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Village of Oswego lands on sleeper of a list

As Top Ten lists go, this most recent one is a yawner. Put out by Motovo Real Estate, the same online group that put a smile on the faces of Aurora and Naperville officials after placing those two communities on the “Top Ten Safest Mid-size …

‘Rocky Horror’ cast —and one columnist — ready for camp

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The things I will go through to prove to my kids I’m no fuddy-duddy. I suppose even using that phrase dates me and fits into their perception of old mom as a stick in the mud. That’s why, when Jay Kelly, with Paramount Theatre’s public …

The passing of another beloved veteran

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Because I had written so much about World War II veteran Ken Udstad and his quest to return a Japanese flag taken from the body of a dead enemy soldier 70 years ago, I wanted to let you know this former Marine passed away last …

Case study: Plano dad’s child support payment problems a family affair

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Over the years the newsroom has received more than a few calls from disgruntled folks frustrated at attempts to collect child support. Most of them come from women who, despite more aggressive policies targeting deadbeats, are still running into challenges. But plenty of complaints are …

Former drug user helps start new Heroin Anonymous group in area

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Tim Ryan knows what it’s like to be a hard-core heroin user. And he pulls no punches when talking about his life story. Rehabs. Relapses. DUIs. Overdoses. Bankruptcy. Prison. Divorce. Name something ugly and the 45-year-old job recruiter, never mind his professional success and former …

9/11 first responder battles health woes; service dog has cancer

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After writing recently about putting our family dog to sleep, I heard from a lot of people who love their four-legged buddies just as intensely. When I spoke with Philip Kirschner the day after we buried Lucy, he told me his golden Lab named Jumper …

As his family watches, Fox Valley  native’s show grabs top Tony Award

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A few dozen family and friends gathered in Oswego Sunday night to watch “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” take home the award for Best Musical at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on CBS hosted by megastar Hugh Jackman. And there was plenty of …

What’s in a name? A lesson for all

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Almost all nominations for the name of East Aurora’s new kindergarten center are adults, many of them long dead. Former principals, teachers and board members are on the list. Even the founder of modern-day kindergarten, Friedrid Froebel, was included. And there’s a few who need …

Looking for comfort after saying final goodbye to a beloved family pet

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Sitting at my desk, I keep waiting for my assistant to show up. She had been my office buddy for over a year now, ever since I began working out of the upstairs loft in my house. She didn’t help all that much. In fact, …

Finally, playing in a league of their own

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After years of sitting on benches watching his older siblings on the field, it was finally time for Noah Brothers to play ball. On Tuesday afternoon, the 11-year-old Aurora boy, sporting white baseball pants, a Cardinals shirt and a slightly too-big ball cap, stepped up …

Looking for comfort after saying final goodbye to a beloved family pet

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Sitting at my desk, I keep waiting for my assistant to show up. She had been my office buddy for over a year now, ever since I began working out of the upstairs loft in my house. She didn’t help all that much. In fact, …

A mother’s plea for murdered son: ‘I just want peace and justice’

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Leticia Ruiz has hit another wall in her quest for justice for her murdered son. And now she’s got one more desperate avenue: a plea to the mother of the man charged with the shooting death of Carlos Lamas 16 years ago. “I know it …

Fox Valley farm fields serve as backdrop for Healing Field

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The Fox Valley’s — possibly the nation’s — most patriotic educator is at it again. And this time, Rudy Keller has taken his passion from the suburbs to the country, planting 3,000 flags into the rural fields around Kaneland High School in Maple Park on …

Suicide: dramatic final act seen by many

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The story behind Ray Shepardson’s bizarre death, it turns out, has even more dramatic twists to it. The 70-year-old Wheaton man, known nationally for restoring old theaters, jumped to his death on April 14 from the top of the Hollywood Casino garage in downtown Aurora, …

Salvation Army frozen out of needed donations

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Casualties from the crummy winter continue to mount. And I’m not talking about all those “ever-orange” bushes in our yards that may or may not bounce back to their preferred green. The latest victim: The Salvation Army. It turns out this iconic not-for-profit fell drastically …