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     Diana O'Kelly

April 17, 2015
What are they doing on Gilmer Road?
I have received many questions asking what is happening on Gilmer?  

The Lake County Division of Transportation is modernizing the traffic signals at Gilmer and Hawley and will be interconnecting the lights from Gilmer and Fremont Center to Gilmer and Midlothian to improve traffic flow. This corridor will also have a new technology called adaptive signal control which will adapt  the traffic signal timing based on the volume of vehicles.  

Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT) is a newer type of technology encouraged by the Federal Highway Authority to reduce congestion and delays on area roadways. ASCT reduces delays and congestion by continually adjusting the length of traffic signals along the corridor. For more information on ASCT, please visit



Deer Park Mall Sponsors Recycling and Shredding Event
Electronic Recycling & Shredding Event at the Deer Park Mall

Saturday, April 18 9am-1pm


Take advantage of this opportunity.  These events used to be free to host and now they cost about $2000 to host resulting in fewer one day collection events.  There still are drop off locations.  Click here if you would like to see where you can drop off electronic recycling throughout the summer.


Electronics and paper shredding will begin at 9am.  Cars will line-up on the south end of the shopping center near Cozy Feet and be directed through the line.  The event concludes at 1pm. 


For paper shredding, the following is acceptable: Staples, paper clips, small binder clips, manila envelopes, window envelopes, generally any type of paper product. Unacceptable items include three ring binders (three hole punch), and any type of heavy metal.


Maximum paper acceptance is 4 copy paper size boxes or 10 jewel bags.

Click here for a list of accepted items
Canine Flu Information
There has been a lot in the news about canine flu.  The Lake County Health Department's Animal Care and Control Division is monitoring the situation carefully.  Please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website for a list of FAQ's and recommendations on how to keep your dogs healthy during the outbreak. 

Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinics in Vernon Hills and Mundelein

Low-cost pet vaccination clinics provide a convenient and affordable way to keep pets up to date with their shots and rabies tags. Pets are taken on a first come first served basis. All animals brought to a clinic must be at least four months old. Dogs must be leashed and cats placed in carriers. Only cash will be accepted on site.


April 25 - 9 a.m. to noon
Vernon Hills Police Department Vaccination Clinic
Vernon Hills Public Works Building
490 Greenleaf Drive, Vernon Hills 


June 6 - 9 a.m. to noon
The Regent Center Vaccination Clinic for Seniors Only
(Seniors age 55 and older receive free rabies inoculations for their pets)
1200 Regent Drive, Mundelein

For price and more locations click here

Dispose of Household Chemical Waste
The next Household Chemical Waste collection event is in Round Lake Beach 
on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  Click here for more information

Accepted Items
  • All aerosol products (spray paint, hair spray, etc.) 
  • Motor oil, antifreeze, gas, brake fluid, etc. 
  • Asbestos containing products 
  • Batteries: Lithium, NI-CAD, Metal Hydride Batteries (NO ALKALINE) 
  • Drain cleaners, household cleaners, metal polishes 
  • Driveway sealers, deck sealers and cleaners, paint removers 
  • Fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide, insecticide 
  • Compact fluorescent lamps and tubes 
  • Solvents: Mineral spirits, kerosene, thinners, sealers 
  • Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.) 
  • Oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, sealers 
  • Pool chemicals 
  • Personal care products: Cosmetics, shampoos, nail polish, etc. 
  • Medications: Over-the-counter and prescription (people and pet
What do I do with latex paint? Click here
Recycle Sheets, Blankets, Towels and Shoes
A free workshop for associations and property owners who are responsible for maintaining detention ponds, wetlands, and natural areas is planned for Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the College of Lake County, Wing C-19351 W. Washington Street in Grayslake. Sponsored by the College of Lake County and the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, the workshop will address of number of topics including: why stormwater drainage systems are required, common subdivision best management practices, signs of failing stormwater structures, and others. For more information, please click here
Recycle Sheets, Blankets, Towels and Shoes
If you have used towels, sheets or blankets that need to be recycled, please consider bringing them to Fremont Township at 22385 Rt 60, Mundelein to be donated to local Animal Shelters and Rescues.  Please drop them in the bin on the front porch. This keeps them out of the landfill and puts them to good use.  

We also accept eye glasses and shoes to be recycled year round.  If you are disposing of shoes that have laces, please tie the laces together.

Would you like to donate items to our food pantry?
We have seen an uptick in users in our food pantry. We are especially in need of peanut butter, grape jelly, instant mashed potatoes and canned fruit.  We also appreciate cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, detergent, soap...


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Community Events
Mulch, Plant and Herbs Sale at Mundelein High School:

The Mundelein High School Boys and Girls Basketball programs will be having their annual Mulch Madness sale the first two weekends in May in the west parking lot at Mundelein High School. This year, they will also be selling compost, plants (tomato, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, etc.) and herbs (thyme, oregano, basil, cilantro, etc.) at their event.  Mulch will be available in 4 colors (natural, brown, dark brown and red) and will offer free local delivery with the purchase of 6 or more bags. If you prefer to have mulch delivered in bulk, they will be offering that option through 83 Landscape Inc. Black mulch will also be available through bulk orders only. Hours for the sale are: Friday, May 1st and 8th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. , Saturday, May 2nd and 9th from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 3rd and 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. They would appreciate your support!


The Mundelein High School Theater Department will be performing Shrek on April 30, May 1, 2 and 3.  Get your tickets early.  Phone Reservations  - call (847) 949-2200 x1407 to reserve tickets.  Tickets can be picked up and paid for at the Box Office prior to the performance.

Fremont Education Foundation Golf Outing on Monday, May 4, 2015


Volunteers Needed to Assist with A-MAY-ZING Mundelein's 20th Annual Day of Caring - Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Village of Mundelein and the Mundelein Police Department are once again co-sponsoring A-May-Zing Mundelein's Annual Day of Caring.  The event will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  This annual volunteer spring clean-up event is celebrating its 20th anniversary. There is a great need for volunteers this year. The event will kick off at the Mundelein Police Department with registration and continental breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Volunteers should plan to work through late morning or early afternoon.   Any residents, organizations or businesses that wish to volunteer or donate supplies are asked to please call Jenni House at the Mundelein Police Department at 847-968-3770.


Mundelein Craft Beer Festival

Mundelein Community Connections and Tighthead Brewing Company will be holding the 4th Annual Mundelein Craft Beer Festival Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Advance tickets will be $40 and day of the event tickets $45. The festival will be held in the green space in front of the new Village Hall across the Metra parking lot from Tighthead Brewing Company in downtown Mundelein. 

Tickets will get you admission to the festival, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited samples from over 30 breweries, live music. Food will be available for purchase from local restaurant vendors and food trucks and designated driver tickets are available as well.
Click here for the Facebook page.  


Paper Shredding Only Event
State Rep Ed Sullivan is sponsoring a paper shredding only event on Saturday, May 16 from 9 am to noon at the Fremont Township Administrative Offices.
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