Monday, September 9, 2019

2019 Weekly Village of Whitefish Bay
Official Newsletter
Message from the
Village President, Julie Siegel

Now that kids are back in school please be extra mindful of young pedestrians and cyclists. To subscribe to ou r newsletter, click here .
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
When is the Whitefish Bay Farmer's Market?
  • The Whitefish Bay Farmer's Market is held in the Aurora Parking Lot (325 E. Silver Spring Drive) each Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm through October 12, 2019.

What Halloween and Trick-or-Treat events are happening this year?
  • Check out the story below for information about the Great Pumpkin Festival, Trick-or-Treat Silver Spring, and Village Trick-or-Treat.
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone number is 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6:15 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, Sept. 12, 5:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Thursday, Sept. 5, 5:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room

Note: For past meeting agendas and minutes please visit the  Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
A Note from North Shore Fire/Rescue:
North Shore Fire/Rescue is in the process of updating our Strategic Plan for 2020-2023. Our organization exists to protect and serve the City of Glendale and the Villages of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, River Hills, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay. It is important to us to make sure our organization is meeting the needs of the communities we serve. One way to do this is to use community feedback as part of our planning process. While we enjoy on-going, regular feedback from the communities we serve, this survey is a direct method to ensure that your feedback is part of our planning process.

Our Strategic Plan is used to develop new programs, improve current programs and to develop priorities as part of our annual budgeting process. We ask you to spend about five minutes and participate in this important process by answering some short questions by clicking this link. This survey will remain open until September 15 but please respond as quickly as you can. Respectfully, Robert Whitaker - Fire Chief
Update from the Whitefish Bay School District:
School District September Newsletter: Click here to view the School District September Community Newsletter. Featured stories include:
  • A Celebration of Our Schools
  • 2019-20 Annual Superintendent’s Letter
  • 2019 Annual District Bulletin
  • School Safety – It Takes a Community
  • Staff 25 Year Recognition Celebrated
  • Share Our Story -- Memorable Facebook Posts
If you are interested in receiving these electronic newsletters monthly, opt in here.

Middle School Update: Mark Your Calendars for Meet the Teachers September 12, 6:00-7:30 PM
2019 Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Events:
Believe it or not, Village Hall is getting a number of calls related to Halloween and Trick-or-Treat. Be sure to save the date for these three great events:

  • Great Pumpkin Festival: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 through Sunday, October 27, 2019. Join friends and family at Old Schoolhouse Park for this festive fall tradition! Carve a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, sip hot cider, and enjoy delicious food while listening to live music. Pumpkin carving is free and carving tools are provided. The Great Pumpkin Festival is open 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm nightly. Beer served on Friday and Saturday nights. Event hosted by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation.

  • Treat-or-Treat Silver Spring Drive: Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Participating businesses offer treats for kids in the company of at least one parent or guardian on the Saturday before Halloween. There’s something “sweet-in-stores” for everyone on Silver Spring Drive. Event hosted by the Merchants of Whitefish Bay.

  • Village Trick-or-Treat: Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm throughout the Village. Block parties are not permitted the day of Trick-or-Treat.
Back by Popular Demand - Whitefish Bay Recycling Reminders:
The new bi-weekly refuse and recycling program is officially one-year-old! With that in mind, it's a great time for some important reminders about the recycling program.

The following items can go in your blue recycling cart: Plastic Bottles & Containers, Food & Beverage Cans, Paper, Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard, Food & Beverage Cartons, and Glass Bottles & Containers!

Other items such as Plastic Bags, Food Waste, Foam, Textiles, Scrap Metal, Electronics, and Yard Waste should not go in your recycling cart.

Click here for more details on what items can and can't go into your recycling cart. This flyer will also be mailed to you in your next water bill.
Reminder - 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update:
The 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update is underway. The Plan Commission has scheduled a Public Hearing for Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm to solicit public comment on proposed updates to the Comprehensive Plan. The Public Hearing will be held in the Village Hall Board Room. The draft plan is available for review on the Village Website.

