Monday, November 9, 2020

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

We thank all voters and poll workers for their patience and cooperation last week as we all worked together to ensure a safe and fair election under the continued unprecedented circumstances of a global pandemic. The service of our poll workers and determination of our voters is a testament to the strength of our community and our democracy. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Is the Holiday Stroll parade happening this year? No. The Holiday Stroll parade has been canceled this year as a result of COVID-19. However, the Merchants of Whitefish Bay will be hosting an ice sculpture carving demonstration at Consaul Commons on November 28, 2020, and December 5, 2020. Also Whistles on Wheels will be on Berkeley Boulevard near Silver Spring Drive on December 5, 2020. More info coming soon!

Have changes been made to overnight winter parking rules? Yes. 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. Click here for more information.

When will Property Tax information be available? Tax bills will be sent out to homes in mid-December.

Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at (414) 962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, November 10, 4:00 p.m., Village Hall

  • Tuesday, November 10 6:15 p.m. Virtual GoToMeeting
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, November 2, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, November 4, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
November 3, 2020 Election Results:
General Election:  Voter turnout in Whitefish Bay for the November 3, 2020 Election was 91.49%. Please click here to view Whitefish Bay election results. If you have any questions about the results, please contact Deputy Clerk Erin Granstrom at 414-962-9960 or email elections@wfbvillage.org. Voter participation will be updated in MyVote within 30 days.
We need your help cleaning up our recycling!
The Village has recently received multiple recycling contamination reports from our recycling vendor. The primary source of contamination is plastic bags and materials in plastic bags. Please do not place plastic bags of any kind in your recycling cart.

Plastic bags can be recycled at the following locations:
  1. Sendik’s - Whitefish Bay (500 E Silver Spring Dr)
  2. Metro Market - Shorewood (4075 N Oakland Ave)
  3. Pick n Save - Glendale (6969 N Port Washington Rd)
Check out this video to see what happens when plastic bags and other non-recyclables end up in the the recycling cart!
Updates from Public Works:
Holiday Refuse and Recycling Collection Dates:

Please mark your calendar for the following changes to refuse and recycling collection as a result of Thanksgiving.
  • Refuse/Recycling normally picked up on Thursday, November 26, 2020, will be picked up on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.
  • Refuse/Recycling normally picked up on Friday, November 27, 2020, will be picked up on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
Curbside Leaf Collection Information:

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 in the street, near the curb 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 16, 2020). Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk.
Updates from Village Hall:
Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, 2020:

Did you know that the Veterans Monument and Memorial at Armory Park in Whitefish Bay honors the rich history of men and women who served and fought valiantly for our nation? Located on the original site of Whitefish Bay National Guard Armory, it is at the southwest corner of Henry Clay Street and Ardmore Avenue in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

In 1908, the 57th Field Artillery Brigade relocated from downtown Milwaukee and began drilling where a family farm once stood. When Pabst Whitefish Bay Resort closed in 1914, two of its buildings were moved here. The resort’s train depot became a drill hall. Its dance hall housed soldiers’ storage lockers. The red brick armory was built in 1929 for Battery A of the 121st Field Artillery of Wisconsin’s National Guard. Up to 500 guard members drilled at the armory on training weekends. For many years, the original Rabe farmhouse was its headquarters, as well as a home for officers and their families.

During World War I, Battery A fought in six major campaigns as part of the United States Army’s 32nd Infantry Division. During World War II, the 57th Field Artillery Brigade sent troops to both the Pacific and European theaters, and later fought in Korea.
The armory was an integral part of the Whitefish Bay community. During the 1940s, the armory became a recreational center called “Bay’s Back Door”. For decades, it hosted weddings, proms, church services, basketball tournaments, police balls, and activities of more than thirty community groups. The Rabe farmhouse was razed in 2000 and the armory was demolished in 2004.

Design of the monument is based upon the insignia of the 32nd Infantry Division, the famous “Red Arrow”. An informational plaque is located at the arrow’s feathers and is the gathering area. The arrow’s shaft passes through the donor walls and memorial area, just as the 32nd pierced every enemy line it faced. The arrow’s head, where our nation’s flag now stands, is a memorial garden. Donor benches encircle flag pole and garden, providing a place to pause and reflect on sacrifices made by service members and their families.

The idea of a memorial originated in 2004 with David Kurtz, Milwaukee district commander of Wisconsin’s American Legion and a Whitefish Bay resident. A task force was needed to handle design and fundraising, so “Friends of Armory Park” was formed. Members included former village trustee John Kearns, architect Jim French, and Ellen Abrams Blankenship, whose older brother served as a naval aviator and died in Vietnam. A formal proposal was made in 2005 and unanimously approved by the Village Board. Nearly 400 individuals contributed to the fund, and construction began in 2009. Dedication was held on Memorial Day 2010.

