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Yard waste collection ends…Regular yard waste collection will end on Fri., Nov. 29. Yard waste will be picked up by appointment only during the winter months. To arrange a special yard waste pick-up call Waste Management at 800.796.9696. For information call 708.358.5700 or email

Holiday hours…Village Hall will be closed all day Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving, from noon, Tues., Dec. 24 through Wed., Dec. 25 for Christmas, and on New Year’s Day, Wed., Jan. 1. Regular Village Hall hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Parking Services Center is open until 7 p.m. on Mondays, except holidays.

Heat required…Landlords must furnish heat to all Oak Park rental dwelling units from September 15 through May 15. An average minimum temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit must be maintained from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and 65 degrees Fahrenheit from 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Complaints may be made by calling 708.358.5430 or email to More information is posted at

Practice caution…When using heat sources such as portable and baseboard electric heaters, fireplaces and woodstoves, remove nearby objects, keep furniture a safe distance away, do not block the heat flow and never use an extension cord. Working carbon monoxide detectors, smoke alarms and a family escape plan also are essential. Call 708.358.5600 or email for more information.

Crime tips…Citizens are urged to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department’s Crime Tip Hot Line at 708.434.1636. All callers remain anonymous. Anonymous tips also can be made at

Winter refuse collection tip…Residents and building owners are reminded to clear snow away from refuse and recycling containers to avoid a missed collection. If the container is not accessible, it will not be emptied. Call 708.358.5700 to report a missed collection at any building served by the Village’s refuse hauler.

Pet responsibilities…Dog owners are required to pick up and dispose of dog waste. Owners walking their dogs must carry a bag or other suitable means to pick up dog waste. Call 708.358.5680 to register a complaint about an animal, such as noise, excrement, cruelty or off leash.

Nature museum activities…Cook County’s Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest, offers a range of programs for children and adults alike, including nature stories, fitness hikes and close-up visits with the Thatcher Woods’ many inhabitants. For more information, visit the Museum or call 708.366.6530.