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Transportation Services Continue for Seniors & Disabled

Be advised that Stickney Township transportation programs continue to operate for medical appointments and trips to the grocery store. More information is available here.

The Township is continuing to provide essential services to the community, including Health Services, WIC program, Behavioral Health, Office on Aging, and Environmental Health. New guidelines and procedures for these essential services have been set in place and may change the way you receive services. Please call ahead with any questions or for updates regarding how to utilize these services.

South Clinic 708-424-9200 / North Clinic 708-788-9100

The Stickney Township Public Health District is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue to provide updates on our website and social media platforms. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as needed here and on our community partner’s websites. Links to these websites and other resources are available on our Emergency Response page and will be updated as needed.


LSV Meal Distribution

Meal distribution at the Louis S. Viverito Senior Center


LSV Meal Prep for Senior drive thru

Meal prep of senior meals for drive thru pick-up.


Pre-K message: We Miss You

The Pre-K Staff have a special message for their Pre-K kids.

LSV Senior Center

Information on Disabled Parking


Did you know that Temporary Placards can be issued to Stickney Township residents with a temporary disability? More information here.

Township Officials Applaud Patricia M. Kulikauskas

Stickney Township officials congratulate Patricia M. Kulikauskas on her new position as Regional Emergency Response Coordinator with the Illinois Department of Public Health. (l. to r.) Hector Cesario, Stickney Township Clerk; Patricia Kulikauskas; Christopher Grunow, Psy.D., Stickney Public Health Director and Louis S. Viverito, Township Supervisor and President, Stickney Public Health District.

Township Staffer Recruited by Illinois Department of Public Health

Louis S. Viverito, Stickney Township Supervisor and President, Board of Health, Stickney Public Health District, is pleased to announce that Patricia M. Kulikauskas, currently Emergency Response Coordinator for the Stickney Public Health District, will be leaving her post to take a position with the Illinois Department of Public Health later this month.

Kulikauskas, who has been in her current position for 15 years, will begin her new job as Regional Emergency Response Coordinator with the IDPH’s Division of Disaster, Planning, and Readiness Office of Preparedness and Response on September 1.

A graduate of Reavis High School and St. Xavier University, Kulikauskas reflected upon her experience at Stickney. “I’ve learned so much here. It was a great opportunity. I plan on taking everything I learned here to the state level and I’m hoping that I can provide a local level perspective. I feel like I’m leaving my family here, but its time for me to take the next step.” “Although we’ll hate to lose her, I’m thrilled that the folks at the State level recognize the skills and talent that one of our own can provide,” said Viverito. “Township government provides real world, boots-on-the ground experience for people like Patti, and that benefits everyone.”

Kulikauskas will be responsible for 13 Health Districts in the West Chicago and Bellwood Region in Northern Illinois, a territory that stretches from Kane County to the City of Chicago and from Lake and McHenry Counties to Kankakee.

In addition to Emergency Response, the Stickney Public Health District and Stickney Township continue to provide essential services to the community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

State Highlights Importance of Getting Tested Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Administration has Increased Testing Capacity to Average of 50,000 a Day

SPRINGFIELD – Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent announcement on changes regarding COVID-19 testing protocols, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding all Illinois residents of the importance of getting tested, including after close contact with someone who has tested positive. The Pritzker administration’s strategy to combat COVID-19 across Illinois has always relied on increased testing. IDPH state labs were the first labs outside of the CDC to test successfully for COVID-19 early in the state’s pandemic response. Since March, Illinois has tested more than 3.8 million COVID-19 specimens and has expanded testing to areas in the northern, central, and southern parts of the state.

“In the face of increasing infections, we need to promote more testing, not less, to identify new cases and interrupt further transmission,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Given that asymptomatic individuals have been linked to virus spread, we will maintain our more stringent guidance to support testing of any Illinois resident who thinks they may have been exposed, as well as asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed cases 5-7 days post exposure.”

The recent change in federal guidelines on COVID-19 testing does not recommend asymptomatic individuals who come into close contact with a confirmed case be tested for the deadly virus. Many individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have not reported having symptoms. However, scientific studies have proven that those individuals are still able to spread the disease to family, friends, and members of their community who may become sick and require medical attention and even hospitalization, especially for those with underlying health conditions. Illinois will continue advising anyone who comes into close contact with a confirmed case be tested.

