Village of Villa Park

March 11, 2016                       Villa Park News                       Vol. 2 Issue 2


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The Villa Park Bunny is Hopping Around Town

Villa Park Bunny

VILLA PARK - The Bunny invites Villa Park kids to these fun activities:

March 18
Baking with the Bunny

Come out and bake Easter goodies! While the delicious goodies are baking, children will participate in a variety of holiday activities highlighted by a visit from the Villa Park Bunny!

Time: 1-3 p.m.  age groups: 4-6 and 7+



March 19
Lunch with the Bunny

Hop on over and enjoy lunch with the Bunny. Catering will be provided by Michael Anthony’s. Children will participate in a variety of holiday activities before proceeding outdoors for the egg hunt. A special prize will be awarded in each age group, to the child who finds the winning egg: under age 2; 2 to 4; 5 to 7 and ages 8 and older. Parents may assist children ages 4 and younger. The egg hunt will be held rain or shine. Bring a basket or bag to collect your eggs. Pre-registration is encouraged, day of registration is subject to availability.

Time: 11:30 a.m. All ages



March 21
Egg coloring

Hop over to the Iowa Community Center for an afternoon of egg coloring. You’ll use different materials and dyes to create colorful eggs you can take home for an at-home egg hunt.

Time: 3-4 p.m. age groups: 4-6 and 7+


Villa Park Welcomes New Businesses to Roosevelt Road

Anytime Fitness Ribbon Cutting

VILLA PARK – Village officials and the Villa Park Chamber of Commerce welcomed two new businesses to Roosevelt Road March 4.


Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness, located at 133 W. Roosevelt Road, is now open. The 24-hour facility allows members to work out on their own time. Personal training programs as well as classes and 24/7 virtual classes are also available.

Mazzarrio Bakery Ribbon Cutting

Mazzarrio Bakery and DFY Gift Baskets
Mazzarrio Bakery, located at 100 E. Roosevelt Road, bakes fresh treats daily from cupcakes, cookies and pies, to fresh bread, bagels and more. Stop in for sweets or enjoy of a cup of coffee in the cafe area.

Customers can also order gift baskets for every occasion.

Las Islas Marias

Las Islas Marias Restaurant Grows in Villa Park


VILLA PARK – Las Islas Marias, a seafood Mexican restaurant, had outgrown its original Villa Park location, but the business owners chose to stay in town. The restaurant found a new home in a larger building at 31 W. North Ave. After a complete renovation, Las Islas Marias opened its new Villa Park location at the start of 2016.

North Park Plaza Construction Continues

North Park Mall
VILLA PARK – Construction continues on the 13,000-square-foot out lot building along North Avenue, next to White Castle. The building’s new tenants include a Chipotle with outdoor seating and a Dunkin Donuts with a drive thru. In addition Firehouse Subs, T-Mobile and a dentist will also move in when the building is complete.
 
Economic Development Director Jan Fiola commented, “It is great to have national retailers, particularly restaurants come to Villa Park, especially to North Avenue to help revitalize the area.”
 
Shopping center owners/developers Sherwood Blitstein and David Dresdner with Mosaic Properties and Development are thrilled the Village revised the building permit applications in an effort to help streamline the permit process. The building broke ground Nov. 19 and the Grand Opening is planned for spring 2016.
Villa Park Village logo

State of the Village Highlights


VILLA PARK – Village Manager Rich Keehner, Jr. presented many exciting projects and achievements during the State of the Village held Feb. 25, 2016.

Highlights included nearly-completed renovations at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park and efforts by new and long-time Villa Park businesses to revitalize the community with new construction and facade improvements.

You can view a video of the full presentation here.

Park Boulevard

Street Improvement Projects Update


East Park Boulevard Improvement Project – A Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc. has installed the storm sewer from the east end of Park Boulevard through the intersection of Monterey Avenue. Work on the storm sewer is expected to be completed by the end of March, weather permitting. The road improvements will follow the completion of all utility improvements.

