Monday, January 23, 2023

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter

Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

Last week, Whitefish Bay joined the Wisconsin Bike Fed as a community member.  This will assist the Village in its application process to become a Bicycle Friendly Community in the League of American Bicyclists, which identifies safety strengths and deficiencies.  

For more details, please read the press release or attend any Public Works Committee meeting, as it has a monthly agenda item on Bay's efforts to improve bike/pedestrian safety.

Have a great week! -kb

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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?

What is the property tax deadline? The first installment or full payment of taxes are due January 31, 2023. Click here for more information.

Is there a Primary Election in February? Yes! There will be a Primary Election on Tuesday, February 21. Click here to review a sample ballot (ballot is the same for all Voting Wards).

Where can I dispose of yard waste during the winter months? Residents with yard waste material throughout the winter months may dispose of it at the Shorewood Transfer Station. The transfer station is located at 3801 N Morris Boulevard in Shorewood.

It is open:

December to March, 1st Saturday of each month (only), 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

April - November, 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at (414) 962-6690.

Village Meeting Agendas:

This Week's Meetings:

Library Board Meeting

  • Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 p.m., Via Zoom

Last Week's Meetings:

Village Board Meeting

  • Monday, January 16, 6:00 p.m., Village Board Room and via Zoom

Community Development Authority

  • Tuesday, January 17, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room

Historic Preservation Commission

  • Wednesday, January 18, 7:30 p.m., 1st Floor Conference Room, Village Hall

Architectural Review Commission


  • Thursday, January 19, 5:30 p.m., Village Board Room

Updates from Village Hall:

Whitefish Bay Joins Wisconsin Bike Fed as Bike Friendly Community:

The Village of Whitefish Bay is now a proud partner of the Wisconsin Bike Fed, an organization focused on making bicycling convenient, safe, accessible and fun. Click here to read the Press Release.

Now Hiring,

Community Service Officer:

Interested in starting a career in law enforcement? This is an excellent opportunity that may one day, lead you to becoming a sworn police officer. In fact, three of Whitefish Bay's existing officers began their careers as a WFB Community Service Officer! Link here to review the job description.

February Primary Ahead:

The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

You may review what's on the ballot, request an absentee ballot be mailed to you and track your requested absentee ballot by visiting:

Important Spring Primary Dates

Update from Department of Public Works:

What's that Noise Coming from My Drain?

In this photo, DPW crewman, CJ Zanger, can be seen "jetting" the sanitary system on Ardmore Avenue. The process of hydro-jetting is a critical preventative maintenance technique that ensures the sanitary system throughout the Village is clear of obstruction. In fact, every year 1/3 of the Village's sanitary system receives this treatment.

During the hydro-jetting process, you may hear water moving or "echoing" in the drain pipes of your home. This is a normal side effect of the high pressure flushing taking place at the sanitary main in the street.

What to do if you experience an odor, or water being emitted from your drain:

As the hydro-jetting process occurs under high pressure, air may move its way up the sanitary lateral of your home and force water, or odor out of your floor drain, sink or tub.

Simply pour water into the floor drain to prevent air pressure from coming back into the home. Run your faucets for a minute to flush the drain system. That's it!

As always, the Department of Public Works thanks you for driving carefully around the crew while they perform these important duties in the street.

Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week Jan. 23-27, 2023

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Wisconsin Salt Wise invite the public to learn more about the impacts of road salt on our drinking water and freshwater ecosystems during Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week, Jan. 23-27, 2023.

Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week will include a series of YouTube livestreams featuring speakers and topics focused on the true cost of salt and how to be a freshwater advocate. Speakers include Sujay Kaushal (University of Maryland), Charlie Paradis (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee), Allison Couture (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Shannon Haydin (Wisconsin DNR) and Allison Madison (Wisconsin Salt Wise). Register in advance or watch afterward on the WI Salt Wise YouTube Channel.

Merchants of Whitefish Bay:

Click Here to Participate Via Zoom

WFB Public Library:

Winter Reading Program

Our Winter Reading Program is back! Adults and teens can participate through Beanstack, while kids can stop by the Youth Services Desk to get started. The program starts on January 16 and runs through February 28. This program is made possible by Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library. Read more about this program on our website at:

All Ages Storytime, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Mondays, Starting January 16

Wednesdays, Starting January 18

Thursdays, Starting January 19

Join us for a fun, educational storytime perfect for all ages. We'll share stories, songs, flannels and more! Storytime will be held in the Tower of the children's area. Please register for any updates.

