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Schuler’s decision makes perfect sense

I wonder if there is a psychiatric classification for the fear of musical chairs? As a child, I wasn’t fond of playing musical chairs, perhaps believing it to be overly aggressive. However, my fear of musical chairs does not compare to the paralyzing acrophobia, fear …

Powerful new film to debut at Paramount in Aurora

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During the 2013-2014 Paramount Arts Center season, gifted Artistic Director Jim Corti and several troupes of talented actors captivated audiences with their critically acclaimed performances. Musical theater patrons and critics anxiously await the Paramount’s 2014-2015 season that will start with the Sept. 10 opening of …

Men of Unity celebrate ‘Juneteenth’ Saturday with heritage events

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To kick off the Father’s Day weekend, the African American Men of Unity will host its JuneTeenth: Freedom and Heritage Celebration. The free family event will be held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, located at Farnsworth Avenue …

Greenfest a labor of love in Aurora

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I was about 11 years old when, as I was leaving a Chicago Sears store, I spotted “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali. I asked the champ if he’d sign my Sears bag, and with a huge smile on his face he graciously did so. In addition …

‘Body Snatchers’ still offers a lesson to us all

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Among my all-time favorite sci-fi movies is the original 1956 production of the film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” There have been a couple of remakes, but I am not fond of them and prefer the black and white version. Yes, by today’s digitized technology, …

Power outages can’t stop Puerto Rican Council scholarship event

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The Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council held its annual 2014 Scholarship Award Presentation at the Prisco Community Center on Friday. Attendees were warmly welcomed by Cultural Council President Mirna Lopez-Freitag, and the always exhilarating master of ceremonies and national education consultant Maria de Lourdes lead …

Time to fix the VA health system

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My plan was to write a traditional column to honor the Americans that have given their lives since the founding of the Republic. Before a furious, and I mean furious rewrite, the focus was on our collective and profound sense of respect and the fact …

Great need for local Big Brothers

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Hector Ochoa has been reaching out to community leaders and friends asking that they step up and support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane & Kendall Counties. Ochoa is good, I mean really good, at disseminating information and especially as it relates to …

Looking forward to a fun summer in Aurora

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It’s rare to find good news when you open your mailbox. My hopes of winning that well-known sweepstakes were dashed long ago. I don’t blame the postal workers for delivering what are mostly bills and bulk mail. However, sometimes amongst the bulk mail you’ll find …

Granholm a true business leader in Aurora

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Kim Bartlett Granholm, the owner of Aurora Fastprint, has a great downtown location at 54 E. Galena Blvd. In celebration of 2014 National Small Business Week, I want to tell you a bit about Granholm. Don’t let the youthful appearance fool you, Granholm is by …

A time to reflect, renew

Happy Mother’s Day! I guess that spring has finally arrived, and with it comes the annual spring-cleaning operation. I must tell you that being anxious to start spring cleaning is a first for me. I attribute my eagerness to that thing called the polar vortex. …

Hispanic Chamber event a success in Aurora

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More than 30 area companies attended the May 2 Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce sixth annual Business Expo, El Mercado, held at Aurora’s Prisco Center. The event presented by Verizon Wireless was sponsored by national and local business media sponsors and attended by Illinois Secretary …

Fox Valley Orchestra hits all the right notes

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As a dyed in the wool jazz enthusiast, I am not yet acquainted with the expressions typically used to describe classical music. So, if here and there, I use a term associated with jazz to describe the April 27th Fox Valley Orchestra’s monster performance at …

Bigoted comments by two are a real cause for concern

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Hopefully, those that have labeled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling as outliers are right. In Bundy’s case, he has made so many bare-faced bigoted comments about black people that it is impossible to keep up. For example, on talk …

Are we still the Great Society?

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On April 10, the Coalition for Better Education held what was called a town hall meeting and education forum to discuss concerns related to education disparities in the counties of DuPage, Kane Kendall and Will. The group is made up of parents, educators, business, community …

Bar Association show a winner in court of public opinion

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It is great to witness people doing something perceived as being out of their element. Going beyond our comfort zone exposes us to new experiences and people. Not only that, it can be great fun. Before continuing, I want to thank Kane County Bar Association …