Naperville Now 08-14-17

VIGIL FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE:

A vigil is being held tonight here in Naperville to show solidarity with those affected this weekend by hatred and bigotry in Charlottesville. On Saturday a march by white nationalists in that town turned violent, and a woman was killed when a man drove his car into a group of counter protestors. Tonight’s vigil will be held at7 p.m. at the Free Speech Pavilion on the Riverwalk, and is being hosted by Naperville Women’s March Action, Friends Who March and Naper Gals.

NICU EXPANDS:  

Some babies at Edward Hospital got moved into their new digs today, as the hospital opened their new 13-bed unit in the NICU. This brings the total number of private rooms in that unit to 35. Doctors say the new private rooms provide quiet to prevent overstimulation and allow parents a space to bond with their new baby. Edward was the first hospital in the region to offer private rooms, and their NICU is the largest in DuPage County..

INDIA DAY FESTIVITIES:

Thousands came out yesterday for Naperville’s India Day festivities. Knoch Park was filled with food and fun as revelers celebrated the 70th year of India’s independence. A colorful parade was a highlight of the afternoon, a Bollywood star took the stage in the evening, and fireworks capped off the event. This was Naperville’s third annual India Day Parade and celebration.

MORE GOLD FOR AKINOSUN:

2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and Waubonsie Valley graduate Morolake Akinosun added another gold medal to her collection on Saturday at the World Track Championships in London. Running the third leg in the 4X100 relay, Akinosun helped the USA win gold with a time of 41.84 seconds. This is the first World Championship medal for the former Warrior, who ran in the prelims and the final.

 

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