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Butterfly Habitat Planting - Thursday, September 21, 2017

Monarch
Do you want to help plant a butterfly habitat? If you want to give back to the community, join us when we plant native plants along the Great Western Trail to build habitats for butterflies and to make the trail a beautiful place to walk, run, ride bikes and enjoy! 

Volunteers are currently needed for this event taking place on Thursday, September 21st from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. It is asked that you please bring your own shovels, hand trowels and gloves and that you come dressed for the weather. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Additionally, Monarch Butterflies will be released at 1:00 p.m. (weather permitting). This is a rain-or-shine event. 

Contact the Economic Development Department to sign up as a volunteer or for more information at (630) 433-4300. Download the flyer here.

Online Overnight Parking Requests Available
with Front Line

Are you tired of calling to request overnight parking? Now you can submit requests online via www.frontlinepss.com/villapark.

In addition to overnight parking, you can also request a vacation watch for your home or just report suspicious activity.

Front Line

Villa Park Finance Department to Open Early on Wednesdays

Effective Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, the Village of Villa Park Finance Department opens at 7:00 a.m. instead of 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. 

The early start time is intended to accommodate the schedules of residents who have conflicting obligations or commute. Services offered include the purchase of quarterly parking permits for the Metra station, utility billing and other orders of business.

For further information, contact the Village of Villa Park Finance Department at (630) 834-8500.

UPDATE: St. Charles Road Bridge Weight Restriction

Following notice from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) that the rating of the St. Charles Road Bridge over Salt Creek has been lowered, a weight restriction of 15 tons max has taken effect. The new limit does not restrict ambulances from using the bridge; however, it does impact PACE Bus's Route 313 through Villa Park, garbage trucks, fire trucks, school buses and other large vehicles. 

On Monday, August 14th, the Village Board approved proceeding with a temporary repair of the bridge which will assist maintaining the 15 ton weight limit until the bridge is reconstructed. There will be lane reconfigurations taking place the week of September 5th to allow for emergency work on the bridge. Advanced warning changeable message boards will be installed the week of August 28th for this lane reconfiguration that is estimated to be in effect for approximately two months. 

For questions on the PACE Bus Route, contact Christine Rose, Community Relations Representative at PACE, at (847) 863-6108. For questions on construction and maintenance of the bridge or other concerns related to this matter, contact the Village's Public Works Department at (630) 834-8505.

Villa Park Brewfest - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Brewfest

Join the Village for its first Brewfest on Saturday, September 23rd at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park (318 E. Kenilworth)! The festival will be held from 2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. for General Admission ticket holders.

Multiple ticket packages are available, including a Gold Pass package for $59 that includes early entrance at 1:00 p.m., a food ticket and use of indoor bathrooms. General Admission tickets are $40 until August 18th and $45 beginning August 19th. $15 Designated Driver Tickets are also available.

This event is 21 and older only. To stay up to date with information on the Villa Park Brewfest, visit the website or call Parks and Recreation at (630) 834-8970.

Seat Check Saturday - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Safety Seat Check
Get your car seats inspected by Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians at the Villa Park Fire and Police Departments' "Seat Check Saturday" event on Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Villa Park Fire Station #81 (1440 S. Ardmore Ave). The event is part of National Child Passenger Safety Week; this year’s theme is “Don’t Leap Too Soon - Take Your Car Seat to the Limit.”

Learn the five most common types of car seat misuse and which seat type is right for your child. Parents are strongly encouraged to bring their children to the event so the technician can see how the child fits in the seat. Infant to booster seats can be checked. Seats will be checked on a first come - first served basis.

Can’t make it on September 23rd? A CPS technician is available to check seats by appointment. Call Mary Hornback at the Villa Park Fire Department at (630) 833-5350 for more information. 

Download the flyer here.

Welcome Home All Veterans at the VFW -
Saturday, September 23, 2017

American Flag

Join Welcome Home All Veterans on September 23, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the 7th Annual Veteran Benefits Event being held at the Villa Park VFW located at 39 E. St. Charles Rd.

Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend. The purpose of this event is two-fold. First is to educate Veterans and their families about the changes to Veteran benefits that few Veterans are aware of. Second is to celebrate with Veterans and provide an opportunity for people to show their support to our military and the opportunity to say “Thank you for your service”.

This event can only be described as a one-of-a-kind event to benefit Veterans. The event, which originated in Villa Park in 2010, provides on-site resources to learn about Medical Benefits, Retirement Benefits, VA Sign-up and more. Veterans in the region are encouraged to come out with their families to enjoy music, food and raffles. For more information or to find out how to help, visit WHAV.info or call 630-474-4037.

