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Tom Weisner, former Aurora mayor

Tom Weisner, 1949-2018 – Memorial service set for Paramount Theatre

Tom Weisner, surrounded by his loved ones, passed away peacefully Friday morning, December 28, 2018, following complications from an extended battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. He was mayor of Aurora 2005 to 2016. The official family statement: “While we are deeply saddened by the passing of Tom,…...

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The Fox Valley Park District’s New Year’s Eve party noon December 31, 2018, brings family fun at the Vaughan Center in Aurora. Al Benson/The Voice

Family fun at Fox Valley Park District’s New Year’s Eve noon party

The Fox Valley Park District’s New Year’s Eve party noon December 31, 2018, brings family fun at the Vaughan Center in Aurora. Al Benson/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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freedom rider Thomas M. Armstrong III

Freedom Rider at Kwanzaa celebration in Aurora

The annual Kwanzaa celebration at the Prisco Center in Aurora Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, includes author and freedom rider Thomas M. Armstrong III. The celebration was sponsored by Aurora’s African American Men of Unity. He delivers the keynote message at the Aurora celebration with information about his book, “Autobiography of…...

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Memorial tribute to the late Tom Weisner

The gentlemen of Boys II Men join the Aurora community in mourning the loss of Aurora’s 57th mayor, Thomas J. Weisner. After a long battle with cancer, mayor Weisner passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. Mayor Weisner was a stalwart supporter of Boys II Men since its establishment in 2002…....

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Job fair in Naperville for part-time

Naperville Park District and KidsMatter to will be hosts to a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 5 at Fort Hill Activity Center in the gymnasium, first floor, 20 Fort Hill Drive in Naperville. Individuals seeking Summer, seasonal, or part-time employment are invited to attend. Hiring managers…...

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Medical cannabis talk in Oswego January 15

“Introduction to Medical Cannabis” will be presented at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Holiday Inn Express, 2055 Weisbrook Drive in Oswego. The public is invited. Admission is $25. The guest speaker will be Rick Niksic, education and outreach coordinator from Greenhouse Medical Cannabis dispensaries. Greenhouse operates dispensaries in Morris,…...

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Krista Danis stands in the Durham Atrium at the Santori Public Library of Aurora. Submitted photo

Krista Danis’ new role APL program coordinator

By Miriam Meza –  New year, new staff members! New year, new role, new events! The Aurora Public Library (APL) is kicking off the new year with a new staff member at the Santori Public Library of Aurora and the new ideas that come with her. We welcome Krista Danis,…...

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Plano Library kids can learn German, hear storytimes

The Plano Community Library, 15 W. North Street, will be host to many events. For more information and to register, visit planolibrary.info or call 630-552-2009. • Knit and Crochet Group, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon. The informal group works on their own projects, discusses types and colors of yarns, and…...

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Fundraiser forum

Minature Golf Fun Raiser in Yorkville The Friends of the Yorkville Public Library will be host to its sixth annual Mini Golf FUN Raiser Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. This event will take place on both floors inside the Library. Players hit balls between the book shelves and around obstacles provided…...

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Double Yolk Restaurant who created a wonderful day. She fed 500 people in need, and also gave each child a present! There was also a Santa picture opportunity for those who chose to partake. And Maddie's Mitten March was there to give out warm clothing.

Restaurant owner helps those in need on Christmas Day

Tammy McCarthy, right, owner of Double Yolk Restaurant in Aurora, in a blue jacket standing next to a man with crutches, created a wonderful day for approximately 400 individuals in need of assistance. A meal was provided and each child at the event was given a present.  There was an…...

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Remembering Thomas J. Weisner, 57th mayor of Aurora 1949 – 2018

  From Richard C. Irvin, mayor of Aurora: It is with great sadness that we announce and mourn the passing of the 57th mayor of Aurora, Thomas J. Weisner. After a courageous battle with cancer, mayor Weisner departed this life today with his faithful wife of 46 years, Marilyn, and…...

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Former mayor of Aurora, Tom Weisner, was placed in hospice care Wednesday, Dec. 26, according to reports. He has been in a battle with cancer most of his three terms as mayor. He was resting after the placement in hospice care. Treatment has been ongoing. Wesiner was mayor of Aurora for 11 years, from 2005 to 2016. He left office prior to the end of his term to continue treatment and preserve his strength. Family members are with him in the trying set of circumstances. They encourage positive thoughts and prayers.

Former mayor of Aurora, Tom Weisner, in hospice care

Former mayor of Aurora, Tom Weisner, was placed in hospice care Wednesday, Dec. 26, according to reports. He has been in a battle with cancer most of his three terms as mayor. He was resting after the placement in hospice care. Treatment has been ongoing. Wesiner was mayor of Aurora…...