Since 2010, 47 plaques have been placed in honor of men and women who served in our United States military. Some of them made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives for our freedom. We welcome additional plaques to honor the service and sacrifice of veterans from all eras. For information, please email: johnkearns424@iCloud.com. Click here for more information about site history.
2021 Village Budget:

The Village will hold a public hearing for the 2021 Whitefish Bay Village Budget on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeetingClick here to view the 2021 Draft Budget. As an organization, the Village of Whitefish Bay is committed to looking forward and planning for the future!
COVID-19 Testing Location Update:

Testing at Milwaukee County COVID-19 testing sites is free for anyone, regardless of symptoms. No appointment is needed. There are many testing location options throughout Milwaukee County. More information on locations and shuttles is available here.

As a reminder, Federally Qualified Health Centers and private health providers continue to provide tests for symptomatic individuals. Call 2-1-1 or visit TestUpMKE to find the nearest testing location.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Changing Services: Because the Whitefish Bay and North Shore community's combined COVID Burden level is at "Critical," the library will be removing patron computers starting Wednesday, November 4. They will return once the Whitefish Bay and North Shore COVID Burden level returns to "High" for two consecutive weeks. As we work on keeping our community and staff safe, available services may change based on indicators gathered by the North Shore Health Department. To confirm available library services, visit our website at or give us a call at 414-964-4380.
Dinovember: A Roaring Good Time: Every Friday, stop by the Library's Facebook page or Instagram account
to see what kind of fun (or mischief) the dinosaurs are having in the library when the librarians aren't around.
  • Wednesday, November 11: Take and Make: Fizzing Dinosaur Eggs (from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, November 18: Dinosaur Art with Miss Katie (premiering on Facebook at 4 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, November 25: Take and Make: 3-D Cardboard Dinosaurs (from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Virtual Storytime Returns this November: Due to COVID-19, all of our storytimes are virtual storytimes! We invite you to join one of our youth services librarians for books, rhymes, songs, and more. Our events will premiere on our Facebook page, and they will also be saved on our Facebook page for a brief amount of time.

Program dates are November 10 through December 18:
  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.: Toddler Time
  • Fridays at 10:00 a.m.: All Ages
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.
From the North Shore Health Department:
NSHD Highlights 11/3/2020: WI Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Find affordable health insurance in Wisconsin during the open enrollment period from November 1 to December 15.
There are many reasons why you should have health insurance coverage:
  • Having health insurance is important for your health and finances. Get protection from unexpected medical costs and worst-case scenarios.
  • Stay healthy with free preventive care, like flu shots, cancer screenings, and tests for high blood pressure.
  • Save money on prescription drugs.
  • Get coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services.

Covering Wisconsin helps connect Wisconsin residents with appropriate insurance coverage and other programs that support health. Learn more about the services they provide on their website: https://www.coveringwi.org/. They have an online Health Insurance Connector Tool on their website to help people find local agencies that have health insurance enrollment assisters: https://www.coveringwi.org/enroll. The Connector Tool only lists those who provide enrollment assistance:
  • At no-cost to the consumer
  • For both Healthcare.gov and BadgerCare Plus
  • To the general public (not only clients/patients)

For the most recent updates on COVID-19 in the North Shore, visit our website. We also encourage you to frequently monitor the DHS website and CDC website.
Community Spotlight:
From the Merchants of Whitefish Bay:

Letters to Santa!💌🎅🏻New to Silver Spring Drive this year is Santa's Mailbox! Make your list, check it twice, then pop it into Santa's Mailbox. The Merchants of Whitefish Bay have a direct connection to the North Pole so we know Santa will get each letter!

Find it from November 25 to December 23 at 316 E. Silver Spring Drive.
From the Whitefish Bay School District:

Whitefish Bay High School Theater presents "Almost, Maine": This production will be live streamed on November 6 and November 7 at 7:00 p.m., and November 8 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $1, Learn more and purchase streaming tickets at www.wfbhstheater.com

Upcoming School Board Meeting: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – Regular Business Meeting
Update from Bay Bridge:

Bay Bridge Talk Sessions provide an opportunity for our community to learn about the work Bay Bridge is doing within the Village of Whitefish Bay, our School District, and our Community.

We intend to provide insight into the work Bay Bridge is doing to create a more equitable, just community for everyone in Whitefish Bay, residents, students, and visitors alike. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and if time allows, engage in discussion.
We hope you will join us over Zoom on Monday, November 23, at 7:00 p.m. To attend, please register at baybridgewisconsin.org/events-projects.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651