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Taste of Glen Ellyn

Glen Ellyn, IL is one of my favorite villages.  The Taste of Glen Ellyn is the local festival sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Chamber of  Commerce.  I have enjoyed the opportunity of serving on the planning committee since 1995.  It is held the weekend after Mother’s Day each year.  This year it is May 15, 16 and 17.  Weather is always a challenge for us.  It can be a beautiful warm weekend and we have a lot of visitors and everyone enjoys the music and food while raving about the beautiful weather.  Over the years we also have had “rain outs” and been forced to wear our coats and gloves.  Either way – the music offers a variety of sounds for all ages.  It is a tremendous opportunity for Glen Ellyn Chamber members to interact and network.  It is great to be able to greet your neighbors by supporting the Chamber activities.  For details on the Taste, visit

Today, we had one of our committee meetings and everything is on schedule.  Our committee is made up of volunteers from the business and retail community.  Each year we expand our ideas to make the next Taste of Glen Ellyn better than the previous year.  It is a delight to see the kid’s as they enjoy the Family Day Activities on Sunday afternoon.  There is nothing better than watching a child’s face light up during a magic show!  It is a huge task for the volunteers that organize the Taste of Glen Ellyn but every volunteer returns the next year.  There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment that we have sponsored an event that the residents of Glen Ellyn and nearby communities visit and enjoy.  Not only have we raised funds – but we have offered a weekend of low-cost family fun!  What more could anyone want?  So mark your calendars for May 15, 16 and 17 for “Fun in Glen Ellyn”!


March 27, 2009 Posted by | Community Information | , , | Leave a comment


Homeowners Tax Credit!

All homeowners have an opportunity to take advantage of the 2009 Stimulus package.  One of the components that you do not hear much about is the “Home Improvement” credit. If you upgraded your appliances to “Energy Star” rated appliances or replaced windows or added insulation – one or all of these items may meet the requirements for a tax credit.  A homeowner may receive a credit up to $1500 for their home improvements.  Be sure to check with your accountant or CPA to see if your improvements qualify.  If you have already filed your 2008 taxes, you can take the deduction when you file 2009 returns, or you may choose to amend  your tax returns for 2008.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | 1st Time Buyers, Real Estate Tips | , , , , | Leave a comment