Morning Update: Wednesday, Dec. 15

Remembering a Madison LGBTQ pioneer

Good morning, Madison!

It's Wednesday. Happy Wednesday.

Quick heads up: There's a high wind warning that will go into effect at 6 p.m. tonight. What does that mean? Well, according to the National Weather Service, we can expect to see Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. The warning will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.

High winds like these can make it harder to travel (especially in higher profile vehicles) and have the potential to knock out power lines, causing outages. Stay safe, y'all!

— Hayley

🍕 The Paisan's building is closing. Again.

  • Some context: The building at 131 West Wilson Street was forced to shut down in September due to structural concerns. It re-opened in October with additional safety measures. Support columns were put in the parking garage as a temporary fix. The building's tenants have previously said they plan to file a lawsuit against the building's owner for damages incurred during the 40-day shutdown.
  • The city is shutting down the building again because its owners failed to comply with required inspection reports. According to the city, building inspection personnel have not received the required documentation regarding the ongoing monitoring, so the building must close.

🏳️‍🌈 Madison LGBTQ pioneer Dick Wagner has died.

⚖️ Michael Gableman threatened to arrest Madison's Mayor and city officials are over it.

💉 MMSD and SSM Health are bringing COVID-19 vaccine clinics to Madison schools.

  • Children ages 5-11 will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccines at the school clinics throughout December and January.
  • NBC15 put together a list of participating locations. Check it out here.

😷 Wisconsin universities are putting their employee vaccine mandates on hold.

🥕 PSA: Here are Metcalfe's Christmas hours.

Christmas eve: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas day.

🍸 Did someone say late night?

  • Yes, we all know Tornado Room has a killer late-night menu (escargot, anyone?), but they're not the only spot in town serving food after hours. Madison Magazine put together a list of 17 Madison dining de sure to satisfy any after-dark craving.

🥘 Your lunchtime read: ‘Madison Chefs’ tells stories of culinary change in Wisconsin's capital.

  • From the Cap Times' Lindsay Christians: "Four years ago, I signed on to the project that would become 'Madison Chefs: Stories of Food, Farms, and People.' That book, coming on Dec. 21 from University of Wisconsin Press, highlights nine local chefs who re-imagined what Wisconsin food could be, from New Jersey-influenced farm-focused pizza to Wisconsin-style bibimbap. [...] Madison’s food scene is never static. [...] Though some restaurants have closed and some people have left the industry altogether, I believe these chefs and restaurateurs point to an exciting future for Madison food."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 57.4%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 75.1%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.

📅  Events: Wednesday, Dec. 15