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November 5th, 2020

APPLY FOR AER 3 – FUNDS TO HELP WITH PAYROLL AND RENT FOR BUSINESSES

  *Attn Aurora Business Owners* On Havana Street begged and pleaded to have a program that included rent and payroll. Please apply on November 5, 2020 and share this opportunity. Aurora, Colorado City Hall is rolling out round 3 of the Aurora Economic Resiliency program because many Aurora businesses are still struggling to stay open
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November 4th, 2020

CO Assistance resources & information

City of Aurora Rental Assistance Program Available in English and Spanish Aurora Mobile Food Pantry A collaboration of the City of Aurora and Aurora Interfaith Community Services: 720-557-6444 2-1-1 Colorado This call service will answer questions and assist with finding essential services (childcare, food, bills, etc.) Aurora Public Schools – grab and go meals available for
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November 4th, 2020

CO COIVID-19 Health resources & information

COVID-19 Free Testing Sites in Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties Centers for Disease Control Resource Page Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Resources Tri-County Health Department Resources City of Aurora COVID-19 Resources City of Centennial COVID-19 Resources American Heart Association COVID-19 Resources STRIDE Community Health Centers Drive thru testing locations and registration   COVID-19
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November 4th, 2020

CO COVID-19 Employer/Employee resources & information

Thank you to Mitzi Schindler at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce for providing this helpful list to the Havana BID. Colorado Department of Labor & Employment Resources for Employers/Employees Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Resources – general/jobseekers/businesses COVID-19 Legal Resource Center – Legal Shield Telework Tomorrow by waytogo

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November 4th, 2020

CO COVID-19 Business resources & information

Thank you to Mitzi Schindler at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce for providing this helpful list to the Havana BID. Centennial CARES: Nonprofit Services Grant Grants to help 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that provide services to Centennial residents in response to COVID-19. Colorado COVID-19 Small Business Legal Program Volunteer lawyers helping Colorado small business during the
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November 4th, 2020

Visit Aurora Holiday Savings Pass – Promote your business and add a promo

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November 2nd, 2020

Another city of Aurora business grant program launching Nov. 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Nov. 2, 2020 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected] Another city of Aurora business grant program launching Nov. 5 AURORA, Colo. – To support the resiliency of struggling businesses and nonprofits in Aurora while the community awaits vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, the city of Aurora and the Aurora City
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November 2nd, 2020

Winter Outdoor Grant Program Application Process for Restaurants Is Now Open

For Immediate Release: Winter Outdoor Grant Program Application Process for Restaurants Is Now Open From: [email protected] For Immediate Release Sunday, November 1, 2020 Conor Cahill |[email protected] Winter Outdoor Grant Program Application Process for  Restaurants Is Now Open DENVER –Gov. Jared Polis, in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA), the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, and Xcel
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November 1st, 2020

Winter Outdoor Grant Program Application Process for Restaurants Is Now Open

Stay up to date on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Visit the State of Colorado’s resource page here Winter Outdoor Program Information from here DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis, in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA), the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, and Xcel Energy, announced that applications are open for the  Winter Outdoor Grant Program, which will
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October 30th, 2020

5 NEW RESTAURANTS IN AURORA

Visit Aurora Blogs 5 New Restaurants in Aurora Known for international eateries and dining you can’t find anywhere else in Colorado, explore these five new restaurants. From Pizza and sushi to vegetarian options and Ethiopian eats, you’re bound to find something for lunch, dinner, and everything in between. THE MADRAS CAFÉ 5422 S PARKER RD.
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October 30th, 2020

Surprise! Aurora City Council to consider $17 minimum wage

Watch 9NEWS’ story on the Aurora Minimum Wage Proposal to City Council here Depending on your viewpoint, Aurora City Council is taking on an issue that will mean more money for employees or cost more money for businesses. NEXT A last-minute push for $17 minimum wage in Aurora The proposal, a newly-announced addition to the
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October 30th, 2020

Two Aurora lawmakers launch new minimum wage ordinance proposal

By GRANT STRINGER, Staff Writer Aurora Sentinel AURORA | Two Aurora lawmakers say they’re introducing a tamped down plan raising the city’s minimum wage to $17 per hour by 2025 — with gains expected after that — after lawmakers spiked a more ambitious proposal in September. Councilmembers Alison Coombs and Juan Marcano revised their plan after a
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October 30th, 2020

Aurora Ramps Up – Temporary Outdoor Expansions for Restaurants Extended until 10/31/2021

Economic Recovery Tax and Licensing Division 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Ste. 5700 Aurora, Colorado 80012 303.739.7800 October 23, 2020 Fourth Amended Aurora Ramps Up Temporary Outdoor Expansions for Restaurants Purpose In anticipation of public health orders allowing limited on-site dining, the City of Aurora is creating a temporary program to allow restaurants and bars to
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October 29th, 2020

Aurora Council Will Consider Minimum Wage Increase for 2021

| POLITICS | Westword CONOR MCCORMICK-CAVANAGH  | 5:45AM Aurora could have a new minimum wage in 2021. On November 2, Aurora City Council will consider a proposal that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $17 by 2025. “I can imagine what it’s like for today’s minimum wage workers, and it’s impossible. It’s an impossible ask for them to be paying
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October 22nd, 2020

Celebrate Halloween Safely this Year – Check out the Events this month at Stanley Marketplace, On Havana Street & Town Center at Aurora!

