Friday, April 29, 2016

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 30th

Prescription medications may contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Flushing medications down the toilet may harm water systems.  The FDA website recommends disposing of unused medications properly and safely.  Luckily in Glenview our local government provides a way to safely dispose of prescription drugs safely.  Read below:

Reminder: Safely dispose of drugs
The Glenview Police Department is a collection site for unused and expired prescription drugs -- including controlled substances -- on Saturday, April 30, which is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Drop off medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the department lot, 2500 East Lake Avenue. No liquids or needles will be accepted. The pills do not have to be in their original container.

If you can't make it Saturday, the next First Friday collection of unused and expired prescription drugs is Friday, May 6, in the Village Hall lobby, 2500 East Lake Avenue. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

IRS Phone Scams Continue to Be a Serious Threat

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers. There are many variations. The caller may threaten you with arrest, court action or deportation to trick you into making a payment. Some schemes may say you're entitled to a huge refund. Don't become a victim to these schemes. Click here for advice from the IRS on how to protect yourself.

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill. 
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. 
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. 
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Chicago Consumers' Checkbook

Chicago Consumers' Checkbook is an online database offered by the Glenview Public Library. Here is a sample of helpful information found in this online resource:
Updated news from Consumers' CHECKBOOK
Price Matching: What's the Deal
Many retailers will match competitors' prices. We gathered the price-matching policies for large chains and put them to the test! Our mystery shoppers found out how much they could save and how easy it was to get stores to comply with their policies. Read more...

Tips for Hiring a Financial Planner
Need help planning for retirement? Saving up for your kids' college costs? Estate planning? Figuring out what to do with an inheritance? If you don't already have a solid financial planner, it may be time to find one. Financial planners provide advice about money and stuff that's worth money. They can zero in on specific goals and provide broad advice on how to better accumulate wealth. Read more...

Buying and Installing New Doors
When it comes to curb appeal, your front door is front and center. Although replacing a worn door is a quick improvement that can dramatically improve your home's look, it can also be an expensive project, with many wood models costing more than $5000, including installation. And it'll be an unnecessarily expensive project if you choose a high-priced supplier: our undercover shoppers found very large price differences to install the same door. Read more...


To find other consumer tips go to the library web site  and click on the link for Research 24/7 or the graphic for the 24 Hour Library at http://glenviewpl.org/researchDB/index.html  for more Consumer Information web links.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day April 22

April 22, 2016, marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Organizers started Earth Day in response to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara California in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 18-22) ― take a look at Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment.  Did you know that 50,410 workers were employed in nuclear electric power generation establishments across the U.S. in 2013? Or that 91% of new housing construction in 2014 was built with air conditioning?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

MONEY SMART WEEK PROGRAM

Investment Strategies for Retirement
Wednesday, April 27
7-8:30 PM
Community Room
Are you satisfied with your progress for retirement?  Can you afford to live the quality of life you want?  Certified Financial Planner Patrick Doland will present various investment strategies for retirement that will increase your probability of success in a tax efficient manner.  Register here.




Thursday, April 14, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

Lee Smith is known for her excellent novels about growing up and living in the south. Her memoir contains fresh material about growing up in Appalachia. Smith has shared some lovely stories and memories. Though her parents both had issues with mental health that caused her to live with relatives on and off, she emphasizes a warm and loving childhood. These essays give solid advice to writers along with her reminiscences of her mountain "holler." - Iva Freeman

Friday, April 8, 2016

National Library Week

Celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians during National Library Week, which will be observed April 10-16. This year's theme is "Libraries Transform."

The Glenview Public Library has scheduled a Patron Appreciation Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the library lobby, 1930 Glenview Road. Drop in for light refreshments to celebrate this special week. More activities at the library can be found here.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Consumer Alerts: Tax Scams

In the run-up to April 15, aka Tax Day, calls from scammers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service have been on the increase. If someone calls and insists you must immediately provide information or make a payment, don't fall for it. The IRS will never call and demand immediate payment without first sending a notice through the mail. The IRS will never ask for credit card or debit card information over the phone, and will never threaten you with arrest for nonpayment.
The IRS describes current phone tax scams here.
Email tax scams are described here.
If you receive a phone call or email from someone you suspect is an IRS impersonator, report the incident to the US Treasury here.