Village of Oak Park announcements - Sept. 10, 2012

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Art fans invited to choose favorite public sculptures

Oak Parkers who have taken the community's first annual summer outdoor sculpture walk can vote on their favorite work via an online survey. The Public Art Advisory Commission, which organized the walk, is considering recommending that the Village Board purchase one of the walk's 12 pieces for permanent display in the community. By ranking the art, residents can help commission members determine if a recommended purchase is in order and, if so, which piece to support. Art is on display at 12 locations on Lake Street and Forest Avenue through Oct. 14. To participate, just take the walk, go to and rank the sculptures by preference. Deadline to vote is Sun., Sept. 30. For more information on the sculpture walk, including photos, descriptions and a map of the sites, visit

Fire Department offers range of safety information

Oak Parkers seeking information on a wide range of potential safety issues need go no further than That's the page on the Village web site that links to important information provided by the Oak Park Fire Department. In addition to details on the vital mission of fire suppression and emergency medical services, the page also includes a list of helpful fact sheets on topics such as how to deal with severe weather and properly use a barbecue grill or outdoor fire pit. Fact sheets posted on the page also offer tips on properly using candles and making sure winter holiday decorations don't create any unintended safety surprises. In addition, visitors to the web page also can see the schedule for local CPR/AED classes, learn about child safety seats and even register their burglar, fire and medical alarms. For more information on the Fire Department and related safety issues, call the Fire Department's non-emergency number 708.445.3300 or e-mail

Get help kicking the smoking habit

Free nicotine replacement patches are available through the Illinois Department of Public Health Tobacco Free Communities fund. Residents age 18 and over are eligible. To register, call the Illinois Quitline at 866.784.8937.

Mosquito abatement district schedules spraying

As part of its ongoing efforts to eliminate mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, the Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District has scheduled spraying in the Village of Oak Park beginning about 9 p.m., Tues., Sept. 11, weather permitting. Should unfavorable weather conditions prevail, spraying will be delayed to a subsequent night. A calm, rainless evening with temperatures no more than 80 degrees is preferred. West Nile virus has been found in birds and mosquitoes throughout Illinois, including Oak Park. Of the more than 80 human cases of the virus confirmed in Illinois, three have been fatal.. Questions regarding spraying, including options for those medically sensitive to the insecticide, should be directed to 708.447.1765. Information also is posted at

Mosquito spraying notification

Residents who wish to be notified when the Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District has scheduled spraying can sign up at or by calling 708.358.5694. Registrants can choose to be notified by an automated telephone call, e-mail or text as soon as possible following a decision by the abatement district to spray in Oak Park. For information on spraying visit

Tips offered to help reduce chances of mosquito bites

With the threat of West Nile Virus prevalent until as late as mid-October, public health officials urge residents to continue taking precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Precautions include wearing long sleeves and pants, limiting time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and wearing insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Residents also are urged to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites by cleaning roof gutters, storing containers upside down and emptying birdbaths every few days. Click here for more prevention information.

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