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 hazards. 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/ localtourismgrant. For more information on the grant program or to schedule a grant-seekers workshop, contact Assistant Village Manager Nicole Aranas at aranasn@ villageoflombard.org.
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 composting. 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 off-site. 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 www.lombardhistory.org.