Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Park District Winter Programs – Don’t Miss Out!

The Community Park District is offering a wide variety of programs to help keep your children busy and
active during the winter season. See what’s still available and sign up now!
• Babygarten - Ages: birth to 12 mos. and 12 mos. to 18 mos.
Dates: Jan. 12 – Feb 9., Feb. 16 – March 16, and April 6 – May 4
Times: 9:00 – 9:55 am (birth – 12 mos.), 10:00 – 10:55 (12 mos. – 18 mos.)
• Best Friends - Ages: 2 – 3 yrs. with a caregiver
Dates: Jan. 8 – Feb. 5, Feb. 16 – March 16, April 6 – May 4
Time: Fridays, 10:00 – 10:50 am
• Creative Art - Ages: 3 – 5 yrs.
Dates: Jan. 11 – March 8, March 15 – May 10
Times: Mondays, 10:30 – 11:15 am, 11:30 – 12:15 pm, and 12:45 – 1:30 pm
• Little Active Actors - Ages: 4 – 6 yrs.
Dates: April 1 – April 29
Time: 3:45 – 4:40 pm
• Little Chefs - Ages: 3 – 5 yrs.
Dates: Jan. 20 – March 10, March 17 – May 12
Times: Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:15 am, 11:30 – 12:15 pm, and 12:45 – 1:30 pm
• Parent Time Out - Ages: 3 – 5 yrs.
Dates: Jan. 13 – March 19 and March 31 – May 14
Times: 9:30 – 12:00 pm or 12:30 – 3:00 pm
• Pixie Pompons - Ages: 4 – 6 yrs.
Dates: Jan. 9 – Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 – March 13
Time: 10:30 – 11:20 am
• Pop and Tot - Ages: 2 – 3 yrs.
Dates: Jan. 12 – Feb. 9, Feb. 16 – March 16, and March 30 – April 27
Time: 6:30 – 7:20 pm
• Mom and Son Magic Night - Ages: 4 – 8 yrs.
Date: Friday, March 5
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
• Kids High-5 Sports - Ages: K – 1st grades
Dates: Fridays, Jan. 8 – Feb. 26 and March 5 – May 7
Time: 3:30 – 4:20 pm
• Sticky Silly Science - Ages K – 2nd grades
Dates: Fridays, Jan. 15 – Feb. 12 and Feb. 19 – March 19
Time: 3:45 – 4:40 pm
Sports Classes – all classes run Saturdays, Jan. 9th – Feb. 6th -
**All sports classes are held at Park Jr. High, 333 N. Park Rd.
• Indoor Soccer - Ages: K – 2nd grades and 3rd – 5th grades
Times: 9:30 – 10:25 am (K – 2nd), 10:30 – 11:25 am (3rd – 5th)
• Dodgeball - Ages: 3rd – 5th grades, 6th – 8th grades
Times: 11:30 – 12:25 pm (3rd – 5th), 12:30 – 1:25 pm (6th – 8th)
• Boys Volleyball - Ages: 3rd – 5th grades, 6th – 8th grades
Times: 1:30 – 2:25 pm (3rd – 5th), 2:30 – 3:25 pm (6th – 8th)
• Flag Football - Ages: 3rd – 5th grades
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am
• Nerf Football - Ages: K – 2nd grades
Time: 10:30 – 11:15 am
• Pee Wee Soccer - Ages: 3 – 4 years
Time: 11:15 – 12:00 pm
• Floor Hockey - Ages: 3rd – 5th grades, 6th – 8th grades
Times: 12:30 – 1:25 pm (3rd – 5th), 1:30 – 2:25 pm (6th – 8th)
• Kickball/Wiffle Ball Combo - Ages: 3rd – 5th grades
Time: 2:30 – 3:25 pm
If you have any questions, please call 708-354-4580 or visit their new website, www.cpdlgp.org. Registration
forms are available online!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Snow Blowing Reminders

The Village of La Grange Park offers the following reminders for managing the snow:
􀂙 Do not blow snow into the street. Instead, blow onto your parkway or yard.
􀂙 Keep hydrants visible and clear of snow piles.
􀂙 Keep the area in front of your mailboxes as clear of snow as possible.
􀂙 Keep your sidewalk/walkway clear of snow.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

La Grange Park Gets an Ice Rink

The Village is pleased to announce that the Community
Park District of La Grange Park will soon open an ice rink
at Memorial Park! The 115’ x 65’ ice rink will be located at
Sherwood and La Grange Road, across Sherwood from
Jewel Foods. Construction for the rink began this week.
Depending upon weather conditions, the hope is to have
the rink open for Christmas. Opening the facility will require three to four days of below freezing weather
conditions. A green “flag” at the site will indicate that the rink is open and a red “flag” will indicate when
the ice rink is closed. For schedule and rules information, go to www.cpdlgp.org (new website!) or phone
the Park District office 708-354-4580. The Park District after-hours hot line message will also report skating
conditions. That number is 708-354-4580 - extension 300.

Monday, December 21, 2009

December Newsletter

Click the link below to view my December Newsletter!!!


December Newsletter 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Voter Registration ends January 5, 2010

Voter registration for the February 2, 2010 Gubernatorial Primary Election is now being accepted at the La Grange Village Hall. Regular voter registration or transfer registration for the February 2, 2010 Gubernatorial Primary Election ends Tuesday, January 5, 2010.

