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July Positively Briefs


Naperville resident earns honor at North Central College

Scott Blaszak
Scott Blaszak

Scott Blaszak, son of Wayne and Aida Blaszak of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Biology Award during Honors Convocation North Central College in May.

A senior, Blaszak is majoring in biology at North Central College. He is a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School.

Blaszak has presented original research at five conferences, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and North Central’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. He has served as a lab assistant and twice participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium. Scott plans to pursue a career in medicine.

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His name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

Park District July 4th weekend schedules

Naperville residents and guests are encouraged to note changes in some operating hours for Naperville Park District facilities and services during the July 4th holiday weekend.

Several Park District facilities will be closed for the holiday from Fri.-Sun., July 4-6: Administration Building (320 W. Jackson Avenue), Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center (305 W. Jackson Avenue) and the 95th Street Center (2244 W. 95th Street).

Centennial Beach has modified its hours on Independence Day to be open from 11AM to 6PM on Fri., July 4.
Business as usual
The Eatery, the Paddleboat Quarry, the Millennium Carillon, and Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses will operate with normal business hours.

For more information, call:
Centennial Beach: (630) 848-5092
Millennium Carillon: (630) 848-3611
Springbrook Golf Course: (630) 848-5060
Naperbrook Golf Course: (630) 378-4215

For more information about the Naperville Park District, its facilities and programs, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

Summer presents time for refresher course in outdoor safety

Photographer Jim Hoch caught this lightning clap over Moser Tower on August 30, 2013, while waiting for the storm to pass at The Last Fling.
Photographer Jim Hoch caught this lightning clap over Moser Tower on August 30, 2013, while waiting for the storm to pass at The Last Fling.

In light of recent electrical storms and likely more to be forecast, this story aims to remind readers to educate family, friends and neighbors about being prepared for summertime weather and how to play in it safely.

The National Weather Service estimates the odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime are 1 in 10,000. The odds that you will know and be affected by someone being struck are only 1 in 1,000. It is simply not a risk worth taking.

From 2003-2012, an average of 35 lightning fatalities were recorded, and each year, hundreds more are injured. Safe Electricity encourages you to help keep your family safe by learning what precautions and actions to take.

After a storm, wait until 30 minutes have passed without lightning or thunder before returning outside. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the core of a thunderstorm.

According to the Energy Education Council, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. It is a good idea to heed the advice of the National Weather Service, “When thunder roars, go indoors.”

If a person is struck by lightning, call 911 and care for the victim immediately. You are not in danger of being shocked or electrocuted by the victim.

For more electrical safety information, visit SafeElectricity.org.

Since 1968, the Naperville Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has maintained an Outdoor Warning Siren System to warn the residents about severe weather, flash flooding, approaching tornadoes and other major emergencies. Today, there are 19 siren units throughout the city. The sirens are tested the first Tuesday of each month at 10AM.

Naper Notify is another way to receive alerts regarding public safety as well as important information that matters to local residents. For more information or to sign up to receive notifications, visit www.napernotify.com.

Serendipity Shop seeks donations year-round

The Serendipity Resale Shop is a volunteer-run shop, located at 12 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville.

Donations of clean, gently-used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing of all sizes are welcome. Donors are asked not to include items that are stained or torn. The resale shop is in need of linens and home decorating items, such as lamps, dishes and clocks as well as household items, jewelry and collectibles.

Donations are accepted during regular hours. For information, call (630) 357-3610.

German language church service

Church services in the German language will be held at St. John United Church of Christ at 11:30AM on Sun., July 6.

The service will be led by Pastor Egon Gerdes, and all are welcome to attend. St. John UCC is located at 1190 Olesen Drive. German services are held on the first Sunday of every month and will continue on August 3. For more info call (630) 355-5208.

