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Looking to a busy 2014

<p>Jonathan Miano / Staff photogarpher</p>

Jonathan Miano / Staff photogarpher

Hello, residents and friends of Naperville. Happy New Year. I hope 2013 was a great year for you and your loved ones. It was certainly a good year for the City of Naperville.

As we look forward to what 2014 has to offer, I hope your New Year’s resolutions are still intact and that you are striving to make each resolution a reality.

As a rule, I like to make New Year’s resolutions, however, they only tend to last a month or two. I have the best of intentions, but life sometimes gets in the way.

This year, one of my resolutions is to meet even more wonderful residents of this great city and be more involved with local associations and organizations.

I am always amazed at how many social and charitable organizations continue to work together for the betterment of our city, and I look forward to working even more closely with them in the coming year.

Another resolution of mine is to visit all the Naperville schools to tell our students first-hand how proud I am of their accomplishments. Our public and parochial schools provide a superb education to our youth, and they deserve our praise for their hard work.

In addition to schools, I feel it’s important in my final full year as mayor to attend services at area houses of worship to help reiterate how important their roles are in Naperville. We are blessed to have a wide variety of faith communities within the greater Naperville community, and all of them help contribute to the quality of life we enjoy.

And finally, another goal is to be thankful for my health and remain healthy going into the new year. Earlier this winter I was under the weather for several weeks, and many kindhearted individuals kept an eye on me. Thanks to all who expressed their care and concern.

The new year is even more exciting because it gives me the chance to prepare for my annual State of the City address. If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend one of these speeches in the past, 2014 is definitely the year to add that to your to-do list. I’m excited to share the good news about Naperville on Monday, Jan. 27 at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s General Luncheon.

The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chicago Naperville Marriott, 1801 Naper Blvd. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.naperville.net.

he text of the speech and accompanying presentation will also be made available on the city’s website, www.naperville.il.us, following the event.

I’m truly wondering what the public is looking forward to this year and how they plan to serve their community. I encourage all of you to help support our outstanding quality of life by making a pledge to serve others. Feel free to stop by my office to let me know what you’ll be doing this year. Also, if I’ve promised you anything, be it coffee, lunch, help in promoting a project or even just a quick chat, please let me know, because 2014 will be over before we know it. I look forward to another positive and uplifting year serving our city.

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