Aurora Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli shares a farewell message after 23 years with the police department

Aurora Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli shares a farewell message after 23 years with the police department

A retirement farewell message from Dan Ferrelli, public information officer of the Aurora Police Department: Almost 23 years ago, I reported for my first day of duty with the Aurora Police. When I walked into the old police station, it reminded me of the TV show Hill Street Blues. It…...

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George Washington forged unified body in fragmentation

By John F. Gilligan –  Editor’s note: President’s Day Monday Feb. 18 is a tribute to all U.S. presidents’ birthdays, especially George Washington (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12). History reveals that great and noble leaders are forged in adversity. Valley Forge was that crucible for George Washington where…...

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The fourth annual downtown Naperville Chocolate Walk Sunday brings together a nice group to help raise funds for 360 Youth Services. Jason Crane/The Voice

Naperville Chocolate Walk:

The fourth annual downtown Naperville Chocolate Walk Sunday brings together a nice group to help raise funds for 360 Youth Services. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers only.Log In Register...

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Rick Mervine, alderman of Aurora’s 8th Ward, shares his 37 years of business experience at the Eola Center Monday. He said a business registration program the City is considering should be free, unless businesses fail to register. City officials have reviewed the programs in neighboring communities and are looking for input from Aurora’s 12,000 businesses and will announce more roundtable events. One of the ideas discussed besides fees was whether home based business should be required to register. Jason Crane/The Voice

Business Program for Aurora:

Rick Mervine, alderman of Aurora’s 8th Ward, shares his 37 years of business experience at the Eola Center Monday. He said a business registration program the City is considering should be free, unless businesses fail to register. City officials have reviewed the programs in neighboring communities and are looking for…...

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Mayor Richard Irvin, of Aurora, right, gives a quick hug to Judd Lofchie, alderman of Aurora’s 10th Ward during the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Mayor Irvin had received criticism in a letter from a constituent following the last City Council meeting. He read the letter which discribed Irvin’s actions as disrespectful. He apologized to Lofchie and to the City Council. Jason Crane/The Voice

Mayor apologizes:

Mayor Richard Irvin, of Aurora, right, gives a quick hug to Judd Lofchie, alderman of Aurora’s 10th Ward during the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Mayor Irvin had received criticism in a letter from a constituent following the last City Council meeting. He read the letter which described Irvin’s actions…...

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Naperville conducts neighborhood traffic study

In response to traffic concerns raised by residents of the West Side neighborhood, the city government of Naperville is conducting a neighborhood traffic study to evaluate these concerns and provide recommendations for a neighborhood-wide traffic plan. The city government will hire a consulting firm specializing in traffic engineering to carry…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Valentine’s Day comfortable all year; history in House

The easy and loving breath of fresh air personified by Valentine’s Day should be the approach every week of the year. Well, some may say the pressure to please should be less than once a year. Nonetheless, think of the greeting card companies, chocolate companies, floral shops, teddy bear brigades,…...

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Reader’s Voice: Reservations on minimum wage increase

February 8, 2019 Dear editor; It appears that the proposed minimum wage increase for the State is rapidly going to be a reality. As an industry we are not opposed to an increase, but we have tremendous concerns about the speed and lack of analysis on the true impact this…...

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Reader’s Voice: Who decides a person’s value?

February 12, 2019 Dear editor; I have a question for you, Aurora, and the country! Who decides who is valuable? I hear thoughts about rating individuals by merit. Who decides the standard? Who decides what culture is the best: White, African American, Mexican, Indian, Native American, Chinese? Some with white…...

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Donna Crane

Consumer prey to shady branding, marketing, on phones

Michael Grothaus contributed the following article online for FastCompany regarding his view of AT&T’s misleading “5G E icon” which soon will be iPhones. “After Apple released the latest beta of iOS 12.2 to developers, some users noticed something strange. It seemed as if their iPhones suddenly had gained 5G capabilities…....

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Topic: Graduated income tax Feb. 21

Eighty percent of the states in America have a fair, graduated, rate income tax, and Illinois should, too, according to Jean Pierce. This system would tax higher income levels at a higher rate than lower income levels. Pierce will present the case for a fair tax at 7 p.m. Thursday,…...

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Blake Hammond plays Broadway producer Max Bialystock in The Producers, Mel Brooks’ uproariously funny live musical based on his hilarious 1967 film. Liz Lauren photo

The Producers: Much precision

By Jeanette Hirt –  When a has-been Broadway producer and his accountant cook up a scheme to scam $2 Million from their investors, they couldn’t wait for the big day. They set out to produce an undiscovered musical flop entitled, Springtime for Hitler, so outrageous that it wouldn’t last a…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Valentine’s Day offers love, friendship, tradition, early Spring

“Good morrow, Valentine. First to thee and then to mine. “So please give me a valentine.” —Centuries old rhyme Today we send and receive beautiful Valentines. We express our friendship or love or longing to another in gracious ways. Let us learn about the customs of this holiday together. It…...

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Charles Coddintgon

A few thoughts compelling on climate change, weather

Late last month, while waiting for a bus at the Aurora Transportation Center, I encountered my first, and, hopefully, my last, climate change denier. For no apparent reason other than to pass the time on a cold January afternoon, a young man shared with me his views on the weather…....

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Aurora State of City March 5

Mayor Richard C. Irvin’s 2019 Aurora State of the City Address, The Light Is On: Aurora Is Open For Business, will bring the community together for a review of the past year and a preview of the year ahead, including many exciting announcements. Hosts are the Aurora Regional Chamber of…...

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Community science fair April 11

Science fair projects don’t have to be stuffy or boring. They can examine almost anything youth have an interest in, from slime to music to a certain situation involving deflated footballs. “This is a wonderful way for youth to explore the world around them, and experience all the benefits of…...

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Recipe

Zesty Chicken Pizza

Ingredients 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust 1/2 cup Ranch-style salad dressing 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1 cup chopped tomatoes 1/4 cup chopped green onions 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 teaspoon black pepper…...

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Rosary High School Alumnae Association members are, from left: Alison Brzezinski, ESL tutoring coordinator; Sandra Galindo, alumnae director at Rosary; Sister Jane Ann Beckman, citizenship program coordinator; and Shireen Bacchetti, president of the Fox Valley Festival Chorus. Submitted photo

Rosary Alumnae assist Dominican

Rosary High School Alumnae Association sponsored a drive to collect warm Winter items for the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora. Items collected included hats, gloves, scarves, slippers, socks, and blankets. Rosary held a donation drive at home basketball games. New this year, patrons and members of the Fox Valley Festival…...

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NAMI presentation Feb. 23

Officer Douglas Rashkow’s presentation “Crisis Intervention Training” will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, 300 Randall Road, Geneva, Building 351 in conference room 1, 2, 3. Topics will include: Crisis intervention skills; De-escalating a crisis; Tips to resolving conflict; mental health…...

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