• Waukesha Civic Theatre has rescheduled its gala for Aug. 22, 2020.
• Festa Italiana 2020 on the Summerfest grounds has been canceled. It had been planned for mid-July.
• Lakefront Festival of the Arts.
• Six Flags Great America has temporarily suspended operations and will open in mid-May, or as soon as possible thereafter.
• ProHealth Care has implemented a no-visitors policy at its hospitals, with select exceptions. The policy is effective immediately at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital and ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.
The exceptions are: Labor and delivery: One spouse or companion permitted; Neonatal intensive care unit: Up to two visitors permitted; Emergency departments: One companion permitted; Outpatient areas: One companion permitted; Patients at the end of life: Visitors allowed.
• The Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce has canceled all programs and events until further notice.
• 2020 Erinwood Art Show/Sale
• New Berlin Spring 2020 Citizens’ Police Academy Program
• Remainder of 2020 Midnight Basketball Program in New Berlin
• Discover New Berlin (3/21-hosted by Chamber of Commerce)
• New Berlin Junior Women’s Club Pancake Breakfast/Egg Hunt (3/28)
• New Berlin vs. Waukesha Police/Fire Boots & Badges Basketball Fundraiser Event (4/17)
• Wisconsin Department of Justice Spring Drug Take Back Event (4/25)
• ProHealth Care Regency Senior Communities New Berlin Spaghetti Dinner (4/30)
• The WisDOT public meeting for the Highway 59 project in Waukesha County will be be rescheduled. The meeting was to discuss the design for the resurfacing of Highway 59 (East Waukesha Bypass), from Sunset Drive to Arcadian Avenue, in the town and city of Waukesha.
•The Oconomowoc Area Senior Center is canceling all of its activities and programs until further notice. This includes new member coffee and April luncheon. Any questions call OASC President Ginny Hicks 414-640-8080.
• Dick Smith’s Live Bait Shop in Delafield has closed its store, but will offer curbside service.
• Great Wolf Lodge resorts’ closures have been extended through May 19, 2020.
• The Wildlife in Need Center is closed to the public and volunteers, but remains open to staff. Upcoming face-to-face education programs are closed until further notice. If you found an animal that needs help, call 262-965-3090.
• Waukesha playgrounds, restrooms and Horeb Springs Skatepark
• Effective at 5 p.m. Thursday, all Waukesha State Bank lobbies are closed. Drive-up and night depository services will remain open, and access to the bank for loan applications or closings, new accounts or account changes, safe deposit boxes, large cash withdrawals, etc. can be made via appointment by calling each branch office directly.
• All DMV Customer Service Centers will be closed to the public on Friday. DMVs will use this time to deep clean each location and modify office space to allow additional social distancing practices when the service centers reopen on Monday. All driver skills tests are being cancelled as of March 18 until further notice. When Wisconsin DMVs reopen Monday, in-person customer service will be restricted, by appointment only, to new driver licenses and issuing identification cards. To make an appointment, customers can use the Driver License Guide (wisconsindmv.gov/DLGuide).
• Stone Creek Coffee has shut down all 13 of its retail cafes including the one in Oconomowoc. More info will be available about the future openings of the coffee shop on March 30.
• Vino Etc. has decided to close until further notice.
• Mukwonago is limiting public access effective immediately to village buildings. The following buildings are closed to the public: Village Hall; Water and Sewer Utilities, Public Works Building; Fire Department; Library, and Police Department (lobby).
• Delafield American Legion Post 196 will be closed for the week and will continue to monitor the situation on a week-by-week basis.
• Effective Wednesday, all New Berlin Park Playgrounds, including neighborhood playgrounds, are closed until further notice.
• The Corners of Brookfield has closed all non-essential retail tenants temporarily through March 29, though the decision will stay under review.
• Mukwonago Food Pantry Thrift Store is closed at least the next two weeks.
• All local Social Security offices will be closed out of caution over COVID-19. Online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov.
