Spectrum News — The coronavirus has forced us all to practice Social Distancing. Unfortunately, it didn’t come with a blueprint. A Facebook group popped up recently to help people stay connected, when they are physically apart. The NEW Social Distancing – Together group started in Green Bay but is gaining momentum across the state. Addie Sorbo (UW-Green Bay instructor) is the founder.
“It’s definitely a support thing. This is a new thing for a lot of people and we’re trying to figure it out, There’s this crazy thing going on in the world that we’re really unsure of but how can we support each other?” said Sorbo.In the group’s first two days it reached one thousand members.Beth Macco is a stay at home mom an finds the group useful.“It’s just light hearted and a place where you can find community and a little bit of joy in the midst of very strange times,” said Macco.The group isn’t just for parents dealing with changes. Delaney Langenberg attends UWGB. She’s used to a busy college life but with the campus shut down, she’s back at home with her parents.“I was like, sure I’ll do this. I’ve got nothing else going on,” said Langenberg. Delaney is one of almost three thousand members to join thus far.“It was a really big change for me and probably other students so it’s nice to have something. You have something to look at and feel positive about.”
Home safe and sound: Former Phoenix and Spartan returns from Belgium before borders close. Jessica Lindstrom’s last 30 days included knee surgery, a world-wide pandemic and a quick exit from Belgium.
On-campus spring commencement ceremonies at UW-Green Bay campuses, including Sheboygan, have been cancelled. But the university is working to “reimagine” a celebration honoring the grads, and many ideas are being explored. Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven noted that so long as all academic requirements are met, degrees can be conferred regardless of whether or not a ceremony occurs. Nonetheless, she said, “Make no mistake: UW-Green Bay will find a way to celebrate our students and their accomplishments following the end of this semester. There may not be an in-person ceremony, but there will be a celebration.”
It doesn’t feel right to go through a March without filling out a bracket. So with the spread of coronavirus shutting down this season’s NCAA Tournament, the Journal Sentinel decided to put together its own 64-team field. This one features historic teams from colleges in the state.
After a run in the 1980s, the Dee Events Center played host to the NCAA Tournament once more in 1994 and, for the first and only time, did not feature a team from Utah.
What it did feature was 11 future NBA players of the eight teams at the site. Most notable were longtime NBA veterans Jason Kidd and Michael Finley.
Finley, a junior, scored 22 points for Wisconsin in the first round to beat Cincinnati, then 36 in a loss to No. 1 seed Missouri.
Kidd didn’t get as many games, despite his usual near-triple-double effort for No. 5 seed California.
Kidd totaled 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists but shot 4 of 17 from the field. It was part of a woeful shooting night for the Golden Bears, who were 19 of 56 from the floor and 2 of 19 from the 3-point line.
No. 12 Wisconsin-Green Bay survived giving up 18 offensive rebounds to Cal and scored a 61-57 upset in the first round. UWGB was coached by Dick Bennett, who later turned turned around Wisconsin. His son, Tony, is currently the head coach at Virginia.
It probably would be a good time for University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball coach Linc Darner to take his dogs on a few more walks.
Or maybe for women’s basketball coach Kevin Borseth to go on a couple of extra fishing trips.
There isn’t quite as much to do these days after the NCAA recently enacted a dead period for recruiting that will go until at least April 15, and perhaps much longer, because of the coronavirus.
There are no in-person visits to make. No games on the AAU circuit to watch. Prospects can’t come on campus and coaches can’t go to their homes.
Even the Kress Center on UWGB’s campus, where Phoenix players work out and put up shots during the offseason, has closed its doors for the next month.
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — CBS 58 wants to highlight acts of kindness in our area. Nineteen-year-old Amya Steger is a freshman at UW-Green Bay. Amya is sharing inspirational messages with people at Morningside Health Services in Sheboygan, where she used to volunteer.
Right now, residents there aren’t receiving in-house visitors because of coronavirus concerns. Amya painted the inspirational quotes on canvases and included a handwritten letter. If you know someone in our area helping to brighten someone’s day during the pandemic, we want to share their story.
Brown County was within its legal rights to enact a temporary 0.5% sales and use tax in the county, Circuit Court Judge John Zakowski ruled Tuesday.
“I’m pleased with the judge’s decision that we can continue with this fiscally conservative plan,” County Executive Troy Streckenbach said in a press release. “This plan makes crucial investments in our critical infrastructure while paying down debt and providing tax relief for property owners here in Brown County.”
The ruling concerns the Debt Reduction, Infrastructure and Property Tax Relief Plan approved by the County Board in May 2017.
The county board adopted the plan to help fund $147 million of new buildings, road repairs and other capital projects, including $25 million toward construction and maintenance of the $93 million expo center; $60 million for road and bridge improvements; $20 million for jail expansion; $5 million toward a science and technology center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; a medical examiner’s building; and other projects.