Regular Village Hall office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Administration office on the first floor of the Village Hall, 53 South La Grange Road. Two pieces of identification, including one with a current address must be presented in order to register.

The La Grange Public Library, 10 West Cossitt Avenue also accepts voter registration.

Voters can locate their polling places at www.cookcountyclerk.com. For additional information call the La Grange Village Clerk's office at (708) 579-2316.

New State Law Regarding Cell Phones goes into Effect January 1, 2010

Two new state laws will go into affect on January 1, 2010 that regulate the use of cell phones while driving.

The legislation, meant to discourage distracted driving, prohibits the use of an electronic communication device to compose, send or read an electronic message (e-mail, text message, instant message or internet search) while operating a motor vehicle.

The legislation also prohibits the use of wireless telephones at any time while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway, in a school speed zone, or on a highway in a construction or maintenance speed zone. Drivers under the age of 19 have been restricted from using a wireless telephone at any time while operating a motor vehicle since 2008.

For more information regarding the laws, please visit the Illinois Secretary of State website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com or contact the La Grange Police Department at (708) 579-2333.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

SANTA VISITS LaGrange Pointe! Today!!

Saturday, December 12
SANTA VISITS LaGrange Pointe!
1 – 4 p.m.
LaGrange Pointe, 51 East Cossitt, La Grange, 60525
Grandparents, aunts and uncles are invited to bring the special children in their life to visit with Santa. For more information or questions: 708-354-7600.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT & TOY DRIVE!! Today!!!

Saturday, December 12
Republic Bank hosts
SPORTS EQUIPMENT & TOY DRIVE
Republic Bank, 9440 Joliet Road, Hodgkins
Please donate new or gently used sports equipment and toys for local families in need. Contact Republic Bank for more information or questions: 708-387-2680.

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK Today!!!

Saturday, December 12
LaGrange Park Business Association
HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
1 - 5 p.m.
Community Park District Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road, LaGrange Park
Santa Claus visits, cookie decorating, kid’s games, story time, crafts, face painting, hayrides, bonfire & more! For more information contact: amy@oasisforher.com.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

LaGrange Christmas Walk This Saturday!!

Christmas Walk is this Saturday, December 5, from 5-9pm!

Schedule of Events:

3pm – Free Movie at the LaGrange Theatre (“Fred Claus” with Vince Vaughn – rated PG)

4:45 – All Village Sing on the steps at Village Hall

5:30 – Santa Arrives! Tree is Lit!

5 – 9pm – Rocky Mountain S’mores/Bonfire Station by the Village Hall fountain
Trolley Rides around town
Choo-Choo train in the back parking lot of Palmer Place
Salon 180 Petting Zoo and Pony Rides on Calendar Ave
Holiday Ice Sculptures will be up
MERCHANT OPEN HOUSES!

As of now there is NO mention of rain, snow, sleet, hail, or blizzards so we are expecting a tremendous crowd! Have fun with us and celebrate La Grange and the La Grange Business Association one last time in 2009!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tax Credit For Homebuyers Has Been Extended

$8,000 First Time Home Buyers Credit

1. For people who have not owned a primary residence in the last three years.
2. This is a credit that does not have to be repaid.
3. The credit is equal to 10% of the home's purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000.
4. Applies to sales from Jan. 1, 2009 until April 30, 2010. If a binding sales contract is signed by April 30, 2010, a home purchase closed by June 30, 2010 will qualify.
5. For homes purchased before Nov. 6, 2009, the income limits are $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married couples filing jointly.
6. For homes purchased after Nov. 6, 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010, single taxpayers with incomes up to $125,000 and married couples with incomes up to $225,000 qualify for the full tax credit.

The $6,500 Move Up/Repeat Home Buyer Tax Credit
1. To be eligible to claim the tax credit, buyers must have owned and lived in their previous home for five consecutive years out of the last eight years.
2. This is a credit that does not have to be repaid.
3. The tax credit is equal to 10% of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $6,500.
4. It applies only to homes priced at $800,000 or less.
5. Applies to sales from Nov. 6, 2009 to April 30, 2010. If a binding sales contract is signed by April 30, 2010, a home purchase closed by June 30, 2010 will qualify.
6. Single taxpayers with incomes up to $125,000 and married couples with incomes up to $225,000 qualify for the full tax credit.


Jeff Slater
Branch Manager
708-430-0300
jslater@bancgroup.org
10400 S. Roberts Rd.
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Saturday, October 24, 2009

LaGrange Christmas Walk December 5th!!

Here’s a quick snapshot of what will be at the Christmas Walk:

1) Free movie at the LaGrange Theatre (Fred Clause with Vince Vaughan)
2) Santa arriving by fire truck at Village Hall, followed by the All Village Sing and the tree lighting ceremony
3) A visit with Santa in Village Hall for the kids along with face painting and other entertainment
4) Merchant Open Houses (that’s up to each of us)
5) Strolling vocalists around town and in businesses
6) A petting zoo and pony rides
7) Train ride for the kids
8) Trolley Rides
9) Treats and cider outside Village Hall

Thursday, August 6, 2009

LGPK-Sign Up For E-Pay

Enjoy the convenience of paying your water bill from home. Sign up to use E-Pay by going to the Village’s website: www.lagrangepark.org or go to: http://www.illinoisepay.com/epay/GetSite?cmd=get&siteId=426.

