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Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora holds a check for $67,732.80 at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, which was raised at a March 3 fundraiser at a packed Ballydoyle Pub and combined with Firefighters Union Local 99 for the families of the tragic shooting February 15 at the Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Strong: Nearly $350,000 raised from fundraising efforts throughout the City and beyond

Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora holds a check for $67,732.80 at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, which was raised at a March 3 fundraiser at a packed Ballydoyle Pub and combined with Firefighters Union Local 99 for the families of the tragic shooting February 15 at the Henry Pratt warehouse in…...

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Fox Valley Special Recreation Association honors partners

Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) and Board of Directors formally honors community partners Tuesday, Feb. 26 for awards received at the 2019 Illinois Park and Recreation Association Conference which was held January 24-26. Many of these award recipients, and their respective organizations, provide invaluable service and support to FVSRA…...

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The Boys II Men 2019 12th annual Phenomenal Man Awards Thursday, Feb. 28 at Piper’s Banquets offers fitting salutes to five accomplished young from Aurora From left: Marquell Oliver, founder of LIFTOFF, a social-emotional learning program and youth director of Unity Partnership, a group that seeks to improve relations between police and the community; Nate Sippel, Naperville Township clerk and community outreach liaison who organizes events for veterans, seniors, and youth; Jonathan Nunez, business executive and founder of an annual golf outing which raises funds for special projects in Aurora; Juan Garcia, mentor, community activist for immigration rights and chairman of the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board. Absent was Toussaint Mitchell, college senior, entrepreneur, and student government president of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. See the video on facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Boys II Men 2019 12th annual Phenomenal Man Awards

The Boys II Men 2019 12th annual Phenomenal Man Awards Thursday, Feb. 28 at Piper’s Banquets offers fitting salutes to five accomplished young from Aurora From left: Marquell Oliver, founder of LIFTOFF, a social-emotional learning program and youth director of Unity Partnership, a group that seeks to improve relations between…...

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Auroran Rodrigo "Bobby" Menendez, Aurora Noon Lions Club president, shows members at a recent meeting a certificate of appreciation from Lions of Illinois Foundation. The Foundation awarded the Aurora Noon Club the certificate for donation of $3,062 for Foundation programs and services aiding visual- and hearing-impaired children and adults. Al Benson/The Voice

Aurora Noon Lions Club honored for aiding visual- and hearing-impaired children and adults

Auroran Rodrigo “Bobby” Menendez, Aurora Noon Lions Club president, shows members at a recent meeting a certificate of appreciation from Lions of Illinois Foundation. The Foundation awarded the Aurora Noon Club the certificate for donation of $3,062 for Foundation programs and services aiding visual- and hearing-impaired children and adults. Al…...

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Aurora-based mentoring group, Boys II Men, will host its 12th annual Phenomenal Man Award

Awards ceremony for young men in Aurora highlights achievements of youth and strength of a healing community

Aurora-based mentoring group, Boys II Men, will be host to its 12th annual Phenomenal Man Awards – Stronger Together – at 6:02 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora. The theme is both a reflection of the young men who will be honored for academic excellence and…...

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Gail Johnson, left, Village president of Oswego, following her State of the Village address at the Goodrich Kendall 11, unveils a gift from Debbie Mossburg, executive director of Bike Bald of Oswego, right. The Abraham Lincoln resemblance was made of 1,722 brush strokes to represent the number of children of Illinois with cancer. Bike Bald, formerly of Naperville, is in the Stonehill Industrial Park in Oswego. Jason Crane/The Voice

Oswego Village president Gail Johnson presents State of the Village

Gail Johnson, left, Village president of Oswego, following her State of the Village address at the Goodrich Kendall 11, unveils a gift from Debbie Mossburg, executive director of Bike Bald of Oswego, right. The Abraham Lincoln resemblance was made of 1,722 brush strokes to represent the number of children of…...

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Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora reads the City of Aurora Proclamation at the Heritage Dinner sponsored by the Aurora African American Board. Middle is Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Right is Skyy Calice, five-year Aurora Police Department veteran and recipient of the Outstanding African American Leader of the Year for her community youth activism. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Police Officer Skyy Calice receives Outstanding African American Leader of the Year Award

Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora reads the City of Aurora Proclamation at the Heritage Dinner sponsored by the Aurora African American Board. Middle is Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Right is Skyy Calice, five-year Aurora Police Department veteran and recipient of the Outstanding African American Leader of the Year…...

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Montgomery Police Officer Bob Kaleta, left, receives the Life saving Award from Montgomery Police Chief Phil Smith at the Village Board meeting in Montgomery Monday. Kaleta performed CPR to save the life of an unconscious man January 19. Jason Crane/The Voice

Montgomery Police Officer honored for saving a life

Montgomery Police Officer Bob Kaleta, left, receives the Life saving Award from Montgomery Police Chief Phil Smith at the Village Board meeting in Montgomery Monday. Kaleta performed CPR to save the life of an unconscious man January 19. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3...

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Glenbard South High School girls basketball team poses for photos following a 36-30 victory against Rock Falls. Glenbard South won, 34-24, Monday against St. Viator in the Elgin Community College Super-sectional to qualify for Friday State semifinal game against Sacred Heart-Griffin of Springfield. Submitted photo

Girls Class 3A Rochelle Sectional champion:

Glenbard South High School girls basketball team poses for photos following a 36-30 victory against Rock Falls. Glenbard South won, 34-24, Monday against St. Viator in the Elgin Community College Super-sectional to qualify for Friday State semifinal game against Sacred Heart-Griffin of Springfield. Submitted photo… This content is for 30...

