You can help make Wilmette a quieter and cleaner place to live by observing and helping to enforce the summer gas-powered leaf blower ban.
The Wilmette Village Board has shown good stewardship and great leadership in implementing the May 15th to October 1st restriction on gas-powered leaf blowers. They did so after careful review of the associated adverse health issues that affect landscapers and homeowners alike. This is a citable offense, with fines from $75 to $300. All landscapers are informed of the ban when they renew their business license with the Village.
The noise associated with gas-powered leaf blowers destroys the peace and repose that residents are entitled to enjoy on their property and can cause hearing damage in operators. We all breathe in the clouds of dirt, fungus, animal feces, and fine particulate materials that are blown into the air from the high velocity engines. These particles often remain air-born until it rains. Alternative methods for touch up work are available that are considerably less polluting. These include rakes, brooms, electric blowers, and mulching mowers.
Let's all pitch in this summer to help keep the noise pollution to a minimum and our air cleaner for ourselves and our children. Please remind your landscapers of the leaf blower ban, and let them know that we are concerned about the health and quality of life of the entire Wilmette community.
Download a flyer for yard crews at http://www.goinggreenmatters.org/uploads/Leaf_blower_ban_flyer_for_yard_crews.pdf. Simply hand this flyer to yard crews violating the ban, then call Wilmette Code Enforcer Ted Blumenthal at 847-853-7521.
Download this information on leaf blowers. http://www.goinggreenmatters.org/uploads/Leaf_Blower_Information_Flyer.pdf Use this flyer to help educate friends and neighbors about the important health and environmental reasons for the ban.
Visit http://www.leafbloweralternative.com for a local web site about leaf blower alternatives. You may leave a comment, read comments of others and perhaps connect with a green lawn care company.
Tuesday, June 18
Bloomingdale Trail Meeting
Join The Bloomingdale team as we share final plans for the park and trail system, plus other news before we break ground this summer.
Tuesday, June 18th from 6 - 8 pm.
The McCormick Tribune YMCA, 1834 N. Lawndale (at Cortland)
Short presentation at 6:30 pm; come and go as you please.
Years of visioning, planning and designing have brought the project to this culminating moment. View the final plans for the elevated trail and ground-level neighborhood parks. We’ll also share other exciting updates that you’ll want to know about before construction begins this summer.
Everyone is encouraged to walk, bike or take public transportation. Limited parking is available in the YMCA lot and on local streets.
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Tuesday, June 18
Stormwater: From the Ground Up
Our local League of Women Voters groups have been working hard to help our north shore community understand and find solutions for our storm water issues.
The June 18th panel discussion described below is a chance to understand flooding issues on the Northshore and to learn about the most promising solutions for bringing relief to the area. The speakers are all principals in major organizations that are involved with storm water management for our community. Some of the organizations they represent are the recipients of our tax dollars and are responsible for implementing programs. Others are important advocates for preserving the quality of the water in Lake Michigan and the integrity of our shoreline.
Winnetka and Glencoe are considering putting in deep tunnels to bring untreated storm water to Lake Michigan. The pros and cons of such a plan will be discussed as well as other solutions for retaining stormwater (eg, utilizing or building community retention ponds).
Your understanding of the issues makes you a better advocate for the right solutions. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Speakers Include:
David St.Pierre, Exec. Director Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Diane Tecic, Director, Illinois Coastal Management Program
Amy Walkenbach, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Ryan Wilson, Program Manager, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Lake Michigan League of Women Voters -- lmlwv.org
Faith in Place
Local Leagues of Women Voters of Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview,
Winnetka-Northfield-Kenilworth, and Wilmette
St. Augustine's Church
1140 Wilmette Avenue
Tuesday, June 18 7-9 PM
Tuesday, June 18
Food Patriots in Northbrook
Northbrook filmmaker Jeff Spitz discusses food, health, and the environment. Sparked by his son's struggle with foodborne illness, Spitz created Food Patriots, a humorous documentary on nutrition and the people who are leading the good food revolution. Last year Spitz sparked discussion of raising backyard chickens, a topic which is featured in the film.
This will be the first viewing in Northbrook. A question and answer session will follow the screening.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 7:00pm
Northbrook Public Library Auditorium