Wasted story of food waste movie

Green Night Out At the Movies 10th Anniversary Show features Wasted! A Story of Food Waste

Batavia Environmental Commission Presents the 10th Anniversary of A Green Night Out at the Movies featuring Wasted!  A Story of Food Waste
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Eco Expo:  6pm
Movie and Presentation:  7pm
Batavia City Hall, Council Chambers

Join us with your friends and family for Batavia’s 10th annual Green Night Out at the Movies! The Batavia Environmental Commission provides an evening of FREE entertainment: a green-themed movie, free popcorn, and drink (for those that bring a reusable cup and bowl) and lively discussion about the topic of the movie afterward.

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. WASTED! shows how any action -- no matter how small -- can lead to new ways of using more food, feeding more people, curbing environmental damage, stimulating technology and business, and ultimately improving the health and well-being of all citizens worldwide.

We are very excited to have assembled an expert panel to discuss issues in this documentary. They are Betsy Zinser, Executive Director of the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, Tish Powell, Municipal Marketing Manager at Advanced Disposal and Katie Palomares, Farmer and Nutritionist at Might Greens Farm.

The documentary is rated TV-MA due to language.

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Presidents Day February 19th will not affect Batavia refuse collection 

All routes for refuse pickup will be run as regularly scheduled in the City of Batavia. Please have your garbage and recyclables out on the scheduled day. 


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City of Batavia considering options after crosswalk structure destroyed

 In conformance with Federal Highway Administration guidelines for pedestrian crosswalks in high-volume traffic areas, the City of Batavia installed devices called Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) at select crosswalks within city limits.

These included crosswalks on Batavia Avenue at McKee Street, Union Avenue and Morton Street.  RRFBs were also installed on IL. Route 25 at Laurel and Lathem Streets.

Feedback on the effectiveness of these types of crosswalks and public safety has been mixed at the local, regional and national level. That led the Federal Highway Administration to issue a memo in December, 2017 stating…”FHWA hereby rescinds IA-11 for all new installations of RRFB devices. Installed RRFBs may remain in service until the end of useful life of those devices and need not be removed.”

This recommendation impacts the City of Batavia in relation to an event that occurred on February 4, 2018 in which an RRFB installed at Batavia Avenue & Mckee street was destroyed by a motorist that lost control of their vehicle. The results were described by a Batavia police officer reporting on the incident:

“Tonight at 2008 hours, a yellow and black small Dodge pickup truck traveling northbound on Route 31 left the roadway, striking the metal pedestrian crossing sign as well as the pedestrian crossing light pole. The collision shattered the base of the pedestrian crossing light pole and ejected it from its mount.”

Given that the FHWA will no longer permit new RRFBs be installed and that no such structures should be replaced after the expiration of their useful life, the City of Batavia considers both of these criteria to have been met in relation to the RRFBs destroyed as a result of the February 4 incident.

Over the last two years, reports of near misses between vehicles and pedestrians at RRFB intersections in Batavia have made these locations a point of concern for staff, elected officials and residents in the City of Batavia. In January 2018, a Batavia resident filed a FOIA request asking for a report on the total number of  pedestrian/vehicle incidents. Thirty-seven such incidents have occurred since 2012.

The FOIA report provided by the Batavia Police Department shows that 2015 was Batavia’s worst year for pedestrian/vehicle accidents, with 10 taking place that year. 2017 was the next most dangerous year with seven incidents.  2016 third with six, while both 2014 and 2013 saw five such incidents, and 2012 had four.

Since the RRFBs were installed, there have been three pedestrian/bicycle vehicle accidents at the McKee Street intersection. The first occurred on November 18, 2015  and took place between a vehicle and a person with a bicycle. On April 4, 2017, a report was made that a vehicle was forced to brake quickly due to pedestrians attempting to cross roadway, but no accident took place. The third incident occurred on June 6, 2016, in which pedestrians were not struck but attempted to rapidly enter the intersection. This  caused a motorcyclist to brake suddenly and put down his cycle to avoid collision.

So the upward trend in traffic/pedestrian accidents and the increased frequency in traffic/pedestrian encounters at RRFB intersections, while not dramatic, does represent a cause for concern among city officials. In light of these issues, recommendations on the remaining RRFBs in Batavia are being assembled for consideration by the City Council.
Prom dress giveaway

CHIP In hosting Fifth Annual Prom Dress Giveaway 

The Batavia Public Library is hosting CHIP IN Batavia’s fifth annual Prom Dress Giveaway on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m.  to 4 p.m.  at 10 S. Batavia Avenue in Batavia, Ill.   

More than 200 dresses as well as accessories (purses, shoes, and jewelry) will be available free of charge to any girl from any school district, regardless of need. Private changing areas will also be available,Anchor and a seamstress will be on hand to help with alterations. 
“It is our goal to make sure everyone who needs and wants a dress can get one,” said Joanne Spitz, co-founder of CHIP IN Batavia. “We encourage students to come with friends or family. It is a lot of fun, and the dresses are gorgeous.”
Donate a Dress and Accessories

The Batavia Public Library will also be accepting donated prom dresses and accessories (purses, jewelry, and shoes), Feb. 1-March 16 at the library’s check out desk. Donated dresses and accessories should be clean and in good-to-excellent condition. Tax donation letters will be available.
Monetary donations are also welcome at drop-off, and will be used to help pay for tuxedo rentals and prom tickets.
Last year, CHIP IN Batavia, which was founded by Batavia residents Joanne Spitz and Melinda Kintz, gave away more than 165 dresses to students from Batavia, Mooseheart, St. Charles, Geneva, Elgin, Aurora, Rosary, Jacobs, North Central College, and Yorkville. Dresses were also given to Rotolo Middle School for the eighth-grade dinner dance, and to the Batavia Interfaith Clothes Closet.

For more information, visit chipinbatavia.orgFacebook.com/ChipInBatavia or email info@chipinbatavia.org.


Batavia Chamber and VIA team up on February 22 event on recruitment and hiring 

VIA Education Center
2000 S. Batavia Ave.
Geneva, IL    

Date/Time Information:
Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. (Breakfast will be Provided)

Contact Information:
Catherine Fitch

$35 - Chamber & VIA Members
$45 - Prospective Members & Guests
Member Packages  -    4 classes - $125
                                     8 classes - $225
                                    12 classes - $300
Gift Wrapping

Batavia Mainstreet Unwraps its 2018 Calendar of Events

The 2018 Batavia Mainstreet Calendar is here. Plan your year with Mainstreet! We'll see you there!

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