Hi and welcome to the Friday Wrap for July 20th, 2018! Sorry for the delay…I was so wrapped up with village happenings and the creative juices just weren’t flowing. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures (like the one of people enjoying the fire pit sitting area) and hearing about the news, events and progress for this week.
Concerts on the Green:
As you know, last night’s concert was cancelled due to weather which is the second time this year Mother Nature changed our plans. But many of us can still feel the warmness from last Friday’s entertainment by the Mason Rivers Band led by Kelly Ott who grew up in Burr Ridge and whose dad, John Curin, still lives here! It was great to also see Trustee Anita Mital and Janet Kowal along with other friends and neighbors which included Cathy andSkip Rozum (see pictures). All I kept hearing that night was “This is my favorite band this year” so I hope this high-energy country band comes back soon!
SCORE to host St. Jude’s Hospital Event Tomorrow:
Burr Ridge residents Karla and Pierre Wakim are hosting their 2nd annual St. Jude’s Hospitalfundraiser in support of children suffering from cancer on Sunday, July 22nd at SCORE Sports Center starting with a Dodge-for-Life Dodgeball Tournament at 11am The emcee will be our very own Alison Rosati.
Follow-up Meeting with ComEd Held:
There were five representatives of Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) at the Village Hall on Friday to meet with concerned businesses and residents about recent power outages and to summarize progress. We learned that since our early June meeting (and the Memorial Day outages) their Maintenance Inspectors visually inspected (and used thermal scanners) on all 16 transformers and identified 3 transformers not performing to capacity. To be proactive, they will schedule taking them out of service and install some recorders on Lifetime’s transformer to assess performance; the main weak point was a spliced cable across I-55 which has since been replaced with hard wires.
Interviews for Plan Commission Conducted:
Trustee Guy Franzese, Plan Commission Chairman Greg Trzupek and I conducted interviews for the Plan Commission to fill the Full-time Commissioner (to replace outgoing Dehn Grunsen) and the Alternate position that was already open. It was held at the Crowne Plaza (who provided a complimentary board room); one more interview is to be conducted shortly and final decisions will be made soon.
C.O.P.S. “Ride Across Illinois”:
The Illinois Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S) organization will be completing their annual cycling Ride Across Illinois this weekend. They will be arriving at the Westin in Lombard today for a special dinner evenT and then their several hundred mile cycling ride will end on Sunday at the Gold Star Memorial by Soldier Field. Burr Ridge’s Sargent Michael Barnes is very involved with C.O.P.S. which provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and the surviving families.
Meeting at Village Center:
To exchange updates and progress reports, I meet regularly with Village Center Manager Kristy Tramontana. On the way out of Cooper’s Hawk, I also had the pleasure of taking a picture with longtime (circa 1930’s) residents George and Georgette Rediehs.
On a Personal Note . . .
Last weekend, Charmaine, Alysa and I went downtown Chicago to see my nephew (and Godson), Jeremy Straub, who was in town for MassMutual’s national conference. Jeremy owns financial planning firm COASTAL WEALTH which has 14 offices across southern Florida (in case you know anyone down there)
Have a blessed week…that’s a Wrap,
Mayor Mickey Straub