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UPDATE-The curfew has been lifted. If we need to reinstate it for any reason, we will be sure to notify our residents.
First, I want to commend Chief Pyznarski and the members of our Police Department on the great job they have been doing in protecting our community during these difficult days of protests, riots and looting. So far, we have prevented the destruction of property and looting by showing a strong police presence at our Mall, The Commons, and other commercial areas. I believe the curfew we have in place – which is being extended again for tonight – has helped to keep potential troublemakers off our streets. I also want to thank you, our residents, for following the 9pm to 6am curfew, and by reporting any suspicious activity by calling 911.
We will get through these trying times and come out stronger as a community for having met the challenges we have faced.
I also have some good news, as well as some bad news. I guess I like to hear bad news first so here it is: After 30 years of successful RidgeFests, it looks like we will have to cancel this year’s celebration. There is just too much uncertainty as to when we will be able to gather together in large groups and enjoy the music, good food and carnival rides. I know many of us will miss it, but I suspect that RidgeFest 2021 will be all the sweeter for having missed it this year.
We have given thought to possibly doing an “end of summer” fireworks show in August or September, with no advertising outside of our own community. But that is not a definite either as we might at that time be in the throes of a “second wave” of the pandemic.
What’s the good news?
The good news is, our Village Hall will be opening to residents and the general public this coming Monday, June 8th. We have installed plexiglass barriers for the safety and protection of visitors as well as our employees, and anyone entering the Village Hall must be wearing a face mask. Both masks and hand sanitizer will be available and we will enforce the 6-foot social distancing requirement. So please be patient! Of course, you can always use our night deposit for business that does not require assistance.
Finally, we want to help our Chicago Ridge businesses while at the same time helping you, our residents. So, here’s the plan:
Village vehicle stickers will go on sale August 1st through September 30th. If you spend a total of $100 at Chicago Ridge businesses during June, July and August you can bring your receipts totaling $100 or more in to the Village Hall any time after August 1 and receive your choice of either
Two $25 Village automobile stickers OR
One $25 Sticker and a $25 credit on your water bill
OR a $50 credit on your water bill
This is a one-time, single use offer, meaning you can’t spend $200 and receive the benefit again.
So please help our Chicago Ridge businesses and
take advantage of this offer to
“Spend $100 – Get $50 back!”
On behalf of myself and the Village Board of Trustees,
thank you for your continued patience as we venture down this path to some form of normalcy.