Hi and welcome to the Friday Wrap for August 17th, 2018! Hope you enjoy the wrap-up of BURR RIDGE News, Events and Progress for this past week. (No video this week.)
Concerts on the Green:
The weather was ideal once again for last week’s concert with a band called STRUNG OUT sponsored by LOYOLA University Health System. One thing unique to us about this band is that my wife has known the band leader’s wife for almost 40 years. It was almost packed once again as STRUNG OUT was a hit and played to an almost packed crowd! Thank you again to all who make these concerts possible, especially Kristy Tramontana (Village Center), Janet Kowal (Village of Burr Ridge) and Jamie Janusz (BR Park District)!!! We have just two (2) concerts left and tonight is MOTOWN with SECOND HAND SOUL!
Funeral Held for Blackhawk’s STAN MIKITA:
Private funeral services on Tuesday for Stan Mikita, one of Hockey’s greatest and most famous players, were held at Notre Dame Church in Clarendon Hills; the celebrant was Bishop Paprocki of Springfield Diocese who knew him for years. Several former NHL players were pallbearers, including Dennis Sevard and Tony Esposito as well as honorary Bobby Hull.
Village Plan Commissioner Jim Broline was one of the Ministers at the funeral and was struck by how crowded it was, yet quiet (you couldn’t hear a whisper). He also mentioned the “deep feeling of respect of all who came to honor Stan Mikita”, his daughter Jane’s comment that “Dad did not go to work – he went to play” and that the vocalist, Catherine O’Connell gave you the feeling that “it was an opera honoring a life”. The one theme that I have heard almost daily from residents who have met him was that “Stan Mikita was such a nice guy” which is a great testament about an incredibly famous person. May he rest in peace.
Chamber’s ROUTE 66 Car Show Held at Harvester Park: The annual ROUTE 66 Car Show was held last Saturday and over 120 cars were on display…who came despite the hot sun! In addition, there were games, hay rides and multiple booths of local businesses and even a firetruck on display as well as a band. My apologies for forgetting to remind you all. Thank you Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Burr Ridge Park District plus Mike Schultz and Jim Moronic for your efforts in another great village event…let’s all make next year the most attended and successful!
Veterans Memorial Brick Installed for ERNIE GROB:
Clare Grob (Burr Ridge) and her daughter Shari Murphy (Hinsdale) realized their dream to memorialize their husband/father, WWII Veteran Ernie Grob, this week when a brick in his name thanks to the efforts of Len Ruzak. Did you know that you can still buy a brick to memorialize a Veteran? Just fill out an application at Village Hall and/or contact me or Len (LJRuzak@sbcglobal.net). The bricks cost only $100.00.
Indian Independence Day Celebrated:
I joined many Burr Ridge residents at the Chicago Cultural Center this week to attend a special event hosted by the Consul General of India, Chicago, Ms. Neeta Bhushan. What an honor and pleasure it was to meet so many distinguished guests from around the Midwest and beyond and to hear U. S. House of Representative Danny Davis award the Consul General with a Congressional honor! Dinner and entertainment followed the ceremony and speeches.
On a Side Note . . . I also included some pictures of the Route 83 Bridge over the Cal Sag Channel as seen on a bike ride. Enjoy!
Make it a great week…that’s a Wrap,
Mayor Mickey Straub