There is a convenience fee charged for using this system. The fee is not charged or collected by La Grange Park. Payment can be made by: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or E-Check. There is a maximum charge of $400 per bill.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

LGPK-Concerts under the Stars

The Community Park District, with the help of local business sponsors is proud to bring the Concert Under the Stars program every
Wednesday evening through August 19th. Bring your family and friends and have an evening under the stars right here in town.

DATE GROUP STYLE SPONSOR

August 5 Mr. Blotto Variety La Grange Park Business Association

August 12 Chicago Groove Variety Dr. Jim Discipio, DDS Collection

August 19 Duke Tomato Self Styled 1st National Bank of Brookfield Oldies & Jazz

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

LGPK-Mr. Blotto This Wednesday, August 5! Concert Under the Stars

The Community Park District of La Grange Park and the La Grange Park Business Association bring Mr. Blotto to Memorial Park's Amphitheatre on Wednesday, August 5th. Mr. Blotto, also simply known by his friends as "Mike" lives right here in La Grange Park. The band has a large following, which will cause another packed house. Come early to get the best parking. Also, the first 500 attendees at the concert will receive a La Grange Park Business Association reusable grocery bag filled with goodies from local businesses. Mr. Blotto takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Get to the amphitheater by 6:45 p.m. to hear La Grange Park resident and acoustical guitarist instructor Eric Olson open the night's entertainment. Eric and his accompanist take the stage at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Blotto's music is self-styled. The audience will hear headline favorites with tunes ranging from outlaw country to hip hop rock. Mr. Blotto is also known for their outstanding original music.
In the event of rain, the show moves to Park Jr. High School located at Brainard and Ogden Ave. The Memorial Park Amphitheater is located at Woodlawn and La Grange Road. Those who walk to the park from west of La Grange Road should use the cross walk button at Woodlawn Avenue. Be safe. The Community Park District, with the help of local business sponsors is proud to bring the Concert Under the Stars program every Wednesday evening through August 19th. Bring your family and friends and have an evening under the stars right here in town.

Monday, August 3, 2009

LGPK-Town Hall Meeting

– August 4th
State Representative Michael Zalewski, D-21st District, will host a Town Hall Meeting to discuss legislative developments at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange. Residents are urged to express their thoughts on the many issues facing Illinois.
The event is free to the public and refreshments will be served. More information is available at 708-354-2121.

LGPK Village Sidewalk Program

The Village is preparing for sidewalk improvements throughout the Village. Residents may have noticed sidewalk areas painted with white markings. These marked areas will be
included in this year’s sidewalk improvement program. 400 sidewalk squares are marked
with white arrows designating them to be removed and replaced. 350 sidewalk squares are
marked with white dots to be raised to grade with the method of slab jacking. The purpose of the program is to repair sidewalks that are a potential hazard to those walking in the neighborhood. To have your sidewalk inspected or to report a potential hazard call Public Works at 352- 2922 ext 100. There is no cost for inspection requests and/or the replacement of problem areas. However, the potential hazard must be significant enough to require action and is based on specific established criteria.

LGPK-National Night Out Crime Prevention Walk!

This Tuesday, August 4th!

The La Grange Park Police Department Crime Prevention Unit will sponsor a “Crime
Prevention Walk” on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 in celebration of National Night Out.
National Night Out is a yearly event in which thousands of communities across the
country participate in activities to promote crime prevention. The 1.5 mile walk will
begin and end at the Memorial Park band shell in La Grange Park. The Walk, which is
used to promote crime prevention awareness, will begin at 7:00 p.m. The evening’s
activities will also include a clown and entertainment for children, a laser spacewalk,
raffle drawing, ice cream, hamburgers and soda pop. Residents who are not able to participate at the park
can show their support of crime prevention by turning on their porch lights from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Park District of La Grange Community Family Fest

Friday, July 31
Gordon Park, La Grange, 60525
5 – 10 p.m.
Free!

Celebrate the Park District’s 80th Anniversary with games, moon jumps, pony rides, music & more. Call 708-352-1762 or visit www.pdlg.org for more information.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New home appraisal rules are under fire

By Kenneth R. Harney

July 3, 2009

It's by far the hottest controversy in real estate this summer, and it could directly affect the value of your house –– probably negatively –– by tens of thousands of dollars.

The issue concerns lowballed valuations and the new rules guiding appraisers in both price-depressed and rebounding markets. Consider these snapshots of what's going on:

--In San Diego, Steve Doyle, division president for Brookfield Homes, is trying to close out the final 20 houses of a 120-unit single-family subdivision. Prices range from $340,000 to $350,000. But recently there's been a major hitch: Appraisers assigned by banks are coming in with valuations $60,000 or more below Doyle's selling prices. The appraisers, who Doyle says are unfamiliar with local market trends, inexperienced or both, are using distressed sales -- foreclosures and short sales of existing houses -- as their "comparables." Some of the distressed properties are in poor condition, and all of them offer fewer amenities, according to Doyle.

