Monday, November 13, 2023

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter

Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

Last week, Village staff presented the 2024 Budget for discussion. A public hearing on the budget will be held on November 20th. To view the budget as it stands, please click here.


Have a great week! -kb


Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?

What is the Thanksgiving refuse and recycling collection schedule?


Refuse/Recycling normally picked up on Thursday, November 23, 2023, will be picked up on Tuesday, November 21, 2023.


Refuse/Recycling normally picked up on Friday, November 24, 2023, will be picked up on Wednesday, November 22, 2023.

When will property tax information be available?

Tax bills will be sent out to homes in mid-December. Detailed information about property taxes, how to find and pay your tax bill online, and payment options will be in an upcoming Village newsletter.

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


This Week's Meetings:

Board of Appeals

  • Tuesday, November 14, 6:15 p.m., Village Hall Board Room and via Zoom

Historic Preservation Commission

  • Wednesday, November15, 7:00 p.m., 1st Floor Conference Room

Architectural Review Commission

  • Thursday, November 16, 5:30 p.m., Village Hall Board Room and via Zoom

Last Week's Meetings:

Village Board

  • Monday, November 6, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room and via Zoom

Village Board Meeting: Monday, November 6

1.) Police Dept. – Award Presentation

Police Chief Patrick Whitaker presented lifesaving awards to Officers Bonkoski, Potthast and Stuczynski for their efforts in recent situations – Facebook Link

2.) 2024 Village Budget

The Village Board completed a comprehensive review of the draft budgets for all funds. Budget adoption is scheduled to take place at the November 20th Village Board meeting.

Update from Village Hall:

Upcoming Community Development Authority (CDA) Meeting – Tuesday, November 21 – 6 p.m.

Sheldon Oppermann, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel from New Land Enterprises will provide an update on New Land’s design and recruitment efforts for the former Fox Bay Cinema space. There is no action being requested at this time.

Update from the Finance Director:

2024 Draft Village Budget


New for 2024 Draft Budget: The Village implemented ClearGov budgeting software for the 2024 budget to increase transparency and ease of use for residents. To view the digital budget book - Click here


Timeline: The Village budgets on an annual basis. The formal budgeting process begins in late June and typically becomes adopted in late November. 


Approval Process: The culmination of the budget process is the adoption of the budget in November by the Village Board. Tax bills are generated in December using the levy amounts approved in the budget.


In addition to serving as a financial outline for the upcoming year, Whitefish Bay's budget serves as a policy and project outline, a communication tool, and an operations plan. Whitefish Bay annually receives GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award placing Whitefish Bay among the top five percent of its peers for excellence in municipal budgeting.


Budget Document: The Village Board will held a working session for the Draft 2024 Budget this past Monday, November 6, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. in the Village Board Room. 

The Village Board will continue its work on the 2024 Village Budget at the upcoming meeting:


  • Monday, November 20, at 6:00 p.m. – Budget Hearing followed by Board discussion and action


Village Board meetings are held at Whitefish Bay Village Hall and are open to the public. Meetings are livestreamed here.

Update from the Department of Public Works:

Fall Leaf Collection:


Village Requests Residents NOT Use Leaf Collection / Yard Waste Bags: The Whitefish Bay Public Works Department crews have been collecting leaves and yard waste placed in the roadway curb area by Village residents. The Village requests that residents do not put leaves and yard waste in leaf collection bags.


Residents can place leaves and small yard waste debris directly in the roadway near the curb. Please place leaves away from storm inlets as leaf decay can clog storm sewers and add unwanted material to Lake Michigan. Branches can still be left in the parkway area for brush chipper collection at this time.


Yard waste collected by Public Works is temporarily stored at a DNR-approved joint use municipal site in Glendale until it is hauled away, recycled, and turned into organic compost.


Thank you for your cooperation and helping our Public Works Department maintain efficiency during the leaf collection season!

Update from the Civic Foundation:

Join the Civic Foundation Board

Want to be more involved in your community? The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is looking for new board members and has positions to fill for a three-year term.

Members of this working, all-volunteer board must enjoy volunteering, care about the Whitefish Bay community, and feel as comfortable communicating with an important sponsor as they do rolling up their sleeves to clean up after an event. The board is specifically looking for members with experience in event planning, marketing or accounting. 

