Naperville Now 4th Largest Illinois City:
Naperville is now the fourth largest city in Illinois, according to population data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. With a estimated gain of 488 residents from July 2016 to July 2017, we’ve pushed ahead of Rockford, which lost 749 residents in that same time. Naperville is one of only 11 of our states’ 50 biggest cities that saw a gain in population over that year.
New ALDI Opens:
The new ALDI on Route 59 is now open. The grocery chain has moved into a new building in Naperville Crossings once slated for a Fresh Market. Tomorrow the store will hold their grand opening celebration and the first 100 customers will walk away with a prize, along with the chance to win one of 4 $100 gift cards. Anyone else stopping by throughout the day can sign up for the chance to win free produce for a year. The ribbon cutting begins at 8:25 a.m.
Tuesday, a number of Naperville-based groups and individuals were honored at the West Suburban Philanthropic Network’s 16th Annual Philanthropy Awards. Barb Tartaglione was named Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year for her work with the People’s Resource Center. Showalter Roofing Service took home the Corporate Philanthropist Award for supporting DuPage Habitat for Humanity. Project Help’s Peggy McGuire was recognized as the Nonprofit Executive of the Year. And Mayor Steve Chirico presented the Naperville Jaycees with their Service Club Philanthropic Award for annual contributions of over $80,000 to local non-profits and their $200,000 commitment to making the smart park a reality.
Boys Volleyball Regional Championships:
Nearly a dozen local playoff contests took place yesterday, headlined by the boys volleyball regional championships.
Benet Academy hosts Hinsdale South and the Redwings made it look easy right from the start. Benet defeated the Hornets in two sets to win the regional title, advancing to the sectional semifinals to face Hinsdale Central.
Top seed Neuqua Valley has trouble against a feisty Naperville North team. The Huskies came out red hot, winning the first set 25-22. The Wildcats were able to regroup and win the next two sets, winning a regional championship for the second consecutive season.
The wildest game of the night came with Naperville Central visiting Metea Valley. It appeared the Mustangs would cruise to victory after winning the first set 25-15. But the RedHawks clawed back in the second set, tying the match with a 26-24 win. The third set saw both teams leaving it all on the court, but in the end Metea Valley got the block at the net to win a regional championship for the first time. The Mustangs advance to the sectional semifinals to face Neuqua Valley on Friday.
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