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Braidwood's police department to host its first night out event.

By Tonya Michalec
Staff writer


If you are looking for a great way to capture some completely free family fun, then make sure to add Braidwood Police Department's first National Night Out event to your list of summer activities.

Marney Simon
Staff writer

The members of the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition are dedicated to making a better community.

Now, those members are looking for an opportunity to expand their reach with a possible partnership with other Will County towns.On May 13, members of the BAHCC met for their regular monthly meeting at the Braidwood fire house on Main Street. On the agenda, the possibility of pooling resources with Wilmington and Peotone to create an umbrella organization, which can have a further reach into Will County and seek out additional funds from the state.

BAHCC implores Reed-Custer schools

The problems related to teenage drug and alcohol use and abuse is not limited to big city kids. For the past several years, members of the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition (BAHCC) have been working to educate both children and their parents on the dangers of illegal drugs and drinking, and providing resources for how families can deal with the issues that are prevalent in most towns, including Braidwood. And now the coalition is looking to spread awareness into the community by stepping into the classrooms to instruct the youth about alcohol and drug abuse at both the middle and high schools in district 255u.

Mayor of Braidwood, Bill Rulien (shown on right), presented Pam Dell’Aquilla, Sandy Fletcher, and Noreen Clover (left to right), on behalf of the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition, with $703 check from the proceeds gained from the car entry fees and the 50/50 raffle that was held at the annual Braidwood Route 66 Cruisin’ event on Saturday, Sept. 21.

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Members of the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition; (shown left to right) Pete Dell’Aquila, project coordinator, and Tim Ricketts, Reed-Custer High School’s principal as well as one of the coalition's initial founders; spoke about the local problem of teen drinking.