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  • Cancer survivor still fights disease as fundraiser, volunteer Feb 24, 2015 1:00 AM
    Although his personal journey with cancer may very well be complete, Frank Arostegui won’t stop battling the disease. Others need help fighting, and Arostegui aims to help as many people as he can — as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and as the driving force behind a campaign among his coworkers at American Litho in Carol Stream to raise $20,000 this year for ACS.

  • Prosecutors: Trucker in fatal I-88 crash said he 'cheated all the time' Feb 25, 2015 5:55 AM
    “I cheat all the time. You have to cheat to make money.” Prosecutors say that admission from Hanover Park truck driver Renato Velasquez is the cornerstone of their case to convict the 47-year-old of charges stemming from a fatal crash on Jan. 27, 2014, along I-88 near Aurora. Velasquez, whose trial opened Tuesday, is charged with operating a commercial motor vehicle while fatigued or impaired and making a false report of his record and duty status.

  • Aurora police to name Employee of the Year Feb 23, 2015 12:45 PM
    Eighteen Aurora police officers and five 911 operators who were all named Employees or Co-Employees of the Month in 2014 will be eligible for the annual “Employee of the Year” award during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Aurora Police Department’s headquarters.

  • Images: Weekend in review Feb 23, 2015 10:24 PM
    See some of the best pictures by Daily Herald photographers from this past weekend.

  • From the food editor: Aurora grocer collects recipes for second edition cookbook Feb 23, 2015 11:18 AM
    Wondering how to make rabbit stew? Open up a copy of the newly minted second edition of “Prisco’s Family & Friends’ Cookbook.” The popular Aurora grocery store earlier this month released its new cookbook that features 329 recipes from more than 100 contributors. Not game for game? Try Baked Ziti with Sausage.

  • Lake Barrington shop owners are local version of American Pickers Feb 23, 2015 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features two sisters and their mother, who own Tattered Tiques in Lake Barrington. They are like the local version of American Pickers, since they go on the road around the Midwest to find unique antiques .

  • Travelers and neighbors make connections over home-cooked meals Feb 22, 2015 11:00 AM
    When Aurora resident Lourdes Soto-Smith works late in Chicago, sometimes she'd just like to enjoy a home-cooked dinner with friends before going home. She has found gracious hosts and good companions through, a website founded by Naperville native Jay Savsani to bring together guests and hosts who enjoy meeting new people, sharing stories and trying different cuisine.

  • Sunday picks: Elvis is alive at Rosemont Theatre Feb 22, 2015 5:00 AM
    See impersonators depicting the late singer Elvis Presley through the many stages of his showbiz career in the touring show “Elvis Lives,” which plays today at the Rosemont Theatre. Get in the spirit of the Academy Awards ceremony as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs extracts from Oscar-nominated and winning films like “Schindler's List,” “The Red Violin” and more in the concert “A Night at the Oscars” at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Get ready for some painful insights and observations when comic country music songwriter Rodney Carrington brings his Here Comes the Truth tour tonight to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

  • Weekend picks: Marlena Rodriguez plays Midwest Comedy Showcase Feb 21, 2015 5:00 AM
    Standup comedians gather at the monthly Midwest Comedy Showcase at the Comedy Shrine in Aurora. Sports historian Bruce Allerdice presents “Before the Chicago Cubs: Baseball Comes to the Windy City,” about baseball in Chicago in the 1850s and 1860s at the Glen Ellyn History Center. Multitalented actor-comedian-producer Jamie Kennedy shows off his standup skills at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. See “Dancing at Lughnasa,” about five sisters in rural Donegal, Ireland, who are trying to adapt to a rapidly changing world, at Wheaton College's Arena Theater. All this and more in this weekend's Time out!

  • Breaking the Code Feb 23, 2015 10:17 AM
    Breaking the Code (BTC) is a research-based prevention simulation that highlights the existence and harmfulness of a hidden and unchallenged bullying social structure.

  • 35-year sentence — again — for murder of Aurora woman Feb 20, 2015 5:29 PM
    Nearly 10 years after her death, Marilyn Bethell's can possibly have some closure. Gareng Deng on Friday pleaded guilty to killing the substance abuse counselor after he broke into her Aurora home around Halloween 2005 and was sentenced again to 35 years in prison. Deng, a Sudanese immigrant who was 14 when he killed Bethell, 47, originally pleaded guilty, but an appellate court overturned that plea on a technicality.

  • Meeting to explore the Maker Movement Feb 20, 2015 12:05 PM
    Northern Illinois University invites you to its next STEM Cafe, “The Maker Movement: A Democracy of Doers!,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at O’Leary’s Restaurant and Pub in DeKalb. Feeling alienated by consumer culture? Longing to use your hands for something other than emailing and online shopping? A growing subculture of makers and doers are sharing ideas, tools, and workspaces as they invent everything from robots to life hacks.

  • Metro West Council hosts legislative breakfast Feb. 24 Feb 20, 2015 11:35 AM
    Metro West Council of Government, a nonprofit organization that represents municipalities in Kane, Kendall and DeKalb counties, will hold its annual legislative breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road in Aurora. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. The program start at 8 a.m. State legislators from the area have been invited to meet with mayors and managers to discuss legislative issues of importance to municipalities.

  • Weekend picks: Pitbull, Enrique share the bill at Allstate Feb 20, 2015 12:36 PM
    Latin heartthrobs Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull share the bill at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. See daredevil cyclists, exotic animal tricks, clowns and a whole lot more at the Circus Spectacular, which returns this weekend to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Get ready for a road trip with the 47th Annual Chicago RV & Camping Show in Rosemont. And indie rocker David Bazan headlines The Union in Naperville Friday. All this and more in Friday's Time out!

