Naperville Now 03-15-18

Opioid Discussion:

Tuesday night the Naperville AAUW brought the Naperville Police Department and local addiction treatment providers together to talk about the opioid crisis. Last year there were 40 opiate overdoses in Naperville, 8 of those fatal – a record high for our city. Despite that, the police department credits their Narcan program for saving many lives, along with their Connect for Life program, which helps connect addicts with treatment providers. The presenters emphasized the importance of using local resources like these to help those in need.

DuPage Is Healthiest County:

But on a positive note, DuPage County has been named the healthiest county in Illinois. That’s according to the 2018 County Health Rankings, put out by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The rankings are calculated using more than 30 factors that affect health, such as jobs, exercise, and education.

Pi (in face) Day:

Yesterday students at Waubonsie Valley High School celebrated “pi” – by letting them fly. As part of their annual “Pi Day” fundraiser, students were able to vote for a teacher to be pied in the face by donating to the Matt Laurich Senior Scholarship Fund. They put their money in the jar featuring the teacher of their choice: then the two with the most donations, as well as the one with the least, headed to the school atrium to get shaving creamed in the face.

Boys Gymnastics Begins:

The boys’ gymnastics season got underway last night with a crosstown clash, Naperville North welcomed Naperville Central into their gym. Redhawks Armani Carter and Ethan Farrell scored quite well on floor, both reaching an 8.0 or above. Teammate Griffin Earl executed a great parallel bars routine, sticking the landing and grabbing a 7.0 in the process.

As for the hosts, on the parallel bars, Eric Loid grabbed a 7.0 with great precision. But the major game changer was Michael Hunter’s floor routine, which included a standing back pike. He would get a 9.3 for his efforts, his personal best for the season so far, helping the Huskies to a victory of 131.3 to 122.7.

 

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