Village of Villa Park
Aug. 12, 2016                       Villa Park News                       Vol. 2 Issue 7

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Don't Miss Big Rigs & Kids: Aug. 13


VILLA PARK – This popular family event will be held at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park this summer. Come out to see all the different vehicles from the Villa Park Fire and Police Departments including the Mobile Command Center, plus monster tow trucks, dump trucks, mowers and smaller equipment. This is a hands-on event that allows kids and adults to climb in, on and around the vehicles. Enjoy a performance by the Discover Dance Performance Team dancers.

Big Rigs and Kids past event
Big Rigs and Kids Ambulance
Big Rigs and Kids Fire Engine
Macaroni Soup
Super Sensational Saturday Morning!


Big Rigs and Kids will take place alongside our new Super Sensational Saturday Morning! Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and the whole family out for a free fun-filled Saturday morning. Great family entertainment, crafts and face painting (additional fee) will make for an enjoyable morning at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. No registration necessary.

Aug. 13: Macaroni Soup! "Active Music for Kids"
10 a.m. - noon

Ms. Carole and Mr. Clarence will have the whole family moving at this Sing-Along, Dance-Along, DO–ALONG CONCERT! This event will coincide with Big Rigs and Kids so make sure to take a look at all of the fun trucks and equipment!

Memorial Day at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park

Celebrate All Summer!


The new Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park will be a new summer hot spot in Villa Park! Read the memorial plaques and pay your respects, enjoy the lush green grass or pass through on your run or walk to check out all of the new additions. Don't miss all of the events planned this summer including music, family fun and movies in the park.

Community members watch Mr. Meyers perform at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park.

August Concert Series


If you love the July Kiwanis Concert series at the Ruggard Gazebo, come out every Thursday in August for the August Concert Series at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park!

Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and appetite to our August Summer Concert Series. Great family entertainment and good eats will make for a fun night at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. The concession stand opens at 6 p.m. The Thursday concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 18: Bopology

From the swingin’ 40’s to the 21st century, that feeling we call “swing” is made even more appealing by Bopology. This renowned six-piece Chicago band was playing swing before swing was cool. Featured on WTTW’s “Wild Chicago,” the band boasts a lineup of well-known musicians.

Aug. 25: Zydeco Voodoo

Zydeco Voodoo plays a mix of New Orleans and Mardi Gras music as well as popular rock and blues adapted to the New Orleans style of music. Their family-friendly performances get the audience dancing and singing along.

Community members watch a movie at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park.

Movies in the Park

Bring a lawn chair and a picnic blanket to enjoy a movie outdoors on the big screen at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. This event is co-sponsored by the Villa Park Public Library and the Villa Park Parks and Recreation Department. Concessions will be available for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be canceled. This program is for all ages (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult).

Aug. 15: Frozen Sing-A-Long
© Walt Disney Pictures, 2013, Rated PG, 108 minutes. The film will begin approximately between 7:30-7:45 p.m.

Train Depot

Have Your Own Event?


Would you like to host your own event with the newly renovated Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park as its backdrop? The historic Train Depot has also been renovated and can be rented for events. The Depot can comfortably accommodate up to 49 people. Rentals for residents cost $75 per hour (two hour minimum).

Contact Judy at (630) 834-8525 for more information.

ATTN: Metra Commuters, Metra Coin Box Relocated


VILLA PARK – Metra commuters, please be aware the coin box has been relocated.

Commuters planning to pay for parking using the coin box at the Villa Park Metra Station should note the coin box is now attached to the wall of the station near the stairs and entrance.

Paws on the Path event to be held Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ruggard Gazebo.
High Ridge Road paving

Road Construction


VILLA PARK – High Ridge Road is open following striping, but portions may be blocked Monday for shoulder work, weather permitting.

Visitors to Village Hall, the Police Department or Public Works Department will notice Home Avenue is currently under construction. Excavation work is currently under way. Follow project updates here.

For information about other ongoing construction projects, click here and select projects on the left side of the page.

Two girls pose for a photo in front of a Villa Park Police car at a National Night Out event Aug. 2, 2016.

Villa Park Police, Community Celebrate National Night Out


VILLA PARK – In addition to neighborhood cookouts and gatherings through Villa Park, the VP Police Department, Fire Department, Village officials along with other law enforcement agencies and first responders participated in the annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 at the Iowa Community Center. It was the 33rd Annual National Night Out (NNO).


Villa Park Police kick a ball around with a young boy at a National Night Out event held Aug. 2, 2016.
Two boys take turns looking through binoculars at a National Night Out event held Aug. 2, 2016.
Members of the Villa Park Police Department cooked up dinner for those who attended a National Night Out event held Aug. 2, 2016.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

View more photos from the event here.

