Joliet Slammers Many New Additions

The Joliet Slammers have additions to their 2014 menus that are offering foods from Italian beef to homemade pizza.  Nick Semaca, one of the team’s owners, “I guarantee our ballpark will be the No. 1 restaurant opening in Joliet in 2014.  You guys will love it, bottom line.”

For this new kitchen the Slammers have decentralized their kitchen and added new registers.  Along with that they have hired 63 employees just for the food and beverage departments. There will also be The Suite Spot, which is new to the park, that offers upscale, individualized  food and drink offerings, including wine, for suite-level fans, according to The Herald-News.

The Slammers are offering a variety of daily specials for kids, veterans and charities according to General Manager Chris Franklin.   Friday games will feature fireworks, and the adult ticket holders will be able to use their ticket stubs for $10 of free slot play at Harrah’s Casino.

The Slammers are also planning many special events including:

  • July 14 exhibition game against the Dutch National Softball team.
  • A concert series on Aug 14 and 15
  • Movie nights in May
  • The third annual Big Brother Big Sister Big Amazing Race in July.

Diamond receives funding for a new bike path

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Diamond has received a new bike path giving more than 200 children a safer way to school.  The Diamond Estates and Farmstone subdivisions have received this new path after the Illinois Department of Transportation awarded them $160,000 to build this path.  The subdivisions are not connected to the already existing sidewalks in the Coal City school district’s Safe Routes to School travel plan, according to The Herald-News.

Diamonds Mayor, Terry Kernc said, “This is the perfect grant for us so we can make this project happen. We have truly embraced the Safe Routes to School in Diamond.”

The community decided to put their plan to add the path last year after a resident complained to the village board that the children didn’t have a safe route to school.  Diamond is one of several communities that has received money through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, which is a federally-funded program that encourages transportation-related projects.

The state has issued $52.7 million for ITEP funding for projects like the one in Diamond.  The main purpose of the path is for a safe route to school, but Kernc said that everyone is encouraged to enjoy the new bike path.  The village is currently in the process of finalizing contracts with IDOT and is hoping to have the path completed by the end of the year.

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