Fire department urges residents to review emergency preparedness As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 2 through 8, Lombard residents are encouraged to practice emergency preparedness and response procedures for all types of severe weather events that could occur in the area. Residents who take the time to educate themselves on possible threats are twice as likely to be prepared than others, according to Chuck Riforgiate, Lombard fire marshal. “In the event of severe weather, you can be your own first responder if you’ve taken simple steps to prepare, plan and get informed,” Riforgiate said. The Lombard Fire Department offers the following tips in preparation of severe weather: •Be sure every family member knows important phone numbers for schools, offices, home and emergency services. •Identify an out-of town contact. It might be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call in town, so an out-of-town contact is in a better position to communicate among separated family members. •Identify a meeting place near your home where family members can meet if separated during severe weather. •Identify a meeting place away from your home where family members can meet if your neighborhood in not accessible. •Map out evacuation routes in case you are ordered to evacuate and always keep at least a quarter of a tank of gas in your car. •Know your insurance policies and whether your home is in a flood zone. •Find out what type of disasters could occur and how you should respond. •Learn Lombard’s’ severe weather warning signals. The warning tone, or alert, is three to five minutes of a steady blast. This means that there is a possible danger, for example, a tornado or severe weather approaching. This should not be confused with the siren heard on the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. This is the time chosen when all warning systems are tested in the state. •Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify severe weather, such as advisories, watches and warnings. They are as follows: •An Advisory is in between a watch and a warning. The expected weather condition has a likely chance of occurring, but typically an advisory is used for “less” severe type of weather conditions. A wind advisory might be issued or a freezing rain advisory may be issued instead of a high wind warning or an ice storm warning. •A Watch essentially means a “chance” this condition will happen and usually covers a large geographical area for a lengthy time period. •A Warning means the said weather is already occurring or is likely to occur and to take proper protective measures. Warnings are usually issued for much smaller geographical areas and usually for shorter, more definite time periods. •Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, television and the Internet to stay informed of severe weather conditions. Use the office of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency as a resource for assistance with emergency preparedness and the planning process. For more information, go to www.state.il.us/iema/disaster/disaster.htm.
Foltyniewicz to hold ‘coffee’ for residents on Saturday, March 8 District 3 Trustee Reid Foltyniewicz will be holding his second “Coffee with your Trustee” event from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Omega, 2300 S. Highland Ave., Lombard. “As usual, the drinks are on me,” Foltyniewicz quipped. Although his coffees are directed at District 3 residents, Foltyniewicz invites all Lombard residents to stop by. The new trustee said he wants to keep village residents informed as much as possible. “I want to let them know what we [the village] have done, what we are looking to do and some of our challenges,” Foltyniewicz said. On the other hand, the District 3 trustee wants residents to know that they can contact him and he wants to listen so he can learn what’s on residents’ minds whether it’s an idea or a concern. Foltyniewicz may be reached at 630-621-2861. –Bonnie MacKay
Chicago man charged in VP stabbing by Bonnie MacKay A male and female, returning to a Villa Park apartment, were met by a Chicago man who ended up allegedly stabbing the 36-year-old male subject. According to Villa Park Police Detective Sgt. Dan McCann, Octavio Angeles, 48, reportedly was waiting in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 300 block of North Ardmore at about 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. He reportedly “came out of nowhere,” yelled an expletive in Spanish and then allegedly stabbed the 36-year-old man. He then fled the scene. However, the couple did not make a 9-1-1 call or notify police, the detective related, saying that later in the day they went to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. At about 10 p.m., Villa Park police were notified that a stabbing victim was at the hospital for treatment. When officers arrived at Good Samaritan, McCann said the 36-year-old victim was in surgery. “Officers learned that the victim [allegedly] had been stabbed multiple times, including stab wounds to his face,” McCann said, adding that the injuries were not life threatening. Upon interviewing the 41-year-old female, officers learned that the suspect reportedly involved in the stabbing was a former boyfriend. McCann said investigators did some research and found out that Angeles lives in the 2100 block of North Melvina in Chicago. They also were able to determine the make and model of his vehicle. In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 1, Villa Park officers went to his address in the city and located his vehicle. “He surrendered himself at the house,” McCann explained, adding that Angeles was cooperative and told officers that the knife was in his vehicle. A search of the gray Buick turned up a knife, which reportedly had blood on it, the detective said. “Once placed in custody, he told us where the knife was,” McCann said, adding that Angeles gave Villa Park detectives access to his vehicle. The detective explained that although the stabbing allegedly took place in the parking lot, and investigators did find blood at the crime scene, no one notified police. “It happened by the back door of the building and it’s possible not many people saw it,” he said. Angeles was transported to the Villa Park Police Station. He was charged with aggravated battery and transported to the DuPage County Jail in Wheaton. As of press time, he was being held at the county jail in lieu of $300,000 bond.
