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takes a new form with the next issue in January as we switch from a Nov. 1 Day of the Dead print to an online publication. Many residents are already enjoying Nov. 8 Diary of a Wimpy Kid the convenience of reading the latest community news with the click of a button, Nov. 14 Homeschool Connections as well as finding back issues through our digitally archived copies. Both may be found on the homepage by clicking the Communication Channels link which will Nov. 16 Pattycake Place take you to the various tools which help us stay in touch. If you wish to receive an Nov. 24 Daddy & Me E-News notification with a link to Window to West Chicago, you may subscribe Nov. 27 Cafe con Leche ~ Bilingual Parent Café by going to the Join Our Mailing List box, also on the homepage. Residents who prefer reading a hardcopy may find them at City Hall, the Police Station, the West Dec. 1 Holiday Cheer @ the Library Public Library – (630) 231-1552 Chicago Public Library, the West Chicago Park District, and the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce. For residents who are homebound and would prefer a Dec. 8 Breakfast with Santa mailed copy, please contact Krista Coltrin at (630) 293-2200 x135. Dec. 31 Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration Two upgrades to City communications are ready to launch. Sparked by a sugPark District – (630) 231-9474 gestion from a resident, a Community Calendar has been developed in partnership with the West Chicago Public Library, West Chicago Park District, West Chicago Fire Protection District, School District 33 and Community High School District 94. VOTE: November 6, 2012 This one-stop-shop for community events makes it easy to navigate activities of each organization at a glance, plus provide a comprehensive calendar that contains for more information. the combined information. (Please note: information specific to individual schools in District 33 should still be accessed through the individual school’s calendar.) The Community Calendar link may be found on the homepage of each organization’s website, and a drop-down menu allows the user to select specific views. Plus, a not-for-profit calendar is available to those groups wishing to promote events of citywide benefit. Access the Add Event button at the top of the calendar. After submitting the completed online form which explains content criteria, appropriate events will be added to the Community Calendar. CityBytes, an ongoing series of podcasts, are here and offer bite-sized electronic morsels of relevant information. The short 1 – 2 minute video clips on timely topics are produced in-house and feature City staff sharing information about the things that matter to residents (i.e. back to school safety tips, snow regulations, etc.) Click the link on the Communication Channels page for a series that will begin to grow each month. Our Twitter account continues to grow and has proven to be a tremendous tool for staying on top of breaking news like the summer storm that ripped through West Chicago earlier this year, as well as daily reminders of meetings, city services, special events and more. Consider following to increase connectivity to the community.

i M p o rta n t dat e s November 2. . . . . . . . . . . November 4. . . . . . . . . . . November 6. . . . . . . . . . . November 10. . . . . . . . . . November 11. . . . . . . . . . November 16. . . . . . . . . . November 22 & 23. . . . .

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Gallery 200 Opening Reception Daylight Saving Time Ends Election Day Senior Leaf Raking Veterans Day Local Music Night City Hall Closed

November 24. . . . . . . . . . Coffee with the Mayor November 30. . . . . . . . . . Gallery Theater Performance November 30. . . . . . . . . . Gallery 200 Opening Reception December 1. . . . . . . . . . . . Frosty Fest December 1,2,7,8 & 9. . . Gallery Theater Production December 14. . . . . . . . . . Local Music Night December 24. . . . . . . . . . City Hall Open for Election Purposes Only December 25. . . . . . . . . . City Hall Closed

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State and local leaders celebrated the grand opening of Educare of West DuPage at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new $8 million, state-of-the-art school provides high-quality early childhood education aimed at narrowing the achievement gap for at risk children in West Chicago.

The seasonal color we have all come to expect and enjoy when October rolls around is part of the healthy cycle of our community’s tree stock. Unfortunately, some of that stock has taken a hit from a small but destructive force of nature, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). As a community which prizes its natural resources, aggressive action was needed to mitigate the impact of loss to our Ash tree canopy. Since 2010, the City has taken a proactive stand in the rescue efforts of savable Ash trees by hiring Graf Tree Care to inspect, evaluate and tag the 2,446 Ash trees that existed in the City’s parkway or on City-owned properties. As a result of Graf’s inspection, 593 Ash trees were identified as being too badly infected to be saved, and 1,853 Ash trees that had a chance of survival through an insecticidal treatment program. Following a cost analysis of total removal of the 2,446 Ash trees projected at $1,555,100, compared to projected treatment costs for the 1,853 savable trees of approximately $600,000, Emerald Tree Care, LLC (ETC), was hired by the City in 2011 to perform a seven year insecticidal treatment. The treatments consist of soil saturation with fertilizer and an additional trunk injection on trees larger than six inches in diameter. Unfortunately, further EAB damage and a devastating storm on July 1, 2012 took 49 of the Ash trees out of the treatment program. However, all things considered, in 2012 ETC treated 1,786 Ash trees, Daylight saving time ends and standard time resumes on representing only a 2.6% November 4, 2012 at 2:00 a.m. Ash tree loss since This means turning clocks back insecticidal treatments one hour; it’s also a good time began in 2011. to check batteries in smoke Because Ash trees detectors and carbon monoxide account for approximately detectors to make sure they are 20% of the community functioning properly. forests in Illinois, they are an important part of the ecosystem. Trees help to clean the air and provide shade and aesthetic beauty. With continued treatment, staff believes the majority of the City’s Ash trees have a greater chance of survival. That would be a good thing. Enjoy the season! Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda

