Village of Addison
1 Friendship Plaza
Addison IL 60101-2786

(630) 543-4100

Mayor Larry Hartwig
Clerk Lucille Zucchero

Village Trustees:
Tom Hundley
Sylvia Layne
William Lynch
Joe McDermott
Harry Theodore
Richard Veenstra

Village Manager
Joseph Block 693-7503

Assistant Village Manager
John Berley 693-7532

Human Resources 693-7504

Water Billing 693-7570

Community Development
Engineering, zoning,
building permits, code enforcement
693-7530

Community Relations
Cable television, website, special events 693-7550

Public Works
Streets, water, tree trimming, branch pickup 620-2020

Environmental Services
Recycling, sewer backups, flood control 279-2140

Police (Non-Emergency)
Traffic violations, crime prevention programs, stray animals 543-3080

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Village of Addison eNewsletter

November 2010

In This Issue

Pension Reform Referendum

Avoid Water Shut Off

Photos of Events

Regular Features

Police Beat

Village Employees of the Month

News Blurbs

A Bit of Addison History

Important Links

From the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig

 

It's not too late to get your ticket to the 20th Annual Mayor's Community Charity Ball, coming Nov. 13.

 

Even if you are not a member of one of the 22 local charities and service organizations that will benefit from this gala event, I can almost guarantee that you know someone who has been touched by one of these organizations.

 

The unfortunately misperception about this event – even after all these years, and all the money that has been donated – is that it may be a political fundraiser of some sort.  That is absolutely not the case.  One hundred percent of the profits is donated to these local causes: Addison Community Switchboard, Addison Center for the Arts, Addison Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Addison Rec Club, Addison Trail Theatre Boosters, Americans of Italian Descent, Concord Lutheran School, District 4 Educational Foundation for Excellence, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation, Friends of the Addison Public Library, Helping Hand Sertoma Club, Kiwanis Club of Addison, Knights of Columbus, LCFS - Lutherbrook Child & Adolescent Center, Medinah Shriners, NorthEast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA), Parks & Recreation Foundation, Rotary Club of Addison, Serenity House, Sister Cities of Addison, Student Participation Center, and Women’s Club of Addison.

 

During the evening, you might even get a head start on your holiday shopping, thanks to 300-plus items in the Silent Auction, fit for any budget.

 

Some of the highlights this year: a one-week stay in a 2 bedroom condo in Naples, Florida, including airfare for two (minimum bid $750); a pen-and-ink drawing of your home (minimum $125); spa packages; fur coat; jewelry; sports memorabilia.

 

Please contact the Village of Addison Community Relations Department and make your reservation today!

 

Respectfully,

Pension Reform Referendum on Ballot

The Village of Addison has placed a non-binding referendum on the November 2 ballot, asking voters to consider the issue of Public Safety Pension Reform.  Similar questions are on the ballot in 16 other communities in DuPage County, as well as many others throughout Illinois.

The referendum question appears as follows:

Shall the Illinois General assembly and Governor take immediate steps to implement meaningful public safety pension reform which will relieve the extensive burden on local taxpayers now that the General Assembly and Governor have reformed the pension systems for all other public employees?

Earlier this year, the state legislature passed reforms pension benefits for all non-public safety employees.  These reforms created a two-tier system, allowing current employees to keep their current benefits, but making changes for new hires.

This referendum asks the legislature for similar reforms for new hires in public safety. 

Taxpayers are responsible for funding these pensions, which appear as separate line items on property tax bills. These have seen double-digit increases over the past few years, and will continue this for the near future.

For more information, check the "Before the Board" video links at right.

Watch an interview with
Finance Director
Roseanne Benson
Watch an interview with
Mayor Larry Hartwig

Keep the Water Flowing

Avoid Having Your Water Turned Off, Even If You're Late

You can’t pay your water bill….now what?

You have received your bill, a past due notice and now the dreaded shut off notice.  You are having financial problems, you are embarrassed, you have never been late before… what do you do?

Call us.  The Village understands that sometimes a resident may have problems paying their water bill. Although we cannot erase the bill, we can give you some extra time to pay.  But you have to talk to us before your water is shut off. 

Once the water is off, the full bill and a turn on fee will have to be paid before service can be restored.  At that point our options are very limited.   

Again, call us as soon as you determine you will have a problem paying your bill.  We will work with you.

The Water Billing division can be reached Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 630-693-7570.

  Groundbreaking Ceremony

Members of Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, along with Addison Mayor Larry Hartwig (second from left), break ground at the new Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Addison Center for Health on Lake Street.  The new facility will be built adjacent to their current building, which will eventually be demolished.  The new facility will open in 2011.

