Attention all tenants – the Village of Oak Park is giving the gift of ticket free overnight parking over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Yes, you heard correctly. You and/or your Thanksgiving guests need not worry about calling in your car to the non-emergency police number to avoid receiving the cursed Oak Park overnight parking ticket. The restrictions have been eased for the entire Thanksgiving weekend, starting at 2:30 a.m., Thursday, November 28nd, and ending at 2:30 a.m., Monday, December 2nd.
Be forewarned that other restrictions will apply in some overnight permit areas, such as Village-owned lots, on-street enclaves and on-street overnight parking zones. Plus, be aware that all other parking regulations will remain in effect – meaning tickets can and will still happen.
If you have any further parking question do not hesitate to contact the village at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Oak Park’s (DTOP) Shopper’s Reward program is back in full swing just in time to take care of all of your holiday shopping needs, Oak Parkers. This program is a smart way to shop for the holidays along with the added incentive of providing a little post-holiday shopping therapy as the carrot to keep your shopping dollars in Downtown Oak Park’s shopping district.
How does DTOP’s Shopper’s Rewards Program work?
The program has you, the shopper, save your receipts from participating stores and restaurants when you shop and dine in Downtown Oak Park. You must save 7 separate receipts totaling $25.00 or more from at least 7 different local participating downtown businesses. Multiple receipts from the same business adding up to $25 or more will count as one receipt total. Those receipts must reach a minimum total of $400.00. Once you’ve achieved the vendor and receipt requirements you then bring the receipts to the Oak Park Visitor’s Center to redeem for a $50 gift certificate that can be used between January 1st and February 15th for purchases at any of the Rewards Program’s participating businesses.
Along with the above info there are some additional rules:
- Limit 3 Shopper’s Rewards certificate booklets per household.
- Must have original store detail receipt.
— NO photos copies
— NO debit or credit card statements
— NO medical or contractual services
- Receipts must be dated from November 1, 2014 to December 25, 2014.
- Receipts must be from participating Downtown Oak Park businesses listed on the back of this envelope, or they will not be accepted.
DTOP has created a great incentive program that allows you to earn $$ while keeping your holiday dollars local. There are so many places you can receive the reward gift certificates from – buying groceries at Trader Joe’s, taking in a movie at the Lake Theater, getting a haircut at James Anthony Salon, lunching at Praire Bread Kitchen or shopping for gifts at one of the many amazing retail stores on Lake or Marion Streets – so much so that participating in the program truly is an easy way to earn yourself some Oak Park spending money for the new year!
One of OakParkApartments.com’s company missions is to to be “green” and evidently we must be doing something right because we will be receiving an honorable mention award for our efforts at this year’s Green Award ceremony.
So here is a recap of some of our recent “green” efforts:
- Insulation upgrades in attic spaces, which took buildings with zero insulation up to a R-value of 38, greatly improving efficiency as well as comfort for our tenants.
- Installation of energy efficient windows at 14 OPA buildings.
- Use of compact fluorescent light bulbs in all common areas at all of our 40 plus properties.
- Ongoing replacement of old toilets to high efficiency, low flow models – with the new 1.3 gallon toilets the water usage is reduced to 2,372.5 gallons per year – a savings of 6,752.5 gallons of water per year, per apartment.
- Replacement of shower heads and faucets which provide an increased water efficiency of between 30 – 40% per apartment.
- Dedicating building parking spaces to car sharing programs because people who use car sharing services drive about 5,500 miles less annually.
- Educating and informing tenants through social media about Village sponsored hazardous waste, electronic and paint recycling programs and ways they can be green in their own apartments.
- Using clean natural gas to power our buildings’ hot water and heating systems and adding state-of-the-art boiler monitoring systems and controls to all of the heating systems at every building.
- Upgrading our steam radiator systems by adding new, efficient radiator air vents, which means better heat for our tenants, better efficiency for our buildings.
