Gardening Tips from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club
  • Backyard Grilling Season Is Back from North Shore Fire Rescue
  • Water Safety for Your Dog from MADACC
  • Congratulations to 2021 Graduates and Registration Information from the Whitefish Bay School District
  • How Whitefish Bay Quelled an Epidemic from the Historic Preservation Commission
  • Summer Programs from the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department
2021 Sidewalk Improvement Program:
The Village of Whitefish Bay Public Works Department is under contract with Raza of Racine to complete Village public sidewalk removal and replacement improvements. The primary location of improvements is within the central area of the Village south of Silver Spring Drive and north of Lexington Boulevard in addition to other sidewalk sections in the Village in need of replacement. This sidewalk improvement work is needed to improve the safety for those utilizing the public sidewalk system in the Village.

The project will involve the removal and replacement of uneven and deteriorated public sidewalks, carriage walks, and curb within the Village to remove trip hazards. In addition, sidewalk and curb sections may be replaced with this project to improve drainage.

This work is scheduled to begin the week of May 31st with completion scheduled by late June, weather dependent.

The Public Works Department staff understands the inconvenience this project may create for you and greatly appreciates your patience and understanding. Please be careful, slow down, and pay extra attention when driving around this and all construction zones.

If you should have any questions regarding this project, feel free to contact Spencer Charczuk, E.I.T., Village of Whitefish Bay Staff Engineer, (414) 962-6690 ext. 123.
Updates From Village Hall:
Property Tax Reminder: 3rd and final Tax Installment Payment is due TODAY, May 31, 2021. May 31 is a holiday, please plan accordingly.

How to make a property tax payment:
  • Payments may be made online by clicking here. Convenience fee does apply.
  • Mail check to Village of Whitefish Bay. All payments received with postmark of May 31 will be honored.
  • Drop check in dropbox at Village Hall (in front vestibule).
Join the Civic Foundation Board: Want to be more involved in your community? The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is looking for new board members and has multiple positions to fill.

Members of this working, all-volunteer board must enjoy volunteering, care about the Whitefish Bay community, and feel as comfortable communicating with an important sponsor as they do rolling up their sleeves to clean up after an event. The board is specifically looking for members with experience in event planning, marketing, or accounting.

Board members support the Foundation’s events – like Bay Day, 4th of July, Sounds of Summer, the Great Pumpkin Festival, and more – that make our community a great place to live, work and play. Members will also have a hand in evaluating grant and scholarship recipients while working with others on the board to support the organization’s infrastructure.

If you want to make a difference as a Civic Foundation board member, please contact us at board@wfbcivicfoundation.org, and tell us why you would be great for the foundation.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Library:
Whitefish Bay Public Library Summer Hours: Starting June 1, the library’s new hours will be:
  • Mondays to Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Fridays to Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sundays, Closed from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
  • The library will be closed on Monday, May 31, in honor of Memorial Day.

Other changes coming June 1:
  • Curbside service will no longer be offered.
  • Non-pickup fee of items on hold, $1 per item will be reinstated.
  • Inside book drops will be available.
  • Study rooms are available. The smaller room has a one-person maximum limit and the larger room has a 2-person maximum limit.

Masks still required for patrons and staff per the Library Board of Trustees approval of the Library Renewing Services Plan established in May 2020. The Board will revisit this plan at the next meeting on Tuesday, June 1 (please note the date change for the meeting). Click here for Library Board Meeting Information.

We need your help! Please take a survey about the library: Serving our community’s needs is important to the Whitefish Bay Public Library. As part of our planning, we are asking community members for a few moments of their time to share their input. We need your help. We are constantly striving to be a cornerstone of our great community, to help connect people, to inspire learning, and to provide access to ideas, information, and resources. Click here to help us to learn what you need and want from WFBPL.

Also, we have a special survey for middle school students here. If you have an 11-14 year old in your home, please help them complete it so we can learn how we can keep making the library a place they want to visit and use. We want to be a place they think is awesome. We know they have opinions and we want to hear from them directly.

We hope you’ll share your thoughts by June 6th. 

Summer Programming: Check out our events calendar for our upcoming summer programming including outdoor all ages story time, take and makes, zoom crafting sessions and more. And don’t forget about our summer reading program for all ages. Registration begins on June 14.
Community Spotlight:
Community Message Garden:

Have you seen the pop-up Message Garden? Stop by the Whitefish Bay Public Library between now and June 20 to create your positive message of hope and unity. Supplies available on site. This temporary installation is brought to you by Bay Bridge, the Whitefish Bay Public Library, and you!
Vegetable Gardening 301 - Square Foot Gardening:

If the sunny spot you choose for your vegetable garden is a small space, consider square-foot gardening.

Divide your space into one-foot-square sections. In each square, plant one tomato, squash, or pepper; two cucumbers or kale; four lettuce; nine beans, spinach, or peas; or sixteen carrots. Vegetables like peas, beans, and some squash and cucumbers will climb if you create supports for them. This makes best use of vertical space.

Use square foot gardening in combination with companion planting to make the best use of space, balance soil nutrients, increase flavors, and control pests. Some common examples include planting tomatoes near carrots, cucumbers near peas, squash near beans, and peppers near onions.

Practicing square foot gardening makes it difficult to crowd the space. It looks neat and tidy, and allows access to your plants to harvest. By Darcie Warren, Whitefish Bay Garden Club
Join the Whitefish Bay Lions Club!

Do you enjoy volunteering? Are you looking for opportunities to serve your community? Then I have the perfect organization for you – Lions club. Open to anyone 18 years and older, Lions club works to improve communities all over the world through volunteer projects, fundraising, and educational programs. Each club has a unique focus, but our motto remains the same: “We serve.”

My name is Dan, and I am trying to start a Lions club in Whitefish Bay. If you want to learn more about this exciting opportunity, please join me at Village Hall, 5300 N Marlborough Drive, in Whitefish Bay, on Thursday, June 17, any time between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
To learn more about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org. If you have any questions, you can email me at mylionsclub466@gmail.com.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651