SOLICITOR PERMIT APPROVED

Solicitors - Man Ringing Doorbell clip artOn May 23, 2019, the Village of Maple Park approved a solicitor permit to William Rhodes from Vivint Solar*. He is selling solar energy systems. He has completed, and passed, a thorough background check by the Village of Maple Park and has been issued his permit.

 

If you do not want a solicitation at your residence, you can either by a “No Solicitors” sign at your local hardware store, or department store, or you can just choose not to answer your door. If someone does knock on your door you have the right to ask for his ID, which was issued by the Village of Maple Park. If they do not have an village issued ID, call the police because they have not been vetted by the Village of Maple Park. This is a case where you may call 911, if we do not have an officer on duty, they will dispatch a Kane County officer.

 

*Although the village issued a permit to this individual, that in no way implies that the village endorses the individual, the company or the product they sell.

VANDALISM IN MAPLE PARK

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The Village of Maple Park has recently seen a rash of vandalism in Maple Park. The police department is working on this and will prosecute the person or persons doing the vandalism. Also, residents in Squires Crossing have recently began using security cameras in hopes of catching the vandals. VANDALISM IS A CRIME

HYDRANT FLUSHING

Fire Hydrant Clip ArtThe Maple Park Public Works Department will be flushing water hydrants on Thursday and Friday, June 13th and 14th. If you turn on your faucet and the water is discolored just allow it run for several minutes to clear the line especially before doing laundry.

RESIDENTS ARE BEING WARNED OF A SEAL COATING SCAM

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Village of Wayne Alerts Area Residents of Traveling Seal-Coating Scam

The Wayne Police Department is alerting area residents to a seal-coating scam that travels from town to town.

According to a village of Wayne news release, the scams are commonly executed by mobile crews that rarely stay in one area.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office reported similar scams last fall.

“These individuals will hit a specific area or neighborhood and once they have worn out their efforts, they pick up and move to the next town or state,” officials said in a news release. “This group of men approach a home and smooth talk the homeowner into allowing them to reseal their asphalt driveway.

“These people are very persuasive and typically target the elderly population. Their sales pitch can include telling the homeowner that they will give them a ‘cut rate price’ just for today; or they were working in the area and saw that your driveway needs resealing. This group usually uses cut-rate products and also asks for payment before they begin in the way of cash or a check made out to cash.”

Wayne police said the scam was “detected and deterred” before any residents became a victim.

“We suggest that if anyone reaches out to you to provide this service, be suspicious,” officials said. “There are many reputable companies that you can contact. Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”

 

Solicitors in Wayne [and Maple Park] are required to have permits. If a resident is approached by someone who is soliciting without a permit, officials ask that you contact the Wayne Police Department at 630-584-3031 or call 9-1-1.

The village encourages residents to enroll in the village mail list at https://villageofwayne.org/ and also to follow or like the village of Wayne Facebook page.

SOURCE: village of Wayne news release, Will County Sheriff’s Office news release

*Article originally appeared in the Kane County Connects online newsletter.

The Village of Maple Park uses Blackboard Connect, so that residents can receive emails calls and/or texts with vital village information. If you haven’t already sign up, please go to Maple Park’s website or call the village office at (815) 827-3309 and we will get you signed up!

New Garbage Can Hours

Garbage Can Clip ArtOn Tuesday, the Village of Maple Park passed an ordinance that restricts how long you can have your garbage cans out at the curb. This is a normal rule that many municipalities have. The wording in the ordinance, like many ordinances, says that the village can fine you up to $750.00. This language is in many of our ordinances where enforcement may be necessary. The Village of Maple Park will NEVER start out with a fine of any amount. The first thing we will do is let you know, most likely via letter, explaining the rule. We only want compliance, this is not a revenue maker for the village. The only time a fine would be assessed is if you do not comply after the village has tried to work with you.

The meat of the ordinance reads as follows:

Containers for Collection. No person shall dispose of any garbage, refuse or ashes anywhere in the Village except as herein provided. Such material shall be placed in secured or in covered containers, as herein provided, for collection by a licensed garbage and refuse collector. All containers for garbage, yard waste and refuse shall be placed by residents at the curb line of the premises served not earlier than 3:00 p.m. on the day before the scheduled collection, and shall be removed on or before 9:00 a.m. the day after the collection is made. No container shall be placed so as to constitute a nuisance to adjacent property or to the occupants thereof.

Please, if you have questions please call the village office at (815) 827-3309.

New Trustees

On May 7, 2019, the Village of Maple Park swore in three new trustees. Please welcome Jen Ward, Suzanne Fahnestock, and Chris Rebone.

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Jen Ward being sworn in on 5-7-19

Chris Rebone being sworn in 5-7-19

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Suzanne Fahnestock being sworn in 5-7-19.

