Monday, May 3, 2021

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

Special thank you to the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation, Merchants of Whitefish Bay, and Whitefish Bay Education Foundation who made Bay Day 2021 a safe and fun community event. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When does the Whitefish Bay Farmers Market begin? The Whitefish Bay Farmers Market will run on Saturdays from June 12, 2021 through October 16, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The market is in the Aurora Health Center parking lot located at 325 E Silver Spring Drive in Whitefish Bay.

When is the 3rd and Final Tax Installment Payment Due? The final tax installment is due Monday, May 31, 2021. (May 31 is a holiday please plan accordingly.)

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews this week. 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:

  • Tuesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m., Virtual Zoom

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

  • Monday, May 3, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday May 6, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
Introduction To Your Interim Police Chief:
Whitefish Bay Police Commission Appoints Patrick Whitaker as Interim Police Chief:

The Whitefish Bay Police Commission unanimously appointed Patrick Whitaker to the Interim Police Chief position on March 4. Interim Chief Whitaker will serve in the role until the Commission takes action to appoint a successor.

The appointment took effect following the April 16 retirement of Police Chief Michael Young, who served in the role for more than 8 years.  

A native of Glendale, Interim Chief Whitaker brings over 22 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Whitefish Bay Police Department as a Community Service Officer in 1998 and became a Patrol Officer later that same year. He earned promotions to Sergeant in 2013 and Lieutenant in 2017. Whitaker graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice before graduating from the MATC Police Academy in 1998. He later earned a Master of Science from Cardinal Stritch University in Management, where he completed a capstone project to evaluate the feasibility of body-worn cameras for Whitefish Bay Officers. The Department established a body-worn camera program shortly thereafter. In 2019, Whitaker obtained a Public Manager certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison through a program offered in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Justice. That same year, he was instrumental in establishing a North Shore in-service training program aimed at increasing collaboration among officers from all seven North Shore police departments.

Whitaker is excited for the opportunity to serve in a new role. “As Interim Police Chief, I will work to ensure that our department serves Whitefish Bay in a professional, ethical, and transparent manner. It’s an honor to work with the community to keep Whitefish Bay a great place to live, work, and visit.” He resides in the North Shore with his wife and three boys and enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and reading in his free time. Please join us in extending well wishes to Interim Police Chief Patrick Whitaker in his new role. 

Interim Police Chief Whitaker welcomes community feedback and can be reached at p.whitaker@wfbvillage.org or (414) 755-6554.
May 2021 Bay Leaves:
The May Bay Leaves magazine is now available on the Village website. Stories include:
  • Resident Feature: From Kuwait to Whitefish Bay The Paulson Family Feels At Home Here
  • Important Property Tax Information from the Village
  • New Accessible Pedestrian Traffic Signal Coming to the Village
  • COVID-19 Vaccines: Another Layer of Protection from the North Shore Health Department
  • Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club
  • Memorial Day Ceremony Updates from the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation
  • Spring Blood Drive Information from the Whitefish Bay Women’s Club
  • Upcoming Events from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay
  • How to Stay Connected with the Whitefish Bay Public Library
  • Pedestrian and Bike Safety from North Shore Fire Rescue
  • Kitten Season Is Here from MADACC
  • 2021-22 Registration Information from the Whitefish Bay School District
  • Spring/Summer Programs from the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department
North Shore Health Department Annual Report:
The North Shore Health Department 2020 Annual Report provides an overview of the many programs and services that protect and promote the health and safety of North Shore residents. As we have shared over the years in these annual reports, the mission of the North Shore Health Department is to work in partnership with the communities to assure, promote, and protect the health and safety of the people in the North Shore. Our core services include:
  • Communicable Disease Prevention and Control
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
  • Environmental Health, including licensing and inspection for restaurants, retail food establishments, hotels, and public pools
  • Injury Prevention
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness

The Health Department’s scope also extends from our daily work investigating communicable disease cases to our outreach in building partnerships with parents, providers, and schools that foster mental health and resiliency among our youth.
Solar Info For Whitefish Bay:
The Village has partnered with several area local governments and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association to give people access to solar education and competitive prices for solar installation on residential and commercial properties through volume purchasing.

Building on past successes, a number of local municipalities are combining efforts to offer Grow Solar Greater Milwaukee to residents throughout Milwaukee County. 

Area homeowners and business owners can attend online, free one-hour Solar Power Hours to learn about solar, the volume purchasing, and sign up for free quotes and site assessments. Click here to register for the kick-off or other virtual Solar Power Hours. Residents are able to join any of the Solar Power Hours.
World Migratory Bird Day:
Saturday, May 8, 2021 is World Migratory Bird Day. The Village has been recognized as a Bird City Wisconsin for 10 years in a row! The Whitefish Bay Garden Club educates residents about World Migratory Bird Day at Bay Day each year (Garden Club Members Pictured at Bay Day in 2019). 

Bird City Wisconsin was created in 2009 and began recognizing communities the following year. The program recognizes municipalities for the conservation and education activities that they undertake to make their communities healthy for birds… and people.
North Shore Health Department Highlight:
World Immunization Week And National Infant Immunization Week:

Stay on track with your child’s vaccinations. It is important to protect children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) and stay on track with your children’s well-child visits and recommended vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that children stay on track with their well-child appointments and routine vaccinations – even during COVID-19.  

Vaccinating your child according to the recommended immunization schedule gives him or her the best protection against 14 serious childhood illnesses like measles and whooping cough before the age of 2. According to the CDC: 
  • Vaccines have drastically reduced infant deaths and disability caused by preventable disease in the U.S. 
  • Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age 2. 
  • Routine childhood immunization among children born from 1994-2018 will prevent: 
  • an estimated 419 million illnesses, 
  • 8 million hospitalizations, and 
  • 936,000 early deaths over the course of their lifetimes. 

You can review the 2021 easy-to-read immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

For more information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit these resources: 

If you have questions about vaccines, talk to your child’s doctor.
Community Spotlight:
Bay Bridge Update:

Thanks to all who attended the film discussion of Teach Us All. A big thank you also to our co-sponsors: Whitefish Bay Public Library, Whitefish Bay High School Black Student Union, Richards PTO, Whitefish Bay High School Parent Association, and Christ Church Episcopal. We had great community participation and meaningful discussions. Conversations covered topics like access to education, the history of segregation, white suburban flight, and affordable housing. We look forward to continued dialogue and action. To stay up to date on the latest activities and ways to help make Whitefish Bay a more welcoming community, don't forget to:
Memorial Day Ceremony:

Save the date! 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.

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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information from the North Shore Health Department:

The North Shore Health Department is hosting a Johnson and Johnson Clinic on Wednesday 5/5/2021 in Brown Deer. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is available to individuals 18+. Sign up for an appointment here.

Other locations performing COVID-19 Vaccinations for eligible North Shore residents:
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651