C.O.D. board approves increases for fall 2014 Facing continued uncertain state funding, a relatively frozen property tax revenue base, increased insurance/utility/salary costs and other challenges, the College of DuPage Board of Trustees at its regular Feb. 20 meeting authorized a $4 tuition increase effective fall 2014 semester. The $4 increase raises tuition and fees from $140 per semester hour to $144 for in-district students and from $327 to $331 for out-of-district residents. “Choosing to increase tuition is not an easy decision and never one taken lightly,” said College of DuPage President Robert L. Breuder. “However, in generating revenue to pay for the operation of this institution, we are limited by a local tax cap, dwindling state funding and by the economy as a whole.” The board approved a $1 tuition increase and a $3 increase in fees: $2 for obligated debt service and $1 for student activities so all students have free access to the PE Fitness Center. Breuder said the college is not alone, citing recent increases at Elgin Community College ($13), College of Lake County ($12) and Oakton Community College, where leaders recently approved a two-phase increase of $7.91 and $8 for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years, respectively. “It has been this administration’s belief that incremental tuition increases are easier for our students to handle than holding back until a double-digit increase is necessary to play budget catch up,” Breuder said. “This strategy has worked. College of DuPage is seeing semester after semester of stellar enrollment at a time when nearly all other community colleges in the state are experiencing flat or drastic declines in enrollment.” The college’s net 10th day credit headcount (full- and part-time students) for the spring 2014 semester reached 28,100, up 1 percent from last spring. Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) enrollment climbed 1.8 percent for spring to 15,626 students. This follows a fall 2013 semester that saw the college’s net 10th day credit headcount soar 9.4 percent over fall 2012, while FTE enrollment climbed 7.6 percent.
Volunteer organization supports referendum On Tuesday, March 18, voters in Glenbard Township High School District 87 will be asked to approve $35 million in bonds to help finance renovations and repairs to all four Glenbard School District 87 high schools. According to Glenbard 4 Kids, a volunteer organization advocating for the passage of the referendum, the benefits of this referendum, include: • Renovated classrooms and science labs • Enhanced security • Parking lot and roof replacements • Replacement of outdated mechanical systems • Upgrading of heating and cooling, to include central A/C at Glenbard East and West • Renovated locker rooms and restrooms If voters approve the referendum, expiring bonds will be replaced with new ones, ensuring a zero tax rate increase to the Bond and Interest Fund for taxpayers. This referendum is the result of a three-year comprehensive review of facility needs that included both public and staff input. The key focus areas are student learning and achievement; the maintenance of a key community asset; the health, safety and security of students; and fiscal stewardship. Early voting is available through March 15. Polls will be open on March 18 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you would like to show your support with a yard sign or a sign for your business, contact Glenbard 4 Kids at Glenbard4kids@gmail.com. For more information, visit glenbard87.org, follow Glenbard 4 Kids at Facebook.com/g4kids or twitter.com/ glenbard4kids.