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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00
Funds site set up to aid Aurora accident victims
A website has been established to help raise funds to help with medical expenses and funerals following an Oct. 13 crash in Aurora that killed three adults and injured four children.
The surviving children are East Aurora School District 131 students: an East Aurora High School senior, a Simmons Middle School student and two Rollins Elementary students.
Some of the students’ injuries are very serious and some family members were among those that died.
Donations can be made via www.youcaring.com/cuanetl and anyone can donate through this site with a credit card. YouCaring does not charge any fees so all the money goes directly to the family.
Donations can also be made at any Chase Bank to this account: 3600922017
For other questions about donations or fundraising, contact Felipe Cuanetl at (630) 687-2902.
Bartlett teacher named to state civics panel
Bartlett High School history teacher Larry Pahl was recently appointed as one of 13 members to serve on Governor Quinn’s Task Force on Civic Education
The task force will study civic education programs in Illinois, identify best practices, and make recommendations to the General Assembly on how Illinois can improve the civic literacy of young people.
Pahl, who also serves on the board of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies, will represent Social Studies teachers throughout Illinois and advocate for their priorities.
Paul hopes that seniors taking a semester of Civics becomes a statewide practice.
The task force's final report must be submitted no later than May 31, 2014.
Fox River towns looking at development plan
What will homes in the mid-Fox Valley look like in 30 years? What kinds of homes will area residents want then? Residents can learn about national, regional and local housing trends that will shape housing supply and demand in the future.
A meeting on a plan is set for Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Geneva's Public Works Department, 1800 South St..
Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles and North Aurora are developing a "Homes for a Changing Region" plan, which will chart future supply and demand trends for housing in their communities.
The goal is to provide a balanced mix of housing that serves current and future populations.
Reservations to the meeting, which are encouraged but not required. Contact Bernice Vallecillos by calling 312-386-8623.
Aurora invites Vietnam veterans to march
The City of Aurora is putting out a call to all area Vietnam veterans to march as a single unit during the City’s annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Nov. 11.
The invitation coincides with several community events that will honor Vietnam veterans in November including the display of the Moving Wall, a 3/5 size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the staging of thousands of American flags in a Healing Field, both at West Aurora High School; special exhibits at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center in downtown Aurora; and numerous others.
The parade will step off at 10:15 a.m. at Broadway Ave. (Rt. 25), and Benton St., and will conclude with a remembrance ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in front of the GAR Memorial Hall, 23 E. Downer Pl.
A full lineup of all of the community events saluting veterans can be found on the City’s website at www.aurora-il.org.
St. Charles District 303 to honor top alums
St. Charles District 303, in conjunction with the Distinguished Alumni Award Committee and the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation is seeking nominees for 2014 District 303 Distinguished Alumni Awards.
The award will be given to selected nominees who have graduated from District 303 and have demonstrated a high level of achievement in their field of endeavor or in their contributions to their community.
Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 30. Nominations should include the nominee's name, the nominating person's name, current address, phone, e-mail, which high school the nominee graduated from and what year, along with a letter detailing the achievements and accomplishments of the nominee. Those making a nomination should also include any materials in support of their nominee.
The 2014 recipients will be recognized at the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation’s Jazz Event, which will be held on February 22, 2014, at the Royal Fox Country Club.
Plans underway to start Batavia band
Batavians are creating a community band for adults. This group would perform at various holiday and special city events throughout the year.
Organizers seek enthusiastic musicians older than high school age who would like to contribute their talents; the goal of this group is to be flexible, informal, and fun. John Heath, retired band director of Batavia High School, will be leading this group.
Police say don't leave running cars unattended
In light of the season’s first cold temperatures, Aurora Police are warning motorists of the dangers associated with leaving running vehicles unattended.
Saying that cold weather tends to spike the number of vehicles that are stolen, the running vehicles present a prime opportunity for thieves who have the ability to steal them in a matter of seconds. Although it may be inviting to make sure a car is warm before leaving home or work, police ask motorists to use common sense and to not leave the vehicle running unattended— whether or not the doors are locked.
Even with the doors locked, a window can easily be broken giving a thief access to the running vehicle. Police add that, frequently, stolen cars and trucks are used in the commission of other crimes including drive-by shootings or hit-and-run accidents.
They also say that many insurance companies will not cover losses due to the negligence of the owner— including leaving a vehicle running unattended. Police officers can also issue citations if they come across an unattended, running motor vehicle on public property.
Naperville police add in-car video cameras
The Naperville Police Department will now be among the majority of other departments in the region equipped with in-car cameras. The cameras will record every stop the officers make, with video and audio, and can be used as evidence in court.
In-car cameras enhance officer safety, encourage a safer working environment, increase transparency, promote integrity and objectivity, and are of tremendous assistance to the courts. Often video evidence is so clear and convincing that it need only be played in court to persuade judges and juries of guilt or innocence.
WVHS Planetarium hosts family nights
The Waubonsie Valley High School Planetarium welcomes the public to Family Nights on the first Friday of the month now through April 2014 at 7 p.m.
Programs are 50 to 60 minutes long and admission is $2 per seat on a first-come/first-served basis. For more information, visit http://planetarium.ipsd.org.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:47