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Aurora police officers Kyle Hoffman, left, and Ronald Miller offered crime-prevention tips at the inaugural meeting of West Aurora Concerned Citizens, residents of Aurora's fifth ward, at Aurora's Vaughn Athletic Center last Thursday. Hoffman and Miller are community policing officers for APD Area 1. Other guest speakers were Alderman Carl Franco and Giovanni Santana, assistant, Aurora Property Standards. Topics included ward economic development, personal property maintenance and other issues. (Al Benson photo)

Aurora police officers Kyle Hoffman, left, and Ronald Miller offered crime-prevention tips at the inaugural meeting of West Aurora Concerned Citizens, residents of Aurora’s fifth ward, at Aurora’s Vaughn Athletic Center last Thursday. Hoffman and Miller are community policing officers for APD Area 1. Other guest speakers were Alderman Carl Franco and Giovanni Santana, assistant, Aurora Property Standards. Topics included ward economic development, personal property maintenance and other issues. (Al Benson photo)

The City of Aurora’s Tree Board has adopted a voluntary program to recognize and honor the community’s significant trees.

Through the National Historic Tree Registry, Aurora’s new Heritage Tree Recognition Program will recognize those trees that add to the value, aesthetics and character of Aurora neighborhoods.

To be considered for recognition as a Heritage Tree, a tree must be at least 50 years old and meet minimum size requirements. In addition, the tree must have some other significance, for example: trees listed on state or national registries, trees associated with an historic event or person, trees planted for Arbor Day or in memory of an individual or event, trees that provide a unique habitat for wildlife, trees of a unique or rare species, or simply trees or groves of trees with incomparable aesthetic qualities.

Trees can be nominated by individuals and/or groups by emailing Mr. Bill Chinetti, member of the Aurora Tree Board, at bchinetti@arborlegacy.com.

Nominations should include the location of the tree, photos, and any additional information relating to the tree’s significance, for example, historical documentation or a written history of the tree. Deadline for nominations is Aug. 1.

Any children 18 years or younger can receive free meals this summer in East Aurora School District 131 buildings, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Meals will be served in all buildings while the District is hosting educational, athletic, fine arts and other summer camps, beginning June 17. Each school will have a color flier on the door, notifying residents of the meal times.

All local children 18 years and younger are eligible for the healthy breakfast and lunch meals.

Meals must be eaten in the school. Small children must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling who will be responsible for them.

To find a summer meals site close to you, call (800) 359-2163, text “FOODIL” to 877877, or go to SummerMealsIllinois.org.

Four area mayors will take a break from conducting their respective City Council meetings to conduct a special performance of the Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra Sunday, June 28, at at the Peg Bond Pavilion in Batavia.

St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina will conduct the American classic Stars and Stripes Forever, along with mayors Jeff Schielke of Batavia, Kevin Burns of Geneva and Tom Weisner of Aurora, as they vie for the “Golden Baton Award.”

The program also will include music from the movies Frozen and The Sound of Music, the 1812 Overture featuring real cannons, a tribute to the Armed Forces, and much more.

For more information about the event, visit www.fvacademy.org.

Jesse Garner, of Aurora, has been elected to serve as Waubonsee Community College’s Student Trustee for the 2015-2016 academic year. Garner was seated at the college’s board of trustees meeting June 17.

The student trustee serves as the liaison between the Waubonsee board of trustees and the college’s students, representing students’ interests at the board level.

A political science major, Garner served as president of Waubonsee’s Student Senate and participated in Model Illinois Government in the spring 2015 semester. He is working as an intern in Congressman Bill Foster’s Aurora District Office.