--In Wilmington, N.C., a loan applicant with a house in excellent condition, and an umblemished payment record, sought to refinance into a 4.75 percent mortgage. She had purchased the property four years ago for $160,000 and made about $20,000 worth of improvements in the interim. Her loan application, according to Paul Skeens, president of Colonial Mortgage Group of Waldorf, Md., was "a slam dunk. Nothing to it." The house was worth $180,000 to $200,000, according to a local realty estimate.

But when an appraiser with little local knowledge was sent in by a bank to value the house, he chose two short-sale properties that had both closed in the mid-$140,000 range, and one inheritance sale around $155,000. The last property was "in horrible condition," said Skeens. "I'd call it dog meat." The deal-paralyzing appraised value that came in for the cream-puff refi: $149,000.

--In the suburbs near Cleveland, Enzo Perfetto, manager of Enzoco Homes, builds custom houses on clients' lots. Recently, according to Perfetto, banks have begun assigning appraisers from far outside the area to value lots as part of mortgage packages on new homes. Some of the comparables they use are foreclosure situations, and that depresses land valuations. A young couple who paid $75,000 for their lot recently had it valued at just $30,000 by an out-of-area appraiser who only looked at online data, according to Perfetto -- discouraging the young couple from proceeding.

"I think the pendulum is swinging way too far in the wrong direction on appraisals," said Perfetto. Bank-assigned appraisers often "don't know the local market and they're going for low numbers to be 'safe.' "

Complaints about lowballed appraisals -- from builders, realty agents, consumers and mortgage companies -- have erupted since May 1, when government-sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac put their new appraisal rules into effect nationwide. Critics charge the new system is fostering the use of appraisers willing to work for low fees -- sometimes 50 percent below previous standards -- and who are willing to conduct home appraisals far outside their typical areas of activity.

The Fannie-Freddie system -- known as the Home Valuation Code of Conduct -- is complicated by the fact that it is a byproduct of a legal settlement in 2008 between New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the two government-sponsored mortgage investors.

Under the code, appraisers are now routinely assigned by appraisal management companies rather than being selected by local mortgage companies or loan officers. The management companies pocket as much as 40 percent to 50 percent of the appraisal fee paid by the consumer.

Frustration with the new system boiled over and made its way to Capitol Hill late last month. The National Association of Home Builders called for an immediate change in the rules governing the use of foreclosures, short sales and other distress transactions as comparables for appraisals on non-distressed, typical homes, whether new or resale.

Two congressmen -- Travis Childers (D-Miss.) and Gary Miller (R-Calif.) –– have introduced legislation calling for an 18-month moratorium on the appraisal code. In identical letters to James Lockhart, the top regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and Cuomo, the National Association of Realtors also requested a moratorium and complained that the code is raising consumers' costs, distorting property values and killing sales.

Asked for comment, Lockhart said through a spokesperson that his agency is "monitoring" the situation, and considers "the views of market participants important."

Bottom line: Be aware of the issue. It affects your equity, even if you're not currently buying or selling. And watch whether Congress fixes the problem.

Washington Post

Countryside's Concerts in the Park Series Continues!!

Date: Thursday, July 9th
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Countryside Park, located at 61st Street, ½ block east of Brainard Avenue

Rock out to the songs of Heart in Countryside with Heartless!
Each show Heartless performs features favorites from other classic rock icons including Led Zeppelin, The Who, Bon Jovi, Journey, Janis Joplin and more. Join us as we continue Countryside Live! and enjoy a free concert in the park.

Visit www.gocountryside.net for information on all of our events, or call 708-485-2595. See you there!

Food Vendor: Ledo's: Cheese Pizza ($2.00), Sausage Pizza ($3.00), Cookies ($1.50), Soda/Water ($1.00) Countryside would like to thank Vulcan Materials Company, our presenting sponsor of these special events.

We would also like to thank our additional sponsors, AT&T, Continental Motors Group, Hunt Printing and Graphics, Lyons Township, State Bank of Countryside, and The Doings.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

“Jazz Under the Stars”

Saturday, July 11
La Grange Memorial Hospital Foundation
The Pavilions at Brookfield Zoo
6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
$150 per person – Sponsorship opportunities available

Relax and bid on fun auction items, enjoy delicious food and dance to live music, all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the purchase of a wireless patient communication system for the hospital. For information contact Diane Lillwitz at 708-245-2904 or diane.lillwitz@ahss.org.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The 25th Annual Helping Hand Golf Classic

Monday, July 13
La Grange Country Club, 620 S. Brainard Avenue, La Grange, 60525
9 a.m. Registration & Networking
10:30 a.m. Shotgun Start
Followed by dinner and raffle
$300 per golfer and $1,000 per foursome

Includes continental breakfast, boxed lunches, cocktails, dinner, auction, awards, games and prizes! Grand RAFFLE drawing for $10,000 or chance to win a large screen TV! All proceeds benefit over 500 adults and children with developmental disabilities. For information or registration, visit www.hhrehab.golfreg.com or call 708-352-3580 x. 246.

“Nice & Easy: Coping with Stress the Holistic Way”

Wednesday, July 8
West Suburban Chamber, 9440 Joliet Road, Suite B, Hodgkins, 60525
6:30 – 8 p.m.
$10 fee – bring a friend for FREE!

