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Friday, July 9, 2021
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We have been through a lot with this pandemic for over a year, both as a community and individually. As we now enjoy a myriad of summer activities and with the reunification of family gatherings, we are reminded that we should never take anything for granted. My wish to all of our residents is that we all appreciate the precious time with family and friends, and remember what is truly important.
As of publish date of this newsletter, more than 75 percent of DuPage County adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, ranking us #1 in the state. This is extraordinary progress in the fight against the Coronavirus, and now with increasing availability of the vaccine, I am hopeful that more people will avail themselves of this vital protection.
Since the official reopening of Illinois proclaimed by Governor Pritzker on June 11th all businesses and social activities have been able to return to full capacity. There are so many activities right here in Oak Brook that I hope you will take advantage of. The Oak Brook Polo season has started with matches on Sundays at 3:00 PM; kindly visit www.oakbrookpoloclub.com for dates and ticket information. Oakbrook Center is hosting Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibit, don’t miss out on this limited time spectacle, tickets are available at https://sistinechapelexhibit.com/chicago/. Now is be the time you can safely venture out and try one of the many new restaurants that have opened recently, such as, Lucca Osteria and Blanco Cocina, or enjoy an evening on the patio at the Oak Brook Golf Club.
After a few setbacks caused by COVID-related shortages, and lots of hard work of our staff, the newly remodeled Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club Pool, finally opened on July 3rd. Unfortunately, our elation was short lived. The pool suffered a catastrophic setback on July 4th causing the need to close the pool. Our Acting Public Works Director Rick Valent acted immediately, bringing in a reputable contractor to rectify the issues, and the pool is now open. I realize that these unavoidable hindrances have been a huge disappointment to the B &T members, for which I do apologize and want to thank you for your continued support of our beloved Club. Many thanks to the Oak Brook Park District staff for their patience and understanding while working with the Village on this collaborative effort. Special thanks goes to Rick Valent and other Public Works employees for ensuring that everything is in place and the project completed so as to make our pool a beautiful and safe place for our residents to enjoy for years to come.
Lastly, I would like to thank Police Chief James Kruger for stepping in as our Interim Village Manager during this transition. I am confident in his abilities as he guides us through the challenges and the opportunities the Board and I constantly face.
As always, the Trustees, Village staff, and I are here to serve you. Please contact us with your thoughts and concerns. Over the years, I have appreciated working with our residents as together we make Oak Brook a truly special place to live, work, and play.
With kind regards,
Gopal G Lalmalani. MD, MBA.