Willowbrook High School sign

Back to School!


VILLA PARK – Even if you aren't one of the many students packing up your backpack and heading to class this school year, you should still take note that it's back-to-school time.

The combination of school starting and lingering warm summer weather means plenty of students will be walking and biking to and from school in addition to all those waiting at bus stops. Motorists, be mindful of students and buses on the road.

According to the National Safety Council, teen crashes spike in September as new drivers head back to school and happen more often during hours when school begins and lets out.


Back to school dates:

Willowbrook High School: Wednesday, Aug. 17
District 45: Wednesday, Aug. 17
District 48: Monday, Aug. 22

Willowbrook Marching Warriors in the Villa Park July 4th Parade

Silver and Blue Community Night


Experience what it means to be a Warrior! Enjoy a showcase of Willowbrook's sports teams, performing arts, clubs and more! Silver and Blue Community Night will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Willowbrook High School, 1250 S. Ardmore Ave. in Villa Park.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted, and tickets for a Split-the-Pot will be available. Proceeds benefit District 88 students.

For more information call (630)530-3989 or email dbrink@dupage88.net. This event is sponsored by the District 88 Foundation, which raises funds to benefit District 88 students.

View the full event flyer here.

Villa Park Walgreens Provides Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk


VILLA PARK – The Villa Park Walgreens, located at 200 E. Roosevelt Road, is one of 45 locations with drug take-back kiosks in Illinois.

According to a company press release, Walgreens launched its safe medication disposal kiosk program in Illinois Aug. 8, 2016. The launch is part of an effort to install the kiosks at more than 500 Walgreens locations across the country.

The kiosks provide a safe and convenient way year-round to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications at no cost. Please note, needles or sharps will not be accepted.

Read the full release to view a full list of Illinois Walgreens with safe medication disposal kiosks.


Read the full release here.

Pet Supplies Plus construction on North Avenue

Pet Supplies Plus


VILLA PARK – Those driving on North Avenue may have noticed construction near North and Harvard avenues.

Crews are digging foundations for a new building at 198 W. North Ave., which will house a freestanding Pet Supplies Plus and an additional 10,000 square feet of available retail space.

Warning Signs of Heat Stroke


Summer may be over in the sense that school is starting up again, but there is still plenty of summer heat. The following information was distributed by FEMA Citizen Corps to share some of the signs and symptoms of heat stroke:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. The body's temperature rises rapidly, sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.

While warning signs may vary, symptoms may include:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit);
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating);
  • Rapid, strong pulse; and
  • Dizziness. 
According to the CDC, if someone experiences signs of a heat stroke, have someone else call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the person by: 
  • Getting him or her to a shady area; and/or
  • Immersing the person in a tub of cool water, placing him or her in a cool shower, or spraying the person with cool water from a garden hose. 

Be sure to monitor the person’s body temperature, and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit. If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions. Don’t give the victim fluids to drink.

To learn more about this and other heat-related illnesses, visit the CDC website.
 
For questions about extreme heat safety, check out the CDC’s list of FAQs.

Children line  up to ride the Tilt-A-Whirl at Oktoberfest 2015
OKTOBERFEST 2016


Friday, September 9-Sunday, September 11
Lions Park, 320 E. Wildwood Ave.


Celebrating 37 years of FAMILY FUN!
Bring your lawn chairs-limited seating!

FRIDAY, 5 - 11 pm: OPENING NIGHT!
Carnival Rides and Games, Food Court, Lions Beer Tent, and more!
 
 8-11 pm: Music By: SEMPLE


SATURDAY, 12 - 11 pm
12-5 pm: UNLIMITED RIDE SPECIAL: $20
Carnival Rides and Games, Food Court, Lions Beer Tent and Adult Bags Tournament

 
12-2 pm: Demonstrations by the Villa Park Recreation's Zumba classes and Villa Park Tang Soo Do (in cooperation with Eagle Academy of Martial Arts)
 
12-3 pm: Kids Zone sponsored by the Villa Park Library
  
3-4 pm: Cold Blooded Creatures featuring Bubba the Alligator

4 pm: Oktoberfest Bags Tournament

4:15 pm: Parent and Teen Pizza Judging Contest
(pre-registration required)
  
5 pm: Music By: Heartsfield
  
8 pm: Music By: Modern Day Romeos

 
SUNDAY, 12 - 5 pm: CELEBRATE VILLA PARK!
Entertainment provided by local talent!
  12-5 pm: UNLIMITED RIDE SPECIAL: $20
Carnival Rides and Games, Food Court, Lions Beer Tent and much more!
 
Exciting Local Entertainment
12:30-2:30 pm:
Music By: The Pedestrians
 3-5 pm: Music By: Fenced In

Read more about Oktoberfest 2016 here.

