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Naperville Riverwalk Pickers
Guitars, banjos, mandolins and more, acoustic instruments of any kind make up the sound of the Naperville Riverwalk Pickers.
“We started back in 2012 when I was out here playing by myself and a guy walked by and said he was also a player so I said go get your guitar, and he did and it kind of snowballed from there,” said Russ Swanson, founder of Naperville Riverwalk Pickers
During the summer, the group of amateur musicians meets everySaturday morning around 9 o’clock near the Dandelion Fountain in Downtown Naperville. During the winter, they migrate indoors to the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center.
Growing primarily through word of mouth, there are typically six to ten people jamming on any given Saturday, but at times there’s been up to 25, as anyone is welcome to join in.
“Come out and play, bring whatever, if you know four chords you’re doing okay, you can probably come along. And we can help. This is something everyone should do, if you like to play, play with people and this is a great group to play with,” said Rich Harrington, a member of the Naperville Riverwalk Pickers.
While the musicians originally played solely for fun, they now have a more note-able purpose.
“A lot of people would drop money in our cases like we were buskers or street musicians, which is okay but we decided that money better be contributed to something local,” said Swanson.
Currently, any money collected supports Bike Bald, a local not for profit organization dedicated to childhood cancer awareness.
Reporting for Naperville News 17, I’m Evan Summers.
This October, nearly 200 past and present residents of the Saybrook neighborhood gathered to celebrate the memories and history made over five decades and the book that brought them all together.
The man behind it all was Todd Andrlik, who after moving into the Saybrook neighborhood about a year ago, noticed there were stories woven deep within the colonial style homes that came to Naperville in the 1960’s.
“Being a historian myself and somebody who has written several history books, I thought I should do research into this neighborhood and help put together some of the pieces to help put a chronological story of the founding of this neighborhood, ” said Andrlik, author of “Building Saybrook”.
Up until the ‘60’s most homes in Naperville were spread over farms and acres of land, but what subdivisions like Saybrook offered to those coming to the area was hard to turn down.
“This was brand new construction, brand new livable floor plans and they began to have pools, and tennis clubs, and schools were nearby so it was really giving more convenience,” said Bryan Ogg, Curator of Research at Naper Settlement.
And the location was ideal. With I-88 nearby and major corporations like Bell Labs and Northern Illinois Gas coming to town, housing was key. Saybrook filled that need, and continues to do so today.
“We still live in the house in Greenborough Court, quite a large house for two people, but people have made life-long friendships here, even when people move away, they seem to keep the friendships,” said Ann Potterton, who moved to Saybrook in 1967.
“We’re here to just celebrate Naperville and acknowledge the people who have helped make it special for more than five decades,” said Andrlik.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
In summer 2013 a massive 50-foot magnet made its way from Brookhaven, New York to Fermilab in Batavia. The 5 day and 3200 mile journey was the first step in the Muon g-2 experiment.
One year later, the Muon g-2 moved into its new home, a building perfectly outfitted to house the magnet.
This September, it was powered up and researchers have been prepping it for the final experiment.
“It’s a super exciting time for us because we finally are looking at the magnets performance and get it into shape so that it’s ready for physics in 2017,” said Brendan Kilburg, a researcher on the project
This testing will lead up to the main purpose of moving the magnet, discovering new particles in the universe.
The final experiment is slated to start in 2017, and will take 3, nine month long tests to determine the measurement of a Muon and if new particles are found.
“This is a really unique experiment in the sense that we are guaranteed a result the more exciting thing is that if that number is different from what theorists tell us it should be then there is something really interesting in the physics going on,” said Aria Soha.
That interesting phenomenon in physics could mean something big for the scientific community.
“that is essentially why we are doing this, to discover new physics in the past hundred years or so there have been enormous strides in physics and so to be a part of that, well that’s a life goal,” said Researcher on the Muon g-2 experiment, Joe Grange.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale Reports.
101 Dalmatian Engagement
Tony and Corinne share a love for each other, a love for their dogs and a love for Disney, which led to engagement photos that went viral back in September.
“I, of course, love dogs. I’m obsessed with dogs and so 101 Dalmatians was always one of my favorite movies. So I was like, ‘Hey Ton – just a thought – maybe for our engagement photo session we could dress up in costumes and reenact the pictures’. And better than that, we can put our dogs in it and we’ll have Izzy and Mookie with us too! They’ll always be with us inside the pictures,” said Corinne Jones.
The couple recreated iconic scenes from the classic Disney film, 101 Dalmatians, and after posting the pictures to their social media; the couple received an unbelievable amount of responses.
“The greatest thing is that it’s us. It was a moment of hilarity and maybe a bit of insanity,” said Jones.
“And sincerity! I think that’s why people like it too,” added Tony Collier.
With millions of views and thousands of shares, these viral photos are a reminder that artwork can be sentimental for anyone.
“A picture, a little piece of art, can tell a story and be meaningful for people who don’t know you and will never know you and can feel from that with no other instigator. It was pretty cool. It was awesome,” said Jones.
The couple has set a wedding date for June 2016.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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