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Commission presents award to UCP Seguin volunteers

Villa Park’s Community Pride Commission presented its Spirit Award to volunteers from Villa Park’s UCP Seguin facility during the Villa Park Village Board meeting on Dec. 4. The commission made certificates for 31 volunteers at the facility, which is located at 17 E. Park Blvd.
The volunteers received awards for several contributions, including the watering and care of planters outside of village businesses and the Villa Park Chamber of Commerce. The volunteers also made cards for homeless veterans and weeded the playground and parking lot at Trinity Lutheran Church. They also performed several duties at the village’s bird adoption center.
“Thank you for making Villa Park a great place to live,” the commission stated on each volunteer’s award certificate. “We are proud of and grateful for your character and hard work.”
Three of the volunteers joined UCP Seguin coordinator Deb Maher to accept the Spirit Award at last week’s village board meeting. The UCP Seguin location in Villa Park opened earlier this year. In 2013, Seguin Services Inc. merged with United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago to become UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago.
UCP Seguin provides support to residents with developmental disabilities. The Villa Park facility serves as the base of UCP Seguin’s CLIMB initiative. CLIMB’s goal is to provide a community-integrated and person-centered service and support model for area residents with disabilities.

Police announce extra enforcement effort to target impaired drivers

The Villa Park Police Department is teaming up with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state in a year-end “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement event. The campaign will take place from Dec. 18 through the early morning hours of Jan. 2.
“Now through New Year’s Day, motorists will notice increased enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Villa Park Police Sgt. James Cihak in a news release issued by the police department. “It is vital that we keep our travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day. That’s why we’ll arrest anyone who chooses to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs.”
Officers also will be looking for, and ticketing individuals who aren’t buckled up. It is the law in Illinois to wear your seat belt, no matter where you are seated in the vehicle.
According to the police department’s news release, more than 37,000 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States last year. Of those killed, 28 percent—more than 10,000 people—died in crashes in which a driver had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.
“We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help save lives by keeping impaired drivers off the road,” added Villa Park Deputy Police Chief William Lyons.
Impaired driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s license, are charged higher insurance rates and pay unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing, repairs and lost wages. The ultimate cost of impaired driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement effort is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by IDOT.

Villa Park briefs

Willowbrook students’ art on display at Funky Java through Dec. 20
Artwork created by Willowbrook High School students will be displayed through Dec. 20 at The Funky Java Coffee House, 40 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park. An opening reception was held at Funky Java on Dec. 13.

Youth theater group performs holiday production this weekend
The Saint Genesius Productions youth theater group will perform “The Story of Holly and Ivy” on Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17, at Montini Catholic High School. Saturday’s show times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday’s performance begins at 2 p.m.
Twenty-five students from local Catholic grade schools and religious education programs have joined together to create this holiday performance.
“The Story of Holly and Ivy” is about wishing. Ivy, Holly, and Mrs. Jones each have one powerful Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she’s sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. Mrs. Jones wishes more than anything for a child. Can all three wishes come true? This festive tale is filled with the warm glow of Christmas spirit. The play has been adapted by Saint Genesius alumna Emily O’Brochta and Saint Genesius Artistic Director Sara Corkery from Rumer Godden’s classic children’s book by the same name.
Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at the door, or ordered online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3172246.
To learn more, visit stgenesiusproductions.com.
Saint Genesius Productions, founded in 2010, was created to bring the experience of professionally produced children’s theater to Catholic grade school students throughout DuPage County. This volunteer-run youth theater group provides students in fourth through eighth grade with a performing arts education and the opportunity to appear in plays and musicals.

Online survey is open to Willowbrook parents and guardians
District 88 is joining the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the sixth statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions, referred to as the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.
Through Jan. 31, 2018, teachers, students and parents/guardians are able to complete this research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment and have a voice in improving their schools. The survey will allow schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation. Teachers will receive an e-mail with details about how to take the survey. Willowbrook students will receive details at school about how to take the survey. Parents and guardians can take the survey by going online to https://illinois.5-essentials.org/2017. They can also take the survey during Willowbrook’s Booster Club meeting on Jan. 9; the Willowbrook Parent Organization meeting on Jan. 10 and the Athletic Club and Citizens Advisory Council meetings on Jan. 17.