Whale of a good time

More than 250 people gathered at Highlands Elementary School on May 18 for the Walk for Whale Wishes, a 1.5 mile trek and fundraiser to support the Team Stuckey Future Educator Scholarship fund.

“This scholarship is something that is very near and dear to our hearts,” said Highlands Principal Susan

Stuckey. “It is our way to give it forward to future educators and show our gratitude to school district

that is like family to us.”

The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of Naperville Central who plans to pursue a degree

in education. It was initiated last year by Stuckey and her husband, Jeff, as a way to give back to the

Naperville District 203 community.

Central seniors Elaine Coppe and Ryan Cesario were selected as this year’s recipients. Each received a

$5,000 scholarship towards their freshman year of college.

“The applicants emulate the spirit demonstrated with a positive attitude and proactive choices,” said Lisa Wisinski, member of Team Stuckey scholarship committee and a Highlands teacher.

“Both of these candidates have overcome many obstacles and demonstrated leadership and cared for the well-being of others.”

For more information, visit the Team Stuckey website at


Kirk comes to Hollwood Palms

The original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, beams down to Hollywood Cinemas over Memorial Day weekend hosting showings of “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan.” Shatner will be meeting fans, signing autographs and posing for professional photographs in the lobbies.

Appearances are May 24 and 26 at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge and May 25 at Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville.

Autographs and photographs are $50 each.

Show times, tickets and information are at


Naperville library hosts bee

It’s important that we keep our brains active as we age. Reading, playing card games, word games, doing puzzles and playing scrabble are all good ways to keep our brains functioning.

The upcoming Senior Spelling Bee is an opportunity for seniors showcase a lifetime of knowledge and to celebrate years of experience through their spelling abilities.

Every year the Illinois Seniors Spelling Bee is coordinated by the Association of Illinois Senior Centers, the Illinois Department on Aging and the Naperville Public Library.

There are three levels of the statewide competition: local, regional and the finals. The local Senior Spelling Bee is being hosted by the Naperville Public Library at 2 p.m. May 29 at their 95th Street branch.

The winner and runner up will advance to the regional semi-finals. The State final will be held at the Illinois State Fair on Monday August 12th, which is Senior Day.

Call Vicki Ann Brodeur at the Naperville Public Library, (630) 961-4100 Ext 6342 or


Fundraiser goes up for good cause

Naperville Park Police are staking out a local Dunkin’ Donuts and they need the public’s help.

On May 31, they join law enforcement organizations across the state for the 11th annual “Cop on a Rooftop” fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics. The Naperville event will take place at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1991 Brookdale Rd. (at the corner of Brookdale Rd. and Route 59).

“We will be greeting people at Dunkin’ Donuts from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m.,” said Chief Carl Schnibben of the Naperville Park Police. “Some will be on top of the roof, some will be in the parking lot, and I will be working the drive up. I hope people come out and see us.”

In return for the police officers “doing time” at their restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $15,000 to the Torch Run fund. In addition, each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and makes a donation will receive a free doughnut coupon.

To date, officers throughout Illinois have raised more than $1.3 million from this event.

“It’s a privilege to support these young athletes,” said Schnibben. “It’s always a good time and it raises money for what I think is one of the best causes there is.”



Student band will rock at Ribfest

Here’s yet another reason to attend Ribfest.

Dead Yet Alive, made up of Naperville North High School students Luke Frees, Steve Davila, Alex Garrow and Patrick Naughton will perform at the annual summer festival after winning the 2013 Battle of the Bands on May 17.

“I’ve attended Ribfest before and it’s always a blast to see the performers,” said Frees, 16. “To actually

be on the same bill as some of the other great acts is just amazing.”

The annual contest, sponsored by Naperville Park District Youth Ambassadors, brings some of the area’s top high school bands together to compete during a live performance at Central Park.

“We honestly thought this was the best we’ve ever sounded; everyone kind of fed off each other and we gave it our all,” Frees said. “It feels really good to win this contest.”

Fred Gusel, Naperville Park District superintendent of recreation said the band stood out from the competition, earning top ratings from each of the five judges.

“They by far stood out as the best band in this year’s competition,” Gusel said. “They had a great performance and really brought a great vibe and energy to the event.”

And the prize ­— a chance to perform at Ribfest — is a tasty reward.

Dead Yet Alive will perform at 12:30 p.m. July 7.


Connections to history

Did you know that a Naperville carpenter and homebuilder had an important role in the Battle of Gettysburg? You’ll learn all about Levi Shafer and his contributions during a special guided tour of the Naperville Cemetery in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. “Walking with Soldiers: The Civil War Tour” will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m. May 25 and begins at the Naper Settlement Visitor Center.

“Because 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, we thought it was an opportunity to let people know about Naperville’s place in Civil War history,” said Cindy Lackore, Lead Museum Educator at Naper Settlement.

“Many Union soldiers are buried in Naperville Cemetery and we’ll talk about them, but a Confederate soldier is also buried there. I guess all were equal when it came to their final resting place.”

Visitors will also learn about Dr. Horace Potter and his unusual headstone; the monuments constructed to honor war veterans; and mourning customs of the time period.

Tickets are $12 per person; $10 Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining Members. For ages 10 to adult. Some historical material may be too graphic for younger audiences. Reservations are recommended. Limited tickets are available at the door.

Call (630) 420-6010 or

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