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  • Naperville golf courses swing open for season Mar 22, 2015 8:56 PM
    Time for spring became time to swing — a golf club, that is — for players who came out to the opening weekend at the Naperville Park District’s Springbrook and Naperbrook golf courses. “We are very pleased to see that both courses emerged from the winter in very good shape, without the winter damage seen in previous years,” said Kevin Carlson, superintendent of golf.

  • Naperville park candidate wants maximum in taxes Mar 19, 2015 1:52 PM
    One candidate for park board in Naperville wants the district to continue increasing property taxes by the maximum amount allowed each year. Incumbent Marie Todd said collecting the most allowed under a state tax cap allows the district to afford new buildings. But other candidates seeking three seats in the April 7 election, incumbent Rich Janor and challengers Jim Ensign and Melvin Kim, didn't come out as strongly in favor of maximum tax collection.

  • Constable: March Madness for cricket fans Mar 15, 2015 7:30 AM
    For suburban cricket fans, March Madness will bring us the winner of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. “It's bigger than soccer, American football, baseball, basketball,” says Shiraz Najam, 37, who plays cricket all summer long and also serves as president of the Midwest Cricket Confrence, which boasts 52 teams playing in 560 games during the 20-week season.

  • DuPage park districts ‘scrambling’ with state grants suspended Mar 14, 2015 7:35 AM
    Major park district projects are in jeopardy across DuPage County after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to suspend state grants for park construction and land. Plans to buy land that almost became a gas station near Glen Ellyn; to add amenities to a park in Bloomingdale; to create a new recreation center in Roselle; to build an indoor turf center in West Chicago; and to improve a fitness facility in Aurora all were put on hold.

  • State grant for Naperville park activity center suspended Mar 12, 2015 4:19 PM
    A $2.5 million state grant that had been promised to the Naperville Park District for construction of an indoor activity center has been suspended, officials said Thursday. But Ray McGury, executive director, said the district has enough money to build the Fort Hill Activity Center without the state grant it was awarded last July if necessary.

  • Naperville park candidates debate need for indoor pool Mar 10, 2015 5:48 AM
    Candidates for three seats on the Naperville park board say the activity center the district plans to begin building this year will do much to meet indoor space needs, but it won't have an indoor pool.

  • Models ‘strut their stuff’ during Naperville senior scam prevention event Mar 3, 2015 2:38 PM
    Several governmental organizations in Naperville will collaborate Friday to host a fashion show of delivery drivers, utility employees and city staff members designed to help seniors identify and avoid scams. "It's some education, some empowerment and some fun, too," Naperville and Lisle Townships Triad Volunteer Jack Kreger said about the event, called "Who's Really Knocking at Your Door."

  • James Ensign: Candidate Profile Mar 10, 2015 5:32 PM
    Candidate information for James Ensign, running for Naperville Park Board

  • Rich Janor: Candidate Profile Mar 10, 2015 5:32 PM
    Candidate information for Rich Janor, running for Naperville Park Board

  • Melvin Kim: Candidate Profile Mar 10, 2015 5:32 PM
    Candidate information for Melvin Kim, running for Naperville Park Board

  • Marie Todd: Candidate Profile Mar 18, 2015 7:45 PM
    Candidate information for Marie Todd, running for Naperville Park Board

  • Thirsty visitors flock to Naperville’s Winter Ale Fest Feb 28, 2015 9:41 PM
    More than 60 beer brewers brought their wares for consumption at Naperville’s Frontier Park Saturday afternoon during the 2015 Winter Ale Fest sponsored by the Naperville Parks Foundation. Hundreds of thirsty visitors poured into the park to taste what was pouring out of the scores of kegs brought by the craft brewers from across the country.

  • 400 dancers in Des Plaines Dance Idol competion Feb 21, 2015 1:07 PM
    More than 400 dancers from 18 studios and three independent dancers participated in the annual Des Plaines Dance Idol Competition at Prairie Lakes Community Center. “This is the seventh year of Dance Idol and it is exciting to see how this dance convention has become what it is today,” said Nancy Suwalski, cultural arts supervisor for the Des Plaines Park District.

  • Naperville Riverwalk Eatery one step closer to liquor sales Feb 17, 2015 5:40 AM
    Beer and wine might be coming to a little cafe Naperville Park District is sprucing up along the Riverwalk, if the city council approves a request for a new liquor license. But some previous Riverwalk and park district leaders oppose the idea or alcohol at the eatery near the paddleboat quarry and Millennium Carillon. “It just seems to me like this is the last place adjacent to downtown Naperville where we're not serving beer or wine and I don't know why we have to,” said Charlie Brown, a former park commissioner.

  • Too cold? Not for pickup hockey in Naperville! Feb 14, 2015 6:51 PM
    Naperville Park District maintains two boarded outdoor hockey rinks at Centennial Park, and even on a cold Saturday, they draw diehard players for pickup games. “We’ve got a good mix of guys out here today, which makes it a lot of fun. No one takes it too seriously, everyone has a good time and that’s the best part about it,” said Chris Hill, 22, an assistant hockey coach at Waubonsie Valley High School.

  • Naperville Park District OKs $7.87 million maintenance facility Jan 26, 2015 6:04 PM
    Work on a $7.87 million project to build a new maintenance facility in Naperville’s Knoch Park is scheduled to begin in the middle of next year and be completed before June 2017. The park district board voted late last week to pursue the project to replace the outdated facility at 724 S. West St. The maintenance facility is one of three in the district. Park district Executive Director Ray McGury said the existing facility is diplapidated and “there are a lot of things going wrong with it.”

  • Park district proposing beer, wine sales at Naperville Riverwalk Eatery Jan 9, 2015 4:28 PM
    Naperville Park District is seeking a liquor license to sell beer and wine at the Riverwalk Eatery, but no one is looking to create a “tavern on the Riverwalk.” Park board President Mike Reilly said the district instead wants to sell cans of beer and single-serve wine at the eatery at 441 Aurora Ave. “We’re not looking to be a tavern on the Riverwalk; we’re looking for an amenity that will attract families,” Reilly said.

  • Running company paying to plow path in south Naperville parks Jan 5, 2015 4:28 PM
    Naperville runners who aren’t afraid of the cold will have a new plowed path this year as an outdoor exercise option: the Frontier Park Trail on the south side of the city. Naperville Running Company will reimburse Naperville Park District for costs incurred to plow the two-mile path after each snowfall of two inches or more this year, owner Kris Hartner said. “It just didn’t make sense to not have it useful for what could be a long chunk of the year,” he said.

  • ‘Thrill’ is back at newly renovated Naperville Sportsman’s Park range Dec 28, 2014 6:54 PM
    The familiar command of “pull!” and the crackle of shotguns returned Sunday to Sportsman’s Park in Naperville, much to the delight of marksmen who endured a six-month renovation of the park district’s trapshooting range. “It’s fabulous. We couldn’t be more happy,” said Jim Monk, the Naperville Sportsman’s Club president.

  • Trapshooting to resume Sunday at Sportsman’s Park in Naperville Dec 19, 2014 4:05 PM
    Members of Naperville Sportsman’s Club are getting their shooting range back Sunday after it was shuttered for six months for renovations. That means clay targets will be flying as people such as Sportsman’s Club President Jim Monk get back to the hobby they love in the park at 735 S. West St. “We’re extremely excited,” Monk said. “It’s been a while since we’ve been out there.”

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