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World Honeybee Day Event


The Village will host a free community event to celebrate World Honeybee Day on Saturday, August 20 from 10 AM until 2 PM. The event will feature honey extraction demonstrations from the Village’s beehives and will include free honey samples, informational vendors, and games. Join us at the Hammil Square Gazebo located at 9501 Belmont Ave to learn about the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy. For more information call (847) 671-8252. Event Flyer.....

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Village-wide Garage Sale - August 19, 20 and 21


t's time to clear out your clutter and sell it to a bargain hunter at the Village-wide Garage Sale! The Village’s three-day event will be held on August 19, 20, and 21 from 8 AM to 7 PM. If you would like your address to be included in the sale, please email clerk@vofp.com or call (847) 671-8242. Register no later than August 15 to be included in the list of addresses that are participating! 

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Support Cop on a Rooftop -  August 19

This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Cop on a Rooftop project, sponsored by Dunkin’ and Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Since then more than $6.7 million has been raised!

 Support the athletes of the Special Olympics Illinois at our Franklin Park Dunkin location at 10131 W. Grand Ave. on Friday, August 19 from 5 AM to noon.  Each guest who makes a donation to the Torch Run will receive a coupon for a free donut. Guests who donate $10 or more will receive a LETR/ Dunkin’ branded travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for a free medium hot coffee. 

 

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Electric Vehicle Rebates Available


Illinois residents that purchase a new or used all-electric vehicle from an Illinois licensed dealer are now eligible for a $4,000 rebate thanks to the Reimaging Electric Vehicles (REV) Act. Apply at:https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/ceja/Pages/Electric-Vehicle-Rebates.aspx

To learn more: Reimagining Electric Vehicles (REV) Illinois Program - REV

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Going Solar Will Save Money on Utility Bills


The Grow Solar Chicagoland program, supported by the Citizens Utility Board, aims to make solar power more accessible and affordable to communities like ours, even if you can’t install solar on your own roof. People have generally experienced a 10% to 20% reduction in electricity utility bills per month through the community solar program!

Groups of residents enter into an agreement (subscribe) to help fund solar panel construction. Then a utility installs, runs, and maintains solar panels somewhere in Franklin Park’s “Utility Service Area”. Everyone who subscribed then gets credits towards electricity bills equal to the solar panel’s output.

For more information on the program and how to participate visit: Chicagoland.GrowSolar.org

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Please Complete the Water Service Line Survey


The Village is requesting that homeowners complete a survey to determine how many lead service lines are still in use in the Village with the goal of eventually replacing them. It will ask you to identify the type of material used in your water service. Instructions on how to identify the material of your water service are included in the informational brochure. 

You can mail it in or email it to the following address: servicesurvey@vofp.com

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Leyden Family Services at Village Hall


Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall to help residents who have questions or need help applying for government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, LIHEAP and more.

Staff can also help with understanding medical bills, prescription assistance, and more. Bring your Social Security award letter and paycheck stubs that show the amount of income you receive. No appointment is necessary and facemasks are required.

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Quiet Zone Update


Despite COVID-related setbacks, Metra was able to complete their pedestrian safety improvements. The Village has also completed street improvements including installing delineators down the centerline of the roads at 25th and Ruby.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has approved a permit for the Village of River Grove to install lane delineators on River Road and Thatcher Road. The expectation is that construction will begin this summer and should be completed in the fall of 2022. When this safety improvement project is complete, the Village of Franklin Park and the Village of River Grove will file jointly for a Quiet Zone designation.

The Village is in regular contact with River Grove regarding updates on their progress. Please watch our Village newsletter for updates on this important project.

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World Honey Bee Day – Protecting Our Food Supply and Our Planet

The Village will celebrate World Honey Bee Day on Saturday August 20 by hosting an informative and fun-filled community event. The day will focus on building awareness of the importance of preserving the health and habitat of the honey bee. The honey bee is an essential pollinator which is crucial to protecting the world’s food supply. We rely on bees and other pollinators to protect our food systems and each day one out of every three foods we consume relies on pollination.

Over the last decade, experts have reported a severe decline in bee populations which has been blamed on the rampant use of pesticides, industrial farming techniques, and climate change. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, the entire food production system is at risk, and so are we. Without bees, the availability and diversity of fresh produce would decline substantially, and human nutrition would likely suffer. 

Please join us Saturday, August 20 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Hammill Square to learn more about how bees are the cornerstone of our food system and how they benefit people, plants, and the environment. There will be informational vendors, games, giveaways, and a demonstration of how honey is extracted from an active beehive. You can also sample honey from the Village’s beehives installed on the rooftop of the Water Department Garage.

Suicide Crisis Hotline 988 Announced

The challenging events of the last two years have made us all more aware of how critical it is to take care of our mental health.

An increase in suicide, along with substance abuse, have helped to foster a mental health crisis across the country. In response to this growing crisis, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).and various state resources are supporting the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Resolution Hotline.

This nationwide phone number, previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connects callers directly to a counselor with the training to assist people in crisis. Too many people experience suicidal thoughts or mental health-related distress with nowhere to turn for help. Reaching out for help through the 988 system will deliver the support and care needed.

To help prepare for a forecasted rise in demand, the federal government has made a significant investment in the network by dedicating $432 million, up from $24 million, toward building the capacity of local and backup call centers and providing associated services, including a subnetwork for Spanish speakers.

 

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

 

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