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Pete Ellman’s Big Band added all that jazz to Labor Day Parade


For the second year, a jazz ensemble from Pete Ellman’s Big Band livened up Positively Naperville’s entry in the Jaycees Last Fling Labor Day Parade.

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The annual parade that comes on the final day of the Jaycees annual end o f summer four-day event featured roughly 100 entries for 2012. Always focused on a theme, this year’s parade recognized NCTV17, a local public access television station that first hit the local airwaves in 1987.

The 2012 Jaycees Labor Day Parade is featured on the schedule of NCTV17 many times during the next week. For starters, watch the parade at 8:30PM Mon., Sept. 3; 9PM Tues., Sept. 4; and 3AM Wed., Sept. 5.

“We are so grateful to Pete Ellman and his band as well as other members of Indie Bound-Naperville for participating with the Positively Naperville parade entry to help promote the city’s independently-owned enterprises,” said Stephanie Penick, publisher of Positively Naperville. “Our city thrives and local revenues benefit whenever consumers shop, dine and entertain locally. That’s been our focus since our first publication was circulated during the Jaycees Last Fling 2001. We’ll always have a special place in our hearts for the Naperville Jaycees and their community spirit.”

Thanks to Becky Anderson and Anderson’s Bookshops, IndieBound-Naperville has been growing one merchant at a time since October 2008 with an exhibit of bright red signs in store windows that proclaim “Support local independent businesses.” The group of nearly 100 local businesses—also including Oswald’s Pharmacy, The Boxes Etc., Casey’s Foods, Dog Patch Pet & Feed, etc. —has a passion that’s been uniting kindred spirits in the common cause of keeping the  city and its local culture thriving.

IndieBound Naperville highlights independent individuality that distinguishes these merchants; plus, it is their individuality that unites them.

Since PN’s first issue in September 2001, Positively Naperville has supported local independently-owned businesses first for the many ways they can turn on a dime with support of the good things happening in this community.

Congratulations to the Naperville Jaycees for organizing the 2012 Last Fling and the  Labor Day Parade, making adjustments all the while as rainy forecasts interrupted some  events. Thanks also for the many good deeds, fundraising initiatives and worthwhile causes that are supported by the Jaycees throughout the year that make a difference in the community.

Look for the annual “Big Wave” in the October issue of Positively Naperville.

For more info, visit www.positivelynaperville.com every day.



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