Plenty of things to salute in Naperville

Doug Krause (left) and Mayor A. George Pradel (right) addres a Naperville Township Republican Organization meeting. |  Terence Guider-Shaw~ForSun-Times Media
Doug Krause (left) and Mayor A. George Pradel (right) addres a Naperville Township Republican Organization meeting. | Terence Guider-Shaw~ForSun-Times Media

Hello, residents and friends of Naperville! When I think of August, one word comes to mind: anniversaries. My dear wife Pat and I celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary on Aug. 20. Thank you, Pat, for 54 great years together and for 54 years of supporting Naperville. Pat loves this community as much as I do, and I’m thankful she lets me share my time with all of you.

Our Indian community also had the chance to celebrate the 68th anniversary of India’s independence with a special celebration on Aug. 17 at Central Park. An estimated 1,500 people participated, and it was so wonderful to see everyone honoring their culture and heritage.

A few days ago I was grateful for the chance to celebrate another year on this planet. I’ve still got pep in my step and love being out with people! It was great to see so many people out and about this summer. Our famed Centennial Beach was host to swimmers and sunbathers, and it plays an important role in allowing us to host triathlons in the city. Naperville was buzzing with activity every weekend, and just because the weather is getting a bit cooler doesn’t mean things won’t be heating up this fall. The second Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon is going to bring more than 4,600 runners to town, and I’m looking to all of you to help support them as they achieve this athletic accomplishment.

Marathon organizers are asking individuals and neighborhoods to get involved and participate in a variety of roles. Because of the increased number of runners this year, the course has been changed to use only city streets instead of both streets and area forest preserves. This move is for the runners’ safety, and it also allows more neighborhoods to get involved in the fun. You can help by forming cheering sections/zones, becoming a neighborhood or block captain, providing neighborhood assistance with course marshaling or offering musical entertainment at mile markers. If you, your neighborhood or any organization you are a part of is interested in this type of community support, email Mike Wasilewski at mwasilewski@naperville26.com or call 630-244-1752 to register.

Just remember, many of your friends and neighbors will be participating, so come cheer them on. To view a map of the streets where the race will be run, visit www.naperville.il.us/napervillemarathon.aspx.

The return to fall has also meant the return of children to the classroom. Please remember that traffic safety is of the utmost importance. Please drive slow in school zones, obey all posted speed limits and keep an eye out for children. Make sure that you can stop your vehicle quickly and that you are aware of your surroundings at all times. And of course, no talking or texting on your cell phone. When you’re driving around and you see a bus that has stopped to let kids on or off, please remember to obey the bus stop arm. Don’t ignore it, because it’s for the safety of our children.

Safety of all our residents is a top priority, and we’ve been proactively addressing concerns surrounding safety in the downtown at night. As a City Council, we’ve discussed some changes that we hope to implement to promote a healthy and safe, yet vibrant, downtown in the late evening and early morning hours. These include reducing maximum beer sizes, not allowing people to enter bars less than an hour before they close, eliminating drink specials that cut prices by more than half and prohibiting the sales of shots in the final hour before an establishment must close. We have worked with our business owners and managers to find ways to work together and make every effort possible to keep our city safe. If you have any concerns about our liquor establishments or the climate downtown, please drop me a note at mayor@naperville.il.us or call 630-420-6018.

And finally, continuing with my tradition of thanking my current colleagues on the Naperville City Council, I would like to thank Councilman Doug Krause for his service to our community. Having served on the Council since 1989, Doug brings historical perspective and experience to our discussions. A Realtor with ReMax of Naperville, Doug has served on the Sister Cities Commission, DuPage Solid Waste Committee, DuPage Mayors and Managers Committee, DuPage Stormwater Committee, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Public Utilities Advisory Board, E911 Emergency Telephone System Board and the Financial Advisory Board. He has been married to his wife Cyndee for 45 years and is the proud father of four children: Carrie, Justin, Lukas and Amanda. In his free time he travels and enjoys movies, gardening and cooking.

Thank you, Naperville, for all you’ve done these past few months to help others. Have a wonderful school year and a great autumn.

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