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Art on the prairie

Art on the Prairie, Warrenville's fall art and music festival, is coming up on the weekend of Septermber 16 and 17, 2017. The park district is looking for volunteers. Your help will make this event run smoohtly. 

Volunteers Needed on September 16 and 17:

  • 6-8 volunteers to assist artists unloading their cars and setting up (starting at 7:30 on Sat and 8:30 on Sunday)
  • 3-4 volunteers 21+ to assist with ID bands for the Micro Brew Tent (shifts starting at 10 am)
  • Under 21 volunteers to assist with pop & water sales (shifts starting at 10 am)

See the flyer below for the full schedule of events. To volunteer,  call the Park District 630-393-7279 Ext. 307 or email ruthb@warrenvilleparks.org by Friday Sept 8.

Thanks for your consideration! 

Attachments:
Download this file (AOTPFlyer2017FINAL.pdf)Art on the Prairie Flyer[ ]

There's a great line-up of Fourth of July festivities right Here in Warrenville!

Monday July 3

Parade: "Fifty Golden Years"

The parade, lead by the esteemed parade marshalls Emily Larson and Fay Johnson,  kicks off from downtown Warrenville at 6pm. It will travel south on Warren Ave., then west on Warrenville Road, south on Curtis Ave and will disband at Woodland Rd. and Curtis Ave. Judges’ Stand at Curtis and Forestview

Cerny Park

  • 5 - 11 pm - Concessions Open
  • 6:30-8:30 PM Balloon Twisting: (Pavilion) & Ben’s Bubbles (Center Grass Area)
  • 7:30-11 PM Band: The New Odyssey performing with up to 30 different musical instruments.

Tuesday July 4

FireCracker 5K

The race starts at 8 am. Both the start and finish lines are in front of the Warrenville Park District. Even if you are not running, come out and cheer on your friends and neighbors. You can sign up until 7:30 am on race day at the Community Building.

Wellness Warriors

You might see people wearing blue Wellness Warrior shirts. This  group is improving their nutrition and life-style because they want live a long and happy life in a healthy community. This race is the first in-person meet-up of the group. Cheer them on, come to the booth, or join the group of Wellness Warriors.

Children's Parade

Decorate your bike for the kid's parade.

  • 11:45 AM Participants meet at St. Irene Church on Warren Ave. and Warrenville
  • Noon Start Parade travels south on Warren Av to Cerny Park.

Food, Music & Fun at Cerny Park

  • Noon - D. C. Karaoke under the pavilion. Continuing at various times until 7:30 PM
  • 12:30 Opening Flag Ceremony with the V.F.W. Rifle Squad Drill Team
  • 12:30-5:30 Children & Teen Activities: Face Painter, Balloon Twister, Unicycle Performer and Juggler
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Ozzie the Kane County Cougar Mascot visits 3rd Annual Cerny Series and Celebration
  • 1:00 - 3 PM Warrenville Park District Activities:
  • 1:00 PM Sack Races/Stacker Cups Relay
  • 1:15 PM Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
  • 1:30-2:30 PM 2 – Player Team Shooting Contest
  • 1:30 PM Hula Hoop Contest
  • 2:00 PM Water Fights Warrenville Fire Department with Neighboring Fire Departments
  • 2:00-4:00 PM Warrenville’s 8th Annual Horseshoe Contest visit the pits before
  • 2 PM. Ask for Greg or Tom 2:00-3:00 PM Free Bingo & Prizes under the pavilion sponsored by Warrenville Historical Society
  • 2:30-3:30 PM Pickle Ball Demo see the newest sensation for yourself!
  • 2:30-3:00 PM Double Identity Pop Rock Girl Power on the Main Stage
  • 3:30-4:00 PM Braze Warrenville’s Own Burning Up the Main Stage
  • 4:30-7:30 PM Face Painting (Pavilion) 5:00-6:30 PM Centerfold Chicagoland’s Great Roll & Roll on the Main Stage
  • 6:30-7:30 PM D. C. Karaoke under the pavilion
  • 7:30-9:15 PM Hi-Infidelity the Best in Classic Rock Music on the Main Stage

Fire Works

Flag Raising & National Anthem followed by SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS! This is the place to be!

