Visit veterans! Play bingo!

Every month from September to June on the second Tuesday, a bus departs promptly 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 Hine VA Hospital in Maywood.

The public is welcome to help fill the bus on Tues., Dec. 11, a special time when visitors play BINGO and visit with the veterans. And in December they will deck the halls with a holiday sing-a-long.

For more info, call organizer John Shaw at (630) 961-3479, Mike Barbour at (630) 240-1645 or Jan Barbour at (630) 247-9007.

Cadence opens Pit Stop Truck Center

Cadence Premier Logistics has opened the Pit Stop Truck Center, a 77,000-square-foot facility in Joliet, Ill., the company recently announced.

The center will accommodate the latest in technologies as the transportation industry moves toward electric vehicles. The facility will offer truck and trailer parts, diesel fuel sales, electric charging stations and a truck wash, according to a press release.

“The growth of our company is a result of the county, city and surrounding community support,” Cadence CEO Rocky Caylor and Chairman Tom Maciulis said in a joint statement.

Cadence also will partner with local high schools and college students to provide technical training as well as internship opportunities regarding careers in the transportation, logistics and supporting technology industry.

‘Buy a Brick’ Campaign continues

During the Riverwalk 2000 fundraiser launched in 1997, the Daily Herald sponsored a “Buy a Brick” ad campaign featuring different residents holding the “Your Name Here” brick.

Today, the initiative that gives individuals the opportunity to write a message to be engraved on a brick or a granite stone continues to be a popular gift item and a way to support the Riverwalk Foundation.

Find complete details with photos about this personalized gift in a story featured at Search “Buy a Brick.”

To order a 4 x 8 brick ($150) for the Riverwalk extension or an 8 x 8 brick ($250) for Fredenhagen Park, simply send a check made payable to the Riverwalk Foundation with your 12 character per line, 3-line ($150) or 6-line message ($250) to Jan Erickson, Riverwalk Administrator, City of Naperville, TED Business Group, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville, IL 60540. Include your name, address, phone number, e-mail or other contact information.

For more info, contact Erickson at (630) 305-5984 or Note! Bricks can now be ordered online at

Editor’s Note / Another opportunity to purchase brick pavers along the Riverwalk is now available via a Naperville Jaycees fundraiser in support of the Naperville Jaycees Park near the Naperville Municipal Center. Click here for details.

Park District partners with Elgin Recycling to recycle holiday lights

The Naperville Park District annual holiday lights recycling program in partnership with Elgin Recycling, will end Feb. 1, 2019.

Residents and businesses are invited to bring their old, nonworking lights to any of the following locations:

  • Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, located at 305 W. Jackson Ave. Hours of operation are: Monday-Friday, 8:30AM to 5PM.
  • Fort Hill Activity Center, located at 20 Fort Hill Drive. Hours of operation are: Monday-Friday, 5AM-10PM, Saturday, 6AM-7PM and Sunday, 7AM-6PM.
  • Knoch Knolls Nature Center, located at 320 Knoch Knolls Rd. Hours of operation are: Monday-Friday, 9AM-4PM, Saturday, 10AM – 3PM.
  • Springbrook Golf Course Golf Shop, located at 2220 W. 83rd. St.

In 2017, Naperville Park District joined with 49 villages, 4 other park districts, 7 businesses, 5 libraries, 2 churches and 1 high school in the region to help Elgin Recycling collect 98,056 lbs. of holiday lights. This year’s goal is to keep 100,000 lbs. of lights out of the landfill.

The following types of lights will be accepted: Mini-lights, C-7 lights, C-9 lights, Rope lights, LED lights and extension cords. All colors and lengths will be accepted.

Rotary Sunrise 2018 Winter Coat Drive runs through Dec. 14

The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise will host its 20th Annual Winter Coat Drive through Dec. 14.

Rotary volunteers are placing boxes throughout the community to receive donations of gently-used clean coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and mittens.

All sizes, infant through XXXL adult, are accepted. New or never-worn clothing is welcome, too.

“The mission of Rotary is ‘Service Above Self,’ and we are proud to partner with Hesed House, DuPage PADS and  Sharing Connections to deliver warm clothing to those in our area who are in need in the upcoming winter season,” said Jeanette Oakeshott, Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise President. “The Naperville community has always been very generous, and we look forward to another successful Winter Clothing Drive.”

Look for collection boxes in downtown Naperville, etc.

As the need grows, the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise continues to attract new collection partners. This year,  select downtown businesses include Anderson’s Bookshop, Kroehler YMCA, Naper Settlement and Naperville Bank & Trust. 

Other drop off locations include Casey’s Fine Foods, Fair Oaks Ford, DuPage Universalist Unitarian Church, Dutchman Heating, Naper Settlement, Naperville Park District facilities, Naperville Bank & Trust at Fort Hill, the Views of Naperville and the offices of Coldwell Banker Naperville Boulevard,  Naperville Clinical Associates, Newman Architecture, and Wells Fargo Advisors. 

This year, in collaboration with the Naperville Fire Department, collection boxes will be placed in all Naperville Fire Stations.

Thanks to all for donating warm clothing no longer used to the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise Winter Coat Drive. For more information, visit

KidsMatter presents Youth Service Awards

KidsMatter, in partnership with Mayor Steve Chirico and the City of Naperville, hosted the 25th Annual Naperville Youth Service Awards. During the ceremony, 24 young people from the community were celebrated for their commitment to service and volunteerism. For more info about KidsMatter initiatives, volunteer fairs and job fairs, visit (Photo by Jo Lundeen)

WUMW will host Christmas Luncheon and Cookie Sale

Wesley United Methodist Women will host their annual Christmas Luncheon and Cookie Sale at 11:30AM Fri., Dec 7. Luncheon is $10 per person. Cookies may be purchased in prepackaged assortments or by an individual assortment of choices. Cookies are $10 per pound or $5 for half a pound.

Questions? RSVP? Call the office at (630) 355-1834. Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 21 E. Franklin Ave.

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., Dec. 2.

The service will be led by Dr. Egon Gerdes, and all are welcome to attend. St. John UCC is located at 1190 Olesen Dr. German services are held on the first Sunday of every month and will continue on Jan. 6. For more info, call (630) 355-5208.