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Lazy Moe's Mediterranean Grill

Lazy Moe's Mediterranean Grill has opened its doors at 9660 Franklin in downtown Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Bill Ruhl and Andy Ybarra attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to Franklin Park. Lazy Moe's offers Mediterranean favorites like falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, a variety of salads, and beef and chicken shawarma and kababs. Click here to check out Lazy Moe's menu.


Dazz Boutique

Dazz Boutique has a new location at 3148 Calwagner Street in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson and Karen Special attended a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new location. The locally-owned women's boutique offers a wide range of trendy clothing and accessories at affordable prices. 


Paula's Cafe & Catering

Paula’s Cafe & Catering has opened its doors at 9400 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Clerk Tommy Thomson, and Village Trustees James Caporusso, John Johnson, Andy Ybarra and Karen Special attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to Franklin Park. The restaurant offers Italian comfort food and is known for being the “Home of the Original Fried Meatball Sandwich,” as seen on TV. Paula is the former chef of the popular Danny’s Cafe & Deli in Melrose Park.



Shelby’s has celebrated its grand opening at 2735 Mannheim Road in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village Trustees John Johnson and Bill Ruhl attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to Franklin Park. The business offers dining and video gaming in a comfortable environment.

Fire Department’s Open House - Oct 10

Everyone is invited to the Franklin Park Fire Department’s annual Open House on Saturday, October 10 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Fire Station #2 at 10001 Addison. Refreshments will be served. Kids can see fire engines and ambulances up close, play games, meet firefighters and paramedics and get to use a fire hose. Free hot dogs, popcorn, donuts and other refreshments. Learn how to keep your family safe by utilizing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

For more information, call (847) 678-2400. Remember, working smoke alarms save lives -- test yours every month! Click here to learn more about Fire Prevention Week and to get useful safety tips. Click here to download the event flyer.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

A representative will be at Village Hall every other Wednesday, beginning October 21, from 9:00 AM to 1 PM to process LIHEAP applications. Please bring the following documents with you: a Social Security / SSI (monthly) benefit letter for 2015, your pension letter for the last 30 days, a valid Photo ID, Social Security Cards for all members in the household, proof of income for the last 30 days for all house members 18 years or older, a current NICOR and ComEd bill (disconnect notices have to be included if you are applying) and bring your Medical Card.

Click here for additional information...

Business Expo/Career Fair at East Leyden - November 4

Leyden High School District 212 and the Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Career Fair and Business Expo on Wednesday, November 4, from 11:45 PM to 3:30 PM. The fair is free and open to students, parents, community members, and businesses. This event features local businesses and current business partners offering information on seasonal, part-time and full-time employment. Job-seekers can meet with company representatives. To reserve booth space or for more information, call 847.451.3031 or email fbrady@leyden212.org.

Click here for Reservation form


Leaf Pick-up and Street Sweeping

Please put leaves in brown biodegradable bags only and place bags near garbage and recycling for pick-up. Bags can be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores. Leaves cannot be picked-up if they are placed in plastic bags. Do NOT rake leaves into the street.

Fall is a great time to mulch leaves and use the remnants to sprinkle over plants and shrubs to help retain water over the winter months. You can also skip the raking and simply mow over your leaves a few times and leave them on your lawn to add nutrients and provide protecting from winter weather. If you have questions regarding recycling or composting, please contact Andy Smolen at (847) 708-2963.


Military Days - October 17 & 18

The Village of Franklin Park, Leyden Township and Park District of Franklin Park invite everyone to attend Military Days on October 17 and 18, 2015 to honor our troops and veterans. The event will be held at the Franklin Park Police Station field (southeast corner of Belmont and Edgington) from 9:00 AM to dusk on Saturday and 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday. The two-day event includes battle re-enactments, character actors, demonstrations, vintage equipment displays and a performance by the United States Navy Ceremonial Band at 5:00 PM on Saturday. Veterans will have the chance to win a Bootlegger guitar signed by Mike Pinera of the Iron Butterfly. Chicago Fire star Jose Antonio Santiago, the cast of Verrater and Earl Hayes of Honor Veteran's Radio will also be present.

For more information, click here to view the event flyer.

Apply Now for Senior Snow Removal

Seniors are encouraged to apply now for the Village-subsidized Senior Snow Removal Program that allows participants to pay $15 per service request. If you were previously enrolled in the program, you MUST enroll again before it fills up. Applications are available at Village Hall or by calling (847) 671-8240


Let's Move! Franklin Park Visits DC

Village Trustees Cheryl McLean and Andy Ybarra attended the Let's Move! Cities,Towns and Counties event in Washington DC. They also attended a special session at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama, who is championing the goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.


