Naperville Now 05-15-18

Peace Officer Memorial Day

This morning, Naperville honored police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. In recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day, a moment of silence, prayer, and music honored fallen officers. In 2017, 93 police officers lost their lives. In 1927, Chief Robert Worthel died in a motorcycle accident while responding to an armed robbery. He remains the only Naperville officer to die in the line of duty, however, current Chief Robert Marshall said the service was to honor officers across the country who made the sacrifice. The ceremony also falls during National Police Week.

 

Preservation Plans for Old Nichols

There’s an update to the plans for Old Nichols Library. The local group Save the Old Nichols Library recently reviewed preservation and new development plans with owners of the building, Dwight Avram and Jeff Brown. The Naperville landmark will be preserved with the exception of the back portion. Interior fixings such as the wrought-iron railings and interior gallery will be restored, and outside a replica front door, like-style windows, and repairs to the roof, stone, and façade will be made. The new 80,000 square-foot mixed-use construction will wrap around Old Nichols and fill the lot next to the US Bank, but will be set back to allow sunlight to reach the library.

 

Girls Lacrosse Highlights

Naperville Central girls lacrosse traveled to Benedictine University last night, taking on Benet Academy in one of the final tune ups before the start of the playoffs. The weather stayed clear long enough for the Redwings to celebrate senior night. The home team came out firing on all cylinders, building a 9-4 lead at halftime. The Redhawks responded to the adversity, battling back in the second half to cut the deficit down to just two goals with minutes to play. In the end, Benet was able to pull away and hang on for a 15-9 senior night victory. Central will take on Neuqua Valley to begin the playoffs on Saturday, while Benet will face Naperville North next Wednesday night.

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