Month: November 2020

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

November 13 – November 19

LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION: The high winds around town emptied the trees of their leaves and the Village of Mount Prospect will help with the cleanup. The fall loose-leaf collection program ends on Friday (Dec. 4) .Residents may set out loose leaves to be picked up by 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 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. Turning leaves into mulch is another great idea. Instead of raking them into the street, pack them around perennials and on flowerbeds as insulation against the cold. Vegetable gardens profit as well. Spread the leaves on top, then rototill them into the soil to enrich it for the next year’s crop. Leaves are also a valuable addition to a well-maintained compost pile.

PANDEMIC CANCELS GALA: The annual Celestial Celebration honoring and recognizing Mount Prospect’s Shining Stars will not take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Special Events Committee is working on creative ways to honor the people and businesses who make Mount Prospect the great community it is. Nominations are still welcome until midnight on Monday (Nov. 30.)Visit https://www.mountprospect.org/boards-commissions/shining-star-awards-nomination-page

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills virtually with native English speakers on Thursday (Nov. 19) 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.

TOYS FOR KIDS DONATIONS: Help make the holiday a little brighter for Mount Prospect children and families by donating toys or gift cards. Last year alone, the program assisted more than 300 children from over 100 families. Due to the pandemic, a few changes include serving those residents that have been assisted throughout this year in the Emergency Assistance Program. The Fire and Human Services Department will distribute the items at a drive-through event to maintain safe social distancing. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any of the following Mount Prospect Fire Stations: Fire Station 12: (1601 W. Golf Rd.), Fire Station 13: (111 E. Rand Rd.) vestibule off of Rand Rd., and Fire Station 14 (2000 E. Kensington Rd.). They will accept donations through Friday (Dec. 11). This year they are specifically focusing on donations for children ages 7-13. Gift cards to major department stores is encouraged for older children up to age 17. For more info, visit www.mountprospect.org or call 847/870-5660.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS: Wheeling Township, in cooperation with Operation Support Our Troops, America Inc., is holding its annual Donation Drive. Due to COVID-19, they are only accepting financial donations and cards, letters and pictures in lieu of food and personal items. Make checks payable to Operation Support our Troops – American, Inc. Please note that OSOT is a 501© 3 not-for-profit organization, meaning your donation is tax deductible. The most coveted items in care packages are letters of encouragement or drawings from school children. NO HOLIDAY CARDS, please. Only cards, letters or pictures that can be used throughout the year are requested. Address the letter or card to “Dear Military Person.” Please do NOT seal any letters or cards. Checks and cards/letters can be mailed to (or dropped off) at Wheeling Township (1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH 60004 from now through Monday (Nov. 30). Township hours are 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

KEEP IT SHORT: Are you tired of reading novels that are so long you have a difficult time lifting the book? How about reading a short story? Retired high school English teacher, Ron Crowley-Koch moderates a discussion of three short stories every other month. Due to the pandemic it is held via Skype. The next discussion is on Tuesday (Dec. 15) at 7 p.m. While still a month away, we are sharing the information now to whet your appetite! The meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of every other month at 7 p.m. Interested participants should email Ron Crowley-Koch at ronck42@gmail.com. The links to the three stories plus instructions on how to enter the discussion on Skype will be emailed to you. Questions? Email them to the address above.

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

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November 6 – November 12

jack o lantern with funny facePUMPKIN COMPOSTING: If you are not leaving them for the squirrels, you can bring your plain, clean or acrylic-painted pumpkin to a composting event on Saturday (Nov. 7) from 9 a.m. – Noon to the Mount Prospect Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). Any pumpkin decorations such as candles, yarn, stickers or other decorations should be removed prior to drop-off. No other drop-off materials will be accepted at the event. Pumpkins will only be accepted from Mount Prospect and SWANNC member residents (no businesses). Republic Services will provide roll-off containers and will transport the pumpkins to the composting site. Composting pumpkins reduces waste sent to landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

PADS UPDATE: Volunteers from St. Raymond Parish partner with the St. Mark’s PADS site providing shelter and meals to the homeless. When the PADS program was suspended due to COVID-19, the sites continued to provide food for the guests. The guests will remain sheltered in hotels at least through December.

PADS MEAL BOXES: St. Mark PADS will provide hot dinners for 50 people one night each week. Food teams are organizing. If you would like to assist this effort by baking or preparing portions of a dinner meal, contact St. Raymond parishioner, Maura Reschke at mhreschke@icloud.com. Food Drop Off will be at the St. Mark Center on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – Noon and on Mondays between 4-5 p.m. For questions or more information, contact Mike Mokate at 847/846-6576 or mike.mokate56@gmail.com.

TOYS FOR KIDS DONATIONS: Help make the holiday a little brighter for Mount Prospect children and families by donating toys or gift cards. Last year alone, the program assisted more than 300 children from over 100 families. Due to the pandemic, a few changes include serving those residents that have been assisted throughout this year in the Emergency Assistance Program. The Fire and Human Services Department will distribute the items at a drive-through event to maintain safe social distancing. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any of the following Mount Prospect Fire Stations: Fire Station 12: (1601 W. Golf Rd.), Fire Station 13: (111 E. Rand Rd.) vestibule off of Rand Rd., and Fire Station 14 (2000 E. Kensington Rd.). They will accept donations through Friday (Dec. 11). This year they are specifically focusing on donations for children ages 7-13. Gift cards to major department stores is encouraged for older children up to age 17. For more info, visit www.mountprospect.org or call 847/870-5660.

COOK COUNTY ASSESSOR NEWS: House Bill 685 was signed into law which automatically renews Cook County property tax exemptions in 2021 due to COVID -19. Under the new law, homeowners who received the Senior Freeze, Persons with Disabilities, and Veterans with Disabilities exemptions will not need to file next year. This also applies to the Senior Exemption as it did for 2019. There is no need to complete a form as done in previous years. The exemptions will be reflected on the second installment bill in July of 202

MEDICARE D OPEN ENROLLMENT: This year the enrollment period runs until 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.

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

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