Courtesy village of Oak Park
Vehicle sticker deadline is here
Midnight Monday is the deadline to purchase a vehicle sticker without penalty. Every vehicle owned by an Oak Park resident must display a valid sticker or risk a $50 ticket. Residents who renew online at www.oak-park.us/onlineservices can save 10 percent. Anyone who does not have a computer or access to the Internet, still can take advantage of the 10 percent discount for online renewals by coming to Village Hall, 123 Madison St., where six computers are available for public use. Village Hall is open until 7 p.m. tonight. The online renewal system will continue to function after midnight, but will automatically add a $20 late fee. For more information, including rates for various types of vehicles, visit www.oak-park.us/parking, e-mail email@example.com or call 708-358-PARK (7275), option 5.
Health officials warn of dangers as temperatures soar
With an extended period of hot and humid weather predicted, residents are reminded that protection from the heat is vital for everyone, but especially the elderly and individuals with chronic diseases. On excessively hot days like those predicted this week, avoid strenuous activity and stay inside whenever possible. In addition, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and hats, drink lots of water and take regular breaks if involved in physical activity. And be sure to check on relatives, friends and neighbors - especially the elderly - when temperatures rise. Residents who don't have access to air conditioning are encouraged to take advantage of Oak Park's free cooling centers at Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., and West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Court. Free transportation is available by calling the Police Department's non-emergency telephone number, 708-386-3800. Relief from the heat also can be found during business hours at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., and all three branches of the Oak Park Public Library.
West Nile virus threat grows
As temperatures rise, so does the threat of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus. The best defense is to reduce the chances of mosquito bites. Recommended steps include limiting time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn, wearing long sleeves and pants, and applying insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Residents also are urged to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites by cleaning roof gutters, emptying birdbaths and storing containers upside down when not in use. For more information, call the West Nile Virus Hotline 708-358-5694 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also is posted on the Illinois Department of Health website.