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Naperville Now 06-07-18

County Connecting Trail:

DuPage and Will Counties have made a connection – and that’s good news for area walkers and bikers. There’s a new segment on the DuPage River Trail that connects Whalon Lake in Will County with Greene Valley Forest Preserve in DuPage County. The new stretch is just 1.25 miles long, but it’s an important link in the nearly 30-mile trail system of which it’s now a part. Officials hope to eventually extend the Will County branch of the trail to Channahon and the I&M Canal State Trail.

Farmers Markets Kick Off:

After last week’s event was rained out, yesterday served as the opening day for the 6th annual St. John’s Farmers Market on Aurora Avenue. More than 20 vendors were out showing off produce, baked goods, and even popcorn. The market had food ready to eat on site, as well as options to take home to the dinner table…along with plenty of free samples. If you missed out, the 95th Street Farmer’s Market opens for the first time ever today from 3-7 p.m. at the 95th Street Library parking lot, and on Saturdays the Naperville Farmers Market runs from 7am until noon at the 5th Avenue Station parking lot.

Surprise Delivery:

Volunteers and clients at Loaves & Fishes Community Services got a cheesy surprise today, when Aurelio’s Springbrook Square delivered a steaming hot stack of pizzas to the food pantry. It was part of Aurelio’s “59 Surprise Deliveries” campaign, in celebration of the pizza chain’s 59th anniversary. Later this year, they’ll be attaching golden tickets to random pizza boxes across their 40 locations, with the recipients winning a free pizza a week for a year.

Braves Draft NCC Player:

What a week for North Central College third baseman, Michael Mateja. One day after being named an Academic All-American, Mateja was selected in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Atlanta Braves. The Cardinal star is the first NCC player to be drafted since Nick Robinson in 2010. The Central region player of the year is the 6th North Central player to be drafted of all-time and is the highest draft pick for the school since 1992. With one year of eligibility remaining, Mateja has until July 6th to decide if he will sign with the Braves or return to North Central for his senior season.



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