Board members support the Foundation’s eventslike Bay Day, 4th of July, Sounds of Summer, the Great Pumpkin Festival and morethat make our community a great place to live, work and play. Members will also have a hand in evaluating grant and scholarship recipients, while working with others on the board to support the organization’s infrastructure. 

If you want to make a difference as a Civic Foundation board member, please contact us at, and tell us why you would be great for the foundation.

Whitefish Bay School District:

Join Us for a Community Conversation: Visioning the Future of the Whitefish Bay School District

All Whitefish Bay School District community members are invited to engage in developing a shared vision that addresses the growth, well-being, and evolving needs of students and schools.

Community Conversation Goals:

1. Celebrate history and successes of students and the District

2. Identify the issues, gaps, and trends that impact our students and schools

3. Provide and opportunity for the community to engage in a dialogue about the future of the District

4. Explore the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will be necessary for the future success of our students and schools

5. Identify opportunities for community members to be engaged in activities that promote collective growth, learning, and well-being



Incoming 2024-25 4-Year Old Kindergarten (4K) Visit Information

Whitefish Bay resident families of students who turn four on or before September 1, 2024 are invited to a 4K Overview at Cumberland or Richards Elementary School on Friday, December 8, 2023 at either 8:40 am or 1:30 pm.  


This event will be hosted by the Elementary School Principals and include a welcome from 4K Teachers, a short story with Library Media Specialists and a question and answer session. Please use this link for more information and to RSVP for this event. You may also contact Cumberland (414-963-3943) or Richards (414-963-3951) with any questions.


Incoming 2024-25 4-Year Old Kindergarten (4K) Enrollment Information

4K Online Enrollment for the 2024-25 school year will open on Monday, December 11, 2023. Visit our website for more information about the enrollment process.


Historically, there has been more interest in the morning session than there are seats available in classes. Therefore, elementary schools use a lottery system to determine those who will be enrolled in the morning session.  


In order to be included in the lottery drawing for the morning session, families must complete an online Enrollment Application and indicate your preference for the morning session. This process includes uploading required Immunization and Residency Verification documents to the application and presenting your student’s birth certificate to your school’s main office in person before noon on January 5, 2024.

Save the Date:

November 22-27: Thanksgiving Break

Join us from 4-8 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 15th in the Middle School gym for the PTO Holiday Boutique! Get your holiday shopping done early and support the PTO! We have more than 30 vendors participating, plus an amazing silent auction, bake sale and hot cocoa bar!! If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please contact Kristy Afdahl ( Hope to see you there!

Whitefish Bay Public Library:

Food for Fines

November 1 – November 30.

Now through November 30, you can participate in our Food for Fines program. Donate to a good cause and clear off some of your library fines. The library will waive $1 for every non-perishable or canned good brought to the library, up to $5. This applies to only fines for Whitefish Bay overdue materials, and not for fines from other libraries or replacement costs for lost or damaged items. Items are being collected for the Hunger Task Force.

Toddler Time with Miss Valerie

12mo-24mo with an adult caregiver (Siblings are welcome.)

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.

Please Register: November 14, November 21, November 28, December 5, December 12

Storytime Room

Please Register

Toddler Time is back! Join Miss Valerie for stories, songs, lap bounces, and more, followed by a playtime for our little ones.

All Ages Storytime

Mondays 10:00-10:30 a.m.

November 13, November 20, November 27, December 4, December 11

Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 a.m.

November 15, November 22, November 29, December 6, December 13

Thursdays 10:00-10:30 a.m.

November 16, November 30, December 7, December 14

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 note the location change.) Please register for any updates. Registration open now!

Whitefish Bay TALKS: Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin With Author Kristine Hansen

Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.

Please Register-

America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, was born in 1867 in the rolling hills of Richland Center, Wisconsin, to a family of Unitarians. Even with world-class commissions like New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, his organic architecture remains rooted in Wisconsin’s landscape, from affordable-housing prototypes in Milwaukee to his summer home and architecture school in rural Spring Green. This comprehensive guide to Wright’s designs (and those of his protégés) that are open to the public—as well as insider historical information about sites now demolished, and those available for “drive-bys” only—is for the architecture or history fan looking for tours, overnight stays or creative inspiration.

