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Kick Off the Holidays at the Christmas Tree Lighting

The Village of Addison will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 5 in the Village Hall rotunda.

Visit Santa and take photos with him and his elves; enjoy a free sleigh ride along Friendship Plaza and Army Trail Blvd.; sing along with school children in caroling; and watch the lighting of the lights by Mayor Rich Veenstra, Miss Addison 2014 Samantha Slater and a certain jolly old elf.

For more details, click here.

Holiday Light Recycling Available

Don't throw away those broken strings of lights!

The Village of Addison has partnered with USMe to provide a drop box for recycling holiday lights. The box is located at the Addison Recycling Center, 711 N. Addison Road, and will be available from Nov. 17, 2014 through Febr. 27, 2015.

Lights that will be accepted include: Mini Lights (or Italian lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights, extension cords, etc. All colors and lengths will be accepted. Garland, live greens, wreaths, or other non-recyclables are not accepted in this program.

The Center is open from 8 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and holidays.

For more information please call the Environmental Services Division of Public Works at (630) 279-2140.

Village of Addison Receives 'Sunshine Award'

The Illinois Policy Institute has recognized the Village of Addison for transparency in government.

Addison was only one of three municipalities surveyed that received a score of at least 80 out of 100 analyzing the agencies' practices of making information available online to the public.

Learn more here: http://www.illinoispolicy.org/addison-algonquin-and-mundelein-earn-high-marks-on-government-transparency-audit-while-18-cities-fail/

CodeRED Comes to Addison

The Village of Addison has contracted with a service called "CodeRED," which will allow us to quickly communicated with residents in case of an emergency. Automated voice calls, texts and emails can be sent out to the community at large, or in a smaller geographical area.

Most landline phones are already in the CodeRed database and an introductory message went out late last week, encouraging residents to go online and register other phone numbers and email addresses. However, there have been questions about this process.

CodeRED will NOT replace the Village's database of email addresses that is currently used to communicate Road Construction updates, community reminders and the monthly eNewsletter. This database is still an important tool.

Here are some questions the Village has been receiving:

Q: How do I register?
A: You can register by visiting the Village's website, AddisonAdvantage.org, and clicking "Register" or "CodeRED" from any page. This will take you to a page that explains the difference between the Village eBlast list, and CodeRED. You can sign up for either or both. Or you can simply go to: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/BFEEEE53A4A6

Q: What is the difference between registering with the Village and registering with CodeRED?
A: CodeRED is used for emergency purposes, such as evacuation notices, boil orders, gas leaks and urgent situations. It can also be used to communicated warnings, such as major traffic incidents. These messages can be received via automated phone calls, texts and/or emails.
The Village sends out periodic emails only, of a less urgent nature. These are community reminders and news.

Q: How do I know which one I registered for?
A: EBlasts will come from the email address info@addison-il.org or info2@addison-il.org. You register for them by simply typing in your email address.
CodeRED registration takes you to a different website where you are asked to provide your home or business address in Addison, and verify your location on a map. This is why registration must take place online. This allows us to make sure to include you in messages that pertain to a smaller geographic area.

Q: If I received the test phone call, do I need to register?
A: If you received the message last week, then you are in the database. However you may still want to receive messages at other phone numbers or email addresses as well. If so, you should register those online.

Q: I didn't receive a test call. Why not, and what should I do?
A: Many people nowadays no longer have landlines at home, which makes it even more important to go online and register for CodeRED. Even if you have a landline, there is the small possibility that you are not in the database.

Satellite Office Hours in Addison for Congresswoman

Meet with a member Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth's (D-8th District) staff during Satellite Office Hours the third Wednesday of each month at the Addison Public Library.

If you have a federal question or concern, a staff member will be available from 3 to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

At that time, the Village will revisit the idea of Electric Aggregation and see if a lower rate can be secured on behalf of residents.

Village of Addison Expands Social Media Outlets

Get news and reminders from the Village of Addison, tailor-made to your interests!

Want know latest -- from road construction updates, to payment reminders? Like the Village on Facebook at "VillageofAddison."

Keep up to date on the latest Village of Addison event news by liking us on Facebook at "AddisonEvents." Get the most detailed information on our summer events -- including vendors, entertainment, changes, or weather delays. Communicate with us with suggestions and questions.

And follow us on Twitter @AddisonVillage.

Village of Addison Events Website Now Available

Get the latest information on Village of Addison events at ItHappensInAddison.com.

The "events only" website has the entire summer schedule, including vendors and entertainment, and is mobile optimized to make it easy to check out while you're on the go.