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Posted on: August 14, 2015

Village Closes Summer With Centennial Park West Concert

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Mike and Joe and U2 Zoo will perform at the Village of Orland Park’s final Centennial Park West Concert of the summer season on Sunday, September 6.

Mike and Joe, a Chicago based modern and 90s favorites cover band will perform at Centennial Park West, located in the Colette Highlands Subdivision at Park Station Boulevard and Somerglen Lane from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Summer 2015 has been another great one for Orland Park,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin, one of the sponsors of the village's Centennial Park West Concert Series. “To wrap up the summer, Mike and Joe will headline the last Centennial Park West Concert of the season and will give people an opportunity to spend time with family and friends while celebrating the holiday weekend.”

U2 Zoo will perform first from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. U2 Zoo is a U2 tribute band with high energy and performs U2 favorites and legendary classics.

“The Centennial Park West Labor Day Concert is a great way for the whole family to come together at the end of the summer,” said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village’s Recreation and Parks Committee. “It’s always a great way for residents to end the summer by having fun while listening to live music.”

The park has several rolling hills where attendees can sit to enjoy the performance. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, umbrellas, picnics, blankets and refreshments to enjoy the village’s newest outdoor entertainment venue.

“The village’s concert series at Centennial Park West have become very popular with people wanting to enjoy a fun evening with live music,” said the mayor. “We want everyone to enjoy a great night as another great summer winds down.”

The village's concerts are also sponsored by the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Orland Park Prairie Newspaper.

Free parking will be available at the adjacent Metra station and concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, contact the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department at (708) 403-7275.Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2015

Village of Orland Park to Host First Ever Telephone Town Hall Meeting

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The Village of Orland Park will host its first-ever telephone town hall meeting Thursday, September 10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The hour-long meeting takes place over the telephone and will include updates on the Illinois Department of Transportation LaGrang...Read on...

Posted on: September 3, 2015

Village's Arts Commission Presents Soprano Trio - Tres Belle

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The Village of Orland Park Arts Commission will present the soprano trio, Trés Belle, on Sunday, October 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall of the Cultural Center, 14760 Park Lane.

This all-ages show is part of the Arts Commission’s Fall Cultur...Read on...

Posted on: August 25, 2015

Orland Park Police Department Offers September Citizens' Police Academy

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The Orland Park Police Department’s annual Citizens’ Police Academy is now accepting registrations. The two-day program happens Saturday, Sept. 12 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orland Park Police Department, 15100 Ravinia Avenue.

The two, eight-...Read on...

Posted on: September 2, 2015

Registration Open for 37th Annual Orland Park Open Spelling Bee


An Orland Park tradition returns on Sunday, October 18, 2015 when the Village of Orland Park and the Presbyterian Church of Orland Park co-host the 37th annual Orland Park Open Spelling Bee.

“This is a neat event for all ages,” said Orland Park Mayor D...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2015

Mayor's Cup Golf Outing to Benefit Orland Park Nature Center


The Village of Orland Park 2015 Mayor’s Cup Golf Outing to benefit the Orland Park Nature Center will be held Tuesday, September 15 at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park.

The golf outing begins at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and a continental breakfas...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2015

Newly Formed Orland Park Substance Awareness Forum Hosts Free Movie Night

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“The Anonymous People” Highlights 23 Million Americans in Addiction Recovery

Orland Park’s newest community awareness organization is holding its first public event to coincide with September being National Recovery Month.

The Orland Park Substance...Read on...

Posted on: August 25, 2015

Orland Park Police Collecting No Longer Needed Rx and OTC Medications

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The Village of Orland Park Police Department is again coordinating a cooperative effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to support the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

The public is invited to turn in expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and over the counter medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.

These unused drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal consumption and pose an unacceptable risk to public health and safety. This effort will also bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

“The Village of Orland Park is glad to participate in the well-publicized national take back twice a year, giving people more reminders to go through their medicine cabinets to get rid of what they don’t need,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “We have a great response each time we collect and this program ensures the safe disposal of prescription drugs, preventing them from getting into the wrong hands.”

On Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., area residents may bring no longer needed prescription drugs to the Orland Park Police Station, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue. The confidential and anonymous service is free of charge.

Syringes, sharps, needles, glass containers, any type of liquids or illegal drugs will not be accepted.

“This public service helps residents keep their medicine cabinets safe,” said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee. “Residents can turn in the drugs they no longer need and have peace of mind that they’re out of their homes and will be safely disposed of.”

According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, “Americans currently abuse prescription drugs more than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined.” In a published article on January 13, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified prescription drug abuse as the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. Since 2003, more overdose deaths have involved prescription drugs than heroin and cocaine combined.

“The Village of Orland Park has been on the forefront of battling illegal drug use within the community and the region,” said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. “We invite and encourage everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unneeded drugs,” the chief said.

The DEA reports that more than four million pounds or more than two thousand tons of prescription medications have been removed from circulation since its National Take Back Days began.