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Blakeslee, Assistant Village Manager, 414-962-6690 or
Events at the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Wednesday, September 11:

STEAM STorytime: Follow the Line Through the House, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, We'll enjoy this innovative picture book and explore shapes and geometry with creative building activities and open-ended art projects. Grades K4 K5.  Registration required.
Wednesday, September 11:

The Changing Face of Alzheimer's Research, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Dr. Piero Antuono, a leading neurologist affiliated with the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, is the Director of the Dementia Research Center. Dr. Antuono's specialty for the past forty years has been the diseases of older adults, including Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia. In this presentation, he will discuss ongoing research and how it promises to change the diagnosis and treatment of people with memory loss.
  • The relationship of longevity and lifestyle to Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Understanding the timeline of the disease
  • The emphasis and value of today’s research studies
  • The use of MRI to identify those with future risk
Anyone who has an interest in learning what is on the horizon in Alzheimer’s disease research, prevention and treatment should attend this program!
Thursday, September 12:

Kindergarten Time for Teens! 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Come and hang out with some Legos and cartoons during the first weeks of school! This low key program will help you de-stress and ease back into the school year. Grades 6+. Registration preferred.
Community Spotlight:
Your Lawn — What’s Next? Tips from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club:

Every week we will delve into each step below in greater detail, but here is the overview of the next four steps to prepare your grass for a blockbuster spring:
  1. Core aerate — let your soil and your grass roots breathe.
  2. Outcompete the weeds next year, by planting more grass this year — overseed or completely re-seed in patches where there is no turf grass left.
  3. Top dress with compost.
  4. Water — lightly, but frequently. You don’t want new grass seedlings to get waterlogged or dry out.

Let’s dig deeper (pardon the pun) into the first step — core aeration. Why is it so important? Aeration creates pathways in the soil for oxygen and moisture. To core aerate, you have options:  
  • Rent a machine and split the rental costs with neighbors (generally around $75 for a four-hour minimum or $100/day). Rent a machine that actually pulls plugs or cores of soil instead of a machine that pushes spikes into the soil. Be sure to water your grass a day BEFORE.
  • Do it yourself with a garden fork. This is generally the easiest and the least expensive way if you only have small compacted patches. Water a day ahead, then push the fork deeply into the soil with your foot, wiggle back and forth to create space. The holes should be about 3-4” apart.
  • Hire a professional firm. Core aeration will generally be offered along with the other three steps recommended above.
The core aeration step is important because if your soils aren’t able to hold both oxygen and moisture, no amount of grass seed, fertilizer, or soil amendments will help bring your lawn back to life. 

How frequently should you core aerate? Every other year is a good preventative measure for most lawns, but if your grass gets a fair amount of foot traffic from pets or children, core aerate annually.  If the ground feels soft underfoot, this step can be skipped this year except in the compacted areas. Learn more at Lawn and Gardening Tips.
North Shore Health Department:
Did you know?September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which includes National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, September 9-15, and World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. During the month of September organizations highlight suicide prevention efforts by advocating for prevention strategies and networking to share resources and information. 

Studies by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that suicide rates are rising. The rate of suicide has increased more than 30 percent in half of the states across the United States since 1999, with approximately 45,000 lives lost to suicide in 2016 alone. Research has shown that more than half of people who die by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. 

It is important for people to learn how to recognize and respond to suicide. Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation. Learn how to recognize and respond by paying attention to the warning signs of suicide:
  • Feeling like a burden
  • Being isolated
  • Increased anxiety 
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance use
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

If you notice any warning signs, starting a conversation with the person may save their life. Share the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) and be willing to assist the person with the call. Taking the person directly to help can be the best option to ensure they receive the help they need. Additional tips can be found at how to talk about suicide. Your willingness to listen and help can save a life.
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Sept. 10,
10:00 am to 11:00 am,
Brown Deer Office

Thursday, Sept. 12,
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm,
Shorewood Office

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics
(Appointment Required)

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

Tuesday, Sept. 24,
8:00 am to 10:00 am,
Shorewood Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening 
(No Appointment Required)

Thursday, Sept. 19,
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm,
LX Club (Laurel Oaks, 1700 W. Bender Rd., Glendale, WI 53209)

Tuesday, Sept. 24,
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm,
WFB Sr. Center (5205 Lydell Avenue)
Contact the North Shore Health Department for appointments: 414-371-2980
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651