Print or download a flyer of all the events on July 3 & 4 in Warrenville

 

 

 

Time to enjoy local produce! Find it at these local  Farmer's Markets and French Markets:

  • Any Day - Mayneland Farm Stand at Bauer & Mill St. in Naperville - See Hours and available produce
  • Winfield: Wednesday 7am - 1pm at County Farm and Geneva Rd. - Starts June 7, 2017
  • Wheaton French Market -Saturday 8am - 2 pm - Main and Liberty - April 14 -  Nov 11, 2017
  • Naperville Farmer's Market - Saturday 7am - noon at 5th Avenue Station 200 E. Fifth Ave., June 3 - Oct 28, 2017
  • Glen Ellyn French Market - Sunday 9 am - 1:30 pm - Glenwood parking lot at 460 Crescent Boulevard - starts June 4, 2017,
  • Geneva Farmer's Market - Thursday - 7:30 AM – 1 PM at the Exchange Street Parking Lot - June 15- Oct 19, 2017
  • Geneva French Market - Sundays 9AM-2PM - Metra parking Lot NW corner of  South Street and 4th Street  - April 16 - November 12, 2017
  • Batavia Farmer's Market -  Saturday  8am to noon - River St. between Wilson and State St -  June 3rd - October 28, 2017 - 3rd Saturdays features the Artisan Collective where you can shop local from artists and designers.

Join a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and get a basket (aka share) of locally grown produce every week or every other week. Some of the CSA's may be filling up, but there is probably still time. Here are a few:

  • Rustic Road Farm - pickup / sign up Saturdays at Wheaton French Market  - farm in Elburn
  • Green Earth Institute - sign up online - pickup  Tue/Friday in Naperville or Wed in Winfield, near County Farm and Jewel Rd. - farm in Naperville
  • Find more CSA's at Band of Farmers

 

Earth Day Aprill 22Happy Earth Day!

Aprril 22 is Earth Day. Also time for spring cleaning. It is a  time to think about the 3R's: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of your unwanted "stuff" and keep it out ot the landfill.

Sell It

To sell your "stuff",  list it on Craig's list. or the Warrenville Garage Sales and Exchange Facebook group. If not,  donate it to bless someone else or recycle it. 

Donate It

Find a resale shop. Most resale shops take clothes, shoes, accessories, household goods, sports equipment, dishes, kitchen gadgets, toys, knick knacks, small working household appliances (NO big TV's or computer monitors, even if they work) Click links for hours and more detailed lists.

  • Discoveries Resale Shop and Furniture Annex in Warrenville: Pickup can be scheduled for furniture. Benefits Warrenville Youth and Family Services.
  • ReStore for working appliances, light fixtures, and other building supplies. Nearest one is by Fox Valley (4100 Fox Valley Ctr Dr Aurora, IL 60504). A division of Habitat for Humanity.
  • Jubilee - A bigger furniture store than the Discoveries Annex - located at 730 E. North Ave. Carol Stream, IL 60188 - 630.784.2890 - Benefits Outreach Community Ministries

 

Recycle It

Upcoming Recycling Events in Warrenville

  • Car Seats - Target is collecting Car Seats from April 17 - 30. Take old car seats to a Target location, and get a 20% off coupon for a new carseat. (Note: resale shops do not take car seats, as there are too many recalls and restrictions)
  • Paper Shredding and Electronics Recycling - April 29, 2017 from 9 am  - 1 pm at Northstar Credit Union at 3 S 555 Winfield Road.  Limit 2 bankers boxes of paper per person, and any electronics except TVs and computer monitors
  • Bike Rodeo - May 20 - Collecting Bikes to be fixed and re-used to those in need

Ongoing Recycling Events

Remember that most items items are made of natural resources - better to find a way to re-cycled even after the item is no good (e.g. keys, small metal pieces, lawn chairs, books). There are also things that the right person might be able to use (pens, blank paper, crayons, games, puzzles, yarn, glue, craft supplies, books, file folders, tools, lawn furniture .....). Here are places to get rid of of stuff that's too good to throw away:

