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Romeo news: New drug collection box, scholarships, disaster prep program, more

3/9/2015, 9:57 a.m.
Here's a roundup of news of interest for Romeoville residents.

Here's a roundup of news from Romeoville:

Drug collection box set up at Romeoville Police Department

Romeoville has set up a prescription drug collection box for residents to properly and safely dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medicines rather than putting them in the trash or down the drain.

The prescription drug collection box is in the front lobby of the Romeoville Police Department, 1050 W. Romeo Road. Unneeded prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, prescription ointments, vitamins, sample medication, prescription patches and medication for pets will be accepted.

These items will not be accepted: aerosol cans, inhalers, hydrogen peroxide, thermometers, needles and other sharps, ointments, lotions, and liquids. The drug collection box is located near the glass partition separating the police department from village hall.

Properly disposing of medicines is important to prevent abuse or poisoning and to protect the environment. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, especially among teens, and accidental poisonings from medicines are on the rise. Medicines flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can pollute bodies of water, harm wildlife and end up in drinking water supplies.

Emergency/disaster prep class starts April 13

Romeoville Emergency Management Agency (R.E.M.A.) is offering a free CERT program to Romeoville area residents who want to learn how to be better prepared before, during, and after an emergency.

CERT Basic Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself and to help others in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using your CERT training to save lives and protect property.

The course consists of eight different modules. Each module is three hours long, for a total of 24 hours of training over four weeks. The course will be held Monday and Thursday evenings from April 13 to May 7 at Romeoville Emergency Management Agency, 195 South Old Budler Road, Romeoville.

Participants must be 16 years of age. If students are between 16 and 18 years old, a parent or guardian must accompany them during all classes.

There are no prerequisites to attend the course, but please consider that some physical activities, such as lifting and carrying, are involved in the modules.

Course size is limited to 25. To register, please contact Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Littrell at mlittrell@romeoville.org.

Scholarships available for ROTC, volunteers, kids of vets

Romeoville's Youth Outreach and Veterans commissions are accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors who are Romeoville residents.

  • Romeoville Veterans Commission ROTC Scholarship ($500): High school seniors who are Romeoville residents and are currently serving in their high school ROTC program are eligible to apply. Contact name: Colleen Palmer. E-mail cpalmer@romeoville.org. Deadline is March 27.
  • Child of a Veteran Scholarship ($500): High school seniors who are Romeoville residents and whose parent(s), grandparent(s) or legal guardian is a U.S. veteran, were honorably discharged, or are currently serving in the military are eligible to apply. Contact name: Colleen Palmer. E-mail cpalmer@romeoville.org. Deadline is March 27.
  • Romeoville Youth Outreach Commission Scholarship ($500): High school seniors who reside in Romeoville and currently volunteer in the community are eligible to apply. Contact name: Jason Buckholtz. E-mail jbuckholtz@romeoville.org. Deadline is April 2.