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  • Learn how to ‘echo weave’ at Fine Line Mar 24, 2015 4:23 PM
    Fine Line weaving instructor Beth Duncan will offer “Echo Weave, A Starting Point,” on Saturdays, April 4 and 18. “Learning to weave can seem daunting at the start; there is a lot of prep work before the actual weaving begins. As with all things worth learning, take your time and practice," Duncan said.

  • The Label Printers wins TLMI’s Eugene Singer Award For Management Excellence Mar 24, 2015 5:45 PM
    The Label Printers in Aurora has once again won the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute Inc. Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence.

  • Anderson Animal Shelter seeks Spokespet Mar 24, 2015 5:08 PM
    Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin is searching for a pet to lead its inaugural Pets-a-Palooza Pet Parade and Festival fundraising walk, set for Sept. 20 at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. "We're looking for a very outgoing pet adopted from Anderson, who is friendly to both people and other animals and who loves being in the spotlight," said Holly Alcala, the shelter's director of development.

  • 1 dead in Aurora crash Mar 24, 2015 10:08 PM
    One person is confirmed dead following an accident Tuesday afternoon in Aurora. Officials said a truck and car were involved in a collision about 1:20 p.m. The driver of the car has died and his female passenger was taken to a hospital.

  • Aurora church to stage ‘Living Last Supper” April 2-3 Mar 24, 2015 9:27 AM
    For the third year in a row, a “Living Last Supper” will be staged at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, April 2 and 3 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May St., Aurora. With music and period costumes, the performance will bring to life Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus Christ’s last supper with his disciples.

  • Free screenings offered at health fair in Aurora Mar 23, 2015 2:04 PM
    The Aurora African American Health Coalition will host its 10th annual Community Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Aurora Christian School in Aurora. The fair is held each year in partnership with other community agencies, volunteers and faith communities.

  • HCE, U of I Extension present ‘Eating Well as You Age’ Mar 23, 2015 7:57 PM
    Eating well does not mean dieting. It is part of a healthy lifestyle, and may be best achieved in small steps. However, as we age, our nutritional needs change and we should focus on nutrient dense choices. “Eating Well as You Age” is a University of Illinois Extension educational program designed to help participants explore the benefits of healthy eating habits at any age.

  • Images: See our best staff photos from the past week. Mar 23, 2015 10:15 AM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Daily Herald staff photos of St. Baldrick's events, St. Patrick's events, and saintly weather events.

  • Truck driver in fatal I-88 crash could be sentenced April 20 Mar 23, 2015 3:12 PM
    Attorneys for Renato Velasquez of Hanover Park, who was convicted last month in connection with a fiery crash along I-88, have filed a motion requesting the presiding judge in his bench trial reconsider his ruling. Velasquez was convicted Feb. 26 in connection with the crash on Jan. 27, 2014, near Aurora that killed tollway worker Vincent Petrella of Wheeling and severely injured state Trooper Doug Balder.

