Naperville Now 08-15-17

Hundreds Attend Vigil

Over 200 people gathered at an anti-hate vigil in Naperville last night. The group met at the Free Speech Pavilion on the Riverwalk to show solidarity with Charlottesville, after a “Unite the Right” march and protests against the march there ended in violence and one death. Naperville’s vigil attendees say they want to be sure hate and bigotry is not condoned in our area.

Old Nichols Open House

Also last night, over 100 people came to an open house hosted by the group “Save the Old Nichols Library,” created after a developer came forth with plans to redesign the building and it’s land. Many attendees to the open house came to show their support for the cause, while others came to learn more about the Old Nichols Library and the arguments for preserving it as is. Members of the group have submitted an application to designate the building as a historic landmark, something that will be discussed at a Historic Preservation Commission meeting on Tuesday, August 22 at 7 p.m.

Duck Race Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Riverwalk will be just swimming with fun. The Riverwalk Duck Race will kick off at 10 a.m. from the footbridge near Centennial Park, as around 2,000 rubber ducks race to the Eagle Street Bridge. There are still some ducks available for purchase, with winning ducks earning their owners cash prizes, and the remaining funds benefiting the Naperville Riverwalk Foundation. To learn more and purchase a duck, visit the RiverwalkDuckRace.com.

Naperville Baseball Alumni

It’s been a big summer for Naperville baseball alumni, as 2013 Naperville North grad Nick Solak was recently promoted to the Trenton Thunder, the AA affiliate for the New York Yankees. The former Huskie joined Naperville Central grad Nicky Lopez, who was also promoted to AA in the Kansas City Royals farm system this June. Selected in the 2nd round out of Louisville in 2016, Solak remains the highest ever draft pick for a Naperville North baseball player. Solak earned the promotion after hitting .301 with ten home runs for the Tampa Bay Yankees high A team. Nick is hitting .283 after his first 11 games with the Thunder.

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