TribLocal - Aurora /aurora TribLocal – Chicagoland's local news community Mon, 14 Jan 2013 03:00:43 +0000 en hourly 1 'Mad Chefs' win books for crazy creations /aurora/community/galleries/2012/06/mad-chefs-win-books-for-crazy-creations/ /aurora/community/galleries/2012/06/mad-chefs-win-books-for-crazy-creations/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:54:25 +0000 Amy Roth /aurora/?post_type=community_gallery&p=47506

Teens and tweens who attended Aurora Public Library's Mad Chef program on June 7 at the Main location didn't know what secret ingredient they would be using to create a treat until they arrived at the program.
Each chef received two Twinkies to make into a delicious masterpiece. They also had a number of sauces and sprinkles they could use, including chocolate sauce, Nutella, peanut butter, Hershey Kisses, Nerds, ketchup, mustard, and more.
Each entrant who successfully took a healthy bite of his or her creation got to choose a book as a prize.
Coming up Wednesday, July 18, is Live Action Candyland at the Main Library for all ages. The program runs at both 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and is exactly what its title says it is: a life-sized version of the children's game Candyland! Call 630-264-4100 for more information.

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Kids learn to grow healthy food at Aurora Public Library /aurora/community/galleries/2012/06/kids-learn-to-grow-healthy-food-at-aurora-public-library/ /aurora/community/galleries/2012/06/kids-learn-to-grow-healthy-food-at-aurora-public-library/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:54:19 +0000 Amy Roth /aurora/?post_type=community_gallery&p=47557

Three Aurora Public Library locations sponsored a program called "Gateway to Gardening" on June 13 to help children understand how easy it can be to grow healthy food: the Eola Road Branch, Main Library and West Branch.
Elan Margulies of Pushing the Envelope Farm, along with staff member Danielle Piraino, lugged in buckets of dirt, trays and seeds at each location so children could get a little dirty while learning first-hand how to plant microgreens.
The children planted sunflower, radish and pea seeds while Margulies explained how food is grown.
The seeds will mature into microgreens, Margulies said, in a couple of weeks. Microgreens are mini versions of regular vegetables which can be harvested for use in salads or on sandwiches.
Pushing the Envelope Farm is an educational and community farm in Geneva that hosts market gardens, a berry patch and an emerging fruit and nut orchard. The farm also has goats, chickens and bees. For volunteer opportunities, go to

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Movies in the Park ready to hit the big screen /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/movies-in-the-park-ready-to-hit-the-big-screen/ /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/movies-in-the-park-ready-to-hit-the-big-screen/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:53:58 +0000 Kevin Stahr /aurora/?post_type=community_post&p=47331 Aurora families looking for affordable entertainment options this summer can make plans to attend free movie nights starting this weekend at Phillips Park.

“Movies in the Park” features Hollywood-hit films on a big screen in June and July. Pre-event activities will be held at 8 p.m., and the movies will start 30 minutes after sunset, which is between 9 and 9:15 p.m.

This season’s movie schedule includes:
• June 9 “Real Steel” (PG-13)
• June 23 “How to Train Your Dragon” (PG)
• July 14 “Hugo” (PG)
• July 28 “Tangled” (PG)

Movies will be shown on the big screen adjacent to the sledding hill and the skate/BMX park. Patrons should bring their own chairs, blankets and bug spray. The concession stand will be open, and parking is available at the Phillips Park Aquatic Center, 828 Montgomery Road.

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Aurora’s Farmers Market has something for everyone /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/aurora%e2%80%99s-farmers-market-has-something-for-everyone/ /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/aurora%e2%80%99s-farmers-market-has-something-for-everyone/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:53:55 +0000 Kevin Stahr /aurora/?post_type=community_post&p=47389 Aurora’s Farmers Market is set to open for its second weekend in its brand new location offering a fresh menu of produce and entertainment for all ages

Bradley Keven Green will be performing the blues during the market, which will be open from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9 at Wilder Promenade, 350 N. River St., which is situated near the west bank of the Fox River and was formerly the home of the old Aurora Police Department headquarters.

