This Week in Mount Prospect

MP VETERANS SPEAKLIBRARY CLOSED: The Main Branch (10 S. Emerson St.) and the South Branch (1711 W. Algonquin Rd.) will be closed on Friday (Nov. 2) for staff in-service training.  Although the buildings will be closed, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs, renew items and place holds. Download an e-book or audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time. The Main Branch of the Library will reopen on Saturday (Nov. 3) at 9 a.m. and the South Branch will reopen at 11 a.m.

PUMPKIN COLLECTION: If the squirrels haven’t eaten your pumpkins by now, the Village of Mount Prospect will collect them for composting on Saturday (Nov. 3) from 9 a.m. – Noon  at  the Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.) Plain, clean pumpkins of any size  will  be accepted, as well as pumpkins with acrylic paint. Any pumpkin decorations such as candles, yarn, stickers or other decorations should  be removed prior to drop off. For more info, call 847/870-5640 or visit publicworksdept@mountprospect.org.

FALL BACK: Daylight Saving time ends on Sunday (Nov. 4).  Remember to turn back your clocks one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday. This is also the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Here’s to more light in the morning!

LEAF PICKUP: Now that the leaves are falling in earnest, Mount Prospect residents may  rake  them to the curb for pick up by Public Works crews until Friday (Nov.30.) Leaves  should be one foot from the 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 pile contains grass clippings or other yard material. Additionally, residents should be aware that burning leaves in Mount Prospect is a violation of village code and is not allowed under any circumstances.

ROAD CLOSURE: Prospect Ave. from Emerson St. to Maple St. in downtown Mount Prospect is undergoing temporary road closures this week for the installation of a new water main. The road is open to two-way traffic during the morning and afternoon rush hours through the work, which is  expected to be complete by Monday (Nov. 5.) Residents with special needs due to a disability are  asked to contact the Public Works Department at 847/870-5640 or visit www.publicworksdepart@mountprospect.org.

SHINING STARS NOMINATONS:  It’s  time  to start thinking about those amazing people and businesses who make a difference in Mount Prospect!  Nominate a Shining Star by visiting www.mountprospect.org/boards-commissions/shining-star-awards-nomination-page. There are 13 categories from which to choose, or feel free to create a new one! This is the 26th year that these awards will be given out. Nominations are open through Tuesday (Nov. 27.)

MP VETERANS SPEAK: History comes to life as veterans from Mount Prospect VFW Post 1337 and American Legion Post 525 discuss their military service experiences on Thursday (Nov. 8) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Multiple branches of service will be represented, covering WWI, The Vietnam War, and Operation Desert Storm. To register, visit mppl.org or call 847/253-5675.

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—-CELEBRATING WOMEN’S ISSUES: Attend a fundraiser benefiting Home of the Sparrow and the Northwest Center Against  Sexual Assault on Friday (Nov. 2) from 5 – 9 p.m. at Lamplighter Inn Tavern and Grille (60 N. Bothwell St. PAL.) The evening includes appetizers, a cash bar, and silent auction. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more info, visit www.catifcharity.com.

AARP SMART DRIVER: Tune up your driving skills, learn about age-related physical changes and reduce your traffic violations by attending a two-session class offered by AARP. Classes are Monday (Nov. 5) and Wednesday (Nov. 7) from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Wheeling Township Headquarters (1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH.) The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Checks should be made payable to AARP and mailed or dropped off at the Township office prior to the first class. To register, call (847) 259-7730.

RULES OF THE ROAD REVIEW: Seniors, refresh your knowledge of road signs.  Be ready for your next driving test by attending a free one-session Secretary of State Refresher course on Thursday (Nov. 8) from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Wheeling Township Headquarters (1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd. AH.) To register, call (847) 259-7730.