Naperville Now 01-14-19

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Fire and Police Water Rescue

Naperville fire and police personnel rescued an 11-year-old boy yesterday afternoon after he fell through an iced over retention pond. The fire department arrived at the pond located in an apartment complex on 1300 block of McDowell Road at 4:49 p.m. Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Leston pulled the boy ashore just four minutes later. The boy was taken to Edward Hospital in stable condition. The fire department would like to remind residents to use caution around bodies of water; while it may appear frozen, it’s often not thick enough to support much weight.


Lauren Underwood Sworn In

A ceremonial swearing in celebration was held for Congresswoman Lauren Underwood this weekend. The 32-year-old returned to her alma mater Neuqua Valley for the ceremony, where she discussed her plans to help expand access to healthcare and represent the people of Illinois’ 14th district. Congresswoman Underwood will next be in the area during the Fox Valley Women’s March on January 19.


Wentz Drops City Council Bid

Former Naperville City Council member David Wentz is no longer running for a return seat there. Mayor Steve Chirico has named Wentz as his choice for appointment to the city’s Naper Settlement Museum board. That leaves 11 people still in the running for four seats on the dais. City council will vote on Wentz’s appointment to the board at tomorrow night’s meeting.


Remembering Steven Mazzarella

And today we remember Steven “Mazz” Mazzarella, a longtime Naperville North health teacher and springboard diving coach. Mazz died of cancer at his home on Saturday, January 12, at the age of 62. Information about visitation and services can be found on