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Live and Laugh in Naperville was written by Elizabeth Page Gretz, and is the new definitive guide to all that Naperville has to offer for families, date nights, shopping tips, and just fun for all.

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Updated: January 8, 2013 6:09AM

The 2012 version of the Chicago Bears finds itself struggling to make the playoffs, but Bears fans know the 1985 version was unstoppable.

One of its major stars, Richard Dent, will appear Saturday at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville to talk about his career and his new book, “Blood, Sweat & Bears,” beginning at 2 p.m. at the store, 1223 W. Jefferson Ave., in downtown Naperville.

Dent, a 2011 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, became one of the NFL’s most feared pass rushers despite being only an eighth-round pick in 1983 from Tennessee State. Dent played a total of 15 years for several teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles in addition to the Bears.

Fans will likely want to read Dent’s views on the current concussion controversy in the NFL, given that he played in a time when the game was played with more abandon.

“Fans want to see hard hits and collisions,” Dent said in a press release.

“If the NFL wanted to make the game perfectly safe, they would have the players wearing leather helmets and soft shoulder pads. But who would want to spend their money to come out and watch that?”

Dent also discusses Hall of Fame teammates, such as Walter Payton, and his at-times turbulent relationship with Coach Mike Ditka. He also adds his opinions on “the bounty system.”

Buy the book from Anderson’s and two of you will be able to attend the signing. Visit to learn more about it.

about Naperville

Transplant writes
definitive book

When Chicago native Elizabeth Page Gretz, 47, moved to Naperville six years ago, she recalled feeling “like being in a foreign country except for the language.”

“When we came here, I knew nobody or nothing about the area, and I went into Anderson’s Bookshop and asked if they had some kind of book that would give me information about the city as well as how to navigate myself,” Gretz said. “They told me they didn’t have a book like that, and soon after, I decided to write one myself.”

Six years later, after hours of intense field work into everything from major city officials to how to find parking in the city, Gretz has produced a definite user’s guide to the city titled, “Live and Laugh in Naperville, A Guide to Life and Fun Times.” Gretz said the book contains 13 categories and will likely be updated on a yearly basis.

Gretz’s life has come full circle as Anderson’s Bookshop will host a promotional event for the book at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Candace Purdom, who coordinates publicity and events for Anderson’s, said Gretz’s book will help both long-time as well as new residents.

“The fact that she was able to look at this with a set of fresh eyes really helped,” Purdom said. “There are still a lot of people who have lived here for years that don’t know a lot of things about the city.”

Budget whisperer

Will County finance director calms talks

This year’s Will County budget process went so smoothly, perhaps Will County officials should come up with a new title for Finance Director Paul Rafac.

How about “budget whisperer”? The low-key, apolitical Rafac, who has a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago, seems to have a knack for reining in spending and calming worried officials. What is his secret?

“I try to listen to what everybody wants and navigate the narrow ground between them where that thin filament of compromise is.”

Wheel-y generous

Donated cars
to assist agency

A single mom from Naperville whose job search was hindered when her car was repossessed is among several local residents who are in line for relief, thanks to a gift being given by the Continental Motors Group to Naperville CARES.

The dealership will donate eight pre-owned vehicles to the agency during an event set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Continental Toyota Scion, 6701 S. LaGrange Road, Hodgkins.

Janet Derrick, executive director at Naperville CARES, said for those who receive the cars, the gift amounts to “a lifeline to hope of improving their lives.”

According to Continental Motors founder Joel Weinberger, the donation is part of what it means to give back to the community.

“We know cars. We sell cars. We service cars,” Weinberger said in a news release. “It’s so rewarding to know that these cars are actually making a difference in the lives of the recipients, and we couldn’t be prouder.”

During the past 13 years, Naperville CARES has distributed more than 500 refurbished cars to local families, enabling them to secure and retain employment. The nonprofit agency has provided more than $2.1 million in financial assistance, some 40 percent of it derived through partnerships with congregations, government and social services agencies.

CARES maintains a waiting list for the donated cars. More information can be found at

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