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Updated: January 28, 2013 2:53PM



Paramount a ‘shining gem’

As one of the thousands that have been to the Paramount’s Broadway Series for various shows, I feel compelled to spotlight the high standards of production and performance the audience has available to it during these shows.

The current production of “Annie” has both critics and theater-goers alike raving about the quality of these performances here in Illinois’ second largest city, and rightly so. While we may know the story, it is a timely, well acted and superbly produced night of entertainment worthy of any theater in this country.

While it may only be less than a block off our Broadway here in Aurora, it is a valuable local asset while it plays here.

I would encourage you to take the family to one of the last remaining shows for “Annie” and make a commitment to the remainder of the series into 2013. This is one of the shining gems waiting for us under our tree here in Aurora.

Rick Mervine

Alderman, 8th Ward

Aurora

A resolution: Go vegan

This year’s developments have certainly vindicated those of us who care about our health, our environment, and our treatment of animals.

In January, first lady Michelle Obama unveiled revamped federal guidelines requiring school cafeterias to serve more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and less sodium and animal fat.

In March, a study involving nearly 38,000 men and 84,000 women by the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that one daily serving of meat is associated with a 13-20 percent increase in the risk of death from heart disease or cancer.

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine estimates that prevalence of obesity among American adults will escalate to 42 percent by 2030, with a $550 billion increase in medical costs.

It’s little wonder that 7 percent of Americans consider themselves vegetarian or vegan and 28 percent are actively reducing their meat consumption.

We should all consider following suit for this New Year’s resolution.

Entering “live vegan” in a search engine brings tons of recipes and other useful information.

Arthur Torrinheld

Aurora

Good time, good cause

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you from everyone at Fox Valley Older Adult Services to the many people who came out for our Country Christmas 40th Anniversary Celebration on December 14, 2012.

What a fun evening! The Christmas spirit was alive and well as shown by the generosity of the many donors who made the evening such a great success. Our special Christmas tree was filled with angels donated in memory of loved ones. Auctioneer Jim Elliott donated his services to auction off money trees donated by NB&T, Centrue, Heartland and Castle Banks and a special lotto tree donated by The Country Market. The band “Headin’ West” kept the dance floor filled all evening with people enjoying dancing to everything from Christmas to country western to rock tunes — they were fantastic!

And last but not least, thanks go to our staff, board members and the many volunteers who all worked hard to make this celebration such a success.

Your generosity enables us to continue providing programs and services for seniors in DeKalb, LaSalle, Kendall and Kane counties to enable them to continue living independently

Cynthia Worsley

Fox Valley Older Adult Services

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No child left behind?

Here in Illinois a lot of children are not getting the help they need in order to succeed in school when they have a learning disability. It is also hard for parents to get their children the help they need.

I attended a program held at West High School over a year ago and listened to many parents state how many years it took them to get the help their child needed. To me, this is unacceptable. Children need to get these programs in the beginning of their education in order to succeed.

Just today I found out about a program designed to help children with intellectual and developmental disabilities called the ARC of Illinois. I do not know how long this has been in affect. It is a program that more parents need to know about and what it can do for their child.

I know there are many programs to help children with disabilities but they are no good if you cannot get them or don’t know what is available. Somehow this program needs to be available to parents as soon as their children start school.

Penny Sieben

Aurora



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