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ComEd cautions residents about utility scams

ComEd is warning customers to be on high alert for scam artists claiming to be ComEd representatives seeking payment. According to a news release issued by the Village of Villa Park, the company has recently observed a significant increase in reports from small businesses and residential customers who were victimized by these types of scam incidents.
Customers should be aware that scammers may call or visit their homes or businesses. Representatives from ComEd always carry proper identification and never ask customers for cash or personal financial information.
Customers can avoid being scammed by taking a few precautions:
• Never provide personal information to anyone initiating contact with you claiming to be a ComEd representative or requesting you to send money to another person or entity other than ComEd.
• Always ask to see a company photo ID before allowing any utility worker into your home or business.
• When in doubt, check it out. Be skeptical of individuals wearing clothing with old or defaced company logos. If you have any doubts, ask to see a company photo ID and if you are still not sure, call our customer service to verify.
• Never make payment for services to anyone coming to the door or someone who is trying to pressure you on the phone.
Anyone who believes he or she has been a target of a phone scam is urged to contact the Illinois Attorney General’s office toll free at 1-800-386-5438 (TTY 1-800-964-3013) or visit the Illinois Attorney General’s website at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov and click on the link “Protecting Consumers.” Customers can reach ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1 to inquire about details on their account or report a possible scam.

Village manager gives details about recent salt usage in Villa Park

Villa Park Village Manager Rich Keehner provided an update about the village’s recent road salt usage during his report at the Feb. 12 village board meeting.
Keehner noted that the village received snowfall for nine consecutive days during the period from Feb. 3-11. According to Keehner, a total of 18.3 inches of snow fell in Villa Park during that time.
Village crews logged about 90 hours of work to clear Villa Park roads between Feb. 3-11, stated Keehner. The crews used about 209 tons of salt during that period.
The village manager noted during his Feb. 12 update that Villa Park had received about 30 inches of snow during the 2017-18 winter season. Crews responded to a total of 19 events throughout the season, using about 564 tons of salt to help clear snow and ice from village roads.
Keehner said the village had 650 tons of salt on order, and another 300 tons still to be ordered. He also mentioned that the village uses a product called BEET HEET Concentrate to treat salt before the salt is used on village roads. Keehner described the product as a pre-wetting agent that’s more environmentally friendly than calcium chloride. Using BEET HEET Concentrate should reduce the village’s salt usage by over 10 percent, said Keehner.
The village’s public works department is responsible for snow and ice control on all public streets within the village’s corporate limits, except for North Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Route 83, which are maintained by the Illinois Department of Transportation

Villa Park briefs

Pioneer Garden and Feed holds seed starting seminar on Saturday
Pioneer Garden and Feed in Villa Park will present two seed starting seminars on Saturday, Feb. 24. The free seminars begin at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pioneer Garden and Feed is located at 118 S. Villa Ave. Spots are limited. Call 630-832-0815 for a reservation. “We have so many customers interested in growing from seed, but have never done it before,” said Angie Rojek, owner of Pioneer Garden and Feed. The business, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, carries about 1,100 types of seeds.

Entry deadline for Barnes & Noble’s ‘My Favorite Teacher’ contest is Friday
Barnes & Noble’s “My Favorite Teacher” contest gives students an opportunity to write an essay, poem or thank-you letter sharing how a teacher has influenced their life, and why they admire and appreciate that teacher. The competition is open to middle school and high school students. The deadline to participate is Friday, Feb. 23.
Each entry must include an entry form, and a parent or guardian must sign that form to acknowledge he or she has read the contest rules. Submissions for the contest can be e-mailed to District 88 Director of Community Relations Dani Brink at dbrink@dupage88.net, or dropped off at the District 88 office at 2 Friendship Plaza, Addison.
The students who write the winning essays, poems and thank-you letters will receive certificates of recognition. The student who authors the winning essay, poem or thank you letter for the teacher who wins the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” award also will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift certificate and a NOOK device.
The five regional-winning teachers will each receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the “Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year” award will receive $5,000 and will be recognized during a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000.

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce holds annual dinner on Feb. 28 Respond by Friday
The Villa Park Chamber of Commerce, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, will hold its annual member recognition and installation dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Villa Park Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 2801, 39 E. St. Charles Road. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40 per person. Respond by Feb. 23; call 630-941-9133, or e-mail vpchamber@sbcglobal.net. Registration can also be completed online at the chamber’s website at villaparkchamber.org.

Radio personality Mike Nowak to speak at Garden Club of Villa Park meeting on Feb. 27

The Garden Club of Villa Park has had to move its public general meeting for February because of ongoing repairs at its regular location. The club’s upcoming meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m., at the Elmhurst Public Library. The meeting will take place in the Kossman Meeting Room at the library, which is located at 156 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. The meeting is free and open to the public.
This month’s meeting will feature radio personality Mike Nowak, host of the Mike Nowak Show, which airs Sunday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. on WCGO, 1590 AM. Nowak has talked about gardening, the environment and green living on Chicago radio for over 20 years.
For more information about the Garden Club of Villa Park, visit its website at www.homegardening.org.