Monday, October 26, 2020

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

I hope you have a chance to visit Whitefish Bay's Great Pumpkin Festival between Wednesday, October 28 through Saturday, October 31 this week. Event details are below. Please remember that the Village of Whitefish Bay is not setting Trick-or-Treat hours this year. Please see our announcement for complete details. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
How often is curbside leaf collection? Collection is weekly, but there is no specific collection schedule. Collection is dependent on crew availability and the volume of leaves that need to be collected. Leaves should be placed in the curb of the street, but away from storm inlets. Frequently asked questions about the curbside collection program can be found here.

Brush chipper collection: Brush will be collected by Village crews next week (November 2, 2020). 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:

  • Monday, October 26, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, October 19, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Tuesday, October 20, 5:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
Overnight Winter Parking Changes:
On October 5, 2020, the Village Board approved changes to winter parking regulations in Whitefish Bay. The proposed overnight parking changes only affect winter overnight parking, which is enforced from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. from December 1 through March 31. Vehicles still need to abide by all other parking regulations for the location in which they are parked. An overnight parking permit does not supersede time zone restrictions or other restrictions on a block, and vehicles with overnight parking permits must be moved once every 24 hours. The changes to overnight parking regulations are as follows:

  • Free Nightly Parking Permission: Each license plate gets 25 free parking nights per calendar year (increased from 15). You can request this free nightly permission to park on any street in the Village. In the winter, parking shall be in front or across the street of the residence making the request based on even/odd date (see below). Request free nightly parking at the following webpage: www.parking.wfbvillage.org
  • Overnight Monthly Parking Permit: Monthly permits can now be purchased for any street in Whitefish Bay, no longer requiring vehicles to be parked in pre-designated areas. In the Winter, parking shall be in front or across the street of the residence making the request based on even/odd date (see below).
  • Where Do I Park in the winter (12/1/20 through 3/31/20)? Alternative Side - Even/Odd – Parking: In the winter, monthly permit holders and free nightly permissions will be required to follow alternate side parking. Vehicles should park on the even-numbered side of the street with an even calendar date before midnight, and on the odd-numbered side of the street on those nights with an odd calendar date before midnight (unless an exemption applies). Vehicles with monthly overnight parking permits must be moved once every 24 hours.
  • Where Do I Park in the spring, summer, and fall (4/1/21 through 11/30/21)? In the spring, summer, and fall, monthly permit holders and free nightly permissions will be required to park directly in front of your residence (unless an exemption applies). Vehicles with monthly overnight parking permits must be moved once every 24 hours.
  • Overnight Monthly Permit Cost: Permits cost $30.00 per month. Permits are available to purchase online beginning at 5:00 a.m. on the 15th of the month for the next month. Permits are available for sale in person during police administration hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and online 24 hours per day at the following webpage: www.parking.wfbvillage.org. If the permit is purchased after the 15th of the month, the fee is reduced to $15.00.
  • How many months can I purchase at one time? Beginning December 15, 2020, you may purchase up to 12 months of overnight parking at a time within the 2021 calendar year. You cannot purchase a permit for 2022 until December 15, 2021.
  • What if my parking is already limited to one side of the street and/or my residence borders Glendale? In these circumstances, you would be allowed to park directly in front of your residence year-round with a monthly overnight parking permit. However, an overnight parking permit does not supersede time zone restrictions or other restrictions on a block. The Village will work with residents on a case-by-case basis for other unique circumstances. In addition, Public Works may temporarily need to restrict parking on these streets on an as-needed basis for snow removal.  

Winter parking changes were made to improve Village-wide snow plowing efforts, increase the limited number and distribution of parking spots in designated zones, and improve public safety.  If you have any questions about the changes, please contact Lt. Patrick Whitaker with the Whitefish Bay Police Department at p.whitaker@wfbvillage.org.
The Great Pumpkin Festival Returns!
Enjoy a festive, safe, socially distant version of Whitefish Bay's favorite fall tradition: The Great Pumpkin Festival. Read below for new details on the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation's annual autumn event.

Date: October 28 to 31, 2020

Locale: Old School House Park (5240 N Marlborough Dr.) next to the Whitefish Bay Public Library

Details: Decorate Whitefish Bay with carved pumpkins displayed at Old Schoolhouse Park for a festive, safe, socially distant version of this fall tradition!

Drive up to our convenient pumpkin pick-up and drop-off location on North Idlewild Avenue near Old School House Park, open 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Take your pumpkin home to carve and bring it back to our drop-off, and we will display your creation for all to see!

All pumpkins will be lit 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. nightly, and we welcome you to walk through the park and enjoy the pumpkins and decorations. We encourage you to practice good habits by wearing a mask and keeping your distance from others.

Please note: To provide a safe event for all, this year there will be no carving of pumpkins, no music, and no food and beverage on-site. (We know! We’re bummed, too!) Thanks for helping us safely celebrate, Whitefish Bay!
November 3, 2020 Election Information:
November 3, 2020 Election FAQ
(Updated 10/23/20):

Please click here for frequently asked questions related the upcoming November 3, 2020 election, absentee ballots, and response deadlines.  If you have a question that is not listed, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (414) 962-6690.

