Wisconsin News Briefs

Palermo’s and Hunger Task Force to Host “Easter Baskets for the Hungry”

Distribution will provide 500 special holiday boxes for local families in need

When: Friday, April 8

Distribution to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Hunger Task Force

5000 W. Electric Avenue, West Milwaukee, WI 53219

What: Palermo’s Pizza is partnering with Hunger Task Force to distribute 500 Easter Baskets that contain food for an Easter dinner, frozen pizzas, and food for an entire week as a part of the company’s annual Easter Baskets for the Hungry event.  Each box will contain a fresh ham, fresh apples, carrots, potatoes and eggs, whole grain pasta, breakfast cereal, peanut butter, Easter treats, Palermo’s frozen pizza and much more.

You’re invited: fundraising gala celebrates southeastern Wisconsin heroes, supports Red Cross mission

MILWAUKEE – The 2022 Brave Hearts fundraising gala will return as an in-person event this May! There is no better way to celebrate coming back together as a community than by honoring this year’s heroes from southeast Wisconsin and supporting the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross.  The fun-filled night at Kohl’s Innovation Center will begin at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 12. This year’s event will be hybrid, allowing for online and in-person access to the evening’s inspiring hero stories, alluring auction items and many opportunities to join the Red Cross mission.  Chosen across a handful of categories, honorees at this year’s Brave Hearts represent the best in spirit, service and action in our communities. The 2022 heroes are:

Frank Nee (Milwaukee Co.) – Hero of the Year

Sophie LaRose (Waukesha Co.) – Adult Good Samaritan Hero

Molly & Dustin Kesner

(Ozaukee Co.) – Community Safety, Security & Resiliency Heroes Milwaukee F.D. Station 24 & Rescue 2 (Milwaukee Co.) – Emergency Response Heroes

Passion Terrell

(Milwaukee Co.) – From the Heart Hero

Eric Beach & Eric Hill

(Waukesha Co.) – Military Hero

Isabella Zungia-Meyer

(Waukesha Co.) – Youth Good Samaritan Hero

Attendees who purchase individual tickets before April 22 will receive an early-bird discount.

Brave Hearts is made possible by incredible, generous support from organizations in southeast Wisconsin. Lead supporters this year include Nicholas Company, Northwestern Mutual, American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, Brewers Community Foundation, Clarios, Johnson Controls, Kohl’s and Molson Coors.

‘Every second matters’: Driving distractions on the rise

Distracted driving is a growing problem on Wisconsin roads. More than 10,000 crashes involved distracted driving last year, up more than 13% from 2020.

Cell phone use is one of the most common forms of distracted driving, but any interruption that takes your eyes and mind off the road can be a distraction. That includes use of a navigation system or other device, eating, personal care, and even passengers or pets.

Texting while driving is dangerous and illegal in Wisconsin.

Fatalities connected with distracted driving have been rising in recent years. 26 people were killed in 2019, 31 in 2020 and preliminary numbers show 40 people died in distracted driving crashes in 2021.

Wisconsin statutes (346.89) that address distracted driving include:

• Inattentive driving is prohibited; any activity that interferes with the ability to drive safely

• A ban on cell phone use by probationary license holders

• A hand-held ban for all drivers in work zones, emergency, and roadside response areas

•A texting ban for all drivers

• Using devices for visual entertainment is prohibited for drivers

All drivers are at risk of distracted driving crashes. In 2019, 72% of Wisconsin drivers involved in distracted driving crashes were older than 25.

Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

Drivers are urged to put their phones away when behind the wheel. If you need to text, pull over and stop the vehicle.

“Make a commitment to stop distracted driving. Always buckle up and put the phone down while driving. Every trip. Every time,” Superintendent Burrell said.