The June 9 market marks the debut of students from Northern Illinois University’s School of Family and Nutrition Sciences, who will be staging cooking demonstrations illustrating the simplicity of healthy eating. The demonstrations will feature fruits and vegetables from produce being sold by market vendors that the students will then prepare into healthy recipes.

The Sprouts Passport Club will be giving children a tomato plant to grow at home in addition to a healthy eating activity this weekend.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, each market will continue to offer a wide assortment of seasonal farm-fresh produce, a variety of flowers, gourmet wines and cheeses, knife sharpening services and much more. The market runs every Saturday through October.

Farmers Market parking is available in the City’s P Lot located on River Street between Vine and Cedar streets. Handicap parking will be available at the south entrance of the market on River Street.

Residents wanting to learn more about the Farmers Market, including two additional markets opening in July on the City’s Far East and West sides, should visit

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THE SPORTS DOCTOR – Rick Telander on The Sports Doctor June 14th /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/the-sports-doctor-rick-telander-on-the-sports-doctor-june-14th/ /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/the-sports-doctor-rick-telander-on-the-sports-doctor-june-14th/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:53:43 +0000 Dr. Robert Weil /aurora/?post_type=community_post&p=47444 I'm excited that famous sports writer and author Rick Telander will be our guest Thursday, June, 14, 2012, 6:30-7pm, 90.9 FM, WDCB.

Rick has been the lead sports writer for the Chicago Sun Times since 1995, having been previously a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN, the magazine. He is of course remembered for his being one of the original "the sports writers" which ran for years on Chicago TV. He's written 8 books, of which "Heaven is a Playground", being considered one of the best sports books ever (Playboy, 2006).

Rick is a former Northwestern football player who has written extensively about the "concussion crisis" in football (and hockey), and has also paid lots of attention to the ongoing concerns of drugs and sports–2 topics we'll discuss on the show. I've been a fan of Rick's for a long time, he's one of the most insightful writers who is as comfortable discussing world issues, being the parent of an athlete, and so much more in the "crazy sports culture world" we live in. He's one of the real philosophers of the sports writing world- TUNE US IN!

Dr. Robert Weil is a sports podiatrist from Naperville with an office in Aurora. You can hear him on his weekly radio show at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays on 90.9 FM. Contact him at and view his website at

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Hungry Children Rescued for Summer /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/hungry-children-rescued-for-summer/ /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/hungry-children-rescued-for-summer/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:53:37 +0000 Karole Kettering /wheaton/?post_type=community_post&p=55739

The St. Athanasios Chapter of the Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society of Aurora has started off their summer philanthropic ventures by donating $500 to the Humanitarian Service Project’s (HSP) Feed the Kids program. St. Athanasios’ Philoptochos chapter has supported HSP since 2005, donating not only to their Feed the Kids program, but to their Senior Citizen Project as well. HSP will allocate this sizable donation to the Feed the Kids Project, because of the rising demand of hunger amongst our children. The project is designed to alleviate hunger for children within the community who are living below the state poverty level.

One of the St. Athanasios Chapter of the Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society’s missions is to assist the underprivileged. The $500 donation which the Philoptochos Society is providing will contribute specifically to the Humanitarian Service Project’s Feed the Kids Project. HSP’s Feed the Kids Project benefits 100 families with 360 children during the months of June, July and August. These children, who receive the majority of their daily nutrients from federally subsidized meals at school through the School Breakfast Program and National Lunch Program, experience a drastic reduction in nutrition during the summer months and often go hungry. By providing each of the program’s families with a total of 575 pounds of food over the summer months, the Feed the Kids Project is able to ease the struggle and hunger which these impoverished children experience. Each food package contains nourishing, vitamin-rich foods which include 8 varieties of fresh vegetables, 7 selections of fresh fruits, 7 varieties of frozen meats, at least four 25-pound boxes of non-perishables, Peppridge Farm bread and child-friendly healthy snacks. HSP also provides food year-round to underprivileged senior citizens on a monthly basis.

