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January 10, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
A citizens group formed to save the city's library branch is now seeking donations to start an endowment fund. Bill Baker, chairman of Friends of the Villa Park Library, said the organization has been successful with a series of fund-raising events. "Our goal has been to raise about $2,000 a month for the city to use for the library, and we've been doing that," Baker said. "In fact, we've raised about $30,000 since we formed last May."
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June 2, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell said Thursday he wanted a review of Irvine Lake's recreational activities and other uses that might affect the quality of drinking water for 6,500 residents in his hometown of Villa Park. Campbell's concern about body contact with the lake water comes in the wake of a report in The Times that a water-ski school had been operating illegally there for nine years, possibly jeopardizing Villa Park's drinking supply.
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September 2, 1997 | JULIO V. CANO
Villa Park has traditionally been considered the wealthiest town in Orange County, but a look at real estate indicates Coto de Caza has the county's most expensive homes.
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December 7, 2005 | Susana Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
A woman fought off two attackers in her Villa Park home Tuesday by shattering a coffee mug in the face of one of the men, authorities said. The woman arrived at her house on Smoketree Circle about 9 a.m. with her 7-year-old daughter, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. They had just returned from taking her three other children to school, he said.
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June 13, 1996 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This innocuous little city, tucked away in a corner of Orange County, has once again made news. And once again, it's done so without trying. Villa Park (pop. 5,897), which has neither a bank nor a single street remotely resembling Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, has just been named one of the 300 wealthiest towns in America--and the wealthiest in Orange County.
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June 2, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell said Thursday he wanted a review of Irvine Lake's recreational activities and other uses that might affect the quality of drinking water for 6,500 residents in his hometown of Villa Park. Campbell's concern about body contact with the lake water comes in the wake of a report in The Times that a water-ski school had been operating illegally there for nine years, possibly jeopardizing Villa Park's drinking supply.
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February 7, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
A new waste-conversion program is doing so well that Villa Park may be the best recycling city in the state, a disposal company executive has told the City Council. "Villa Park is now recycling 60% of its waste, and I believe that's the highest for any city in the state and maybe in the entire United States," said Dave Ault, board chairman of Anaheim-based Taormina Industries. The company collects trash for Villa Park and seven other cities in Orange County.
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March 25, 1993 | MIMI KO
Because of security problems and vandalism at Villa Park Orchards, the City Council this week voted to allow residents of the community to lock the main entrance gate from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The six residents of the city's only gated community will use an electronic card system to get into Villa Park Orchards during those hours. The gate will be left open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The system will be tried for a year. Only three homes are in Villa Park Orchards now.
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April 30, 1999 | Regina Hong, (714) 966-5912
An 80-year-old eucalyptus tree that the City Council recently voted to chop down to keep it from uprooting a street may get a reprieve. Councilman Robert E. McGowan said Thursday that it may be possible to save the tree. More than half a dozen residents have petitioned to keep it. The city engineer has told McGowan that the center divider on Mesa Drive could be redrawn away from the tree so that the tree poses less of a safety and liability problem.
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April 27, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A 51-year-old umpire suffered a fatal heart attack during a Little League game at the Placentia Champions Sports Complex on Saturday morning. Witnesses said John Aiken, a longtime umpire, collapsed during the second inning of a game between the Placentia Braves and the West Yorba Linda Rockies. Aiken, who had a history of heart problems, was taken to Placentia Linda Hospital by ambulance, where he died, an Orange County coroner's official said.
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November 25, 2002 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
The faded page of the high school yearbook resembles countless others past and present. It pictures a bunch of kids clowning around on an outdoor stairway. One is wearing a fancy white blazer and tie; another is dressed like Hugh Hefner -- complete with a pipe; a third is encased in a rigid-looking straitjacket. One of the boys is holding a banner that proudly proclaims the group's identity: "Villa Park High School Yacht Club. The Only Yacht Club Worth a Ship."
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November 5, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Orange Police Department will stage a major car crash today to warn high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving. In addition to staging a car accident in front of Villa Park High School, students will be removed from class to become the "living dead." After putting tombstones in a graveyard, they will return to class wearing makeup. Their obituaries will be read, and they will no longer speak to their classmates.
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June 8, 2000 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Councilman Richard Freschi is working hard to make the fourth annual Villa Park Picnic on Sunday a tradition that will set the pace for decades to come. About 3,000 people are expected to attend Villa Park's largest family event of the year at Irvine Lake. "This is important to me," Freschi said. "It's a bank account of memories for the kids. Things that really stick with you are family events." The festivities, beginning at noon and ending at 6 p.m.
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May 11, 2000 | Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879
The City Council approved a traffic plan designed to reduce car speeds on Vida and Francisco drives. The improvements included building a crescent-shaped median on Vida and Francisco, which connect at a bend on the road; constructing a center divider at the intersection on Vida Drive at Fernando Circle; and installing stop signs on Center Drive at Francisco Drive and on Fernando Circle at Vida Drive. The cost is estimated at $20,000 and construction could begin as early as this summer.
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