Cannabis Sales Still An Option:
After previously leaning toward opting out of recreational adult-use cannabis sales, Naperville city council now want to keep their options open. They voted by a show of hands to direct city staff to come back with information on what opting in would mean for Naperville – such as the cost of enforcement and how many dispensaries should be allowed. About 20 public speakers addressed the dais on the issue, some arguing that opting in would give council more control over the market and tax dollars. Others said it would make it easier for children to acquire the drug. City Attorney Michael DiSanto told council they don’t need a decision by January 1, when recreational cannabis sales become legal statewide, but the sooner that decision comes, the better.
7-Eleven Gas Station Denied:
Also at that meeting, a proposed 24/7 gas station was turned down. City Council voted 5-4 to deny the request from Vequity LLC, who had sought to bring a 7-Eleven to 991 W. Ogden. Neighbors of that property voiced concerns about the potential increase in crime, noise and traffic a 24-hour 7-Eleven could bring. The site currently houses a former Marathon station, which is now vacant.
New Events Proposed for Naper Settlement:
Naper Settlement may be adding a Pride celebration to their 2020 line-up. Newly formed group Naper Pride wants to organize the event to be held in August of next year. It would be family-friendly, and feature a circus theme. More new events include wine fest Naperville Uncorked, which would be slated for July, and a historic focused Homefront 1940s Weekend, which would accompany an exhibit on loan from the National World War II museum. All three still need to be granted approval by the city.
MLB Debut for Naperville North Grad:
Yesterday was a historic day for 2013 Naperville North graduate Nick Solak. The former Huskies baseball star made his major league debut after being called up by the Texas Rangers. Solak was drafted in 2016 by the New York Yankees, before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays and eventually the Rangers earlier this summer. He began his career on the right track with a single to left field in his third major league at bat. In the 2nd game of the double header, the lefty hit his first career home run to put his team on top. The North alum joins fellow Naperville native Nicky Lopez in the MLB. Lopez is the starting 2nd baseman for the Kansas City Royals and made his debut in May.
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