'Barber of Seville'

The Lyric Opera in the Neighborhood program once again gave students in grades 4 - 6 from throughout Addison the chance to experience Opera with a shortened production of the "The Barber of Seville."  Above, the actors get ready as students arrive at Addison Trail High School for the performance.  This is the 15th year this program has come to Addison, and is sponsored by Addison Cultural Arts Commission and Addison Center for the Arts.

The Sneakiest New Shopping Scams

(as reported by Yahoo.com)

The Addison Police Department offers the following information to help ensure the upcoming shopping season is a safe one! 

'Smishing'

How it works: "Phishing" is when you get an email from a supposedly trustworthy source, such as your bank or PayPal, claiming a problem with your account and asking for your user name and password. When you respond, your information is stolen and your account is siphoned. "Smishing" is the latest twist on that scam—instead of getting an email, you get a text message. (The word is a combination of "SMS," for short message service, aka text messaging, and "phishing.") You're told to call a toll-free number, which is answered by a bogus interactive voice-response system that tries to fool you into providing your account number and password.  Thieves can use random-dialing telemarketing services to hit on your number, says Rod Rasmussen, president and CTO of IID, an Internet security firm. If you belong to a credit union, be especially wary—members are targets because often the call-back number has a local area code, not an 800 number, which makes victims less likely to suspect a hoax, Rasmussen says.

Prevent it: If you get a text alert about an account, don't respond before you verify that it's legitimate. You can do a Google search on the number to see whether it matches your financial institution. Even better, call the customer-service number at your bank or other service provider to give any needed information to a representative.

Teeny, tiny charges

How it works: Thieves get hold of your credit- or debit-card number and make very small charges of 20 cents to $10. The charges appear on your bill with an innocuous-sounding corporate name, and a toll-free number may appear next to the charge. But when you call the number, it's either disconnected or you're instructed to leave a message and your call is never returned.  That was precisely the scam that the Federal Trade Commission broke up in June, according to spokesman Frank Dorman. "We don't know where the thieves got the card numbers, but we're looking into that," he says. The scam was successful because most consumers either didn't notice the charges or didn't bother to correct them because the amounts were so small. In all, the crime ring racked up more than $10 million in bogus charges, the FTC estimates.

Prevent it: Scrutinize every item on your bill every month, and question those you don't recognize. (Some charges, but not all, will list a phone number.) If you think a charge is fraudulent, notify your card company as soon as possible but no later than 60 days after the charge appears. By law, the card company must remove the disputed amount from your account while it investigates. Worst case, by law you're liable for only the first $50 on a credit card. (In most cases, Visa and MasterCard will cover the full amount.) Debit cards offer fewer protections: You must report the problem two days after you notice it. If you don't, you could be liable for the first $500 in fraudulent charges. If you wait more than 60 days after your statement is mailed, you could lose all the money in your account.

Skimmers

How it works: Skimmers, devices that thieves attach to ATMs or gas pumps to steal your debit account number and password, have been around for years—and they're not going away. They're getting even more sophisticated.  The devices are placed at the mouth of the card-acceptance slot and record the data off of the magnetic strip on the back of your ATM card when you slide it into the machine. Crooks will usually plant a second device, such as a hidden camera or a transparent plastic PIN pad overlay, that's used to record your PIN when you type it in. In the early days of skimming, the thief had to return to the ATM or gas pump to retrieve the apparatus. But now, Krebs says, wireless technology enables the devices to be rigged to send account information via text message to the thief's cell phone. "The thief can be down the street in a coffee house or halfway around the world," he says. "As long as he's got a working phone signal, he can get the information sent to him right away and start using it."

Prevent it: Use credit cards and avoid using non-bank ATMs. Those machines are generally located in areas that are less secure, making it easier for thieves to tamper with them. And check the card slot: If there's a plastic strip or plastic film sticking out, or anything glued to the card reader, go elsewhere. If your card is stuck inside the card slot, do not leave the machine. Use your cell phone to call your bank branch or the 24-hour service number to report the problem.

Membership programs

How they work: You're buying from a large, reputable website but just before you click the "confirm" button on your purchase, you see a pop-up window or banner ad with an offer such as "$10 Cash Back on Your Next Purchase!" Here's the catch. By accepting that so-called deal, you're agreeing to enroll in a Web discount program that's run by a completely separate company. Those programs, which have innocuous names such as "Reservation Rewards," "Travel Values Plus," or "Great Fun," often provide a 30-day trial period during which you get discounts on a variety of merchandise and services. After that, a monthly membership fee, usually $10 to $20, will appear on your credit-card bill—even though you never gave that outside company your card number.

