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SHERMAN: What will rebranding do for Aurora?

Every time I read something in the Beacon-News about Aurora hiring consultants for a “rebranding” of the city, I wonder “is this necessary?” I also think, “Why can’t we use local talent?” On Tuesday I attended a meeting where North Star Destination Strategies Inc., the …

Drivers beware: Cellphones and cars just don’t mix

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My cellphone rang recently as I was driving into downtown Aurora. I was tempted to pick it up and answer, in case it was one of my children. Then I remembered that the Aurora Police Department’s Community Policing Division has been implementing a program called …

Time to celebrate all of the important men in our lives

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On Fathers’ Day we take a moment to appreciate the men who have guided our lives. Fathers play a pivotal role in molding the people their sons and daughters will become. Their role in society cannot be underestimated. My daughters will be 22 years old …

Ukelele band can’t help but make you smile

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Saturday is Aurora’s fifth annual Greenfest and everyone is invited to this free, family-friendly event. As we have come to expect from previous years, there will be plenty of exhibitors and interesting products, recycling opportunities, fresh produce and other food, demonstrations and information, animals, art, …

Traveling the world is a great way to learn, understand

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As I recover from jet lag after returning home from Ireland, I’m happy to be home. Still, I can’t help but think there are some things we could learn from our cousins abroad. Better food sense Unless it’s a complete tourist trap, most restaurants there …

Flight delays: Keeping an eye on the big picture

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You don’t really know someone until you see how they handle adversity. Anyone can be clever and charming when circumstances are pleasant. Under pressure people show their true colors. I already knew my husband was a gem under pressure. As water came up into the …

A special music teacher at West Aurora says goodbye

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There’s a large group of talented and dedicated teachers retiring from West Aurora School District 129 this year. I had the honor of sitting down to talk with one of them recently. Lila Fagan has been an integral part of the district’s band program for …

Bhutan refugee, West Aurora student a true inspiration

Last week, I met an amazing young woman named Dhani Adhikari. She is a senior at West Aurora High School and recently won a scholarship from the Exchange Club of Aurora. The Exchange Club gives scholarships to local students who have not only excelled academically, …

Aurora event to honor the struggle to help homeless students stay in classroom

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Imagine the feeling of icy panic as you learn your family has just become homeless. Without the security of a permanent address, you may be looking at weeks or months of living in a shelter or out of your car. You wonder how you will …

A closer look at the labels we use for one another

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I am a conservative. Seriously. This past weekend in Clontarf, Ireland has convinced me beyond any shadow of a doubt. “Conservative” means you wish to conserve something, and there are a great many things I am fighting to conserve. I want to conserve timeless arts. …

Timeless: We can learn quite a bit from history

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Every now and again you get to be in the right place at the right time to witness something truly epic. As some of you know, my daughter Kyra has been studying in Ireland this past year. One of the groups she joined at the …

Rebuilding Together Aurora deserves ready, willing hands

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Recently when I stopped at the Rivers Edge Cafe, my friend Reece Boyd was excitedly telling me about projects he has been involved with through Rebuilding Together Aurora. I remembered some years ago my husband and I had helped out with a Rebuilding Together project …

Let’s do our part to help bees make a comeback

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After a long hard winter, many of us are just itching to plant something and see young plants begin to sprout. Last year I made a real effort at gardening. I even got professionals to come and prepare our flower beds and garden (and I …

Important to get the facts on Obamacare

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A neighbor knocked on my door recently and handed me a three-page document. He said he knew I liked to research things and get to the truth, so he wanted me to read this. In red capital letters at the top of the first page …

Aurora EarthNite event to help people connect

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On Saturday night, millions of people around the world will celebrate “Earth Hour” by turning off everything around them that is fossil fuel powered, with the mutual goal of raising awareness about their desire for a sustainable future for our planet. There are events globally, …

Making the most out of ‘RENT’

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I need to vent a little. I had a frustrating weekend. Our car hit a huge pothole on Galena Boulevard in Aurora, blowing out two tires and bending the rims. We ended up walking further than we expected to see “RENT” at the Paramount. I …