New Scheduling For Fire Department:
The Naperville Fire Department has begun an innovative new scheduling initiative. While the traditional firefighter schedule used around the country uses the 24 hours on – 48 hours off system, “Power Shifting” moves four firefighters onto a 40-hour workweek. Fifty-four percent of the Naperville Fire Department’s calls occur between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. With the additional four workers on the clock during those times, the department can operate two extra ambulances during their busiest hours without incurring any additional costs.
Regional Economic Forecast:
Wages are growing, unemployment rates are low, and our economy is strong. Those were the takeaways from the panel of financial experts at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Regional Economic Forecast. John Calamos, founder of Calamos Investments, Gus Faucher, chief economist for PNC Financial Services, and Caroline Harris, vice president of tax policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shared their thoughts about the economy. Their general consensus was we can expect economic growth to continue, and that within a year’s time, the record will be broken for longest period of economic expansion in the United States.
Portillo Comes To Anderson’s:
Hot Dog! Dick Portillo, the founder of popular fast-food chain Portillo’s will be stopping by Anderson’s Bookshop this December. He’s promoting his memoir “Out of the Dog House.” The book tells the story of how he grew his business from a portable trailer to the multi-state restaurant empire it is now, 55 years later. He’ll be at the Naperville location of Anderson’s Bookshop on December 3 at 7 p.m. The event is free but if you want to join the book signing line, you can buy a copy of the book at Anderson’s Bookshop or online.
12-Year-Old Third Degree Black Belt:
Naperville resident Anne Pendle has become one of the few third degree black belts in Tae Kwon Do at age 12 after passing her grueling, six-hour test on October 20. That’s in addition to earning one Silver and two Gold medals at the Orlando Tae Kwon Do Nationals last year. Anne is one of only 25 12-year-olds worldwide who have achieved this honor. For a closer look at Anne’s incredible achievements, keep an eye out for Sports Story Sunday on November 4.
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