  • Warrenville Ace Hardware - Electronics Recycling  and CFL bulbs - Take electronics to a box in back of store (small items, TV's for a price) and CFL light bulbs (bring to cash register).
  • Warrenville Public Library: Eye glasses (including sunglasses) for Lions club - in between doors at back entrace. Maybe when construction is complete, more recycling will return.
  • Warrenville Park District - Bins at the back entrance for ink jst cartridges, old cell phones, batteries, gym shoes, eye glasses
  • Warrenville City Hall - Batteries (alkaline, lithium, lithium-ion) - Collection bins by upper and lower entrances. Keep the chemicals that leak out of batteries out of our water supply!
  • St. Irene's - Paper Recycling - includes outdated text books
  • Freecycle- Join the Warrenville Group - post what you want to give away - "one person's trash is another person's treasure" - You make arrangements for them to pick it up. For a bigger audience, there are other Wheaton and Naperville groups too. (Can be all sorts of things. For example,  I got rid of landscape stones and logs (and they came to get it), and old chair cushions.
  • Wheaton Public WorksSecond Saturday each month. 9-noon - small electronics, cooking oil, scrap metal and more (no TV's or hazardous waste).
  • SCARCE in Glen Ellyn has BookRescue, Tools for Schools and Super Crayons projects - Tools for Schools is for any supplies that a teacher might use in a classroom, including any and all books, paper, pens, pencils & crayons, game pieces or groups of other small things for kids to count / manipulate, anything that could be used for craft projects, any office supplies, buttons, sewing machines, sewing supplies and more. See  Tools for Schools List. Also Book Rescue takes all books. Books for kids are distributed to teachers, for classroom use, and SCARCE finds homes for other books, or recycles those that are in bad shape. All Crayons (broken or not) are used by the Super Crayons project.
  • SCARCE in Glen Ellyn Recycles odds and ends  - Keys, flags, records, small metal pieces, cell phones, lights & cords (all year) - Click to see list
  • Food Panty in Immanual Church - non-perishables that you won't use (that are still good) - open Tuesday mornings
  • People's Resource Center in Wheaton - food, clothes, computers (critial need for working computers), books
  • Sharing Connections - Furniture and Household Items - they will pickup
  • Shopping bags - Resale shops including Discoveries in Warrenville re-uses shopping bags and plastic bags in good shape. - If DIscoveries can't use your plastic bags, then take them for recycling next door at Family Foods.
  • Tennis Shoes - Take them to the Nike store in the Aurora Premium Outlet Mall - Nike grinds them for playground surfaces so bring shoes with holes. - if the shoes are wearable, they can go to a resale shop
  • Bubble Wrap & Peanuts - UPS and other packaging stores (call first)
  • Hangers - return to cleaners (call first)
  • Electronics and more - Wheaton: Second Saturday each month. 9-noon at the Public Works - small electronics, cooking oil, scrap metal and more (no TV's or hazardous waste).
  • Garden Tools - Garden Works Project now has a facility in West Chicago is creating a Garden Tool lending library. (103 W. Washington - in the same building as Gallery 200 - stop by the gallery while you are there) 
  • Latex Paint - Usable paint that has not been frozen. June 1 - July 29, 2017 at Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility - 7900 S. Route 53, Woodridge

Find a Recycling Extravaganza!

These events, usually sponsored by a community or municipal group, provide a "drive-thru" recycling. Each event has its own list of items, and arranges for charties or commercial organizations to take the various items.  Find upcoming extravaganzas and read the flyer for the event or go to their webpage to get the details. ThereTypical items include:

  • Scrap Metal
  • Eye Glasses (Lyons Club usually collects and distributes)
  • Electronics (Look Carefully! Usually electronics are considered to be anything with a battery or cord, but each event has different requirements. Old monitors and TVs may not be collected, or may be collected for a fee).
  • Old Bikes
  • Garden Tools
  • Medical Equipment
  • Books
  • Pet Supplies
  • American Flags
  • Many More - check your event listings

Hazardous Waste

Some things can't be recycled, and shouldn't go in the landfill.  These include old medicine, cleaning chemicals, oil based paints, and weed killers. We're lucky to have the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal site in Naperville that is open every weekend. Learn more at these websites:

  • Naperville Hazardous Waste Dropoff - Jefferson and Forthill (Not in the Fire Station Anymore). They made the drop-off bigger so cars can move thru more quickly - open Sat and Sunday mornings.
  • Medicine Disposal - at many local police stations (not Warrenville), and HHW- Dump all the pills into a ziplock bag. - April 29, 2017 is Drug Take Back Day. There additional drop of locations on the DEA website as well as ongoing collections at West Chicago and Naperville police stations

Additional Resources

If you are looking for more information, check out these websites. It is illegal to put TV's into the landfill, it's difficult to find places to recycle them, and the information is always changing.

