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March 2024

(originally emailed 3/7/2024)

Happy March Ridgewood,  

I’ve included a lot of info!  Easter Egg Hunt, Village updates, baseball sign ups, and more!  If you haven’t gotten your dues in yet, please do!

Ladies Social Recap:

A big thank you to Gail Deluca for hosting our Annual Ladies’ Social.  A 20 degree temperature change and a few inches of snow couldn’t prevent a fun party!  If you were a last minute attendee, don’t forget to send your $15 contribution via zelle or check to the red box at 5715 Grand Ave.  If you enjoyed the big social and want more opportunities to connect, email here: to join our (mostly monthly) ladies’ night events. If you are a guy and feel left out, don’t worry, join the 3rd Thursday Men’s nights list here:

Easter Egg Hunt: March 23rd

Our next event will be our Easter Egg Hunt!  Thank you so much to Jaime Olsowka for heading this up!  Save the date for Saturday March 23rd 10:30am.  More details to come.  If you’d like to help Jamie out, please let me know!

Babysitter / Pet Sitter list:

Thanks to all those that contributed their names to these lists.  If you’d like to be added, please fill out this google form: A reminder that these lists will only be shared when neighbors ask.  If you are in need of the list, let me know!  http://

Village Updates: 
From our Trustee, Phil Nawrocki

The Capital Infrastructure Plan has been completed and the Village webpage it lives on can be accessed at the link below. In the interactive map, you can view roadways, sewers, sidewalks and many other infrastruture pieces related our our great Village. This gives a comprehensive review of all Village infrastruture and estimated project costs.

New Pickleball courts are coming to Spring Rock Park. There will be eight (8) new pickleball courts that should be completed Summer 2024. They will be across from the tennis courts.

There will be two new restaurants opening in downtown Western Springs, Petite Vie, from Chef Paul Virant, in the former Hash Stacks location. The new venture will be serving French inspired dishes. Petit Vie does not have an updated website yet. Additionally, Ella’s Italian Pub will be opening this month! This location will be family friendly. For more information visit:

I did attend a Stormwater Mitigation meeting this past Monday and there are some projects for our Village that look promising. The Village is working with the appropriate agencies to keep these moving. I can provide more information in our flooding updates when I have it. 

If you have any larger Village questions, please do not hesitate to reach out:

I have noticed the potholes around Ridgewood and will talk to Public Works about getting them filled in.

Philip Nawrocki
Trustee, Western Springs

Village Elections:

Our neighbor, Jim Horvath, is well versed on how elections work in our village. If you’d like more info about elections for Village Board, Library Board, and Park District Board, he’s the guy to ask. Just a reminder, that the best way improve something you’re passionate about in the village is to get involved. Western Springs Needs YouOne would be hard pressed to find a resident of this wonderful community who did not really cherish living in Western Springs. The Village is looking for individuals who want to continue the excellence this community has attained both in reputation and in reality. This is not about “politics”. It’s about community. As residents of Western Springs (18 years old and older), we are members of the Caucus Party. In Western Springs we are neither Democrat nor Republican. We are a singular party. Our only focus is: To do what will make our community better for us and our children.This coming November, residents (the Caucus) will select candidates to serve on the Village Board, the Library Board and the Park District Board. Please consider sharing your time and expertise to continue to enrich this amazing community which you have chosen as your home for you and your children.For more about the Western Springs Caucus see:
More Sports Info!

I previously shared that sign ups for Little League Baseball/Tball and AYSO Soccer sign ups are going on now.  But there is also the La Grange Babe Ruth baseball league for teenagers that are aging out of Little League:  See this note from Board Member Bill Waliewski

LaGrange Babe Ruth Baseball has two leagues:   Junior League for 13-15 year olds and Senior League for 16-18 year olds.   We play roughly two times per week for a total of 14 regular season games plus playoffs.  The season begins in early June and ends at the beginning of August.   

The league is perfect for players and their parents who wish to play locally without the time or financial commitment to travel baseball.   That said, we do have travel baseball players who play in our league as an adjunct to their travel schedule.   This gives them a chance to play with friends and to play in a less pressure filled environment.  At our Senior Level, we have LT athletes that play other sports play in our league just for fun.  

Our motto is “La Grange Babe Ruth: Where Everyone Plays”.  All skill levels are welcome.  

Registration is currently open.  Our website can be found using this link:   
La Grange Babe Ruth Baseball 

So much going on!  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out,
2024 RCA Sponsored Events
Ladies Social: Friday February 23rd
Easter Egg Hunt: March 23rd
NEAT Park Clean up: April 6th
Wine Tasting: Summer TBD 
4th of July Party at the Park: July 4th
Wood Pool Event: Summer TBD
Neighborhood Garage Sale: Summer TBD
Progressive Dinner: Fall TBD
Ridgewood Golf Classic: October 
Halloween Party at the Park: October 31
Luminaria: December
Holiday Party / Kickoff Party: Winter