• The Doggy Bag LLC in Oconomowoc has closed its storefront. Orders can be places at thedoggybagllc.com or by phone at 262-560-1717 to be shipped or delivered to your home at no extra charge. Bulk bags of treats can also be found at Albrecht’s Sentry in Delafield, Sendik’s Fine Foods in Brookfield, and Maurer’s Urban Market in Milwaukee.
• Wisconsin Athletic Club locations. Memberships will be placed on freeze.
ALTERED HOURS AND EVENTS
• The Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha The Women of Distinction Luncheon, originally scheduled for May 15, has been rescheduled to Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
• Starting Saturday, Blain's Farm and Fleet will modify store hours for all locations temporarily to allow associates more time to restock and thoroughly clean all areas of the store. Until further notice, the new hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 10 AM-5 PM. Individual store locations hours may vary, so check FarmandFleet.com for up-to-date location hours.
• Good Friend, Inc. (GFI) has renamed its 12th annual fundraiser to reflect a switch to a virtual event, Socially-Responsible Rockin' for Good Friend Autism Acceptance Virtual FUNdraiser. Registration is now open for the event that will be held April 29 through May 2. Check the Facebook page for updates on the event, raffle and grand prize items.
• Gov. Tony Evers directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to temporarily order the suspension of evictions and foreclosures amid the COVID-19 public health emergency.
• The city of New Berlin is extending the suspension of all Recreation programs until Monday, May 4th.
• The Waukesha County Board of Supervisors regularly scheduled meeting on March 24 at 7 p.m. will go on as planned. To follow health and safety precautions to protect the public and reduce the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019, the County Board will not be taking public comment as part of the agenda, and are discouraging the public from attending the meeting in person. If a member of the public wishes to provide comment on an agenda item they can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and those comments will be distributed to County Board Supervisors at the meeting. The public can access streaming audio and video of the meeting by going to waukeshacounty.gov/countyboard and clicking the Live Audio button.
• New Berlin Building Inspection Department will be suspending all non-essential building, electric, plumbing, and HVAC inspections effective 3/18/2020 until further notice.
• Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, the Waukesha County Register of Deeds will conduct all public services through online, mail and drop off options. Public access to the office will be unavailable.
• New Berlin applicant/citizen fingerprinting services
• New Berlin preliminary breath testing services
• New Berlin station tours/citizen ride-alongs
• There will be at temporary suspension of lobby service at First Federal Bank of Wisconsin. Drive-thru services will remain open during regular hours and can handle most banking needs.
• The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County (HAWS) will be further limiting access to the facility at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha. As all of HAWS’ education, training and fundraising activities have already been suspended, the traffic in the facility has been reduced substantially.
HAWS will be implementing additional limitations: Adoption services will continue in an online format and will require appointments. Viewing in other capacities, without an appointment, will not be available. Stray services will continue.
• Kwik Trip is no longer allowing for self-serve coffee, fountain sodas, roller grills, bakery case, condiment bar, nacho/chili machine, soup bar
• While the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center is only seeing patients for essential appointments at the hospital during the coronavirus pandemic, telephone and video appointments are still available. Veterans can receive care at home – either over the phone or via video using VA Video Connect on their computers, smartphones and tables. To set up a telephone or video appointments, veterans should send their provider a secure message on My Healthe Vet at myhealth.va.gov. MyHealthe Vet can also be used to send secure messages to providers and ask non-urgent health questions. Veterans can request prescription refills and order and ship medications to their homes using My Healthe Vet or the Rx Refill mobile app.
• Dollar General is providing all medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guardsmen with a 10% discount on qualifying purchases. Individuals can present their employment badge or ID at more than 16,300 stores to receive the discount.
• Kowabunga Comics in Oconomowoc has set up an online store, http://shop.kowabungacomics.com
• The Wisconsin Department of Revenue announced small businesses can immediately request an extension to file sales and use tax returns due March 31, 2020 until April 30, 2020 and due April 30, 2020 until June 1, 2020.