The Orland Park Police Department's ongoing collection enables residents to turn in unwanted prescription medications at the Orland Park Police Station, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Medications are not accepted at the police station on holidays. Liquid drugs, aerosol medications and hypodermic needles and syringes are not accepted. There is no charge to participate and all disposals are confidential and anonymous.

Instructions for how to safety dispose of sharps or syringes are available by calling Waste Management at 1-800-796-9696.

The Orland Park Police Department will continue its week day collection and will continue to participate in the national drug take back days, held nationwide twice a year. For more information, call 708-349-4111Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2015

Stellwagen Foundation Offers Autumn Tours of Family Farm

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The Stellwagen Foundation will host tours of the historic Stellwagen Family Farm throughout the fall months. The Stellwagen Farm has been located at 108th Avenue and Louetta Lane since 1860.

Tour dates include Thursday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p...Read on...

Posted on: August 3, 2015

Village of Orland Park Receives Outstanding Achievement Award from US Conference of Mayors


The Village of Orland Park has added a new national honor to its list of accolades. Orland Park received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the US Conference of Mayors City Livability Program, being honored for Mayor Dan McLaughlin’s Community Wide An...Read on...

Posted on: August 6, 2015

Vietnam Moving Wall Returns to Orland Park October 1-4

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The Village of Orland Park will host The Vietnam Moving Wall as part of it being a community partner for the US Department of Defense Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The Moving Wall will be on display at the Orland Park Village Center from noon on Thursday, October 1 through Sunday, October 4. The Orland Park Village Center is located at 14700 Ravinia Avenue, one block west of LaGrange Road.

“The Village of Orland Park is proud to host The Vietnam Moving Wall bringing an important part of our nation’s history to residents from throughout the area,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “In 2006, we first displayed the wall and we were humbled at the turnout. It's especially important to have the wall here during the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War with Orland Park being a community partner for the national commemoration.”

The opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 2 with guest speakers and events planned throughout the weekend, including a Vietnam Veterans gathering room inside of the Orland Park Civic Center.

The Civic Center will display the Agent Orange Quilt of Tears, a collection of handmade quilt patches, paying tribute to the victims of Agent Orange exposure. Local residents’ memorial tables will also be on display honoring family and friends who served in Vietnam.

Phil Bell, chair of the village's Veterans Commission and an Iraq War veteran, visited The Moving Wall in 2006 with his father, a Vietnam veteran. “My dad never wanted to see the wall but he went with me. When he got there, he opened up and talked about his friends that didn’t make it.”

Village of Orland Park Veterans Commission Secretary Gail Blummer remembered the remarkable volunteers who served as the honor guard, standing at both ends of the wall in 2006.

“A WWII veteran who fought in Iwo Jima refused to sit during his portion of his team’s four-hour shift rotation,” said Blummer. “He said he had seen and done a lot of things and wanted to stand for those who died.”

Five Orland Park residents died in Vietnam including Ron Zinn, Dennis Stiehler, Eddie Novak, Michael Reber and Bobby McAllister. All of their names appear on the wall.

Orland Park’s first casualty in Vietnam, Zinn is remembered with the Captain Ronald L. Zinn Memorial Garden in front of the village’s Veterans Center on West Avenue. A 1957 Sandburg graduate, Zinn graduated from West Point and represented the United States in two Olympics, competing as a race walker.

“An Orland Park Boy Scout chose to remember Captain Zinn with his Eagle Scout Project last year because of his being the first from the community to die in Vietnam,” Blummer said.

The Veterans Commission is looking for daytime and overnight volunteers to fill four hour shifts. Tasks include hosting the wall to maintain a quiet space and helping guests locate names on the wall. Shifts run from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m., 4 a.m. to 8 a.m., 8 a.m. to noon, noon to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight. Volunteers are need beginning Thursday, October 1 through Sunday, October 4.

“You don’t have to be a veteran to volunteer and everyone is welcome to help the village host The Moving Wall,” the mayor said.

Interested volunteers can email their name, address, cell phone and available day and shift to the Orland Park Veterans Commission veterans@orlandpark.org or leave their contact information and availability at 708/403-6115.

For more than 30 years, the half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C. has toured the country, allowing those who cannot travel to our nation’s capital to see the names of more than 58,000 military who died during the Vietnam War. The half size granite wall covers almost 300 feet from end to end and is six feet tall at the center.

Mayor McLaughlin has invited area Vietnam Veterans to submit their contact information to be notified about Orland Park’s events held during the nationwide commemoration. Vets are invited to send their contact information to MayorsVietnamVets@orlandpark.org to be added to the mayor’s list. Emails will only be used for this purpose.

“We have created a sizable mailing list of Vietnam Vets from throughout the region,” McLaughlin said. “We invite all Vietnam Vets to send in their contact information so we can let them know what commemorative events are coming up.”

Orland Park being a part of the Department of Defense 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War coincides with the village celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Veterans Memorial, Ara Pace – Place of Peace. Located south of the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, the village’s memorial was designed by renowned sculptor Virginio Ferrari and debuted on Veterans Day, 1995Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2015

Orland Park Offers Safe Haven for Completing Online Exchanges


Buyers and sellers using online marketplaces can use the lobby of the Orland Park Police Department to complete transactions from online marketplaces such as Craigslist or eBay.