Contact the Humanitarian Service Project:
HSP’s website: and the HSP’s blog:
HSP 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

About The Humanitarian Service Project
HSP's mission is to alleviate the pain and suffering that poverty creates in seniors and children living in DuPage and Kane Counties, Illinois. Last year during the Christmas Offering, 1,600 children received gifts and 100 impoverished families received three weeks of groceries, frozen meats, and fresh produce. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides a monthly food delivery and secret pal gifts to 120 low-income seniors. The Children's Birthday Project reaches the youngest underprivileged, making birthdays and Christmas truly memorable occasions for 900 children. Feed the Kids provides low-income families with groceries and fresh produce. HSP conducts an annual school supplies drive, which sends supplies to the DuPage Back to School Fair in addition to furnishing schools and individual children with necessary supplies.

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Committee presents ward remap plan to City Council /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/committee-presents-ward-remap-plan-to-city-council/ /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/committee-presents-ward-remap-plan-to-city-council/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:53:36 +0000 Kevin Stahr /aurora/?post_type=community_post&p=47546 The City’s Ward Remap Committee has presented its final recommendation to the Aurora City Council on new ward boundaries, which are being redrawn based on the 2010 U.S. Census results.

The Committee had been tasked with redrawing ward boundaries based upon well-established legal factors, including equal population (that should not deviate by more than 10 percent of the ideal size of 19,790 residents), contiguity, compactness and natural boundaries.

The Committee, which is composed of appointed City Council members, City staff and residents, held several meetings between January and June as well as three public hearings in April to gather community feedback. Residents can provide further input when the City Council discusses the proposed ward remap at its Committee of the Whole meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 in the fifth floor conference room at City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place.

Residents can find a copy of the proposed map and supporting demographic information on the City’s website at If a hard copy of the map is desired, call the City’s Customer Service Center at 630-256-INFO (4636).

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Waste Management’s Bagster® helps Dad clean up on Father’s Day /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/waste-management%e2%80%99s-bagster%c2%ae-helps-dad-clean-up-on-father%e2%80%99s-day/ /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/waste-management%e2%80%99s-bagster%c2%ae-helps-dad-clean-up-on-father%e2%80%99s-day/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:52:58 +0000 Bill Plunkett /western-springs/?post_type=community_post&p=17808

This Father’s Day, if you’re scrambling to find a more practical gift for Dad, try giving him a home improvement tool that will make his do-it-yourself projects easier to clean up.

Waste Management’s Bagster® Dumpster in a Bag® will help ol’ Dad with the cleanup and removal of the debris and materials from his at-home projects. Whether just cleaning out the basement, building furniture or renovating a room, Bagster® is an easy-to-use disposal container that’s a great alternative to large industrial waste boxes that will make Dad’s cleanup work go away easier.

The Bagster® is a tough disposal container made of a heavy-duty woven material that won't tear if punctured. It’s the perfect size and strength for debris and household junk, and can hold up to 3,300 pounds or three cubic yards of material. It is 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and two and a half feet in height, large enough to hold sheets of plywood.

“Our customers have found it ideal for home improvement projects and easy to use,” said Dan Henry, who manages the Bagster® service for Waste Management in the Chicago area. “It’s a good alternative to large industrial disposal containers that may be larger than needed and also less costly. Bagster® is available at most home improvement and hardware stores and can be filled at the homeowner’s own pace when projects get extended.”

Dad can keep the bag as long as he needs to complete his projects and then have it quickly removed by contacting Waste Management’s Bagster® service for quick collection.

Waste Management offers the service in Cook, DuPage, Lake, and Kane counties in the Chicago area.
Unlike those familiar large industrial waste boxes, the Bagster® is economical. It has a retail price of $29.95 in the Chicago area and a collection fee of $129. Additional Bagster® containers will be collected for $104 each if picked up at the same time.

The Bagster® can be purchased at local home improvement stores and a call to Waste Management ensures it is collected quickly. In the Chicago area, The Bagster® is available at The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, and select Ace and True Value hardware stores. It also is available through

The Bagster®’s common uses include disposal of household junk and cleanup debris from home improvement projects. In Illinois, it cannot be used for the disposal of yard wastes, electronics, appliances, tires, food wastes, large tree stumps or toxic or hazardous wastes, which are not allowed in landfills.

