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March 17 update: newly announced local cancellations and suspensions

As of 11:30pm on Tuesday, March 17

compiled by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (March 17, 2020) – The list below contains all new information; previously reported cancellations have been removed from the list. To view past lists, type “update” into the search field in the sidebar and click on the resulting headlines.

Census helper training—cancelled

The Lansing Public Library was planning to host a training day this Friday for staff to learn how to help people complete the 2020 Census online. That training has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Early participants in the survey have confirmed that it is very easy to complete online.

Thornton Township programs—suspended

An email from Thornton Township today confirmed that exercise, dance, card games, movies, bingo, group senior counseling, youth services, and tax services at their Calumet City location (1420 Huntington Drive) and/or Riverdale location (14323 South Halsted) have been suspended. At the South Holland location (333 162nd Street), General Assistance programs—including CEDA Energy Program, PIPP ComEd Hardship, LIHEAP, and Weatherization—have been suspended along with dances and other activities for the Special Services Department.

No Senior Lunches are available outside of the Calumet City Senior Center or Riverdale Senior locations. More information is available at the Thornton Township website.

New 2 You Thrift Store—closed

The New 2 You Thrift Store at 18230 Torrence Avenue will be closed through the end of March. A post on their Facebook page says, “We believe it is critical to do our part to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. At times like this, taking preventative measures are more important than ever. The health and safety of our customers and volunteers has been, and will continue to be our top priority. We will re-evaluate in 2 weeks to see where the situation is at.” People who purchased furniture that still needs to be picked up from the store can private message the New 2 You Facebook page. The store is NOT accepting donations at this time.

St. Baldrick’s event—postponed

Kelley’s Krew Cuts had organized a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser at JJ Kelley’s on March 21. “In light of recent events, we will obviously have to postpone,” wrote organizer Jennifer Polley in an email. Undeterred, she added, “This is a great opportunity for us to be able to raise more funds to help kids with cancer!!” and provided the link to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation page where people can make an online donation:

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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.