  • “The New Jim Crow” author to visit Benedictine April 21 Feb 20, 2015 5:34 PM
    The impact of racial injustice in the American legal system will be the focus of a free lecture by civil-rights-lawyer-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Benedictine University. She is the author of the 2010 book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness.” In advance of her presentation, Benedictine is encouraging members of the public to join a communitywide reading group and series of weekly discussions related to the book and its theme.

  • M/I Homes to Celebrate Herrick Woods Grand Opening with March 5 Ribbon Cutting and VIP Event Feb 20, 2015 5:36 PM
    M/I Homes announces it will host a VIP event on March 5 to celebrate the grand opening of Herrick Woods, a new maintenance-free community of 74 attached club homes located in Warrenville, Ill., just north of West Warrenville Road on Herrick Road. The March 5 grand opening will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting for Herrick Woods with Warrenville Mayor David Brummel, and will be the first opportunity for buyers to tour a new decorated model home in the community. Attendees will also enjoy free raffle prizes, gourmet appetizers and beverages. Those interested in being placed on the guest list for the invitation-only VIP event can visit or contact Nicole Skrocki at (630) 605-8271 to register. “Chicago’s western suburbs have long been a top destination for homebuyers, and we’re excited to introduce Herrick Woods as a terrific new option with a central location near major transportation thoroughfares like Interstates 355 and 80, business centers such as the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor, and the vibrant downtown districts of Naperville and Wheaton,” said Ron Martin, region president of M/I Homes. “At the same time, the community is surrounded by natural areas and neighbors the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, so residents will enjoy living in an area that’s just as scenic as it is convenient.” Herrick Woods offers three floor plans priced from $349,990 to $389,990. Homes measure 2,098 to 2,203 square feet and feature two to three bedrooms, 2½ baths, full basements and two-car garages. Floor plans also feature first-floor master suites, dens, second-floor laundry rooms, and loft spaces, per plan. “The location of Herrick Woods appeals to so many buyers, from families that appreciate being within walking distance from Hubble Middle School to retirees who want a home near plenty of recreational amenities,” said Cheryl Bonk, vice president of sales and marketing for M/I Homes. “We created these club home designs with that range of buyers in mind, and included features we know make the most impact on the comfort and functionality of a home, from open living spaces and flex areas like lofts and dens, to well-placed laundry rooms and even the opportunity for single-level living with a first-floor master suite.” The new decorated model home at Herrick Woods features the Columbus plan, a 2,196-square-foot design with two bedrooms and 2½ baths. On the main floor, the home features a large family room open to a breakfast area and an upgraded kitchen including stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and white maple cabinetry. The second floor has two bedrooms, including a master suite with an optional luxury master bath with walk-in shower, as well as a large loft space and a second-floor laundry room. All homes at Herrick Woods include a full basement, and the Columbus model shows this space fully finished and with an available walk-out option. “Our plans at Herrick Woods are extremely versatile in terms of tailoring flexible space like a basement or loft to various lifestyles,” said Bonk. “For example, we show the basement in the Columbus model as a beautifully finished game room with custom built-ins, a bar area and a pool table, but it could just as easily be a workout area, a home office or a playroom for kids.” Bonk added that residents at Herrick Woods enjoy maintenance-free living, with landscaping, exterior maintenance and snow removal provided. “Today’s lifestyles are busier than ever, so by including these services we’re freeing up extra time for our residents to spend on the things that matter most to them,” she said. Herrick Woods is within Community Unit School District 200 and is served by Bower Elementary School, Hubble Middle School and Wheaton Warrenville South High School. In addition to nearby Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, Herrick Woods is a short drive from other recreational destinations including the Morton Arboretum, Cantigny Park and Arrowhead Country Club. The community is less than 10 minutes from downtown Naperville and Wheaton, which both offer shopping, dining and entertainment options. Homes at all M/I Homes communities come standard with the builder’s industry-leading 30-Year Transferable Structural Warranty, which not only allows buyers to purchase with confidence, but also adds value if the home is sold in the future. All homes are also WHOLE HOME Certified, an M/I Homes designation indicating the builder’s superior approach when constructing homes. Upon testing, an M/I home will receive a more favorable HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score than an Energy Star-certified home, which can save buyers upwards of 30 percent on their energy bills. A lower HERS Index means lower energy costs, and on average an M/I home achieves a HERS rating of 60, considerably lower than other builders in the market. To be placed on the guest list for the March 5 grand opening celebration for Herrick Woods, please visit or call Nicole Skrocki at (630) 605-8271. The event will take place from 4:30 - 8 p.m. in the new model home and sales center, located at 27W161 Breme Drive East in Warrenville (intersection of Herrick Road and Huskie Highway Avenue).

  • Girl Scout Summer Camp offers adventure for all girls Feb 20, 2015 5:39 PM
    Did you know that girls who regularly spend time outdoors more readily seek challenges and are better problem solvers than their peers? According to a recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, “More Than S’mores,” girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors. In 2015, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will be offering summer camp to all girls — not just Girl Scouts — in first to 12th grade.

  • Sellers can join Batavia school’s clothing, toy resale Feb 19, 2015 10:37 AM
    The Alice Gustafson School PTO will host its Biannual Children's Clothing and Toy Resale March 13-14.

  • Fox Valley Crisis Line seeks volunteers Feb 19, 2015 8:04 PM
    Do you have good communication skills and enjoy helping people? The Crisis Line of the Fox Valley is looking for candidates for the spring training session. The current economic downturn has created increasing levels of stress, anxiety, and depression for persons in the community. This has translated into greater need for Crisis Line support.

  • Naperville marathon route set Feb 19, 2015 5:40 PM
    The route for the Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon has been approved, and open registration for the Nov. 8 races begins Saturday, Feb. 28.

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