In-person absentee voting continues this week at Village Hall, 5300 N. Marlborough Drive, through Friday, October 30, 2020. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Friday, October 30, the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No appointment necessary, but please bring a photo ID.
There is no absentee voting on the Monday prior to the election.

The Village has received over 7,637 absentee ballot requests out of approximately 10,800 registered voters. Of those requests, over 5,941 ballots have already been completed and returned (78% of issued ballots)!
Updates from Village Hall:
Chalk my Walk! 

If you are walking down Silver Spring and see this sign in front of High Brow Boutique, Gallery 505, Gerhard’s, or Arthur Murray Dance Center be sure to pick up a piece of chalk and share a happy message or drawing!
Welcome Erin!

Please welcome Erin Aeschbacher as the new Administration Assistant for the Village of Whitefish Bay. Erin is an alum of UW Madison and comes to the Village after several years at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Be sure to say hello next time you are at Village Hall!
COVID-19 Testing Location Update:

Starting Monday, October 19, 2020 a new central testing site will open in the parking lots at Miller Park. The Health Department will offer drive-thru testing targeted at people with symptoms or who have been exposed to someone that tested positive.
  • Miller Park parking lots, 1 Brewers Way
  • Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Free drive-thru testing
  • No appointment needed
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Virtual Author Event - Juneau Black - Thursday, October 29, at 6:45PM: Hosted by Boswell Books. Please click here to register for this virtual event. Juneau Black is the pen name of authors Jocelyn Cole and Whitefish Bay Librarian Sharon Nagel. They share a love of excellent bookshops, fine cheeses, and a good murder (in fictional form only). Though they are two separate people, if you ask either of them a question about their childhood, you are likely to get the same answer. This is a little unnerving for any number of reasons.

About the series: Shady Hollow is a cozy small town filled with woodland creatures who live and work together. The local fall election is coming up and the campaigning is unusually fierce, since Deputy Orville Braun is running against been-in-office-forever Chief Meade. In the midst of this unexpected tension, a murder is announced, but there’s a twist: the victim is still alive!
Teen-tober - for Grades 6-12: Creativity can bloom in unprecedented times. For our Teen-Tower Photo Contest, we want to see a photo of what has brought you joy or happiness or creativity in the pandemic. You can take a photo specifically for this contest, or you can submit a photo previously taken at some point in 2020. Entries must be received by October 30. To see all the rules and submit your photos, click here:
Get Study Help with Tutor.Com: Whitefish Bay Public Library has partnered with Tutor.com to provide you with FREE online tutoring to support your academic success this school year. The experts at Tutor.com can help you work through a tough homework problem, improve your writing skills, study for a test, review a difficult concept, and so much more! To access Tutor.com, visit our website! Tutors are available every day from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To use this resource you must be a resident of Whitefish Bay with a valid library card.
Closed Tuesday, November 3: The library will only be open for voting on Election Day for voters in wards 1, 2, 3 and 4. We will NOT be open to checkout materials or use library computers. We could not safely run curbside and also limit the number of people in the building during open hours.
From the North Shore Health Department:
NSHD Highlights 10/20/2020: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month by the American Cancer Society to raise awareness about breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, there is a 1 in 8 chance a woman will develop breast cancer in her life.

The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2020 are:
  • About 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. 
  • About 48,530 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer). 
  • About 42,170 women will die from breast cancer.

There are some preventive measures to take to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer:
  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight: Both increased body weight and weight gain as an adult are linked with a higher risk of breast cancer after menopause. You should stay at a healthy weight throughout your life and avoid excess weight gain by balancing your food intake with physical activity. 
  • Be physically active: Many studies have shown that moderate to vigorous physical activity is linked with lower breast cancer risk, so it’s important to get regular physical activity. More information here.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol: Alcohol increases risk of breast cancer. Even low levels of alcohol intake have been linked with an increase in risk. 
For women at an average risk of breast cancer (no personal history of breast cancer, no strong family history of breast cancer, etc.), regular screening is recommended for early detection of breast cancer. The recommendations for screening vary by age:
  • Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year.
  • Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms. 

Check out the Healthy People 2030 cancer topic to find national goals related to breast cancer. Here are resources about breast cancer screening and genetic counseling and testing for breast cancer.
Community Spotlight:
Tips from the Garden Club:

Time to Plant Bulbs for Spring: Need something to look forward to? Plant bulbs now for beautiful spring flowers! In Wisconsin, plant spring flowering bulbs, such as daffodils, tulips, crocus, and hyacinth, from mid-September until late October, or right up until the ground is frozen.

Fall brings reminders of cold weather to come. It is hard to imagine a Wisconsin winter during this pandemic. Each spring when delicate flowers emerge in neighbors’ garden beds, it signals a return to daily outdoor activity. Plant bulbs now for you and your neighbors to look forward to in the spring. By Darcie Warren. Photo by Marlene Jaglinski.

Update from the School District:

Upcoming School Board Meeting:

Important Dates:
  • October 29-30, 2020—No School for Students
Whitefish Bay Recreation Department Program Announcement:

As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic the 3F Luncheons and 55 and Better Trips have been suspended until our seniors can be brought together safely. Our number one goal is to work to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and we look forward to the time when we can resume serving Whitefish Bay's seniors to our fullest.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651