Monday, May 16, 2022

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter
Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

Interested in Pickleball?  Due to popular demand, last week the Village re-striped Klode's courts to include four pickleball courts.

Also .. mark your calendars: The 2022 Whitefish Bay Spring/Summer Event Guide is below.  

Have a great week! -kb
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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
My parkway tree has a "dot" painted on it. What does that mean? Green dot: Preventative treatment provided for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Pink dot: Ash tree to be removed and replaced as part of the EAB tree replacement program. Black dot: Tree has been trimmed. White dot: Tree has been marked for removal.

What is the Refuse and Recycling collection schedule for Memorial Day (May 30)? Refuse and recycling normally picked up on Monday, May 30, will be picked up on Tuesday, May 31.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews this week (May 16). 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.
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, May 16, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, May 19, 5:30 p.m., Village Hall Board Room
Last Week's Meetings:

Board of Appeals (Cancelled)

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.
Whitefish Bay Spring and Summer Event Guide:
1840 Traveling Beer Garden:
  • Saturdays, May 28, June 18, August 6, 2:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.;
  • September 10, 2:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Cheers! 1840 Brewing Company will host their traveling beer garden in Klode Park on four Saturdays this summer. Guests can enjoy food, drinks, and live music each time. Check out their beer menu here.

Memorial Day Ceremony:
  • Monday, May 30, 11:00 a.m.
Join the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation for a Memorial Day Ceremony, taking place on Memorial Day, at Armory Park. The Veterans Monument and Memorial Garden at Armory Park 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, the monument is located at the southwest corner of Henry Clay Street and Ardmore Avenue.
Similar to past years, the ceremony will be an opportunity for Veterans to connect with one another and for the community to honor our country’s fallen service members. The event will also give Whitefish Bay families a way to teach children the meaning behind Memorial Day and to witness traditional military customs.

Sip*Shop*Support Local: First Thursdays on Silver Spring Drive:
  • Thursdays, June 2, July 7, August 4, and September 1, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Join us on Silver Spring Drive on the first Thursday of each month, June through September, for a few extra hours of shopping (and sipping!). Twenty Nine participating businesses will stay open late, and will offer wine (June and August) and beer (July and September) for you to enjoy. Plus, you can expect special promotions and great live music each evening. Learn more on the Merchants of Whitefish Bay website.

Farmers Market:
  • Saturdays, June 11–October 15, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The Farmers Market is back! This year is primed to be better than ever with your favorite tried and true vendors returning, plus several new vendors joining in the fun, including Moleta knife sharpening, Little Martian Coffee, El Gato Chocolates, and That Salsa Lady. To learn more, visit

Ice Cream Socials:
  • Wednesdays, June 15 and August 3, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. (or while supplies last)
After school is out for the summer, it’s a tradition to celebrate with the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation’s Ice Cream Social. The annual event will take place at Old School House Park (5420 N. Marlborough Drive) across from the library. Also mark your calendars for a second Social, returning to the same park in August! Both events will feature sweet treats from Pete’s Pops and music by the Village Band of Whitefish Bay. The treats and music are free.

Village Band Concerts at Schoolhouse Park:
  • June 15, July 20, August 3, August 10, 7:00 p.m. at Schoolhouse Park
  • June 29, 7:00 p.m. at Klode Park
Enjoy free music in the park!. This is the Village Band's 34th Summer Concert Season. Look for the Village Band at various community events this summer. For the most up-to-date information, follow the band on Facebook.

Fourth of July
  • Monday, July 4, 11:30 a.m.
What’s the Best Day in the Bay? You know it’s the Fourth of July! The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is thrilled to keep the tradition going in 2022. Don’t miss the annual parade, and stop by Klode Park for food, drinks, games, and, of course, fireworks! For details, visit the Civic Foundation’s website.

Whitefish Bay Art Festival
  • Saturday–Sunday, July 9–10, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Merchants along with Amdur Productions will be closing Silver Spring Drive, from Santa Monica Boulevard to Lake Drive, so that 100+ artists from all over the country can set up tier booths and present artworks for visitors to browse and shop. The juried artists, live entertainment, and food and beverages from local restaurants will prove to make this a wonderful event for the whole family. Watch for details at the Merchants of Whitefish Bay website and Facebook page.

Sidewalk Sale
  • Friday–Saturday, July 15–16, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
This annual event kicks off with businesses opening early and bringing some of their goods out on the street to create a fun environment for shoppers. On Saturday, the sales continue throughout the day and, at Berkeley Boulevard, the street will be closed and the Merchants of Whitefish Bay along with Yellow Wood will set up a fun ‘Kids Adventure Zone,’ complete with a climbing wall and more. Learn more on the Merchants of Whitefish Bay website and Facebook page.