There are almost 300 testing sites in Illinois, including 11 state operated community-based testing sites and 12 mobile testing teams that collect specimens at facilities experiencing outbreaks (such as nursing homes and correctional centers) and areas around the state reporting increased cases. Additionally, IDPH is deploying its Wellness on Wheels mobile unit to hotspots around the state to work with local health providers to collect specimens. Testing at state operated sites is at no cost to the individual, as are several other sites. More information about locations, times, and requirements can be found at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing.

First Mosquitoes Testing Positive For West Nile Virus Reported

Information on Township efforts to combat West Nile Virus can be found on the Stickney Public Health District Environmental Health Department website.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2020. The Des Plaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District collected a positive mosquito batch on May 31, 2020 from River Forest, Illinois, and North Shore Mosquito Abatement District collected a positive mosquito batch on June 5, 2020 in Evanston, Illinois. No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported so far this year.

“While we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also remember to take steps to protect our health from other illnesses,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Getting outdoors is a great way to combat being cooped up, but you need to take precautions to protect yourself from mosquitoes and the viruses they carry by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.”

Monitoring for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms. People who see a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a Culex pipiens mosquito, commonly called a house mosquito, that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis, encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 60 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

The first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in 2019 were collected on May 21, 2019 in Wayne, Illinois. Last year, 46 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case. IDPH reported 28 human cases (although human cases are underreported), including one death.

Precautions to Fight the Bite include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.

• REDUCE - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut.

Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.

• REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a light-colored, long-sleeved shirt, and apply an EPA-registered insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

• REPORT – report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes. The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito larvae.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the IDPH website.

First Coronavirus Related Death in Stickney Township Reported

March 26, 2020 - The Stickney Public Health District confirmed the first death in Stickney Township from the COVID-19 disease as reported by the Cook County Medical Examiner on March 25, 2020. The 72-year old woman was a resident of Burbank.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time,” said Health Board President Louis Viverito. “We had hoped we would not see this happen, but have been aware of the risk, especially to older adults. It is important that everyone follows the social distancing measures, not only to protect you and your family but also the most vulnerable in our community. The Health District and Stickney Township will continue to provide essential services and support to the residents of our community.”

Please visit www.stickneypublichealthdistrict.org for the latest information on COVID-19. It is imperative that we all follow social distancing rules, wash your hands frequently and if you are sick stay home.

Drive up meal distribution

As an alternative to congregate meals, drive-up pick-up of meals is now available for seniors Monday thru Friday at Stickney Township Senior sites. Louis S. Viverito, Township Supervisor, was on hand Tuesday to oversee distribution. Call 708-636-8850 for more information.

Senior Congregate Meals and Group Social Activities Temporarily Suspended Due To COVID-19 Risk

Important notice from Louis S Viverito, Township Supervisor

March 11, 2020

Illinois older adults are among the highest risk population group for becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. Locations where seniors gather such as congregate meal sites and senior centers may increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19 and community spreading of the virus.

The Illinois Department on Aging is requesting all senior centers to immediately suspend all gathering activities placing our older adults at heightened risk including the provision of congregate meals and social activities conducted in group settings. In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of our participants and ensure continuity of essential services we must suspend all meals at the Townships three senior meal sites and cancel all activities, classes and groups that meet at the three senior center sites effective today.

An alternative to the congregate meal is offered as a drive thru option on the following days and locations:

Monday - Friday
Louis S. Viverito Senior Center
7745 S. Leamington Ave.
Burbank, IL

Tuesday and Thursday
North Senior Center
6721 W. 40th St.
Stickney, IL

All other services for seniors are available by appointment by calling (708) 636-8850.
Additional details can be found in this Senior News Bulletin.

EPA RECOGNIZES STICKNEY TOWNSHIP FOR LEADING GREEN POWER USE

Stickney Township was awarded a Certificate of Partnership from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recognition of its efforts to reduce the risk of climate change through the use of green power.

