Friday, May 20, 2016

Rain Barrels Offered to Residents by Village of Arlington Heights in Conjunction with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Arlington Heights, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, will be offering residents free rain barrels. Residents will be able to order rain barrels from this website soon.

All Arlington Heights households are eligible for a maximum of four rain barrels and they will be available in four colors, black, terra cotta, blue and warm gray. The rain barrels have a 55-gallon capacity.

Residents with an interest in ordering rain barrels, please email us regarding your interest, and please include your address. The Village will respond to you with more information as soon as the Rain Barrel order forms are prepared.

The barrels, along with an accessory kit, will be delivered to homes by a contractor hired by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. It can take 4-8 weeks for delivery of the rain barrels.


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Monday, May 2, 2016

TODAY: North Garage Maintenance Work Begins May 2, No Daily Fee Spaces for Duration of Project

Necessary maintenance work for the North Garage, located at the northwest corner of Miner Street and Arlington Heights Road, will begin May 2 and is expected to be completed by early August. This maintenance work is part of a "Parking Garage Rehabilitation Program" approved by the Village Board for Village-owned Parking Garages.

During this project, there will be NO Daily Fee parking spaces available in the North Garage. There will be limited permit parking available in the garage that will be on a first-come, first-serve basis in order to best accommodate merchant parking, Downtown residents, commuters, and shoppers.

The maintenance work being done to the North Garage and all Village-owned garages will eliminate deficiencies in the structures, which, if left unchecked, could lead to future, more extensive and costly repairs. This work will be phased in at various times over the next few years, which will result in improving the structural integrity of the Village's garages.

During the work in the North Garage, ALL permit users (residents, merchants, and commuters) will still be allowed to utilize the garage. However, since the project will affect all floors -- one quarter of two floors will be closed at a time with available parking being made on the 4th floor, parking spaces will be limited.

Due to the fluidity of the necessary construction, locations of available parking spaces in the North Garage will be changing on a daily basis. Since there will be no Daily Fee parking in the garage, permit users will be allowed to utilize the 4th floor (top deck) at various times during construction.

Informational and directional signs will be placed in the North Garage to assist parkers. For the duration of this project, please allow additional time in locating available parking. Refer to the parking map for locations of other garages and parking lots.

· Municipal Garage (adjacent to Village Hall)
· Lot O (across from Village Hall; southeast corner of Sigwalt St and Arlington Heights Rd)
· Vail Garage (Vail Avenue and Campbell Street, south of Metropolis)
· Arlington Park Racetrack (2121 W. Northwest Highway)
· Lots S, A and E (although these lots fill quickly)

The "4 Hour Parking" will still be available in the North Garage during the maintenance work. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience the construction and parking accommodations may cause you.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact the Public Works Department at 847-368-5800 or check the Village's website for updates, as well as @ArlingtonHtsGov, or the Village of Arlington Heights Facebook page.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Farmers' Market Runs June 4 - October 15, Every Saturday

The Arlington Heights Farmers' Market, managed by the Arlington Heights Historical Society, is planning to open its Market on Saturday, June 4 in the parking lot right across the street from the Museum, at the corner of Vail and Fremont. The Market will run from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Saturday, June 4 - October 15, from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Vendor offerings will include fresh produce, plants, vegetables, meats (including Bison), olives, eggs, breads, pastries, herbs, flowers, cheese, jellies and honey. A vendor that provides knife sharpening services also will be at the market. The Market generates funds to manage the collections and programs at the museum and at the same time, offering high quality, nutritious food source to our community.

The Farmers Market is an ever changing experience as new produce becomes available throughout the growing season and new events are planned through the year. Check out the list of vendors by clicking here.

If you are interested in participating as a vendor, musician, non-profit organization or volunteer, check out the Farmers' Market website for details and applications: www.ahfarmersmarket.org

For more information about the Farmer's Market, call the Museum at 847-255-1225.


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Arlington Heights Fire Hydrant Flushing April 25 through May 6, 2016

Fire hydrant flushing is scheduled to start on April 25 and will run through May 6. Each year, the Village of Arlington Heights Public Works Staff operates, flushes, and maintains 3,300 public and 850 private fire hydrants. The personnel generally work in consecutive 12 hour shifts to rapidly facilitate this event with minimal inconvenience to Arlington Heights residents.

Some benefits that are generated from this scheduled operation and maintenance are:
1) Every public fire hydrant is operated and maintained. If it cannot be maintained, it is marked out of service and the emergency response agencies are notified. The hydrant is then brought back into service as soon as possible.