Sounds of Summer
  • Saturday, August 20, 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Bring your own blankets and chairs, and enjoy a live concert on Silver Spring Drive! This free event is organized by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation and the Merchants of Whitefish Bay. Look for more details on each organization’s website.
Thank You From Whitefish Bay:
At the meeting on Monday, The Village Board will recognize Katie Commer’s Service as Executive Director of the Whitefish Bay Business Improvement District via Resolution No. 3124. Katie will complete her tenure as Executive Director in July of 2022 after five years of dedicated service.

Katie Commer was appointed as Executive Director of the Whitefish Bay Business Improvement District in 2017. She gave generously of her time, efforts and skills to lead the BID forward through event management, sponsorship development, marketing and promotional ventures, volunteer coordination and community engagement.

Katie made significant contributions to a number of BID initiatives including the “Merchants of Whitefish Bay” rebranding, implementation of the Whitefish Bay Art Festival, strategic planning and expanding the BID’s outreach beyond Whitefish Bay. She continuously collaborated with business owners and other stakeholders to increase information sharing and awareness of BID happenings. Katie worked tirelessly to champion the downtown Whitefish Bay business district as an exceptional place to shop, live and conduct business – for individuals, families and businesses. Thank you to Katie Commer for her efforts on behalf of the Village of Whitefish Bay!
Updates From Village Hall:
Pickleball At Klode Park:

Did someone say Pickleball? Last week, the Village added additional striping to the Klode Park tennis courts for Pickleball.

There are also several movable nets on-site for use by the public. Use is first come, first served! Klode Park open from sunrise to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy!
Village Receives GFOA Budget Award:

Village of Whitefish Bay received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Village’s 2022 annual budget. Only 31 municipalities and governmental organizations statewide received the award in 2021-22, putting Whitefish Bay among the top five percent of its peers for excellence in municipal budgeting.

Village Finance Director Jaimie Krueger stated that "The Village of Whitefish Bay’s budget document clearly articulates to the public how the Village proposes to spend their tax dollars. It is a user-friendly document and promotes enhanced transparency in government. I am proud of the commitment of the governing body and Village staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting."

In order to receive the budget award, the Village had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:
  • A policy document
  • A financial plan
  • An operations guide
  • A communications device
The GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting. Click here to view a copy of the 2022 Budget Document.
EMS Week Is May 15-21:
North Shore Fire/Rescue recognizes our emergency medical service providers during EMS Week, May 15 – May 21. “EMS Week is a time to recognize how our EMS providers have risen to the challenge time and time again in response to the needs of our patients and our communities,” said North Shore Fire/Rescue Chief Robert Whitaker. In 2021, North Shore Fire/Rescue responded to just over 10,500 incidents, 75% of those were EMS related. All North Shore Fire/Rescue Firefighters are licensed as emergency medical technician-basic or emergency medical technician-paramedic in the State of Wisconsin.

Whether the incident is minor in nature, or life-threatening, North Shore Fire/Rescue EMS providers strive to provide excellent patient care. North Shore Fire/Rescue, in conjunction with Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services, has achieved American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission Lifeline Gold Recognition. Mission Lifeline Gold indicates the Department’s EMS providers have achieved aggregated annual compliance of greater than 75% on all four of Mission Lifeline’s EMS Measures which are based on the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines. The Department has consistently demonstrated outcomes well above the national average for cardiac arrest patients discharged from hospitals with good or moderate cerebral performance, sustained return of spontaneous circulation and for citizens who come to the aid of their neighbors and perform bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival, a collaborative effort of the AHA, Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine. The Department is also proud to be one of only 300 fire/emergency medical service agencies worldwide to have been accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Center for Fire Accreditation International.

The amazing work of our EMS providers and support from the communities we serve allow us to ensure the residents and visitors of the seven communities served by North Shore Fire/Rescue always receive amazing patient care in their time of need.
Update From the School District:
Whitefish Bay High School Theater Presents: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  • When: 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20, & Saturday, May 21, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22
  • Where: Whitefish Bay High School Auditorium
  • Tickets: Visit for details
15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Come join us for this powerful production! Note: Mature Content & Language – Parental Discretion is Advised

Register Now for the 2022-23 School Year! New and returning families visit the District website or call for more information. Moving? Please contact your school to let them know of any moving plans or address updates.
Upcoming School Board Meetings:
  • May 11 – Regular Business Meeting
  • May 25 – Committee Meetings
Meeting dates, agendas, minutes and more information can be found online.
MMSD Rain Barrell Workshops:
MMSD has spots left in their rain barrel workshops on 5/19 and 6/9 to earn a FREE rain barrel.
In this rain barrel workshop, participants will learn about water conservation and the many benefits of using rain barrels. Rain barrels capture rainwater from your roof that you can use for thirsty gardens later when it's dry. They also help prevent rain from becoming polluted stormwater runoff, the biggest remaining threat to clean rivers and our Great Lakes. Finally, participants will learn proper rain barrel installation and maintenance techniques.