A record-breaking number of students from Norton Creek Elementary School in West Chicago participated in the International Walk to School Day in October. More photos, courtesy of resident Lora Manthei, may be found at

CITY Services • The final week for brush pickup will begin on November 5, 2012 and continue for two weeks until all neighborhoods have been serviced. • Free leaf pickup is offered on the regularly scheduled garbage collection day through November 30, 2012; leaves must be in biodegradable “Kraft” yard waste bags and no stickers are required during this period. • Yard waste collection ends on November 30, 2012. • Christmas tree removal is scheduled during the weeks of December 30, 2012 and January 7, 2013, on the regularly scheduled garbage collection day; trees must be free of all tinsel, garland and ornaments and no stickers are required during this period. • There is a parking ban on all streets after a two-inch snowfall until such time when the street has been completely plowed curb to curb; for more information on the City’s snow plowing program, visit Please note: It is illegal to plow or shovel snow from driveways or sidewalks into the street.

Police News Community volunteers take on a rewarding service project that helps senior citizens unable to handle the fallen leaves in their yards. The annual leaf-raking activity on Saturday, November 10, 2012, signals the strong tradition of service found in West Chicago. To either volunteer, or to request service, please contact Crime Prevention Officer Tony Quarto at (630) 293-2222 or email him at Identity theft is more than an inconvenience, it can have serious consequences. It occurs when a criminal obtains and uses someone else’s personal information such as credit card or bank account numbers, insurance information and Social Security number to fraudulently purchase goods or services. There are ways to protect yourself, and the City has posted a list of tips to secure your personal identity at

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Fr sty Fest SATURDAY, December 1, 2012 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST Enter your masterfully designed architectural creation in the Frosty Fest Gingerbread House Contest. Entries will be judged anonymously in youth, teen and adult categories with ribbons for first, second and third place. The winning entries will be displayed downtown for public viewing during Frosty Fest on December 1, 2012. For rules and an entry form, visit


Brilliance in Business Awards Congratulations to the 2012 Brilliance in Business Award winners. Take a virtual tour of each business through a video which will be posted to after November 5, 2012.


Community Service Daniel & Associates Real Estate’s award for Community Service is well-deserved considering the level of involvement and support it has shown to every corner of the community through owner Dan Czuba’s enthusiasm and sincere belief in the benefits of homeownership in West Chicago. He and his associates have given back to the community in far-reaching ways including active membership in the Thorium Action Group, West Chicago Lions Club, Downtown Business Associations, Chamber of Commerce; and through participation in a number of City sponsored events like Blooming Fest, Tales Tombstones Tell, Bunny Trails, Railroad Days and the Kruse House Ice-cream Socials – to name a few.

Green Initiatives Sims Recycling Solutions located at 1750 Harvester Road is the world’s largest electronics recycling company, with operations on five continents, including a wide and growing presence across North America. As well as being a global leader in electronics reuse and recycling, Sims Recycling Solutions is a great local corporate citizen of West Chicago. It has partnered with the West Chicago Environmental Commission to organize programs like the recent citywide recycling event and also provides free electronics collection to residents Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Small Business of the Year Bob’s Salt & Feed, owned and operated by Scott Westlake and located at 126 Wood Street, is a trusted name among pet owners for the superior brands it carries and the customer care it provides. A former corporate executive turned entrepreneur, Scott’s mission since acquiring Bob’s Salt & Feed in 2007 has been to learn the business from top to bottom by working in every department; and by continually learning the latest about animal nutrition from the research of his many quality vendors and industry experts. Plus, the store does a large trade in retail salt supply and delivery of water softener or winter salt.

The City is pleased to announce the hiring of John D. Said as its new Director of Community Development. John is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and joins the team at City Hall to manage the multi-faceted department which is responsible for planning and zoning, code enforcement, commercial and residential permitting and economic development.