ALERT! Beware of scammers

Beware of phone, e-mail and Internet scams. Never, never give your password, credit card number or social security number to an unknown caller over the telephone or via e-mail. No matter how convincing a professional scammer might seem, never give any personal information to someone you don’t know at any time.

Reports of scammers with official-sounding “Naperville” business names are growing. To be safe, say “NO!” to all suspicious-sounding solicitors. Say “Naperville is a scam-free community.”

If an individual calls or comes to your door from any company attempting to represent the NPD or the city, contact (630) 420-6142.

Climb the Carillon

The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower is open for the 2014 season. Visitors can climb 253 steps to the top of the 160-foot tower and enjoy spectacular views while learning about the workings of the Carillon and its history.

Hours are 10AM to 4PM on Saturdays and from noon to 6PM on Sundays, with Friday hours 10AM to 4PM beginning May 23 ending August 15. For more information, visit www.naperville-carillon.org.

There’s no place like Naperville

Diane and Steve Dolan

Former Naperville residents Diane and Steve Dolan who since have lived an adventure around the world recently returned to Quigley’s patio with an observation. “There’s no place like the Riverwalk or Quigley’s Irish Pub in downtown Naperville.”

July 4 crackdown on drunk drivers

The Naperville Police Department will join the Illinois State Police and hundreds of police and sheriff’s departments in a statewide enforcement effort that runs through July 6.

To avoid a potential crash or drunk driving arrest, the Naperville Police Department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends or family members drive drunk. Other important tips include:

  • Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
  • If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against a drunk driver.

ESLP offers free GED and career training

The Early School Leaver Program (ESLP) is a unique program offering free GED preparation, workplace skill-building, and specific career training for DuPage residents aged 17-21. The Early School Leaver program is funded by the Workforce Development Division of DuPage County (Workforce Investment Act). For more information or to register, call (630) 691-7577.

Visit Veterans, play Bingo

Every month from September to June on the second Tuesday, a motorcoach departs at 6:15PM from the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and American Legion Post 43, 908 W. Jackson Ave. with folks eager to spread good cheer to veterans receiving treatment at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood.

The public is welcome to help fill the motorcoach again on Tues., Sept. 9.

For more information about visiting Hines V. A. Hospital, call organizer John Shaw at (630) 961-3479, Mike Barbour at (630) 240-1645 or Jan Barbour at (630) 247-9007.

Army’s 2nd Infantry Division will hold reunion

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and their 93rd annual reunion in Omaha, Nebraska from Sept. 16 – 20, 2014, contact secretary-treasurer, Bob Haynes, at 2idahq@comcast.net or (224) 225-1202.

Watch the World Cup at Quigley’s

Catch World Cup action and cheer on America at Quigley’s Irish Pub in downtown Naperville, 43 E. Jefferson Ave. The tournament held every four years is being played in Brazil and Quigley’s will be tuned in to most of the action, network permitting.

Run for Veterans

Run on behalf of Naperville Responds for Our Veterans in the Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon Sun., November 9.

As part of the Marathon Charity Partner Program, runners will receive additional race amenities including pre-race stretching, post-race stretching and massage and gear valet check. In addition, NRFOV will host a special pre-race dinner the night before.

Naperville Responds for Our Veterans assists Veterans and their families in need by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and coordinates the process of repairing, building and donating homes.

For more info and to donate, visit www.nrfov.org/marathon.

Star of TV’s ‘Glee’ returns to visit Anderson’s Bookshop

Chris Colfer
Chris Colfer

Anderson’s Bookshop will host New York Times bestselling author and television star Chris Colfer, best known for his role as “Kurt Hummel” on Glee, at 7PM on Friday, July 11. His book, The Land of Stories 3: A Grimm Conclusion, is aimed at middle readers.

Priority numbers for the booksigning line are available with the purchase of The Land of Stories 3: A Grimm Conclusion from Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville. This event is a booksigning line only where fans will get an opportunity to meet the author.

For more info, visit www.andersonsbookshop.com.

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