Above / With springlike temperatures on Jan. 27, 2018, this angler enjoyed catching bluegills at May Watts Park. “It’s a bonus to be fishing this time of year,” he quipped.

To PN FB: That’s my dad! He loves fishing here whenever weather permits! —Rae Gramm Turrell

Thank you, PN Readers!

The February issue of PN will be available and ready for distribution on Jan. 31, 2018. Thanks for reading and sending your feedback our way!

Looking for a copy? Click here to find the location of a PN newsstand at more than 20 Naperville businesses, the Naperville Municipal Center, Fifth Avenue Train Station, etc.

To PN: I had a great time playing the Naper Trivia game and pursued until I came in 2nd!  Looking forward to seeing if I won a prize, and playing again next time. 

Thanks for being so creative.

—Ann Elliott

Editor’s Note: Bragging rights go to players with the top 30 highest scores that finished the quiz, all recognized in the Feb. issue on page 22. First, second and third-place prizes will be sent soon to Caden, Ann Elliott and Bobby Y after all three have replied to the email congratulating each one of them on scoring more than 5 million points. Thanks to the multitudes that started to play and to more than 60 who completed the quiz just for the fun of it.

To PN: My son is passionate about fishing and absolutely, there are really great fishing lakes in both Naperville and Aurora.

Unfortunately many people who live close by are unhappy about people fishing near their property and think that it is illegal (even if it is park property).  My son and his friends have been kicked out of multiple lakes while they have been fishing, not making any trouble and not doing any harm to either the fish or the property.

I hope people in the Naperville area become more tolerant of people fishing at these lakes (teen boys especially). There are so few activities for them to do other than sports that help to keep them out of trouble.

Thank you for writing this article. By promoting fishing in these lakes for recreation, Naperville residents may realize that it is not, in fact, illegal to fish in them.

—Linda Slo

Editor’s Note: Reader response is to story about fishing at May Watts Park with an update and photo from Jan. 27, 2018, featured in “Lasting Impression” on page 39 of the January publication that will be available Feb. 1, 2018.

Local fishing ponds provide plenty of pleasure every season

To PN Readers: Growing up, Valentine’s Day always was a big day for this kid. Until 6th grade, class time in early February was devoted to decorating an empty shoe box for display to collect funny valentines from classmates. Then for several days before the big day, we were given time to stuff those personalized mailboxes with personal greetings. When it was party time, we exchanged candy hearts with silly sayings that we figured out were produced by the same candy company that made those rolls of Necco wafers and everybody’s favorite flavor was chocolate.

The big day was celebrated even more at home because my parents were married on Feb. 14, 1947. Most memorable to me was the Valentine’s Day it snowed in the wee hours of the morning. My dad put on his boots, went outside to pick up the newspaper, and stomped a huge heart in the front yard for my mother.

Cheers to heartfelt memories for a lifetime.

—Stephanie Penick

Frank Slocumb

To PN: Ray Kinney spoke beautifully about Frank Slocumb and the many contributions he made to this community and organizations throughout the years.

To honor Frank Slocumb, at Thursday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Naperville, two anonymous donors each offered $1,000 in matching funds to establish a scholarship in Frank’s name. Helping our youth with a scholarship is one very fitting way to give lasting tribute to this kind and generous man.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Frank, his wife, Kay, and their son, Jack.

—Jini Clare

Editor’s Note: Ray Kinney’s Remembrance of Frank Slocumb, “Frank’s Way,” is featured at www.positivelynaperville.com.

The Four-Way Test
“The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do” officially was adopted with a copyright by Rotary International in 1954.
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

To PN Readers: On Jan. 20, 2018, members of the Historic Preservation Commission unanimously approved a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) to demolish the 1962 addition to the Old Nichols Library. Subsequently, other ideas about the possibilities of subdividing the property have been open to discussion.

For the rest of the story and photos, visit www.positivelynaperville.com. Simply search “Old Nichols.”

Or click here for a timeline on PN’s website that also will take you through the history of the distinguished structure that glistens in the sunshine, standing for culture, literacy, education, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Old Nichols first opened in 1898.


To PN: My name is Lauren Kostoglanis, and I work at the Better Government Association. I’m just reaching out to let you know that submissions are now open (until Feb. 12) for the 2018 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Journalism. We are looking to honor journalism from all over the great state of Illinois and the prize purse is bigger than ever. We are giving away $25,000 in total prize money.

You can find more information at www.bettergov.org with a search for “2018 Award.” 

—Lauren Kostoglanis, Better Government Association

Editor’s Note: Investigative journalists, please apply. Thank you.

Keeping Naperville safe is everyone’s responsibility.

To PN FB: Does the city of Naperville have employees checking numbers on air conditioners this time of year? Yesterday a woman wearing a Naperville vest was in the back of my house. I was startled to see her through my back patio doors and so was our dog who went crazy barking. I opened the door and she apologized for not knocking on the front door but she needed to get numbers from the air conditioner. I mentioned this to my husband and he thought it was highly suspicious.

—Tammy LeSage

Editor’s Note: When contacted, the City of Naperville replied that a few projects are happening out in the neighborhoods that might have people in yards, but not A/C units and not necessarily backyards. For instance, there’s storm sewer work and surveying in Cress Creek, Nicor was working on gas lines in and around North Central College, and the Electric Department was working on cable injections in Brookdale. The NPD reported no calls.  If you see something suspicious, call the NPD non-emergency number at (630) 420-6666 or call 911.

To PN: Thanks for all the coverage you provide to health department news releases. It is greatly appreciated.

—Don Bolger, Public Information Officer, DuPage County Health Department

Also Note to PN Event Planners: PN appreciates the many invitations “to cover” special events. Our aim, however, is to promote upcoming events. Event planners can post events via PN’s website at www.positivelynaperville.com.