Hypnotherapist, Naprapath, Massage Therapist, Naturapath, Energy Medicine Practitioner, Nikken Consultant, and Psychotherapist, will present strategies to support your total well being. For information or registration, please call Wendy Kerr at 708-352-1048.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Chicago Canine Club Bichon Bash and Fundraiser

Sunday, June 28
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
$10 donation requested per adult/$5 per child
Four Legged guests are free – all breeds welcome

Meet and greet bichon families and SPR family of volunteers. Visit the dogs for adoption, raffle prizes, and seminars on canine nutrition. For information, visit www.chicagocanineclub.com.

Save the Date for the 9th Annual Goombay Bash at navy Pier

August 8

– H Foundation’s - 9th Annual Goombay Bash, Navy Pier, Tickets - $100 per person before July 25th, www.hfoundation.org.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cooling Center Available

Hot weather conditions are being forecast for the next several days. The Village, in cooperation with La Grange Memorial Hospital, is prepared to provide temporary shelter for residents in need of this service. These conditions can be especially dangerous for older adults.

If you, a family member or a neighbor are in need of such assistance, go directly to La Grange Memorial Hospital. Use the main emergency room entrance, ask for security, and indicate the need for the cooling center. Hospital security will provide an escort to the center.

For additional information or emergency assistance, call the Village's Emergency Dispatch Center at 9-1-1.

West Suburban United Way Summer Benefit Concert

Friday June 26th

Featuring Local Band – “Out for Hours”
7 - 11 p.m.
Bella Via Ristorante, 9022 W. 31st Street, Brookfield
$30

Tickets include: from 8-10 p.m. beer, wine, soda, assorted appetizers, and mixed drinks. Participate in the raffle and silent auction. All proceeds support the many services provided by local United Way agencies. For information or reservations , call 708-352-7614 or awolff@uw-mc.org.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hinsdale Fashion Design Workshop

Saturday, June 27

Hinsdale Center for the Arts

Fashion Design Workshop

12 - 3 p.m.

HCA, 5903 S. County Line Road, Hinsdale, 60521

$60 HCA members/ $75 non-members (6th grade & up)

One-day workshop will introduce students to the basic principles of illustrating a fashion figure. Call HCA for more information 630-887-0203 or visit www.hinsdalearts.org.

For Rent: 3BR/2BA Single Family House in Lagrange, IL, $1,500/month

For Rent: 3BR/2BA Single Family House in Lagrange, IL, $1,500/month

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

LaGrange Business Assocication presents: Community Concert

Saturday, June 27

LGBA presents Community Concert featuring

Daniel Rodriguez, International Recording Artist

& Victoria Ulanov, Concert pianist from St. Petersburg, Russia

4 p.m.

Park Junior High School 60525

$20 per person

$50 Family pass (2 adults & s children under 18) Free to attend!

Concert tickets are valid for dinner discounts at participating restaurants in La Grange. All proceeds will go to local youth charities. Concert is sponsored by the La Grange Business Association. For tickets, call 708-372-5361.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

8th Annual Village of Lyons Father's Day Car Show

Sunday, June 21

Ogden & Joliet Avenue, Lyons, 60534

Registration 8 a.m. & Show 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Car entry donation: $15 and Spectators: FREE

Judged Car Show with 23 classes, stock & modified! Special guest: Bill Wildt of Motorsports Unlimited, plus door prizes, refreshments, and more. For information call Steve Potsek, 708-785-4700.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

12th Annual Pillars House Tour

Sunday, June 28

12th Annual Pillars House Tour

11 a.m.- Design Seminar with HGTV’s Frank Fontana

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. – House Tour

$30 per person before 6/27

$35 on day of the tour

Tour 5 fabulous homes! Learn design trends from HGTV “Design on a Dime” star, Frank Fontana! Seminar included in pre-purchased tickets, held at La Grange Theatre. To purchase tickets call 708... x205 or online at www.pillarscommunity.org.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Blood Drive Tuesday June 16th

Tuesday, June 16

Marriott Burr Ridge

Blood Drive

Marriott Burr Ridge, 1200 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, 60527

11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Give a little of yourself this summer. The need for blood is ongoing. Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome. Photo ID required. To register, call Jill Rinozzi at 630-568-7847 or jill.rinozzi@marriott.com.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Golf Outing!

Monday, June 22

WSCCI Annual

GOLF OUTING

Gleneagles Country Club, 13070 McCarthy Road, Lemont, 60439

9:30 a.m. – Registration & Eye-openers

11 a.m. – Shotgun Scramble – Best Ball format

4 p.m. – Cocktails & Dinner

$25, 000 “Hole in One” contest sponsored by Premier Construction and TrueSource Cabinets. Enter as an individual, or a foursome. Sponsor the breakfast, lunch, cart, hole, game & more. For more information or to register, call 708-387-7550 or visit www.wscci.golfreg.com.

Friday, June 12, 2009

For Sale: 2BR/1BA Condo in Lagrange, IL, $225,000

For Sale: 2BR/1BA Condo in Lagrange, IL, $225,000

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Right-Fit Burr Ridge 5k Run/Walk

Saturday, June 13

Right-Fit Burr Ridge 5K Run/Walk

Benefiting the Morris Service Dog Program

8 a.m.

Contact the Chicago Canine Club for more details. Visit www.chicagocanineclub.com or call 630-654-0004.

Fitness & Finance Presentation!

