Firehouse Subs foundation provides grant of almost $12,000
The Villa Park Fire Department acquired some state-of-the-art life-saving equipment last week. A grant of nearly $12,000 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation allowed the department to obtain four video laryngoscopes. The items, which help paramedics intubate patients who aren’t breathing, arrived at the department on Aug. 9. According to Villa Park Fire Chief Ron Rakosnik, the video laryngoscopes are on the village’s two front-line ambulances, as well as its two fire engines. “You typically intubate someone who’s in full arrest,” said Rakosnik, who noted that Villa Park’s first responders previously used a blade to intubate a patient. “It’s always been a tough thing to do. These [video laryngoscopes] will make our job a lot easier, and a lot quicker.” The new items contain a camera and a small video screen that allows first responders to see into a patient’s throat during the intubation process. Members of the fire department joined village officials at the Firehouse Subs location at 298 W. North Ave., on Aug. 10, to recognize the grant. Since opening last August, the restaurant has made a few donations to the Villa Park Fire Department. “Firehouse Subs has been terrific,” said Rakosnik of the North Avenue location. “When they opened they gave us four monitors—two for each station. When a call comes in, a map and information about the call come up on the monitor.” Rakosnik also noted Firehouse Subs gave the department money to purchase two automated external defibrillator (AED) units. One of those units is at Villa Park Village Hall, while the other is at the village’s police department. The co-founders of Firehouse Subs—Chris Sorenson and Robin Sorenson—are former firefighters. Their business is based in Jacksonville, Florida. They founded the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in 2005, after traveling to Mississippi to respond to Hurricane Katrina. Since 2005, the foundation has granted over $28 million to fire departments, police departments and public safety organizations. Kelli Krupa, a Villa Park firefighter/paramedic, wrote the grant to request the video laryngoscopes. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation approved the grant in July. “Every second without oxygen, your brain and other body tissues are dying,” said Krupa during a brief demonstration at last week’s event at the Firehouse Subs location on North Avenue. “These video laryngoscopes will definitely make it easier for more challenging intubations. This will make a huge impact for us and the citizens we are here for.”
Michael Lay named police chief
Served as acting chief since May; a 26-year veteran of the village’s police department
The Village of Villa Park announced last week the promotion of Michael Lay to Chief of Police. Lay had been serving as acting police chief since May. Robert Pavelchik, the village’s police chief for about five years, resigned on May 19. Lay was sworn in as the village’s police chief during the Villa Park Village Board meeting on Aug. 14. Lay has spent 26 years with the Villa Park Police Department. He joined the department as a patrol officer. Lay spent five years as a deputy chief of police. In that role, he was responsible for the direction, control and review of the daily activities of personnel assigned to the patrol and investigative divisions. He was also responsible for budget preparation, union contract negotiations and preparation for special events. “I’ve been here almost 27 years,” said Lay, who learned of his appointment on Aug. 7. “I really enjoy working for the Villa Park Police Department, and being involved in the community.” Lay earned his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Illinois State University. He has completed several law enforcement certifications, and he completed training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Lay is an active member of the Villa Park Kiwanis Club, and will take over as the club’s president in October. He is an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Lombard.
Tri-Town Toast fundraiser Sept. 9
Tri-Town YMCA will be raising glasses and raising funds for program scholarships at its ninth annual wine-tasting event on Saturday, Sept. 9, 1-5 p.m. The event, open to the over-21 public, will be held at and hosted by Famous Liquors, located at 105 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard. For $20 at the door, attendees will be able to sample spirits, wines, and beers, including some local favorites. Early- bird tickets are available for $15 online at www.tritownymca.org. All attendees will receive 12 tasting tickets. “This is a great event for friends to enjoy together while supporting an organization that really makes a difference on a local level. Many families benefit from Y scholarships or subsidies,” said Whitney Cimaglia, Tri-Town YMCA Board president and Toast event chair. Vendor tasting booths will be set up inside Famous Liquors. Cheese samples and appetizers will also be available from Trader Joes and Old Town Pizza. Raffle prizes and silent auction items, featuring local establishments as well as Cubs jerseys signed by Joe Maddon and Kyle Schwarber, will complete an action- filled afternoon. The silent auction is open online at www.cherryfish. com/tritowntoast or is available by downloading the Cherryfish app. “We are so excited to have handcrafted beers from Noon Whistle and spirits from Burke Beverage, along with premium wines from Quara, Scotto Cellars and Quintessential. We will feature 90-plus wines and wineries that have been seen in ‘Wine Enthusiast’ and ‘Wine Spectator,’” said Jeff Sukowski, owner of Famous Liquors. The event is also sponsored by Republic Bank, Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace, Hidden Key Escapes of Naperville and Jim Hendry, MLB executive with the New York Yankees. “This is the second year that we have partnered with Tri-Town YMCA,” said Sukowski. “They’ve worked to make this event better than ever with the addition of some great auction items and baseball memorabilia. It’s a pleasure to be associated with an organization that has been serving this area for more than 50 years.” For more information, contact Tri-Town YMCA.