According to the EPA, Stickney Township is using about 1,904,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, providing residents in the aggregation program 100 percent green energy. The EPA requires partners to meet at least 25 percent of the Stickney Township’s electricity use. This green power comes from wind, solar and other renewable sources. By using renewable energy and setting this goal, Stickney Township is helping advance the voluntary market for green power and development of those sources.

“This is a huge honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Township Supervisor Louis Viverito. “Using green power helps our community lower its emissions footprint, while also sending a message to others across the country that green power is an affordable, accessible choice.”

By moving the needle in the voluntary green power market, Stickney Township and other Green Power Partners are helping to reduce the negative health impacts of air emissions including those related to ozone, fine particles, acid rain, and regional haze. Together, Green Power Partners are collectively using more green power annually than the electricity consumed by Montana and Utah combined.

Under the leadership of Supervisor Viverito, Stickney Township has used its energy consultant, Illinois Energy Aggregation LLC (IEA) to solicit quotes for the township’s residential aggregation program and the electricity supply for the township’s own buildings. IEA Managing Member Robert Streit praised Supervisor Viverito’s vision and the entire board’s commitment to green energy.

“Supervisor Viverito had a vision for 100 percent green energy and the entire board of Trustees was committed to not only using green energy at the township’s facilities but also providing this product to the residents to allow homeowners and small businesses to be part of protecting the environment for future generations,” said Streit.

Streit also thanked Eligo Energy, which is the alternative retail supplier of the green energy for the township’s aggregation program and the building supply. “Eligo has been a great provider for the township,” stated Streit. Officials from both IEA and Eligo presented a Certificate of Partnership to Supervisor Viverito and the Stickney Township Board on Monday, January 27th at a Township Board Meeting.

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has almost 1,500 Partners voluntarily using more than 60 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.

Stickney Township Salutes Our Vets

Louis S. Viverito recognizes World War II Veterans

Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito recognized Veterans of our Armed Services during the 2019 Stickney Township Salute to Veterans Event held this past December at the LSV Senior Center and at the Township's North Clinic building.

Veteran with photo of himself in service.

Veterans were encouraged to bring photos and memorabilia from their time in the service.

Lou Viverito receives gift from child.

Children from the Township Pre-K program distributed thank you cards they made for the Veterans.

Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito looks on as children from the Pre-K program at North perform patriotic songs for the Veterans.

Trustees attending North Building event.

Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito was joined by Township Trustee Louise Zelinski and Township Trustee Frank Pajak for the Stickney Salute to Veterans Event at the North Clinic Building.

Township Day 2019

Township Day 2019

Stickney Township elected officials joined staff in distributing informational material, along with tee shirts and ice cream, to promote township services during the 2019 Township Day.

Supervisor Louis S. Viverito greets families.

Stickney Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito greeted area families at the annual event.

children climb on truck

A Truck Rodeo featured Township service vehicles and an opportunity for kids to see them from a different point of view.

Blood presure testing

Blood pressure and blood tests were available from the Stickney Township Public Health Department. Township Clerk Hector Cesario is pictured getting his check up.

Township Office on Aging Holds Open House at North

Seniors exercise

Seniors excercise during Senior Day, June 7 at the North facility. The event offered a close up look at the services offered by Stickney Township.

Supervisor Louis S. Viverito addresses the senior meeting.

Stickney Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito welcomed seniors at the Stickney Township Council on Aging meeting which opened the day.

Office On Aging

Representatives from various Township Services were on hand to answer questions.

Seniors excercising

Various age appropriate exercise demonstrations were held during the day. Supervisor Viverito and trustees Donna Galaher and Louise Zelinski joined seniors in getting a work out. The demonstration was led by Rosemarie Guleiva.

Meditation

Meditation and yoga demonstrations addressed both mind and body health.

Supervisor Louis S. Viverito addresses the lunch crowd.

Supervisor Viverito thanks the attendees during the closing luncheon.

Age Options Looking for Area Input

AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging for suburban Cook County, is seeking input from stakeholders (partners, grantees, older adults, family caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren, Advisory Council/Board members, elected officials, faith based organizations, and other constituents) to help us assess the availability of services in your community and to address unmet needs.

Complete the needs assessment survey HERE.