Saturday, June 13

By Dr. Michael Pinckney, Complete Rehabilitation and

Keith Hill, Edward Jones

Complete Rehabilitation, 507 S. La Grange Road, La Grange, 60525

10 a.m.

Sign-up to attend one of the sessions and learn how to get physically & financially fit!

Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, call 708-354-1250.

Plymouth Place Senior Living Today June 11th!

Open House

for Heath Care Professionals

3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Plymouth Place,315 N. La Grange, LaGrange Park, 60526

Health Care professionals can tour the new Medicare-Certified services and therapy department. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For information, call 708-482-6511.

Friday, May 15, 2009

New! Friday Night Flea Market

Beginning May 15th, the La Grange Park Antique Mall will be hosting the Friday Night Flea Market from
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Mall, located at 800 East 31st Street, La Grange Park. Spaces are available to
the public for $20 a table. All are welcomed to participate. This event will take place rain or shine. For
more information, call 354-1700.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Run For the Roses - Saturday, May 16, 2009

Celebrate the 18th Anniversary of the “Run for the Roses” on Saturday May 16, 2009.
There will be a clown to entertain and a moonwalk for all to enjoy, and a D.J. for
music throughout the event. The start/finish line is in the 900 block of Forest Road,
in front of the school. Food and drink will be provided to all participants. Tee shirts
will be awarded to the first 500 registrants on a size availability basis. The race starts
at 8:00 a.m. Awards will be given to the top finishers for both runners and walkers.
All proceeds will benefit the Park District Scholarship Fund. Last year’s participants
will receive the form directly by mail. Packets will be available at our Recreation
Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road on Friday, May 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. On race
day, Saturday May 16, packets can be picked up at our start/finish line location,
Forest Road School, 901 Forest Road, La Grange Park. Registration will take place at
our main office, 1501 Barnsdale Road, La Grange Park on or before Friday, May 15. NOTE: Race day
registration will be held from 6:30 – 7:35 a.m. at Forest Road School, 901 Forest Road, La Grange Park.
Prior to May 14, 2009 Runners $16.00 Walkers $12.00. On or after May 14, 2009 Runners $20.00 Walkers
$16.00.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Stroke Prevention Screening at La Grange Park Village Hall

– Friday, May 22
Life Line Screening of America is sponsoring a special discounted health screening event on Friday, May
22nd in the Community Room at Village Hall, 447 N. Catherine Avenue. Stroke, Vascular Disease, and
Heart Rhythm testing is available at the discounted price of $139. Osteoporosis screening can be added for
an additional $10. Pre-registration is required for this service. Please call 800-324-1851 to register.

Mark Your Calendars for the Rose Show! – June 13

The Village is planning its 48th Annual Rose Show to be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 13
from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at Plymouth Place, 315 N. La Grange Rd. This year’s theme is
“The Days of Wine and Roses”, and will be ever-present at the show with a special wine
tasting event alongside the rose competitions. Residents are encouraged to attend this
special La Grange Park tradition and to get involved in advance of the event – details
below!
Children’s Coloring Contest
We are asking students/participants to use their imaginations – to draw and color a picture of a rose or group of
roses. There will be first, second, third and honorable mention prizes awarded for the following age divisions:
Ages 4 & under, Ages 5 – 7, Ages 8 – 11, Ages 12 & up. The local area schools have been contacted regarding
this contest but certainly any La Grange Park school age child can enter. To enter, go to the Village’s website
and download an entry form and turn it in with the drawing at Village Hall no later than June 8. Entry forms are
also available for pick up at Village Hall. Last year the Children’s Coloring Contest was re-instated and the
winner of that contest (pictured at top) is this year’s Village vehicle sticker – a new tradition that we hope to keep
building on.
Enter the Rose Contest – It’s Easy and Fun!
The show is open to all gardeners – there are two ways to enter:
1. Division I - Specimens. In this competition, you bring in your single rose or spray grown by you. This
rose is put into a particular classification and judged.
2. Division II – Artistic Design. In this creative competition you can purchase your roses and follow one
of the five themed classes: 1. Meadowland; 2. A Gift for the Hostess; 3. Sunshine and Roses; 4. Memories; and 5.
Like a Child At Play. For the details, please see the Village’s website at www.lagrangepark.org. To enter
this division, call Marilyn Pulaski of the La Grange Park Garden Club at 708-482-3921. She can also
answer questions you may have regarding your arrangement. (Please note: there is no need to register
for Division I – you simply show up with your rose.)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Community Volunteering Weekend – This April!

