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News briefs: New Lenox offers QPR class

Updated: August 2, 2014 6:03AM



A class in QPR — Question, Persuade and Refer, which is considered the CPR of mental health — will be offered free to New Lenox residents from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 9 at the village hall, 1 Veterans Parkway.

The class is recommended for those high school age or older and is being presented by the New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition, with Sertoma Centre, Inc.

It is designed to increase public awareness of suicide and improve one’s ability to identify and refer those at risk, according to a release about the program. Participants learn about the impact of suicide in America, common myths and facts, warning signs, risk factors and protective factors, and how to question, persuade and refer persons who are at risk for suicide.

To register, contact New Lenox Police Public Safety Division Chief Daniel Martin at (815) 462-6128 or email dmartin@newlenox.net.

Susan DeMar Lafferty

Concert set for July 19

Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band are scheduled to perform at the July Wine and Jazz Night in the New Lenox Commons pavilion at 6 p.m. July 19.

Attendees should bring chairs or blankets, organizers said. Wine will be available starting at 5 p.m., before the renowned jazz band takes the stage, according to the village newsletter.

There are many events in July, and residents should read the newsletter that comes with the water bill because it includes details, Trustee Annette Bowden said. Many of the events, such as the Wine and Jazz night, are free.

For more information, visit www.newlenox.net.

Erin Gallagher

Auto debit available for Lockport water bills

Lockport finance director Erik Brown is reminding residents they can pay water bills via an automatic debit program that has been available for more than a year.

“We’ve had residents slowly join the program but it has been slow coming,” he said.

Brown said residents save time and money by setting up the automatic payment. No checks or envelopes are needed, and a resident who forgets about the bill won’t incur a late fee because payments are made automatically.

“For the residents, the benefit is they won’t have to worry month to month,” he said.

Residents can enroll by downloading a form available by visiting www.cityoflockport.net. It should be mailed with a voided check to the Lockport Water Department, 222 E. 9th Street, Lockport, IL 60441. It takes two billing cycles for the program to begin.

Residents still will receive a monthly statement in the mail. The bill will specify whether the automatic debit program has begun. Deductions are automatically made from checking accounts on the 15th of each month.

Just as with payment by checks, an insufficient funds fee of $25 will be assessed if there is not enough money in the checking account on the 15th to pay the water bill.

Erin Gallagher



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