Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

When it's time to dispose of the Christmas tree, think about recycling it. Between January 2 and 31, trees can be brought to these designated collection points for recycling as mulch that will nourish plantings in Glenview parks:
  • Glenview Public Works Service Center, 1333 Shermer Road
  • Johns Park, 2101 Central Road
  • Flick Park, 3600 Glenview Road
  • Cunliff Park, 540 Echo Lane
  • Cole Park, 1031 Kenilworth Ave.
  • Willow Park, 2600 Greenwood Ave.
Residents in single-family homes or duplexes served by Groot can put the trees, wreaths and garlands out with the regular garbage during the month of January. Groot will collect them at no additional charge. 

All ornaments, lights and tinsel should be removed from trees. Do NOT cover the tree with a plastic disposal bag.

And remember, holiday lights can also be recycled. Drop them off in the marked receptacle outside the Public Works Service Center, 1333 Shermer Road, through February 28.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Senior Housing Assistance Program for Glenview

Applications for the 2014 Village's Senior Housing Assistance Program are available at the Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan Road; the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road; the Glenview Senior Center, 2400 W. Chestnut Avenue; and, the North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield.

To qualify, you must have lived in Glenview for at least two years and you must be at least 62. Qualifying annual income for a single person must be below $17,235; and for a two-person household it must be below $23,265. Medical expenses, such as insurance premiums and medications, are deducted fro mthe income with verification of the payment.

Completed applications will be accepted at Village Hall between February 3 and 7, 2014. Applicants will be notified by the end of March. Call 847-904-4366 with questions.

Print out your own application by clicking 2014 Senior Housing Assistance Program Application.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New 2014 Tax Brackets

The IRS has updated the 2014 income tax brackets for taxes due in 2015.  This article from Investopedia gives details and the new chart.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Small Business Marketplace (SHOP) Online Application Delay and Enrollment Deadline Extension

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that online applications for SHOP Marketplace small group coverage will be delayed for one year. Small employers will still be required to purchase a SHOP plan in order to receive the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, and can do so through an agent, broker, or insurer that offers SHOP plans.Additionally, HHS announced that the deadline to enroll in SHOP coverage taking effect January 1st has been extended to December 23rd (the same as the new deadline for individual coverage.
 
Businesses that wish to receive the tax credit must still submit an eligibility application to SHOP, but do not need to do so prior to applying for coverage. Even if the Federal Marketplace later determines that a business was not eligible to enroll through SHOP, the business and its employees will be allowed to keep their plan. HHS is currently updating the application; Get Covered Illinois will share the new application with all Navigator and IPC entities as soon as it is available."
The full HHS announcement is available online

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Traffic Alert - Our Lady Of Guadalupe Celebration at Central and River Roads, December 11-12

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration begins at approximately 4 PM, Wednesday, December 11, 2013 and ends with the closing Mass at 7 PM, Thursday night, December 12, 2013.

Des Plaines Police have announced that due to the celebration at Maryville Academy, Central Road at River Road and Wolf Road in Des Plaines will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 3 PM, Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Police have advised that River Road traffic in both directions is expected to be backed up continually during this time. All of these intersections will be manned with officers, squads, and barricades.

It is estimated that somewhere between 80,000 & 100,000 persons will be attending the Our Lady of Guadalupe event depending on the weather conditions. There will be limited parking on the Maryville Campus. The off-site parking is at Palwaukee Plaza, St. Emily’s Church (Mt. Prospect), Korean Church (Wolf Rd. & Dursey Ln. Des Plaines), the Northwest Assembly of God (Wolf Rd & Kensington in Mt. Prospect), and at Oakton Community College (Entrance off of Golf Rd.) Shuttle buses will be available to those that park at any of these locations. Motorists should avoid these areas if possible.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Giving Tuesday

Fed up with the commercialism of the season, complete with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and everything in between? You might be pleased to hear about Giving Tuesday.

According to their website, Giving Tuesday is "a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations."

If you'd like to research charitable organizations, there are a few great websites to help you. Try Give Well or the Better Business Bureau's information for donors. These sites evaluate different charities, providing you with more information about where your dollars are going. If you're looking to volunteer this holiday season, check out Volunteer Match for opportunities in the community. And of course, we're always just a phone call away at the Reference Desk for all your research needs!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Affordable Care Act Program Wed.,Dec. 4, 7pm at the Glenview Public Library

Questions about the "Affordable Health Care Act" (also known as "the ACA" or "Obamacare") ?
 
Come to the Glenview Public Library, Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7pm and get your questions answered by a representative from Rep. Jan Schakowsky's office and Giovanni Gomez from the Governor's office.
Sign up at the Reference Desk in person or by phone. 847-729-7500 Ext. 7700.