Sounds dicey, doesn't it? A Senate committee headed by Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., thought so, too. Last year, the committee launched an investigation into three large companies that sell memberships to those discount clubs: Affinion Group, Vertrue, and Webloyalty. The committee's report was issued last November and alleged, among other things, that "misleading 'Yes' and 'Continue' buttons cause consumers to reasonably think they are completing the original transaction, rather than entering into a new, ongoing financial relationship with a membership club operated by Affinion, Vertrue, or Webloyalty."  The problem is so ubiquitous that in May, Rockefeller introduced a bill to ban that and other misleading sales practices. Meanwhile, the three companies mentioned in the report have pledged to change their ways. Previously, customers' credit-card numbers were provided to the discount company by the original site without the consumer's knowledge. After the investigation began, all three companies started to require consumers to type in, at a minimum, the last four digits of their card number to make it clear that they are entering into a separate transaction. We'll be on the lookout for whether those changes are enough to keep consumers from being duped.

Prevent it: Be wary of pop-up windows or banner ads that promise an additional discount before you complete a transaction. If you do click on an offer, take the time to read the fine print. Scrutinize your credit-card statement every month and question any unfamiliar charges, no matter how small. Check your email inbox and spam folder because Web loyalty programs often send a notification email before they start charging your credit card, when you still have time to cancel.

Stripped gift cards

How it works: Thieves look for gift cards that are displayed on grab-and-go racks, such as in grocery and department stores. They use a handheld scanner—which you can buy online for just a few hundred dollars—to read the code behind the magnetic or scratch-off strip on the back of the card. That, combined with the card number on the front, gives them everything they need to steal the value of the card. Then they put the card back on the rack. Later an unsuspecting buyer purchases the worthless gift card. Even if a card isn't preloaded, a thief can steal the card number and security code, then call the 800 number shown on the card every few days to check the balance. Once a shopper has purchased the card and loaded it with a dollar amount, the thief can spend it before the purchaser does.

Prevent it: Buy cards that are behind a customer-service desk, says Tom Browning, vice president of corporate compliance and chief security officer for AlliedBarton Security Services. Inspect the card; if the magnetic or peel-off strip on the back isn't pristine, the card might have been tampered with. When buying a preloaded card, ask the cashier to scan it to make sure the full value is on it. If you're buying from a third-party gift-card site, look at the refund policy. And always hang on to the receipts. If something goes wrong, it can help you—or the gift recipient—get a refund.

Counterfeit electronics

How it works: Counterfeiting might seem like old news, but it's still going strong—in fact, stronger than ever. Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection made 14,841 seizures of fake and pirated goods worth $261 billion, an all-time high. The counterfeits seized included the usual suspects—footwear, apparel, and accessories—plus a huge number of electronics. "A knockoff handbag may not present a direct risk to consumers," says Anthony Toderian, spokesman for CSA International, which tests and certifies products, "but counterfeit electronics certainly do." Fake goods could have substandard wiring, faulty fuses, flammable plastic casings, and harmful chemicals such as lead and mercury. All kinds of electronics have been illegally copied, including computers, phones, and handheld gaming devices, he says. Although online shopping and auction sites and deep-discount stores are the most likely places those fakes will pop up, some have made their way onto the shelves of major retailers. "Buyers for stores can be fooled just as easily as regular consumers can," Toderian says.

Prevent it: Look for a label stating that the product has been certified by CSA International or Underwriters Laboratory. (Go to CSA -International. org and click on "Certification Marks" to see what genuine labels look like. At UL.com, go to the search box and type in "How to spot fakes.") Look at the product, too. Are there misspellings on the package? If the box is see-through, does it contain all of the listed components, including batteries, cases, and power cords? Is the manufacturer's contact information, including address and phone number, clearly displayed? When in doubt, buy from well-known retailers that offer a full refund.

Other preventative tips…

Nix knapsacks: They're back in style, but any bag that's not within your view is a juicy target for skilled pickpockets, no matter how securely it's fastened. And avoid purses with open compartments. Bags with zippers are best.

Keep your focus: A classic ploy of purse thieves is to create a diversion—pointing at something, talking loudly, holding open a map and asking for directions, or spilling something on your coat then offering to clean it up. It can happen in a restaurant or a busy mall. Whenever anyone approaches you, be sure to firmly hold your purse and keep it in front of you.

Pare down your wallet: Do you really need to bring all of your credit cards and ID cards with you? Leave everything except the necessities at home. And never routinely carry around anything with your Social Security number on it. (Photocopy all of the cards in your wallet, just in case.)

