Village of Villa Park
Oct. 14, 2016                       Villa Park News                       Vol. 2 Issue 9

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Fire Prevention Week Open House: Saturday Oct. 15

Firefighter Steve Gonzalez helps a young boy try on firefighter gear at the 2015 Villa Park Fire Prevention Week Open House

Don't miss the Villa Park Fire Department's 2016 Fire Prevention Week Open House Saturday, Oct. 15 noon-3 p.m. at Fire Station 81, 1440 S. Ardmore Ave. Parking is available at the U.S. Post Office across the street.

A young boy waves with Sparky the Fire Dog
A personalized fire safety book
Two children wear fire gear and pose in front of a fire engine

This year's theme is "Don't Wait - Check the Date; Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years."

Come see apparatus and equipment displays, a NICOR exhibit on natural gas safety, ComEd exhibit on electrical safety, meet Sparky the Fire Dog, firefighters and enjoy refreshments!

Be sure to see the fire safety puppet show and the live fire demonstration.

Free leaf pick up Oct. 17 - Dec. 2 2016
Villa Park residents are allowed to dispose of an unlimited number of Kraft paper bags of leaves without yard waste disposal stickers from Oct. 17, 2016 through Dec. 2, 2016.

Yard waste is collected on the same day as refuse pick-up. Yard waste is limited to what is generated at the residence being serviced and must be out by 6 a.m. along with refuse during the yard waste collection season.

Tree branches not exceeding 4 inches in diameter, bush trimmings, and plant stocks must be tied into bundles using twine, not to exceed four feet in length, 18 inches in diameter and not weighing more than 50 pounds. Yard waste stickers are not required for disposal of brush bundles.

More information about yard waste program...

Villa Park Welcomes New Businesses to North Avenue

A brand new 1,300-square-foot outlot building at 298 W. North Ave. in front of North Park Plaza Shopping Center is now home to several national chains, bringing big names to Villa Park.

New outlot building in front of North Park Plaza on North Avenue in Villa Park
Village officials and member of the Villa Park Chamber of Commerce welcome Dunkin' Donuts to North Avenue.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce members and Village officials welcomed Dunkin' Donuts to the new building on North Avenue with a ribbon cutting Sept. 30.

The new Dunkin' Donuts features a drive thru and outdoor patio.

Villa Park welcomed Firehouse Subs to North Avenue Oct. 14, 2016.

Firehouse Subs

Village Officials and members of the Villa Park Chamber of Commerce welcomed Firehouse Subs to Villa Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 14.

The national sandwich chain, founded by a pair of firemen brothers, specializes in hot subs and submarine sandwiches made on a toasted private recipe sub roll.

Halloween in Villa Park!

Get your costumes ready, stock up on the candy and get excited for all of the Halloween festivities in Villa Park!

Children trick-or-treat at a past Halloween Happenings event

7th Annual Halloween Happenings: Oct. 28

Ghosts and Goblins of all ages are invited to come in costume to Trick-or-Treat outdoors at “Spooktacular” Halloween scenes created by local merchants and organizations starting at 6 p.m.

Then join Parks and Recreation inside to create your own Jack-O-Lantern (6-6:45 p.m.). You bring the pumpkin and carving tools and we will supply a variety of materials to decorate your one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Awards will be given for the “funniest”, “spookiest”, and “most original” Jack-O-Lanterns!

The evening will conclude with a howling good show featuring Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles (7 p.m.).

This event is sponsored in-part, by the Villa Park Lions Club.
Registration is not necessary to trick-or-treat outdoors. This event is held rain or shine.

All Ages
$5 per person (pre-registration)
$8 per person (day of event, provided space is available) 

Children under 2 are FREE but must still pre-register
Iowa Community Center
FEA00-21       F          6-8 pm             Oct 28

Young girls pose for a photo dressed in Halloween costumes

Be a Part of Halloween Happenings!

Area merchants, scout groups, clubs, organizations etc. are invited to join us for this fun, family event. Just think of all the exposure you will get and happiness you will provide for the little ghosts and goblins. Your outdoor scene does not have to be elaborate, just make it FUN!

You provide the creativity, treats, and a canopy if you wish. We will provide the table, chairs and electricity. Prizes will be awarded for the best displays.

Contact Mikie at 630.834.8970 or to participate. It’s sure to be a “Spooktacular” night with your involvement. The registration deadline to reserve your space is Oct. 21. This event is held rain or shine.

$15 per scene
Iowa Community Center
FEA01-21       F          6-8 pm Oct 28

Enter Villa Park's Halloween Decorating Contest

Nominate that Spooktacular house in your neighborhood for a Halloween Decorating Award! Send your pictures (with address) to or post them on the Villa Park Community Pride Commission's Facebook page! All nominations must be received by Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

Haunted House
Trick or Trot 2016 Oct. 29

Trick or Trot Oct. 29

The Villa Park Junior Women's Club invite all to participate in the club's annual Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk and Little Devil Dash 1K Oct. 29.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the 5K stepping off at 9 a.m. followed by the 1K Kid's run at 10 a.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Villa Park Community organizations and families in need.

To register and for more information about pricing visit

Old Town Villa Avenue logo

Trick or Treat on Old Town Villa Avenue

The Old Town Villa Avenue business association will host a Halloween Trick-or-Treat event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

Children are invited to dress up in costume and visit the stores and businesses along Villa Avenue between St. Charles Road and the Prairie Path to collect goodies.