South Monterey Culvert Replacement Project – Swallow Construction has completed the installation of the new driveway culverts and continues to work on ditch regrading. The restoration of driveways and parkways will begin when material becomes available.

For more information on construction projects please visit http://www.invillapark.com/302/Construction-Projects and select the project of interest.

2016 Road Improvement Projects


VILLA PARK – Stay up-to-date on street improvement projects throughout the year, by visiting the Village website.

You can find the latest information by clicking on the "Referendum Road Improvement Projects" button on the left side of the Village's home page. This will take you to a page with information on the road referendum projects and finances. Updates on 2016 projects are at the top of the page.

St. Patrick's Day VFW Event

Financial Reporting Award


VILLA PARK – For the 28th consecutive year, the Village of Villa Park’s Finance Department received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the Village's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

According to a GFOA release, the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C.

Lifeguard at the pools this summer!

Villa Park lifeguards

VILLA PARK – Interested in being a Villa Park lifeguard? Please complete an employee application (click here to download an application) prior to April 1 and submit it to Sue Earl, Aquatic Manager at the Iowa Community Center.

Click here to obtain certification information!

- Lifeguard Certification Class
- WSI Certification Course 

Chicago Fire Coaches to Host Villa Park Soccer Camp


VILLA PARK – Villa Park's Spring Soccer league registration is going on right now. Check out the dates below. Practices start the week of March 21. Soccer games run April 9 through May 21.
Soccer in the Community

Villa Park Soccer - Important Dates

Open Registration

March 7 - March 15

Chicago Fire Summer Soccer Camp

July 11 - July 15

Kick off your summer by signing up for VP Summer Soccer Camp 2016! Play, learn and train with our passionate, highly qualified Chicago Fire coaches who will support your child to develop soccer skills in one soccer-filled week of fun! Programs are suitable for all ages and ability levels. Spaces are limited!

All campers will receive a Soccer In The Community Dri-Fit jersey, ball, individual player evaluation and a ticket to a Chicago Fire game at Toyota Park!

Interested in our FREE scholarship program? Host a coach for the week of camp and participate in camp for FREE! Please ask for further information and details.

Chicago Fire Soccer In The Community Summer Camps are listed as one of “12 totally cool summer camps” by ChicagoParent!

Visit this link or call (630) 834-8970 for more information about soccer leagues or camps.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Award

Villa Park PD Awarded for Torch Run Support


VILLA PARK – The Villa Park Police Department recently received an award for its outstanding financial support of the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The Department raised $6,556.82 for the 2015 Torch Run, which supports Special Olympics Illinois.

Each year, Villa Park officers participate in several fundraisers including Cop on a Rooftop and the intrastate Torch Run relay to support Special Olympics athletes.

Read more about the VPPD's annual Torch Run efforts here.

Flood Preparedness


With spring weather often comes plenty of rain. The following information distributed in a recent FEMA release includes important flood preparedness information.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere. 
 
Flooding can occur slowly over many days leaving enough time to evacuate in advance or prepare to be home for several days without power, water, or access to roads or services. Or, as in the case of flash flooding, it can happen very quickly with little or no warning and you may need to move quickly to make it to higher ground.
 
In the event of a flood, America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Flood offers the following tips to reduce the risk of damage to your home or business: 

  • Elevate critical utilities, such as electrical panels, switches, sockets, wiring, appliances, and heating systems;
  • In areas with repetitive flooding, consider elevating the building;
  • Waterproof basement areas and make sure your sump pump is working; and
  • Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place.
 
After a flood, timing is of the essence. Water left in your home for a significant period of time can cause mold, and even in some cases, structural damage. It is important to clean your home as soon as possible following a flood.
 
Keep in mind that extreme care is necessary when cleaning out your home following a flood. America’s PrepareAthon!’s how-to flood guide also provides recommendations on how to best protect yourself and your property after a flood.

