Chirico Recusal on Central Park Place Vote | Grace Gets Gold | John Pearce Scholarship Awarded

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Chirico Recusal on Central Park Place Vote:

At last night’s Naperville City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Chirico recused himself from discussion and voting on an item concerning Central Park Place, the new condo development on the old Nichols Library site. This came after a story by CBS Chicago claimed his business, Great Western Flooring, had a financial tie to the development. Chirico said last night that Great Western Flooring did not submit a bid on the project, but was approached by one of Central Park Place’s clients to provide an estimate for a specialty product not available with Empire Today, who is doing the floors for the rest of the building. Dwight Avram, the property owner, confirmed Chirico’s story and said he’s never done business with Great Western Flooring. Chirico called the story a political attack before recusing himself. Once he left the room, council had a broader discussion about what constitutes a conflict of interest, and directed city staff to draw up some clearer terms on the subject. The vote, which was to approve the Central Park Place development, then proceeded, passing 8-0.

Seiboldt Medals Three Times:

Congratulations are in order for Grace Seiboldt! The 22-year-old Napervillian has won three medals in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Her brother Chris shared video of her taking home the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle, and the silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle. She also took silver in the 100-meter freestyle relay.

John Pearce Scholarship Awarded:

Last night was a high note for Naperville Central senior vocalist Bianca Schramm, who was awarded the fifth annual John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship. Bianca has been singing since fourth grade and with the $1000 scholarship is hoping to pursue a dual major in communications and vocal performance in college. The award was made possible by the Naperville Education Foundation. It was established to honor the 20 years that John Pearce served as choral instructor, musical director, and Music Department Chair. Congratulations Bianca!

Game of the Week Returns:

Tonight marks the return of the Naperville Sports Weekly game of the week. After winning a regional championship for the first time last season, Metea Valley boys volleyball hosts Downers Grove North to begin the 2019 season. You can watch the game live at 6pm on NCTV17 and