SECA Funding Changes
Last night the Naperville City Council held a workshop to look at making changes to the Special Events and Cultural Amenities Commission. One big change is that SECA’s portion of the Food and Beverage Tax will increase by two percent of the Consumer Price Index every year, meaning more funds will be available for the commission to distribute. Another change is the removal of the “Legacy Events” category, a category that previously included Ribfest and The Last Fling. Now they will be given the same consideration as any other event applying for SECA funding. These changes will be implemented for the next SECA funding cycle.
KidsMatter Names New Executive Director
KidsMatter has just named Kamala Martinez as its new chief executive officer and executive director. Martinez has served on the nonprofit’s advisory board and was formerly the executive director of the RR Donnelley Foundation. She is currently the chairman of the Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission. KidsMatter is dedicated to empowering kids to say no to destructive choices and yes to endless possibilities.
District 204 Facility Maintenance
In order to achieve a balanced budget in the last 10 years, many maintenance projects for District 204 have been deferred. Last night the district invited community members to an Engage 204 event to give input on the district’s facilities and how they would rank importance of improvements. For the more than 90 community members there, building exteriors and electrical, HVAC and plumbing ranked highly. Another important improvement many parents are looking for is an upgrade to locks and intercoms in building and classrooms, which many said is important after recent school shootings. The next Engage 204 session will address the district’s budget.
High School Basketball
The high school boys basketball playoffs tipped off across the state last night with three of our local teams in regional quarterfinal action.
In the Romeoville Sectional, Neuqua Valley took on Joliet West over at Lincoln Way Central. The Wildcats got off to a strong start, putting up 22 points in the opening quarter and taking a four-point lead. But the Tigers crept their way back into the game, eventually taking the lead and ending Neuqua’s season with a 65-59 win.
Waubonsie Valley traveled to Plainfield South to begin the postseason. Guard Eric Cannon set the tone early with a pair of three pointers en route to a game high 21 points. The Cougars hung close for a while, but the Warriors put the game away late, moving on with a 65-51 win. Waubonsie will face number two seed West Aurora tonight at 7:00pm.
Moving over to the Glenbard East Sectional, Metea Valley faced conference rival Lake Park at Hinsdale South, the fourth time the two teams have met this season. The game went back and forth, remaining tied for much of the first half. A balanced Mustang attack helped the team pull away in the second half as Metea took down Lake Park for the third time, 51-39. The Mustangs will face Willowbrook in the regional semi finals tomorrow night.
Naperville North begins regional play tonight against Hinsdale Central. Benet and Naperville Central both play tomorrow night.
And in college basketball, the North Central College Men’s team is heading back to the Division III NCAA tournament. After two big wins over Illinois Wesleyan in the last week, the Cardinals were selected to the 64-team field for the third consecutive season and the tenth time in school history. NCC will face Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Friday.
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