Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Police charged one person with DUI and 31 others with failure to wear a seat belt during its Fourth of July Click it or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign enforcement.
The Lemont Police Department made one DUI arrest and issued 31 seat belt citations during the Fourth of July traffic enforcement crackdown. The mobilization, which ran June 22 through July 4, was part of a national mobilization of law enforcement agencies and highway safety advocates. The campaign featured two daytime and two nighttime safety belt enforcement zones, as well as a roadside safety check. Extra emphasis was given to late night hours, as statistics show the highest number of motorists drink and drive and the fewest motorists buckle up during this time of day. This law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety grants through the Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety and was part of…
Saturday, July 7, 2012
The troop made sure America's colors were flying across the village this Fourth of July with its "Flags Over Lemont" program.
Each week, Lemont Patch will seek suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments. We want to hear about these amazing children and teens and select one each week as the Patch Whiz Kid. Submit your nomination in our comment box below or e-mail the information to Local Editor Amanda Luevano at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include all of the information included below. And without further ado, this week's Whiz Kids are... Accomplishment: On June 28, members of Boy Scout Troop 49 in Lemont spent hours putting together hundreds of American flags for their "Flags Over Lemont" program. On five of the nation's flag holidays (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Lemont Park District hosted its annual Independence Day Extravaganza on Tuesday at Centennial Park.
Thousands packed the Centennial Park on Sunday for the Lemont Park District's annual Independence Day Extravaganza. The event featured several local food vendors, live music, a bean bag tournament, a skateboard competition and a number of activities for kids. The night was capped off by a 35-minute firework display, which was simulcast on 104.1 FM. Have any good photos from Sunday's event? Share them with Patch readers by uploading to this story or emailing Local Editor Amanda Luevano at email@example.com. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Like what you see? Sign up for our daily email newsletter. Like us on Facebook for a slightly different take.
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The Lemont Park District closed its annual Independence Day Extravaganza on a high note Sunday with 35 minutes of colorful fireworks and patriotic tunes. The event at Centennial Park featured a bean bag tournament, kids activities and live music before the fireworks began at dusk. Have any cool photos from the show? Share them with us by uploading straight to this story, or by emailing Lemont Patch Editor Amanda Luevano at email@example.com. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Like what you see? Sign up for our daily email newsletter. Like us on Facebook for a slightly different take.
Lemont Park District Board President Patrick Sexton offers his thanks for the annual Independence Day Extravaganza held Tuesday.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Lemont Patch is now accepting letters to the editor, which will be posted on the site weekly. The following was submitted by Patrick Sexton, president of the Lemont Park District Board of Commissioners . If you're interesting in submitting a letter, e-mail Lemont Patch Editor Amanda Luevano at firstname.lastname@example.org. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - On behalf of Lemont Park District, the Village of Lemont and Lemont Township, I want to thank everyone who participated in our annual July 3rd Firework Extravaganza. I respect the decisions of other local municipalities who chose to cancel their fireworks event, but through strong intergovernmental safety planning Lemont was able to rise to the occasion and light up the sky for more than 35 minutes…
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The Fourth of July is a day of celebration. But, how much do you know about the holiday? Here are some facts.
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence setting the 13 Colonies on the path toward freedom as a sovereign nation. When the nation was born there were roughly 2.5 million people living in the United States on July 4, 1776, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Here are some other Fourth of July facts. Source: The United States Census Bureau - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - There are plenty of ways to keep up on Lemont news:
Here’s a list of some of the local facilities that will be closed on July Fourth.
While many of us will be celebrating Independence Day by attending parades and fireworks displays or barbecuing in the back yard, keep in mind that July Fourth is a federal holiday, and as such, most federal, state and municipal offices will be closed. And since it’s a federal holiday, the post office won’t be delivering mail, and the stock market and most bank offices will also be closed. Here’s a list of a few other locations that will be closed Wednesday: Village of Lemont Village offices—now located at Central School, 410 McCarthy Road—will be closed Wednesday for the July 4 holiday. Offices will re-open Thursday. Lemont Public Library The Lemont Public Library, 50 E. Wend St., will also be closed Monday, however the drop box will …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Foodies, vegetarians, health-nuts, lactose-intolerant or simply low-quality intolerant—everyone should eat well on our country’s big holiday. Check out these healthy recipes and add your own in the comments.
Practically synonymous with the Fourth of July are backyard barbecues featuring American favorites like hot dogs, potato salad and other foods of questionable nutritional merit, but it doesn’t have to be that way. What commemorates a bloody battle of blasting bombs and glaring ramparts has evolved into a red-meat, sugar-soaked starchy free-for-all of fattening fare. It’s hardly what the founding fathers or Patrick Henry had in mind when they said “Give me liberty or give me death.” But what they did have in mind was to endow all Americans with the liberty to choose, and exercising that right by breaking a very gelatinous mold is not only a sign of independence -- it’s revolutionary. So get patriotic this Fourth of July while doing …
And the prices will likely continue drop—possibly getting close to $2 per gallon, at some point—according to a Midwest area AAA source.
If you’ve got a vacation planned in the near future, there’s good news for you—gas prices are continuing their downward trend. The per-gallon price has hit its lowest point this year—a national average of $3.41, according to the AAA website. On Sunday, Lemont prices loomed around $3.70, meaning you may want to venture outside of town to fill your tank. However, that price is still below the Cook County average of $3.95, which is down 25 cents from last month and 28 cents from last year. READ: Gas Prices in Lemont Above Illinois Average As of Sunday, the national average price at the pump had dropped 19 days in a row, AAA states. "The nationwide average price has not been this low since Jan. 28, 2012, almost five months ago," according to …
What's the fine for playing with illegal fireworks? What are some safety tips for the Fourth of July? And what's the best way to photograph the big patriotic fireworks show?
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Fourth of July is nearly upon us, and we're here to make sure you don't blow off your hands, blow a good photo opportunity or blow over the legal limit. Whether you want to know why you can't set off your own fireworks, where to see a local show and how to photograph that show, read below. You can have sparklers, smoke bombs and party poppers, but the fun stops there. Fireworks are illegal in Illinois, and if you're caught with them the penalty can range from a small fine to nearly a year in prison. In general, anything you can buy at stores like Jewel-Osco is OK to have. For a complete list of legal fireworks, click here. Anything that explodes — bottle rockets, firecrackers, torpedos, squibs or anything containing an explosive — is a no-…