Closure of Gage Avenue at Ruby Street Starts September 8

In order to address a potential safety hazard at the at-grade railroad crossing on Ruby between Franklin and Pacific, the Village has obtained a State grant and appropriate authorizations for improvements to the intersections. In order to alleviate the project’s cost impact on the Village and its taxpayers, the Village is closing Gage at Ruby on September 8 and installing a four-way stop sign at Ruby and Pacific to replace the existing traffic signals. This change will improve the safety of vehicles in the railroad crossing and the efficiency of traffic movement at Ruby and Pacific. The street closure on Gage requires placing a physical barrier where the street meets Ruby.

For more information on the street closure, refer to the Village's Letter of Notification to residents in the area.


Village Seeks Veteran Names for Monument

Would you like to submit the name of a veteran from Franklin Park to have it added to our Veteran’s Monument? Interested veterans or family members must submit a copy of the veterans DD-214 form to Tommy Thomson, Village Clerk, at Village Hall, by October 16 to ensure the name will be added to the monument before our Veteran’s Day ceremony on November 11. For more information, please call 847-671-8244.

Village 2015 Street Improvement Projects

In 2014, Franklin Park residents approved a referendum to enact a 1% non-home rule sales tax in Franklin Park. These funds are dedicated solely to the repair and maintenance of Village streets. Construction will begin in July and run through September. Notices will be sent to residents in the affected area soon. Be aware that construction could cause traffic delays in the area. The Street Improvement Project will include:

Belmont Avenue from Mannheim to Ruby - Remove and replace failed asphalt areas, replace sections of failed curb and gutter and replace failed concrete alley aprons.

Calwagner Avenue from Grand to Chestnut - Remove and replace failed asphalt areas, surface recycling, asphalt overlay and replace sections of failed curb and gutter.

Lonnquist Drive from Ruby to Calwagner / Iona Lane from Ruby to Lonnquist /Dodge Lane from Lonnquist to Calwagner / LaSalle Court and Desoto Court - Remove existing asphalt (entire roadway), stabilize failed paved areas and resurface streets. Remove and replace all concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter. All aprons will be removed and replaced with concrete.

Nevada Avenue from George to Scott / Dora Street from Nevada to Sarah / Sarah Street from Nevada to Fullerton - Remove existing asphalt (entire roadway), stabilize failed paved areas and resurface with asphalt.

Thank You for Your Service Chief Iovinelli

The highest priority of government is to keep our citizens safe.  To that end, it is our mandate that our families, our neighborhoods, our homes and our businesses are protected.Steve Iovinelli has served with our Fire Department for 35 years and has been our Fire Chief for the last five years. Throughout his tenure, he has exemplified the highest principles of public service and demonstrated an enthusiastic commitment to safeguarding our community.

Chief Iovinelli is retiring this month. Chief Iovinelli worked hard to make sure our firefighters had the most cutting-edge equipment and the resources they needed to perform their jobs. During his tenure, he helped to accomplish this goal by securing almost $1,000,000 in grant monies to update critical life-saving equipment.While Fire Chief, the department added two new ambulances, three new cardiac monitors and two new fire engines, along with new air packs and power stretchers. Grant funding also allowed Chief Iovinelli to add three new firefighter / paramedics to our team.

The Chief was deeply committed to continuing professional education.  He knew that in any emergency, our first responder must be highly trained and highly skilled in all life saving techniques. During his tenure, our Fire Department personnel attended over 140 classes and added an additional 3000 hours in Fire and EMS training.  As Chair of the Illinois Fire Service Association, Chief Iovinelli worked with the State Fire Marshall to develop training standards for new firefighters. He traveled to both Springfield and Washington, DC to inform our legislators about the changing and on-going needs of the emergency responders. 

We wish Chief Iovinelli and his family well as they begin an exciting new chapter.  I know this, he will continue to be an involved citizen and he will always be a resource for our Village.On behalf of the Village Board of Trustees and all the grateful citizens of Franklin Park, I extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Chief Steve Iovinelli.


Recycling Correctly Is Critical

When it comes to recycling in Franklin Park, there is good news and bad news.

The good news is that Franklin Park residents have wholeheartedly embraced the practice of recycling since the Village provided large recycling carts. According to our waste hauler Republic Services, the amount of recycling per household has increased from 8.2 to 10.9 pounds per week.

The bad news is that a significant portion of material that residents place in the recycling carts is not recyclable. In fact, by placing the wrong items in the recycling bin, otherwise acceptable recycling items become contaminated and must then be hauled away and deposited in a land fill.

Please remember that the following items should NOT be placed in the recycling carts:

- Plastic bags

- Plastic film including shrink wrap

- Non-food and non-beverage plastic packaging, such as hard casing for compact disks

- Plastic objects such as toys, plastic knives, forks, spoons and disposable plates

- Metal hard ware items and fixtures

- Paper and cardboard with food waste or liquids

Our goal is to help residents better understand what is and what is not recyclable.

Click here to view our Guide to Recycling.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen


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