Friday, July 20, 2012

Trees Get Thirsty Too


Sure, it rained this week. But one rain event won't be enough for plants. You aren't the only one who appreciates a cold drink when the temperatures rise. Trees need to stay hydrated too:

·         Water early or late in the day, not during full sun

·         Slowly soak the ground around the tree roots

·         Water newly-planted trees first, 30 minutes once or twice a week should do it

·         Water within the "drip line," an imaginary line on the ground that mirrors the edge of the tree's canopy

Village landscape crews water newly-planted parkway trees during their first year. But we'd appreciate it if residents could help out by watering trees on parkways abutting their properties, especially during this dry summer.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Meeting Tonight At Glenbrook North on RR Bridge Collapse

A meeting on the July 4 railroad bridge collapse has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer Road, in the Sheely Center for the Performing Arts.

" At the request of Glenview and Northbrook officials, representatives of Union Pacific Railroad have agreed to appear at a community meeting to explain the circumstances of the July 4 derailment and viaduct collapse on Shermer Road that killed two Glenview residents. The UP officials can also discuss the safety history of the viaduct, the site of two prior derailments; information and schedules regarding construction of the replacement viaduct; and the condition of the track and other rail bridges in Glenview." (Source: Village of Glenview)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Autism Research-Putting It All Together in One Place

Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard pediatric neurologist, author of "The Autism Revolution" and recent speaker at Glenview Public Library, has developed a new website for all interested in learning about the varying perspectives and research on what autism is, how it is caused, and how we can help.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Update on Viaduct Collapse-Derailment

Update on Shermer Road derailment, viaduct collapse from the Village of Glenview:

"Representatives of the Villages of Glenview and Northbrook and area state and federal legislators met this morning, July 6, with representatives of Union Pacific Railroad, the Federal Railroad Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation. The wide-ranging discussion focused on public safety -- specifically UP's use of a temporary rail structure to facilitate freight traffic and installation of a permanent viaduct to replace the viaduct that collapsed on Shermer Road between Holste and Willow roads on Wednesday, July 4, following a train derailment. Two Glenview residents died in a vehicle that was crushed.

The Villages and legislators requested assurances, through independent inspections and documentation, that the integrity of the structure be certified safe and that continuous steps are taken to insure that the public is not at risk. A representative of the Federal Railroad Administration on Friday afternoon evaluated the integrity of the temporary bridge, and confirmed it was structurally sound.
Another concern was the disruption to businesses between West Lake Avenue and Willow Road caused by the closure of Shermer Road. UP officials said the company had already commenced with the design and procurement of a replacement viaduct, and estimated it could be in place in about two months. A detour map can be viewed here.
The Villages also asked UP representatives to appear at a community meeting on July 16 to explain the circumstances of the derailment, the safety history of the viaduct and to provide detailed information and schedules regarding construction of the replacement viaduct. Further announcements regarding the meeting time and location will be provided when available."

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Staying Cool During a Heat Wave

Hurricanes, tornados, floods, and earthquakes may be the most harrowing displays of Mother Nature’s power. But heat waves — with temperatures like today's possible 100 plus degrees — are responsible for more deaths a year in the United States than all of the above combined.  About 700 people die each year from heat related deaths.  

Read more about Chicago's deadly 1995 heat disaster in the book: 

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
Klinenberg, Eric (Book - 2002)

The CDC offers these tips on how to stay cool in hot weather.  Basic steps can help you keep yourself and others safe during high temperatures: 

  • Stay in an Air-conditioned indoor location
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

Don't Throw These Away

As of January 1, 2012, under the Illinois Product Recycling and Reuse Act (P.A. 97-0287), the following electronic items are prohibited from being thrown away in the garbage:

• Cable Receivers
• Computers (including tablets)
• Digital Converter Boxes
• Digital Video Disc Players
• Digital Video Disc Recorders
• Electronic Mice
• Electronics Keyboards
• Facsimile Machines
• Monitors
• Portable Digital Music Players
• Printers
• Satellite Receivers
• Scanners
• Small Scale Servers
• Televisions
• Video Game Consoles
• Videocassette Recorders
For additional information about this law, please visit the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's (IEPA) website. For a list of recycling options for items not taken in the electronics recycling program such as microwaves, home appliances, shredders, dehumidifiers, humidifiers and air conditioners, visit Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)'s Green Pages directory.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Glenview Fourth of July Celebration

The Bicycle Parade will start Wednesday, July 4, at 11 a.m. followed by the main parade at 11:30.a.m. The parade will proceed west on Glenview Road from Our Lady of Perpetual Help parking lot, south on Harlem , west on Central ending at Johns Park.
Fireworks will follow a 7:30 twilight concert at the Glenview Park Golf Club, 800 Shermer Road.