Monday, December 21, 2009

Santa in the Park draws a large crowd

Santa came to the Village of Bellevue a little early this year, stopping at Josten Park with three of his reindeer on December 19th.

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services department partnered with local Girl Scouts Troop 4638 to sponsor the event which had over 300 children, parents and grandparents attend. Children were able to sit in Santa’s sleigh, see his reindeer, participate in a craft project and sip hot chocolate.

“It was great to collaborate with the Girl Scouts and continue to build partnerships that help create a sense of community,” said Joel Gregozeski, Director of Leisure Services. Lindsey Novak, who organized the event and serves as the recreation supervisor for the village said, “it was a true joy catching the smiles on the faces of the kids, parents and grandparents.”

This was the first year the Leisure Services Department offered Santa in the Park. It plans to review evaluations submitted from participants and offer the program again next year.

To view pictures from the event, go to the Village's FaceBook page at:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Village of Bellevue launches new web site

The Village of Bellevue has launched a revamped web site designed to be highly interactive and user friendly.

“We invite and encourage our residents to visit the new site,” said Village Administrator Aaron Oppenheimer. “It represents a strong collaborative effort between village departments and is designed to be informative and responsive to the needs of our residents. The site can also grow with the Village as we move ahead.”

Joel Gregozeski, Leisure Services Director, was responsible for coordinating the new site.

“The new site is more than a face lift, it is a completely new way of communicating” said Gregozeski. “The public will be able to view and register for Village recreation programs, view ordinances, agendas and minutes as well as participate in online surveys.”

The Village launched the new site on December 3rd. Development of the site was completed by staff. In addition, hosting and maintenance of the site has become more internalized saving the Village roughly $1,500 annually in hosting costs.

Some of the new features include a printer-friendly events calendar that will be linked to the Village Board and Commission agendas and minutes for meetings; an interactive organizational chart and interactive polling asking residents how they like the new site and how they feel about Village services.

Oppenheimer praised the new sites ability for flexible content management allowing changes on a moment’s notice or as questions and needs arise. “We feel that this is a wise investment,” said Oppenheimer, “an interactive web site is vitally important for communication between the village government and our residents. Our web site, will bring more information to our citizens at a lower cost and in a more timely and intuitive manner. We will also be able to create additional features to take advantage of new technologies.”

The site address is