Children’s Museum Staying Put
The DuPage Children’s Museum will not be moving, after much talk of it relocating for the 5th Avenue redevelopment project. Since September of last year, Naperville City Council had assigned a working group to assess alternative locations for DCM to allow the 5th Avenue project to utilize its 13 acres on Washington Street. In a joint statement released by the City of Naperville and DCM, it was ultimately decided that: “None of the locations presented a viable solution for DCM’s relocation; as such, it is anticipated that DCM will remain a vital component of the 5th Avenue redevelopment project. No additional locations are currently being evaluated, and there are no active efforts to pursue additional potential locations.”
Yesterday community members gathered at the Municipal Center for the unveiling of a three pillar Muslim mural in the lobby. The mural highlights some of Islamic practices like Ramadan and celebrations like Hajj. The mural will be at City Hall until Ramadan ends on June 4.
The Citizens Appreciate Public Service, or CAPS Awards, honored police employees who have demonstrated excellence over the past year. At last night’s event, several officers were recognized for their service, including Ryan Suthard, who received a lifesaving award when he rescued someone from a traffic accident on his way home from work. Officer Jordan Koziel received multiple awards during the evening, including the Medal of Valor. The biggest honor of the night went to Officer Martin Franken, who was given the George Pradel Award for Service. Congratulations to all the recipients.
Cop on a Rooftop
After an evening of awards some Naperville Police Department officers got their coffee and donuts this morning. Groups were hanging out on Dunkin’ rooftops to help raise money for Special Olympics Illinois. This is the 17th year the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which is a campaign to benefit Special Olympics Illinois, has hosted the fundraiser. This year’s goal is to raise more than last year’s $871,000. You can also contribute online at the Special Olympics website.