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Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas, right, read and presented a proclamation by Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner marking Sept. 14 as Citizen Police Academy Alumni of Aurora Day. Aurora’s Dave Bohman, left, CPAAA president, accepted the citation at a 20th-anniversary celebration at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14 at Sugar Grove Sunday. (Al Benson photo)


Artist helps fill empty Aurora storefronts

Artist Brittany Tripp is making passerbys look twice these days in downtown Aurora. Tripp, of Aurora, is helping to make some empty downtown storefronts shine with her posters that are a local take off of the new Broadway series at Paramount Theatre this year.

A vacant window on New York Street’s restaurant row shows off the first two pieces in Tripp’s series. A soaring Mary Poppins in front of the historic Leland Tower and “Who’s Who” features the silhouettes of a few landmark downtown buildings including the Aurora Fire Regional Museum.

Tripp was commissioned by the all-volunteer Vacant Window Project led by Marissa Amoni since 2012. Thanks to funding through Aurora Downtown, Tripp’s artwork is able to fill some of downtown’s windows.


UP West line alters schedules for project

Metra Union Pacific West Line riders will see alterations to midday and weekend train schedules when a major rail replacement project gets underway Sept. 15.

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, Union Pacific forces will replace the rail on nearly 13 miles of track between Kress Road in West Chicago and Elburn (milepost 32.1 to milepost 45). The work will take place on Track Number 1, which regular UP West Line riders would know as the northernmost or “inbound” track. This rail was originally laid in 1980 and has reached the end of its useful life. Changing the rail will avoid slow orders in the future and ensure the continuation of reliable service for passengers from Elburn, La Fox and Geneva.

A construction schedule will be in effect throughout the project with delays of 10 minutes expected for midday trains on weekdays and 15 minutes for trains on weekends. These schedules are posted on Metra’s website. However, due to the nature of the project and the amount of rail traffic in this corridor, trains operating during peak construction periods may experience additional delays.

To minimize the impact on UP West riders and shorten the project’s time frame, workers will be deployed seven days a week and plan to limit single-track operations to the weekends. UP will also divert as much freight traffic as possible away from the corridor to reduce interference with passenger service.


Aurora’s industrial past celebrated in new book

Industry is what makes a city grow and become great, and David B. Hipp’s new book, “Reflections on the Transformation of Industrial Aurora,” to be released Oct. 3, 2014, at the Aurora Historical Society, traces that growth in Aurora.

A third-generation Auroran with family roots in the Barber-Greene company and a quarter century of his own employment business, Hipp’s perspective encompasses the post-Civil-War industrial boom, the importance of the railroad and river, the role of innovation and change, the impact of labor developments, and the social and economic climate of Aurora.

The book will be launched with a champagne reception on Friday, Oct. 3  at the Aurora Historical Society at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. Hipp will be on hand to autograph copies.

The book is available at the Museum Store. It is priced at $18.48. Members of the historical society receive a 10 percent discount.

Oct. 3 is also a First Friday in Downtown Aurora. The Pierce Center will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and visitors may play the History Mystery Game for prizes.

For more information, call 630-906-0650.


Kane Kares helps pregnant, new moms

The Kane County Health Department is celebrating Infant Mortality Awareness Month during September by promoting Kane Kares, a program designed to help support parents during pregnancy and child-rearing.

“Pregnancy and early childhood can be a wonderful time. It can also be stressful — especially when you are a first-time mom experiencing family, health or pregnancy problems,” the Kane Kares brochure says.

Under the Kane Kares program, a specially-trained registered nurse will visit and support you through your pregnancy and until your baby’s second birthday.

The goals of Kane Kares are to:

*  Support parents

*  Enhance early childhood emotional, social, mental, and physical growth and development

*  Reduce rates of low birthweight, prematurity, and infant mortality

*  Promote well child care and family bonding

If you are a pregnant, first-time mother living in Kane County and would like more information about enrolling in Kane Kares, call: (630) 264-7339 or (847) 888-6455.


—Suburban News Briefs are compiled from news sources and submitted items.