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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 …

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 …

Great reason to head out for First Fridays in downtown Aurora

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I have literally been waiting years to see Charlie Zine’s bootleg T-shirt collection. Ever since he told me the story of how he earned money for college in the 1970s by traveling across the country and selling bootleg concert shirts, I’d hoped to have the …

Skate away those winter blues with roller derby

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It’s been a particularly cold and snowy winter. When I asked people about their strategies for coping, I got some excellent answers. Kathy Brooks of Montgomery said: “My husband and I visited the Lincoln Park Conservatory a couple of weekends ago which gave us a …

Common sense needed in marijuana legalization debate

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I don’t smoke. I tried once in college, in an attempt to stay awake during finals week, but found that my body had a stronger sense of self-preservation than to inhale smoke. So I have no personal stake in the legalization debate concerning marijuana. On …

DEENA BESS SHERMAN: The Beatles’ Aurora connection

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As we have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” did you know that one of your neighbors — Art Sheridan — had a role in bringing the Beatles’ music to America? Art is currently a commercial …

Looking for answers in pipeline

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It frustrates me that there are just too many issues out there to understand each one adequately. I know how difficult it can be to find enough time for serious research, but I hate to see anyone spout opinions based on partisan sound bites. Since …

Ex-Arkansas governor clouds contraception issue

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Last week, former Arkansas governor and now Fox commentator Mike Huckabee said a puzzling thing. I had to listen to the video clip a couple times to try and understand what his message was. Huckabee began: “Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of …

Some businesses OK with minimum wage increase

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When I wrote about raising the minimum wage earlier this month, I expected to find some responses when I checked my inbox. What I didn’t expect was that they would all be positive. Anthony Palucci thanked me for “an intelligent and fair-minded piece” and said …

Plan a perfect date night in downtown Aurora

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I’m really excited about January in downtown Aurora. The production I have anticipated most in this season’s Broadway Series — “42nd Street” —is playing at the Paramount and Chef Amaury’s 33 West is adding new menu options on show nights. For those unfamiliar with “42nd …

Nation needs to raise the issue of the minimum wage

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As I read Linda McDaniel-Hale’s Beacons Viewpoint piece, “Minimum wage debate serves up ample food for thought,” it seemed her primary concern appeared to be that raising the minimum wage would increase the price of fast food. So I decided to weigh in. Aside from …

Time to celebrate the good things in life

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One of my favorite poems is Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.” . . . . It is not now as it hath been of yore;— Turn wheresoe’er I may, By night or day, The things which I have seen I …