National Health and Nutrition Survey Eyes South Cook with a Focus on Seniors and Minorities

The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is conducting a major study of the health of persons living in the United States. South Cook County, Illinois has been randomly selected as one of the survey locations during the current National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

The Stickney Township Public Health District has been notified that NCHS personnel will be conducting the survey in Southern Cook County starting April 28, 2019 through July 4, 2019. A sample of about 627 people from the area will be asked to participate. Data is collected through household interviews and standardized medical examinations in a survey mobile examination center.

The sample for the survey is selected to represent the U.S. population of all ages. To produce reliable statistics, NHANES oversamples people 60 and over, African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics.

Since the United States has experienced dramatic growth in the number of older people during this century, the aging population has major implications for health care needs, public policy, and research priorities. NCHS is working with public health agencies to increase the knowledge of the health status of older Americans. NHANES has a primary role in this endeavor.

All participants visit the physician. Dietary interviews and body measurements are included for everyone. All but the very young have a blood sample taken and will see the dentist. Depending upon the age of the participant, the rest of the examination includes tests and procedures to assess the various aspects of health listed above. In general, the older the individual, the more extensive the examination.

NHANES is designed to facilitate and encourage participation. Transportation is provided to and from the mobile centers if necessary. Participants each receive compensation and a report of their medical findings. All information collected in the survey is kept confidential. Privacy is protected by public laws. More information can be found on the cdc website here.

Menu

Download the September curbside meal distribution menu.

Coping With Stress During The Virus Outbreak

One way or another, many of us are feeling stressed as we try to cope with the changes in our normal routine. As a resource, the Stickney Public Health District Behavioral Health Department webpage has some information here. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Resources has a pdf on the topic here.
Seniors:Beware of Covid-19 Fraud

Seniors can be the targets of scams concerning the Coronavirus. Check out this Tip Sheet created by AgeOptions Senior Medicare Patrol to help identify fraud.

Información en español.

Senior Bulletin

View an urgent Senior News Bulletin regarding temporary changes to services here.

News and Views Fall 2020

View the latest issue of Stickney Township News & Views here.

Employee Rights

Information regarding employee rights during this critical time can be found here.
Highway Department drivers hold Caring For You sign

Stickney Township Highway Department provides transportation services for township seniors.

Kelly LaVigni answers questions from first timers at the Senior Day Open House.

Behavioral Health services for township residents are also available to seniors through the Stickney Township Public Health Department.

Cherity Machnick, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, offered information concerning Behavioral Health services available to seniors through the Stickney Township Public Health Department.

Georgia Triantafyllou with attendees during the Council on Aging meeting

Georgia Triantafyllou with attendees during the Council on Aging meeting.

Animal Control

Animal Control Warden Pam Barnett offered information on a range of animal related issues.

Trustees observe excercise group

Trustees Frank Pajak and Tony Guleiva were on hand to support township seniors.

Lunch crowd
Seniors attend the closing luncheon.

toy bear making

Burbank Fire Department and Township Seniors Team Up For Kids

Undergoing medical treatments can be a source of anxiety, especially for children. Burbank Fire Department Chief David E. Gilgenberg II had an idea to recycle uniforms into toy bears to comfort hospitalized children. He reached out to the LSV Senior Center for help and the project was a match! Pictured above are bear makers Valentina Drust, Nina Darji, Susan Sadauski, Darlene Ochodnicky and Marilyn Powers, along with Township Clerk Hector Cesario, Township Supervisor Louis S. Viverito, Chief Dave Gilgenberg, and fire fighters Michael Pacella & Ed Hargus.

Trustee award

Trustee Receives Lions Club Award


Trustee Tony Guleiva received the 2018 Melvin Jones Award for his humanitarian efforts in the community from the local Lions Club. He was congratulated by his fellow elected officials and Supervisor Louis S. Viverito at the July Township Board Meeting.

Pictured are (front, left to right) Township Clerk Hector Cesario, Trustee Guleiva and Supervisor Viverito; (rear, left to right) Township Assesor Jay Grider, Highway Commissioner Dan Paluch, and Trustees Frank Pajak, Donna Galeher and Louise Zelinski