Welcome again to The Friday Wrap for August 4th, 2017! Here is the link to this week’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pPxQTqLM2Q.
CONCERTS ON THE GREEN Update: Last week, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks from Nashville performed in Burr Ridge while on tour through the Midwest. Tonight is extra special since only once-per-year can we say that we have a Burr Ridge band playing in Burr Ridge. If you like rock ‘n roll and want to support the home team come to the concert TONIGHT to hear RECKLESS led by our very own Lisa Martusciello!! (And maybe get to see Dr. Frank, too?)
Funeral for Popular Burr Ridge Pilot Held: In the previous Friday Wrap, I missed sharing a very significant and sad story about the tragic airplane crash of a popular Air Show Pilot and Burr Ridge resident, Vlado Lenoch. I wish that I could have been there, but according to friends the funeral line to pay their last respects was 2 hours long and his death was a “very significant loss to the aviation community”. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his wife and three children, as well as that of Bethany Root, the 34 year old manager of the Amelia Earhart Airport where the flight originated; she was expecting to just go for a quick flight in the P-51 Mustang with the legendary pilot and one of only a few skilled enough to fly it. Cause of the crash is still under investigation: http://abc7chicago.com/news/illinois-pilot-killed-in-kansas-plane-crash/2224543/
Destructive House Fire in Fieldstone: Shortly after a short storm with thunder and lightning burst through Burr Ridge on Tuesday, the cedar shake roof of a newly remodeled home in the 6700 block of Fieldstone caught fire. A watchful resident called 911 and a dozen fire trucks (from several suburbs), paramedics and a medical support truck were on the scene when I arrived. Most of the roof and second floor burned off and the rest of the house sustained major water damage, but luckily, no one was home and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but lightning is suspected to have hit the roof and knocking out the home’s electrical circuit breaker.
RUN for VETERANS Results:
The 4th Annual RUN for VETERANS 5k was held at the Village Center last Sunday, July 30th . They ended with 165 participants, a similar result as last year. Run For Veterans was featured on 93.9 MY FM, and received response from Fox News 32 to feature post-race. According to the organizer, Pauline Ozols, “Participants were about 50/50 male/female with an average age of 36 and we drew from several counties in IL as well as those from OK, TX, MO, and CO. Cities that drew the most participants were Chicago, Burr Ridge, Willow Springs, and Naperville.”
Burr Ridge's First Law Firm: Did you know that the first office building built in the Burr Ridge Corporate Park was that of a law firm by the name of Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff? That’s why it was a special honor and a pleasure to get a tour this week of their firm, meet the partners and to have lunch at Topaz with its founder, Robert D. Goldstine.
Chamber Lunch Held at Five Seasons: The monthly meeting of the Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday at Five Seasons Sports Club. Our new Village Administrator Doug Pollock was introduced at his first meeting in that position and he had a chance to share a few words of support for this very important organization for local businesses.
Exclusive Waste Hauler Update: Change is rarely easy and we’re only two days into it, but so far, so good overall with the switch to one waste hauler in the village. I don’t know about you, but the two things that I/we to will have to get used to with GROOT are “DO NOT put Recyclables in Plastic Bags” and to put the garbage cans on the other side of the driveway to be more than 10 feet away from the mailbox (which enables them to use mechanical equipment to empty receptacles when possible). Thank goodness, my wife read the instructions!
Priest from Rome Dines at Capri:
On a personal note, when Father Andre LaSanna of the Legionaries of Christ was coming back from Rome to visit Burr Ridge, it seemed only fitting to have lunch again with my old friend at Capri Ristorante. Father Andre was instrumental in building Everest Academy in Lemont several years ago and comes back to visit every two years.
A Capitol and Two Coincidences . . .
My wife and I visited the Wisconsin State Capitol last weekend and two coincidences happened: we ran into the same Security Guide, O.J. Thompto, whom I met on the trip…and a Burr Ridge resident on the observation deck, Laura Mulvenna! Wow…what are the chances?
That's a Wrap...make it a great week!
Mayor Mickey Straub