Month: October 2020

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

October 30 – November 6

NEWS YOU CAN USE
10-30 TO 11-5

VILLAGE TRICK-OR-TREATING GUIDELINES: Halloween has arrived and we want all to enjoy while remaining safe during this challenging time. The Village of Mount Prospect encourages families to take necessary precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Alternative trick-or-treating activities include the MP Mini Library Contactless Trick-or-Treat event which places candy in Mini Libraries throughout the Village from 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 31.) More information can be found at www.experiencemountprospect.org It should be noted the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for Halloween states that door to door trick-or-treating is considered high risk.

CHURCH HOLDS FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Northwest Church (900 N. Wolf Rd. MP) will provide food for families in need on Saturday (Oct. 31) from 10 a.m. – Noon. This event is part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Participants will go through a “drive-thru” to keep health concerns a high priority. Food distributions will be placed in the vehicle trunk, and all volunteers and participants are required to wear masks during the event. Registration is not required to participate.

FALL BACK: Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour on Sunday (Nov. 1). At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, set your clock back to 1 a.m. Enjoy the extra light in the morning to get your day going!

MPHS WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU: The Mount Prospect Historical Society, the Mount Prospect Public Library, and the Village of Mount Prospect are collecting memories of the pandemic for future generations. Residents, businesses and others associated with Mount Prospect are asked to share photos, videos, essays, impressions and poems to help others understand the experience and offer a snapshot of what COVID-19 life has been like. All local COVID related topics are welcome. Visit https://www.mtphist.org/ for more information.

RECYCLE THERMOMETERS: In the event you still have this type, the Village of Mount Prospect and SWANCC offer a recycling program for thermometers, thermostats and wall switches that contain mercury. Mercury poses health and environmental risks. Old thermometers of this type can contain up to 700 mg of mercury, a level of 140 times higher than a CFL. Bring these items Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. to the Public Works Department (1700 W. Central Rd.) For more information, call 847/870-5640.

RESPONSIBLE DRUG DISPOSAL: The DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was held on Saturday (Oct. 24). If you missed it, you still have options to clear out your medicine cabinet and potentially save someone from harm. Click the link below for locations within a 5-mile radius of Mount Prospect.
https://apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s3

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills virtually with native English speakers on Friday (Oct. 30) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Residents of Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township are eligible. Pre-registration is required. For more info, call 847/506-4930.

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October 16 – October 22

FIRE DEPT. FOOD DRIVE: Help the Mount Prospect Community on Saturday (Oct. 17) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. when the Mount Prospect Fire Department will be collecting canned goods and paper necessities in the parking lot in front of Costco at Randhurst Village (999 N. Elmhurst Rd.). Some most-needed items include: canned tuna, meats and chicken, cereal, cookies, instant mashed potatoes, jam and jelly, peanut butter, baby diapers (sizes 5 & 6), paper towels and toilet paper. Homemade food or items past their expiration dates cannot be accepted. Please do not bring cans over 32 ounces and packages over 5 pounds.

MP PAYMENT KIOSK: Mount Prospect residents will soon be able to pay water and sewer bills at Village Hall anytime. Under an agreement with CityBase Inc., the Village will also purchase an online portal that will enable residents to set up recurring payments of those utility bills with credit or debit cards. The portal also will serve the local business community by allowing the online payment of food and beverage, hotel/motel, amusement and municipal motor fuel taxes. The kiosk will be available next year near the elevator in the municipal parking garage. There will be no convenience fee charged for using the kiosk.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Take advantage of the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the Lions’ Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct.18) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Parking Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northeast Hwy.). COVID-19 restrictions are in place and include the following: masks are required for both vendors and visitors under State Executive Order guidelines; food may be prepackaged to limit contact; limit your visit by coming alone if possible, do not congregate or use the market to socialize, and please leave your dog at home. The Market runs through the end of October.

brown leaves on the groundLOOSE LEAF COLLECTION: The Village of Mount Prospect’s fall loose-leaf (not bagged) collection program begins on Monday (Oct. 19) and runs through Friday (Dec. 4). Residents may set out loose leaves to be picked up by Mount Prospect Public Works crews at the curb on scheduled collection days. Leaves should be raked onto the pavement one foot from curb line one day prior to the scheduled collection day. The loose-leaf collection program is for leaves only; leaf piles will not be collected if the piles contain grass clippings, or other yard material. Additionally, burning leaves in Mount Prospect is a violation of Village code and is not allowed under any circumstances.