  • Teen art contest winner donates prize money to Haley’s Playground Mar 23, 2015 5:49 PM
    The awesome things teenagers do never cease to amaze me. After the winners of the Aurora Public Library’s Art of Technology contest were announced at the March First Friday event in downtown Aurora, I made my way through the crowd at If These Walls Could Talk to chat with some of the winners. Sisters Natalia and Karolina Hrehorowicz were two winners in the high school division. Karolina, 15, won the second prize of $250, and Natalia, 14, won $125 for third place. “What are you going to do with the money?” I asked. Karolina said she wasn’t quite sure, but her eyes lit up when I asked her if she might buy art supplies. Natalia didn’t hesitate before answering, “I am donating my prize money to Haley’s Playground.” Both girls volunteer at Haley’s Playground, a nonprofit organization that provides a safe environment for individuals with physical, cognitive and social disabilities. Its mission is to improve quality of life through play, exercise, activity and health education. Haley’s Playground began in the North Aurora Activity Center four years ago, but now is located at Keeler Center at 409 New Indian Trail Court next to Hope Wall School on Aurora’s west side. Haley’s Playground founder and president Jackie Olson hopes to soon move into a larger space that will be in a more central location. Both Hrehorowicz girls are involved in a fundraiser for Haley’s Playground on May 2 and 3. In fact, they are more that just involved. They are organizing it (with help from their mom, Aneta Cop). I spoke with Aneta when I visited Haley’s Playground on Saturday, March 14. “I was looking for some community service opportunities for my girls to do,” Aneta said. “Natalia had mentioned she would like to be an elementary school teacher. When I found the Haley’s Playground website, I called and asked if they were accepting volunteers.” Of course, Olson, mom of the playground’s namesake, Haley, said yes. “High school students have to have community service hours, so they call me all the time,” Jackie said. She has accepted volunteers from East and West Aurora high schools as well as Metea, the school the Hrehorowicz girls attend, and many others. The help is welcome, Jackie said, because kids who come to Haley’s Playground need one-on-one attention. She added that today’s volunteers may become tomorrow’s teachers, doctors, social workers and perhaps even parents of special needs children. The indoor playground is full of fun things to do, including two inflatable jumping houses, a swing, musical instruments, exercise equipment, a climbing wall and more. There also is a low-lit, quiet room for children who need to take a break from the activity. Jackie said some children ask for volunteers Karolina and Natalia, which shows her how well they are able to connect with them. She also said the girls are committed and enthusiastic. “They bring a lot of energy into the room, and I can tell they are there because they want to be… not just for the community service hours,” Jackie said. “They’re dedicated, their hearts are in it and it motivates them to continue and strive further. When people see the need and the difference we are making and they see that every little bit helps the program grow, they support it.” Because Haley’s Playground is a 501(c) 3 organization, donations and fundraisers are its only source of income. There is no charge for anyone to use Haley’s Playground, and it offers programs for those ages 2 to 30. That is why the May 2 and 3 fundraiser that the Hrehorowicz girls are organizing is so important. “Ace it for Autism” is set for 7 8 p.m. May 2 and 3 at Great Lakes Volleyball Center, 579 N. Oakhurst Drive on Aurora’s far east side. There will be games, raffles and a silent auction. To make a donation or learn more about the fundraiser, call 630-777-5045 or 630-450-0763. Dave Hendrix of North Aurora brings his son, Ryan, 8, to Haley’s Playground on Saturday mornings. “It’s really nice to have a place for him to play,” Hendrix said. “He’s much more social now between the therapies he has and coming here. But this is a chance for him to not only socialize, but in the winter, to let off some steam.” Nico Ocon, 11, was having a blast jumping in a bounce house and mugging for the camera. His dad, Junior, said Haley’s Playground is good for his son because his older brothers, 22 and 19, don’t have a lot of time to hang out with him. “He doesn’t get to play much with other kids,” Junior said. “It’s a little different to play with him. But to bring him here on Saturdays is great. At home, we have dogs, but he gets bored. He wants to interact with other kids.” Dance, gymnastics, swimming and soccer all are part of the fun. Upcoming programs will include yoga, cooking and fine arts. Self-care skills including tooth-brushing and face-washing, also will be taught, all by volunteers. (Olson, an occupational therapist, teaches, but she takes no salary for the work she does.) There are also birthday party and field trip opportunities. Teens have their own night and adults have their own time as well. Natalia is the volleyball player of the two Hrehorowicz sisters (hence the connection to Great Lakes Volleyball Center), while Karolina is the “true artist,” according to them both. “I was born with the artistic ability,” Karolina said. (She designed the Ace it for Autism logo for the fundraiser.) Her entry in the art contest was a computer graphics project for school titled “Chandelier.” Natalia’s entry was a black-and-white photograph titled, “Changed my Life.” While Natalia is donating her winnings to Haley’s Playground, Karolina purchased an art desk with half of the money and put the rest into a college account. She hopes to study art and become a cartoonist/animator, but she also loves her genetics class and may give some thought to a career as a geneticist. Natalia is still mulling becoming a teacher, or, perhaps a lawyer. Olson was surprised to hear that Natalia would donate her winnings to Haley’s Playground. But it also made sense to her. “When people can see the positive outcomes from Haley’s Playground, they want to donate and make it even better,” she said. For more information about Haley’s Playground, check out their website:

  • Local Girl Scouts attend United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Mar 23, 2015 6:59 PM
    Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois recently sent Girl Scouts Emily Bettler, 16, of South Elgin, Lindsay Schwartz, 18, of Kildeer, and Stefany Veldhuizen, 17, of Sycamore to participate as delegates in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

  • Fittest Loser candidates soldier on with support Mar 24, 2015 2:33 PM
    Like any journey, it's always better to go through it with the support of others. Contestants in the Fittest Loser Challenge, organized by the Daily Herald and Push Fitness in Schaumburg, are discovering that support is coming out of the woodwork. "If I didn't have her support, I would have been off the wagon a long time ago,” Robert Patterson said of his wife, Mary.

  • Aurora man who broke legs in Starved Rock fall could face charges Mar 22, 2015 6:07 PM
    Authorities say an Aurora man who broke both legs in a fall from a canyon ledge in Starved Rock State Park could face charges.

  • Governor appoints Aurora Fire Marshal to state post Mar 20, 2015 10:16 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Friday that he appointed Aurora Fire Marshal Matthew Perez as the new Illinois Fire Marshal. Perez has nearly 30 years of experience in public safety. He has been with the department for 27 years.

  • Aurora police searching for burglary suspect Mar 20, 2015 5:14 PM
    Aurora police said Friday they are searching for a man charged with a Feb. 18 burglary of computer equipment and video games. Police said an arrest warrant has been issued for Anthony D. Gant, 29, whose last known Aurora address was on the 1200 block of West Indian Trail and is also known to frequent the 600 block of Sterling Court in DeKalb. Police said the burglary took place at an apartment on the same block as Gant’s Aurora address.

  • State: Waubonsee Comm. College told to release financial records Mar 20, 2015 5:43 PM
    The Illinois Attorney General's Office says that Waubonsee Community College violated the Open Meetings Act by discussing its finances in a closed-door meeting in February.

  • Images: Drummer Steve Mores Mar 19, 2015 10:02 AM
    Steve Mores, 57, of Aurora is back to playing drums in his popular cover band, Prairie Surfers, after a new type of surgery removed a nerve tumor at his brain stem that was causing facial numbness, nausea and difficulty eating.

  • Holy Angels school to host Hollywood-themed Seraphim Ball fundraiser Mar 19, 2015 3:33 PM
    Holy Angels Catholic School will host its ninth annual Seraphim Ball on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Pipers Banquets in Aurora. The gala will provide parents, parishioners and local community members with a fun-filled way to celebrate and support a school committed to the spiritual formation and education of children in the Fox Valley area for over 100 years.

  • Chicago man charged in 2013 Aurora shooting Mar 19, 2015 6:17 PM
    A 24-year-old Chicago man, already in prison on a previous weapons offense in Cook County, has been charged in a 2013 shooting in Aurora. Darrell D. Miller, who last lived on the 10000 block of South Green Street in Chicago, has been charged in DuPage County with aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with a Jan. 5, 2013, shooting that injured three Peoria men at an apartment complex parking lot in the 2600 block of Village Green Drive in Aurora.

  • Who organized suburban PARCC boycott? Mar 20, 2015 10:24 AM
    Across the suburbs, hundreds of students are opting out of the new PARCC tests. While it's not clear if the objection is coming from students, parents or both, it does seem to be an organized effort. “It is our belief that the PARCC participation decision in some buildings was a parent- and student-led effort,” said District 214 Superintendent David Schuler.

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