Economic Development DuPage Airport Authority is an economic engine for West Chicago and the surrounding area. It consistently ranks in the top five airports in Illinois, and an independent economic impact study conducted earlier this year shows this general aviation facility brings broad economic benefit to DuPage County and the metropolitan area, pumping $117 million into the local economy and creating nearly 1,000 jobs for area residents. As a public agency competing with the private sector, the DuPage Airport recently invested $3.1 million in a beautiful atrium renovation, creating a striking first impression for visitors, better utilization of space and added climate control benefits for the comfort of their staff and travelers.

Community Image Chiquita Food Market, at 133 W. Roosevelt Road, is the anchor for this 80,000 square-foot complex known as Chiquita Food Market Plaza. It’s a wonderful example of a quality retail center which projects a very positive image for the community at its highly trafficked and visible address at 133 West Roosevelt Road. Noteworthy is the fact that one of the plaza’s current tenants nominated it for this award based on management’s responsiveness to problems or issues that arise, cleanliness and safety of the parking lot, and assistance in promoting all businesses within the plaza.

Join the City’s efforts to Keep the Cheer Here this holiday season by shopping locally. You’ll be giving a gift to your community when you do! The City will promote the special offers of West Chicago businesses at under Business.


West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street (630) 231-3376 • Tues.- Fri. 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sat. 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission extends congratulations to Uwe Gsedl for his winning banner Summer Joy in the 2012 street art banner People’s Choice competition. A call for art has been made for the 2012 theme of A Question of Balance. Applications are available at www. Don’t forget to stop by the City Museum or City Hall to purchase the 2012 commemorative ornament featuring Oakwood Cemetery. This colorful ornament is available for $8.00. With the purchase of the ornament, you receive a brochure highlighting all the ornaments in the series. The interurban streetcar that ran through West Chicago stopped service between West Chicago and Geneva 75 years ago. To honor this piece of history, the Aurora Elgin & Chicago High Lake Station

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Ornament will be sold for the special price of $5.00 during the month of December. Farewell to City Museum Director LuAnn Bombard as she retires in January after 26 years of dedicated service preserving and promoting West Chicago’s history, championing the arts through her role as a liaison to the Cultural Arts Commission, and providLuAnn Bombard ing information and support to the downtown business community. The City wishes to thank LuAnn for all of her hard work and lasting contributions, and to wish her a very happy “next chapter” of her own history.

located at 200 Main Street • Thurs. & Fri. 12:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

NOVEMBER Swiss born photographer Britta Renwick


interprets Switzerland, and Other Beautiful Things… through her

show and sale runs through December and features jewelry and

exhibit of photography and hand-crafted jewelry from November 1

accessory artisans. The selection of one-of-a-kind gifts at affordable

– 25, 2012. A free Opening Reception of art on Friday,

prices includes a variety of items, such as hand-tooled silver jewelry,

November 2, 2012 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. will continue the

knitted wool sweater vests and purses designed from repurposed

theme with Swiss chocolate and other treats from Switzerland avail-

items. The public is invited to jump-start the holiday shopping sea-


Annual Wonderful & Wearable

able for tasting. Sons Sean and Alec will also be available to discuss

son by attending a free Opening Reception of art on Friday,

their contributions of drawings and crafts to the exhibit.

November 30, 2012 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Ga llery 200/Stu d i o David Beasley believes that one man’s kindness can be the answer to one child’s Christmas wish. In time for the holiday season, Gallery Theater presents Mr. Beasley’s Christmas Party, a charming adaptation of an early 20th Century Booth Tarkington story that will delight and entertain the entire family with quick changes, side-splitting antics and surprising twists. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, November 30, and December 1, 7 and 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

located at 203 Turner Court and Sundays, December 2 and 9, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. To purchase tickets or for additional information, contact Gallery Theater at (630) 234-5919 or via email at Local Music Night on Fridays, November 16, and December 14, 2012 features singer/songwriters from throughout Chicagoland performing both popular and original music in a variety of genres. The evening is free to attend, and donations are welcome. For further information or to participate in future events, contact Sara Phalen at

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City Administration City Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (630) 293-2200 Ruben Pineda, Acting Mayor Nancy Smith, City Clerk Don Earley, City Treasurer Michael Guttman, City Administrator

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City Council Ward 1 Lori Chassee . . . . . . . . . . . James Beifuss . . . . . . . . . . Ward 2 Ronald Monroe . . . . . . . . . James Smith . . . . . . . . . . . Ward 3 Ruben Pineda . . . . . . . . . . Russell Radkiewicz . . . . . . Ward 4 Al Murphy . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandy Dimas . . . . . . . . . . . Ward 5 Kurt Meissner. . . . . . . . . . . John C. Smith, Jr. . . . . . . . Ward 6 Rebecca Stout . . . . . . . . . . Nanette Connelly. . . . . . . . Ward 7 Nicholas Dzierzanowski . . . . Matt Fuesting . . . . . . . . . .

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West Chicago November/December 2012  

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