PROPERTY TAX RELIEF GRANT: The Board of Trustees in Mount Prospect has approved funds for real estate tax relief for qualifying owners of single-family residences. The household must have a gross annual income equal to or less than $24,980 for one person or $33,820 for two or more persons. The rebate is equal to 50 percent of the Village’s portion of the total 2019 Cook County real estate tax bill, up to a maximum of $100,000. Qualified persons may apply after payment of the 2nd installment of the 2019 tax bill. Assistance in completing the application will be available on Tuesday (Oct. 20) from 9:30 a.m. – Noon at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Visit https://www.mountprospect.org/departments/finance-department/taxes-and-service-fees to obtain the 2020 Property Tax Relief Grant application. All applications are due by Saturday (Oct. 31). For more info, contact Rumiana Nithtianova at 847/818-5368.

MPHS FUNDRAISER: Enjoy your lunch and/or dinner on Thursday (Oct. 22) from 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Submarine Express (2 W. Northwest Hwy.) to support the Mount Prospect Historical Society. A portion of your meal’s price will be donated from each order back to the Society. Just tell the order taker that you support the Mount Prospect Historical Society. All proceeds go towards MPHS educational programs.

MEDICARE D OPEN ENROLLMENT: This year the enrollment period runs from Thursday (Oct. 15) to Monday (Dec. 7). Changes in premiums, co-pays, deductibles and drugs covered for all drug plans may change from year to year. Assistance with the enrollment process is available through the Village. Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) volunteers and staff use a tool from the Medicare website to help participants determine which plan is best for the coming year. They will also assess whether you are eligible for extra help with plan premiums and co-pays. For assistance with enrolling or reviewing your current plan, call 847/870-5680 to schedule an appointment. The Library also subscribes to Medigap Report from Weiss Ratings: https://mppl.org/webresources/medigap-report/. This resource provides users with a lengthy, customized report outlining all of the various Medicare supplements (including Part D). It also includes costs and ratings for each provider.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

–SENIOR FLU SHOTS: Those age 65 and older can get a High-Dose Senior Quadrivalent flu shot on Thursday (Oct. 22) from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Arlington Heights Senior Center (1801 W. Central Rd.). The vaccine is free for those with Medicare B as their primary insurance. Without Medicare, the cost will be $29 for the regular dose and $65 for the high-dose option. There are no residency restrictions, but reservations are required. For more information, call 847/618-5575.

All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is gathered from various local news sources.

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October 2 – October 8

FARMERS’ MARKET: Take advantage of the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the Lions’ Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct.4) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra East Commuter Parking Lot (SE corner of Emerson St. and Northeast Hwy.). COVID-19 restrictions are in place and include the following: masks are required for both vendors and visitors under State Executive Order guidelines; food may be prepackaged to limit contact; limit your visit by coming alone if possible, do not congregate or use the market to socialize, and please leave your dog at home. The Market runs through the end of October.

DANCE INTO FALL: Enjoy an afternoon of dance performances on Sunday (Oct. 4) from 2 – 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Bandshell (411 S. Maple St.). This free outdoor event requires registration. Audience members are asked to preregister for a circle which holds up to six people. Register with code 40265. Visit www.mppd.org for more information.

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills virtually with native English speakers on Thursday (Oct. 8) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Residents of Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township are eligible. Pre-registration is required. For more info, call 847/506-4930.

VILLAGE TRICK-OR-TREATING GUIDELINES: While it is still a few weeks away, you may already be thinking of how your little ones should celebrate Halloween. The Village of Mount Prospect encourages families to take necessary precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Alternative trick-or-treating activities include the Downtown Merchants Association’s event from 4 – 6 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 28.) in downtown Mount Prospect. The MP Mini Library Mission will have a Contactless Trick-or-Treat by placing candy in Mini Libraries throughout the Village from 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 31.). More activities will be reported at www.experiencemountprospect.org and throughout the Village’s social media accounts as information becomes available. It should be noted the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for Halloween states that door to door trick-or-treating is considered high risk.

nullCOOK COUNTY DISTRIBUTING MASKS: Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle announced that half a million cloth masks will be delivered within the next week to the county’s most vulnerable residents. “Science tells us that a mask – a simple mask – can literally save lives as we continue the battle against COVID19,” she said.

EG TOWNSHIP HOLDS FOOD DRIVE: The Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove is sponsoring a drive-through, non-perishable food and toiletry collection on Saturday (Oct. 3) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. There are two drop-off locations: Elk Grove Township Offices (600 Landmeier Rd.) and School District 59 Administration Building (1001 Leicester Rd.). Place your donations in your vehicle’s trunk and volunteers will do the rest. You do not need to leave your vehicle; volunteers will wear masks. All donations will benefit food pantries.

MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT: Medicare open enrollment for 2021 goes from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2020. During the Medicare open enrollment period, you can make changes to your Medicare health and drug coverage that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

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