Fifth Ave Steering Committee
Commuter engagement and parking were at the forefront of discussion at the first meeting of the Fifth Avenue steering committee last night. Members were joined by 30 community residents and discussed how to get more commuter input and how to determine best locations for additional parking. The 15-member committee is made up of seven neighborhood residents, one commuter, one senior task force member, Mayor Emeritus George Pradel, two Ryan Companies staffers, two city staffers and two city councilwomen. Next steps include selecting working group participants and issuing a land use and height survey at the beginning of March.
Electronic wristbands are the newest add to this year’s Naperville Ribfest. Recently approved by the Naperville Liquor Commission, the wristbands eliminate the need for cash at the event. The electronic wristbands are linked to credit or debit cards and then activated by a pin. Event organizers believe the wristbands will speed up wait time in lines and overall make it much more efficient when purchasing food, drink, alcohol, or carnival tickets. Cash and cards will still be allowed for use at the festival.
Girls Basketball Regional Quarterfinals
The girls basketball regional quarterfinals tipped off last night with three local teams in action across the area. Riding a two game winning streak, Metea Valley faced Lockport over at Oswego East. The Mustangs fell behind early, trailing by nearly 20 points at halftime. In the second half Metea was able to get the offense going, pulling within single digits. But the Porters put the game away and ended the Mustangs season with a 35-22 win.
Neuqua Valley took on Joliet Central over at Naperville Central. Joliet was able to keep it close early, but the Wildcats offense was clicking as the team built a double digit halftime lead. The Steelmen made a run late in the fourth, but Neuqua was able to put the game away 67-63 to advance to the regional semi finals. The Wildcats will play DVC champ Naperville Central on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
Waubonsie Valley traveled to Bolingbrook to challenge East Aurora. The Warriors got an early six to nothing advantage and slowly built their lead throughout the game. Every time the Tomcats made a run, Waubonise was able to respond and push the lead back to double digits. In the end, the Warriors hung on to advance to the regional semis after a 49-46 victory. Top seeded Bolingbrook awaits tonight at 6 p.m. It’s the first postseason win for the Waubonsie girls in six years! Benet and Naperville North have their regional semi final games on Wednesday.
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