Don't Be Surprised in the Voting Booth - Check Your Ballot Now!

VoteIf you take a look at your ballot now, you still have a few days before the election day on April 4, 2017, to figure out how to cast your ballot. Local representatives can have a direct impact your life, so take the opportunity to vote. 

I can’t attach your ballot, because even within Warrenville, there are multiple districts at every level of government – each with different boundaries. Hence, just for Warrenville voters, there are ballot variations, so you need to look it up. (Note: someone came knocking on my door with info, including a ballot with recommendations -- it was NOT the correct ballot for my address).

Follow the steps, just a few clicks, and enter your address and you'll have the ballot.

  1. Go to the Voter Information Page on the Dupage County website: https://www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup/
  2. Search By Address
    Click on the Address Tab
  3. Type your address. Note:the house number includes the numbers and letter (e.g. 28w530). The "Suffix" is your street type (e.g. Street, Road).  It has to match exactly -- for mine Ln works but not Lane. Click Search.
  4. Click to "View Ballot" link.

sample ballot link

On this page, you can also see your polling place, all your current elected officials, and what districts you are in.

Some of the important local contests in Warrenville include:

Warrenville Elections

If you live in wards 2, 3, or 4, you don't need to worry about alderman - the candidates are unopposed.

  • Bill Weidner - Ward 2
  • Kathryn Davolos - Ward 3
  • Clare Barry - Ward 4

Beyond the City Council

  • Fire Trustee: 8 candidates for 3 positions
  • Library Board, Park District Board, and DuPage county offices uncontested.

Community Unit School District 200

Winfield Township - All candidates are unopposed

College of DuPage Trustees - 3 Candidates for 2 positions

Election Resources

Warrenville.info does not endorse any candidates, but here are some resources that you can use to make your own decision.

Should Warrenville Annex to Naperville?

On January 26 the courts were supposed to decide if this question would be on the April 4 ballot. No luck, a continuance was requested. The decision is postponed until Feb. 8.  Connie Schmidt attended the initial press conference, and sent the following report:

Annex to Naperville Press Conference"Since the news broke that petitions were being circulated to annex Warrenville (and Lisle AND Woodridge) into the city of Naperville, I have been so very proud of the reactions of our mayor,  and the spirit of our citizens as seen in personal conversations as well as on social media.  The common statement has been, we love Warrenville, BECAUSE it is not Naperville.  I have been following this situation in a number of ways and attended the press conference with Mayor Brummel and the mayors from Woodridge, Lisle and Naperville.  It was Mayor Brummel who called the press conference and has taken the lead in connecting the communities for a united response.  It was Mayor Brummel and the city of Warrenville who prepared a written statement for the press which was available for attendees to read and follow during the event.  And it was Mayor Brummel who started off the press conference with a well crafted speech that this effort is indeed not being initiated by our residents and would not benefit our community.

One point which some of the news outlets are citing incorrectly is that some residents of Warrenville are trying to make this happen.  There is no evidence of this.  The petitions are being circulated by paid individuals who do not live in Warrenville, (some live in Chicago) by an attorney from Chicago, Frank Avila. It was stated that many of the 81 signatures from Warrenville did not appear to be valid.  Mayor Brummel and the other officials are stumped as to why this is being done, but do talk about the time and man/woman hours needed to refute this effort. Mayor Brummel and the mayors from Lisle and Woodridge filed objections to the petition today in DuPage County Circuit Court.

We in Warrenville can all be grateful for the forward thinking actions by our city government to “head this off at the pass” prior to having it on a ballot in April.  At the press conference we were told that a response from the Court on the challenges by the individual communities to these petitions will be determined by January 26…so stay tuned." submitted by Connie Schmidt

April 4 Election for Mayor and Alderman

The following contests will be on the April 4 Ballot:

Unopposed will be:

  • Bill Weider - Ward 2
  • Kathryn Davolos - Ward 3
  • Clare Barry - Ward 4

Republican Township Primary - Feb 28

Did you know there is an opportunity to vote on Feb. 28? This is an election to decide which Republican candidates will be on you April 4 ballot for the offices of:

  • Winfield Township Supervisor
  • Winfield Township Clerk
  • Winfield Township Trustee

Want to see the ballot? Get directions to find your DuPage County Ballot. My ballot looked like this.

