September 25 – October 2

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: Mount Prospect residents can participate in a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday (Sept. 26) from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd.). Items for collection include harsh chemical cleaners, paints, thinners, antifreeze, weed killers, insecticides and pesticides and similar products. Collection is by appointment only on the village website, Email or printout of appointment confirmation will be required for entry to the event. A limited number of appointments are available. All must follow these safety guidelines: Residents must wear a mask and remain in their vehicle while on the property; IDs/appointment confirmation printouts will be checked through a closed window to verify residency. There will be no handling of a driver’s license or appointment confirmation printouts. Residents will unlock/open the trunk from inside the vehicle and allow staff to unload the items. Chemicals should be contained in one area in the back of the vehicle. If a person has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, or is experiencing symptoms, do not attend the event. The site/event coordinator may refuse service if a resident fails to comply with the safety guidelines.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Enjoy the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the Lions’ Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Sept. 27) 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 October, so make the most of it.

NEW MPPL TRUSTEE: Mount Prospect resident Kristine O’Sullivan has been appointed to the Mount Prospect Public Library’s board of trustees. She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the late trustee Jacqueline Hinaber. The term runs until April 2021.

cartoon paper bag holding aluminum cansPANTRY REOPENS: Mount Prospect is once again accepting donations for its Food Pantry. The Village had previously closed donations due to the COVID pandemic and potential contamination and limit handling of food. The pantry currently serves an average of 60 to 70 families a month. Those who want to donate should call 847/870-5680 to set up a time for drop-offs. Masks must be worn in Village Hall. Monetary donations are accepted through a PayPal link and other forms which can be found through the Human Services page at

DMV EXTENSIONS: Illinois drivers with licenses or ID cards that expire or will expire in October, November, December or January now have until February 1, 2021 to renew. This is the latest of several driving related deadlines in an effort to prevent crowds at facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to renew vehicle stickers is November 1, 2020 since Illinoisans can complete that task at Seniors age 75 and older also were granted a one-year driver’s license extension that expires on their birth date in 2021.

PANDEMIC CANCELS HOUSEWALK: The Mount Prospect Historical Society Board of Directors has cancelled its 33rd Annual Holiday Housewalk this December. Instead, they will miniaturize the event and offer the “2020 Holiday Housewalk Dollhouse Edition.” showcasing some of the dollhouses from the Historical Society Collection and community in a virtual exhibit. Museum Director Emily Dattilo says “stay tuned for more information.”

CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLISH: Practice your conversational skills virtually with native English speakers on Thursday (Oct. 1) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Residents of Mount Prospect or Elk Grove Township are eligible. Pre-registration is required. For more info, call 847/506-4930.

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