Be smart with your car: Park in well-lit areas. If it's still daylight but you plan to shop for a while, park under a street lamp or in a well-lit garage. Always put up your windows and lock the car. If you go back to your car to stow packages, put them in the trunk—visible boxes and bags are magnets for thieves. Don't load up with so many packages that your purse dangles from your arm, out of your sight. Take advantage of curbside pickup or ask the store to hold bags for you. If someone tries to grab your purse, don't resist. "It's not worth losing your life over," Arno says. Also, if you have a GPS device in your car, program it so that your "home" setting isn't your home address. Instead, use the school or church down the street, or crooks will know how to get to your house while you're out. GPS thefts are also on the rise, so don't leave any visible trace of one in your car, including the mount.

Check sellers Before you do business with anyone, go to the Better Business Bureau, at www.bbb.org/us. Grades A to F are based on how long the seller has been in business and how good a job it does resolving complaints. Other sites that are worth a look include SiteJabber.com, Complaints.com, and RipoffReport.com, for its user reviews. Also do a Google search of the site or retailer and the word "complaints."

On-Line Resources

FTC.gov: The Federal Trade Commission's site has lots of fact sheets that tell you what to do you if you've been scammed. Under the Consumer Protection tab, click on "Consumer Information" and then "Shopping for Products & Services." Don't miss the helpful primers on what to do if you're billed for merchandise you never receive and "How to right a wrong."

Safeshopping.org: This site is sponsored by the American Bar Association and is packed with advice on safe payment methods, protecting your privacy when you shop, and other need-to-know topics.

OnGuardOnline.gov: This site has tips on Internet shopping and is sponsored by government agencies. Quizzes test your knowledge of spyware, online auctions, ID theft, and more.

Antiphishing.org: The Anti-Phishing Working Group, an industry-sponsored association, has a tip sheet on how to avoid being scammed. Click on "Consumer Advice," then "How to Avoid Phishing Scams."

 

Village Employee of the Month

Dolores Marek
Principal Accounting Clerk
Finance Department

October 2010

Dolores Marek  has been a Village of Addison Employee for more than 20 years.  Dolores is Principal Accounting Clerk in the Finance Department and prior to that she spent 6 months in the Community Development Department.  

Some of Dolores’s duties include monthly water bills as well as final water bills, updating account information, working on billing reports and helping customers and residents with water billing problems. 

Dolores has three grown sons and two daughter-in-laws, Ken and wife Michelle, Thomas and wife Kristen and Daniel.   She also has two granddaughters, Faith & Morgan. 

In her spare time, Dolores enjoys Polka dancing and taking care of her home.

She also likes spending time with her family.

News Blurbs

Landscape Waste Pickup Ends

The week of Nov. 29 will be the last for landscape waste pickup by Allied Waste for this year.

Grass clippings, small shrubbery trimmings and leaves will be picked up by Allied Waste on normal garbage collection days.

Landscape waste may be placed in either:

  • 30 - 33 gallon trash containers with two waste stickers attached. Stickers are available at no charge at Village Hall.

  • Biodegradable paper sacks which may be purchased from local retailers. Stickers are not necessary for paper sacks.

If you have any questions regarding the landscape program, call Environmental Services at 630-279-2140.

Landscape waste removal will resume the week of April 4, 2011.

Village Office Holiday Hours

The Village of Addison Offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Offices will resume normal business hours at 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 29.

The Addison Police Department is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Village of Addison will present its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3 beginning at 5 p.m.

Join Mayor Larry Hartwig, the Village Board and a certain jolly old elf for an Old Fashioned Christmas, sponsored by the Village, Green Meadow Shopping Center, J.D. Muggs, Mike's Concrete and Mike's Anodizing.

Enjoy refreshments, children's shopping and sleigh rides from Green Meadow to Village Hall and back.

School children will sing traditional carols before the holiday display on the Village Green is officially lit for the season.

A Bit of Addison History

Some Addison residents may remember the Skyhi Twin Drive-In Theatre, which was located near the northwest corner of Rohlwing Road and North Avenue. 

Built in 1959 on 27.5 acres which were eventually annexed into Addison, this outdoor theatre offered its patrons the opportunity to watch a movie or two while sitting in their cars and enjoying the weather.  Popcorn, grilled hamburgers, drinks and other treats were served, while snakelike speakers attached to car windows provided the sound for movies shown on two large white screens. 

The theatre’s last open season was in 1985 due to the advent of home movies on cassette and multi-screen theatres at shopping malls. 

The property on which the Skyhi was located, with its attractive 400 feet of tollway frontage, was sold to Corporetum Development Co. in August, 1987.

If you have photos or memorabilia from the Skyhi Theatre that you would like to share, please contact the Addison Historical Museum.  We are located at 135 Army Trail Road, and are open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Phone:  (630) 628-1433.  email:  museum@addison-il.org.

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