 

Looking a last minute gift idea? A book to read? Find a book that supports a local author. There is something for everyone in this list: 4 authors with a dozen different books. All are written by local authors, many from Warrenville. There are links to purchase each book on Amazon. And if you don't find what you want here, check out the 2015 list of books by local authors.

Circles of Gold by Vickie Austin

Circles of goldNetwork skills for those in career transition or building their business - or anyone for that matter. An easy read with a powerful message that provides practical tips and tools. From the formula for your “thirty-second commercial” to a template for launching your own marketing campaign, Vickie walks you through the steps of networking with grace and dignity, focused on honoring the people you already know! A gift for someone else, or an investment in yourself.

Circles of Gold on Amazon

Toby and the Princess by Jack Schmitt (author) and Christopher Gradoski (illustrator)

Toby and the princess

Local author Jack Schmitt teamed up with local artist Christopher Gradoski to create this beautifully illustrated story about a young princess who overstays her playtime at a neighboring castle. She chooses the shorter path home, which leads her through the Dark Woods. This leads to unfortunate adventures, and the princess learns a lesson in being mindful of the time.

Find Toby and the Princess on Amazon.

 

Books Featuring Artwork of Carolyn McNellis

Carolyn McNellisFour books featuring the artwork, life, and family traditions of longtime Warrenville resident, Carolyn McNellis.

’26 Cousins’: Carolyn's had 26 grandchildren. This book captures the unique and personalized birthday cards that Carolyn created, complete with the heartwarming stories behind the cards.  (image is Danny's card)                              

’McQuillan’s Family Fare’:  A thoroughly entertaining mix of healthy food, sharing & creating recipes, and raising kids. IT includes over 100 of the family's time-tested recipes (including a recipe for dog biscuits for those dog-lovers out there). And because everything delicious being served around an island comes with a discussion on healthy food or raising kids.                                                           

’Art: In Spite Of It All’: A Collection of over 115 works of art by Carolyn P. McNellis
 
’Joy In Learning’: Unlocking Your Child’s Potential by Annie McNellis Carlson.  An educational philosophy that includes social, physical, and emotional development in the educational process to help children thrive academically. It appreciates children's innate sense of curiosity & that they learn at they own pace. The hard but necessary ‘work’ of early learning isn’t a chore but a ‘Joy’. 
 

Books by Shawna Coronado

shawna illinois guideShawna Coronado, a Warrenville resident, promotes topics including green living, healthy lifestyle, and organic gardening. She has published 7 books, with an 8th (101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-friendly Solutions to Improve Any Garden) due out Jan 1, 2017. Maybe a gardener on your shopping list would enjoy Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers

Visit Shawna's book page for information on all the titles.

 

Women VietNam VeteransWhile we may be familiar with the role of female nurses in the Vietnam War, did you know that over 1200 other women also served as intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dietitians, communications specialists, photojournalists, finance clerks, and couriers? Come hear these stories and more, inspired by the time the authors spent in Viet Nam.

Warrenville VFW Post 8081 will host a book signing featuring two noted Vietnam veteran authors on Tuesday, November 15th, at 2:00 PM.  The Post Home is located at 3S371 Mignin Drive in Warrenville.  Attendees are invited to bring their own books for author signing.  Extra copies will be offered for sale by the authors at the signing.

Claire Starnes is on tour, traveling here from New Hampshire to promote her book, Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories.  Joining her from Arizona will be Harlen Campbell, a writer of science fiction, mystery, and suspense novels which are nobly informed by his Army experiences.  His published titles include Monkey on a Chain, Jennifer's Weave, Sea of Deception, and PLENUM

Claire and Harlen both served in the same unit in Vietnam with former Warrenville Mayor Richard Volkmer.  All three worked together on editing and publishing the 12-page weekly MACV Observer tabloid newspaper, which had an in-country circulation of 110,00 and was printed by Stars & Stripes in Tokyo.  The 11-15-16 book-signing event was arranged in cooperation and with the support of VFW Post Commander Dan Leonard.

