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Weekly-Wrap Up: Officials Dedicate Belmont Underpass, Aston Martin Dealership to Open

A look back at the Downers Grove headlines, Oct. 15-21.

Monday, Oct. 15

Downers Grove Man Pleads Guilty to Swindling from Elderly: Court Watch

A look back at recent court dispositions in DuPage and Kane counties.

Inside the $1.59 Million Home on Sterling Road

Every week Downers Grove Patch profiles a luxury home for sale in town.

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Earns Statewide Communications Awards

The district was honored last month by the National School Public Relations Association for projects and publications produced during the 2011-12 school year.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

UPDATE: Downers Grove Police Locate Missing Disabled Woman

Police said they found Ellie shortly after 3:30 p.m., just 30 minutes after they issued a village-wide alert about her disappearance.

Downers Grove Sara Lee Outlet to Close Oct. 27

Employees say they are "plugging along" as customers take advantage of their closeout sale.

Chicago Man Accused of Verbally Assaulting Good Sam Employee in Hospital Parking Deck

Michael Dobbs, 46, was charged with assault, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct after an alleged road rage incident on Oct. 4, police said.

Will O'Neil, 11, found a second home at the School of Rock, where he plays guitar and sings each week.

South Principal Steve Bild was recognized by the Village of Woodridge. • Career and technical education teacher Patrick Fardy was selected to received the 3M Star in the Classroom Award. • Head football coach John Belskis earns milestone victory.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Gov. Pat Quinn and Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully were also on hand at the Belmont Road Metra station Wednesday to dedicate the long-awaited, $60 million project.

Downers Grove South Senior Named to U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

Josiah Williams—a trombonist in the Mustang marching band, orchestra and jazz ensemble—is one of just 125 students who will perform at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January 2013.

Downers Grove Home Sales Fall as Chicago Area Hits Six-Year High

Downers Grove's real estate market took a dip in September as the bulk of the Chicago area saw a bump in year-over-year comparisons.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Police: Man Tried to Lure Teenager to His SUV in Downers Grove

Downers Grove police are searching for a Hispanic man, believed to be in his 30s or 40s, who allegedly tried to lure a 15-year-old girl to his vehicle Thursday morning.

Controversy Over Atheist Speaker Spurs Discussion of District 99 Parent Notification Procedures

Officials received hundreds of emails last month about Downers Grove North's Constitution Week speaker Jessica Ahlquist, a Rhode Island teen who sued her school to have a prayer removed from the gymnasium wall.

District 58 Middle Schools to Participate in Rachel's Challenge

The program, founded in memory of Columbine High School shooting victim Rachel Joy Scott, will teach students to combat bullying through kindness and compassion.

Six of the 10 candidates in Districts 1 and 2 came to Community Bank of Elmhurst Wednesday night to share their views.

Friday, Oct. 19

Aston Martin to Open Second Illinois Dealership in Downers Grove

Village officials will consider a sales tax rebate agreement with the high-end dealership, 217 Ogden Ave., which is expected to generate an additional $185,000 in revenue for the village each year.

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