Other elements related to this important sales tax change are as follows: DOR will not assess late filing fees or penalties if sales/use tax returns are filed by April 30 or June 1; By law, payments are due March 31 and April 30, 12% interest will accrue beginning on the due date, unless the legislature changes the law to allow the DOR to waive interest. Send your request to DORRegistration@wisconsin.gov
• Beginning Monday, March 30, PBS Wisconsin will dedicate the 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. daytime weekday schedule on The Wisconsin Channel, or PBS Wisconsin-2, and Milwaukee PBS will dedicate the 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daytime weekday schedule on WMVT 36.1 to educational programming that includes specific blocks of time for pre-K through 12th grade levels and covers subjects, including English language arts, social studies, science and math.
The special broadcast schedule will also be available to stream online at pbswisconsin.org/familyresources along with corresponding free digital content for at-home learning and support for teachers navigating this new learning landscape. Milwaukee PBS has free digital resources for at-home learning at milwaukeepbs.org/onlineresources/.
• Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin has launched drive-through testing for COVID-19. Individuals who wish to be tested must first be pre-screened by an Ascension Medical Group provider, by phone at 1-833-981-0711, or virtually using Ascension Online Care.
Site locations now open: Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - Franklin Campus (Medical Office Building); Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee - Gateway Clinic (West Allis); Ascension St. Francis Medical Arts Pavilion (Milwaukee); Ascension Wisconsin Health Center - Mount Pleasant Urgent Care; Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - Mayfair Road Urgent Care (Wauwatosa); Grafton High School; Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - St. Joseph Campus (Milwaukee); and Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - Elmbrook Campus (Brookfield).
• Waukesha County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the fire departments within Waukesha County, announced that they are open to receiving donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizing items from businesses and citizens. Donations of any size can be made to your local fire departments and contact should be made with them directly to coordinate delivery.
Donated items that are sought are: N95 respirators – new in original package; surgical masks — new in original package; gloves — unopened packs of disposable gloves; sanitizer — unopened hand sanitizer; disinfectant — unopened disinfectants and disinfecting wipes; goggles — unused and packaged; gowns — disposable; and shoe covers — disposable.
• ProHealth Care is welcoming donations of masks and other personal protective equipment as well as hand sanitizer. Donated products must be new, in unopened packaging. ProHealth Care is accepting donations of the following items:
Masks – Both N95 respirator and ear loop surgical masks. These masks are sometimes used in construction, painting, dentistry, veterinary medicine and school settings.
Eye protection – Goggles and safety glasses. These are used in a wide variety of industries as well as by woodworkers, hobbyists and painters.
Hand sanitizer – Hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol are most effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Many individuals and businesses use these products.
Donations from the community may be dropped off at ProHealth Care’s administrative building at N17-W24100 Riverwood Drive in City of Pewaukee, off Pewaukee Road just north of I-94. Donations can be left in the front lobby between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
If you would like to make a large donation of these products, call 262-696-0464, or send an email to email@example.com.
• Have extra basic necessities? The Salvation Army, including the Waukesha location at 45 Madison St., is accepting items. They are in need of nonperishable food items, baby supplies, hygiene products, cleaning and sanitizing products and paper products. Drop-off hours at The Waukesha Salvation Army Food Pantry are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin has launched drive-through COVID-19 testing. These sites are by appointment only. Individuals who wish to be tested must first be pre-screened by an Ascension Medical Group provider, by phone (1-833-981-0711), or virtually using Ascension Online Care (ascension.org/OnlineCare). Sites will be open by appointment only Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - Franklin Campus (Medical Office Building)
Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee - Gateway Clinic (West Allis)
Ascension St. Francis Medical Arts Pavilion (Milwaukee)
Ascension Wisconsin Health Center - Mount Pleasant Urgent Care
Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - Mayfair Road Urgent Care (Wauwatosa)
Grafton High School
Additional locations will open later this week in Brookfield, Milwaukee, Stevens Point, Rhinelander and Crandon.
• Waukesha Free Clinic, previously St. Joseph's Medical Clinic, will be occupying its new facility at 237 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Waukesha, on April 3. The new facility at Carroll University's Community Health Services will allow for expanded services and care for more Waukesha County residents. Although the clinic has suspended routine visits in accordance with public health recommendations, the clinic remains open for telephone encounters, telephone triage and urgent issues. Community members requiring care should contact Rosa Zibell at the clinic at 262-544-6777.
