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Village of Orland Park Trustee Sean Kampas said Halloween should be a time to get to know your neighbors a little better. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Village of Orland Park Trustee Sean Kampas said Halloween should be a time to get to know your neighbors a little better. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

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Kampas urges residents to get to know their neighbors on Halloween

By Jeff Vorva

Orland Park’s trick-or-treating hours are Sunday from 2-7 p.m. and one village trustee urges residents to get a little more out of Halloween this year.

Trustee Sean Kampas had a sentimental message that he presented at the Oct. 18 board of trustees meeting and it had more to do with building relationships with neighbors than candy and costumes.

“I’m sure we all remember trick or treating as kids, I know I do,” Kampas said. “Then we age out of that and I, for one, didn’t pay much attention to Halloween until I had a child of my own and vicariously watched her own experience.

“This year feels like a community opportunity for me more than any other year. Culturally, as we become more engrossed in mobile screens and online interactions, myself definitely included, we lost some of that direct social connectivity that we had in the bygone years.”

Kampas lamented that people don’t know their neighbors as they once did, and community ties are not what they once were.

“This year, my wish for both parents supervising trick-or-treaters and for residents answering their doors is take an extra second or two to connect with your neighbor,” he said. “Learn a new name or reacquaint yourself with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.”

Be careful out there
On a not-so-sentimental note, Orland Park police is taking a national Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign to heart this Halloween.

Police earn drivers to be cautious this weekend and re-enforce not to drink and drive.

“With Halloween on a Sunday this year, we’re certain to see extra parties throughout the weekend, and every single partygoer should plan their sober ride home in advance,” Orland Park Police Chief Joe Mitchell said in a news release.

“Even one drink can impair judgement. You should never put yourself, or others, at risk because you made the choice to drink and drive. Even one drink can be one too many.”

Mitchell added that drunk drivers could cause people to lose their car and license and pay $10,000 in lawyers’ fees.

“We want our community to have a fun night out on Halloween, but to also stay safe and make responsible choices,” Mitchell said. “In today’s world, there are many options available to drivers to help them get home safely if they’ve been drinking. We expect drivers to refrain from driving after drinking.”

Fitness fees raised
For the first time since 2015, fees for the Orland Park Health and Fitness Center will rising.

The board voted to raise the membership dues by $2 per month for each billable member starting Jan. 1.

The village is hoping to offset capital expenses expected in 2022.

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