Friday, August 24, 2012

West Nile Virus Season Intensifies

Reported cases of West Nile Virus are on the rise, with more than 1,000 reported cases nationwide of the disease in people as of August 21, and 41 deaths.

21 human cases have been reported to date in Illinois.

Learn more about West Nile Virus from the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Preventive measures to help reduce mosquito-breeding sites include eliminating standing water on properties and avoiding mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Unwanted Electronics and Documents Recycling

A one-day residential recycling event has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, August 18, at the Glenview Public Works facility, Shermer Road and East Lake Avenue, by the Village of Glenview and the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County.

See this page for a list of acceptable electronic items, which include computers, monitors and televisions.

See this page for details about document destruction, such as how much will be accepted and what happens to them.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Curious About Curiosity?

Follow the journey of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Cal Tech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's website. You'll find recent images and videos, a slideshow about the mission, many interactive activities - including Dr. C., a computerized scientist designed to answer questions about Mars - and much more!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Robocalls and You

If you’re tired of hearing an automated message when you pick up your phone, you’ll be happy to know the Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on illegal robocalls. If you hear a recording instead of a live person when you pick up your phone, you've received a robocall. Robocalls have exploded in the last several years because technology has made it easy for companies to use autodialers to place thousands of calls every minute. Oftentimes these calls are trying to scam you by offering phony credit card services, warranty protection plans and more.

It is illegal for a company to deliver an automated message trying to sell you something, unless the company has written permission from you to do so. Calls from charities and political groups do not fall under that classification and are considered legal.

According to the FTC, if you get a robocall you should:
  1. Hang Up. Do not press 1 or any other numbers to get off the list.
  2. Consider blocking the number.
  3. Report the robocall at
Learn more about what the FTC is doing to crack down on robocalls and what you should do if you receive one.