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Former village commissioner Tim Gillian was recognized for his 12 years on the council by members of the state House of Representatives last month, and was presented with an official copy of that honor late last week.

Gillian stepped down from the public office in April of this year after winning three consecutive terms, beginning in 1995. The House resolution was sponsored by Rep. Tom Cross, a Republican from District 84. Specifically, legislators recognized Gillian’s efforts to improve waste disposal, beautify and redevelop Madison Street, and to install a village administrator and director of finance.

Gillian is a retired paving contractor and lives in Forest Park with his wife Dorothy. As he has done for several years, the former commissioner continues to work as a flight instructor.

Free physicals provided

A mobile health clinic providing exams and immunizations for children will be available to Forest Park residents this summer beginning Thursday, June 28. The Ronald McDonald Mobile Clinic will at the Park District offices on Harrison Street between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to provide physical exams, immunizations, screenings and other services at no charge to underinsured children on a first-come first-serve basis. Children who wish to participate in school sponsored athletic programs, including cheerleading, are required to have a current physical examination on file.

Parents must accompany their child to receive services, and students must register by 1 p.m. Registration forms are available at 424 Desplaines Ave.

The clinic will also be at the Park District on July 5, July 12 and July 19. Annually, the Ronald McDonald clinic provides services to more than 10,000 uninsured and underinsured children.

Fourth of July events

On Wednesday, July 4, the Park District will host a day of activities for families celebrating national Independence Day. Leading up to a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m., families may enjoy swimming at the aquatic center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning at 1 p.m., bingo games will be played until 7 p.m. The food court will open at 3 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. picnic games for participants of all ages will take place. Activities include an inflatable climbing wall, tug of war, egg toss and miniature golf. A musical performance will begin at 6:30 p.m.