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Willowbrook presents special honors
Willowbrook High School presented its 2017 Distinguished Alumni/Distinguished Service Awards during a Sept. 28 dinner at The Carlisle in Lombard. The honorees included: Wendy Ralis (daughter of Distinguished Service recipient Joseph R. Weber, who retired in 1988 and passed away in 2014), Brendan McArdle (Distinguished Alumni–Class of 1982), Virginia L. Boyd (Distinguished Alumni–Class of 1980), Sheila L. Ryan (Distinguished Alumni–Class of 1999), Joan “J.M.” (Guardalabene) Pasquesi (Distinguished Alumni–Class of 1979), Patricia Cadagin (Distinguished Service–retired in 1990), Daniel McCluskey (Distinguished Service–retired in 2005), Duane Wilson (Distinguished Alumni–Class of 2004), Catherine Cook (Distinguished Alumni–Class of 1981), David Wolinski (Distinguished Alumni–Class of 1966) and Geri Hayes (Distinguished Service–retired in 2017).

Conroy co-sponsors bill against credit freeze fees

In response to the recent Equifax data breach, state Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, is co-sponsoring a bill that will prevent credit agencies from charging consumers fees to freeze their credit.
“Consumers who trusted the security of Equifax should not foot the bill for freezing their accounts due to the carelessness of a large corporation,” said Conroy. “Personal information of millions of Illinoisans was put at risk, and consumers need to be able to take steps to protect their identities and sensitive information.”
Equifax announced it had suffered a massive data breach of sensitive consumer information from May to July of this year, impacting as many as 143 million Americans. In Illinois, the breach is believed to have jeopardized the personal and financial information of more than 5.4 million residents.
In order to protect oneself from identity theft, Attorney General Lisa Madigan is encouraging residents to consider placing a freeze on their credit and sign up for free credit reports. House Bill 4095 would require agencies like Equifax to provide this service for free.
“The massive leak of information by Equifax puts millions of Illinois residents at risk and should be taken very seriously. The Attorney General’s Office has been working diligently to educate people on the steps they need to take to protect their personal information,” said Conroy. “I encourage all residents to seek out the resources and information put out by the Attorney General’s Office.”

ALDI store reopens
The Villa Park ALDI grocery store at 400 W. North Ave. reopened last week. The store had been closed as part of ALDI’s plans to remodel more than 130 stores in Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan area by 2020. To celebrate the reopening of the updated store on Oct. 5, ALDI held a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Following the ceremony, the first 100 shoppers received a golden ticket containing ALDI gift cards of various amounts.

Villa Park briefs

Craft fair at Willowbrook on Oct. 21

The Willowbrook Parent Organization (WPO) will hold its second annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 21. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school’s field house. The craft fair will feature more than 150 booths, as well as concessions, raffles and the chance to take photos with Santa Claus. Admission is $3 per person. All proceeds will benefit Willowbrook students through scholarships and other student support needs. For more information, contact WPO President Elaine Ebeling at 630-890-2524.

VPJWC holds Trick-or-Trot 5K and 1K dash on Oct. 28
The Villa Park Junior Women’s Club (VPJWC) will hold its annual Trick or Trot 5K and children’s Little Devil 1K Dash on Saturday, Oct. 28. The races will start and end near the Rugaard Gazebo, located along the Illinois Prairie Path just west of Ardmore Avenue. Participants in the 5-kilometer run/walk and the children’s dash are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. All proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit the charities, organizations sponsored by the VPJWC. For more information, or to register, visit vpjwc.org/trick-or-trot-5k.

District 88 Foundation holds Karaoke Night on Nov. 3
District 88 students, staff and community members are invited to participate in the District 88 Foundation’s inaugural Karaoke Night. The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 3, beginning at 7 p.m., in the auditorium of Addison Trail High School, 213 N. Lombard Road, Addison. Transportation will be provided from and back to Willowbrook High School. The entry cost for performers is $5 per person—pay at the door. Admission is $2 per person. Admission is free for children 12 and younger. Activity passes and Senior Gold Cards won’t be accepted for this event.
A panel of judges will award trophies to the winning individuals/groups in the following categories: best voice, best performance and best costume. Contestants can bring a costume, or choose from costumes provided by the school. All outfits and songs must be appropriate and follow school policies and guidelines.
To participate, sign up by Oct. 30 at www.dupage88.net/KaraokeRSVP. For more information, contact District 88 Community Relations Director Dani Brink at 630-530-3989, or at dbrink@dupage88.net.

Village issues clarification about
waste collection tags and bin stickers

The Village of Villa Park issued a statement last week regarding its yard waste tags. “The most recent flier issued about “Yard Waste Collection Dos and Don’ts” mentioned “prepaid Yellow Yard Waste Tag(s)” and “Free stickers…available at Public Works,” said the statement.
“The Village wishes to clarify that these two types of labels are not interchangeable,” the statement continued.
The village’s release added that, per village ordinance, leaves and yard waste, regardless of container, must be labeled with prepaid Yellow Yard Waste Tags. You can purchase these at various locations throughout Villa Park, including Ace Hardware, Pioneer Garden and Feed, and Village Hall.
“If you would like to dispose of your yard waste in a bin you already own, complimentary stickers to mark containers designated for yard waste are available at Public Works,” noted the village’s statement.
Free leaf collection operates this fall from Oct. 16 to Dec. 8. Residents can dispose an unlimited number of Kraft paper bags of leaves with no need for a yellow label. All other yard waste, however, will require a yellow label.
Free leaf pickup begins next week
The Village of Villa Park announced last week that free leaf collection will begin on Oct. 16—one week earlier than originally announced.
“Though free leaf pickup was originally scheduled to begin on Oct. 23, the village will now be able to extend this service an extra week,” according to a statement released by the village. The collection will continue through Dec. 8.
Residents can dispose of an unlimited number of Kraft paper bags of leaves without having to affix yellow yard waste disposal stickers, which are required during the rest of the year.
Brush must be tied in bundles no longer than four feet and not larger than 18 inches in diameter. No limbs over four inches will be accepted. Make sure to have brush and leaves ready at the curb before 6 a.m. on collection day.