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PALOS PARK WEEKLY | JANUARY 21, 2022
Free At-⁠Home COVID-⁠19 tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.
Visit https://www.covidtests.gov/ to order.
It's Cold Outside…Check your Water Pipes
 
The Village has already had one resident experience a frozen water pipe which burst and caused uncontrolled water to flow from the house. Pipes that are in an unheated or low heated area can freeze and burst quickly. Please take a look around your home and bring a thermometer to check the temperature around your water pipes. If pipes are too cold or near freezing temperatures, wrap them with insulation available at any hardware or big box store. Also, check your water meter to make sure the temperature is well above freezing. A frozen pipe and water meter will crack and become an open source of continuous water flow into your home. Homeowners are responsible for the cost of any water that will flow into your home, plus the cost of the replacement meter. Sufficient heat is necessary to protect the water meter and water pipes. If you turn down your heat, check that the lower temperature allows for sufficient heat in the area where your water meter is located to protect it and your pipes from freezing. 
2022 Wood Chip List
 
Sign up now to receive Wood Chips during the 2022 Public Works Chipping Season. Call (708) 671-3721 and leave your name, address, phone number, and if you would like to receive one or two loads of chips.
Classic Movie Night

Mondays in February | 7:00 pm
Palos Park Recreation Center

February 7: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
February 14: Roman Holiday
February 21: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
February 28: Casablanca

Click the flyer for more details.
Training, Teamwork, and Transitions for the Palos Park Police Department

To ensure Palos Park’s emergency response runs like a well-oiled machine, the Palos Park Police Department is taking proactive measures. The last weekend of January 2022, Palos Park Police officers will work as a team across Village departments in a combination of tabletop exercises and live trainings. Exercises include scenarios such as weather disasters, pandemics, active shooters, and others that could affect any community.

The intent of the tabletop exercise is to help individuals across the Village government to better understand their role in an emergency, while providing a safe space to think critically about possible scenarios that could impact normal Village operations.
 
Police Commissioner, Dan Polk, MD said, “A fundamentally important aspect to any exercise is making mistakes. We will be looking for things to go wrong or procedures to be forgotten. This will highlight trouble spots, gaps, and areas that need addressing and fixing before an actual event occurs.”

Once the exercise is complete, all Village staff will create an after-action report to implement lessons learned and improve response in the future based on feedback.
 
Palos Park’s expert on Emergency Management Planning /Operations, Police Officer Frank Flores said, “Assessing the exercise after-the-fact can allow us to validate processes, identify issues, generate new ideas and even enhance training going forward. These tabletop exercises give all Village stakeholders a chance to work together and build confidence in their own actions and response should a real event come to fruition.”
ComEd Tree Trimming to Begin Soon

Trees and branches that interfere with power lines can create safety hazards and cause power outages. Preventative tree maintenance helps avoid power outages.

  • Within the next 3 months ComEd will trim trees, branches and vines that interfere or have the potential to interfere with power lines.
  • In some cases, tree removal may be required. The remaining tree stumps are treated with an approved herbicide to prevent future regrowth. Herbicide will be applied by state-licensed applicators.
  • All work is performed by trained, qualified arborists.

For more information visit: comed.com/trees or call (800) 334-7661.
Are You A Family Caregiver?
Staying connected and involved is more important than ever. Pathlights offers free events to inform caregivers, clients, and their families and friends.
 
Call them at (708) 361-0219 to learn more about their Caregiver Resource Center that provides in-house services, home-delivered meals, support groups, respite, benefits’ assistance, options for safe transition from hospitals or skilled nursing facilities.
 
Enjoy a complimentary copy of the Winter/Spring 2022 edition of Chicago Health Caregiving. Click here and read about Pathlights on page 49.
Upcoming Events from Pathlights

Pathlights is dedicated to helping guide adults 60 years of age and over, adults with disabilities, their caregivers, families, and friends along their best path to aging - providing resources, advocacy, programs, and services needed to live with independence and dignity in the community.

Visit their website for a list of upcoming events, support groups, and workshops ranging from a variety of topics.
Shop Local in The Park

Palos Park has a variety of local restaurants and fast food establishments for your dining pleasure, whether you are in the mood for American, Chinese, Italian, Thai, or seafood. Many of the restaurants offer delivery and carry out services, as well as great casual dining.

For a full listing of all Palos Park Businesses, visit our website.
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