Byard graduates

from FBI program

Aurora Police Chief Brian Byard recently returned from Quantico, Va. after graduating from the FBI National Academy. Participation in this highly selective 10-week program is by invitation only through a nomination process.

"The national academy was an excellent learning opportunity, consisting of four classes each weekday as well as library study time in the evenings," noted Byard. "Next to the academics, the most challenging aspect was the ‘yellow brick road’ which is a 6.2-mile obstacle course challenge through the woods which was designed by Quantico Marine Base personnel."

Program candidates participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, in which they share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating professional partnerships that transcend state and national borders.

Additionally, coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and raise law enforcement standards and cooperation. 

FBI Director James Comey was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony.

"Aurora is very fortunate to have Brian as a resident and as its police chief," Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin said. "We are proud that he was selected to participate in the FBI Academy and that he successfully completed this rigorous and prestigious training program. It is an honor for him, the police department and the community."


Egg hunt at Manor

Aurora Manor on South Bissell Road will sponsor its 22nd annual Easter egg hunt Apriul 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will be prizes, refreshments, phioto opportunities with the Easter Bunny, and safety stations provided by Aurora police and fire and Aurora Memorial Library personnel will be on hand.


Local music group

captures 1st place

Cleveland Chamber Music Society’s winning ensemble in Northeast Ohio’s recent third annual Youth Chamber Music Challenged is the Aurora School of Music’s Sarabande Wind Quartet with students Catherine Mozingo and Hanne Wilson, flutes; Lauren Thomas, clarinet; and Samara Benza, oboe.

The group is directed by Gayle Getts, and it performed Symphony No. 94 by Franz Joseph Haydn.

Eight ensembles from three area high school music programs competed for cash prizes in a battle of chamber music ensembles. St. Joseph Academy and Solon High also participated. Second place was Solon High’s string quartet and third was a trio from St. Joseph Academy.

Judges were violinist Judy Berman Fried,  cellist / composer Marcia Hansen Kraus and double bass player Martin Flowerman.

The Cleveland Chamber Music Society has been a fixture on the local musical scene for 67 years, presenting annual concerts by world famous international artists and producing multiple free concerts by exceptional young musicians.


Keating earns pro

engineer’s license

Aurora resident Michael Sean Keating was presented with his professional engineering license last week at an Ohio Statehouse ceremony hosted by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Surveyors and Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.

Keating, a graduate of Brookhaven High in Columbus, earned his bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is an environmental engineer for Hazen & Sawyer in Independence.

Keating is a member of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, a state affiliate of the National Society of Professional Engineers. It represents all disciplines and practice divisions of the engineering profession.


Planners to meet

Two items are on the agenda for tonight’s (April 5) city planning commission meeting. A wetlands-riparian setback variance for Lana Narinskiy of Moneta Avenue and a site plan for city of Aurora athletic fields on Townline Road will be discussed. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will include a public hearing on the Narinskiy setback variance.