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Batavia announces 2019 calendar of city office closings

Jan 1st  New Year’s Day
Jan 21st Civil Rights Day
April 19th  Spring Holiday
May 27th,  Memorial Day
July 4th – Independence Day
September 2nd Labor Day
November 11th Veterans Day
November 28th Thanksgiving Day
November 29th Day After Thanksgiving
December 24th  - Christmas Eve
December 25th – Christmas Day

Final Citywide Brush Collection Underway

The final Citywide Brush Collection has been underway since Monday, December 3, and it is anticipated that the contractor will be finishing both sides of town within the next few days.  If the contractor has already gone down your street this week, they will not be returning; brush should be removed from the parkway until the program resumes next spring.  If you have any questions, please call the Street Division at 630-454-2400.   

Curbside Leaf Collectdion Program suspended at this time

The Curbside Leaf Collection Program resumed on Tuesday, December 4, after being suspended due to the recent blizzard. We hope to complete the east side by early next week and will then return to the west side for the third collection, which is weather permitting.  If the program is suspended again due to the weather, notice will be given through the City of Batavia website, eNews, Facebook, and Twitter. 
As an alternate option, residents may place leaves in brown Kraft yard waste bags and put them out for collection on their scheduled refuse collection day WITHOUT A STICKER in December. The refuse collection company will collect yard waste bags (no cans) weekly until December 31, 2018.  Only leaves may be placed in the yard waste bags. No grass or other yard waste can be mixed with the leaves. Please try to keep the yard waste bags as dry as possible.

Yard Waste collection resumes in Mid-March 2019

                                                                              This was the last week of the season for Yard Waste Collection, including food scraps.  The Yard Waste Collection season resumes in mid-March.  Exact dates for 2019 will be posted on the City’s website next spring.     


Are You Recycling Right? 

As you may have heard, residential recycling is more highly contaminated with non-recyclable garbage than ever before. Reports from sorting facilities range from 25% to 35% contamination in their recycling materials. This weighs down sorting facilities, reduces commodity prices, affects the remanufacturing markets, and increases costs for local governments and ultimately residents.
To address the increase in recycling contamination, a state task force was formed to bring recycling industry haulers and sorting facility operators together with governmental and organizational educators to develop simple cohesive recycling education materials to help residents better understand what items should and should not be placed in recycling carts.
These guidelines represent the common items accepted in most recycling programs throughout Illinois, and the goal is to have them be the go-to guidelines for all programs, all haulers, and all educators throughout the state.  An interactive Curbside Recycling Guide has been created by the Illinois EPA to help residents learn what to put in their curbside recycling bin, what to keep out, and ask questions.  Kane County Recycles has also created a quick reference sheet of guidelines to help residents.    

Household hazardous waste materials

Household Hazardous Waste Front Door Collection Service

The City of Batavia now offers a new Household Hazardous Waste collection service to its residents.  The City’s third-party provider, U.S. Ecology, will provide front door collection of many items that should not be placed in the regular weekly refuse collection.  For contact information and to learn about the items that will be accepted, please visit the City’s website


Water Street Studios Hosts 16th Annual Chicagoland 4x5 High School Exhibition During Winterfest Art Market

Batavia, IL—Water Street Studios welcomes “the largest ‘small’ art show in the nation” on display during Winterfest Art Market Friday, December 14th thru Sunday, December 16th  in the Chicago Capital Gallery on the second floor of Water Street Studios.

Opening Reception on Friday, December 14, 2018 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Event Dates: 
Friday, December 14, 2018 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:00-5:00 p.m.

Batavia, IL—Water Street Studios welcomes “the largest ‘small’ art show in the nation” on display during Winterfest Art Market Friday, December 14th thru Sunday, December 16th  in the Chicago Capital Gallery on the second floor of Water Street Studios.
Even the biggest ideas can have small beginnings. In the community of Palatine Illinois, resides Fremd High School where during the 1999-2000 school year, a small concept began. A high school art exhibition that forced student artists to work within the parameters of a less than ordinary dimension. More work could be shown, more schools could participate, and more ideas could be born. Emeritus Department Chair Len Upin felt that the challenge was set and the 4x5 was born.

From the spring of 2000 to the spring of 2012 the Chicago Area 4x5 Art Exhibition grew from 12 participating schools to over 40 spanning to schools from "Waukegan to Gurnee to Lombard to the South Side of Chicago." The late Lew Hubbard and the staff of Fremd High School continued to develop, from Len's vision, an exhibition that consistently showcased over 1000 pieces in one year surpassing most Chicago galleries in quantity and grandeur. 

The unexpected and devastating loss of the 4x5's driving force shocked us all and understandably put the exhibition on hold. With the permission of our colleagues at Fremd High School and in honor of Mr. Hubbard, we at Oswego High School bring you, once again "the Largest 'Small' Art Show in the Nation." 

