Village Provides Halloween Hours and Tips
Trick or Treating is allowed from 3:00 P.M until 8:00 P.M. in Oak Lawn. The Village has issued the following tips to provide a safe day and night for those who do participate:
1. It is recommended that adults accompany all Trick or Treaters and to inspect the kids treats prior to consumption.
2. Avoid eating homemade snacks unless you personally know the giver.
3. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
4. Kids under 12 should always be accompanied by an adult. Kids older than 12 should Trick or Treat in small groups.
5. Do not use cell phones while walking through the neighborhood, always be aware of your surroundings. Picture taking is o.k. however make sure you are not near roads or intersections and are in a safe area.
6. Be respectful to others as well as their property. Use the sidewalks and try to use a route with the fewest street crossings.
7. Walk; don’t run, while near streets and intersections. Be aware of cars and other vehicles as drivers may have difficulty seeing dark colored costumes.
8. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Instruct Trick or Treaters to not run into the street suddenly or between parked cars.
9. It is recommended to use costumes with bright colors and to use reflective tape on them as well as on treat containers.
10. Do not enter any homes unless you are with a trusted adult or know the homeowner.
11. Use a flashlight so drivers and other people can see you.
12. Wear good fitting, comfortable shoes and keep your costume trimmed to a safe length.
13. REMEMBER “STANGER DANGER”, do not accept a ride from anyone, unless it is a trusted adult that you know.
Now that you have the holiday tips and rules, you and your children can enjoy Halloween and have fun and be safe.
Justice Man Faces Justice With Goofiest Mugshot
Kyle Wunderlich, a 22 year old man from Justice, may have a future career as a comedian based on his recent mugshot with the Oak Lawn Police. Most arrestees are looking up, down or staring straight ahead. Some have a big smile but most are frowning. Once in a while, you’ll see a man in custody in his hospital gown or perhaps a young arrestee is crying. Kyle Wunderlich is unique. He was cited for operating a vehicle without insurance, failure to signal or improper signal and for not having his license on him when he was stopped. Wunderlich took a unique pose with both arms raised.
Not sure what it means but it is different. The good thing is that these photos don’t stay on the internet forever, right?
Manager Not Letting Homeless Issue Go
The word out of the Village Hall is that Village Manager, Larry Deetjen, is not letting the homeless issue go. Apparently, he’s been busy on emails to staff regarding his observations which includes the theory that an underground network is encouraging the homeless to set up shop in Oak Lawn. He is particularly upset with the library, which he views as ground zero for the homeless problem.
Deetjen is no dummy and he knows many of the homeless suffer from mental illness and lack governmental or private support from organizations or families, yet he doesn’t offer assistance. He also knows some of these men and women have served our country. His concern is not on solutions for the homeless. He just sees a growing problem.
Will Police Officer Be Treated Like Firefighters?
The village administration has battled with firefighters and paramedics who jumped on social media. In fact, there’s even a policy now. It will be interesting to see if a police officer, who used a fake name to communicate on the Oak Lawn Leaf’s Facebook page, in defense of the administration, will be penalized for using a fake account. He used his first name but not his last name and quickly deleted many of his comments demanding transparency from the Oak Lawn Leaf. The deletions came after our Facebook associate asked a simple question “are you a village employee?” Boom, delete, delete, delete.