E-Newsletter - October 2017
Trick or Treating Hours/ Halloween Safety
Trick or Treating will take place on Tuesday October 31, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To ensure a safe and enjoyable day, the Police Department would like you to please remember the following safety tips:
Have a parent inspect all treats before eating.
Visit the homes of neighbors you know and trick or treat during the daylight hours.
If you go out at night, wear reflective tape on costumes and carry a flashlight to be more visible to motorists.
Halloween costumes should be light in color and short in length to enable movement. They should not hinder your vision.
Look both ways when crossing the street and cross at the intersections.
Homes that are participating should have an outside light on.
Do not go trick or treating alone. Always go with a group and have an adult with you.
If you encounter any suspicious people or situations call 911 immediately. From all of us here at the Elk Grove Village Police department, have a safe and happy Halloween!
What You Need To Know About Energy Suppliers in Illinois
Did you know that in Illinois, there are at least 96 alternative retail electric suppliers (ARES) authorized to sell electricity in Illinois? Data shows their customers are paying higher prices than customers with traditional utilities such as ComEd. According to the Illinois Commerce Commission, ARES customers in the ComEd territory as a whole have paid more than $152 million more for electricity than traditional utility customers from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.
The Illinois Attorney General urges residents to do the following before signing on with an ARES:
Do not share your utility bill to someone who comes to your door. A marketer must ask for written authorization to access your meter usage.
Request all marketing offers in writing and do not enroll on the spot, especially if someone comes to your door.
If you are interested in an alternative pricing plan (such as a variable rate), make sure that you read all of the fine print and that the lower rate is not just an introductory rate.
Be wary of any offer that promises or guarantees savings.
Always ask about any monthly fees or additional charges.
No alternative supplier is affiliated with or endorsed by your utility or the government. If you sign up for service with an alternative supplier, you are entering a new contact with a different company.
To find out more information on energy suppliers in our area, please visit the "Plug In Illinois" website hosted by the Illinois Commerce Commission': www.pluginillinois.org.
Personal Information Is Like Money--Value It! Protect it!
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security. Your devices make it easy to connect to the world around you, but they can also pack a lot of info about you and your friends and family, such as your contacts, photos, videos, location and health and financial data. Follow these tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance to manage your privacy in an always-on world.
- Secure your devices: Use strong passwords, passcodes or touch ID features to lock your devices. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen and keep prying eyes out.
- Think before you app: Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts list, where you shop and your location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps.
- Now you see me, now you don’t: Some stores and other locations look for devices with WiFi or Bluetooth turned on to track your movements while you are within range. Disable WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use.
- Get savvy about WiFi hotspots: Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure, which means that anyone could potentially see what you are doing on your mobile device while you are connected. Limit what you do on public WiFi, and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and financial services on these networks. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection on the go.
ENCLAVE Grand Opening
On Thursday, October 12, Village officials joined founders, colleagues and supporters, for the Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting of ENCLAVE for Entrepreneurs O’Hare.
ENCLAVE is a not-for-profit economic development education initiative which offers many different programs and initiatives of ENCLAVE O’Hare, including: Master classes, seminars, panel discussions, workshops, focus groups, funding pitches, product/service showcases, video talks, weekend retreats and networking gatherings. Additionally, work spaces, meeting places, and other accommodations are available in ENCLAVE O’Hare’s 15,000+ square-foot, three-level headquarters building at 75 Turner Avenue.
Visit the ENCLAVE website at www.enclaveforentrepreneurs.com to find out more about this a local-to-global earning and learning center for the world’s entrepreneurs and their influencers.
Leaf Disposal Locations
The final round of leaf pick up begins on November 13 and ends on November 22. For residents who still have leaves, after their final collection date, the Village offers you the ability to dispose of them in dumpsters placed at two convenient locations:
James P. Petri Public Works Facility
600 Landmeier Road
November 13 - December 8
Fire Station 10 Parking Lot
676 Meacham Road
November 20 - December 8