Jinglebell Jubilee returns to downtown Lombard Dec. 5 Lombard community organizations are uniting to celebrate the start of the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 5-9:30 p.m. in downtown Lombard for the 10th annual Jinglebell Jubilee celebration. Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio will kick off the event in Lilacia Park, Park and Parkside, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a speech from Lombard Park District President Greg Ludwig. Immediately following, there will be a countdown to turn on Lilacia Park’s lights, which will turn the park into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Visitors can enjoy meeting with Santa and special characters throughout Lilacia Park and are invited to warm up by a bonfire pit with hot cocoa and cookies. A festive sing along will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the historic Maple Street Chapel, Main and Maple streets. A free holiday trolley will provide a warm and convenient connection between Lilacia Park and downtown Lombard. Stroll through the streets to see live dancers from the Dance Centre as they recreate scenes from “The Nutcracker” in store windows from 5-7 p.m. Visit the Helen Plum Library (HPL), 110 W. Maple St., between 5 and 8 p.m. and enjoy performances by the Glenbard East Madrigals and Sorella Singers at 6:10 p.m., 6:50 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. An a cappella vocal ensemble, the Glenbard East Madrigals specialize in English Renaissance madrigal music and perform in Renaissance-style costumes with period instruments. A craft project will be available in HPL Youth Services starting at 5 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Library staff will be on hand to sign people up for library cards and check out materials. The Lombard Historical Society’s Victorian Cottage Museum, 23 W. Maple St., will host a “Candlelight Christmas Tour” from 6-8 p.m., in which participants will take a glimpse back in time and to see what a Christmas Eve was like during Victorian times. Calling cards for the 10-minute tours will be available at the Carriage House to the rear of the museum. Fun kid’s crafts, live music, cookies and punch will also be available in the Carriage House. Jinglebell Jubilee is sponsored by the Lombard Park District, Lombard Historical Society, Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, Maple Street Chapel, Lombard Town Centre and the Village of Lombard. This year’s event is also sponsored by Mathnasium of Elmhurst, the Nolan Agency and Waste Management. For more information, call the Village of Lombard Communications Coordinator Avis Meade at 630-620-5718 or visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www. facebook.com/jinglebelljubilee.
Annual ‘Keep the Wreath Red’ campaign kicks off this week Lombard Fire Department is joining local fire departments in the area and will once again participate in the “Keep the Wreath Red” campaign. The departments use wreaths as a visual reminder for residents to take additional safety measures in the holiday season. To illustrate the fire department’s safety campaign, Lombard firefighters will place holiday wreaths, lit with red bulbs, on the front of Lombard Fire Station 1, at 50 E St. Charles Road, and Lombard Fire Station 2, at 2020 S. Highland Ave. If there is a fire related to the holidays, one of the red bulbs will be replaced with a white bulb. By hanging the wreaths on each fire station, passersby can see the wreaths and are reminded that the department has reached its goal if all bulbs remain red, indicating a safe holiday season. This year’s program will begin Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, and will run through Jan. 1, 2016. Lombard Fire Marshal Chuck Riforgiate offers the following safety tips to help residents keep their homes safe during the holiday season: • Real trees are extremely flammable. This year, consider an artificial tree. • When using a live tree, avoid dry trees. Select a tree that is dark green in color and one that does not lose its needles readily. • Keep live trees away from heat sources. • Keep live trees well-watered. • Do not overload lighting circuits or utilize damaged or worn holiday lighting. • Extinguish candles when you leave the room or go to sleep for the night. • Keep candles in containers that prevent the candle from tipping over or falling. • Keep candles away from combustible materials. • Make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are operable. Residents are encouraged to call regarding any home safety concerns or questions at 630-620-5736. Visit villageoflombard.org/firesafety for additional information.
Lombard Fire Department to hold annual Toy Parade Dec. 12 The Lombard Fire Department’s 15th annual Toy Drive kicks off Monday, Nov. 30, and will culminate with the department’s Toy Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12. Beginning Nov. 30, toy drive collection bins will be available in four locations including the Lombard Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson; Lombard Fire Station 1, 50 E. St. Charles Road; Lombard Fire Station 2, 2020 S. Highland Ave.; and Schroeder’s Ace Hardware, 837 Westmore/Meyers Road. Items requested include new toys (unwrapped), as well as baby supplies such as formula and diapers. Items collected will benefit the Teen Parent Connection, First Things First and the Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry. The fire department is also partnering with District 44 schools to collect items in local schools. District 45 will also be collecting toys at Westmore School with an effort led by the fifth-grade Destination Imagination Team. “We look forward to this event every year. It’s a great cause and it also gives us firefighters a chance to connect with members of the community that we serve every day,” said Lombard Firefighter/Paramedic Josh Hays. “Everyone who participates gets to make sure that local families have a happy holiday season. We get to be a part of that and that’s pretty special.” The Toy Parade will be held on Dec. 12 for the last-minute collection of items. Fire vehicles and firefighters will begin the parade at 10:30 a.m., at Main Street and St. Charles Road and will proceed to Glenbard East High School. Firefighters and volunteers will collect toys along the parade route on the west side of the street only as far as Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main St. The parade will continue on to Yorktown where the toys will be unloaded on the upper level near Carson Pirie Scott. Cash donations are also being accepted and may be dropped off at either fire station. For more information, contact Hays at 630-620-5734, e-mail him at haysj@village oflombard.org or call Jerry Howell, assistant chief, at 630-620-5761.
