Monday, June 15, 2020

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

This week we welcome the reopening of the Whitefish Bay Public Library! Please see the article below regarding library hours and program information. To subscribe to our newsletter,  click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Can my high school student still enter the Merchants of Whitefish Bay Banner Design Scholarship Contest? Yes! Today (June 15, 2020) is the deadline. Click here for more information.

Is refuse and recycling collection rescheduled on July 3, 2020? Yes, as a result of the July 4th holiday, refuse and recycling typically collected on Friday, July 3, 2020 will be collected on Thursday, July 2, 2020.
Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings:

No meetings this week. For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 9, 6:15 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting.
Whitefish Bay Public Library Reopening Information:
Dear Whitefish Bay Community,

Just as we all renew books, we are now Renewing Services at Whitefish Bay Public Library. We are starting a new book with lots of new chapters. We are excited to announce Chapter 1, "Grab and Go @ WFBPL", starting Monday, June 15th.

Operating Schedule:
  • Monday: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (Curbside Pickup); 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm (In-Library Browsing & Computers)
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (In-Library Browsing & Computers); 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm (Curbside)
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (Curbside Pickup); 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm (In-Library Browsing & Computers)
  • Thursday: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (In-Library Browsing & Computers); 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm (Curbside)
  • Friday: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (Curbside Pickup)
  • Saturday: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (Curbside Pickup)

Services Available as of 6/15 – call to make an appointment! 414-964-4380 during hours listed above:
  • Curbside pick-up of holds - call to make a “Curbside Appointment" or use this form.
  • Browse books, renew library cards, apply for a new card, or use the copier/scanner – call to make a “Browsing Appointment”
  • Use of library computers for up to 1 hour per day (not your own laptop at a study table) – call to make a “Computer Appointment”

To maintain a safe environment for patrons and staff:
  • All staff and patrons are required to wear face masks or face shields.
  • 6-foot social distancing is required and spots will be marked on the floor at the checkout desk to assist this.
  • The Library will have limited capacity with only a certain number of people allowed in the building at a time.
  • Our cleaning crew cleans and sanitizes the library every evening with proper protocols and materials.
  • Hand sanitizer is available for staff and patrons to use as they enter and leave the building; handwashing is strongly encouraged and restrooms will be available for patrons with a Browsing or Computer appointment.
  • Computers will be disinfected after each use.
  • Materials may be returned via outside bins available while staff are in-building during these hours, to enable proper quarantining of materials: 9:30am-7:00pm Mon-Thu; 9:30am-2:00pm Fri-Sat.

To read our full statement to the public, visit:

Summer Reading Program: This year, we're taking our summer reading program and moving it online. Sign up online through Beanstack and experience the great programs for all ages, full of opportunities for fun and learning.

You can register online at or you can also use the Beanstack app. Download the Beanstack app and search for Whitefish Bay Public Library. The program begins on June 15 but you can preregister now!

Adults: For every book you read, you'll earn tickets to enter into our end of summer prize drawings. Write reviews for the books you read and earn additional tickets.

Teens: For every hour that you read, earn tickets to enter into drawings throughout the summer. Win gift cards to local businesses. Writing reviews and completing activities throughout the summer results in earning more tickets. If you read for 8 hours, you'll receive a free book.

Kids: For every hour that you read, earn tickets to enter into drawings throughout the summer for gift cards to local businesses, arts and crafts kits, and exciting grand prizes. Complete special activity badges throughout the summer in order to earn more tickets. If you read for 6 hours, you'll receive a free book!
Whitefish Bay Women's Club Blood Drive:
Join the Whitefish Bay Women's Club in July to donate blood and help save lives!

The Whitefish Bay Women’s Club (600 E Henry Clay) hosted the Versiti blood center at a blood drive on Wednesday, May 20. Approximately 38 people donated much needed blood. The next scheduled blood drive will be on Wednesday, July 22. For an appointment call 414-332-1570.

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, there is an immediate need for blood donors to ensure a safe supply.
Back By Popular Demand - Summer Roadway Improvement Project:
The Village of Whitefish Bay Public Works Department is under contract with Payne & Dolan, Inc. to complete needed roadway rehabilitation of the below listed streets in the Village (also noted in red on the map). Work will include spot curb and gutter repairs, pavement milling, pavement resurfacing and pavement striping. This work is scheduled to begin on Santa Monica Boulevard the week of June 15, 2020 (weather permitting) with final project completion expected by mid to late July 2020, again weather dependent. There will be no cost assessment to any property owners for this work.

Streets to be rehabilitated:
  • Santa Monica Boulevard: School Road to Henry Clay Boulevard
  • Portion of alley east of Santa Monica Boulevard: south of Montclaire Avenue
  • Bay Ridge Avenue: Henry Clay Boulevard to Fairmount Avenue
  • Bay Ridge Avenue: Silver Spring Drive to Lakeview Avenue
  • Bay Ridge Avenue: Birch Avenue to Lexington Boulevard
  • Oakland Avenue: Lake Drive to Hampton Road
  • Cumberland Boulevard: Lake Drive to Larkin Street (North/South section of Cumberland - corrected from last week).
  • Belle Avenue: Santa Monica Boulevard to Lake Drive
  • Belle Avenue: Lydell Avenue to Bay Ridge Avenue
  • Shoreland Avenue: Henry Clay Street to Fairmount Avenue
  • Carlisle Avenue: Santa Monica Boulevard to Lake Drive
  • Fleetwood Place: Idlewild Avenue to Marlborough Drive
  • Circle Drive Intersection with Kimbark Place
  • Woodruff Avenue: Fairmount Avenue to Lancaster Avenue
  • Wildwood Avenue: Courtland Place to south Village Limits

Refuse / Recycling Collection: Please bring your refuse and recycling carts up to the street curb in front of your house on your usual collection day by 7:00am throughout the duration of this project. While placing your carts next to the street curb, please space them a minimum of 3’ apart and a minimum of 3’ from other obstructions.