2) Every private hydrant is operated and if maintenance is necessary, appropriate owners and emergency agencies are promptly notified and the hydrant is marked as out of service. Maintenance is monitored until complete.

3) Water is measured in gallons per minute in order to document flow for the Fire Department.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Register for Arlington Heights Economic Alliance Breakfast Meeting on May 4, 2016 -- Deadline April 22

The annual Arlington Economic Alliance Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 a.m. Ditka's Arlington Heights, 2000 W. Euclid Avenue. This year's topic is "The Present and Future Economic Impact of Arlington Park".

Representatives of the Arlington International Racecourse will be presenting on the race track's benefits to the Village and business community, as well as their future efforts and programming. The event is open to Arlington Heights businesses and the general public. The deadline to register is Friday, April 22. The cost is $10 and includes a hot breakfast. To download the registration form, please click here.

The Arlington Economic Alliance is the Village Board's economic advisory committee and is made up of business leaders from throughout the community. This Commission holds an annual Breakfast meeting in the spring to educate and inform business owners and community stakeholders regarding topics of Village-wide economic importance.


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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Arlington Heights Electronic Recycling, Document Shredding Event Saturday, April 30 at Racetrack -- 9am to 12 Noon

If you have old electronics, piles of documents you no longer need or old bicycles, you can get rid of them at the Arlington Heights Spring Sweep event, Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. – Noon

The new location for the event is in the parking lot of Arlington Park Race Track, 2200 W. Euclid Avenue (behind the train station at the southwest corner of Northwest Highway and N. Wilke Road). The entrance to the parking lot is located on North Wilke Road, just south of Northwest Highway.

The event includes electronics (see below for a list of acceptable items), document destruction (up to three legal-sized boxes per vehicle) and the collection of old, usable bikes. Residents from the suburban area are welcome to participate.

The event is sponsored by the Village of Arlington Heights Special Events Commission, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC). Thanks to Arlington Park for the generous use of their parking lot.

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) will oversee the electronic recycling. No electronic materials from schools, businesses or other institutions is permitted. Information on SWANCC's electronic recycling sites and events.

Here's a list of acceptable items that will be collected:
Answering machines
Cable receiver
Calculators
Camcorders
Cameras
Converter Box
Computer cable
Computer monitors
Computers (Desktops, Notebooks, Tablets)
Copy Machines
DVD player or similar video device
Fax machines
Mobile telephones
Mouse or keyboards
MP3 players
Portable digital assistants (PDAs)
Power tools or cords
Printers (including multi-function printer, copiers and printer/fax combinations)
Satellite Receiver
Scanners
Shredders
Small home appliances (microwaves, toasters, blenders, vacuum cleaners, mini refrigerators)
Stereo Equipment
Telephones
Televisions – no size limit
Typewriters
Video game consoles
Videocassette recorder/player (VHS)
Zip drives


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Friday, April 8, 2016

Arts Commission Calls for Street Banner Design Entries by June 30

The Village of Arlington Heights Arts Commission is excited to announce the "Colors and Scenes of Spring Banner Program". The program will provide an opportunity for a local artist or a few local artists to display their artwork on banners throughout Arlington Heights.

It is anticipated that the banners will be displayed for approximately 5 years during the spring. The theme of the artwork on the banners should be inspired by the "Colors and Scenes of Spring." These could relate to images in Arlington Heights or other spring related images and motifs. The goal is to beautify and add color along major corridors throughout the Village.

The artwork will be juried and if the artwork meets the goals and criteria of the banner program, it may be selected to be used in order to create a spring banner. Participants are asked to not create designs that promote products, sales, advertise companies, etc.

Final artwork needs to be submitted in high-resolution file such as a JPEG or TIFF format with at least 300 DPI to be displayed in full size of 30 x 72 inches. Images must be able to be enlarged and reproduced.

The winning or selected artwork will be displayed throughout the Village on a street banner as part of the banner program.

Artists must submit their applications and artwork to the Arts Commission no later than Thursday, June 30, 2016. Those whose artwork is approved will be notified with further instructions by August 15, 2016.

Artists that are selected will receive a onetime stipend of $150.

For an application or further information, contact Derek Mach at arts@vah.com or 847-368-5232.


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Arts Commission Hosts "Dance in Arlington Heights" May 1

Join the Arlington Heights Arts Commission for a celebration of Dance in Arlington Heights from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell Street.

Free Dance Performances by Dance Express, McDonald Dance School, and Orchesis Dance of Rolling Meadows High School, followed by a "Dance Does a Body Good" Panel Discussion.

The winner of the 2015 Photography competition will also be announced at the event.

There is no admission charged for this event. RSVP: Arts@vah.com or call 847-368-5232


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