This past Friday’s white Halloween, with measurable snow, was a tough reminder that last year’s Chi-beria winter weather is already knocking at our door. Here at OakParkApartments.com the boilers have been turned on and tuned up. Any kinks in the system are being worked on before winter hits us full force.
Along with ensuring all of our heating systems are in excellent working order last year OPA added computerized monitoring systems to all our boiler units so we are able to monitor the temperature and how well the boiler is running at all of our properties. This investment in technology allows us to trouble shoot and fix problems quickly and efficiently, many times without tenants even knowing there was an issue.
But in order to maintain a comfortable environment in our apartments OakParkApartments.com requires the help of tenants as well.
How can you help keep warm, you ask? Below is a list of things you can do to ensure your apartment stays toasty once temperatures start to drop.
- If you still have a window air-conditioning unit please remove!
- Close all storm windows. This is especially important in a vintage building where you find single pane windows. These windows are the biggest heat loss culprit so in order to keep your place cozy take charge and close your storm windows. (OakParkApartments.com has replaced many of our old windows with new, energy efficient ones so, depending on which building you live at, this may not be an issue.)
- Make sure all windows are fully closed and locked. This is the best way to seal out the cold. (OPA’s employees have gone on heat emergency calls and closed windows after asking tenants if all their windows were closed and being assured that all windows were closed.)
- Most of our vintage properties have radiator heating systems so it is good to know how to open and close your radiator valves in order to best regulate the heat in your own unit. “Righty tighty” (if it gets too hot) or “lefty loosey” (if you need more heat) is a good way to remember which way to turn the radiator valves.
- Invest in insulated curtains. Insulated curtains have been shown to reduce heat loss through windows by up to 25%. Not only will the curtains keep you warmer, they will also keep out heat in the summer – double bonus. Plus, you can take them with you when you move to use at your next home.
- Don’t block your radiators. Furniture absorbs heat that would normally get directed into your apartment so keep your radiators clear.
- Draft-proof your doors. If you notice a huge draft at your front or back door contact OakParkApartments.com’s maintenance request service and ask to see if a door sweep can be installed. Otherwise, draft stoppers or just a plain old rolled up towel can do the trick.
Lastly, do not expect to be able to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt and be warm during the winter – as building owners OakParkApartments.com is required by the Village of Oak Park to maintain the following apartment temperatures of 65°F from 6 to 8 a.m.; 68°F from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 63°F from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m from September 15th through June 1st at our properties.
If you do experience an issue with your heat during normal business hours (Monday – Saturday; 9 – 5) please contact our office immediately at 708-622-9246 . If the issue occurs after normal business hours please call our emergency service number, 708-237-6952 and our answering service will contact our on-call staff to help you.
OakParkApartments.com knows there is no way around the reality of the midwest’s cold blast but if you take a little time to be proactive you can maintain a cozy retreat during this season’s worst weather!
Apartment decor can be pretty bland simply because we, as a property management company, need to appeal to a broad base of customers. So painting walls is not about personal style but about not turning off potential tenants with vivid paint color choices.
So how can you, the tenant, add that pop of color to a bland sea of beige?
Here are some easy and affordable ways to introduce color into your home:
- Paint a focal piece of furniture a vibrant color you love.
- Add fun kitchen utensils to brighten up your kitchen countertop.
- DIY your own glass vases in bold paint hues to display throughout your place.
- Removable wallpaper. Pick a wall and have some fun.
- Use white furniture or comforters as a base then layer color. Pillows, blankets, curtains, art, accessories and rugs – also very easy to switch “looks” when you’re ready for a change.
- Flowers. A great way to bring color and a little bit of the outdoors in!
- Two brightly colored chairs in a favorite color can do the trick.
- Go bold with your shower curtain to add that visual splash.
- Art – play up color in the art you choose – then coordinate the colors of rug, accessories, etc.
- Make your own art by covering large panels of foam core in fabric or wallpaper and then hang or just lean them up against the wall. Instant wow.