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Aurora Prepares for National Night Out 2015

Neighborhoods throughout Aurora are planning events - large and small - to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4.

Known as "America's Night Out Against Crime," National Night Out encourages citizens to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights, and spend the evening getting to know their neighbors and demonstrate a united front against crime, drugs, and violence. 

"National Night Out is a great opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to keeping Aurora a safe city in which to live, work, and raise a family," said Mayor Tom Weisner.

What started out on August 7, 1984 as an event that drew about 2.5 million people in 23 states, last year's National Night Out was celebrated by over 38 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

"A strong neighborhood is a safe neighborhood," said Aurora Chief of Police Greg Thomas. "Neighbors knowing neighbors builds strong bonds and sends the message to criminals that they are being watched and their behaviors will not be tolerated." 

Everyone in Aurora can participate citywide by turning on their outside lights from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4. 

Residents are also invited to participate in events being held throughout Aurora.  Larger neighborhood events with family entertainment, free food and more include: 

  • Aurora Township Youth Center, 313 Gale St., 5p-7p
  • Eastwood Community Center, 1644 Grove St., 5p-8p
  • Forest Ridge, 1213 Second Ave., 5p-8p
  • Garfield Park, 817 Forest Ave., 5p-8p
  • GRENO @ Georgetown School, 995 Long Grove Dr., 6p-8p
  • Hometown, 102 Town Center St., 6:30p - 8:30p
  • Main Baptist Church, 814 E. Galena Blvd., 5p - 8p
  • Northwest Territories, 842 Foran Ln., 5p-8p
  • Southwind & Harbor Village, 402 Sherman Ave., 5p-8p
  • TBOC @ Grand Blvd. Center, 1226 Grand Blvd., 5p-8p
  • The Willows of Fox Valley, 193 N. Gregory Ave., 6p-9p 

Additionally, residents have planned more intimate neighborhood events throughout the City. Residents in the general area of the: 

  • 50-100 Block of Root Street will convene at 74 N. Root St., 6p-8p
  • 100 block of Fourth Street will be hosted at 163 S. Fourth Street, 5:30p - 7:30p
  • 300 block of Evans Ave. and the general Bardwell School area will meet at 343 Evans Ave., 5p-8p
  • 700 block of Downer will be hosted at 726 Downer Place, 7p-9p
  • West Park & Blackhawk neighborhood will convene at 425 West Park, 6p-8p
  • Northeast part of town will congregate on porches throughout "the flower streets' of Daisy, Lily, and Violet Streets, 7p - 9p 

Share your National Night Out photos by using the hashtags #AuroraNNO or #SummerInAurora on social media; or email photos to MyAurora@aurora-il.org. Please identify people in the photos and location where photos were taken.

For more information about National Night Out events in Aurora, please contact Cheryl Maraffio at 630.256.3400 or MyAurora@aurora-il.org.

 

 

 

Location: Aurora, IL

General

Release Date—July 27th, 2015

Downer Place Remains Closed This Week

 

Downer Place will remain closed this week to through traffic between Lake Street and Locust Street.  Detours are posted to aid commuters. 

The temporary closure is part of the Lake Street Storm Sewer Separation Project. During this project, 2,400 feet of sewer are being replaced with a separated sewer system designed to separate rainwater and sewage during storms and alleviate sewage backups in basements and pollution discharged into the Fox River. The entire project is anticipated to be complete by the end of August. 

For more information on construction projects in Aurora, visit www.aurora-il.org/construction

Location: Aurora, IL

General

Release Date—July 27th, 2015

Applications Now Being Accepted for Citizen Police Academy

The Aurora Police Department is accepting applications for the fall session of its Citizen Police Academy which will run for 10 consecutive Thursdays, beginning August 27.

The academy allows Aurora residents and business owners the chance to learn how the police department and its officers function on a daily basis by exploring a wide variety of interactive topics.  The difference between criminal and civil law, gang and drug awareness, use of force, investigations, and juvenile law are among the subjects taught.  Participants also engage in practical exercises that cover building searches, crime scene processing, and traffic stops.  All instructors in the CPA are Aurora Police Officers and the academy is free of charge.

The fall class is the 40th Citizen Police Academy offered by the Aurora Police since it began in the early 1990’s.

Classes meet every Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Aurora Police Department Headquarters, 1200 E. Indian Trail.  Interested applicants must submit to a background check which makes pre-registration a must.  Participants must be at least 21 years old and live or work in the City of Aurora; or own property within the city limits.

Seating is limited. Applications are downloadable by clicking on the police department tab on the City of Aurora website at www.aurora-il.org ; or by calling (630) 256-5342 or (630) 256-5385.  Deadline to register is August 20. 

Location: Aurora, IL

General

Release Date—July 27th, 2015

Downer Place Temporarily Closed Again to Through Traffic Between Lake and Locust Streets

Beginning today, Downer Place will be closed again to through traffic between Lake Street and Locust Street until the evening of Friday, July 24, weather permitting.  Detours will be posted to aid commuters. 

The temporary closure is part of the Lake Street Storm Sewer Separation Project. During this project, 2,400 feet of sewer are being replaced with a separated sewer system designed to separate rainwater and sewage during storms and alleviate sewage backups in basements and pollution discharged into the Fox River. The entire project is anticipated to be complete by the end of August. 

For more information on construction projects in Aurora, visit www.aurora-il.org/construction.

Location: Aurora, IL

General

Release Date—July 20th, 2015

Downer Place Temporarily Closed to Through Traffic Between Lake and Locust Streets

 

Beginning Thursday, July 16, Downer Place will be closed to through traffic between Lake Street and Locust Street until the evening of Friday, July 17, weather permitting.  Detours will be posted to aid commuters. 

 

Location: Aurora, IL

Arts

Release Date—July 15th, 2015

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