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In North Aurora: Dale Berman, Village president, in his annual State of the Village address Wednesday, April 10 in the Oak Street Restaurant, gives a focus to the new vision statement of the Village government: An attentive municipal organization that connects with community, commerce, and nature. Carter Crane/The Voice

State of the Village of North Aurora includes a new vision statement

Dale Berman, North Aurora Village president, in his annual State of the Village address Wednesday, April 10 in the Oak Street Restaurant, gives a focus to the new vision statement of the Village government: An attentive municipal organization that connects with community, commerce, and nature. Carter Crane/The Voice… This content...

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Donna Crane

Robots work on recycling sorting to make it affordable

Second of three parts Adele Peterson has submitted the following article regarding seeking solution in the U.S. recycling crisis. “Those investments include some companies that focus solely on municipal recycling. In many cities, the current model has private companies, such as Waste Management, that handle both trash and recycling. But…...

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Ice cream dreams by Fourth of July: Workers clean the windows of the former Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing building in downtown Aurora at 6 E. Downer Place. The building is being restored and a planned ice cream shop has a target date to open by the Fourth of July. The site has been vacant for many years. Jason Crane/The Voice

Ice cream dreams by Fourth of July:

Workers clean the windows of the former Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing building in downtown Aurora at 6 E. Downer Place. The building is being restored and a planned ice cream shop has a target date to open by the Fourth of July. The site has been vacant for many years. Jason…...

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The Jeff Ford Quintet plays at SciTech Hands on Museum in Aurora as a part of First Fridays.

Varied and many sites to visit at First Fridays in downtown Aurora

The Jeff Ford Quintet plays at SciTech Hands on Museum in Aurora as a part of First Fridays April 5. 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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The Standard Market in Naperville recently closed, including the grocery section, along with the Standard Market Grill restaurant and The CUBE wine, beer, and cheese bar. In Westmont, the Standard Market Grill, The CUBE, and Standard Tacos & Margaritas, 333 East Ogden Avenue, remain open and so does Bakersfield Wood-Fired Grill directly across the street at 330 East Ogden Avenue. Jason Crane/The Voice

Standard Market in Naperville closes; Westmont location still open

The Standard Market in Naperville recently closed, including the grocery section, along with the Standard Market Grill restaurant and The CUBE wine, beer, and cheese bar. In Westmont, the Standard Market Grill, The CUBE, and Standard Tacos & Margaritas, 333 East Ogden Avenue, remain open and so does Bakersfield Wood-Fired…...

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Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora holds a ceremonial check for $12,154.39 at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, which was collected through one of many Aurora Strong fundraisers for the families of the tragic shooting February 15 at the Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora. Representatives from Sons of AmVets Post 103, 2 Low Flo Car Club, and Distinct Visual Solutions are honored by Irvin. As of Tuesday, $420,000 had been raised from many fundraising efforts throughout the City and nationwide. Donations will be accepted through March. Another recent fundraiser was the Bowling for Aurora Strong at Parkside Lanes in Aurora. The Sather Foundation created the event with more than 300 participants who raised more than $20,000. •Reverend Peter Spiro, right, the head pastor of Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora is honored for 17 years of serving the community. The Church has served the community for 54 years. March 25 was the 198th anniversary of Greek Independence Day. He received The Mayor’s Award of Service. Reverend Spiro expressed appreciation to Hesed House which was instrumental in helping an individual obtain his own apartment. • Unanimously approved was a resolution authorizing revisions of a Real Estate Purchase and Development Agreement with Mora Asian Fusion Bolingbrook, LLC to facilitate the redevelopment of property at 43 E. Galena Boulevard, commonly known as the “Vargas Building (formerly Culture Stock).” Mora learned that its investors were troubled by language in the agreement that gave the city government broad discretion to reacquire the property at fair market value if it chooses. Jason Crane/The Voice

More than $420,000 raised from Aurora Strong fundraising

Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora holds a ceremonial check for $12,154.39 at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, which was collected through one of many Aurora Strong fundraisers for the families of the tragic shooting February 15 at the Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora. Representatives from Sons of AmVets Post 103, 2…...

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Klaudia Stamatakis, center, answers questions about her proposed dog daycare facility at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. She is proposing to build a 2,000-square-foot facility for Wooforia, LLC in the 2000 block of Mayfield Drive near Route 30 and Orchard Road. She seeks approval of a special use that would allow development of a dog daycare facility with an outdoor component for the dogs. Discussion will continue in the April 8 meeting. Jason Crane/The Voice

Montgomery Village Board considers proposed dog daycare facility

Klaudia Stamatakis, center, answers questions about her proposed dog daycare facility at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. She is proposing to build a 2,000-square-foot facility for Wooforia, LLC in the 2000 block of Mayfield Drive near Route 30 and Orchard Road. She seeks approval of a special use that…...

