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Neuroscientist Karrie Fitzpatrick, left, receives East Aurora High School Distinguished Alumni Award from Julia Inostroza, president, East Aurora Alumni Association, Friday, at the honor at East Aurora. Karrie Fitzpatrick was graduated from East Aurora in 1998. Dr. Fitzpatrick at the University of Illinois majored in psychology with a focus on neurobiology. She earned a Ph.D in neuroscience from Northwestern University. In March 2015 she took a position in biological research with the U.S. Department of Defense. Al Benson/The Voice

East Aurora High School Distinguished Alum Karrie Fitzpatrick

Neuroscientist Karrie Fitzpatrick, left, receives East Aurora High School Distinguished Alumni Award from Julia Inostroza, president, East Aurora Alumni Association, Friday, at the honor at East Aurora. Karrie Fitzpatrick was graduated from East Aurora in 1998. Dr. Fitzpatrick at the University of Illinois majored in psychology with a focus on…...

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Gina Salamone waves, along with Derek Conley, on an Aurora Downtown float in last year's Winter Lights parade. Salamone is a volunteer board member for Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit of business and property owners in SSA #One in Aurora. Jason Arthur photo

Fun times in Aurora downtown this year, in community

By Marissa Amoni –  As the year comes to an end, I am looking back with gratitude on all of the fun times in downtown Aurora, thanks to an incredible downtown community. We are lucky to have the most amazing and supportive family in downtown, from business owners to museum…...

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Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) recently donated $250 to the Interfaith Food Pantry of Aurora. Left are Dick Schindel, AARTA president; Meg Safarik, AARTA treasurer; and Brissa Barraza, pantry operations director. According to Schindel, the donation will buy $1,575 in food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Al Benson/The Voice

Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) $250 donation to Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) recently donated $250 to the Interfaith Food Pantry of Aurora. Left are Dick Schindel, AARTA president; Meg Safarik, AARTA treasurer; and Brissa Barraza, pantry operations director. According to Schindel, the donation will buy $1,575 in food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Al Benson/The…...

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Aurorans Angel Velasquez, 6, and Aldo Sanchez-Mata, 9, visit with a sign-language Santa, December 11 at the 12th annual holiday party for hearing-impaired kids at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora. Approximately 80 students, caregivers and teachers from West Aurora School District 129 and East Aurora School District 131 were guests of Aurora Noon Lions Club. Al Benson/The Voice

Sign-language Santa at Annual holiday party for hearing-impaired kids

Aurorans Angel Velasquez, 6, and Aldo Sanchez-Mata, 9, visit with a sign-language Santa, December 11 at the 12th annual holiday party for hearing-impaired kids at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora. Approximately 80 students, caregivers and teachers from West Aurora School District 129 and East Aurora School District 131 were guests of…...

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Cast members pose for photos following the Faith Lutheran Church performance of “The Christmas Story.” The church in Aurora fourth annual outdoor live nativity presentation was Saturday. The event featured 25 congregants in period costumes, a petting zoo, and fair-trade market. Al Benson/The Voice

Outdoor live nativity presentation in Aurora

Cast members pose for photos following the Faith Lutheran Church performance of “The Christmas Story.” The church in Aurora fourth annual outdoor live nativity presentation was Saturday. The event featured 25 congregants in period costumes, a petting zoo, and fair-trade market. Al Benson/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day...

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King David Capp laughs in the presence of Queen Amanda Duran at the 32nd annual madrigal dinner Saturday, Dec. 15, at West Aurora High School. In addition to an opening procession, the event included toasts, a feast, a masque (play) and music by madrigal singers, Lyric Chorus, 36 singing wenches and madrigal brass. West Aurora culinary arts students prepared the feast. Al Benson/The Voice

West Aurora High School Madrigal:

King David Capp laughs in the presence of Queen Amanda Duran at the 32nd annual madrigal dinner Saturday, Dec. 15, at West Aurora High School. In addition to an opening procession, the event included toasts, a feast, a masque (play) and music by madrigal singers, Lyric Chorus, 36 singing wenches…...

