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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

Gaura named new manager in DeKalb

The DeKalb City Council has unanimously approved the selection former Montgomery village manager Anne Marie Gaura as its next city manager this month and will start on Jan. 21, 2014.

Gaura currently serves as the interim director of Engineering and Public Works for the Village of Schaumburg, where she manages all aspects of departmental operations.

Her previous city management experience includes serving as the village manager of Montgomery for 12 years and assistant village manager and other assistant positions for Lombard for nine years. She began her city management career interning for the Village of Elk Grove Village.

As the Montgomery village manager, Gaura managed capital projects, such as the design and construction of the Police Department, Village Hall and water infrastructure improvements including a water treatment plant, water towers, wells and lift stations. She coordinated the attraction and development of two major retail corridors in Montgomery that included national retailers.

Her background also includes industrial retention and expansion as well as downtown redevelopment. Gaura was able to secure Montgomery as the location for the first special census of the new millennium as well as three subsequent censuses, which resulted in $6.7 million in revenue to the village over the course of the decade.


Insurance session at Messenger Library

The Messenger Public Library (113 Oak St.) in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Lao American Organization of Elgin will be hosting upcoming information sessions regarding the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act. Sesssions will be held at 10 a.m. and noon on Jan. 4 and March 1, 2014. 

For further information visit the Get Covered Illinois website getcoveredillinois.gov. For further informaiton on Library programs and services call 630-896-0240 or visit the Library’s website at messengerpl.org.


New Aurora app offers new links to police

Citizens will find communication with the Aurora Police much more convenient with the introduction of the “My PD” app that was recently introduced by the department.

The free app is available for both IPhone and Android devices.

The app allows users to communicate with APD administrators, ask general questions, commend employees, obtain sex offender information, and more. It also features links to both the Aurora Police Facebook page and the City of Aurora website.

Aurora becomes the third Illinois police department to use the My PD app. It is available free of charge at IPhone and Android App stores. Users should download the app and choose Aurora as their jurisdiction.


Indian Prairie group seeks top alums

The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation is seeking District 204 alumni to recognize at the Foundation's upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration at North Central College’s Wentz Hall on Friday, March 21, 2014. The evening will spotlight the best of District 204, including stories of alumni who have excelled after graduation.

The foundation is seeking information on District 204 graduate with an inspirational story to share. Link to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/204WhereAreTheyNow to share information.


AU baseball team  helps tornado victims

Members of the Aurora University baseball program traveled to downstate Washington earlier this month to help with the tornado clean up. 

Nine Spartans along with Head Coach Lane Stahl and Assistant Coach Kirk Williamson spent the day working with AmeriCorps and Team Rubicon. The team helped tear down damaged homes, move debris and separate materials into specific piles for removal by larger machines.

"It was a very fulfilling and eye opening experience," said senior Jared Swain. "Seeing the destruction really made you appreciate every little thing you have because you never know when it could be taken away."

The Spartan baseball team planned another trip downstate last week. 


Grammy's honor Metea, Waubonsie

The Grammy Foundation announced that Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley High Schools are among the 123 schools nationwide that have been selected as Grammy Signature Schools semifinalists for 2013. Finalists will be announced in mid-March and the selected schools will receive a Grammy award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 to benefit their music program.

Created in 1998, the Grammy Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. District 204 high schools have previously won multiple Grammy awards, including Neuqua Valley being recognized as the top music program the country in 2013. 

The selection process for Grammy Signature Schools begins each year in August when the Grammy Foundation mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large and small, urban, suburban and rural, requesting information about each school's music program. After the applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit Grammy Signature School status.


Six ECC faculty cited for excellence

Six Elgin Community College faculty members have been recognized by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) for their teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education.

Recipients of the NISOD Excellence Award are Lauren Anderko; associate professor I of mathematics, Michele Brynelsen; associate professor II of nursing, Sally Guy; instructor of adult basic education, Clark Hallpike; professor II of management, Colleen Stribling; assistant professor I of English, and David Zacker; professor I of humanities. The recipients will receive the honor during the NISOD Annual Convention May 25 to 28 in Austin, Texas. Founded in 1978, NISOD is an organization dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators, and staff; and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of student success. NISOD has members from more than 700 community colleges around the world.


Biondo named new top forest preserve exec

After a nationwide search, Arnold Biondo, 60, has been named the executive director for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. “I’m looking forward to working with someone from DuPage County who will continue to ensure the District remains the premier conservation agency in the country,” said Board President D. “Dewey” Pierotti Jr. “DuPage County residents love their forest preserves, and that legacy must be preserved for future generations. ”Biondo has served as the executive director for the Carol Stream Park District since 1995. During his tenure, the park district earned two National Gold Medal Awards for parks excellence from the National Recreation and Parks Association. The National Gold Medal Award is the highest recognition a parks and recreation agency can receive. Biondo is credited with effectively managing Carol Stream Park District’s $6 million budget and helping the district become recognized as an Illinois Accredited Agency in 2008 and 2013.


—Suburban News Briefs are compiled from news sources and submitted items.

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