Saturday, January 31, 2009

Glenview Senior Housing Assistance Program

Applications for the 2009 Village Senior Housing Assistance Program, designed to assist Glenview residents with their property taxes or rent, will be accepted between February 2 and February 13.

Recipients are selected by need; to qualify, you must meet certain age and income limits. For information visit the Village of Glenview web page for Senior Services or call Kim Hand, Senior Services Coordinator at (847) 904-4366.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Free Job Counseling-Now Twice a Month


Need help with your resume? Tips for interviewing? Career Advice? Why not meet with a professional career counselor?FREE at the Glenview Public Library! “ASK A CAREER EXPERT!” Half hour appointments are available every second Tuesday and third Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Next available dates are and Wednesday, February 18 and Tuesday, March 10. Call the Glenview Public Library Reader Services Desk at 847/729-7500 ext. 112 to reserve a time slot. Walk-ins will be served as time permits.

Free Job Training at Oakton Community College

Lost your job?
Take advantage of Tuition-Free Job Training at Oakton Community College. Tuition for up to 12 credit hours is waived for eligible* participants. Earn a certificate in one of these designated programs (most can be completed in one semester):
• A+ Computer Diagnostic Specialist
• Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operation and Programming Preparation
• Green Marketing Preparation
• Microsoft Project Management Preparation
• Pharmaceutical Preparation
*Offered ONLY to residents of Oakton Community College District 535 who have become unemployed from a full-time job since January 1, 2008. Participants must provide a copy of their current Wage Information Sheet. Some fees may apply.
Register Now! Classes begin the week of February 16, 2009.
For pre-screening and additional instruction contact Career Services
at 847.635.1735 or careerservices@oakton.edu.
1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL • 7701 N. Lincoln Avenue, Skokie 60077

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday Digitally



The 200th birthday anniversary commemorations are fast approaching for Abraham Lincoln. The event will be celebrated around the world on February 12th.

This is always a special day in Illinois, "The Land of Lincoln."

Have a look at Lincoln related documents in the Illinois Digital Archives that come from the Illinois State Archives.






(from the Illinois State Library Newsletter)



db

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Peanut Butter Recall Product List


If you are concerned about the recent Salmonella contamination of peanut butter or commercially-prepared or manufactured peanut butter/peanut paste-containing products (such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream) that are subject to recall, visit the Food and Drug Administration's website for detailed information.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Illinois Taxpayers Mail Returns to a New Center This Year

From the IRS: Taxpayers in Illinois, Delaware, New York and Rhode Island who file paper income tax returns will send them to different processing centers this year.

Taxpayers in Illinois will now send their federal tax returns to the IRS Fresno Service Center, in Fresno, California. Taxpayers in Delaware, New York and Rhode Island will now send their federal tax returns to the IRS Kansas City Service Center in Kansas City, Mo.

The IRS continuously monitors work flow at its centers and makes appropriate adjustments by altering the volume of returns to be sent to each. Taxpayers who use the envelope provided with the income tax instructions do not have to be concerned with the address change, their returns automatically will go to the correct center.

Taxpayers who e-file will not be affected by the address changes. For taxpayers who file paper returns, the correct center addresses are on labels inside the tax packages they receive in the mail. Taxpayers who do not receive a package and need the service center address should refer to the back cover of the instructions to Form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Apply For or Renew Your RTA Senior Card

Illinois House Bill 656 provides free rides on fixed routes to seniors aged 65 and older on CTA, Metra and Pace.
To take advantage of the free transit, seniors must have either the Senior Reduced Fare Card or the new Senior Ride Free Smart Card.

The RTA is now transitioning Senior Reduced Fare Card holders to the new smart card that will make it faster and easier when boarding. Current card holders will be notified when these cards are available.

If you are a senior and don’t have either card, or want to renew the one you have, sign up for the Seniors Ride Free program at the Glenview Senior Center (847-724-4793), the Northfield Township Office (847-724-8300), or Glenview Village Hall (847-724-1700).

When applying, you will need a government-issued picture I.D. that verifies your age and a photo of yourself that is 1 ½“ square.

On CTA or Pace, touch your smart card to the blue target on the bus or on the rail station turnstile. Do not insert the smart card into the fare equipment.

On Metra, show your card to the conductor to receive your free ride.
db

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wall Street Journal Touts Public Libraries

The front page of the Wall Street Journal today proclaims the benefits of the public library, especially in hard economic times. Many library users already know that a library card helps save money with low-cost or free DVDs and videos, computer access, free Wi-Fi, magazines, newspapers, and music CDs. The Glenview Public Library also loans educational games for children. And, there are free programs, movies and Internet workshops. Of course, we have books too! The Library also offers monthly job counseling sessions with a vocational counselor. Book your appointment today by calling 847-729-7500, ext. 112.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Relay for Life 2009 Kick-Off



Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
Glenview Park Center
2400 Chestnut Avenue
Glenview, IL 60026
6:30-8:00 p.m.

You will learn how to form your own Relay team and how the funds raised help people in your community. This special year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Relay For Life of Glenview and the 25th Anniversary of the first Relay. The Relay is scheduled for May 29, 2009, at Glenbrook South High School and is sponsored by Glenview State Bank. The Kick-Off is free and all are welcome to attend.
Respond by January 23, 2009, to 847-328-5147, option 3, or Lindsay.Buhagiar@cancer.org

Top Ten Tax Tips From the IRS

It's that time of year again.

1. Gather your records…now! It’s never too early to start getting together any documents or forms you’ll need when filing your taxes: receipts, canceled checks, and other documents that support an item of income or a deduction you’re taking on your return. Also, be on the lookout for W-2s and 1099s, coming soon from your employer.