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Branch Gardens will open with a newly-expanded offering of vintage goods and additional greenery in the old fire house on Lake Street in downtown Aurora. Marissa Amoni photo/courtesy of Aurora Downtown

New businesses, new residents, in Aurora under way

By Marissa Amoni –  There’s a lot happening in the Aurora downtown right now. Spring and Summer, downtown Aurora will welcome many new businesses, as well as new residents. Here’s a quick rundown on some current activities: • Construction is happening at what soon will be Society 57 in Aurora’s…...

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INCubator Entrepreneurship in Batavia

Students in Batavia High School’s successful INCubator Entrepreneurship Program have developed and launched start-up companies specifically designed to drive traffic to community businesses. To show Fox Valley area business owners and professionals how their service-oriented start-ups can increase customer bases and brand awareness, the student entrepreneurs will be host to…...

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Amy Roth

Plans for Aurora include Route 59 commercial, buildings

The Aurora City Council March 5 Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall included plans for Route 59 commercial corridor building, road resurfacing, and firefighters’ ballistic vests. • Plans for Route 59, old West Aurora building discussed. A Route 59 corridor plan that lays out a new look and…...

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Mayor Ron Gunter, right, and the Westmont Village Board, provides an honor to longtime Westmont resident, Anne Szymski, with the key to the Village and a proclamation to celebrate her 100th birthday. “We like to celebrate people who have been influential in the community, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Anne Szymski and the entire Szymski family,” Gunter said. Anne and her husband, Steve, who passed away in 2002, moved to Westmont in 1945 and started many businesses in Westmont, including Westmont Dry Goods Center, Stephen’s Department Store, O.K. Hardware Builders, Family Shoe Store, and Stephen’s Annex Domestics. Submitted photo

Key to Westmont:

Mayor Ron Gunter, right, and the Westmont Village Board, provides an honor to longtime Westmont resident, Anne Szymski, with the key to the Village and a proclamation to celebrate her 100th birthday. “We like to celebrate people who have been influential in the community, and I can’t think of anyone…...

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Fox Metro’s mascot receives the name of Felix which was chosen by Leo Blau in a drawing. He is in each photo. Blau, 3, is from Sandwich. His mother, holding him in left photo, Andrea Herrington, is an East Aurora High School graduate. Judith Sotir, left, is Fox Metro Board president. Pat Devine of Fox Metro is in right photo. Carter Crane/The Voice

Fox Metro mascot named:

Fox Metro’s mascot receives the name of Felix which was chosen by Leo Blau in a drawing. He is in each photo. Blau, 3, is from Sandwich. His mother, holding him in left photo, Andrea Herrington, is an East Aurora High School graduate. Judith Sotir, left, is Fox Metro Board…...

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The Oswego Hometown Expo Saturday at the Oswego High School fieldhouse annually brings together consumers and exhibitors. This year was no exception with more than 100 vendor booths. Jason Crane/The Voice

More than 100 vendors at annual Oswego Hometown Expo

The Oswego Hometown Expo Saturday at the Oswego High School fieldhouse annually brings together consumers and exhibitors. This year was no exception with more than 100 vendor booths. Click here for more information. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and...

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Kiwanis coffee mugs were presented to Linnea and Rich Forney, center, Salvation Army of Aurora officers, after their presentation at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Kiwanian Amy Roth, left, and Kiwanis president Kim Groom were the presenters. The presentation included the success of their Angel Tree program which provides gifts to children in need who would otherwise be without Christmas presents. In 2018, the program in Aurora helped more than 3,000 children. They purchased the former Moose Lodge on Redwood Drive in Aurora and had the building demolished this week. They are set to break ground June 10 and will build and open phase 1 of the new facility in a year. The current facility is at 437 E. Galena Boulevard on the City’s East Side. Jason Crane/The Voice

Salvation Army of Aurora shares Angel Tree success and plans for new facility

Kiwanis coffee mugs were presented to Linnea and Rich Forney, center, Salvation Army of Aurora officers, after their presentation at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Kiwanian Amy Roth, left, and Kiwanis president Kim Groom were the presenters. The presentation included the success…...

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Amy Roth

New development prospects plentiful in Aurora City Council

If Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Aurora is any indication, mayor Richard Irvin’s State of the City address March 5 at Aurora University will be laden with news of many new developments. Aurora aldermen sent several downtown redevelopment agreements to the February 26 City Council consent agenda. Under…...

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Minimum wage bill signed

By Jerry Nowicki –  Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 Tuesday in the Governor’s Mansion and declared his first major legislative victory “a time to celebrate.” “For nine years there were many forces that were arrayed against giving a…...

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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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Paddle of entire Fox River program at Sierra Club

The Valley of the Fox Sierra Club invites everyone to attend its program at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Batavia Library, 10 S. Batavia Avenue, Batavia. Charlie Zine and Chuck Roberts, two Fox River advocates, recently completed an eight-day kayak paddle of the 223 miles of the Fox…...

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Amy Roth

Aurora discussion focus: Extending fiber-optic plant

A resolution to extend the Aurora city government’s fiber-optic cable plant from the southwest side of Diehl Road at Eola Road to the east side of Diehl Road in Aurora was the topic of much discussion during Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting. The measure ultimately landed on the…...

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