The Village of La Grange Park and the Youth Commission selected Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th as the dates for the Volunteering Weekend. The Community Volunteering Weekend pairs up youth volunteers with residents who may need assistance completing outdoor tasks such as weeding, small painting jobs, cleaning gutters, clearing flower beds and more. To participate as a volunteer or recipient of services, please contact Julia Cedillo at 354-0225.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Helping Hand Parent Network Night - March 19

Parent Network Night includes a session led by Dr. Jennifer Rosinia on “Sensory Processing and the Theory of Sensory Integration.” Dr. Rosinia, will present the talk as part of the Parent Network Night series at Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center on March 19, 2009 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center is located at 9649 W. 55th Street (corner of East Avenue and 55th) in Countryside, IL, 60525. The talk is free and open to the public. All parents with children with developmental delays and disabilities, and teachers, and other caregivers, are welcome. There will be time for question and answers, networking and light refreshments will be served. Dr. Rosinia's expertise is in neuroscience with an emphasis on sensory processing. She has over 25 years of experience in pediatrics. She is President of Kid Links Unlimited; the company's mission is to link theory and practice, parents to professionals, and kids to their optimal potential. Please RSVP to Carol Boyke at 708-352-3580 or carol.boyke@hhrehab.org by Tuesday, March 17, if you are planning to attend.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tax Appeal Seminar at Village Hall

On Wednesday, March 11, 2009, Proviso Township Assessor Michael A. Corrigan will be hosting a Tax Appeal Seminar at the La Grange Park Village Hall at 7:00 p.m. This Tax Payer Out Reach meeting is a cooperative effort with the Village of La Grange Park and Cook county Board of Review Commissioner Brendan F. Houlihan. Information and forms will be available. Taxpayers are encouraged to bring their Tax Bill or Property Identification Number to the seminar in order to complete and submit forms.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

CodeRED is Now Up and Running - Residents Urged to Sign Up Now

The Village of La Grange Park now offers residents "CodeRED" high-speed telephone emergency notification services. The system gives the Village the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas or the entire city at a rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour. The Village cautions residents that such systems are only as good as the telephone database supporting them. If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called. The CodeRED system not only offers faster calling rates and improved message delivery, it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly to the system's telephone database. The Village urges all individuals and businesses to log onto the Village’s website at www.lagrangepark.org and follow the link to the "CodeRED Residential and Business Data Collection" page.

Monday, February 9, 2009

15,000 Homebuyer Tax Credit - Senator Isakson

$7,500 or $15,000 Tax Break - Buying a Home, 2009 Economic Stimulus

© Lena Gott Feb 4, 2009

Will a $15,000 tax credit for buying a home replace the $7,500 interest-free loan for first-time homebuyers? Economic stimulus must still pass for Isakson's tax breaks.

As Republicans and Democrats dissect and renegotiate Obama’s proposed economic stimulus details, senators on both sides are proposing amendments to the version of the plan that passed through the U.S. House of Representatives. Yahoo! News (via the Associated Press) reported this exciting development through an article titled “Senate OKs $15,000 tax break for homebuyers.” What does this mean for those in the U.S. and how does it relate to the previously authorized $7,500 tax credit?

$15,000 Homebuyer Tax Credit for Buying a Home: Not Just First-Time Homebuyers

Republican Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia succeeded in proposing a measure that obtained unanimous approval on Wednesday, February 4, 2009. According to a press release on his website, Isakson's amendment to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 would “provide a direct tax credit to any homebuyer who purchases any home…the tax credit would be $15,000 or 10 percent of the purchase price, whichever is less. Purchases must be made within one year of the legislation’s enactment, and the tax credit would not have to be repaid.”

According to the press release, taxpayers could claim the credit on a 2008 federal income tax return. The limitations appear to be that the purchase must be of a principle residence, and the credit would have to be recaptured (read: reversed) if the home is sold within two years of purchase. In other words, the home cannot be a second home like a vacation house or an investment property that isn’t the taxpayer’s primary residence.

How is the New Tax Break Related to the $7,500 First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit?

Senator Isakson actually spearheaded the original $7,500 first-time homebuyer tax credit that is available to taxpayers who have bought homes since April 8, 2008. This tax break can be claimed on either a 2008 or 2009 tax return, depending on when the home was purchased, but the credit must eventually be repaid over a 15-year period.

The $15,000 tax credit provision in the proposed 2009 economic stimulus package would replace the $7,500 first-time homebuyer tax credit, with the key differences being the increased amount plus the fact that it would not have to be repaid.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Countrysides NEW Property Inspection Program begins 2009

In order to protect public health, safety and welfare, Countryside is establishing a property maintenance program for all buildings in the City which will be implemented in the first quarter of 2009.The purpose is to ensure that all buildings are maintained to a minimal standard.

This fee-supported program has three parts:
Rental Licensing and Inspection Licensing and periodic inspections for all rental commercial and residential properties as well as condominium common areas is required. All property, other than owner occupied housing, will be subject to inspections. All commercial properties and residential common areas will be inspected once per year and rented residential units will be inspected once every three years.

Pre-Sale Real Estate Transfer Inspections
Pre-sale City inspections for all residential and commercial properties will be required before the City will issue a real estate transfer stamp.

Vacant Property Licensing A license is required for all vacant commercial and residential properties. A commercial property is considered “vacant” when it is boarded or unoccupied for 120 consecutive days. A residential building with 20% or more unoccupied units for 120 consecutive days also is considered “vacant.” The license can be renewed but another inspection is required.

The City is developing a list of rental and vacant property and will
soon be contacting each property owner to schedule an inspection. Copies of the applicable ordinances and fee schedules are available at the City’s Web site. �� For more information, please call Steve Tisinai at TPI Building Code Consultants (630) 443-1567.

