Oak Park village announcements - Feb. 12, 2013

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Village of Oak Park

Community visioning event set for Feb. 20

Oak Parkers are invited to help create the long-range plan that will guide government decision making for years to come by participating in a visioning kick-off event scheduled for 7:30 – 9 p.m., Wed., Feb. 20 at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave. This event, which is part of the Comprehensive Plan development process, will help planners prioritize a broad set of issues, such as economic development, diversity, education, the environment, neighborhoods and transportation. The event will include dialogue as well as electronic polling devices that allow participants to register their views with a touchpad. The visioning event follows 21 Envision Oak Park workshops conducted with residents, neighbors, businesses and students to identify the key issues facing the Village. Although many voices have been heard, even greater participation is desired. For more information on the Comprehensive Plan, the process or this event, call 708.358.5418, e-mail planning@oak-park.us or visit envisionoakpark.com.

Oak Parkers can help YMCA earn funds for energy efficiency projects

Oak Parkers who sign up for and link their utility bills to a free online energy-use tracking tool can help the West Cook YMCA earn up to $25,000 to improve the energy efficiency of its facility. Participants also will receive free assessments and rebates for efficiency improvements of their properties. The tracking tool — EnergyBUZZ — is part of the Nicor Gas Community Challenge, which offers access to a range of programs for residential, multi-family and business properties. The YMCA was chosen as the grant recipient by a Village-sponsored online poll that drew more than 2,500 votes. The YMCA's selection is subject to approval by Nicor Gas. For more information on the program, visit www.nicorgasrebates.com/Challenge.com.

Nominations sought for public health awards

Nominations now are being accepted for annual awards that honor those who made exceptional contributions to improving the health of Oak Parkers during 2012. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Fri., March 22. The Oak Park Department of Public Health will honor those individuals and organizations with the William Fitzsimmons Award during 2013 Public Health Week, April 1-7. A nomination form may be downloaded at www.oak-park.us/health — look for the link along the right margin. Nomination forms also are available at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Completed forms should be mailed to or dropped off at the Oak Park Department of Public Health, Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, IL 60302, Attn: Public Health Awards. Nominations also may be sent via e-mail to health@oak-park.us. Nominations submitted via e-mail should include responses to all fields listed in the original nomination form. The Fitzsimmons Award is named for local physician and humanitarian William Fitzsimmons who served as the Health Department's medical consultant from 1976 to 1992. For more information on the awards program, call 708.358.5480 or e-mail health@oak-park.us.

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