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Community Alert for Saturday, April 22

April 19, 2023
The North Riverside Police Department has received intelligence that a social media post calling for people to gather at Urban Air in North Riverside starting at 4p.m. on Saturday. This media post is similar to the Millennium Park post from the incident in Chicago over the weekend.
The North Riverside Police Department in conjunction with State and Local municipalities are coordinating preventative measures and a unified response to this gathering if it jeopardizes the safety of bystanders or businesses.
We are asking North Riverside residents to keep this advisory in mind before making any plans to visit the affected area on Saturday. We will be providing updates to this advisory as needed.
April 19, 2023
The Berwyn Police Department has received credible intelligence which suggests that a large gathering is being planned to take place this Saturday, April 22nd, during the afternoon and evening hours in the area of the North Riverside Park Mall. This gathering, much like what was reported on in the City of Chicago last weekend, has the potential for public disturbances and acts of violence. The Berwyn Police Department has been in contact with North Riverside and other neighboring jurisdictions to mitigate this potential. Preventative measures are currently being implemented, as well as preparations for a unified response on Saturday.
We ask all Berwyn residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity that might be related to this gathering to the Berwyn Police Department. In an effort to keep your children, young adults, and families safe, please consider this advisory before making any plans near the North Riverside Park Mall on Saturday. The Berwyn Police Department is committed to collaborating with neighboring agencies to keep our community safe. We will be working to swiftly disperse participants and ask you to avoid this area if at all possible. The Berwyn Police Department will provide updates to this advisory as needed, and thank you in advance for your cooperation.
For any questions or media inquiries please contact Chief Michael Cimaglia: mcimaglia@ci.berwyn.il.us or (708) 795-2100.
Thank You,
Michael D. Cimaglia
Chief of Police
19 de abril de 2023
El Departamento de Policía de Berwyn ha recibido inteligencia creíble que sugiere que se está planeando una gran reunión para este sábado 22 de abril, durante las horas de la tarde y la noche en el área del North Riverside Park Mall. Esta reunión, al igual que lo que se informó en la Ciudad de Chicago el fin de semana pasado, tiene el potencial de disturbios públicos y actos de violencia. El Departamento de Policía de Berwyn ha estado en contacto con North Riverside y otras jurisdicciones vecinas para mitigar este potencial. Actualmente se están implementando medidas preventivas, así como preparativos para una respuesta unificada el sábado.
Pedimos a todos los residentes de Berwyn que permanezcan atentos e informen cualquier actividad sospechosa que pueda estar relacionada con esta reunión al Departamento de Policía de Berwyn. En un esfuerzo por mantener seguros a sus hijos, adultos jóvenes y familias, considere este aviso antes de hacer planes cerca del North Riverside Park Mall el sábado. El Departamento de Policía de Berwyn se compromete a colaborar con las agencias vecinas para mantener segura a nuestra comunidad. Trabajaremos para dispersar rápidamente a los participantes y le pediremos que evite esta área en la medida de lo posible. El Departamento de Policía de Berwyn proporcionará actualizaciones a este aviso según sea necesario y le agradecemos de antemano su cooperación.
Para cualquier pregunta o consulta de los medios, comuníquese con el jefe de policía Michael Cimaglia: mcimaglia@ci.berwyn.il.us or (708) 795-2100.
Michael D. Cimaglia
Jefe de policía

Forest Park Celebrates National Arbor Day

This year, National Arbor Day is Friday, April 28.  For the fourth time, Forest Park will be celebrating by planting a tree. This year, the tree will be planted at the Forest Park Public Library, on the corner of Jackson Boulevard and Des Plaines Avenue. 

Community members are invited to join the Village of Forest Park, the Recreation Board and the Forest Park Public Library to watch the Forest Park Public Works Department plant a Cornelian-cherry dogwood tree and enjoy a short ceremony at 9 am on Friday, April 28. 

 “We’re so honored to have been selected as the recipients of one of the Village’s Arbor Day tree plantings,” said Vicki Rakowski, Library Director at the Forest Park Public Library. “We know this tree is going to provide decades of joy to all who visit the library, and are proud to be included in Forest Park’s efforts to keep our village green and beautiful.”

 The Village of Forest Park will be on hand to pass out information and milkweed packets. There will also be a participatory art project that community members are invited to take part in at the Library. 

 Arbor Day has been celebrated in the US since 1872 and is marked by the planting of trees and emphasizing caring for them as a way to sustainably protect the environment. 

 In 2020, Forest Park was designated an official Tree City USA community with the Arbor Day Foundation. This designation includes having a tree board or department, putting a tree care ordinance into place, having a community forestry program and annually observing and adopting an Arbor Day proclamation.

 “Our annual Arbor Day celebration and Tree City, USA designation means we’re taking action to protect and honor the impact trees have on our health, stormwater management, and property values,” said Forest Park Commissioner Jessica Voogd. “We all benefit from cleaner air, shadier streets, and the aesthetic beauty a well-maintained urban forest provides.”

 In previous years, a tree has been planted at the Park District of Forest Park and at Garfield Elementary School.

 Tree program info 

Village of Forest Park Tree Inventory – GIS Map

 2022 Village of Forest Park Urban Forestry Management Plan (PDF)

In 2022, the Village of Forest Park compiled a full GIS Tree Inventory, along with a Forestry Comprehensive Management Plan. The Village is excited to finally be able to tap into these valuable resources and move forward with their tree planting goals. Our seasonal tree planting locations will be based on an arborist’s recommendation and our management plan. Residents may request a tree. There are a limited number of available trees per season, so it is advised to submit a request as early as possible. Please visit The Village of Forest Park’s GIS tree map. The black circles with the blue pins inside represent open planting spaces. If your location falls within these areas, and trees are still available for that season, the Village will plant the tree at no charge.

If the village has reached their limit for that planting season, or your parkway is not listed as an available space, you may request to purchase a tree from the Preferred Species List as set forth in the Urban Forest Management Plan. 

Upon approval from the Director of Public Works, the village will plant the tree and provide a watering bag. All those interested should email the Director of Public Works at sstella@forestpark.net. You will be sent a tree list to pick from. Any requests that can not be met that season will be considered for the next planting season in the order they were received.

Using Mobile Phones to Send Text Message to 911 During Emergencies ~Text-to-911 Program~

Many residents may be able to use their mobile phones to send text messages to 911 during emergencies. The ‘Text-to-911’ service is available to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon customers living in or traveling through the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch service area, which serves the villages of Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest.

This service is especially beneficial for individuals with speech or hearing impairments. For more information about this service, including how and when it should be used, click HERE to view the Fact Sheet