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Friday, March 31, 2023

Food security is what we need


For most of 2021, PN has referenced a stone monument along the Riverwalk engraved with a poem titled “What We Need.” The stone is located along the brick path just beyond the old Netzley House, now the Visitors Center for the Moser Tower, west of the footbridge that leads over the DuPage River. Encourage family, friends and youngsters to visit the stone, engraved with reminders that what we need are a little more kindness with more smiles, laughter and flowers along the pathway of life.

Every seasonal change brings fresh awareness to new needs, developments and services such as ones provided at Loaves & Fishes Community Services. Longer days also present more time to appreciate all that’s been created here to fulfill needs and provide opportunities for volunteers just about every day.

Considering Moser Tower since 2000, Century Walk public art since 1996, the Riverwalk since 1981, Naper Settlement since 1969, and Centennial Beach since 1931, our city’s most prominent amenities were inspired by innovative local residents. Cultural attractions connect relevant history while also providing backdrops to showcase needs of nonprofits. Take the Riverwalk, for example, and the awareness raisers scheduled along the brick path in July that will benefit Naperville Responds For Veterans (July 2 and 3), Safe Suburbs USA (July 4), Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research (July 18) and the Lymphoma Research Foundation (July 30).

Perhaps great minds with can-do spirit can create a cooperative plan for the City’s bicentennial in 2031.

What we also need in Naperville is a safe return to open…

Open Minds!
Open Hearts!
Open Everything!

Follow local protocols, wash hands, but don’t wash away commonsense.

For everything about downtown Naperville shopping, dining, entertaining and safety protocols, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.

For a listing of local eateries and treat shops, visit www.dinenaperville.com.

To create a “staycation” at a local hotel, check out www.visitnaperville.com.

Venture throughout town to learn about Naperville’s rich history. Find stories about the city’s early beginnings, rapid growth and more recent plans for development at Naper Settlement as well as along the Riverwalk and at 51 Century Walk locations.

Our past gives richness to our present.

Thanks for taking note of this city’s can-do spirit every day. Be part of it.

PN Ombudsman
PN Ombudsman
An ombudsman is Scandinavian in origin dating back to Viking times; and refers to a community representative; usually acting independently on behalf of an organization, body of elected officials, or civic group. Thanks Scandinavia for inventing ombudsman.