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Naperville Now 08-22-18

Whirlyball Approved:

Whirlyball will soon be on its way to Naperville, but not without a few concerns about parking. Last night Naperville City Council members gave the okay for the entertainment facility to be built on Odyssey Avenue near Top Golf, passing a parking variance to allow for 150 spaces instead of the usual 177 required by code. Adam Elias, Whirlyball’s vice president of strategic planning, told council most people rideshare or carpool when coming to their facility for birthday parties or corporate events, which cuts down on the number of cars on site. The proposed 41,000-square-foot building will feature two Whirlyball courts, for playing the sport described as a combination of lacrosse, basketball and hockey, played while riding in bumper cars. The facility will also house 12 bowling lanes, laser tag, and a restaurant.

Hobson Oak Items Up For Bid:

The first items carved out of the historic Hobson Oak are now available for bidding in an online silent auction. It’s part of Loaves & Fishes Night to End Hunger fundraiser, taking place August 25 at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook. Though the event itself is just on Saturday, the auction for the Hobson Oak pieces and some seedlings, along with a wide line-up of other items and experiences was opened up ahead of time, to allow anyone the chance to bid. Night to End Hunger starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, but you do not have to be present to win. Proceeds from the handcrafted Hobson Oak items will be split equally between Loaves & Fishes and the Naperville Parks Foundation. Head to the Loaves & Fishes website to start your bidding.

Girls Volleyball Begins:

The high school girls volleyball season tipped off last night with Naperville Central playing its home opener, while Metea Valley was on the road to start the year. The Redhawks protected their home court against West Aurora, winning in straight sets 25-16, 25-20. The Mustangs also started the year off with a win, knocking off Oswego East in two sets, 25-15, 25-19. Benet Academy, Naperville North and Waubonsie Valley play their first games tonight.

Karen Moloney Remembered:

And finally, we fondly remember Karen Moloney, who died Monday of cancer. Moloney was a champion for raising awareness and money for the prevention of youth suicide – a cause she came to after one of her employees at the Dairy Queen on Wehrli Road died by suicide. That led her to establish the Dilly Bar Golf Outing, an annual fundraiser to shine light on depression and find help for those in need. Moloney was 60 years old.





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