Holiday shopping marks return of BAMPP officers for extra patrol Each year the holiday season seems to begin earlier and earlier and the arrival of Black Friday this week will bring Lombard police officers out for the department’s annual Business and Mall Preventive Patrol (BAMPP). This year, Yorktown Center will be open on Thanksgiving night , Nov. 26, from 6 p.m. to at midnight, according to Yorktown’s Web site, and will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for Black Friday, Nov. 27. With the onset of early morning shoppers, Lombard officers will be providing a higher presence at Lombard businesses, with an emphasis on Yorktown and shopping areas–especially along Butterfield Road, according to Lombard Police Deputy Chief Tom Wirsing. Each year, the department’s BAMPP program hires back both officers and community service officers (CSO) on overtime to provide a police presence during the Christmas rush. The department will utilize both police officers and community service officers (CSO), Wirsing said, adding that the department will dedicate around 200 hours to the program and spend approximately $12,000. While the officers are there to deal with crime, the deputy chief explained that both the officers and community service officers also can provide assistance to shoppers who cannot find their vehicles or help motorists if they are locked out of their vehicle. The deputy chief reminds shoppers not only to lock their vehicle doors, but also to remember to lock valuables in the trunk, where they will be out of sight. The extra officers will be on BAMPP patrol through Saturday, Dec. 26. –Bonnie MacKay
Tri-Town to launch annual tree sales Tri-Town YMCA is excited to be back on Main Street in Lombard this year for its annual Christmas tree lot featuring Scotch pines, Douglas firs and Fraser firs from Michigan, as well as festive holiday wreaths. Karyn Kanthack, owner of the Dairy Queen located at 205 S. Main St., at the corner of Main and Maple, was pleased to host the annual event as her family has been long time Y supporters. The tree lot will open Saturday, Dec. 5, and run until all trees are sold with the last possible date of sales Sunday, Dec. 20. Wednesday through Friday hours are 2-8 p.m.; and weekends the lot will be open 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each tree purchased from Tri-Town YMCA includes a donation that promotes educational opportunities to children in the Y after-school programs. Over the past two years, Tri-Town YMCA has made educational enrichment a focal point of its youth programs by adding a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum, as well as participating in the Y’s pilot program After School Readers. Community members not interested in a live tree can still give the gift of learning this holiday season thanks to Inland Bank & Trust’s Lori Murray, vice president of branch sales and customer service, and Georgia Tsilimigras, branch manager. Inland Bank & Trust Lombard, located at 837 S. Westmore Ave., is hosting a donation drive for educational science kits to be used in the Y’s after school programs. The drive will kick off at the bank’s Holiday Business After Hours on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5-7 p.m. Be sure to view the Christmas tree decorated with handmade ornaments by the Y’s Kids After School program during the event. Businesses or individuals interested in purchasing a science kit for the Y are encouraged to visit NASCO Science Online Catalog at www.enasco.com/science or visit local hobby stores. To learn more, visit at www.tritownymca.org or call the Y office at 630-629-9622.
Breen, Nybo team up for ‘Support Our Troops’ collection drive On Monday, Nov. 16, state Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) met volunteers from Lombard VFW Lilac Post 5815 and the Ladies Auxiliary at his legislative office to box up donations gathered during a recent “Support Our Troops” Collection Drive done with state Sen. Chris Nybo. In all, more than 30 large boxes were filled with items that will be sent to overseas troops. Community members were extremely generous with their donations and gathered items will be packed up into care packages that will be sent to overseas troops in time for Christmas. Breen extended a very special “thank you” to Blistex, Inc. in Oak Brook, for their donation of three cases of lip balm/chap stick. Breen is still collecting names and addresses for local military personnel, so he can ensure they receive care packages. Those with a friend or loved one currently serving away from home should call Breen’s office at 630-403-8135 and provide that information by Nov. 30.
Attorney General Madigan warns of phony IRS calls Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Nov. 18 alerted Illinois residents to a phone scam in which callers pose as IRS officials in an attempt to con people into sending money to pay for allegedly unpaid taxes. Madigan has seen an increase in the number of calls to her office in recent weeks from residents throughout Illinois who have been contacted by scammers pretending to be government officials with false claims that the residents are under investigation or that they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Scammers “spoof” caller ID devices and cause them to display what appears to be a legitimate call from the IRS with identifiers such “IRS” or the (202) area code for Washington, D.C. The scam artists on the other end of the line then claim they are representatives of the federal government collecting on unpaid taxes and instruct their targets to put money on a prepaid debit card and provide the number of the card to the scammers over the phone. “The IRS will not seek money or personal information from you over the phone,” Madigan said. “If you receive a call like this, even if the caller ID shows a legitimate area code, hang up immediately.” Madigan encouraged recipients of these solicitations to contact the government agency in question to report the call. She also urged Illinois residents to report the scam to her Consumer Fraud Bureau at 800-386-5438 (Chicago), 800-243-0618 (Springfield) or 866-310-8398 (Spanish), or by visiting her Web site.