Naperville Now 1-15-18

MLK Prayer Breakfast

The message of Martin Luther King Jr. rang through the Wentz Science Center this morning with prayers and readings from scripture at North Central College’s annual MLK Prayer Breakfast. Many attended the event to hear from featured speaker David Johnson, a photographer and NCC alum, who talked about his experiences growing up in the Chicago area and gave some life advice about pursuing your dreams.

 

Naperville Roads & Snow 

City of Naperville Public Works are working around the clock to clear roadways as 4 inches of snow hit overnight and at least two more inches are expected over the next day. 22 snowplows are working to clear major roadways, with cul-de-sacs and side streets all plowed and salted by this evening. You can check on their progress on the City of Naperville’s online snow and ice removal map.

 

Public Plaza Proposed

An outdoor public plaza could be coming near the Frontier Sports Complex. The Naperville Park Board recently heard from Hitchcock Design Group who pitched the plaza, which would be located next to the sports complex and between the 95th Street Library and Neuqua Valley High School. The potentially $4.6 million plans propose a band shell, two playgrounds, gardens, trails, and possibly more to fit in the 2.2-acre area. Park board members say more discussion will be needed before making a decision.

 

Boys Bowling Regionals

On Saturday, the first high school postseason action of 2018 took place at the boys bowling regionals. Naperville Central’s Zak Knusel qualified for sectionals as an individual, as did Naperville North’s Adam Rodriguez and Metea Valley junior Chris Mickolayck. But the local star of the day was Metea senior Ian Ridgway, who rolled a perfect 300 in the first game of the day. He finished in 8th place overall and advances to sectionals for the second straight year. Lyons Township won the regional team championship.

The World Record holder for the Ironman Triathlon Bike Split, Andrew Starykowicz, visited Endure It! Sports in Naperville yesterday to compete in the cycling team time trials. The multiple-time Ironman champion spent the morning competing in the trials against some of the best local and national riders. He also shared advice with those passionate about triathlons and cycling.

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