Naperville Now 07-12-17

Jaycees Fund Smart Park:

Mayor Steve Chirico’s proposed outdoor wi-fi park is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to a $200,000 donation from the Naperville Jaycees. The group plans to kick in the funds in exchange for naming rights of the park, which was originally pitched to the mayor by Nikki Anderson. The mayor, Councilman Kevin Coyne, community leader Tom Miers, and Jaycee Kevin Gensler spoke with the group about the benefits of the proposed workspace near the Riverwalk, and last night, the Jaycees voted yes to a letter of intent for the funding. The full cost is projected to be about $412,000; the other half of the funds will come from private donors.

Moser Tower Controversy Continues:

At today’s Riverwalk Commission meeting over a dozen members of the public weighed in on the Moser Tower/Millennium Carillon decision, almost all in support of keeping the tower standing. Many shared stories of how they worked on the project to fund and build the tower, others mentioned loved ones they memorialized by donating a bell, and some defended the tower as a symbol of Naperville. The tower needs up to $3.8 million in repairs, sparking the debate as to whether it should be kept up or torn down. The Riverwalk Commission hopes to make a recommendation for City Council at their next meeting

Closings Ahead:

The Naperville Christian Church is planning to close after 53 years – and consequently, their tenants, the Montessori Moppet Centre, are being forced to close as well, after 36 years. The church is no longer financially viable, and plans to use the proceeds from the sale of the building for other ministries. The congregation will formally vote on dissolution at the end of July.

Brownridge Goes Pro:

In sports news, former Waubonsie Valley Star Jared Brownridge signed a contract to play professional basketball in Italy. Brownridge had a successful college career at Santa Clara where he averaged 18 points a game hitting some big game winning shots. Brownridge was voted to the All-WCC 1st team. He’s Waubonsie Valley’s all-time leader in made threes and second on the all-time scoring list.

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