• Good Harvest Market in Waukesha is offering curbside pickup starting Tuesday, March 24. In the beginning, items will be limited to 15. Available Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. There will be 2 designated parking places, near the outdoor seating area of the café. Payment must be by credit card and no coupons will be accepted. https://www.goodharvestmarket.com/ and click on the page titled “Curbside Pickup”.
• Blain's Farm & Fleet will reserve the first hour of each day to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns. These dedicated senior and at-risk hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. As an essential needs-based retailer, Blain’s Farm & Fleet remains open for business. However, they recently temporarily reduced their hours to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to allow associates more time to restock and clean stores.
• The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County has created the ‘HAWS Pantry’ at the shelter on Northview Road in Waukesha to both collect donations and help those pet owners in need during COVID-19 restrictions and closures. Donors may still come inside the lobby of HAWS’ facility to drop off donations and get a receipt as needed, but for those who would prefer to not come in, donations can be safely left in the bins outside. Those donors that would like a receipt can call HAWS' main number (262-542-8851, x0) and staff will bring one out to them, or send one via email or U.S. mail.
• “COVID-19 Webinar for Employers”
• Waukesha schools will continue to offer breakfast and lunch “take away” meals for school children the rest of this week and during the week of March 30. The Salvation Army Waukesha will offer lunch meals (not breakfast) during what had been scheduled as Spring Break, March 23 to March 27, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Sentinel Park near Walmart.
• The Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Waukesha County Center for Growth have a dedicated website with the latest COVID-19-related business resources and information:
• The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has created a COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance resource to address the most frequently asked questions from businesses and affected employees:
• The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board and its partners will continue to serve businesses and their affected employees. Rapid Response services for layoffs will continue to be available. A full listing of board and partner services can be found online: www.wfdc.org/employers.
• As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to develop, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s local nonprofit partners are experiencing increased demand for emergency food, medical equipment, cleaning supplies, and staff time.
In response, the organization has created a COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund to quickly respond to its partners’ ongoing needs. Donate by following this link: https://www.unitedwaygmwc.org/Donate/COVID-19-Urgent-Needs-Fund
• New Berlin community alerts: To stay informed regarding the impact of COVID-19 on New Berlin, visit www.newberlin.org.
• Dollar General Corporation is dedicating the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers. Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open. Additionally, all stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and well-being.
• Watch the We Energies webcam of peregrine falcons with your kids. Tune into the company's high-definition cameras 24/7 and watch as the raptors find love, lay eggs and raise their young.
• Due to the current public health situation, for the next 30-days the Mukwonago Food Pantry will be using the following protocol to serve current clients: When you arrive at the pantry call 262-363-3452; give your name & address, only one staff person is on duty, so be patient ; all food has been pre-bagged; cart with your food will be placed outside back exit door, return cart to door when you are done loading your food.
• Sendik’s is reserving the hour of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for shoppers who are at a higher risk of severe illness by COVID-19.
• Updated case numbers from Wisconsin DHS: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm
— Hartford Parks & Rec.: Monday, March 16th, all recreation programs are canceled effective immediately. The building, including fitness room and Signicast Family Aquatic Center will remain open until 10 pm tonight. The Recreation Center building will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17th. Our tentative reopen date is April 6th.
— The Bend, 125 N. Main St., is closed until further notice.
— The Norbert, 115 S. Main St., is closed with a small take-out menu available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Poplar Inn, 518 Poplar St.
— West Bend Community Memorial Library, 630 Poplar St., is closed beginning March 18. The target re-opening date is April 13.
— Downtown West Bend’s Wine Walk on Main, originally scheduled for March 21, has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 25 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
— Germantown Community Library, N112-W16957 Mequon Road, is closed now through April 12. Curbside pickup is available for materials.
—Slinger Community Library, 220 Slinger Road. All library programs are canceled through Monday, April 13th.