Naperville Now 12-4-17

December 4, 2017
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Crisis Text Line

The Naperville Police Department is partnering with the Crisis Text Line to provide students in need with a way to get help. Students can text “reach” to 741741 to hear from a trained crisis counselor who will respond with help including advice or dispatching emergency services if needed. To learn more, you can visit


The City of Naperville is looking for 240 people to apply as workers for the special census being conducted in early 2018. The city is holding the special census in select areas where significant population growth is believed to have occurred since the last census in 2010. A population increase would mean the city could receive more revenue. Applications can be find on the city’s website or at the municipal center.

Parade of Lights

On Saturday the streets of downtown Naperville were lined with people who came out for the annual Little Friends Parade of Lights. This year the parade was held a week later than normal to keep the tradition alive downtown. The parade was pushed back from its usual date the weekend after Thanksgiving to accommodate holiday shoppers, but the change did not prevent people from enjoying the festivities including a visit from Santa himself.

Nike Cross Country Nationals

Naperville North girls cross country has made headlines across the state all year long, but this weekend in Oregon they put the whole country on notice. The Huskies finished as the runner up at the Nike Cross Country Nationals meet on Saturday. North finished just five points behind National Champion, Fayetteville-Manlius from New York. After winning a second consecutive State Championship last month, the Huskies had their best ever finish at the National meet. They were the only team to have five runners in the top 45 and all seven runners finish in the top 100. Sarah Schmitt and Alex Morris finished eighth and 12th to earn All-American honors.