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Police Department taking back unwanted prescription drugs Oct. 22

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct.
22, the Lombard Police Department
and the Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) will give the public its 12th
opportunity in six years to prevent pill
abuse and theft by ridding their homes
of potentially dangerous expired, unused,
and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your unwanted pills for safe
disposal to the Lombard Police Station,
at 235 E. Wilson Ave. (The DEA cannot
accept liquids or needles or sharps, only
pills or patches.) The service is free and
anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 447
tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription
drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated
by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its
state and local law enforcement partners.
Overall, in its 11 previous Take
Back events, DEA and its partners have
taken in over 6.4 million pounds—
about 3,200 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital
public safety and public health issue.
Unwanted medicines that remain in
home cabinets are highly susceptible
to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates
of prescription drug abuse in the U.S.
are alarmingly high, as are the number
of accidental poisonings and overdoses
due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of
abused prescription drugs are obtained
from family and friends, including from
the home medicine cabinet. In addition,
Americans are now advised that their
usual methods for disposing of unused
medicines—flushing them down the
toilet or throwing them in the trash—
both pose potential safety and health
For more information about the disposal
of prescription drugs or about the
Oct. 22 Take Back Day event, go to the
DEA Diversion website at www.deadiversion.
usdoj.gov. Contact the Lombard
Police Department at (630) 873-
4400 with any questions.

Organizations can apply for tourism grants

The Village of Lombard is currently
seeking grant applications for local
programs and events that support
tourism and promote the village as a
destination to nonresident visitors. Interested
first-time applicants to the Local
Tourism Grant Program are encouraged
to submit an application for Local
Tourism Grant funds to the Village by
Dec. 19.
The Village of Lombard’s Local
Tourism Grant Program was devel-
oped by the village through the Community
Promotion and Tourism Committee,
and provides funding for local
programs and events that encourage
overnight, non-resident visitors to the
Village of Lombard. Applicants must
be organizations seeking to produce
and promote a clearly defined festival,
program or convention that attracts
overnight visitor stays in Lombard hotels.
The purpose of the grant program
is to provide support for local tourism
programs, attractions and events to enhance
the marketing of the Village of
Lombard to visitors.
The goal of the Local Tourism
Grant program is to positively impact
the vitality of Lombard by contributing
to the local economy through increased
hotel occupancy, visitor travel and local
expenditures. Groups applying for
grant funds are encouraged to purchase
all goods and services used for the
event from businesses located in Lombard.
“We look forward to offering assistance
to potential grantees who seek
funding for their projects, and hope
to see new candidates come forward
in this grant cycle,” said Trustee Mike
Fugiel, chairman of the Community
Promotion and Tourism Committee.
The initial deadline for the 2016
Local Tourism Grant Program is Dec.
19. First-time applicants must attend a
grant-seekers workshop to receive assistance
and guidance with their initial
grant application. Applications and additional
information about the program
may be found at www.villageoflombard/
For more information on the grant
program or to schedule a grant-seekers
workshop, contact Assistant Village
Manager Nicole Aranas at aranasn@

Free leaf collection dates
changed to accommodate residents

The annual six-week free leaf pickup
for Lombard residents is being
moved one week later than originally
scheduled, due to unseasonably warm
weather and a projected late leaf fall.
The new pick up schedule will begin
on Oct. 24 and will end on Dec. 2,
and is one week later than previously
announced in the October-November
issue of the Pride newsletter. An unlimited
number of paper bags containing
only leaves may be placed curbside
on the normal waste collection day
without need of stickers. Waste Management
brings the leaves to farms for
The other typical yard waste items
will also be collected for this additional
week. Cans and bags filled with
grass, twigs, branches and plant materials
must have stickers. Yard waste
stickers are required on any cans and
also for nonresidential properties. The
stickers cost $1.94 each and are available
at local stores and Village Hall.
Properly bundled brush does not require
a sticker at any time of the year.
Each bundle of brush must be securely
tied and not exceed 6 feet in length,
18 inches in diameter, nor 50 pounds.
Individual limbs and branches must be
less than 6 inches in diameter.
Leaves must not be blown or raked
into the streets since they can block
the storm drains and also raise phosphorus
levels in ponds and streams,
thereby contributing to algae growth
in warm weather. The same is true for
grass clippings placed onto streets.
Mulching leaves and grass into lawns
provides useful nutrients with no harm
Visit www.villageoflombard.org/
yardwaste for more information. Questions
may be directed to the Village
of Lombard’s Department of Public
Works at publicworks@villageoflombard.
org or 630-620-5740.

Lombardian and Villa
Park Review offices
to move Oct. 21

The offices of the Lombardian
and Villa Park review will move on
Friday, October 21, from 116 South
Main Street in Lombard to 929 South
Main Street, Unit 102 in Lombard.
The office will be open from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For information call 630.627-7010.

UPS partners with historical
society on Peck Homestead project

Lombard Historical Society LHS)
welcomed UPS employees to the
Sheldon Peck Homestead to volunteer
as part of Global Volunteer
Month. Preserving the 177-year-old
Underground Railroad site is a top
priority for the LHS, who expressed
gratitude that UPS has joined the effort
to paint this gem in Lombard.
Fifteen volunteers were on-site
Friday, Oct. 14, from the UPS Addison
Hub to paint the historic structure.
UPS plans to volunteer a total
of 325,000 hours in the month of October
before their busy holiday shopping
season begins. They project an
impressive number of 20 million volunteer
hours by 2020.
The society staff and board of
management carefully prepare for
the future of the building while keeping
the historic significance in mind.
The building was built between 1837
and 1839 and was home to renowned
painter and radical abolitionist Sheldon
Peck. As well as being a local
historical landmark, the building is
part of the National Park Service,
Network to Freedom.
Future projects for the Sheldon
Peck Homestead include replacing
an original post in the house that has
succumbed to dry rot, replacing the
split rail fence on the back side of
the property as an Eagle Scout project
and foundation work on the east
side of the building. Preparations
have been made for these projects
for years through fundraising and archeological
investigations but future
fundraising will be necessary to complete
the list of needs.
The Sheldon Peck House is owned
and operated by the Lombard Historical
Society and is therefore supported
through donations and fundraising
efforts. The Village of Lombard is a
partner to the homestead, as they
own the property and care for the
trees, parking lot and lawn maintenance.
To donate to the Sheldon Peck
Homestead, visit the LHS Web site at