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Fire Dept. holds ‘Wet Down’ ceremony, a tradition since the 1800s. Dedication of Engine 1 takes place at north fire station

Fire Dept. holds ‘Wet Down’ ceremony, a tradition since the 1800s.   Dedication of Engine 1 takes place at north fire station

By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent   On Tuesday, April 10, the Independent was invited to the north fire station to witness a ritual that dates back to the late 1800s. The long-standing tradition is called a “Wet Down” and is celebrated at fire stations throughout the United States. […]

 
 

Garden Club honors Baldikowski as Woman of the Year

Garden Club honors Baldikowski as Woman of the Year

Jean Baldikowski, longtime resident of Elmhurst, was presented the 2018 Elmhurst Garden Club (ECG) Woman of the Year Award at the club’s Spring Luncheon held on April 5 at the Butterfield Country Club. Jean is a well-respected educator, Fulbright Exchange teacher and former teacher of high school English, creative writing, […]

 
 

Waste hauling rates decrease for 2018. City signs new contract with Republic Services

  The City is under a new waste collection and hauling contract, which provides a decrease in waste hauling rates for 2018. After a thorough bidding and review process, City Council approved a new 5-year contract with Republic Services of Melrose Park. An additional benefit in continuing with Republic Services […]

 
 

Property at 105 Cottage Hill sells. Condo development planned with retail space, rooftop deck

Property at 105 Cottage Hill sells.  Condo development planned with retail space, rooftop deck

By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent   The former Service Automotive property at 105 Cottage Hill, across the street to the east of the Elmhurst Post Office has been sold, torn down and is poised for a substantial redevelopment that should add a whole new dimension to the downtown […]

 
 

Police host Drug Take-Back Day

The Elmhurst Police Department is hosting a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28th, 2018, in conjunction with the Elmhurst College Recycling Extravaganza Event. Officers will be on hand from 9:00 AM until Noon during this event to collect expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction. The […]

 
 

County Board of Health adopts resolution for opioid users. Increase access to treat substance use disorders

The DuPage County Board of Health supports the treatment of substance use disorders. A resolution adopted by DuPage County Health Department takes into consideration that more than 11 million Americans misused prescription opioids in 2016, over two million had an opioid-use disorder from prescription opioids or heroin, but only one-in-10 […]

 
 

Synthetic cannabinoid products linked to severe bleeding. County reports 22 cases since March 7

The DuPage County Health Department is providing this health alert to the community: use of a synthetic cannabinoid has been linked to an outbreak with potentially life-threatening reactions in Northeastern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports 22 individuals since March 7 suffering from severe bleeding following the […]

 
 

Funding approved for St. Charles Bridge reconstruction. Board okays engineering contract; grants to help pay for it

By Paul DelGuidice For The Villa Park Independent   The Villa Park Board of Trustees has approved funding of the engineering portion of plans to reconstruct the St. Charles Road bridge. At the Formal Meeting held on Monday, March 26, the Board unanimously passed two Resolutions that will finally get […]

 
 

Bond set at $3 million for Lombard woman accused of murdering mother

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton announced last week that bond had been set for a Lombard woman accused of killing her mother. Stephanie DeFalco, 28, of 197 Grace Street, appeared at a bond hearing, where Judge Jeffrey MacKay set bond at […]

 
 

Court orders high school student detained for alleged threat against York High School

Court orders high school student detained for alleged threat against York High School

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael Ruth announced last Friday that a 17-year-old female York High School student is now facing a felony charge for a threat she allegedly sent via Snapchat to classmate. The juvenile appeared at a detention hearing last Friday  […]