Scam Center


The following is an excerpt from a recent AARP article by Joe Kita that provides tips on how to avoid becoming the victim of 12 popular scams:


"According to a survey by True Link Financial, older Americans are criminally defrauded of $12.76 billion annually. This includes identity theft and all those crazy scams you hear about but smugly think will never work on you. Do you consider yourself friendly? Thrifty? Financially sophisticated? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then according to that same survey you are more likely to be defrauded because you may give strangers the benefit of the doubt, are more enticed by bargains and are comfortable moving larger amounts of money around."

Learn more about how scammers use faith-based dating websites and even obituaries to target potential victims in the full article.

ComEd Warns Customers of Scams


ComEd has seen an increase in reports of individuals calling ComEd customers and falsely claiming their electric service will be disconnected unless payment is made. These impersonators instruct customers to buy a prepaid credit card and call back to a different phone number with the personal identification number (PIN) or other personal information. They also use a tactic called “spoofing” to manipulate the Caller ID displayed phone number so that it appears as a ComEd number.

ComEd representatives will never call you to ask you for cash or request that you purchase a prepaid credit card to make a payment on your bill. If you have concerns about the status of your account, call ComEd’s Customer Service line at: 1-800-334-7661 (1-800-EDISON1).

If you believe you have been the target of a phone scam, ComEd urges you to contact the Illinois Attorney General’s office at 1-800-386-5438 (TTY 1-800-964-3013), or visit the Illinois Attorney General's website and click on the “Protecting Consumers” link.

Read the full ComEd alert

Planning a tropical spring break vacation? What you need to know about Zika.

DuPage County Health Dept. Zika travel info

Read the full DuPage County Health Department release here.

Holiday Light Removal

Secretary of State's Office Stops Mailing Vehicle Registration Renewal Reminders, IEPA Suspends Vehicle Emissions Test Notice Mailings


VILLA PARK - Due to the lack of a state budget, the Secretary of State's office is suspending the mailing of vehicle registration renewal reminder notices, according to a message on the office's website.

Vehicle owners are encouraged to be mindful of their vehicle registration status. Motorists can sign up to receive reminder notices electronically by email. Sign up for electronic reminders here.

In addition, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) also suspended the mailing of vehicle emissions test notices beginning December 2015. Vehicle owners whose license plates expire at the end of March 2016 will be the first motorists who will not receive the vehicle emissions test notice. For more information, read the entire press release here.
Spring Forward

Upcoming Events


Check out these upcoming events. You can always visit our Community Calendar for more details about any of these events.

March 11
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

March 14
- Village Board Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

March 15
- Villa Park Rotary Club meeting, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.

March 16
- Economic Development Commission meeting, 5:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Kiwanis meeting, 7:15 a.m. at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road

March 17
- VFW St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef, 11 a.m. (take out) 3 - 7 p.m. (dine in) at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road
- Adjudication, 5:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 South Ardmore Ave.

March 18
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

March 19
- Electronics Recycling, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Public Works Garage, 20 W. Home Ave.
- Lunch with the Bunny, 11:30 a.m. at Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave.

March 21
- Budget Workshop, 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

March 22
- Sugar Creek Golf Course Administrative Board meeting, 6 p.m. at Sugar Creek Golf Course, 500 E. Van Buren St.
- Community Pride Commission meeting, 6:30  p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Villa Park Rotary Club meeting, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.

March 23
- Kiwanis meeting, 7:15 a.m. at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road

March 24
- Fire & Police Commission meeting, 7 a.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Environmental Concerns Commission meeting, 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

March 25
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

March 28
- Budget Public Hearing, 7:15 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
-  Village Board Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.


March 29
- Villa Park Rotary Club meeting, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.

March 30
- Kiwanis meeting, 7:15 a.m. at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road

March 31
- Lions Club meeting, 7 p.m. at Villa Park Public Library, 305 S. Ardmore Ave.


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Please contact, Mari Grigaliunas, the Village's Public Information Officer via email or by calling (630) 592-6082.


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