Use of Roadway and Parking: The roadways will be open to traffic throughout most of the project, but limited to local traffic at times during certain project construction operations. Most residents will have access to their driveway throughout the length of the project. When the roadway is being milled or paved directly in front of your home there will be some short term access restrictions. If curb replacement work is taking place across your driveway that will restrict your access, the contractor will be contacting you directly in advance. If desired, on-street Village parking permits that allow you to park any private vehicles overnight on any Village street for the duration of the project are available from the Village or the contractor.

Contractor Typical Hours of Operation: Work is expected to proceed between 7:00am to 5:00 pm weekdays and possibly Saturdays. There may be some evenings that work will continue until 7:00 pm, depending on the specific contractor operation at that time.

The Public Works Department staff understands the inconvenience that this project creates for you and greatly appreciates your patience and understanding. Please be careful, slow down and pay extra attention when driving around this and all construction zones! If you should have any questions regarding this project, feel free to contact: Spencer Charczuk, EIT, Staff Engineer 414-962-6690 extension 123 or
Whitefish Bay Seed Library:
Whitefish Bay Public Library, along with the Whitefish Bay Garden Club and the Whitefish Bay Community Garden are pleased to announce that the seed library is open! This project makes seeds available to our community residents. Seeds currently available: basil, oregano, beets, carrots, kale, lettuce, radish, spinach. Click here for more information and support materials.

For questions about plantings, contact the WFB Garden Club via their webform: For questions about the WFB Seed Library's process or how to get seeds, contact the WFB Public Library at 
North Shore Health Department Update:
June 12, 2020 Update on COVID-19 (as of 3:30 p.m.)

The North Shore progresses to Phase C of our reopening plan as of today, June 12th: North Shore businesses, organizations and residents should now follow the Phase C guidelines on our website.

Read the letter on our decision to move forward. See the NSHD Phase C detailed guidelines and the chart with guidance for each of the phases.

We encourage everyone to continue to practice physical distancing (at least 6 feet) and to wear a face mask in public places to slow the spread of COVID-19. The primary method of transmission is via respiratory droplets when people are in close contact (within 6 feet) for a prolonged period of time (10 minutes or greater). By staying physically distant from others and wearing a face covering, the risk of transmission is significantly lower. It is also important to wash your hands often, to clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces, and to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, it is recommended you self-isolate and seek testing. Click here for the full update.
Community Spotlight:
Whitefish Bay Recreation offering Camp at Home Bags starting July 6th!

The Whitefish Bay Recreation Department will be selling Camp at Home Bags starting July 6th. Each bag will contain two "weeks" work of activities for your campers to participate in. From fun apps to engage with Mr. Joey from Camp Cumberland to STEM, Art, and cooking projects. Themes for each bag will be Nature / Exploring (July 6th-17th), Magical Fantasy (July 20th-31st), and Travel the World (Aug 3rd-14th). Each bag will be $50 and sold at the Lydell Community Center. Quantities will be limited so don't hesitate to purchase yours when they are available July 1st. 
Bay Bridge and the Whitefish Bay Public Library announce our summer read for 2020: the New York Times bestselling How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Publishers Weekly says “(Kendi’s) prose is thoughtful, sincere and polished.This powerful book will spark many conversations.”

To receive a copy of support materials which include a discussion guide and additional learning resources, please email If you would like help finding a book club to join, email us at Follow us on Facebook 
North Shore Health Department Highlights 6/9/2020: June is Healthy Homes Month

Approximately 6 million homes in the United States are considered substandard, resulting in too many Americans living in conditions that adversely impact their health (Source). Some of the most common health outcomes related to substandard housing conditions include asthma, lead poisoning, and unintentional injuries. Newer homes can also have unknown hazards that pose a risk to the health of occupants. 

It is incredibly important to create a home that is conducive to a healthy life, as we spend a significant amount of time in and around our homes. The Healthy Homes initiative focuses on maintaining a safe and healthy home to protect the health and wellbeing of yourself and your family.

Following the Eight Healthy Homes Principles will help you create a safer and healthier living environment in your home:
  1. Keep it Dry: Prevent water from entering your home through leaks in roofing systems, rain water from entering the home due to poor drainage, and check your interior plumbing for any leaking.
  2. Keep it Clean: Control the source of dust and contaminants, creating smooth and cleanable surfaces, reducing clutter, and using effective wet-cleaning methods.
  3. Keep it Safe: Store poisons out of the reach of children and properly label. Secure loose rugs and keep children's play areas free from hard or sharp surfaces. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keep fire extinguishers on hand.
  4. Keep it Well-Ventilated: Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens and use whole house ventilation for supplying fresh air to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home.
  5. Keep it Pest-free: Seal cracks and openings throughout the home; store food in pest-resistant containers; use sticky-traps and baits in closed containers; and use least toxic pesticides such as boric acid powder.
  6. Keep it Contaminant-free: Reduce lead-related hazards in pre-1978 homes by fixing deteriorated paint and keeping floors and window areas clean using wet-cleaning approach. Test your home for radon, a naturally occurring dangerous gas that enters homes through soil, crawlspaces, and foundation crack. Install a radon removal system if levels above the EPA action-level are detected.
  7. Keep your home Maintained: Inspect, clean and repair your home routinely. 
  8. Thermally Controlled: Houses that do not maintain adequate temperatures may place the safety of residents at increased risk from exposure to extreme cold or heat.
Healthy Homes Checklist: Click Here. More information about specific hazards: WI DHS Website
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651