When Kira Couch and Caitlin Holzer took the unusual step of shaving their heads on a cold January day, the two college gals did so for a purpose: Raising money for a childhood cancer research nonprofit. When all the locks had fallen and all that was left on their heads was stubble, the young women had surpassed their goal of bringing in $7,500 for the Swifty Foundation. The Jan. 6 fundraiser by Couch and Holzer, both Naperville North High School graduates from the Class of 2016, generated $8,055 for the Woodridge-based charity. The good news continues, Holzer said, because "donations are still coming in here and there." The Swifty Foundation was established in honor of Michael "Mikey" Gustafson, who died in 2013 of a brain tumor when he was 15. Mikey went to school with Couch and Holzer, who said his presence in their lives motivated them to support his cause. Mikey wanted to be a scientist, so the Swifty Foundation supports research on childhood cancers and educates families about … [Read more...] about Naperville North grads shave their heads for cancer charity
Small shoulders, big issues. At age 11, Marley Dias found a major issue: books she was exposed to featured characters who did not look like her. related advertisement If you go What: Marley Dias discusses her book, "Marley Dias Gets it Done: and So Can YouWhen: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31Where: Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., NapervilleCost: Free, but must buy book at Anderson's for signing lineInfo: andersonsbookshop.com An avid reader from New Jersey, Marley wondered why African-American girls were so seldom pictured as main characters in her reading. So she launched a project to address that issue and 1000 Black Girl Books was born. Her goal was to collect 1,000 books starring black girls. Soon, #1000blackgirlbooks was getting traction. Today, 13-year-old Marley has collected 10,000 books, won many awards and been the subject of numerous media interviews and features. She's also written a book herself to share with her fans about her adventures in … [Read more...] about Teen author brings ‘keep-it-real’ guide to Naperville
Two taxes charged in Naperville might be on the rise to help prevent a $2.1 million property tax increase from going into effect. The city council on Tuesday took a first look at proposals to increase both the telecommunications tax on cellphones and landlines and the hotel/motel tax on renting rooms. If approved, the telecommunications tax would increase from 5 percent to 6 percent and the hotel/motel tax would rise from 4.4 percent to 5.5 percent. The hotel/motel tax also would be expanded to cover room rentals through online services such as Airbnb. The increases could shift the cost burden from home and property owners to phone users and visitors. "From my perspective, especially with the new federal tax law that caps state and local taxes at a $10,000 deduction, it makes a lot of sense to look for alternative revenue streams other than property taxes," Mayor Steve Chirico said. "I think these two particular taxes are good ones to look at." Implementing the tax increases as … [Read more...] about Phone, hotel taxes likely to rise in Naperville
Naperville Central won 67-45 over Neuqua Valley in girls basketball at Neuqua Valley on January 16, 2018. Naperville Central's Mia Lakstigala (31) looks to get the ball past Neuqua Valley's Sofia Medina (10) and Megan Callahan (12). Mark Black | Staff Photographer Naperville Central's Lucy Schmid (23) moves for a shot over Neuqua Valley's Erin McCarthy (35) during the fourth quarter. Mark Black | Staff Photographer Naperville Central's Morgan Dudycha (33) takes a shot over Neuqua Valley's Rachel Lee (32) during the fourth quarter. Mark Black | Staff Photographer Neuqua Valley's Ashley Ishamn (31) moves for a shot after getting past Naperville Central's Lucy Schmid (23). Mark Black | Staff Photographer Neuqua Valley's Megan Callahan (12) looks to move the ball past Naperville Central's Maiah DeShazer (5). Mark Black | Staff Photographer Neuqua Valley's Megan Callahan (12) take a shot over Naperville Central's Lucy Schmid (23) and Gabriella Melby (2). … [Read more...] about Neuqua Valley vs. Naperville Central, girls basketball
Naperville's historic preservation commission soon will consider a request to demolish part of the old Nichols Library, and even those who want to save the 120-year-old building think it's a good idea. The partial demolition request does not cover the original core of the two-story Richardsonian Romanesque building at 110 S. Washington St. in downtown, but the pieces tacked on later: A reading room added to the east side in 1939 and a large south wing constructed in 1962. "They're not taking down the historic portion of the building," said Becky Simon, a member of the preservation group Save Old Nichols. "That is a great development." The historic preservation commission is set to review the partial demolition application during a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in the municipal center at 400 S. Eagle St. Allison Laff, deputy director of transportation, engineering and development, said the commission could grant a certificate of appropriateness, which would allow the … [Read more...] about Demolition for add-ons to old Nichols Library in Naperville?