Whitefish Bay TALKS: The Joys of Challah

Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 p.m.

Please Register:

Experience the joys of challah! Twist, knead, shape, and form your own delicious challah bread, and learn the modern meaning to this thousands year old tradition! A fun, interactive, and tasty workshop for all ages. Each participant will braid and shape their own challah bread that they then will take home to bake and enjoy!

About the presenter: Mushka Lein has been baking challah weekly for fifteen years. She do-directs Chabad of the East Side, a local Jewish community center that focuses on bringing meaning and joy to the community. Mushka hosts Shabbat dinners where challah features prominently on the menu each week.

Tea Time Book Club

Friday, January 27, 12:00 p.m.

Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month is led by Library Director Nyama Reed. This month we're reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Tea Time Book Club offers hybrid meetings. You can attend in-person at the Library in the 2nd floor Program Room or online via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 817 7725 2388

Passcode: 33887462

Vision Boards for Tweens

Monday, January 30, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Grades 3-5

Please register:

Set your intentions for 2023 and make a vision board. We'll provide all the supplies you might need, including magazines, markers, and inspirational quotes. 

Friends of Whitefish Bay Public Library Writing Contest 2023 Guidelines

Friends are once again offering Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Writing Contest. This will be the 10th straight year for the contest, which includes submission categories for short story (1,000 words or less), memoirs (1,000 words or less), and poetry (200 words or less). The contest is open to anyone 16 and up. Submissions will be accepted from January 9 - February 6 and are limited to one entry per person per category. Cash prizes will be awarded in early spring. Please include a cover page on your entry with the following: Name, address, email, phone number, entry date, and category.

Email entries to 

School District of Whitefish Bay:

Upcoming School Board Meetings:

  • Wednesday, January 25 - Committee Meetings
  • Wednesday, February 8 - Regular Business Meeting

School board meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library Media Center, unless posted otherwise. Meeting dates, agendas, minutes, and more can be found online

January Community E-Newsletter

Our Community E-Newsletters are one of several ways the District works toward comprehensive communications with the community. Read the January Newsletter and sign up to receive these monthly during the school year.

Bay Bridge:

Register here for Love is Love: An Evening at home with BJ Gruling & Rick Clark 

A message from the hosts of our January 26 event: "Gather with us as we learn more about being LGBTQ partners, both in life and business, with BJ Gruling & Rick Clark while enjoying some of their favorite food and drink to celebrate Love and the New Year. Valentine's Day is right around the corner...let's raise a glass because Love is Love." 


BJ is American raised in Wisconsin while Rick is Canadian raised north of Toronto. We met in the late 1980s while working at a hospital in Saudi Arabia. We are both science and healthcare professionals. This is quite an unusual place (Saudi Arabia ) for gay people to meet. We were also able to travel the world while living in the Middle East. In 1990 after we had each returned to our birth country, Rick relocated to Milwaukee where I was now residing as there was a high demand for his profession.


"We lived in several different neighborhoods around Milwaukee and have now been Whitefish Bay residents for over 20 years. We opened Kilwins Milwaukee-Bayshore in 2014 and enjoy supporting the communities we live in and especially our youth.”

North Shore Health Department:

Click here to view the January 18, 2023 Weekly Summary from the North Shore Health Department

NSHD Healthy Highlight 1/18/2023: Social Media & Adolescent Mental Health


Social media is ever-changing. TikTok made it’s debut in 2018 and quickly gained popularity, while Facebook usage among teens has dropped dramatically since 2014-15 (Source). Although there are many benefits to social media, like staying connected with long distance friends, more easily building relationships and finding people with similar unique interests, it comes with risks. The negative effects of social media on adolescent mental health are evident.


What is social media? It differs from traditional news sources because it is multi-directional. Users can interact with one another through likes, comments, shares, tags & more. Social media allows you to build online networks with people and create virtual communities.


As of early 2022, there were 195 social media platforms. The most popular platforms among teens ages 13-17 are YouTube, TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat (Source).


Studies show increased social media use is associated with increased feelings of:

  • Envy
  • Inadequacy
  • Loneliness
  • Adolescent depression
  • Death by suicide
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD symptoms
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleep deprivation


Check out the WI Office of Children’s Mental Health Annual Report


Create a Family Media Plan

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