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Symphonic Winds at East Aurora High School participate in the school’s third annual Fine Arts Prism Concert presented by the Music Department in the Hawks Auditorium. Other participating groups in the Christmas musical salute include the Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Honors Vocal Ensemble, and Caffeine choir. Al Benson/The Voice

East Aurora High School Prism:

Symphonic Winds at East Aurora High School participate in the school’s third annual Fine Arts Prism Concert presented by the Music Department in the Hawks Auditorium. Other participating groups in the Christmas musical salute include the Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Honors Vocal Ensemble, and Caffeine choir. Al Benson/The Voice… This...

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Restaurateur Steve Kapas and his mother, Pauline (Momma P.), describe their plans for a proposed restaurant, Monte Carlo Steakhouse and Bar, to the Plano City Council Monday. It is set to open in Plano in approximately six weeks. The Kapas family owned the Town and Country restaurant in Plano from 1947 to 2005. The property on U. S. Route 34 and West Street was given up to the State by eminent domain so it could be used to widen the highway. The Plano City Council met Monday at a special meeting and unanimously approved an additional Class E liquor license. The license is available for the proposed restaurant to go in the building at 209 West U. S. Route 34. The Kapas family purchased the building in 2005 which has remained vacant since then. Steve Kapas said they have tried hard to bring development to the Plano area with assistance from the City, but the development money hasn’t been flowing down Route 34 that far west, yet. He said restaurants have found difficulty in acquiring financing. The entire project, which will cost a little more than $1 Million, has been financed by the Kapas family. Jason Crane/The Voice

Mediterranean restaurant plans in Plano

Restaurateur Steve Kapas and his mother, Pauline (Momma P.), describe their plans for a proposed restaurant, Monte Carlo Steakhouse and Bar, to the Plano City Council Monday. It is set to open in Plano in approximately six weeks. The Kapas family owned the Town and Country restaurant in Plano from…...

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The 67th year of Lehnertz Avenue Christmas display receives a blessing of the crib Sunday in Aurora from Father Jerome Leake of St. Joseph’s Parish. The Nativity scene and lights and information on houses and property is a tradition in the community. Jason Crane/The Voice

Lehnertz Lights:

The 67th year of Lehnertz Avenue Christmas display receives a blessing of the crib Sunday in Aurora from Father Jerome Leake of St. Joseph’s Parish. The Nativity scene and lights and information on houses and property is a tradition in the community. A video of the event can be seen…...

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Balloons, solar, as cell tower?: Loon LLC is an Alphabet, Inc. subsidiary working on providing Internet access to rural and remote areas by using high-altitude balloons at an altitude of about 11 miles to create an aerial wireless network. Each balloon’s electronics are powered by an array of solar panels and a battery for use at night. Google photo

Future solar uses will be widespread, including military

By Donna Crane – Last of two parts John Fialka’s, online report about the future of the solar industry for Scientific American (E&E News) continues this week. “Scientists are developing flexible, thin films that will be more resilient and have wider uses than current solar technology. “The military learned in…...

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Bryan Gay introduced as new Invest Aurora’s president, CEO

Mayor Richard C. Irvin and the Board of Directors of Invest Aurora, Aurora’s public/private economic development partnership, announced the appointment of the former economic development director of Choose DuPage, Bryan Gay, as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Invest Aurora. Gay was introduced to City Council during…...

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Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora presents a Key to the City to and poses with congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood of Naperville in a meeting Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Aurora City Hall. Underwood was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 14th District by defeating incumbent Randy Hultgren in the November 6 election. The short presentation included a few remarks by each person. She will take office after the first of the year in 2019. In attendance were high school girls from East Aurora, Metea Valley, and West Aurora High Schools. The proceedings were delayed nearly an hour following a nationwide bomb threat hoax. The City Hall building was evacuated. Police called the threat an E-mail phishing scam. It reached The Voice communities to include Aurora and Elgin. Carter Crane/The Voice

Lauren Underwood receives key to Aurora:

Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora presents a Key to the City to and poses with congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood of Naperville in a meeting Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Aurora City Hall. Underwood was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 14th District by defeating incumbent Randy Hultgren…...

