Village of Villa Park
Nov. 11, 2016                       Villa Park News                       Vol. 2 Issue 10

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Thank You, Veterans!

Villa Park VFW Commander Tim Connolly speaks to attendees at a Veterans Day Ceremony Friday, Nov. 11.

Villa Park VFW Post 2801 hosted a Veterans Day ceremony Friday, Nov. 11 to honor all of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The ceremony recognized many local veterans and honored all men and women who have served in the military. Members of the VFW as well as local officials and Village staff shared their appreciation for veterans and thanked all for their service.

Visit the VFW Post 2801 website for more information about the post or upcoming events.

Knights of Columbus Breakfast flyer

The Knights of Columbus of Villa Park are hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Nov. 13 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at St. Alexander Parish, 300 S. Cornell Ave.

Fifty percent of the profits from the breakfast will go toward purchasing life-saving AEDs for Villa Park. The Village plans to equip police vehicles as well as several public buildings with the devices.

Breakfast costs $8 for adults (high school and older), $15 for two adults, $4 for grade school age children, and children under grade school age eat free.

Follow this link to watch a video about the importance of AEDs.

Local Nonprofit Raises Funds for AED Purchase

Villa Park Fire Chief Ron Rakosnik accepts a check from Theresa Bauer of Barks and Boots for the purchase of a AED.
Photo provided by Chris Fox.

Barks and Boots, a nonprofit that sends care packages to military personnel serving overseas, K9 military working dogs and K9 officers serving local law enforcement, hosted a First Responders Appreciation Breakfast Oct. 8 at the Villa Park VFW.

In addition to showing support for first responders, the event raised $1,600, which the organization donated to the Village of Villa Park to use toward purchasing an AED.

Theresa Bauer represented Barks and Boots and recently presented the check to Villa Park Fire Chief Ron Rakosnik.

Learn more about Barks and Boots on the organization's website.

Naval Station Great Lakes recruits enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at the Villa Park VFW on Thanksgiving Day 2015.

Help the Villa Park VFW Give Back this Thanksgiving

Villa Park VFW Post 2801 is seeking volunteers and donations to package Thanksgiving meal baskets as well as food to serve Naval Recruits on Thanksgiving day. Every year, the VFW assembles baskets with all the food and fixings for a full Thanksgiving dinner for families who may otherwise not have one. In addition to the list of items the VFW is seeking below, volunteers are needed to assemble and distribute the baskets. The dinner baskets will be packaged from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday Nov. 20, and delivered from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21.

On Thanksgiving Day, the VFW also has a tradition of hosting approximately 100 recruits from Naval Station Great Lakes for a full Thanksgiving meal. In addition to the home-cooked meal, recruits are invited to call home and talk with family. The event relies on donations to supply dinner as well as volunteers to serve dinner. While the VFW has enough volunteers for this event, donations are still being accepted for dinner.

If you are interested in volunteering to stuff Thanksgiving Dinner baskets, please call Villa Park VFW Post 2801 at (630)834-8191 between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.

If you would like to make a donation, the VFW is looking for the following items:

  • Turkeys (10-12 pounds)
  • Hams - spiral sliced (6-8 pounds)
  • Canned gravy (brown or turkey)
  • Canned green beans or canned corn
  • Cash donations, which can be used to buy items on sale or in bulk

VFW Post 2801 website

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.

As a reminder, leaves must be bagged in Kraft paper bags or placed in a refuse can clearly marked, "yard waste only." They cannot be blown into the street or piled on the curb. Leaves can block inlets and grates preventing water from draining during rains.

More information about yard waste program...
Electronics recycling

Electronics Recycling:
Nov. 19, Dec. 17

If you are planning on taking advantage of some Black Friday shopping deals on a new TV, remember you can't leave your old one on the curb.

In Illinois, it is illegal for electronic devices to be disposed of in a landfill.

As a service to Villa Park residents, the Village provides electronics recycling with the assistance of the Village's waste hauler, Roy Strom. Electronics recycling is the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon at the Public Works garage, 20 W. Home Ave. This is a free service for Villa Park residents only, and a photo ID is required to drop off electronics. Also note, only one TV may be dropped off per visit.

The next electronics recycling event will be Saturday, Nov. 19. The December electronics recycling event will be Dec. 17.

Read more about Villa Park's electronic waste program here.

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 Ave. or call (630) 834-8505.

Joyful Traditions Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

Joyful Traditions: Dec. 3

Join members of the Villa Park Chamber of Commerce, Village officials and community members for Joyful Traditions, Saturday, Dec. 3. The free event features a tasting tent, trolley car rides photos with Santa and the tree lighting among many other fun family activities. The event takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruggard Gazebo (Park Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue).

Visit the Villa Park Chamber of Commerce website for more information about the event or to decorate a tree along the Prairie Path.

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:

  • 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
High Ridge Road paving

Road Construction Season Winds Down

Autumn is here in Villa Park and construction season is slowing down.

The North Side Sidewalk project is in the restoration phase. All asphalt and concrete work has been completed.

The 2016 Street Improvement project includes the rehabilitation of various streets and is partially funded by voter-approved bond proceeds. This project includes the restoration work on Monroe Street and Summit Avenue, which was recently completed as well as the Monroe Street paving.

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.

Recycle cooking oil into biodiesel.

Recycle Cooking Oil

The Villa Park Environmental Concerns Commission plans to participate again in this year's Thanksgiving weekend Cooking Oil Collection Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 26 in the Village Hall parking lot, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

The collected oil will be recycled into biodiesel. Bring cooking oil in a container that can be left behind. Only liquid cooking oil will be collected. No solid fats such as bacon grease or motor oil will be collected at this event. Cooking oil can clog pipes in homes and streets. It also pollutes local bodies of water.

Salt Creek Sanitary District is also a permanent cooking oil collection location. Drop off cooking oil between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Notice Scarves Along the Prairie Path?

You may notice scarves wrapped around trees along the Prairie Path near the Ruggard Gazebo beginning today (Friday, Nov. 11) for the next week. The scarves are gifts for those who may need a scarf to keep warm while outside in the cold this winter.

Members of Trinity Lutheran Church knitted the scarves for the homeless. Each one has a tag that reads, "I am not lost, but if you are out in the cold, please take me to keep warm. With love from Trinity Lutheran Church." Scarves will also be tied to trees on the church property at 300 Ardmore Ave. in Villa Park.

Community Job Opportunities

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
  • Paid training leading to CDL*
  • Pay $17 to $20.00/HR Starting Wage*
  • $1500 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
Equal Opportunity Employer

Follow this link to apply.

Upcoming Events

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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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