At 3 p.m. children up to age 12 are invited to participate in the costume contest at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. Children will be grouped by the following ages for the costume contest: 0-2, 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12.

Trick or treat hours in Villa Park are from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.

Nov. 8 Ballot Question - Informational Meetings

Village of Villa Park officials are hosting meetings to discuss a question that will appear on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot regarding increasing municipal sales tax to fund public infrastructure projects designed to reduce flooding.

Meetings have been held Sept. 8, Sept. 29 and Oct. 13.

The next meeting will be from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave. All community members are welcome.

View presentation documents here or watch an informational video here.

Below is how the question will appear on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot:

Shall the Village of Villa Park increase the Village’s Non-Home Rule Municipal Retailers’ Occupation Tax and Non-Home Rule Municipal Service Occupation Tax (commonly referred to as a “municipal sales tax”) from one half of one percent (.5%) to one percent (1.0%) for expenditure on public infrastructure in accordance with and subject to the provisions of Sections 8-11-1.3 and 8-11-1.4 of the Illinois Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/8-11-1.3 and 65 ILCS 5/8-11-1.4)?

Permits & Inspections

If you are preparing to do some renovations to your property,  the following repairs, replacement or upgrades require permits and/or inspections: hot water heaters, generators, furnaces, a/c units, roofs, windows, siding, additions, decks, porches, gazebos, hot tubs, swimming pools, interior remodels, sidewalks, patios, driveways, electric and plumbing.

All the information can be found in the Village website. Contact the Public Works Department, 11 W. Home, Villa Park or call 630-834-8505.

Friday Night Connect banner

Friday Night Connect is a partnership between Willowbrook High School, the Villa Park Police Department and the local clergy to provide students with safe, positive activities. All students in sixth through eighth grades at Villa Park public and private schools are invited to join Friday Night Connect. They will be mentored by Willowbrook High School students, and adults will provide supervision. This program is FREE for participants.

Friday Night Connect will take place from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Oct. 28, 2016
  • Dec. 9, 2016
  • Jan. 13, 2017
  • Feb. 10, 2017
  • March 10, 2017
  • April 14, 2017
  • May 12, 2017
Each Friday Night Connect will take place at the following three locations:
  • York Center Church of the Brethren, 1S071 Luther Ave. in Lombard
  • Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church, 206 W. St. Charles Road in Villa Park
  • Calvary United Methodist Church, 136 E. Highland Ave. in Villa Park.
For more information:
Call 630-832-5580
or email
Pumpkin sitting on grass

Don't Throw Pumpkins in the Garbage

Don’t let your Halloween waste haunt you! Compost your pumpkin!

Drop off your pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns at the Villa Park Village Hall parking lot the Saturday after Halloween. All pumpkins collected through SCARCE are taken to commercial composting facilities and turned into rich nutrients for our soil.

Why Keep Pumpkins Out of the Landfill?

  • They are full of nutrients that are good for the soil
  • They are 90% water
  • Most of the pumpkins processed in the US are grown in Illinois – keep the water and nutrients here!
  • Decomposing organics make landfills the 3rd largest producers of methane
  • Composting returns nutrients and water back to our earth

High Ridge Road paving

Road Construction Updates

VILLA PARK – Stay up-to-date with progress on construction projects throughout Villa Park by clicking here and select projects on the left side of the page.

ComEd Scam Alert

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.

In Villa Park, at least one local business has also reported receiving a suspicious call from someone claiming to be a ComEd employee. The caller said he was calling to warn the business owner that the electricity was about to be disconnected. Business owners, residents and all community members are encouraged to contact ComEd Customer Service directly with questions about their accounts at: 1-800-334-7661 (1-800-EDISON1).

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 ComEd alert

Following Hurricane Matthew, Remember to Beware of Disaster Relief Scams

Disaster Relief Scam Tip Sheet

Villa Park Walgreens Provides Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk

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.

Community Job Opportunities

The Odeum Sports and Expos Center


The Odeum Sports and Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois is accepting applications for our food and beverage department. We are looking for seasonal part-time barteners primarily for our indoor soccer season as well as special events, concerts and other sports competitions. Must have Basset with a minimum of 1 year experience. Apply in person at the Odeum, 1033 North Villa Avenue, Villa Park, IL 6018 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or through

First Student

School Bus Driver

At First Student, our Bus Drivers are an integral part of the communities they serve. They are committed to safety, customer service and have genuine, caring attitudes for children. We are your friends, family, and neighbors!
We are proud to offer: 

  • Flexible Hours
  • Pay $17 to $20.00/HR Starting Wage*
  • $1000 Sign On Bonus!!*
  • Guaranteed 20 hours a week
  • 7 Paid Holidays
  • No Experience Necessary
  • Mid-day Opportunities Available
  • Health Benefits Available
  • No Nights or Weekends Required
  • Earn More $$ With Charter Trips
  • Child Ride Along Program*
As a First Student Bus Driver, your major responsibilities will be to:
  • Safely transports passengers
  • Perform pre/post trip vehicle inspections
  • Assists students in the loading and unloading process
Requirements of a School Bus Driver:
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • At least 21 years old
  • Valid driver’s license for at least 3 years
  • Must be able to pass a background check, drug test and physical

Apply today to become a part of our team!
Conditions Apply; Offer Expires 10/31/16
Equal Opportunity Employer

Follow this link to apply.

Upcoming Events

Check out our Community Calendar for more details about upcoming events throughout Villa Park.

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Questions, comments & concerns

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

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