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Collin Benson hits ground running at Eola Branch Library

By Miriam Meza –  Growth continues at the Aurora Public Library (APL), from increased collaborations to professional growth for our staff members. It is true for our new adult services paraprofessional at Eola Road Branch, Collin Benson. He started at the Eola Road Branch November 23 and has hit the…...

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Beth Carter of Aurora, third from left, lights the third of four Advent candles at Aurora's Flowing Forth United Methodist Church Sunday, Dec. 16. From left are Aurorans Paul Eggert, Allison Carter, Beth Carter, and Tom Carter. Flowing Forth UMC, meets at Aurora Christian School, and invites a church family to light candles each Sunday in Advent, the season leading up to Christmas Day. Al Benson/The Voice

Advent:

Beth Carter of Aurora, third from left, lights the third of four Advent candles at Aurora’s Flowing Forth United Methodist Church Sunday, Dec. 16. From left are Aurorans Paul Eggert, Allison Carter, Beth Carter, and Tom Carter. Flowing Forth UMC, meets at Aurora Christian School, and invites a church family…...

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Aurora resident Bill Moore died Thursday, Dec. 13 at the age of 101. He was a Kiwanis Club of Aurora member for nearly 70 years. John Ross/The Voice

The late Bill Moore, 101, receives tributes from Kiwanis Club of Aurora members

Memories of the late Bill Moore: Bill Moore was blessed with a keen mind and a healthy body. He used those gifts to make every day positive and productive. He warmed every room that he entered. He was an Aurora legend. He will be missed. —Scott Voris  Bill was one…...

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Bomb threats sent to Aurora City Hall, Rush-Copley Hospital, and to other cities nationwide

A bomb threat was sent to Aurora City Hall and other buildings in Aurora during a visit by congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood, 14th Congressional District of Illinois, Thursday, Dec. 13. Aurora Police Department personnel are investigating and think it was a part of a nationwide series of bomb threat which appeared to…...

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Aurora City Council Honored members of the Tomcat Youth Football League, left. Last month, they clinched the 2018 State championship for the Bantam Level in a 38-12 victory against number 3 ranked Grayslake Colts. They are: Victor Aguilar, Giovanni Briseno, Nehemiah Brown, Adan Colin, Benjamin Corral, Emilio Correa, Peyton Cowles, Salvador Esquivel, Mason Estrada, Emmanuel Gomez-Corona, Angel Gonzalez, Abraham Hernandez, Jaxson Mendoza, Adan Mondgragon, Julio Montemayor, Javier Munoz, Nathan Romero and Jesus Oscar Sanchez. Head coach is Steven Lange and assistance coaches are Jeremy Graham, Tony Estrada, Sergio Briseno, Alberto Gonzalez, and David Clow.

Aurora Council passes $434 Million budget

By Jason Crane –  Aldermen for the city of Aurora government voted unanimously to pass the $434 Million budget while aldermen voted 8-3 against giving a tax rebate to Aurora residential property owners at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, was hoping to use $2…...

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Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could save taxpayers an extimated $160,000 per year. • A request was made for a special use permit for a Ricky Rockets fuel center at the Southwest corner of Orchard Road and Jericho Road. The proposed facility would be a gas station, car wash, convenience store, multi-tenant building and future out-lots, and hospitality use. The plan could be approved next month. • A property tax rebate in the amount of $45 will be mailed to each residential property owner who submits an application by December 17. The application can be found on the Village of Montgomery website. Jason Crane/The Voice

Installation of solar panels for the Fox Metro Reclamation District could save taxpayers $160,000

Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could…...

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Casildo Casey Cuevas, left, demonstrates the treatment immigrants are receiving at the U.S. - Mexico border during a Candlelight vigil for immigrant families, Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. Representatives from the groups Uni2 and Stand and March from Aurora unite with ICIRR, PIF-IL, and other organizations to protest the injustices and separation of immigrant families. They are calling for an end to the historical repetition of atrocities and injustices perpetrated on immigrants. Jason Crane/The Voice

Candlelight vigil for immigrant families:

Casildo Casey Cuevas, left, demonstrates the treatment immigrants are receiving at the U.S. – Mexico border during a Candlelight vigil for immigrant families, Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. Representatives from the groups Uni2 and Stand and March from Aurora unite with ICIRR, PIF-IL, and other…...

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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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