Help Us See Where We Should Be


VILLA PARK – “Help Us See Where We Should Be” is the name of a new Villa Park Fire Department campaign. The goal of this campaign is to have all resident homes and commercial structures in the Village display an address on the front of their buildings that can be easily read from the street.

With the adoption of the 2009 International Fire Code (IFC) – Section 505.1 Address Identification, the Village of Villa Park requires the following:

  • All buildings have a number displayed on the front of each structure that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property.
  • Numbers shall contrast with their background and shall be Arabic numerals i.e. 1 2 3.
  • The numbers must be a minimum of 4” in height and at least 1/2” in width. Properly placed and visible 3” Arabic numerals on homes is acceptable.
  • Although aesthetically pleasing, numerals in script are very difficult for emergency personnel to read and are not acceptable.
  • Unincorporated areas must meet the DuPage County Building Code that requires the numbers be at least 6” in height.
  • Residents and business owners are asked to check the size and visibility of their address from the curb both during the daylight and at night. By doing this exercise, homeowners and business owners will know whether or not police and fire units will be able to find their home or business in the event of an emergency.
Firefighters will be surveying the Village in an effort to identify buildings and homes that do not comply with Village code. When firefighters identify a nonconforming address, they will leave a notice at the residence or building informing the homeowner/owner what is required.

Local hardware stores are ready to assist citizens with selecting the proper numerals and advice on affixing them to their homes. For additional information or assistance, please call the Villa Park Fire Department at (630) 833-5350.

If Villa Park residents can “Help Us See Where We Should Be” emergency crews can save time, lives and property in their rescue efforts to keep Villa Park a safe community.

Upcoming Events


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


Aug. 12
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

Aug. 13
- Super Sensational Saturday Mornings and Big Rigs & Kids, 10 a.m. - noon at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, 320 E. Kenilworth Ave.
- Food Swap DuPage, 1 - 3 p.m. at St. Alexander Church Gym, 300 S. Cornell Ave.

Aug. 14
- French Market, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Park Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue

Aug. 15

- Movie in the Park (Frozen Sing-A-Long), 7:30 p.m. at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, 320 E. Kenilworth Ave.

Aug. 16
- Villa Park Rotary Club meeting, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.

Aug. 17
- Kiwanis Meeting, 7:15 a.m. at High-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road
- Economic Development Commission meeting, 5:30 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor), 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

Aug. 18
- Adjudication, 5:30 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor), 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
- August Summer Concerts, 6:30 p.m. at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, 320 E. Kenilworth Ave.


Aug. 19
- Silver and Blue Community Night, 5 - 9 p.m. at Willowbrook High School, 1250 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road


Aug. 20
- Electronics Recycling, 9 a.m. - noon outside the Public Works Garage, 20 W. Home Ave.
- 2016 Doc and Terry Mullen Memorial Golf Outing, 2 p.m. at Western Acres Golf Course, 2400 Butterfield Road, Lombard.


Aug. 21
- French Market, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Park Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue

Aug. 22
- Village Board meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor), 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

Aug. 23
- Villa Park Rotary Club meeting, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.
- Sugar Creek Golf Course Administrative Board, 6 p.m. at Sugar Creek, 500 E. Van Buren St.
- Community Pride Commission, 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor), 20. S. Ardmore Ave.

- Garden Club of Villa Park, 7:30 - 9 p.m. at Community Recreation Building, 320 E. Wildwood Ave.

Aug. 24

- Kiwanis meeting, 7:15 a.m. at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road
- Job Fair hosted by Illinois State Senator Tom Cullerton, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Odeum, 1033 N. Villa Ave.


Aug. 25
- Fire & Police Commission meeting, 7 a.m. at Village Hall (second floor), 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Environmental Concerns Commission, 7 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor), 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Lions Club meeting, 7 p.m. at Villa Park Public Library, 425 W. St. Charles Road
- August Summer Concerts, 6:30 p.m. at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, 320 E. Kenilworth Ave.

Aug. 26
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

Aug. 28
- French Market, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Park Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue

Aug. 30
- Villa Park Rotary Club, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.

Aug. 31
- Kiwanis Club meeting, 7:15 a.m. at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road


Sept. 1
- NEDSRA Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. at NEDSRA Office, 1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison
- Adjudication, 4:30 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor) 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

Sept. 2
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

Sept. 4
- French Market, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Park Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue

Sept. 5
- Labor Day - All Village Offices Closed

Sept. 6

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

Sept. 7

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

Sept. 8
- Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor) 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

- Lions Club meeting, noon at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 St. Charles Road

Sept. 9

- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road
- Oktoberfest - Opening Night, 5 - 11 p.m. at Lions Park, 320 E. Wildwood Ave.

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