Villa Park News December 2017

Hundreds "joyfully" welcome the holidays


The holiday season is now officially upon us, with this year's Joyful Traditions drawing one of its biggest crowds ever. Hundreds of celebrants of all ages enjoyed a jolly good time, as attested by the above photos. The Village of Villa Park and Villa Park Chamber of Commerce wish to thank the numerous volunteers (see photos below for a tiny fraction of them) who made this year's event such a smashing success!
2017 Joyful Traditions Police tree
Villa Park Police Tree
Villa Park Fire Department
Villa Park Fire Dept. tree
Villa Park Historical Museum
Villa Park Museum volunteer
Free leaf pickup has ended

Free leaf pickup has ended


Please note that Villa Park residents can no longer place their leaves for free pickup, and must now follow the regular "pay as you throw" landscape waste collection rules.

Of utmost importance, please ensure you or your landscaping service DO NOT blow leaves into the street, as this can clog the sewer system.  For more information about what canand cannotbe placed for pickup, please visit the Yard/Land Waste web page. 

Flashback Friday
Recognize this brick facade?

Sneak peek: New social media event


Do you recognize the brick building exterior on the close-up photo to the left? If not, you'll need to check our Facebook page next Friday, December 15 for the unveiling of a new Facebook feature entitled Flashback Friday!

Each Flashback Friday post will feature "then-and-now" photos of various locations throughout Villa Park. The December 15 premiere edition will also include details a new contest. To fully enjoy this new feature, please become a "friend" our Facebook page. And while you're at it, follow us on Twitter as well!

Budget

Village receives budgeting award by national group


The Village has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2017 annual budget. This is the 25th consecutive year that Villa Park has achieved this recognition.

The Village also annually receives GFOA’s Audit award, one of only 110 Illinois governments to win both awards this past year. In winning the awards, the Village needed to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. Click on Village News for further details on the award.

Give the gift of parking

Give the gift of convenience to a loved one


Still looking for that perfect gift for a friend or family member? If you have a loved one who travels to Chicago frequently, then a Quarterly Parking Permit may be the answer! 

They will no longer need to scrounge for change or search for a daily parking spotand potentially missing the trainwhen a quarterly permit for the Villa Park train station costs only $100, and can paid for in person at Village Hall (20 S. Ardmore Ave). Simply bring a check, your debit card (small fee applies), or cash along with the application when purchasing your permit for the upcoming February 1 - April 30 permit period.

If you have any further questions, please visit the Village's Parking Permits web page for more information, or call 630-834-8500.

An additional note regarding the Villa Park train station: The winter warming house schedule is now in effect Monday-Friday from 2:30-7pm. The heated vestibule is located between the double doors when entering the station's west entrance.

Cookies for Santa

Cookies for Santa


Satisfy Santa'sand your ownsweet tooth by signing up for Parks & Recreation's Cookies for Santa event on Wed, December 20.

All ages are welcome to decorate treats for Jolly Ol' St. Nick from 3:30-4:30pm at Iowa Community Center (338 N. Iowa Ave). Cookies, frosting, and decorations are included in the $9 fee.

Frozen Pipes

Avoid Frozen Pipes


Water pipes are more susceptible to freezing this time of year when the air temperature outside is below freezing for more than a few days.

To avoid frozen pipes, make sure your basement is heated where the water meter and water pipes are located. Also, insulate water pipes that are against outside walls. Make sure all windows and cracks, which allow cold air in, are sealed, and consider letting your water run on a trickle during extreme cold periods.

Winter Camp

Winter Camp


Camp isn't just for summertime. Campers aged 5-12 years can enjoy theme days, activities, and games during their winter break.

Parks & Recreation's Winter Camp takes place December 26-29 and January 2-5 at Iowa Community Center from 9am-4pm. The daily fee is $28. For an additional fee, Sunrise and Sunset camps are available for campers who need to extend their day. For more information or to register, call 630-834-8970.

Friends of VP Library Fundraiser

Friends of Villa Park Library Fundraiser


Want to knock off some items on your Christmas list while supporting your local library? Then plan on attending the 3rd Annual Barnes & Noble Fundraiser on Sunday, December 10, 10am-5pm, 297 Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Villa Park Library.

As a bonus on this day, the Friends will be wrapping gifts purchased from Barnes & Noble at no charge. You can also support the Friends online by using the code 12209177 during your purchase from December 10-14 at http://www.barnesandnoble.com.
 
The Friends of the Villa Park Library act as advocates for the library, sponsoring programs and fundraising events, promoting the Library within the community, and helping to improve the Library facilities and services. For more information, please email friendsofvplibrary@gmail.com.

Holiday Lights Recycling

Holiday Lights Recycling


If you have broken holiday lights, or want to declutter your home for spring once the hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season comes to an end, consider recycling your holiday lights!

Various locations around DuPage County are accepting a variety of decorative lights, including Italian mini-lights, traditional lights, extension cords, rope lights, and LED lights. Lights from any holiday, in both working and non-working condition, are accepted.

We will update the Village website, www.invillapark.com, with a list of specific collection sites as that information is made available. Until then, ongoing collection is also available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SCARCE’s office (School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education), located at 799 Roosevelt Rd, Building 2 in Glen Ellyn.

When Will My Street Be Plowed?

When Will My Street Be Plowed?


Should a snow event occur, the Village of Villa Park’s Public Works Department is responsible for snow and ice control on all streets within the corporate limits, except for North Avenue, Roosevelt Road, and Route 83, which are maintained by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The Public Works Department’s snow plowing operations start upon the accumulation of the first two inches of snow. No parking is permitted on arterial streets after two or more inches of snowfall. Violators will be subject to ticketing and towing.

We urge motorists to use caution when navigating secondary streets. All residential streets are within two blocks of main arterial streets, which will be plowed and salted for safe travel.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas Tree Collection


Roy Strom Co. will be picking up Christmas trees during the second and third weeks of January 2017 (Jan. 8-19) to recycle rather than placing them in landfills.

Please remove ornaments, lights, wiring, and any decorations. Remove plastic bags and any string or wires used to move the trees to the curb.

Friday Night Connect

Friday Night Connect


Know any 6th-8th grade students looking for a fun, safe place to hang out on Friday nights? Friday Night Connect might be just what they're looking for.

A partnership between Willowbrook High School, the local clergy, local government officials, and the Villa Park Police Department, Friday Night Connect provides youth with positive activities, food, and mentorship from high school students. The program's next event takes place tonight, December 8, 6-8 p.m. at York Center Church of the Bretheren.

For more information, follow Friday Night Connect's Facebook page, email FridayNightConnect@gmail.com, or call 630-832-5580.

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Heater, Fireplace Safety

Heater, Fireplace Safety


The Village would like to remind residents to play it safe when it comes to portable heaters, furnaces, and fireplaces.

Portable heaters: Make sure they are Underwriters Laboratory listed, in good condition, and NEVER left unattended when in use. Also, don't forget to plug directly into a wall outlet (do not use extension cords) and keep all combustible items (i.e, newspapers, bed linens, etc.) at least three feet away from the unit.

Furnaces: Furnaces and boilers should be serviced at least annually by a qualified technician. Replace filters monthly and keep combustible materials at least three feet away.

Fireplaces: Keep combustible items, including extra firewood, at least three feet from the fireplace opening. Follow package instructions on manmade logs, and NEVER use gasoline, kerosene, or any other type of flammable liquid to start a fireplace fire.

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