Wheaton Weekly

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019


Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

The holiday shopping season is upon us. Unfortunately, there are those who wish to ruin your holiday spirit by stealing from you. The Wheaton Police Department wants to ensure everyone has a joyous holiday season and recommends you minimize your chances of being victimized by:

  • Never leaving your purse or wallet unattended in a shopping cart even when you're only a few feet away browsing. Thieves can be swift and only need a brief moment while you're distracted.
  • Never leaving gifts or purchases visible in your car. It is safer to lock the items in the trunk. Otherwise place the items in the footwell area and cover with something to hide them.
  • Keeping an eye on your credit card. Store employees rarely need to leave the register or point of sale with your credit card. Even when a waiter or waitress takes your credit card the register is typically in public view. It only takes seconds to copy the credit card information or use a secreted card reader to quickly swipe the card's magnetic strip.
Show with a Cop

Wheaton Police Spread Holiday Cheer during Shop with a Cop

On Saturday, Dec. 7, Wheaton Police Union MAP #699 sponsored 11 community children in its first-ever Shop with a Cop event. Milton Township helped identify families in need in our community, and thanks to the support of the Wheaton Kiwanis Club, Wheaton Target and Chick-Fil-A, the children were treated to a memorable day.

A parade of squad cars brought the children to Target, and each received a gift card to select gifts for their families and themselves. Wheaton Police Officers helped the young shoppers find and select gifts from their wish lists. Officers then escorted the children back to the police department to wrap the gifts, visit with Santa, decorate cookies, get their faces painted and enjoy a Chick-Fil-A lunch before officers escorted them home. 

Attend Library Program Dec. 19 to Make & Take Gift Tags

The Wheaton Public Library will host a drop-in program from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 where you can create gift tags for holiday packages. There is no registration required to attend. The Wheaton Public Library is located at 225 N. Cross St.

Change in Hours for City Hall

City Hall will be closed to the public at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25. It will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 26.

Holiday Light Recycling Available

Wheaton’s holiday light recycling program is back. Now through Jan. 13, 2020, bring strands of incandescent or LED lights in any condition to the Public Works Storage Facility at 820 W. Liberty Drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Look for signs directing you to the holiday light recycling area just inside the gate. 

This program is for light strings only. Please do not drop off lawn ornaments or other decorations, and do not put lights in a bag or box. Elgin Recycling, www.elginrecycling.com, will collect the lights, which will then be stripped and recycled for their copper and plastic parts. No materials will be shipped overseas. 

In addition to residents, the City also welcomes businesses, schools and other organizations wanting to dispose of holiday lights to participate in the program. There is no limit as to how many lights you can drop off for recycling.

Holiday Garbage Pickup Schedule

Due to the Christmas holiday, Lakeshore Recycling Systems will not collect garbage or recycling on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 or Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. All pickups will be one day later than usual for Thursday and Friday routes during the weeks of Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.

Video with Wheaton Police Helps Explain New State Law on Adult-Use Cannabis

On Jan. 1, 2020, a new state will make it legal, subject to important limitations, for adults age 21 and older to purchase and use cannabis in Illinois starting on Jan. 1, 2020. Watch this new edition of the Wheaton Insider video series to hear from Deputy Chief Youker about where cannabis will be legal to purchase or sell, where it may be used and other limitations set forth by the new law. Also, see the City’s website for more information.

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