Founder of Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Juan Manuel “Nery” Cruz, second from right, is honored with a proclamation from mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin, at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday.
Cruz was nominated as Aurora Fiestas Patrias Parade grand marshal. Alberto Reynaga, ballet assistant director, is left, and Juany Garza, Aurora Ward 2.
Aurora Downtown supported: Alderman of Ward 6 in Aurora, Mike Saville, expresses support for Special Service Area One (Aurora Downtown) at the Aurora City Council meeting, Tuesday. He said Aurora Downtown does a very fine job representing itself and he looks forward to continue working with the organization. He stated it has had many positive programs offered in the past and will continue to offer in the future. Approved was an eight-year extention of the tax levy with a vote of 11-0 with alderman of Ward 10, Judd Lofchie, abstaining for professional reasons as a lawyer with clients who own property in downtown Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice
Hispanic Heritage: Latino employees of the city government of Aurora, along with members of the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board and Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, are honored as part of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. • Aurora Ward 2 alderman Juany Garza presented her annual Make It Beautiful Awards for home/landscaping improvements in Ward 2. First place award of $750 went to Ernesto and Isaa Sanchez, 736 Colombia Street; Second place award of $500 went to Magdalena Castro, 1105 Superior Street; Third place award of $300 went to Julio Gonzalez and Linda Martinez, 824 Fulton Street; Fourth place award of $100 went to Manuel and Juventina Escobedo, 58 N. Anderson Street; Fifth place award went to Jaqueline Theobald, 62 S. Anderson Street. • Mayoral appointments included: Jim Pilmer, Erica Tuttle, and Lindsay Sebion as at-large representatives to the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (AACVB); and John Harris and Antonio Cerda with reappointment of Mary Jane Cross to the Aurora Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transit Advisory Board. • Aurora Fire Department Lieutenant Will Torres led an invocation in honor of September 11 and those who lost their lives. Jason Crane/The Voice