Getting to know your community


Happy Holidays

Over the next six issues of Neighbors of Batavia we’re going to take you on a journey through your uniquely “American” community. We will explore one aspect of community in each issue: governance, education, recreation, culture, commerce and social responsibility. How does each part function? What is the total cost to the community? What are the real benefits? How do they contribute to a better community? And, how do they benefit “me?” What role do “I” play in this?



There are three eye-opening truths that you will discover along this journey. One: every part of the community is dependent on the rest. Two: each is essential to a healthy, vital community. Three: as you get to know your community you may be surprised how involved you are in its success or failure, whether you know it or not.



With this issue we begin with government.









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News Briefs...

BEC hosts a green night out

The Batavia Environmental Commission invites you to a movie and more. Plus, Fox Valley Robotics hosts regional and statewide competitions at Rotolo Middle School.

Acknowledging with grace

A moment of affirmation requires vulnerability from both the giver and receiver.

Where’s the beef? Between the lettuce and the tomato

Getting to the beef may require some adjustments.

Someone you should know…

Your Neighbor!

Beware of utility bill scams

How to be sure you’re talking to the right person. Plus Batavia Bicycle Commission is making Batavia smile; and what firemen do in between calls. Find it all in Currents.

What makes MainStreet tick

In 2014,11 buinesses opened in downtown Batavia, 236 jobs were created and over 55,000 people came downtown to various events. See why Downtown is everybody’s neighborhood.

Get inspired

Make plans to attend the 2015 Inspire Awarads and celebrate the individuals and businesses who have made Batavia great over the past year.

One Book, One Batavia announced

Manhunt: the 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer is the chosen book and the author, James L. Swanson is coming to Batavia.

Register for Kindergarten Preview

If you have a childe entering kindergarten in the fall, plan to attend a session.

What’s happening…

in Batavia’s business community? Read about it in Nuggets.

A new era for governments

A message from Mayor Schielke.

Park District receives award

The Batavia Park District recently received the Illinois Distinguised Accredited Agency Award. Plus see the winners of Batavia’s first ever Holiday House Decorating Contest.

Before there was Windmill City Festival…

there were Windmill City Days. Read about Batavia’s other summer festivals.


Albright Theatre presents an Agatha Christie classic The Mousetrap. Plus Tommy comes to the Paramount.

The power of postitive thinking

Can postive thinking really change your life?

Batavia Township meets many special needs

Batavia Township is committed to meeting the special needs of its residents. Read about the many ways they are there to help.

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