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Harvard Grad School to work with West Aurora SD129 to prepare students for the workforce of the future /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/harvard-grad-school-to-work-with-west-aurora-sd129-to-prepare-students-for-the-workforce-of-the-future/ /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/harvard-grad-school-to-work-with-west-aurora-sd129-to-prepare-students-for-the-workforce-of-the-future/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:52:53 +0000 Mike Chapin /aurora/?post_type=community_post&p=47756 The Illinois State Board of Education announced June 19 that Illinois is among six states to participate in the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a coalition that aims to increase the number of high school graduates who attain a postsecondary credential with value in the labor market while also leaving open the prospect of further education.

The work will initially focus on Chicago and Aurora, but the long-term goal is to create a statewide system of career pathways.

“This is about schools and businesses working together to provide greater guidance and options so our young people can make smart choices as they complete high school and move on to post-secondary education and jobs that will better support them and the Illinois economy,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “This is a proven strategy for keeping students engaged in high school and mindful of their future.”

The Pathways to Prosperity Network is a collaboration between the Pathways to Prosperity Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Jobs for the Future (JFF) and six states: Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee. It follows HGSE’s 2011 report “Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century,” which challenged the American education system’s emphasis and support for a four-year college degree.

The report argued students need additional pathways that combine rigorous academics with strong technical education to equip them with skills and credentials to succeed in the labor market. Both the City of Chicago District 299 and Aurora West Unit School District 129 will help lead the work in Illinois to support better career guidance and job pathways for students in their communities.

The districts will move with local community partners in education and commerce toward planning efforts to provide education and training that improves employment outcomes in their areas and throughout the state.

“We understand the important role education plays in the economic development of our communities, state and nation,” said School District 129 Superintendent Jim Rydland. ”This role includes guaranteeing that our students are prepared for the workforce of the future.”

A 2011 report by Complete College America showed that only about 37 percent of Illinois students graduate with a bachelor’s degree within four years while 61 percent of full-time students and 23 percent of part-time students in Illinois earned a college degree within six years, or by their mid-20s. Recent national studies also show that even among those under 25 who have earned a college degree, as many as half may be unemployed or, more typically, underemployed.

As part of this endeavor, the Illinois Pathways Interagency Committee – made up of six state agencies focused on education and economic development – will work with employers and educators to build career pathways systems for high school students. Each state will be led by a coalition of key public and private sector leaders committed to generating and sustaining political and financial support for the agenda and addressing legislative or regulatory barriers that inhibit progress. For more information on Illinois Pathways, visit:

“Employers need to be heavily engaged with both educators and policymakers if we hope to put more young people to work with a credential of value,” said Jeff Mays, President of the Illinois Business Roundtable. “I truly applaud the efforts of leaders in Illinois to move this project forward.”

Earlier this year, Gov. Pat Quinn, with business and education leaders, launched Illinois Pathways, a public-private partnership to develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning exchanges across the state with federal Race to the Top funds. The Initiative expects to award grants later this year for the planning and implementation of eight STEM learning exchanges. For more information about the Pathways to Prosperity Network and its partners, please visit: The Harvard Graduate School of Education: Jobs for the Future:

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Edgelawn grade crossing to be closed for repairs /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/edgelawn-grade-crossing-to-be-closed-for-repairs/ /aurora/community/stories/2012/06/edgelawn-grade-crossing-to-be-closed-for-repairs/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:52:51 +0000 Kevin Stahr /aurora/?post_type=community_post&p=47762 Motorists driving on Edgelawn Drive on the City’s southwest side will need to allow some extra travel time next week when the grade crossing is closed for replacement.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway plans to shut down the crossing to traffic on Edgelawn Drive north of Jericho Road at 6 a.m. Monday, June 25. The crossing is scheduled to reopen at noon Friday, June 29. The timeframe for the project may be affected by weather.

A detour route will be posted directing motorists to use Prairie Street, Orchard Road and Jericho Road to get around the construction.

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