E-Newsletter: December 11, 2020
City of Elmhurst Hometown Holiday Parade
Santa and his holiday friends are coming to your neighborhood on Thursday, December 17th from 4-5:30 pm. (Friday, December 18th rain date) He has asked to use city vehicles to bring you the joy of the holiday season safely and close to your home. 
Santa and his friends will not be stopping or getting out of vehicles. This is a short parade with approximately 10 city vehicles. If your home is on the route, please consider parking your car at the end of your driveway. You can turn your flashers on and wave as the parade goes by.
The route is within a quarter mile walk from most any home in Elmhurst and will traverse many open public parking lots. Feel free to take a walk to the route or find a public parking lot on the route to park your vehicle and watch the holiday parade. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRACTICE PROPER SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SAFETY MEASURES. Stand at least 6 feet apart from one another and wear face masks. 
Santa travel live updates will be posted on the City’s Facebook Page. A virtual viewing will be posted on the City’s YouTube page, ElmhurstTV the following day. 
Elmhurst Loves Local Contest! 
Kicking off on Small Business Saturday, this virtual contest encourages individuals to support all Elmhurst businesses. How do you participate? Take a photo showing how you or a family member are loving local by supporting Elmhurst businesses. Photos are then emailed to econdev@elmhurst.org by 10:00 p.m. that night for a chance to win a daily prize. Contest runs daily from November 28th – December 21st. Participants can enter new pictures every day for a chance to win one of two daily prizes - a $50 gift card to the Elmhurst small business retailer, entertainment venue, service provider, or restaurant/bar of their choice. More info...
Mayor announces his appointment of 2nd Ward Alderman
Mayor Morley has appointed 2nd Ward Alderman, Jacob Hill. The appointment took place at a City Council Meeting held on Monday, December 7, 2020. 
Mayor Morley interviewed a total of 8 candidates for the position before recommending the appointment of Hill to the vacant seat. Hill holds the seat after the September resignation of Alderman Norman Leader. He will serve as 2nd Ward Alderman, after which the individual elected in the Spring 2021 election will assume the position.
Hill, a 17-year resident of Elmhurst, serves as an associate professor, veteran services officer, and librarian of Elmhurst University. He has a history of community involvement and civic participation and significant knowledge of community topics. 
Hill holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Dominican University and a Masters of Business Administration from Elmhurst University.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to support my community and do my part in addressing issues facing Elmhurst,” states Hill.
“Jacob will do a fine job representing all of the residents of Elmhurst,” states Mayor Morley. “With this appointment, Elmhurst City Council is now at full quorum which is great news for our community.”
Front Porch Delivery
It appears that some residents did not receive the Winter Front Porch Newsletter, which was delivered to most homes last week.
The newsletter can be viewed online using this link: https://www.elmhurst.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4292
We apologize for this inconvenience.
There are a limited amount of copies available at City Hall. Please contact us if you would like a paper copy.
COE Mitten Tree
Help kids, teens, and adults stay warm this winter by donating gloves, mittens, scarves and socks to our Mitten Tree. Fasten your donations on the Christmas tree in the center foyer of City Hall (209 N. York St.). Clothes pins are in the basket at the Fire Department Administration counter. Mittens, socks, scarves and gloves will be distributed by Yorkfield Food Pantry in Elmhurst.The Mitten tree will accept donations until December 31st.
Keep the Wreath Red
A holiday wreath will hang on the outside of both fire stations for the month of December. In the event of a holiday-related fire, firefighters will replace one of the red bulbs with a white one. The goal is to keep the bulbs on that wreath red. Fire safety reminders for a safe holiday season include keeping live Christmas trees watered, making sure all illuminated decorations and your fireplace are in good condition, making sure your fireplace is in good working order, using candles with caution, not overloading extension cords or outlets with excessive holiday lights, and making sure smoke detectors work.
Holiday Shopper Safety
The Elmhurst Police Department would like to advise residents this season to be smart when shopping with the following safety tips. Also remember that the safest spot to do an online transaction is the is the Elmhurst Police Department Lobby which is staffed 24 hours a day. Have a safe shopping trip by being alert and following these tips!
Consolidated Election
Those seeking to run for local political office at the April 6th, 2021 Consolidated Election may pickup candidate packets at City Hall’s Administration Office (second floor). Eight (8) Aldermanic seats one (1) for each of the seven (7) Wards and two (2) in the 1st Ward, Mayor, City Clerk and City Treasurer are up for election. Candidate filing will take place Monday, December 14th, 2020 thru Monday, December 21st, 2020, at the Administration Office (second floor) in City Hall, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more details, please visit elmhurst.org
Holiday Light Recycling
Recycle holiday lights at Courts Plus (186 S. West Avenue), Elmhurst Park District Admin Office (375 W First St.), Wagner Community Center (615 N. West Ave.), The Abbey (407 W Saint Charles Rd), or City Hall (209 N. York St.) thru Monday, January 25.
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19
To help reduce mitigation measures, the spread of COVID-19 must decrease. Please do your part to stop the spread and protect your community by remembering to:
  • Maintain a 6 foot social distance minimum.
  • Wear a face mask when in public. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and sanitize commonly used surfaces.
  • Quarantine for 14 days if returning from a COVID-19 hotspot.
  • Avoid group gatherings.
  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Get tested https://www.dupagehealth.org/601/COVID-19-Testing.
  • Avoid contact with others that are sick or experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Holiday Safety Reminders During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Since COVID-19 has impacted our society, we have missed out on many community and family traditions. Fall and winter celebrations typically include large gatherings of families and friends, crowded parties, and travel that may put people at increased risk for COVID-19. We understand that this year, holiday gatherings may not be what anyone had hoped for, however we are asking our community members to take the safety precautions necessary to protect themselves, their friends, family and our community from COVID-19. Before you celebrate, please consider this Holiday Season Safety information provided by IDPH.

COVID-19 Testing Site Dec 20th
Illiinois Mobile COVID-19 in cooperation with City of Elmhurst, District 205 and theVillage of Bensenville will be hosting a one day testing site at Churchville Middle School, 155 Victory Pkwy. The testing site is open to anyone wishing to have a test regardless of symptoms and is free of charge. The site will be open from 8am - 4pm. Details...
The Elmhurst 2021 Restaurant Guide is available online with updated restaurant information - please support our local restaurants with delivery or takeout - Choose to Eat Local!
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