About the Presenter: Kristine Hansen

Based in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, Kristine Hansen is a nationally recognized design and travel author with articles published on Travel + Leisure’s and Architectural Digest’s websites, as well as in Time, Midwest Living, and Milwaukee Magazine. She is also the author of Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best Creameries.

Dinovember Drop In Craft: 3D Cardboard Dinos

Saturday, November 18, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

All ages. No registration required.

Celebrate Dinovember with a drop-in craft! Stop by the YS area from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and make your very own 3D Cardboard Dinosaur.

Thanksgiving Closing

The library will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will reopen on Saturday, November 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Disney Bingo!

Monday, November 27, 3 p.m.

All ages. Registration open now!

Please Register-

Spend your day off celebrating all things Disney with Disney Bingo! We'll have prizes galore and lots more fun. 

North Shore Health Department:

Click here to view the November 8 , 2023 Weekly Summary from the North Shore Health Department

Merchants of Whitefish Bay:

Enjoy holiday promotions, shopping specials and festive treats from our local merchants throughout Black Friday (11/24)—and stay into the evening for a parade, tree lighting ceremony, music and entertainment! The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will travel along Silver Spring Drive, from Kent Avenue to Lake Drive. John Edlebeck will be the grand marshal for the parade (in celebration of his 30 years of service).

Kiwanis Club of North Shore Milwaukee:

Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa – December 9

Celebrate the Holiday at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Dominican High School

120 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay.


Enjoy visiting and taking pictures with Santa, raffles, face painting, story-telling, and breakfast, including pancakes, sausages, juice, milk & coffee. Tickets are available at the door, at Winkies Variety Store, or from Kiwanis members - $9.00 per adult (10 and up) and $6.00 per child (over 2 years of age). Proceeds benefit Kiwanis charities.

An introductory workshop on how the performance arts can shape powerful anti-racism work in the community.

Calling all community change-makers! Interactive workshop designed to engage, motivate, and inspire anti-racist activism and positive transformation.

· Are you passionate about community change and want to sharpen your communication skills?

· Do you want to reach across the aisle but don’t know how?

· Do you want to better society for future generations but aren’t sure where to begin?”

If so, join us in a series of interactive workshops that engage everyone in the process of building bridges to foster cooperation and positive transformation. Together we’ll explore new ways of imagining a better world and test practical ways of reaching it.

This workshop will bring participants together to experience the process by which Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners Jenny Wanasek and Mark Weinberg of the Center for Applied Theatre guide groups toward an interactive exploration of the nature and power of community and the situations that reveal both particular and systemic oppression. It introduces participants to the power of the arts in designing and maintaining anti-racism work and provides opportunities for shared learning by combining games, dialogue, storytelling, and deep listening with the visceral language of images sculpted with our own bodies.

The interactive and collaborative workshop will use techniques drawn from the Theatre of the Oppressed, The Virtues Project, and other sources to provide provocative and transformative learning experiences that can raise questions, invite open dialogue, develop creativity, explore power and privilege, identify problems, and actively test solutions for real life implementation. Together we will explore ways to develop a democratic and liberatory anti-racist environment, share boundary setting techniques, practice deep listening, and address the question of how anti-racism groups and communities (including classrooms) can be generated and sustained.

Storytelling and image making will provide exciting and creative routes to rich and compelling connections and provide a road map and testing ground for in-person activism in the service of social justice and anti-racist education. We’ll practice creating brave spaces in which we can test actions and exercise the innate qualities and resources that help make our interactions, both large and small, more humane, just, fruitful, and supportive – resources that enhance the fight against oppression and racism – and envision the society we hope for.

Click here to learn more and sign up:

Other Community Links:

Merchants of Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay Public Library

Whitefish Bay School District

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission

Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation

North Shore Fire Department

Whitefish Bay Little League

Bay Bridge

North Shore Junior Women's Club

WFB Blue Duke Nation

Whitefish Bay Recreation and Community Education

Kiwanis Club of North Shore Milwaukee

Whitefish Bay Garden Club

Whitefish Bay Public Education Foundation

Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651


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