Monday, September 18, 2023

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter

Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

Two interesting meetings this week:

On Tuesday, the Community Development Authority (CDA) will discuss a variety of subjects, including their thoughts on a community development vision for Silver Spring.

On Thursday, the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) will discuss possible changes to the Residential Design Guidelines.

These meetings are at Village Hall and are open to the public.  Details and agendas are linked below.

Have a great week! -kb

Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?

Can I place plastic bags and styrofoam in my blue recycling cart? No! Plastic bags and styrofoam should instead be placed in your gray refuse cart for collection. Please see the article below for more recycling guidelines.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews this week (Beginning Sept 18). 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.


This Week's Meetings:

Village Board

  • Monday, September 18, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room and via Zoom

Community Development Authority

  • Tuesday, September 19, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room and via Zoom

Architectural Review Commission

  • Thursday, September 21, 5:30 p.m., Village Hall Board Room and via Zoom

Last Week's Meetings:

Board of Appeals

  • Tuesday, September 12, 6:15 p.m., Village Hall Board Room and via Zoom

Updates from Village Hall:

National Voter Registration Day:

Tuesday, September 19, 2023, is National Voter Registration Day! Are you new to Whitefish Bay? Have you moved within the Village? Did your name change? If you said yes to any of these, you likely need to update your voter registration.

Register to vote at or stop in at Village Hall to see Erin G., Deputy Clerk, or Jaimie, Village Clerk. Don’t forget to bring a proof of residence with your current address. Most commonly used proof of residence documents include Wisconsin Driver License, tax bill, electric bill, bank statement, or a paystub.

Upcoming Village Elections:

  • Spring Primary - February 20, 2024 (if required)
  • Spring Election - April 2, 2024
  • Partisan Primary - August 13, 2024
  • General Election - November 5, 2024

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Upcoming Architectural Review Commission (ARC) Meeting – Continued Review of Residential Design Guidelines


The Architectural Review Commission will continue its review of the Residential Design Guidelines on Thursday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m. (Village Hall). The existing guidelines are available online at At Thursday’s meeting, significant discussion is anticipated on the topic of garage placement. A draft proposal is available for review here. Public attendance and input is encouraged. 

Citizen Volunteer Needed


The Village of Whitefish Bay is accepting applications for resident volunteers to fill one (1) vacancy on the Architectural Review Commission.

The Architectural Review Commission ensures that the design and appearance of new structures and alterations / additions are compatible with the Village Design Guidelines. The Architectural Review Commission meets every other Thursday, 5:30pm at the Village Hall. The Village utilizes a rotating schedule so that members do not have to attend all meetings.

Interested residents should complete and submit an Online Application. Applications are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, September 29, 2023. Please email Village Manager Paul Boening with any questions.

Solar in Whitefish Bay:

Whitefish Bay has partnered with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association to coordinate a solar group buy in the Greater Milwaukee area. The advantage of a group buy is the power of volume purchasing, which can significantly reduce the up-front costs of installing solar on your home or business.

Recycling Reminders:

The bi-weekly automated refuse and recycling program is five years 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.

Employment Opportunities with the

Department of Public Works:

Director of Public Works

This is a salaried, full-time position with excellent benefits.

The Director of Public Works functions as a department head under the supervision of the Village Manager. This person is responsible for the Village’s public works services including the operation and maintenance of, but not limited to, streets, sewers, water, lighting, sidewalks, public buildings, vehicle maintenance, grounds and right-of-ways.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Service Worker

Hourly rate starts at $24.99/hour with a 6 year pay increase plan and excellent benefits. 

This full time position performs general labor tasks including but not limited to landscape maintenance, yard waste collection, tree/forestry maintenance, utility operation and maintenance, park and building maintenance, street maintenance as well as other general labor duties within the Department of Public Works.

Click here for more information and to apply.

October Events:

Oct 7 - Klode Park Beer Garden

Saturday, October 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The 1840 Brewing Company Beer Garden Road Show returns to Klode Park for one last time this year. Enjoy beer, food, and live music in the park. Event details:

Music: Noah James Hittner

Food: Twisted Plants

Oct 25-28 - Great Pumpkin Festival

Wednesday, October 25, to Saturday, October 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. nightly (Pumpkins will be left up on October 29, but there are no festival activities on that day). Join friends and family at Old School House Park for this festive fall tradition! Check out the lighted display; enjoy beer, hot cider, and food from local vendors; and listen to live music each night.

Pumpkin pick-up will begin on Saturday, October 21, at Old School House Park. Bring pumpkins home to carve, and then return them to the park to be part of the lighted display!

Event hosted by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation.

Oct 28 - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Village Hall (5300 N Marlborough Dr). This event is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country.

Oct 28 - Trick-or-Treat Silver Spring Drive

Saturday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 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.

Oct 29 - Village Trick-or-Treat

Sunday, October 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the Village. Block parties are not permitted the day of Trick-or-Treat.

Whitefish Bay School District:

Upcoming Important Dates:

Friday, September 22 – No School

Monday, September 25 – No School

Wednesday, September 27 – School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


For additional upcoming school-specific events, please visit our online calendar

Whitefish Bay Public Library:

Toddler Time with Miss Valerie

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

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.

Please Register: September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17

Storytime Room

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

Outdoor All Ages Storytime at School House Park

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

September 18, September 25

Wednesdays, 10:00-10:30 a.m.

September 20September 27

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

September 21, September 28

School House Park

We're excited to offer outdoor storytimes for all ages in School House Park this fall! Join us for stories, songs, and more. In case of bad weather, we'll hold storytime in the tower of the children's department. Registration open now.

Perler Bead Creations for Tweens

Grades 3-5

Monday, September 18, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Registration required. Please register here.

Make your very own Perler Bead creation at this fun after-school program. We'll have a variety of templates but you can also create your own design!

Core Retirement Decisions in the Fragile Decade

Thursday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.

Please register here.

Join Whitefish Bay resident Christine Kopecky. As an advisor with the Retirement Income Certified Professional® designation, Christine advises on building a comprehensive retirement plans that address income needs and core decisions such as: Social Security timing / Income planning / Taxation in retirement / Medicare / Long Term Care planning

Fall! for Trees!

Grades K4-K5

Tuesday, September 26, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Please register here.

Learn about all the things that fall from trees in autumn. Leaves, acorns, and pinecones! We will do some fun STEM activities and crafts.

Bilingual Storytime/Hora de cuentos bilingüe

Saturday, September 30, 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Please register here.

Welcome everyone! You are invited to a family bilingual storytime at Whitefish Bay Library. Join us as we sing songs, read books, and practice our Spanish.

Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library

Book & Media Donations Wanted

Help us prepare for the November Book Sale! Donate your gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl to the Library. Simply drop them in the yellow bins in the main lobby during regular open hours.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Housing, Race & Equity Workshop

SEPTEMBER 27, 6:30 p.m., at Bay Shore Lutheran


Habitat for Humanity is providing us with a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the impact of local history on housing patterns. 


Through the examination of primary sources and data maps, participants will gain a better understanding of how intentional institutional choices resulted in segregated housing and the tangible effects that these decisions have had on the Milwaukee metro area. 

In addition to analyzing recent housing trends, the workshop also offers a chance to make a commitment to affordable housing and learn practical ways to take informed action.


Register here.

North Shore Health Department:

Click here to view the September 6, 2023 Weekly Summary from the North Shore Health Department

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 Historical Society

Kiwanis Club of North Shore Milwaukee

Whitefish Bay Garden Club

Whitefish Bay Recreation and Community Education

Whitefish Bay Public Education Foundation

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


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