Greetings…and welcome to Burr Ridge’s Friday Wrap for August 24, 2018! This will be a little shorter than usual Wrap since we were on vacation most of this week. I also hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I wanted to make sure the residents knew about the following:
Sad News: Village Arborist Gary Gatlin Passes Away
We are very sad to report to the residents about the death of Gary Gatlin, the Village Arborist for the past 17 years. After not showing up for work and not responding to phone calls, we requested that the Naperville Police do a “Well Being Check” where he was found dead in his home.
Gary was very well known because very few positions touch virtually every resident like that of an arborist due to the sheer number of trees we have in the village. Gary was there for every planting, Arbor Day celebration and school functions to celebrate, of which there were many considering even our Village is even named after the Burr Oak tree. According to Doug Pollock (Village Administrator), “Gary was a respected leader in his industry, an incredible person and appreciated by all who were fortunate enough to meet him. Gary represented our Village with incredible class, professionalism, and above all else courtesy and grace.” Those words say it all and there will be a Moment of Silence at the Village Board Meeting on Monday.
Memorial Visitation to be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 (3-8 pm) at Steuerle Funeral Home in Villa Park. Gary Gatlin will be sadly missed by his wife (Sandra), children (Candice and William) as well as siblings and friends and very deeply by everyone at the village who were blessed to know him.
In Other Village News, we have a pretty full Agenda for Monday’s Board Meeting that includes Parking variance for Capri, a PUD (Planned Unit Development) on Drew Ave and a Request from Pleasantdale School District to Permit Use of Arrowhead Farm Gate by School Buses. The latter has been used by School Buses for 15 years, but a few Arrowhead Farm residents are now objecting.
Dr. Juzer Chinwalla Killed, Daughter injured, in Wyoming Car Accident:
In other very sad news, longtime Burr Ridge resident Juzer Chinwalla was killed in Wyoming and his daughter, Anisha, was critically injured in a car accident. They were in the process of moving Anisha back from California following the death of her mother Vandana in May of this year. If you would like to donate to her recovery and help support Anisha and her siblings, Rohan and Neha, there is a campaign on GoFundMe.com: https://www.gofundme.com/chinwala-family.
Concerts on the Green:
A lot of bands can fill the Village Green, but few can fill the Dance Floor…and that’s what the SECOND HAND SOUL BAND did!!! Yes, the rumors are true…I was dragged up on stage to play percussion (aka, the “Cowbell”) last Friday during the encore. That was a first for both, but it was fun! (I’ve never played a musical instrument…and it showed LOL). Thank you SECOND HAND SOUL BAND and to Anita Mital for filming it! I hope you enjoy our last concert of the year tonight with the CHICAGO EXPERIENCE…who always gives a great performance!
Let us all keep things in perspective and live each day to the fullest and based on how we want to be remembered.
God bless you all,
Mayor Mickey Straub