I-290 Noise wall forum in Oak Park today
Illinois Department of Transportation officials will be at The Carleton of Oak Park Hotel, 1110 Pleasant St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m., today (Wed., Oct. 28) hosting a public forum on the role of noise walls in planned improvements to the Eisenhower Expressway. The forum will include a short presentation on the I-290 planning process, noise analysis methodology and findings. IDOT officials also will explain how the properties that have a say in noise-wall placement decisions were selected. Ballots will be sent to all property owners and tenants who would benefit from a noise wall as determined under federal guidelines. Information on the overall project is posted at www.oak-park.us/eyeontheike
Trick or treat hours are 3 to 7 p.m.
Official hours for Halloween trick or treating in Oak Park are 3 to 7 p.m., Oct. 31. Parents should accompany young children, especially after dark, and inspect all treats. Drivers are urged to be extra cautious. Oak Park Police will be out in force throughout the evening cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. More information on Halloween safety is posted on the Village website.
Final Farmers’ Market of the season is Saturday
The final Oak Park Farmers’ Market of the season is Sat., Oct. 31. Traditional stone soup made from Farmers’ Market vegetables and prepared on site by Eyrie Restaurant will be ladled up from about 9 a.m. until the pot is empty. Patrons can help make the event earth-friendly by bringing their own mugs. Miss Genevieve from the Oak Park Public Library will offer a special stone soup story time at 11 a.m., with songs and plenty of fun for all ages. The Library’s Book Bike also will be on hand. Volunteers from the children’s museum Wonder Works will offer free face painting from 8 a.m. to noon. The Farmers’ Market, which celebrated its 40th season this year, is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Pilgrim Congregational Church on Lake Street just west of Ridgeland Avenue.
Last chance to recycle electronics
Saturday (Oct. 31) will be the last opportunity this year for residents to safely dispose of unwanted electronic items now banned from landfills. Items will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. Just about any kind of electronic item will be accepted, including computers, peripherals, laptops, monitors, TVs, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, printers, fax machines, MP3 players, portable digital assistants, video game consoles, video cassette recorders/players, video disk players, zip drives, scanners and microwaves. Crews will be on hand to help with the unloading. For more information call 708.358.5700or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standard time returns this weekend
Standard time officially returns at 2 a.m., Sunday (Nov. 1), when we fall back one hour. Public safety officials urge residents to use the time change as a reminder to replace batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Working detectors can double the chances of survival by providing critical extra time for safe escape. For more information on fire safety, call 708.445.3300 or email email@example.com.
Overnight parking restricted
Parking is prohibited on all Village streets from 2:30 to 6 a.m., seven days a week, year around, except when allowed by permit or pass. Up to 10 on-street overnight passes are allowed for each vehicle every month – the first three are free, and additional passes are $7 each. If you have guests, consider parking in one of the Village’s public garages. For more information about parking, visit www.oak-park.us/parking.