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2 businesses ticketed for selling tobacco to minors; National Night Out events being planned for Aug. 2; Walk On event to benefit lymphoma research planned – Chicago Tribune

The Naperville Police Department issued citations to two businesses for selling tobacco or alternative nicotine products to a person under 21 years old.

Smoke Arena, 1570 W. Ogden Ave., and Smokers Choice, 803 E. Ogden Ave., were cited for failing the compliance checks conducted June 7 and 8, according to a news release from the police department.

Police said they conducted checks at 73 Naperville businesses to determine if the retailers were complying with the minimum-age tobacco laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco and alternative nicotine products to those under the age of 21.

The checks were funded with a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services Tobacco Enforcement Program to educate local businesses on minimum-age tobacco laws and the importance of verifying the age of customers before selling these products.

Naperville neighborhoods have until July 11 to register their local events for National Night Out on Aug. 2.

This year, the city and the YMCA will hold an Aug. 1 movie night for those who don’t live in areas holding events.

National Night Out, also called America’s Night Out Against Crime, is a nationwide event to heighten drug prevention and crime awareness, generate participation in local anti-crime efforts and strengthen police and community partnerships.

Online registration at www.naperville.il.us/nno allows the city to plan for members of the police and fire departments and other city officials to attend planned events.

Last year about 40 neighborhoods held events that included block parties, potlucks, parades, ice cream socials and more.

The city/YMCA’s movie night will start at 6 pm Monday, Aug. 1, outside the Fry Family YMCA, 2120 95th St. In addition to showing the movie “Encanto” at sunset, there will be free family entertainment, a bounce house, games and food.

The second annual “Walk On!” Event to benefit the Lymphoma Research Foundation will be held Friday, July 29, at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 912 Honorary Sindt Memorial Court.

The event kicks off with a short program at 6 pm followed by the walk at 6:15 pm

Proceeds go to the Lymphoma Research Foundation. The event raised $51,000 in its first year, a park district news release said.

It is held in memory of Chuck Papanos, who prior to his death in 2020 from T-cell lymphoma was the manager of Naperville’s Riverwalk and north side community parks, including Centennial Beach and Nike Sports Complex.

To donate or participate, go to lymphoma.org/walkonchuck. For more information, email [email protected].

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