Naperville Now 02-14-19

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Flo Rida at Ribfest:

There’s a “good feeling” about the latest performer announced for Naperville’s Ribfest – rapper Flo Rida! The four-time Grammy nominee is coming to Ribfest on July 4th to headline the Navistar Main Stage. Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 15, at 10 a.m. on the Naperville Ribfest website.

D203 Candidate Forum:

Six candidates are vying for three four-year terms on the District 203 Board of Education. Looking to keep their seats on the board are Janet Yang Rohr and Kristine Gericke. Newcomers in the running are patent agent Becky Rudolph, Lewis University professor Joe Kozminski, businesswoman Cecilia Fox, and business attorney Char L. Dalton. Last night, they all spoke at the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation’s forum, answering two prepared questions as well as audience submissions. Candidates covered topics including what they see as the three current challenges facing the district, and how to better serve students who aren’t college bound.

Therapy Dogs Needed:

Edward Hospital is looking for new dogs to take part in their Animal-Assisted therapy program. Dogs used for the program need to meet a list of criteria including be up to date on vaccinations, friendly toward people, able to perform commands without treats as a reward, and able to get along with other dogs. You can apply on the Edward-Elmhurst Health website. Candidates who pass that pre-screening will then be scheduled for temperament training in April.

Locals at State Wrestling Meet:

The state-wrestling meet begins today at the University of Illinois, best of luck to our local wrestlers competing in Champaign. Naperville North senior Drake MacIntyre is wrestling at 160 pounds. Metea Valley has three-time state qualifier Phillip Sims at 145 and junior Josh LaBarbera at 182 pounds. Waubonsie Valley sends Charlie Millington at 285 and sectional champion Garret St. Clair at 220. Neuqua Valley has four representatives, Koshal Shah at 106, Bryce Boumans at 132, Roberto Pena at 285 and Joliet Central sectional champ Jake Boumans at 170. Naperville Central also has four with Tyler Driessens at 113, Colin Baumgartner at 120, Ben Cianchetti at 195 and the Bolingbrook sectional winner Jackson Punzel at 170.