 August Photo Contest Winners Announced

The Village's fourth photo contest has come to a close, and we are very thankful to everyone who shared pictures of their pets enjoying Villa Park with us and the community. With that in mind, it is time to announce our winners!

Congratulations to our first place winner Cathy Sostak for her winter walk on the Prairie Path photo! Also, congratulations to our second place winner Michelle Valentine for her photo of Jammer and our third place winner Kelly Steciak for her photo of He-Man in front of the Rotary Clock on the Prairie Path.

Thank you to our three winners and everyone who submitted!

Cathy Sostak
Michelle Valentine
Kelly Steciak

Park Art Center Features "Local Boys Done Good" -
Friday, September 22 - Saturday, October 28

Painting

Visit the Park Art Center for their new exhibit, Local Boys Done Good.

Local Boys Done Good will feature the works of artists, Tony Fitzpatrick and Kirk Kerndl from Friday, September 22nd through Saturday, October 28th.

The opening reception will be held Friday, September 22nd from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Get more information on the Park Art Center's website.

Board Meeting Time Change

Starting with the last Village Board Meeting on Monday, August 28th, the official time for Board Meetings has been changed from 7:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This time change is to reflect more current and common municipal practices.

Electronics Recycling - Saturday, September 16, 2017

E-Recycling

In Illinois, it is illegal for electronic devices to be disposed of in a landfill, so the Village of Villa Park partnered with Vintage Tech Recyclers Inc. to host electronics recycling events on the third Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m.-noon at the Public Works Garage (20 W. Home Ave).

Please remember that old electronics cannot go out to the curb as part of regular garbage pickup.

This is a free service for Villa Park residents only, and a photo ID is required to drop off electronics. Also, only one TV may be dropped off per visit. Read more about Villa Park’s electronic waste program here.

Wendy's Ribbon Cutting

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce members and Village officials welcomed Wendy's with a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 21st, 2017. The Wendy's Foundation also donated $500 to the Tri-Town YMCA to help send children to camp.

The new location of the franchise is located at  206 W. North Ave.

Wendy's Ribbon Cutting

Wash-U Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to Wash-U located at 780 N Addison Rd. The new car wash had a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 7th with the Villa Park Chamber of Commerce.

Wash-U also began a fundraiser to donate $2 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for every premium car wash sold through September 10th.

Wash-U Ribbon Cutting

VFW Friday Night Fish Fry

Fish Fry

Celebrate the end of the week with the Villa Park VFW Post 2801 (39 E. Saint Charles Rd) at their weekly Friday Fish Fry.

The fish fry is every Friday from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The VFW serves up fried fish, shrimp, Italian Beef, hot dogs and freshly made chips & fries.

Get more information on the VFW's website.

Village Introduces New Rain Barrel Program

Rain Barrel

Take advantage of seasonal rainfall with the installation and use of a rain barrel. Rain barrels are an efficient and low-cost way of capturing rainwater for later use. The conserved water can be used to water plants, wash cars and even to bathe pets.

At the June 12th Board Meeting, Village Officials approved the adoption of a new grant-based rain barrel program where residents can purchase a rain barrel from a store of their choosing, and the Village will partially reimburse the cost.

 Previously, the Village’s Public Works Department hosted rain barrels available for purchase, but now residents have the option to choose their own that fits their style and price-range. To start this process, fill out an application in person at the Public Works Facility or online here. For more information, contact Public Works at (630) 834-8505.

Share Your Ideas for Walking and Biking in Villa Park

Bikers

The Village of Villa Park is partnering with Active Transportation Alliance to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The plan will focus on improving connections to the Illinois Prairie Path, Great Western Trail, Salt Creek Trail and other local destinations, fill in gaps in the sidewalk network and make intersections safer for people traveling on foot or by bike. 

Now through October, we’re soliciting ideas from the community that will help inform and plan recommendations and priorities. There are several ways to participate:

  • Online Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VPBikeWalkPlan
  • Online Interactive Map: https://www.communityremarks.com/villapark/
  • Paper Survey: Look for a copy in your water bill or find it at Village Hall, Park District buildings, Sunday Night Car Shows, Movies in the Park, Brewfest, local stores and the Metra Station.
  • Community Workshop: Save the date for Thursday, October 12th, 6:00 p.m. at Iowa Community Center (338 N Iowa Ave) to learn more about the plan and brainstorm ideas with your neighbors.

                                                                                                                                            


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