GRO talks block party, warns against door-to-door sales

The Greater Rockwell Organization met Aug. 6 to make plans for the group’s upcoming block party.

The event will take place from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 on Leland Ave between Rockwell and Campbell. Members of GRO will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for neighbors, and those who wish to contribute can do so: Those with last names beginning with A-M are asked to bring a side dish to serve six, and those with last names starting with N-Z are asked to bring a dessert to serve six.

Mulligan Stew will perform at 3:30, and a pinata for the kids will be rolled out at 6.

In other business, the organization reportedly donated 281 pounds of food to Common Pantry last month during GRO’s quarterly food drive.

In public safety news, GRO discussed the presence of a sales representative from Spark Energy in the area. As GRO members experienced previously during the ComEd contract negotiations with Integrys Energy Group earlier this year, some alternative energy companies may contact residents at home and advise them to switch energy providers. This is not a necessary step, although residents are always welcome to switch if they feel it to be in their household’s best interests.

“Don’t be pressured into making a decision before you can do the necessary research,” advised GRO President Patti Huetteman. “High pressure sales people for an alternative electric supplier are going door-to-door in our neighborhood.”

The Citizen’s Utility Board can serve as a helpful resource to residents with questions or concerns about such alternative companies or about their current provider.

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