CLAIRE STARNES

claire starnesClaire Starnes from the Maine town of Lewiston.  She enlisted in the Women's Army Corps in 1963 and trained at Fort McClellan, Alabama; and Fort Gordon, Georgia.  In her first five years, she was assigned to Fort MacArthur, California; Camp Zama, Japan; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  In 1969, she volunteered for Vietnam.

Over the years of the American war in Vietnam, an estimated 1,200 military staff and line officers and enlisted women served in country.  At the age of 23, Claire became one of them.  Initially assigned to the US Army Engineer Construction Agency-Vietnam at Long Binh, she transferred MACV (Military Assistance Command, Vietnam) in Tan Son Nhut to work on the MACV Observer, a weekly 12-page tabloid newspaper published by the Command Information Division.  There, she hired and trained a staff of Vietnamese Nationals to run a typesetting operation which ultimately supported more than 20 division publications.  Due to Claire's proficiency in the French language and Vietnam's history as a former French colony, she was often called upon to serve as a translator.

Following her Vietnam tour, Claire worked at the Public Information Office at Fort Monroe, Virginia, where she wed Edward C. Starnes, another Army journalist.  The couple both retired from the military in 1973, became civilian employees of the Army, and continued their distinguished careers in the public information service.

In 1999, Claire and Precilla Landry Wilkewitz, a former roommate at Long Binh, co-founded a non-profit organization called Vietnam Women Veterans, Inc. (VWV).  VWV’s purpose was to find all the female staff and line officers and enlisted women who had served in Vietnam throughout the war.  More than 700 (both living and deceased) were located that year, and VWV convened its first reunion conference in Olympia, Washington.

Throughout the years since then, Claire continued searching for her peers, researching and filling in the missing histories of how these women came to South Vietnam and what they did there.  From 1962 to 1973, this hardy group of Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy female personnel left its mark as intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dietitians, communications specialists, photojournalists, finance clerks, and couriers.

Then, in 2012, a team of some 20 collaborators finalized the search and compiled the information. This compilation of the women’s varied experiences resulted in the publication in 2015 of a comprehensive history, Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories.  The book chronicles the participation of American military women (other than nurses) stationed in Vietnam during the war in detail.  Today’s military women serve in fields never previously imagined, thanks to the pioneering efforts and sacrifices of this little-known group of some 1,200 heretofore unsung women who served in every military branch.  The book took 17 years in the making. And now the world can learn about the accomplishments of these remarkable women.

HARLEN CAMPBELL

harlen campbellHarlen Joseph Campbell served in Vietnam as a journalist at the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), working as an editor on the 12-page weekly tabloid Observer newspaper.  He also served as a military radio disk jockey during a tour in Germany. 

He is a writer of science fiction, mystery, and suspense novels, which are nobly informed by his Army experiences, and lives in Cave Creek, Arizona, and Huntington Beach, California.  His interests lie in the nature of the individual's relationship to society and to the world, but he is willing to apologize if they show up in his writing.  In fact, he believes that a writer's primary obligation is to entertain, and that he should only be allowed to fool around with ideas if his readers don't notice what he's up to.

Campbell's first novel, Monkey on a Chain, was released by Doubleday in 1993. The book was introduced the Vietnam veteran character Rainbow Porter, who has been described as a "throwback to the outlaw/heroes of the old west."  In fact, Porter was inspired by a combination of John D. Macdonald's Travis McGee and television's Paladin character, with more than a touch of the pirate thrown in.  In addition to favorable reviews, Monkey was an alternate selection of the Book of the Month Club. It was also released as a trade paperback by Poisoned Pen Press of Scottsdale, AZ, and is available from the Poisoned Pen bookstore and website as well as Amazon.  Both Monkey and the sequel, Jennifer's Weave, are also available as audio books.

His latest novel, PLENUM, is an epic road novel where the road stretches from a fallen time ship deep in the last ice age to a critical meeting of the Polar Council in 7296 AD.

