Smart Park Discussion:
Last night the Naperville City Council voted to move forward with the Jaycees Smart Park donation agreement, but with a few changes. Some council members did not want to see individual club leaders’ names on a plaque at the park. Council adopted a resolution accepting the $200,000 donation but pending negotiations on the plaque and other issues. The Jaycees’ donation would be the largest in the organization’s history.
Addiction and the Holidays:
Also last night, a town hall discussion about addiction and the holidays was held in Wentz Concert Hall. The talk featured actress and author Mackenzie Phillips, founder of the Voices Project Ryan Hampton, and author, teacher and interventionist Brad Lamm; all former addicts in successful long-term recovery that now work to help others get better. They spoke about why the holidays can be difficult for those struggling with addiction, holding a Q& A session and offering advice on how to help loved ones start and stay on the road to recovery. The full forum can be seen on Soft Landing Recovery’s Facebook page.
Bowl Bound Local Athletes:
With the college football bowl season underway, here are some of the names you can look out for that came through our Naperville area schools.
The only player participating in a New Year’s Day bowl is Neuqua grad Isaiah Robertson, a freshman safety at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish will play LSU in the Peach Bowl.
Neuqua Valley’s Jon Rhattigan is a linebacker for the Army Black Knights, who will challenge San Diego State in the Birmingham Bowl on December 23rd.
Another former Wildcat, J.P Quinn is a starting offensive lineman for the Central Michigan Chippewas, who will play Wyoming in the Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday night.
Naperville Central graduate Manny Rugamba will roam the field as a defensive back for the Iowa Hawkeyes against Boston College in the Independence Bowl on December 27th. (ESPN)
His former Redhawk teammate Bobby McMillen plays linebacker for Iowa State. The Cyclones take on Memphis in the Taxslayer Bowl on December 30th.
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