Beginning in spring 2021, Washington District Library (WDL) will undertake an interior renovation project in the Main Library. The renovation has two goals: 1) to replace and update furniture, flooring, and wall coverings that have been well-used by the public in the twelve years since the library was built; and 2) to reconfigure the layout of the library’s furnishings to better serve the evolving needs of library patrons.
Because previous Boards and directors have managed WDL’s finances so well, the cost of the refresh project will come entirely from the library’s reserves. No referendum will be issued, and there will be no tax increase to cover the cost of the refresh project. WDL will provide further details and examples of the changes in early 2021.
While specific dates have yet to be determined, rest assured that the City is aware that clean-up due to the January 1st ice storm is necessary and will occur. Residents will have until January 31, 2021, to move the storm-related brush to the right-of-way for pick up beginning in February, weather permitting. Any resident not able to have the storm-related brush to the right-of-way by January 31, 2021 can take advantage of the regular Spring brush pick-up in April.
All brush (not to exceed 4 inches in diameter) must be placed between the curb and sidewalk or approximately 3 feet from the edge of the road for pick-up. Please take into consideration to place the cut ends toward the street.
The city of Washington offers two ways to stay informed through a free service called E-Notify. You can now subscribe to receive important news and events by e-mail and/or text message on your cell phone. City staff will send E-Notify messages to subscribers as news develops, such as road closures, new business openings, and City meetings & events.
To subscribe to E-Notify for the City of Washington, you will need to create an account. Once you have created an account you can then select the list(s) to which you wish to subscribe.
Full details at https://www.ci.washington.il.us/egov/apps/egov/connect.egov
As school starts back up, the Park District has openings in our daytime offering for school-age kids enrolled at Central schools. Hosted at the Park District Recreational Facility, students will have time to do all necessary schoolwork and then have access to games, activities, and free play during those blended learning days. They also have openings in the traditional REACH before and after school program.
Join the Washington Library Youth Services Department for a Facebook LIVE STEAM event on how to create this month’s experiment, a Mini Lightsaber!
STEAM Kit Pick-Up is Thursday, January 7th from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and the event is on January 12th from 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. If you are not able to get a kit, a list of materials and instructions posted in the Facebook LIVE event. View this event at https://fb.me/e/38FZOQQ9M
To help seniors get to 61571 area service needs, Washington Township is sponsoring a door to door, Mobile Senior 65+ FREE Ride Service. No matter where you live in zip code 61571, are age 65 or older, and are mobile, meaning able to get in and out of a full-size car type vehicle by yourself or with little assistance, the Washington/Morton Taxi Service will take you anywhere you need to go within 61571 free.
The free service runs from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is available by calling Morton/Washington Taxi directly at 309-266-7433. It is best to call 24 hours in advance to assure proper scheduling and minimal wait time. At the end of your 61571 appointment you would call Morton/Washington Taxi back and they will pick you up, taking you home, or to your next stop. More details at https://www.ci.washington.il.us/egov/documents/1606948876_53751.pdf
Do not forget about food from the Washington American Legion on Friday nights. They are offering curbside with a full menu on Fridays only from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Orders open at 4:00 p.m. Call 309-745-8968.
Warner Bros. will release its entire 2021 slate of feature films on HBO Max the same day it is released in theaters! It all started with the release of Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PafavR0l6JI
Through MTCO’s watchTVeverwhere, HBO Max is free with your HBO premium channel TV subscription, or $15/mo. for streaming only! Call MTCO today to get started at 800-859-6826.
Click here for more details on MTCO’s watchTVeverywhere, which offers over 100 channels to watch anytime, anywhere on your Internet-connected device: https://www.mtco.com/main/support/docs/watchTVeverywhere.pdf
The annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off on January 11th. Here is a quick overview of some of the expected news and exciting product launches that will be announced https://www.crn.com/slide-shows/mobility/ces-2021-10-rumors-and-trends-you-can-expect
Thursday, January 7th
7:00 p.m. – (NBC)
“Mr. Mayor” follows a retired businessman (Ted Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles to prove he’s “still got it.” Once he wins, he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his biggest critic (Holly Hunter) and connect with his teenage daughter, all while trying to get anything right for America’s second weirdest city.
Wednesday, January 6th
8:00 p.m. – (FOX)
Hosted by Jane Krakowski, the beloved musical game show tests contestants’ music knowledge as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging musical games for cash and prizes. Two players race against the clock to test their knowledge of songs performed by a live band with Randy Jackson as band leader. Each contest features a rotating variety of games from the original format, before the iconic bid-a-note round. The player with the most money at the end of bid-a-note wins the game and takes his or her bank into the golden medley bonus round for a chance to win additional cash, and potentially, the $100,000 grand prize.
Researchers at IBM discovered a new type of massive banking fraud campaign that raked in millions of dollars.
The attackers gained access to victims’ online bank accounts, either through phishing attacks or malware, then used mobile emulators to impersonate the victims’ phones. Mobile emulators are virtualization software that can imitate a real phone. The criminals use this to avoid triggering alerts when they transferred money out of victims’ accounts.
To better protect your mobile devices:
• Ensure all system updates and app updates take place on time.
• Delete apps no longer in use.
• Obtain apps from official app stores, ensure apps being
downloaded are from a legitimate source.
• Check bank statements regularly for suspicious activity.
• Beware of unsolicited SMS messages. Banks do not inform you of account issues via SMS.
Lastly, take time to update/strengthen passwords across all devices and accounts.
The price that a consumer pays each month for a TV video package is driven largely by the fees that video service providers like MTCO digiMAX are required to pay to retransmit the programs from companies that create or package the programming (the broadcast TV stations and cable networks). Video service providers pay a set fee for every household that receives a given channel, regardless of whether anyone in that household watches the channel. Specifically, sports channels and local broadcast TV stations have been demanding significant fees to carry their programming. Since 2011, local channels have increased by 870% and sports networks have increased by 284%.MTCO’s goal is to protect customers from significant network fee increases, but that has become more difficult when broadcasters demand an increase that’s two, three, and even 100 times more what they’ve ever received before. As your local hometown TV provider, we are on your side and work in negotiations to fight against outrageous fee increases.