Monday, June 21, 2021

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter
Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

Interested in public service? The Village is seeking applications for one resident to serve as Village Trustee and one for the Board of Appeals. Position details and application information is below.  Also, be sure to check out Cahill's tennis courts which were resurfaced last week!  To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Is refuse and recycling collection rescheduled on Monday, July 5, 2021? Yes, as a result of the July 4th holiday, refuse and recycling typically collected on Monday, July 5, 2021, will be collected on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will be collected by Village crews next week (June 28). 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:
This Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Thursday, June 17, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
MMSD Home Haz Mat Collection:
Got yuck in your house or garage? Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) will be holding a mobile Home HazMat on Saturday, June 26, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Nicolet High School front parking lot located at 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Rd., Glendale. Please view list of items accepted and resources for recycling/disposing of items not collected on MMSD’s website.
Note From The Police Department:
Nighttime Bike Safety: With all of this nice weather, we've seen an increase in bicyclists, especially at night. Bike lights are required by Village Ordinance 6-36K any time between 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise. Bike lights and wearing reflective clothing make you more visible to motorists and can help prevent accidents. Also, be sure to follow these other bike safety tips:
  • Be visible. If you can’t see the driver, they can’t see you.
  • Be seen when stopped.
  • Obey traffic laws, signs and signals.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Ride on the road, bike lane, paved shoulder or path.
  • Enhance visibility with proper lighting.
  • Wear a helmet.
Updates from Village Hall:
Village Trustee Vacancy: The Village Board has announced its intent to appoint a Trustee to fill the vacancy created by the recent appointment of Kevin Buckley to the office of Village President. The appointed Trustee will serve the remainder of President Buckley's vacated Trustee term which expires April 18, 2022. Any interested Village resident, who is a minimum of 18 years old, a legal citizen of the United States, and is an eligible voter is welcome to submit an application to be considered for the appointment. Click here for more information about how to apply. Deadline to apply is July 1, 2021.

Board of Appeals Vacancy: The Village of Whitefish Bay is accepting applications from citizens who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals reviews requests for zoning code variances (including fence heights and setback issues) in addition to appeals of administrative decisions made by Village officials. The Board of Appeals meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. Click here to fill out an application. Please email Village Manager Paul Boening with questions.
Upcoming Special Events:
Village Band Concert at Klode Park: Come celebrate an old fashion Fourth of July band concert in the park with the Village Band of Whitefish on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., at Klode Park. Bring your chair(s) to share music that celebrates our country played by your neighbors.  The stage will be the music stage where you will return on Sunday, July 4, for the Civic Foundation's festival at Klode Park. 
First Thursdays…Sip, Shop, & Support Local: Join us on Silver Spring Drive on July 1, the first Thursday of the month, for a few extra hours of shopping (and sipping!). Participating businesses will stay open from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and will offer beer samples for you to enjoy. Plus, you can expect special promotions and great live music. Check-in under the clock to get your wristband and a map of participating Merchants. A fun night out with friends, while supporting local businesses? It doesn’t get much better than that!

Live Music: Cosmic Endeavors Collective, This new jazz band from Milwaukee plays anything from jazz standards to funky originals. They like to have fun and make music that is “in the moment” to create a unique playing and listening experience.
Whitefish Bay Art Festival: The Merchants of Whitefish Bay are happy to announce that the Whitefish Bay Art Festival is back for 2021, Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The WFB Art Festival will take place in the downtown area of Silver Spring Drive.

Free and open to the public, the Whitefish Bay Art Fest will showcase the work of about 100 juried artists in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, wood, and furniture. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with the artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Click here for more event information.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Library:
Whitefish Bay Public Library Summer Hours:
  • 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 through Labor Day Weekend

Other changes to library services:
  • Masks required only for those not fully vaccinated.
  • 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 1-person maximum limit and the larger room has a 2-person maximum limit.

Summer Reading Program: Our Summer Reading Program has begun! Sign up online through Beanstack and experience this great program for all ages, full of opportunities for fun and learning. You can register online or you can also use the Beanstack app. Download the Beanstack app and search for Whitefish Bay Public Library. The program runs through August 20.

Virtual Tea Time Book Club: Friday, June 25, 12:00 p.m., Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month and is led by Library Director Nyama Reed. This month we're reading The invisible life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. This meeting will take place virtually on Zoom. Click here to join. Meeting ID: 916 0440 7402, Passcode: 183619.

Outdoor Crafting - CD Scratch Art: Monday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Entering Grades 2 to 6. Join us for a fun outdoor crafting session! We'll be making cool CD Scratch Art, where you can make your own design and patterns. Masks are required, as is registration. Click here to register. Event is weather permitting.

Teen Book Club, Tuesday, June 29, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Open to those Entering Grades 7 to 12. Join us in School House Park to discuss the book Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger. We'll have great conversation, snacks, and more. You can also help us pick our next book club title! Click here to register.
Community Spotlight:
Bay Bridge Summer Book Read: Join Bay Bridge for education and dialogue with friends and neighbors in the 2nd annual summer book read. This year we're the commitment portion to take the impact even further and offering multiple options for education and dialogue depending on your needs. Click here for event details!
North North Health Department Highlights - Boating Safety: According to the American Boating Association, in 2019, there were 4,168 accidents, 2,559 injuries and 633 deaths attributed to recreational boating.
  • Alcohol was responsible for 23% of these events.
  • Drowning, where cause of death was known, was responsible for 79% of deaths.
  • Of those deaths, 86% were not wearing a life jacket.

Drowning can happen very quickly: It only takes about 60 seconds for an adult and 30 seconds for a child to drown.

Boat and Water Safety: Great Lakes water levels are low but will rise before peaking during the summer. Watch out for rip currents and waves; the danger increases with active weather conditions and high-water levels. Use caution around piers and breakwaters.
On land or in the water, these tips will help you and others enjoy the water safely:
  • Check the weather before you go!
  • Before every trip perform a safety check of the vessel and have all U.S. Coast Guard required equipment on board.
  • Everyone needs to wear a life jacket.
  • Make sure children wear the right size jacket and meet safety requirements.
  • Check the “expiration date”: over time the materials breakdown and do not help a person float as easily, requiring periodic replacement.
  • Be knowledgeable about your swimming abilities: “stay dry when waves are high!” Swimming in natural waters (lake, river, pond) is different from pools. Waves, currents, and exhaustion in natural water could have you fighting for your life.
  • Be cautious when enjoying the waterways, on land and water:
  • Be aware of structures: “be safe and steer clear of the pier.”
  • Stay clear of off-limits areas, like rocks, which could be slippery.
  • Alcohol and water are a deadly combination; caloric labyrinthitis is more likely to happen when consuming alcohol (an inner ear condition that causes you to become disoriented when underwater and not know which way is up!)
  • Understand Boater’s hypnosis: condition brought on a day of boating (effects of sun, wind, noise, vibration, and motion), that can slow reaction time near being legally intoxicated.
For more information, visit The Army Corps of Engineers’ Water Safety.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651