This year the 16th Annual show featured over 1,100 high school students’ work on display with 44 high schools representing. Award winners of this year's Chicagoland 4x5 High School Exhibition, in each of the nine categories, and in over a hundred works of art received Honorable Mentions, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place will be on display at Water Street Studios. Visit the students work in the Chicago Capital Gallery located on the second floor of Water Street Studios Friday, December 14 until Sunday, December 16th.

In addition, Water Street Studios and Artisan Collective Batavia will be collaborating to produce the Winterfest Art Market, a unique holiday shopping event December 14th, 15th, and 16th at Water Street Studios located at 160 S. Water Street in Batavia, IL. The public is invited to experience this unique holiday market at Water Street Studios, a nonprofit art center and historic venue in downtown Batavia, IL.
Explore the Dempsey Family Gallery to view and purchase a juried collection of fine art at affordable prices so you can share the perfect gift for that creative someone. Continue on throughout the venue to shop from over 20 artisan vendors and over 25 resident artists at Water Street Studios featuring handmade jewelry, candles, soaps and more. The event will kick off Friday evening with an opening reception from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and continue on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
AnchorEnjoy food and drink vendors along with a cash bar featuring beer by Solemn Oath Brewery alongside wine and cocktail options. Other food and drink vendors include FreshGround Roasting in Geneva, and Modest Coffee Roasters in West Chicago, Sweet P's Homemade Cookies in Naperville, Alice’s Corner in Aurora, IL, and Gaetano’s Restaurant in Batavia. Water Street Studios will also be hosting holiday art workshops for all ages. Workshop registration available on Water Street Studios website.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 11:00-5:00 p.m.
Special thank you to event sponsors A Step Above Dance Studio, Batavia Enterprises Inc., and K. Hollis Jewelers.
About Water Street Studios
Water Street Studios is a nonprofit art center located in Batavia, Illinois. Our mission is to help make the arts more accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Our vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. We provide our ever-growing community with art classes, artist studios, community events, gallery exhibitions, free after-school art programs, outreach, private events in a historic venue, and more. Learn more by visiting
About Artisan Collective Batavia and Batavia MainStreet
The Artisan Collective Batavia provides downtown Batavia with pop-up market experiences featuring local artisans and supports downtown business. Batavia MainStreet program is a not-for-profit, community-based organization devoted to enhancing downtown Batavia’s identity as the heart of the community through dedicated volunteer efforts. Our vision is to help create a unique and vital downtown that enriches the business community, embraces history, celebrates the arts, preserves our natural environment and promotes quality events to instill a ‘sense of place’ in our community. 



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Batavia Chamber announces 2019 Citizen of the year

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce is beyond thrilled to announce our 2019 Citizen of the Year, Georgene O'Dwyer and The Spirit of Batavia Award winner, The Batavia United Way! Both honorees will be celebrated at the 2019 Inspire Event which will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Georgene Kauth O’Dwyer Named 2018 Batavia Citizen of the Year
Batavia United Way is this year’s Spirit of Batavia honoree.

Batavia’s Citizen of the Year, the Spirit of Batavia honoree and Ole Award winners are presented at the annual awards event for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce. 

This year’s event, Inspire 2019: A Celebration of Those Who Inspire Us! will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at the Nagel Emporium at Marmion’s Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road in Aurora. For ticket information, register online at  or contact the Chamber at (630) 879-7134.

