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GEL SHARE: Glen Ellyn Senior Citizen's Police Academy 2010

Glen Ellyn Police Department

The Glen Ellyn Police Department is now taking applications for its 2010 “Senior Citizen’s Police Academy.” The program is designed to provide an opportunity for senior community members to meet with Glen Ellyn Police Officers one morning per week for six weeks. The first class is scheduled to start the week of June 21st 2010.

Officers will provide instruction and feedback on various law enforcement and Senior citizen topics including:

• Organization and Functions of the Police Department and Village
• Personal Protection for Your Home, Property and Person

by Laura Glaza

Glen Ellyn residents arrived at the 2010 Recycling Extravaganza via two wheels and four…and on foot. They came with their dogs…and one rabbit. But what they left was vital to the environment in the Village of Glen Ellyn.

Residents unloaded 65 batteries, 711 eyeglasses, 21 bicycles, 105 American flags, 55 fire extinguishers, thousands of books and hundreds of pounds of used clothing – all items that might have otherwise ended up in local landfills or polluting rivers and streams.

GEL EVENT: 26th Annual Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society Housewalk

Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society Housewalk 2010

Register to Tour Four Beautiful Homes in Glen Ellyn

Early Tour 10am –2pm
Evening Tour 5pm – 9pm

Tickets available as of April 1st at Ali Kat, Fuschia, and Knickers in Glen Ellyn or at Fifth Third Bank in Glen Ellyn (gift with purchase. Tickets can also be purchased from any Infant Welfare Member.

Cost is $30 prior to May 7, $35 day of event.

Call 630.545.0838 for information.

In its 26th year, Housewalk is the Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society's largest fund raising event.

Event Start Date: 
May 7 2010 10:00am - 9:00pm
Location: 
Glen Ellyn

GEL CELEBRATES: Earth Day Activities

Activities you can participate in during Earth Day celebration:

Recycling Extravaganza
Saturday, April 24, 8am-12pm, located at the Village commuter parking lot at Duane and Lorraine Streets. Organized by the Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission. A complete list of items accepted can be found on the Village website.

April 22 - 40th Earth Day, http://www.earthday.org/

GEL BIG PICTURE: Where does all your 2009 income tax money go?

Here's a link that will enlighten (or frighten) you to our nation's escalating national debt.

According to the U.S. NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK the Outstanding Public Debt as of 15 Apr 2010 at 12:23:29 PM GMT is:

$12,837,784,215,744.88

That's only $1,653,607,879,505.26 (that's a trillion number) more than last year. (The numbers are so large you can't do the math on a standard calculator if you include the cents!)

The estimated population of the United States is 308,198,082

Brian Flanagan House Project

by Ginger Wheeler

Glen Ellyn dad, Brian Flanagan, never misses a Glenbard West event that features one of his two kids. He is 100% involved with his college age daughter's academic career.

He is also co-owner of two businesses. But that didn't stop Flanagan from donating dozens of hours, hundreds of miles, and his construction expertise to the transformation of a run-down house into a badly needed teen center for the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County, located in...Waukegan.

By Ginger Wheeler

How is mental healthcare delivered in DuPage County? How could evidence based research change things and give us more bang for our tax dollars? Come learn what's happening with the stalled health insurance reform plan in the US Congress and also how healthcare reform affects the delivery of mental healthcare services in DuPage County.

Join the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn on Thursday, March 11 at 7:30pm at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane Street in Glen Ellyn.

Speakers will include two area leaders on healthcare.

GEL INFORM: Coyotes in Glen Ellyn and Western Suburbs. What you can do.

Coyote in Glen Ellyn

Coyote sightings in and around Glen Ellyn have created quite a stir. What should you do?

Lets take a look at some the factors why there may be more wildlife sightings in your neighborhood.

According to DuPage County Forest Preserve study, the coyote and fox habitat has been shrinking due to continued development over the past 2 decades. This loss of habitat causes wildlife to wander into populated areas.

GEL SHARE: Grace Lutheran Church to Collect 100 Bags to Celebrate 100 Years

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Grace Lutheran Church’s, church members embark on a project to benefit the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

Grace, located at 493 Forest and Pennsylvania Avenues in downtown Glen Ellyn, has been the home of the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry for 30 years. During this time the members of the church have served as volunteers, food collectors, clerical helpers and numerous other positions that help the operation of the Food Pantry. Many local residents, community organizations and schools have actively contributed to the success of the Food Pantry.

GEL PERISCOPE: Local Wildlife in Crosshairs

Wheaton residents at odds over coyote trapping (Glen Ellyn News Leader) -   Wheaton's decision last week to proceed with the trapping of coyotes has some residents howling.       

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