We would like to take this time to wish all of you a happy and healthy new year
Allied Waste: Some of the items which can be picked up at no additional charge are furniture, washing machines and dryers, microwaves, hot water heaters, lamps, mattresses, carpet rolls cut into no more than 4 foot lengths, refrigerators, air conditioners, small freezers, passenger car tires, electronics such as televisions and computers. You must call Allied Waste for a free pick up. (708-385-8252)
Phone Scams: There are many more scams happening. Be very cautious about giving out personal information about yourselves or family members. Government agencies do not solicit by phone.
Phones: Using or holding a cell phone for calling or texting while driving is against the law. This law prohibits the use of, but not limited to, hand-held wireless telephones, hand held personal digital products and portable or mobile computers.
Weather: Please check on neighbors, especially the elderly, during extreme cold or hot conditions. Do not use ovens for heat and keep space heaters away from anything flammable.
Fly American Flag: Our freedom is protected by those who serve in the Armed Forces. Please consider flying the American Flag to show support and patriotism.
Support our Troops: The city collects items for our troops year round at the Community Center(8455 W. 103rd Street). A list of suggestions is there and at City Hall.
Food Pantry: If you are having a difficult time with medical problems or loss of a job, call Beth at Savior Divine Church (598-4434) at 10040 88th Avenue for food assistance.
Emergency Assistance: Call Sandy at the Community Center (430-4500) if you need assistance. PLOWS is also available for seniors (361-0219) and CEDA is helpful for any age. (458-2736)
PATSE: This special bus is for seniors and the disabled who have doctor appointments, shopping, hair cutting appointments etc. Call 430-3822 for more information. Service is available weekdays from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. by appointment in Palos Township.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors: State law requires homeowners, landlords, and building owners to install carbon monoxide detectors within 15 feet of rooms used for sleeping. This law applies only to those occupancies that use fossil fuel to cook, heat, or produce hot water, or occupancies that are connected to an enclosed garage. The symptoms of CO poisoning include: dizziness, nausea, headache and coughing, irregular heartbeat, and pale skin with cherry red lips and ear tips. If you suspect CO poisoning, get fresh air, stay outside, and call 911.
House Check and Vacation Watch: Our police department provides a very nice service to our residents. If you will be gone from your home for an extended time call the station at 598-2992 during normal business hours or 598-2151 after hours. A vacation watch can also be provided.
Anonymous Information: Occasionally we are advised of information in the way of phone calls or letters. It is difficult if we canʼt contact you after we receive them, so always leave your name and phone number when you contact us. Your name will be kept confidential.
Safety: No matter what time of year consider having outdoor lights to illuminate your property and possibly timers on lights inside your home. Lock windows and doors and be aware of suspicious activity. If you see unfamiliar vehicles or individuals, call 911 so they can be checked.
Snow: If 2 or more inches of snow is on the ground, no vehicle can be parked on the street. Please do not shovel snow into the street. Consider shoveling your sidewalks because children, as well as adults, must walk in the street if the sidewalks are not cleared.
Beautification Winners: Second Ward winners are the Benedict family and the Rice family. Our Grand Prize winner is the Kelly family. Congratulations for a job well done.
Maintenance: Please consider having your furnaces and fireplaces checked and serviced. Also check to see if your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are properly working. Change furnace filters monthly. Change smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Have a professional clean your chimney.
Update Phone Info: Many people are using a cell phone. as their primary phone and have eliminated the land line. It would be very helpful if the information was updated in the event the city or we need to contact you. Please call Margareth Morales at city hall, who is with the water department with your current info. (598-3400 extension 1106).
Water Main Breaks: If you donʼt have running water in your residence, check all of your faucets. Water main breaks can occur anytime, but are more likely during the cold weather. Call 911 after City Hall hours to report any breaks.
Water Leaks: Check your usage on the bill. If it is unusually high, that could indicate a leak, running toilet, or broken pipe.
Water Pressure: After a water main break is repaired, and you realize that you donʼt have running water, check all faucets and shower heads and remove the screens and check for sediment. After the system is flushed, these screens can become clogged and water will not flow.
Refuse Containers: Both garbage and recycling bins cannot be stored in the front of your property.
Shop Palos Hills: Please continue to support local businesses who always strive to succeed.
Elections: On April 2, Cook County will hold municipal elections. Please make sure you are registered to vote. Aldermen in each ward will be elected.
Pauline A. Stratton