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David Garmoe

A former member and longtime treasurer of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company has been accused of stealing $260,000 from the fire company and using the money for personal expenses and to support his private business, authorities said Friday.

David Garmoe, 54, of the 600 block of Prairie Avenue in Glen Ellyn, was arrested Friday and charged with eight counts of theft, two counts of forgery, two counts of continuing a financial crimes enterprise, money laundering and financial institution fraud, Glen Ellyn Police Chief Phil Norton said.

GEL REFERENCE: COD Letter Regarding Position on Glen Ellyn Ordinance

College of DuPage Sign

June 21, 2010

Last week, the Village of Glen Ellyn sent a city inspector to threaten our contractors with citations if they continued to erect new electronic signs replacing older ones damaged by weather and time in the same locations. This was unfortunate, as we need these signs to communicate with the more than 30,000 students on our campus every semester.

GEL SHARE: COD seeks de-annexation from Glen Ellyn over tabled agreement

College of DuPage President Robert L. Breuder with his wife Wendy

College of DuPage officials announced that they will pursue de-annexation from the village of Glen Ellyn after the Village Board voted Monday night to table an intergovernmental agreement previously reached by both parties on April 19.

The COD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the agreement at its April 28 meeting. COD President Robert L. Breuder informed Village President Mark Pfefferman in an April 29 communication that failure by the village to act on the agreement would result in COD pursuing de-annexation.

Trustee Peter Cooper

OPEN LETTER FROM VILLAGE OF GLEN ELLYN TRUSTEE PETER COOPER

Dear Friends:

It is almost precisely two years since I took my oath of office on becoming a Village Trustee for the Village of Glen Ellyn. During that time, I have tried to never lose sight of my sacred obligation to protect your trust and to pursue the best interests of our Village and its citizens. The work has frequently been hard and occasionally tedious, but it has almost always been rewarding.

The Village of Glen Ellyn announces that Manor Woods will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 7.

To celebrate the reopening of the site, the Village is hosting a reopening event at 10am on Saturday, May 7 at the intersection of Brandon Avenue and Illinois Street in Glen Ellyn, just south of Lincoln School and west of Sunset Park.

Please join the Village and Boy Scout Pack 52 for an Arbor Day celebration at the same location at 10:15am for the planting of a tree.

GEL BIG PICTURE: Unmasking The Local Property Tax Bill

DuPage Property Tax 2010 Chart

No one likes taxes. Period. Do you feel like burying your head in the sand and hope some day they'll go away? Well, that's not a good strategy. It only makes your head hot and itchy.

The BAD
We think the feds are bad. When was the last time you really took a look at your property tax bill? Well, here's some excitement for you if you haven't been paying too much attention to it over the years.

The UGLY
I analyzed my 2010 property tax bill delivered in the USPS mail today.

GEL PEOPLE: Glen Ellyn Author Releases Reflective Read

Cabin Fever Book Cover

About Cabin Fever

Try to imagine Thoreau married, with a job, three kids, and a minivan. This is the serious yet irreverent sensibility that suffuses Cabin Fever, as the author seeks to apply the hermit-philosopher’s insights to a busy modern life.

Tom Montgomery Fate lives in Glen Ellyn, where he is a husband, father, professor, and active member of his community. He also lives in a cabin built with the help of friends in the Michigan woods, where he walks by the river, chops wood, and reads Thoreau by candle light.

GEL SHARE: Glen Ellyn village manager hopefuls field questions

Three candidates for Glen Ellyn village manager told residents what they would bring to the village during a town hall-style forum Tuesday.

A village-hired search firm has gathered 82 applications for the position since January, and village trustees met with the top six candidates last week. They narrowed the list down to three, and Tuesday was the first time the public had a chance to question the job seekers.
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GEL SHARE: Memorial Field Lights Take Step Forward in Glen Ellyn

A controversial plan to install lights at Glenbard West High School’s Memorial Field in Glen Ellyn has moved a step closer to reality.

The Glenbard High School District 87 board voted 5-2 Monday to send a variance application to the village to clear the way for the lights.
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The move follows a series of contentious meetings that began in February in which community members, parents, students and coaches on both sides of the issue sparred over the proposal’s merits.

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GEL SHARE: Local Earth Day Groups and Activities

· Sierra Club River Prairie Group: Connie Schmidt http://illinois.sierraclub.org/rpg/

· Cool Cities: Jeff Gahris. A part of Sierra Club. Initiative started by Mayor of Seattle.

o Look into Blue Star Energy. http://www.bluestarenergy.com/
o Watt meters can be checked out at the library to see how much power our appliances are sucking.
o Average home uses 10,900 kWh/year (in the past year we used 11,854) http://illinois.sierraclub.org/rpg/coolcities.html

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