Sen. Cullerton works to streamline state purchases
Illinois now has a streamlined process to improve the way state government entities purchase goods and services. Villa Park Democrat Tom Cullerton’s bipartisan initiative, Senate Bill 8, is a reform aimed at taxpayer savings that was signed into law recently. “Eliminating red tape and streamlining the purchasing process will make it easier for local businesses to bid on state contracts,” Cullerton said. “Our local businesses are the heart of our economy. It’s our duty to make this process easier and more transparent to help encourage economic development in our communities.” This new law expands the ability of state universities to purchase needed products and services without having to navigate through costly and time-consuming red tape. Illinois would be allowed to enter into joint purchasing agreements with other governmental units, and vendors would be given more flexibility when registering or submitting a bid. “This new bipartisan law will speed up the process and save valuable taxpayer dollars, all while helping our local businesses grow and prosper,” Cullerton said. This reform was initiated due to concerns that procurement rules can be difficult for vendors, state agencies and universities to navigate. Cullerton has also been working to pass a series of structural reforms. They include a government consolidation plan, term limits for legislative leaders, workers compensation reform and changes to the school funding formula. Another bill Cullerton is urging the governor to sign is Senate Bill 3, a proven bipartisan government consolidation model to spread DuPage County’s success throughout the state. Cullerton worked with DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin to eliminate duplicative units of government and simplify the process that allows government entities to consolidate. The DuPage County model is expected to save taxpayers $100 million, so Cullerton has worked to make the model available to other counties throughout Illinois. Illinois has more than 7,000 units of government that are often duplicative and outdated, so Cullerton envisions large savings to local taxpayers across the state. Senate Bill 3 would enable Illinois to consolidate more units of government than any other state in the nation. “This one small step will improve government services and lower property taxes without making a sacrifice in services received,” Cullerton said. “Every day Gov. Rauner puts off signing this reform is a lost opportunity to guarantee government is evolving with the needs of the people. The time to act is now.”
Elmhurst-Edward Health among Most Wired
For the third year in a row, Edward- Elmhurst Health has been named as one the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems. The recognition is based on the 2017 Most Wired survey by the American Hospital Association and Clearwater Compliance, a provider of healthcare compliance and cyber risk management solutions. Edward-Elmhurst, a system that includes Edward Hospital in Naperville, Elmhurst Hospital and Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, also made the Most Wired list in 2015 and 2016. Prior to their recognition as part of a system, Elmhurst Hospital made the list in 2013 and 2014, and Edward Hospital was named in 2014. The annual Most Wired survey is a leading industry barometer that measures information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. Nearly 700 organizations, representing 2,158 hospitals (39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.), took part in the 2017 survey. According to the survey’s results, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. Edward-Elmhurst’s “Most Wired” efforts include: • MyChart patient portal (https:// mychart.eehealth.org/mychart): Available online and via mobile app, patients can communicate with their doctor, manage appointments, access test results, request prescription renewals and more. • Real-time online scheduling for doctor visits and tests: New and current patients can visit www.eehealth. org/make-an-appointment to schedule an appointment with one of more than 120 physicians, physician assistants or advance practice clinicians with Edward Medical Group, Elmhurst Clinic, Elmhurst Medical Associates and Elmhurst Memorial Medical Group. Patients can also schedule lab tests, mammograms, heart scans and other procedures. • Use of CardioMEMS and Reveal LINQ, implanted devices that allow physicians to remotely monitor the conditions of patients with heart conditions. • Real-time Wait Times: Available for ER, Immediate Care and Walk-In Clinics at www.EEHealth. org • HealthAware (www.eehealth. org/health-aware): Free, online assessments measure risk for addiction, anxiety, breast cancer, colon cancer, depression, diabetes, heart disease, lung cancer, sleep disorders and stroke. In addition, Edward-Elmhurst is enhancing and developing a wide variety of tools and programs, such as video and e-visits, price-shopping tools for health care services and more.
