Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Offender made off with undisclosed amount of money, police said.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Alex Keown
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
An armed robber struck a Mobil Gas, 1304 Plainfield Road, early Christmas morning, police said. According to police a lone masked gunman stole an undisclosed amount of money from the store at approximately 3:07 a.m. Police searched the area for the gunman, who was armed with a handgun, but were unable to locate the offender. The offender was described as a black male between 35- and 40-years-old, approximately 5’10” and 210 pounds, with brown eyes and a mustache, according to the report. He was last seen wearing an Air Jordan jacket, gray or black wind pants and armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, police said. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6665…
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen… but did you know that Christmas trees are edible?
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, according to someone. And even though that someone isn’t on our list of fun facts, there’s plenty of other Christmas trivia to enjoy this holiday season. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. So settle down with a mug of egg nog and enjoy our gift to you, these 10 things you probably didn’t know about Christmas: 1. Your Christmas tree is edible. Well, unless it’s made of plastic. The bark of evergreen trees is not only edible, but is actually a pretty good source of Vitamin C. Just don’t eat the pinecones. And speaking of trees… 2. The average Christmas tree takes seven years to grow to a height of 6 to 7 feet. ...and is used for about two …
Not everyone celebrates on Christmas, while others look for new family traditions. We offer a few options for alternative things to do on the holiday.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
We know that not everyone celebrates Christmas. The day can leave people searching for something to do. Sometimes there is the need to make a break and get away from family. And, even for those who happily celebrate the day, once the gifts are ripped open and the luster of the new presents has worn off, the kids often start to wonder what is next. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. We have a few options, aside from the big family meal, for things to do in and around the area on Christmas Day. The Health Club: Before or after you devour the Christmas meal, there is the option of getting in some exercise. XSport Fitness in Naperville is open 24 hours every day of the year, including …
Monday, December 24, 2012
NORAD tracks Santa every year, and children can find out where Santa is as he travels the world delivering presents.
While Santa Claus makes his trip around the world, with Rudolph lighting the way, the men and women at NORAD will be tracking his travels and alerting children of his progress. Santa's magic is powerful and much more technologically advanced than that of NORAD, the North American Air Defense Command, said U.S. Army Major Mike Humphreys. Humphreys is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The command is confident that Santa will be able to handle anything he encounters on his Christmas Eve trip. "We have satellites in space that pick up heat signatures, and those satellites pick up threats," Humphreys said. "Rudolph's nose comes in quite well on those satellite images. We also have 47 radar sites that are able to …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Each week, Naperville Patch goes deep into the YouTube archives to find and feature videos about Naperville.
In the viral world, there is definitely lots of cool stuff going on in Naperville. (Just take a look at this Naperville North High School lip dub if you don't believe us.) Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. Each week, Naperville Patch goes deep into the YouTube archives to scour, scavenge and search for videos highlighting all things Naperville. This week's pick features a familiar-looking Elf paying a visit to downtown Naperville. While filming an interview to be used at Naperville North High School's 2012 Holiday Assembly, a student wishes her dad would dress up like Buddy the Elf and visit downtown Naperville. Her dad was kind enough to give her a holiday surprise in front of …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
If you've got wit, add your caption to Patch's weekly comic challenge and win a personalized print.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to Louis W. Sagan, who provided the winning punchline to last week's Doctor and Bear cartoon: If you think I'm letting you anywhere near me with a scalpel, you can…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.
Welcome to Hey Mom and Dad—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area. It's a rite of passage for nearly every child: Begging your parents for that first cat, dog or guinea pig as a holiday present. The debate on our local Facebook pages took many different turns this week, and we want to hear from you too. Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section. Katie Herrmann: Please don't surprise kids or other people with puppies as presents. I foster for a rescue and the shelters see an influx of puppies a…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Find out where you can see Jolly Old St. Nick himself in Naperville before he makes the trip back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas.
Everyone knows Jolly Old St. Nick can be a little bit busy this time of year, but he managed to squeeze in a few visits to Naperville into his schedule before Christmas. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. Patch provided a list of places below where families can meet Santa in Naperville before Christmas. Naperville Bank & Trust What: Snap a photo with Santa Claus at Naperville Bank & Trust before he flys back to the North Pole. Where: Naperville Bank & Trust, 5 S. Washington St., Naperville. When: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Naperville Park District Santa House What: Santa House in downtown Naperville gives families a chance to see Santa and to purchase photos with …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
How much will we spend this year? And what's the best-selling Christmas song of all time? Find the answers below.
We know that there were three Wise Men, 12 days of Christmas and that Santa delivers all his presents around the world in one night. But did you know... $23,439.38 How much it would cost to buy your "true love" all the gifts in the 12 Day of Christmas . 12.9 billion hours, $447 billion How many hours Americans were expected to spend shopping, wrapping and returning gifts last year. That was about 42 hours and $688.87 per person. Get your postman/postwoman a gift According to Hallmark, Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion . Nearly 1.5 billion cards are sent to friends and family every Christmas Season. (That's actually down 400 million cards since 2004.) $983 million The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The time is now for your children to get their Christmas wish lists in to Kris Kringle, and there's no shortage of local events where the man himself will be making an appearance.
WHAT: Kids can visit with Santa Claus and his elves at this Naperville Park District event. WHERE: Naperville Riverwalk WHEN: On the weekends of Dec. 2 to 4 and Dec. 9 to 11, 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; on the weekend of Dec. 15 to 18, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and on the week of Dec. 19 to 23, 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special needs nights are from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 to 8, and pet night is from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1. COST: Free MORE INFO: Visit the Park District's website, or call 630-848-5000 WHAT: The popular one-hour train rides depart from Naperville and travel to the Brookfield area, switch tracks and return to Naperville, allowing children time…