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2019 Oscars nominees

2019 winners of the Oscars in listing

Here is the full list of the 2019 Oscar winners from Oscar.com, the official site of the 91th Academy Awards, which took place Sunday, Feb. 24 at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif.. • Best Picture Green Book, Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga •…...

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Davis R. Offutt, assessor for Aurora Township, reads a resolution honoring Township chief deputy assessor Carol VanHooser at the Thursday, Feb. 14 Board meeting. She retired that day after 30 years of service. Jason Crane/The Voice

Carol VanHooser retires after 30 years of service to the Aurora Township Assessor’s Office

Davis R. Offutt, assessor for Aurora Township, reads a resolution honoring Township chief deputy assessor Carol VanHooser at the Thursday, Feb. 14 Board meeting. She retired that day after 30 years of service. Jason Crane/The Voice  … This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents...

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Steve Tanda of St. Charles, right, displays his gold-colored soup pot as champion of a fish-soup cook-off by Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge 5-472 Sunday, Feb. 3. The Norwegian-American social group held its first fiskesuppe, fish-soup contest, which attracted seven entries at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Auroran Al Bergh's fish stew won runner-up honors. The top chefs were voted in blind taste tests by lodge members. Contestants’ recipes will be published in a cookbook by the Norsk Museum in Norway, Ill., in the Fall. The cook-off continues a monthly cooking club sponsored by the lodge. Members prepare recipes in advance, or in the church kitchen for serving at a potluck luncheon. Al Benson/The Voice

Steve Tanda of St. Charles, champion of fish-soup cook-off by Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge 5-472

Steve Tanda of St. Charles, right, displays his gold-colored soup pot as champion of a fish-soup cook-off by Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge 5-472 Sunday, Feb. 3. The Norwegian-American social group held its first fiskesuppe, fish-soup contest, which attracted seven entries at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Auroran…...

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City of Aurora’s African-American Heritage Advisory Board Annual Dinner, Awards, scholarships

The City of Aurora’s African-American Heritage Advisory Board (AAHAB) will be host to its 15th Annual Heritage Dinner Friday, Feb. 2 at Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.. The crowning event of Black History Month, this annual celebration will…...

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From left, Stephanie Kifowit, House of Representatives; IMSA president Dr. José M. Torres and State senator Linda Holmes, who received IMSA’s Legislator Hero Award January 23. Submitted photo

IMSA honors Legislator Heroes

In honor of her continued legislative efforts on behalf of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), in Aurora, State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, received IMSA’s Legislator Hero Award Tuesday, Jan. 23. “It’s an honor to accept this award from an institution that does so much good to cultivate some…...

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Leader of the Year Award: Aurora Police Officer Skyy Calice, middle, receives acknowledgement at the Aurora MLK commemoration Monday at East Aurora High School as the Leader of the Year recipient from the Aurora African American Heritage Advisory Board. She poses with some of the teens she has been serving as a mentor for going above and beyond to inspire and make an impact on young ladies in the Aurora community. Skyy founded her mentoring programs for young women and has inspired others to do the same in Aurora. Her first Girls on the Run 5K brought out hundred of participants and raised thousands of dollars for youth mentoring in Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Police Officer Skyy Calice Named 2019 African-American Leader of the Year

The City of Aurora’s African-American Heritage Advisory Board (AAHAB) will host its 15th Annual Heritage Dinner on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m.   The crowning event of Black History Month, this annual celebration…...

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Cody Lorance of Endiro pours in more chili Saturday at Endiro in the Chili Bowl, sponsored by ELEMY. Seven restaurants competed. Endiro finished in first. Jason Crane/The Voice

Endiro Coffee in Aurora voted Crowd Favorite Chili at Second Annual ELEMY Chili Bowl to benefit World Relief DuPage/Aurora -Saturday, Jan. 19

Cody Lorance of Endiro pours in more chili Saturday at Endiro in the Chili Bowl, sponsored by ELEMY. Seven restaurants competed. Endiro finished in first. The winner of the Judge’s Choice trophy for 2019, is Craft Urban.  One-hundred percent of the ticket sales go to World Relief’s services for refugee and…...

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Four Aurora Police Officers receive Medals of Valor, the highest recognition bestowed by the Aurora Police Department

Four Aurora Police Officers receive Medals of Valor, the highest recognition bestowed by the Aurora Police Department

The Aurora Police Department honors from Police Chief Kristen L. Ziman, left, Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Aurora Police Headquarters include, from left, to Officer Rsyzard Drozdowski, Officer Bradley R. Vonhoff, Investigator Colin J. Griffin, and Investigator Matthew A. Huber. Two of the Officers, Ryszard (“Rick”) Drozdowski and Bradley Vonhoff, were…...

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Aurora Kiwanis grants: Representatives from nonprofit organizations pose for a photo at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Kiwanis Club introduced the Fall 2018 grant recipients. From left are: Anne Moore, Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation; Amy Daeschler, CASA Kane County; Kathy Malone, Mutual Ground; Christina Campos and Mariana Osoria, Family Focus; Lauren Jernigan, Public Action to Deliver Shelter/Hesed House; Greg Weider, Fox Valley Hands of Hope. Not in photo: Rebuilding Together Aurora. The Club awarded $7,500 in grants. The next grant cycle will be in the Spring. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Kiwanis grants:

Representatives from nonprofit organizations pose for a photo at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Kiwanis Club introduced the Fall 2018 grant recipients. From left are: Anne Moore, Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation; Amy Daeschler, CASA Kane County; Kathy Malone, Mutual Ground; Christina Campos and Mariana…...

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