Click here to view Countryside Illinois City Codes

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

LaGrange Park District Wide Kindergarten Registration Set

Calling all kindergartner wannabes! A district wide kindergarten registration is set for 7-8 p.m., Thursday, February, 12th in the Park Jr. High auditorium, 325 North Park, La Grange Park. This district wide registration replaces the home school registration format used in previous years. To be eligible for either full day or half day kindergarten, children must be 5 years old before September 2009. A certified copy of your child’s birth certificate is required, along with proof of residency. The registration fee for full day kindergarten will be $80 and the half day kindergarten fee will remain at $40. More information is available by calling the District Administration Center at 708-482-2400.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tax credits expand for "green" upgrades.

Starting Jan. 1, 2009, per the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, homeowners can benefit from tax credits for energy efficient home improvements (windows, doors, roofs, insulation, HVAC, and non-solar water heaters). Learn more from Energy Star.gov.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

LaGrange Park Garbage Rates Increase

Effective February 1, 2009, the Village of La Grange Park Garbage Sticker fee will increase from $2.30 to $2.45. The monthly minimum Service Charge will increase from $3.75 to $4.20. The prices for the 96 Gallon Roll-Out Cart Service will also increase from $19.75 to $21.20 per month. Residents can expect to see this increase on their water bill beginning in March. Service fee increases are consistent with rates established in the contract with Allied Waste, previously approved by the Village Board in May 2007. These are the first garbage fee increases La Grange Park residents have seen in 18 months. For additional information, please contact Village Hall at 708-354-0225, or Allied Waste directly at 708-345-7050.

End of Year 2008 Real Estate Market Statistics!!

The links below will give you market statistics for Single Family and Condo/townhouse Homes for most of Chicagolands cities/towns.
Statistics provided by:
MAINSTREET ORGANIZATION OF REALTORS

Year to date Trends through December 2008 Single Family Homes

Year to date Trends through December 2008 Attached Condo/Townhomes

2008 Market Statistics Detached single Family

2008 Market Statistics Attached Condo/Townhomes

December 2008 Trends Detached Single Family

December 2008 Trends Attached Condo/Townhomes

Disclaimer:
Statistics provided using data from Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois.
The Association makes no claim as to the accuracy of this data and has provided this data as a service to our members.

Monday, January 12, 2009

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Reserve by calling 708.352.3352

LaGrange Park Christmas Tree Collection

Once again this year, Allied Waste will collect live Christmas trees through Thursday, January 29 at no charge to residents. Trees should be set at the curb on your regular garbage collection day, and since the trees are composted, they should be free of all ornaments, tinsel, wire, and other inorganic material. “Flocked” Christmas trees are not accepted during this collection.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Starved Rock – Discover the Eagles Tour

Take this fantastic trip, sponsored in part by the Community Park District of La Grange Park. The event takes place on February 7th, where the bus departs from Plymouth Place at 8:00 a.m. and returns at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $42 per person and includes a trolley ride to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and lunch. Call 708-354-4580 to register by Friday, January 23rd.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Organizing for the Home: Focus on Paper – January 12th

This helpful session will be held at the La Grange Park Library on Monday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m. The presentation is designed for residents who are buried in clutter at home. Ms. Barbara Tischler, The Clutter Coach, will provide several organizing principles, tips, and decision-making guidelines designed to help you get organized in your home. There will be a special focus on paper management. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, call 352-0100.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

LaGrange Park H.E.L.P. Volunteer Program – Thanks for Lending a Hand!

Special thanks go out to the residents of La Grange Park for responding to previous requests for H.E.L.P. snow volunteers. The Village has added several new names to the list! However, there are nearly three months left of winter! With each snowfall, seniors in our community are in need of snow shoveling/blowing assistance. Helping Everyone in La Grange Park or H.E.L.P. is designed to meet this type of need. The program matches community volunteers with residents needing assistance. When the Village receives a request, we respond by providing a list of individuals who have indicated a willingness to be contacted. At this time, the list of volunteers is limited and we need your help. If you are willing to provide assistance, please contact Julia Cedillo at 354-0225, extension 108 or email: jcedillo@lagrangepark.org. Residents needing assistance contact the volunteers directly. Please call Ms. Cedillo for a list of volunteer names. Services provided are free of charge or for nominal payment. Any payment must be worked out between the volunteer and the resident requesting service.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Organizing for the Home: Focus on Paper – January 12th

This helpful session will be held at the La Grange Park Library on Monday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m. The presentation is designed for residents who are buried in clutter at home. Ms. Barbara Tischler, The Clutter Coach, will provide several organizing principles, tips, and decision-making guidelines designed to help you get organized in your home. There will be a special focus on paper management. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, call 352-0100.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sunday Open House in LaGrange Park

Stop by this Sunday January 11th for an Open House at 1139 Newberry in LaGrange Park from noon until 2:00! This is a very nice brick home that is looking for a new owner!! Priced at $244,000 offering 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath with a two car garage!!
Great House at a Great Price!!
Call Katrina for directions and more details.

Canadian National (CN) Rail Purchase - Update

On December 24th, the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) approved Canadian National Railway’s purchase of the EJ&E (Elgin, Joliet & Eastern) from U.S. Steel Corp. for $300 million. However, the Board imposed conditions on the purchase that will help offset the environmental impact on towns through which the EJ&E runs. The ruling becomes official on January 23rd. The STB will monitor CN’s compliance with the conditions of the purchase for the next five years. For towns along the existing CN lines, including La Grange Park, the purchase will mean fewer delays at rail crossings.

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