BATAVIA, ILL – November 29, 2018 – A Batavian who “doesn’t strive to be noticed but chooses to help” was named the 2018 Batavia Citizen of the Year today. The Batavia Chamber of Commerce will honor Georgene Kauth O’Dwyer on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Chamber’s Inspire 2019: A Celebration of Those Who Inspire Us! annual awards event.
In his nomination letter, Batavia resident Tony Winter said, “Georgene impacts Batavia citizens through selflessly sharing her talents and encourages others to share theirs. Batavia is lucky that Georgene calls our city home.”
Mayor Jeffery D. Schielke echoes these sentiments, suggesting that her actions resulted in making “the world a kinder, gentler and more supportive place.”
Georgene, age 85, along with her first husband, Walter Kauth, moved to Batavia from Aurora in 1958. The couple raised three daughters, and were married nearly 52 years, prior to his death. Later, she married Dr. John O’Dwyer, who passed away six years later.
As many young mothers do, Georgene’s first volunteer role in Batavia involved her children. She served on the Parent-Teacher Organization for McWayne Elementary and was a room mother. She was a Girl Scout leader and Sunday School teacher at Holy Cross Catholic Church as well.
Batavia Historical Society and Depot Museum
Volunteering is all about putting down roots and establishing a home, according to Georgene. Judging by the long list of organizations who’ve benefitted from her volunteering, her roots are extensive. Georgene and her late husband, Walter, were early members of the Batavia Historical Society and Georgene carries on this legacy serving as the group’s corresponding secretary.
For 40 years, Georgene opened and closed the Batavia Depot Museum on weekends. It’s no wonder, then, that she is an active member of the Depot Museum expansion committee. According to Dan Hoefler, chairman of the expansion committee, Georgene is a keen proponent of the project, helping many see what is possible, not simply what is necessary.
“She envisions opportunity and talks enthusiastically about it,” Hoefler commented. “We now have a great plan and are raising money. She doesn’t just look around and notice things that need attention. She takes action. Georgene is the person who does something.”
Batavia Chamber of Commerce Ambassador
Another group that greatly benefits from Georgene’s selflessness is the Batavia Chamber of Commerce. Georgene joined the Chamber as a community associate and is a Batavia Chamber Ambassador. Although she has earned Ambassador of the Month honors, she is more excited when fellow ambassadors are recognized, sending them a hand-written note of congratulations.
“With her role as a Chamber ambassador, Georgene is one of the friendly faces welcoming businesses to our town,” Mayor Schielke mentioned. “She’s at all the ribbon cuttings and I can also count on her to fill me in on historical facts of a building. Georgene is not only an ambassador for the Chamber, but for the entire City of Batavia.”
The staff of the Batavia Chamber couldn’t be any happier with this year’s Citizen of the Year selection.
“Gramma George has touched the heart of all of us at the Chamber,” says Holly Deitchman, president of Batavia Chamber of Commerce. “We love her like family. She swings by our office sometimes on her way between service projects to share a hug with us. She is the first to step up to help at our events, and she always does it with a smile.”
Holy Cross Catholic Church
No commentary about Georgene would be complete without mention of her deep faith in God and commitment to serve him. She even consulted her priest at Holy Cross Catholic Church after she learned that she was named Batavia Citizen of the Year.
“I was so confused, and I just didn’t feel adequate for receiving such an award,” explained Georgene. “I told Father (James) Parker that I don’t feel worthy. I am involved in a lot, but I don’t do big things.”
He reassured her that she was, indeed, worthy of the honor and to accept it gracefully. As a longtime member of Holy Cross, her service to the parish is extensive. She previously served on the Parish Council and is an active member of several ministries. You’ll find Georgene sending cards and letters to shut-ins, as well as distributing prayer shawls. Once a month she cooks for Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora, and is also active in the St. Vincent DePaul Ministry.
There are many other groups, currently and in the past, who benefit from Georgene Kauth O’Dwyer’s genuine love of people and desire to help. Along with this extensive volunteer career, Georgene was employed for 25 years at Batavia Bank, which eventually evolved into Chase Bank in Batavia. During her tenure at the bank, she chaired the fund raising for Batavia Community Chest, which is now Batavia United Way.
Spirit of Batavia Award
Speaking of Batavia United Way, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce is also pleased to announce that the organization is this year’s recipient of the Spirit of Batavia Award. This is the third year the award is given to a group that has made significant contributions to the Batavia community.
"The contributions that the Batavia United Way have made to our community are immeasurable,” says Deitchman. “However, this year has really stood out for their service through the implementation of 2-1-1. The amount of work that Melinda and the board put into making 2-1-1 happen in Kane County is staggering. We are so lucky to have them working for the betterment of our community."
Besides getting 2-1-1 off the ground, Batavia United Way set records for their Success By 6 program as well as the holiday Adopt A Family program. This year, 29 Kindergarten Enrichment Scholarships were funded. The Adopt A Family reached a new milestone with 120 families being adopted by 89 different sponsors. The group also celebrated 90 years of helping Batavians in 2018, dating back to the early days of Batavia Community Chest.
Although Melinda Kintz, the part-time executive director for Batavia United Way is often the face of all that the organization accomplishes, she says it is the board of directors’ commitment that gets everything done.
“This is quite an honor for us. A big part of Batavia United Way’s success is that I have a working board, one that is willing to do what it takes to do the most good,” says Kintz. “I am lucky to have them.”
A committee of previous recipients of the Citizen of the Year award selects the Batavia Citizen of the Year from nominations received from the community. This group also chooses the Spirit of Batavia group honoree.

For more information on the 2019 Inspire Event, please click here:

Please feel free to contact us at the Chamber with any questions.

Batavia Park District Events

House decorating contest

Get in holiday spirit with the House Decorating contest 

BATAVIA, IL – Channel your inner Clark Griswold and show off your holiday spirit! The fifth annual Holiday House Decorating Contest is open to all Batavia Park District residents. Prizes will be awarded for Most Original, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights and People’s Choice. Displays will be judged on Wednesday, December 5 between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. by District staff.
The People’s Choice category will be conducted online. All entries will be posted to the Batavia Park District Facebook page at for one week starting Thursday, December 6. The entry with the most likes by noon on December 13 will be named the People’s Choice winner!
Winners will receive a Park District prize pack and a sign to display in their yard. Addresses will be published unless otherwise specified. The registration deadline is Tuesday, December 4, and the cost is $5 to enter.
For more information, please call 630-879-5235 or visit

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