"There have been several news reports about how to safely complete an online transaction," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "We encourage everyone to use the police station lobby whether you're buying or selling. Complete the transaction in a safe place."

Public Safety Committee Chair Trustee Dan Calandriello advised that residents put safety first when conducting any online transactions. “It is always better to be safe than sorry,” said Calandriello. “The Orland Park Police Department lobby is available and should be utilized for completion of online exchanges to avoid any possible issues that may arise.”

The premise is to conduct business in a relatively safe environment which would deter both sellers from ripping off potential customers and potential customers stealing from the sellers. The Police Department exchange is a growing trend nationwide.

“The use of the lobby is being offered to deter any possible internet-related crime that may come along with such exchanges,” said Village of Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy.

“Internet sales are now common practice,” said McCarthy. “We just want to be sure there is a safe place to allow for these transactions to take place (if needed).”

Police department staff will not oversee or be responsible for such transactions, McCarthy said. Rather, the space is intended to assist in the safe exchange of goods and money without incident.

Internet marketplace Craigslist offers the following advice for personal safety:

When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:

• Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe.
• Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home.• Be especially careful when buying/selling high value items.
• Tell a friend or family member where you're going.• Take your cell phone along if you have one.
• Consider having a friend accompany you.• Trust your instincts.

Anyone wishing to use the station as a meeting place to complete transactions is welcome to do so at any time. The Village of Orland Park Police Department is located at 15100 S Ravinia Ave, Orland Park, IL 60462.

For more information contact the Village of Orland Park Police Department at 708/349-4111Read on...

Posted on: June 1, 2015

Village of Orland Park Farmers' Market 2015 Every Friday Til October 2

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The Village of Orland Park’s Farmers' Market opens June 5 and will be open every Friday from 7:30am to 1pm through early October 2. There will be no market on July 31 because of the Taste of Orland Park.

This year is the village’s 14th season of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and potted plants, bakery items, fudge, jams, jellies, gourmet foods, spices, jewelry, garden stones, kitchenware and more.

“The village’s Farmers’ Market is a Friday morning summer tradition for people from throughout the region,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “It’s a great way to start the weekend, buying fresh produce from area farmers and seeing what all the other vendors are selling,” he added.

The Orland Park Village Center is located at 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, one block west of LaGrange Road/US Route 45. Nearly 50 vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, gourmet food items, oils, bakery goods, salsa, cheese, crafts, jewelry, doggie biscuits, household and personal items, purses and more.

Shoppers will also find many favorite vendors from last year including Avon, Pampered Chef, McCarthy Farms, Breadsmith, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Simply Salsa, and others. During the summer months, community groups sponsor barbecue lunches offering hot dogs, burgers, chicken and brats, along with a bag of chips, a soft drink and a cookie for a nominal price through mid-August.

“We started the barbecue lunches when we realized how many area business people were stopping on their lunch hours,” said Trustee Kathy Fenton, who first proposed the market 14 years ago. “This makes it more convenient for everyone who shops on their lunch hours, being able to buy what they need and buy a freshly made barbecue lunch at the same time,” she added.

A full list of vendors appears below. Further information about the Village of Orland Park’s Farmers Market is available by calling 708/403-PARK.

A Healthy Life - ShakleeAracely's Bakery
Avon ProductsDa's Printshop
Nolan & SonsDough Daddy's Dinky Donuts
Espresso Will Travel, Inc.Fuller Brush & Watkins Products
Gemini TreasuresGreat Harvest Bread Co.
Inspire Traveling Boutique Island Soapies
Juice PlusKathleen Cannella Custom Jewelry from Nature
Kingdom SweetsKnutson's Country Harvest
Laineys Pawtique & BakeryM & D Farms
Mary Kay Cosmetics University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners
McCarthy FarmsMelka Garden Center
Meredith BryantMike's Woodworking
Not Just A Pretty BowPampered Chef
Rebecca's Handmade Toffee, Inc.Rich's Sharpening Service
Rosemary QuattrockiSeacret Skincare
Short & Sweet-Tasty Treats, Inc.Simply Salsa LLC
Sinfully Delicious / The Sweet LifeSix Generations' Farmin' Local, Inc.
Smits FarmsSpice Merchants of Downers Grove
Stamper Cheese CompanySweet Pea Gluten Free
Tabletop Beanbag Games & MoreTastefully Simple
The ArtBoxThe Olive Tap Downers Grove
TupperwareWalt Skibbe Farms
WindyRead on...

Posted on: June 10, 2015

Restricted Outdoor Water Use Continues Through September 15


The Village of Orland Park’s Water Conservation Program is in effect year-round. From May 15 through September 15, outdoor water may be used from 7 to 11, both a.m. and p.m, according to the Odd/Even Address System.

All outdoor water usage – lawn spri...Read on...