Villa Park briefs
Resurfacing project on Roosevelt Road begins this week
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) stated recently that a resurfacing project on Roosevelt Road in Villa Park would begin this week, weather permitting. The project consists of resurfacing Roosevelt Road between Summit and Villa avenues, with the addition of new sidewalks, improved sewers, curbs, gutters and medians. In order to complete the work, lane closures will be necessary. The project has an estimated completion date of late November. According to IDOT, motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through the are. Drivers should pay close attention to flaggers and signs in work zones and obey posted speed limits.
Police to conduct one more roadside check this month, on Saturday
The Villa Park Police Department will conduct three roadside safety checks in August. The first check took place on Aug. 5, while the second was on Aug. 11. The final check of the month will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 19. The check will run for four hours, until 12:30 a.m. Police will conduct the check at 807 W. North Ave. According to the police department, the safety checks promote the well-being of the motoring public, as well as providing a deterrent to those who might violate the law. The safety checks will be held according to guidelines set by the courts.
Cullerton hosts job fair on Aug. 23
State Sen. Tom Cullerton and the Illinois Department of Employment Security will host a job fair from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Odeum, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park. Veterans can enter the event early, beginning at 10 a.m. To register for the job fair, or for more information, call 630-903-6662.
Free August Summer Concert Series continues
Villa Park Recreation will present a free August Summer Concert Series at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, 320 E. Kenilworth Ave. The series of five Thursday concerts began on Aug. 3. The series continues with tonight’s concert by Mason Rivers, a high-energy country band. The Aug. 24 concert features Juke Box Band, a group that interacts with the audience. Pirates Over 40 will close out the series with an Aug. 31 concert featuring renditions of tropical favorites. Concessions will be available at 6 p.m. on the night of each show. Each of the concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Village welcomes submissions for its August photo contest
The Village of Villa Park held its first monthly photo contest in May. The contest, which asks for submissions from village residents, has continued through the summer. This month’s theme is “Pets Around Town.” Photos can be submitted by tagging the village on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Residents can also submit photos by e-mail to Kylie Cerk, the village’s public information officer, at kcerk@ invillapark.com. The deadline for submissions is the end of the day on Thursday, Aug. 31. The photo must be of something in Villa Park. Additionally, the photographer must be from Villa Park. Submissions of obscene content are not allowed. The first-place winner’s photo will be promoted through the village’s social media channels. There is no limit to how many photos one person can submit.
Village offers new rain barrel program
Earlier this year, the Villa Park Village Board approved the adoption of a new grant-based rain barrel program. Residents can purchase a rain barrel from a store of their choosing, and the village will partially reimburse the cost. Residents can fill out an application in person at the village’s public works facility, or online at invillapark.com. For more information, call the public works department at 630-834-8505.
Villa Park BREWFEST scheduled for Sept. 23
The inaugural Villa Park BREWFEST will take place from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. The event will take place at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, 318 E. Kenilworth Ave. BREWFEST will feature craft beers from area breweries. Tickets are available for purchase, online only, at $59 for a Gold Pass. The Gold Pass provides early entrance from 1 to 2 p.m., as well as a food ticket, use of indoor bathrooms and a commemorative tasting glass. General admission tickets are $40 (through Aug. 18), and include entrance from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and a tasting glass. The general admission tickets will cost $45 as of Aug. 19. Tickets for designated drivers, which will provide soda and bottled water, are $15 per person. Designated drivers must be at least 21 years old. Several food trucks will offer a variety of food items for purchase. There will be free shuttles running from the Villa Park Metra Station, Jefferson Pool and Lufkin Pool. BREWFEST is a 21 and older event. Visit villaparkbrewfest.com for more information.