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Marilyn Weisner holds a plaque presented to her husband, the Thomas J. Weisner Award for Excellence in Education Collaboration, at Saturday’s We Care Together Party and Auction at the Santori Library of Aurora. He was the first recipient. Left is John Savage, president of the Aurora Public Library Board, and Daisy Porter Reynolds, the APL executive director. Submitted photo

New: Thomas J. Weisner Award

By Miriam Meza –  The Aurora Public Library and Foundation offers to thanks to everyone for attending the We Care Together Party and Auction December 1. It was a night full of laughter and joy, giving to a great cause, and honoring of members within our community. One of the...

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Best beard: Tyler Reeder shows the biggest trophy in the Aurora Police Department “No Shave November” Contest to raise money for pancreatic cancer. He stands between Kristen Ziman, police chief and Santa. See page 17. See face book.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Best beard Award at the Aurora Police Department “No Shave November” Contest

Tyler Reeder shows the biggest trophy in the Aurora Police Department “No Shave November” Contest to raise money for pancreatic cancer. He stands between Kristen Ziman, police chief and Santa. Click here to see the video. No Shave November, hair-raising, fundraising: Aurora police members honor winners of their third “No...

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Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall are: • To encourage new multi-family housing and mixed-use developments in and around the Fox Valley Mall property. • New housing encouraged at strategic locations within easy access of transit and commercial uses. • Support infill and redevelopment of underperforming properties. The plan can be seen at the city government of Aurora’s website. Jason Crane/The Voice

City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house

Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall...

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Geneva Christmas Walk Friday, Dec. 7 with the annual appearance of Santa Lucia

Geneva’s Christmas Walk:

Christmas preparation arrives in Geneva Friday, Dec. 7 with the annual appearance of Santa Lucia, top, and Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, below.  Santa Lucia passed out Swedish cookies, and Santa made his Geneva debut to open his Gingerbread House. Events included carolers, lighting of the Great Tree on the...

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Retired teachers still care: Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) donates approximately 300 hats, mittens, and scarves to Communities in Schools (CIS) Aurora officials for distribution to needy kids. From left are Dick Schindel, AARTA president; Kathy Navota, AARTA Supports Kids co-chair; Faith Lashure, president, CIS; and Theresa Shoemaker, CIS executive director. Al Benson/The Voice

Retired teachers still care:

Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) donates approximately 300 hats, mittens, and scarves to Communities in Schools (CIS) Aurora officials for distribution to needy kids. From left are Dick Schindel, AARTA president; Kathy Navota, AARTA Supports Kids co-chair; Faith Lashure, president, CIS; and Theresa Shoemaker, CIS executive director. Al Benson/The...

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Aurora Junior Woman's Club Santa’s Fun Fest raises funds for children's dental services. Mark Krueger/The Voice

Aurora Junior Woman’s Club Santa’s Fun Fest raises funds for children’s dental services

The Aurora Junior Woman’s Club raises funds for Aurora Children’s Dental Service at the AmVets in Aurora recently. Games, face-painting, crafts, and raffles filled the day. Mark Krueger/The Voice...

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Aurora Christian's Will Wolfe, center, drives to the basket in the team’s' 60-41 Metro Suburban Blue Conference victory Friday over visiting Aurora Central Catholic in the rivalry. Aurora Christian improved to 9-1 overall and 1-0 in Conference. Aurora Central fell to 2-4 and 0-2. Al Benson/The Voice

Aurora Christian defeats Metro Suburban Blue Conference rival Aurora Central

Aurora Christian’s Will Wolfe, center, drives to the basket in the team’s’ 60-41 Metro Suburban Blue Conference victory Friday over visiting Aurora Central Catholic in the rivalry. Aurora Christian improved to 9-1 overall and 1-0 in Conference. Aurora Central fell to 2-4 and 0-2. Al Benson/The Voice...

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York experience provides fast start

By Bobby Narang –  The York High School boys basketball team is relying on senior experience for a fast start this season. Through seven games, the Dukes had won six games, including both of their West Suburban Silvers games. York knocked off Glenbard West, 52-44, Saturday to stay unbeaten in...

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Oswego E. in Hinsdale C. field

By Craig Lynch –  The fifth annual boys basketball Hinsdale Central High School Holiday Classic will begin Wednesday, Dec. 26 in a 16-team field. The host Red Devils are struggling and have won only one game, but head coach Nick Lattore is excited to play. “We look forward to playing...

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A view to FBS playoffs cloudy

The 130 college football programs competing at the top level each has a theoretical shot at the national championship. Only a dozen teams start the season with a chance of actually winning the national championship. Unless Oklahoma, 12-1, wins the national championship and LSU knocks off undefeated Central Florida, 12-0,...

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Tom Welch, Naperville North, stop rival Naperville Central

Rivalries in high school sports are a natural. Players often know each other and traditions certainly play a continuing part of the drama. Aurora Christian defeated Aurora Central Catholic, 60-41, in boys basketball Friday that will continue to build its rivalry because the teams are in the Metro Suburban Blue...

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High school boys basketball selected results, schedules

Schedule Thursday, Dec. 13 Northeastern Athletic Westminster Christian at IMSA, 6 West Suburban Silver Proviso West at Hinsdale Central, 7 Friday, Dec. 14 Chicago Catholic crossover* St. Joseph at Montini, 7 St. Laurence at Marmion, 7 DuKane Geneva at St. Charles East, 7 Glenbard North at Wheaton North, 7 Lake...

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Mike Wellington is the Veteran of the Month for December, named by the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club.

Ingenuity helped Mike Wellington with driving in Vietnam

By John Montesano –  Mike Wellington is the Veteran of the Month for December, named by the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club. He was born July 13, 1948 in Akron, Ohio. In 1959, the family moved to the Boulder Hill section of Montgomery. In 1967, he dropped out of school...

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Ten Aurora area high school youths were honored with Brattin Community Service Awards at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. From left are Janice Sefah, Yorkville; Christina Schulenberg, Aurora Christian; Fabian Rangel, Marmion Academy; Javier Munoz, East Aurora; Robert McCarthy, Aurora Central Catholic; Alaina Fleming, Rosary; Emma Gatz, Metea Valley; Shruti Kolli, Waubonsie Valley; Cassandra Kuissi, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy; and Araceli Mercado, West Aurora. Aurora Navy League 247 sponsors the annual luncheon to honor Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans. Al Benson/The Voice

Pearl Harbor Day luncheon in Aurora offers salute, awards

Ten Aurora area high school youths were honored with Brattin Community Service Awards at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. From left are Janice Sefah, Yorkville; Christina Schulenberg, Aurora Christian; Fabian Rangel, Marmion Academy; Javier Munoz, East Aurora; Robert McCarthy, Aurora Central Catholic;...

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Everett Schlegel of Elgin, a Pearl Harbor attack (December 7, 1941) survivor, is greeted by Jeanne Ive, Ill State representative, 42nd District, at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. Ives, an Army veteran, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon sponsored by Aurora Navy League Council 247. For the first time, World War II veterans were honored at the event. Al Benson/The Voice

Pearl Harbor survivor, Everett Schlegel of Elgin, meets luncheon keynote speaker:

Everett Schlegel of Elgin, a Pearl Harbor attack (December 7, 1941) survivor, is greeted by Jeanne Ive, Ill State representative, 42nd District, at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. Ives, an Army veteran, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon sponsored by Aurora...

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