2. Find your forms. Whether you file a 1040 or 1040-EZ, you can download all IRS forms and publications on the official IRS web site, IRS.gov. The Glenview Public Library has a limited selection of tax forms in Reference Services, but staff can help you locate forms and publications on the IRS web site.

3. Do a little research. Check out Publication 17 on IRS.gov. It’s a comprehensive collection of information for taxpayers highlighting everything you’ll need to know when filing your return. Review Publication 17 to ensure you’re taking all credits and deductions for which you’re eligible.

4. Think ahead to how you’ll file. Will you prepare your return yourself or go to a preparer? Do you qualify to file at no cost using Free File on IRS.gov? Are you eligible for free help at an IRS office or volunteer site? Will you purchase tax preparation software or file online?

5. Take your time. Rushing to get your return filed increases the chance you will make a mistake and not catch it.

6. Double-check your return. Mistakes will slow down the processing of your return. In particular, make sure all the Social Security Numbers and math calculations are correct as these are the most common errors made by taxpayers.

7. Consider e-file. When you file electronically, the computer will handle the math calculations for you, and you will get your refund in about half the time it takes when you file a paper return.

8. Think about Direct Deposit. If you elect to have your refund directly deposited into your bank account, you’ll receive it faster than waiting for a check by mail.

9. Visit IRS.gov often. The official IRS Web site is a great place to find everything you’ll need to file your tax return: forms, tips, FAQs and updates on tax law changes.

10. Relax. There’s no need to panic. If you run into a problem, remember the IRS is here to help. Try IRS.gov or call the main customer service number at 800-829-1040.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Are You Planning to Attend the 2009 Presidential Inauguration?


If you are traveling to Washington, D.C., for the Inauguration, visit the District of Columbia’s 2009 Presidential Inauguration website first.

It will assist you in finding information about the events surrounding the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, including lodging information, transportation, security measures and closures.

Tickets for the Inaugural Swearing-In ceremony will be distributed by both Senators and Representatives of the 111th Congress. Please contact your Senator or Representative to request tickets. Tickets are not required for standing along the parade route for the Inaugural Parade on January 20, 2009...but early arrival is strongly suggested.



db

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Census Employment Testing


The Census Bureau will be holding open testing at Glenview Public Library on Monday, January 12, 19, and 26, for people who want to be census workers for the 2010 census.

The test for supervisory positions will be given at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 12. All other test times are for non-supervisory positions. There is no pre-registration, so it is on a walk-in basis. Testing times for non-supervisory positions are January 12 at 9:30.a.m.; January 19 at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., and January 19 at 6:30 p.m. There are many additional testing sites and dates in the area. For a list of times and locations visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/acrobat/2009-01/44438111.pdf
Questions? Call the US Census 2010 toll free number:
1-866-861-2010.

GL

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Local IRS Office Is Moving

For years, we have referred our patrons to the IRS Office at 8125 River Dr., in Morton Grove, when they had immediate need for a certain tax form or publication. January 23 is the last day they will be open for business at that location.

The IRS Office plans to re-open on February 2 in a new location, at 5100 River Rd. in Schiller Park, near the Rosemont Train Station and Convention Center. Their new telephone number will not be available until the middle of February. This new Mega Office will replace two of their present offices.

The old office has 2007 IRS forms ONLY--no 2008 forms. It is staffed with only two people, and they are not able to offer assistance in tax preparation.

In the meantime, the Glenview Public Library has a computer terminal with dedicated access to both IRS and State of Illinois tax form Web sites. No library card sign-in needed. The tax forms can be printed for ten cents per page.

You can also print the Federal and State forms you need at home on your own computer equipment.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Earphones, Tote Bags, Flash Drives, Oh, My!


Forgot your earphones? Need a tote bag to take home all the picture books your three-year-old picked out? Found the perfect article for your research, but no flash drive in your briefcase or purse? The Circulation Desk has the perfect solution for these situations. The following items are available for purchase at the Circulation Desk:

Large canvas bag: $7.50
Recycled "Green" bag: $2.00
Headphones: $1.50 (costs fluctuate based on the Library's purchase price)
Flash drives: $8.00 (costs fluctuate based on the Library's purchase price)

Senior Housing Assistance


Applications for the 2009 Village of Glenview Senior Housing Assistance Program are available online at the Village of Glenview web site: http://glenview.il.us/departments/manager/senior_services/housing_assistance_program.shtml

To qualify, you must have lived in Glenview for at least two years. You must be at least 62; annual income for a single person must be below $15,600; for a two-person household it must be below $21,000. Medical expenses such as insurance premiums, medications, etc. are deducted from the income with verification of the payment.

Completed applications will be accepted (at the Village Hall) between February 2-13, 2009. Applicants will be notified by the end of March. Call (847) 904-4366 with questions.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Recycling that Christmas Tree

Ready to move that drooping tree to the curb? Let the Village of Glenview help. The Village will be picking up and mulching trees from Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 16.
Here’s what you need to know:
Single-family residences: set your tree at the curb with the cut trunk end facing the street.
Multifamily units: place your tree at the single-drop location for each building or complex. If you have questions about the drop location, you’ll need to contact your landlord or leasing agent.
Remove all ornaments, lights and tinsel.
Do not cover your tree with a plastic disposal bag.
We can’t pick up wreaths or garlands -- bag these with regular garbage.
It’s all for a good cause. This is a joint program of the Village and the Glenview Park District, and the mulch will be used in parks throughout Glenview.