Campbell studied at New Mexico State University and has BA's in English and Journalism and an MA in English Literature.  Following his service as an Army journalist and a short stint teaching college English, he has focused exclusively on his writing career.  Although he admits to no hobbies and energetically avoids most forms of exercise, Campbell enjoys an occasional solitary walk . . . generally preferring beaches to mountains, warmth to cold, and indolence to industry.

Don't Be Surprised in the Voting Booth

VoteIf you take a look at your ballot now, you still have time before election day,  Nov. 8, 2016, to figure out how to vote on the more obscure offices and issues. These local representatives might impact your life more than those on the national stage.

I can’t attach your ballot, because even within Warrenville, there are multiple districts at every level of government – each with different boundaries. Hence, just for Warrenville voters, there are ballot variations.

Follow the steps, just a few clicks, and enter your address and you'll have the ballot.

  1. Go to the Voter Information Page on the Dupage County website: https://www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup/
  2. Search By Address
    Click on the Address Tab
  3. Type your address. Note:the house number includes the numbers and letter (e.g. 28w530). The "Suffix" is your street type (e.g. Street, Road).  It has to match exactly -- for mine Ln works but not Lane. Click Search.
  4. Click to "View Ballot" link.

sample ballot link

On this page, you can also see your polling place, all your current elected officials, and what districts you are in.

Finding the ballot is the easy part. Now you have the harder job of deciding how to cast it. If you're still looking for information on that, I just learned of a website ballotready.org. This site has a tab for each candidate on your ballot, along with links to learn their stances on many issues and a newsfeed of artices printed about them. For my address, I also found information on the state-wide "Transportation Lockbox" ballot item, but did not find information on the local referendums (Mosquito Abatement issue for all of DuPage County, and Musselman Property development issue for Warrenville residents only).

Mosquito Abatement

Someone passed along information they received from the Warrenville City Attorney on the impacts of the Mosquito Abatement Issue.

1)     This is a non-binding (advisory) referendum question and will not change anything whether or not it passes.
2)     Regardless of the referendum outcome and any future actions by the Township’s efforts to consolidate mosquito abatement services, the township cannot provide that service within the incorporated City of Warrenville boundaries.
3)     The Township does not have jurisdiction for general services such as mosquito spraying within municipal boundaries. They may only serve the unincorporated areas.
4)     The Township would need specific state legislation giving it such authority, or some type of intergovernmental cooperative agreement specifically with the City of Warrenville, to provide mosquito abatement within the corporate limits of the City.
5)     The City Council has not changed its policy against mosquito spraying within the City and there are no plans or actions to change that direction.

Mussleman Property

There is an article about this ballot item on the last page of the latest Homewtown Happenings

Happy Voting!

Subcategories

Warrenville offers the art, books, music, theatre and history to put a smile on your face. From the Warrenville Public Library, to the art work of Ivan Albright, there is a variety of art and cultural opportunities in Warrenville. Don't find what you want here, within an hour, you can find it in Chicago, or other neighboring suburbs. This section will feature cultural  and historic aspects of Warrenville, along with nearby excursions.

We all like to eat, and living well includes sharing meals with our friends and family. This section will restaurant news and recipes, and anything else related to buying or preparing foods and drinks.

In addition to our own parks,  Warrenville is surrounded by the green space provided by forest preserves and Fermilab, and Cantigy.  Studies show that spending time outdoors helps everyone live better.  This section will remind you of opportunities offered in our own backyards.


Attachments:
Download this file (FallFest2016Poster.pdf)FallFest2016Poster.pdf[Fall Fest in Warrenville - 2016]
This section features the neighborhoods and homes of Warrenville, and gives ideas to keep your home efficient, safe, and healthy.

If someone in Warrenville has a problem, others will help. Find volunteer opportunities on this page.

If you are part of an organization looking for volunteers, send an email to sue@warrenville.info to enlist some help. Please specify volunteer details (time and place, jobs, number of volunteers needed) as well how to go about volunteering.


This section features the services provided by local businesses.  Although businesses want to make money, they are motivated to provide valuable services to local residents.  Business owners want to make your lives easier. This section will feature local businesses, and show how they can solve your problems or make your life easier.


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This calendar will highlights some events, but can't include everything. Below are links to other local calendars. If you run an organization, and would like can event featured, see the Contribute page. Help managing this calendar is greatly appreciated.

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