GOOD NEWS GOLF CART OWNERS!

The Village of Maple Park knows that we have had a lot of rain lately. Because of the rain, many golf cart owners have not been able to get in to get their golf carts inspected.Golf Cart Clip Art

The deadline for golf carts has been extended to Saturday, June 8, 2019. Please call the police department at (815) 827-3286 to make an appointment for your inspection.

VEHICLE STICKERS / GOLF CART STICKERS DUE MAY 31

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Vehicle stickers in Maple Park are $25 per vehicle, if purchased by May 31, 2019. After June 1, 2019, vehicle stickers will go up to $35 per vehicle. Don’t get caught having to pay a late fee.Golf Cart Clip Art - Blue

 

Golf cart stickers are $15, if purchased by May 31, 2019.
After June 1, the cost is $25.

 

Garbage Service Delayed by One Day

Garbage Truck Clip ArtDue to the Memorial Day holiday, garbage / recycling pickup inGarbage Can Clip Art Maple Park will be delayed by one day. Therefore, garbage / recycling pickup will be on Thursday this week.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP KIDS MAKE HEALTHY EATING CHOICES – by Amanda Henderson

Child Choosing Fruit PictureHow Parents Can Help Kids Make Healthy Choices

An Article by Amanda Henderson

Parenting comes with an abundance of responsibilities, and one of the most important ones is teaching your kids to make healthy choices. Establishing these practices early on will make it easier for them to maintain; ideally, all the way through adulthood. One of the ways you can ensure the success of your efforts is by trading a lecture-like conversation for one that allows your kids to make choices on their own. Of course, you’ll need to step in when necessary to help explain the importance of right from wrong. While this may be difficult at first, your discipline will pay off for years to come. Read on for some of the key elements that contribute to a healthy lifestyle now, and for the long-term.

Healthy Eating

While making healthful food choices may seem like an obvious contributor, it’s worth a mention because of fact-based research that suggests that American toddlers are more apt to eat french fries, sugar, and salt in lieu of fruits and vegetables. While there’s room for a slice of birthday cake and a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day, it’s important that your kids understand the fundamentals of healthy eating, especially what contributes to a balanced meal and why it’s vital for optimal internal and external health. For a more interactive experience, take your kids with you to the grocery store and let them help you plan meals. By allowing them to participate and put in their two cents, they’ll be more enthused about what’s on their plate come mealtime.

There’s a stigma that to eat healthy foods, you have to spend a lot of money, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. For example:

  • Stock Your Pantry With Low-Cost-Yet-Healthy Staples: Think brown rice (never white), whole-grain pasta, canned beans (rinse to reduce sodium), quinoa, and couscous.
  • Eat A Budget Breakfast: Steel cut oats or old-fashioned oats (sans sugar) are satisfying in price and taste. Jazz up a bowl with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or a dash of agave syrup. Bonus points for letting kids dress their own bowl with the healthy toppings of their choice.
  • Take Advantage Of Deals: Peruse those sale papers! This strategy is great for in-the-moment meal creation as well as purchasing freezable staples like meat and fish for future use. Exercise The U.S. is experiencing a weight crisis regardless of age — the country has the highest proportion of overweight and obese people — so it’s important that you are a role model for your children by practicing what you preach. There are several ways you can get moving as a family that won’t make your kids feel like you’re giving them military-like instruction.
  • Take a post-dinner stroll together to digest, burn some extra calories, and bond as a family unit
  • Engage in fun endurance challenges (think highest number of sit-ups or longest wall sit) during commercial breaks
  • Turn household chores like gardening or cleaning the floor into a functional workout
  • Walk and play with the dog
  • Throw a dance party by turning on upbeat tunes and burning off energy — and calories

Have a weekly sports session — this could be anything from tossing the ball around, shooting hoops, or doing yoga in the backyardIf you find your kids are enjoying sports, sign them up for a local sports league, whether it’s for baseball, soccer, or flag football. Not only will playing a team sport keep your child in shape, it also can teach them about teamwork and raise self-esteem. Check out online reviews to find the best sporting equipment. Drug And Alcohol Awareness It’s never too early to start a conversation about the dangers of drug and alcohol consumption — even smoking and social drinking. While most schools have programs that cover this territory, the true education comes at home. There are many online activity-based tools geared toward the younger generation that can have a visual effect. Older kids may react better to first-hand stories of recovery survivors and/or their loved ones, for better or for worse. No matter what outside sources are used, nothing will replace the heart-to-heart conversations you have with your children. Make it a family affair so they don’t feel like they’re being attacked or treated like “babies.” When educating your kids on healthy habits, come armed with statistics — even a third party of a professional nature if possible. Having information that comes from a source other than yourself can be more effective in some cases. Whatever you do, don’t give up. It takes more than two months for a new habit to form.  

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