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The star and lighted tree on top of the Leland Tower in Aurora shine brightly this holiday season. Maintenance and improvements are the responsibility of the Aurora Downtown organization. New Christmas lights installation, below, recently was peformed by Apex Tower, which normally works on cell phone towers. Many lights had burned out so Apex did more than bring the electrical system up to date. Gina Salamone is the chairperson for the Aurora Downtown Streetscape Committee (see page 13). She said that with the newer and brighter LED lights they can be seen from a long distance. The lights were purchased from the Windy City Lights of West Chicago, the supplier of all decorations for Downtown Aurora. Each strand is nine feet long. The star is 100 feet above the roof. Lights originally were placed on Leland Tower, a 22-story building, in the 1940s. Current lights went up in 2011. Photo taken from The Voice office on Lake Street in Aurora.

New lights for Leland Tower:

The star and lighted tree on top of the Leland Tower in Aurora shine brightly this holiday season. Maintenance and improvements are the responsibility of the Aurora Downtown organization. New Christmas lights installation recently was performed by Apex Tower, which normally works on cell phone towers. Many lights had burned…...

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Jules Williamson, left, of East Aurora High School, plays defense against West Aurora’s Traevon Brown in the teams’ East-West game Friday, Dec. 21 at East Aurora. In spite of the 28 points by Williamson, West Aurora won, 83-76. West Aurora girls won, 64-50. See pages 10-11. Al Benson/The Voice

West Aurora High School defeats East Aurora in East-West basketball game

Jules Williamson, left, of East Aurora High School, plays defense against West Aurora’s Traevon Brown in the teams’ East-West game Friday, Dec. 21 at East Aurora. In spite of the 28 points by Williamson, West Aurora won, 83-76. West Aurora girls won, 64-50. Al Benson/The Voice… This content is for...

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The Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council (APRCC) spreads holiday cheer to residents at Constitution House senior living community in Aurora, Friday, Dec. 21 in its annual Parranda. In Puerto Rico, parrandas (sometimes also called asaltos in Spanish; literally “assaults”) are musical festivities in the Christmas season holidays. They are known as “trullas navideñas” and are associated with pride with customs of the traditional Puerto Rican jibaro. The traditional events have been likened to Christmas caroling, but the contents of the songs are secular rather than religious. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council annual Parranda

The Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council (APRCC) spreads holiday cheer to residents at Constitution House senior living community in Aurora, Friday, Dec. 21 in its annual Parranda. In Puerto Rico, parrandas (sometimes also called asaltos in Spanish; literally “assaults”) are musical festivities in the Christmas season holidays. They are known…...

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Newcomers will meet at Pal Joey’s in Batavia

The Fox Valley Newcomers and Neighbors will hold an informational open house from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at Pal Joey’s, 2030 Main Street, Batavia. Those interested should RSVP no later than January 9, 2019 to Joyce Taylor, 331.222.7854. We have one common goal: To make…...

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Women tutors in English needed

Chicago-area women are needed to help other women learn English reading, writing, and speaking skills at the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora. Alison Brzezinski, DLC tutoring coordinator, said free tutor-training sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 12, 2019 and Jan. 26, 2019 at the…...

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Candidate forums will be held in March 2019 by League of Women Voters

The Aurora Committee of the Central Kane County chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) will hold candidate forums in Spring 2019 for Aurora’s upcoming aldermanic elections. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The forums will be held on the following nights in the community room of…...

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Nominations open for 2019 African-American Leader of the Year Award

Nominations are being accepted for the “2019 African-American Leader of the Year Award” that will be presented by Aurora’s African-American Heritage Advisory Board (AAHAB) during the 15th Annual Heritage Dinner on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The annual award is bestowed upon a community African-American each year who has demonstrated consistent…...

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More than 90 individuals participate in two caroling tours December 15 for the “Peace in the Womb” Christmas Caroling outside of abortion facilities in Chicago and DuPage County. Christmas carols were sung at seven abortion facilities, four on the Chicago tour, three in DuPage County. Planned Parenthood called the police on the peaceful carolers at their facility at LaSalle and Division Streets in Chicago. The police initially told the group they had to move down the road because of the Chicago “Bubble Zone” ordinance, but the pro-lifers eventually convinced them the ordinance requires no such thing. At American Women’s Medical Center in Chicago, counter-protesters tried unsuccessfully to drown out the carolers with New Years Eve-style noisemakers. Pro-Life Action League was the sponsor. Submitted photos

Voices for the voiceless:

More than 90 individuals participate in two caroling tours December 15 for the “Peace in the Womb” Christmas Caroling outside of abortion facilities in Chicago and DuPage County. Christmas carols were sung at seven abortion facilities, four on the Chicago tour, three in DuPage County. Planned Parenthood called the police…...

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