Earn your certificate for a FREE rain barrel, one per owner-occupied household, upon completion of the workshop. Attendees must live within Milwaukee County to receive a rain barrel certificate.
Updates From The Whitefish Bay Library:
Upcoming Holiday Hours Memorial Day:
The library will be closed on Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day. Memorial Day weekend is also the start of our summer hours going forward so we will be closed on Sundays through Labor Day weekend.

Virtual Mystery Book Club, Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.: Our Mystery Book Club meets once a month and is led by librarian Sharon Nagel. This month we're reading The Distant Echo by Val McDermid. This meeting will take place virtually on Zoom. Click here to join. Meeting ID: 890 9070 0104 Passcode: J8yJp03W

Author Talk with Linda Benjamin: Girls' Guide to Aging with Grit and Gusto: A Memoir and Six Interviews, Monday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. What 's a girl to do if she's dumped by her husband in her sixties? How about writing a book documenting her journey and collecting role-models of inspirational women from their sixties through their nineties? The humorous yet educational memoir of a therapist's journey and the experiences of her inspiring interviewees, women who've been through grief, depression, caregiving, widowhood, retirement, empty-nesting, and physical challenges. Girls' Guide to Aging with Grit and Gusto is a road map for women who want to thrive (whatever their age or circumstances) as they grow older. This program is in-person, so please click here to register.

About the speaker: Linda Benjamin, LSCW, hasbeen a clinical social worker for over thirty years. Linda was Supervisor of Program Development at WNET/Thirteen in New York, hosted a live radio program in New York City, wrote and aired her humorous radio segments, Psychobabble, on WUWM, Milwaukee's local NPR affiliate. She has published articles in The New York Times, Chicago Woman, and The Women's Newspaper of Princeton.

Tea Time Book Club, Virtual and In-Person, Friday, May 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 Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman Part 1 and Part 2. 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. Click here to join Zoom. Meeting ID: 817 7725 2388, Passcode: 33887462

Kids Summer Programming Preview: We are taking a break from programs and storytimes in May so that we can prepare for summer! What fun activities do we have planned? We will be doing an all ages storytime on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in School House Park beginning June 13. We also will be getting crafty, doing in Yoga in the Park with Embody Yoga, Hoop Dance Class with Hoop Elation, music in the park with Fox and Branch and Pint-Sized Polka. Check out all our summer programs for kids on our website.

Take and Tinker Collection - New Items: With warm weather right around the corner, we’ve added new items to our Take and Tinker collection to keep you entertained. Take and Tinker is a collection of tools, games, and other items that you wouldn't expect to find in a library! Some of our new additions include outdoor games including cornhole, bocce ball, giant Connect Four, and ring toss. We’ve also added some crafting tools including knitting and crochet needles, soap and bath bomb molds, and rubber stamps and decorative scissors for card making. This collection is generously funded by Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library. See the collection on our website.
Community Spotlight:
Grad grams

Send a thoughtful message to the graduating seniors of Whitefish Bay High School! Purchase a half-sheet Grad Gram ($1.00), and then write a message, decorate, or add photos. Each will be added to personalized books that seniors will receive at graduation rehearsal. Use the this flyer to order.
Bay Bridge Event:

"Some people don't have to imagine what Milwaukee's Bronzeville was like. They have only to remember. .... Above all they recollect a people looking out for the well-being of all within its realm. Gathering interviews with residents of the now-vanished neighborhood, Dr. Sandra E. Jones reimagines Bronzeville not just as a place, but as a spirit engendered by a people determined to make a way out of no way."

Dr. Sandra E. Jones will be in conversation with residents of Milwaukee's Bronzeville at this hybrid event on May 19, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Registration is now open.

NSHD Healthy Highlight - May is Clean Air Month: Clean Air Month is observed each year in May across the United States, sponsored by the American Lung Association since 1972. Clean Air Month is an opportunity to celebrate the improvements that have been made over the last four decades since the Clean Air Act in 1970.

Why is clean air important? Poor air quality can affect people of all ages, especially those sensitive to air pollution, including people with asthma or heart conditions, people who work and exercise outdoors, and older adults and children. The potential consequences of poor air quality include cancer, bronchitis, allergies and asthma.

Clean Air Month in Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) celebrates the accomplishments of the last year, including the improvement in overall air quality in Wisconsin.

The DNR’s 2021 Wisconsin Air Quality Trends Report shows that air quality in Wisconsin continues to improve, including a 35% drop in fine particle concentrations, a dramatic reduction in emissions from industrial sources and motor vehicles and a 39% drop in industrial source emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Source: Wisconsin DNR

Air Quality Index (AQI): The EPA establishes an Air Quality Index (AQI) for five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act. Each of these pollutants has a national air quality standard set by EPA to protect public health:
  1. Ground-level ozone
  2. Particle pollution (also known as particulate matter, including PM2.5 and PM10)
  3. Carbon monoxide
  4. Sulfur dioxide
  5. Nitrogen dioxide
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651