Watch the Aurora TV’s Feature of On Havana Street’s Online Virtual Halloween Costume Contest here Thank you Aurora TV for featuring our Virtual Halloween Costume Contest online! Enter the Costume Contest and WIN GIFT CARDS HERE: https://onhavanastreet.com/events/halloween2020/

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October 21st, 2020

COVID-19 community testing site reopening Oct. 26 in Aurora

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE See the Press Release: Aurora Community Testing Site Release Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected] COVID-19 community testing site reopening Oct. 26 in Aurora Alternative rapid testing site expanding to Fridays also starting Oct. 30 AURORA, Colo. – With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases statewide, additional COVID-19 testing options
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October 21st, 2020

Aurora TV Features A Drive-Through Scavenger Hunt

Watch the Aurora TV feature from October 14, 2020 here:  Aurora Sister Cities Announces a Drive-Through Scavenger Hunt Check out the list of amazing gift cards from On Havana Street for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Winners! FIRST PLACE $150 in gift cards $25 gift card to Mariscos El Rey – Mexican Seafood Restaurant $25
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October 21st, 2020

Tri-County Health Issues New Emergency Public Health Orders

Watch Aurora TV’s feature on Tri-County Health Issues New Emergency Public Health Orders here Please watch the other Aurora TV features from October 21, 2020: APS Delays In-Person Learning for High Schoolers Reminder about Aurora’s New Rapid COVID Testing Site Flu Shots Are More Critical Than Ever This Year Join the Medical Center of Aurora
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October 15th, 2020

7 Activities for a Fun and Safe Halloween Experience in 2020

For many people – children and adults alike – Halloween is one of the most festive and enjoyable holidays of the year. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to get creative with our Halloween celebrations this year. Social distancing has made many typical activities such as costume parties, trick-or-treating, and concerts a non-starter. That
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October 14th, 2020

On Havana Street 2020 Fall Events

If you’re looking for things to do this fall, On Havana Street has you covered. Our community is hosting a variety of fun events for you to enjoy. Below are some of our fall highlights. We encourage you to check our website regularly, as we will post additional events as they are announced. Around the
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October 8th, 2020

Halloween Costume Party – Parents Night Out & Kids Night In!

Join High Altitude Martial Arts for a Halloween Costume Party   Parents night out and kids night in! (Non members welcome!) Costume party! -Bring a trick or treat bag/bucket -Bring a water bottle -Bring your own nerf gun (we will supply the bullets). Cost is $20 per child ($10 each additional sibling) for 3 hours
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October 8th, 2020

WINE 101 – SUGARS, ACIDITY, + TANNINS – OH MY!

  Dinner Mon – Thursday 4:30 – 9:00 Fri. & Sat.  4:30 – 10:00 DINNER MENU LUNCH MENU BEER & COCKTAILS & WINE GALLERY

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October 8th, 2020

This Year’s On Havana Street Halloween Costume Contest Goes Virtual!

Read the Full Article by Colorado Times By Rachel Y cho 2020-10-08 Finally, October is here and no doubt Halloween in on the minds of many Coloradans. Although Halloween night is the main event for trick-or-treating every year in Aurora – collecting sweets from 30+ merchants at The Gardens on Havana – this year’s On
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October 6th, 2020

Small Business FUNDING NOW OPEN – Apply for the Gap Fund Today!

Gap Fund Application Open! Apply Today     The Energize Colorado Gap Fund has opened for our second round of applications for our small business grant and loan program. Applications for our second round are due by October 26th. Our first round has an amazing response and we are looking forward to helping Colorado’s small businesses.
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October 1st, 2020

Enter the Bark a Boo Giveaway by Schomp Subaru – Virtual Pet Costume Contest

To Enter to win visit @schompsubaru Instagram Page! GIVEAWAY! To celebrate #SubaruLovesPets month this October, we are asking to see your furry friends dressed in costumes! 1. Like this post. 2. Follow Schomp Subaru on Instagram 3. Tag @SchompSubaru in a photo of your dog in a costume & use the hashtag #MakeADogsDay. The winner will receive
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October 1st, 2020

Testing ends Oct. 4 at Sports Park, new rapid testing site opens Oct. 5

COVID-19 testing at the community-based site at the Aurora Sports Park will wind down Sunday, Oct. 4. In its place, a new rapid testing site will open the following day, Monday, Oct. 5, in the parking lot at Restoration Christian Fellowship, 15660 E. Sixth Ave. The drive-up or walk-up testing will be offered from 9
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October 1st, 2020

Greenhouses to futuristic kiosks, metro region restaurants adapting to serve through winter and a pandemic

By KARA MASON & QUINCY SNOWDON, Staff Writers  Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel here On a recent warm afternoon Nelson Harvey was putting the finishing touches on a cluster of miniature greenhouses near the patio outside of Annette, the award-winning eatery at Stanley Marketplace in north Aurora. “What are all of these?”
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October 1st, 2020

Despite above normal sales tax figures, some Aurora small businesses still in survival mode

By GRANT STRINGER, Staff Writer  – September 30, 2020 Read the Sentinel article here Business has been steady for businesses in Aurora during the pandemic. Chamber Wine and Liquor says business picked up at first and has stayed steady throughout. Photo by PHILIP B. POSTON/Sentinel Colorado AURORA | Despite a pandemic and accompanying economic plunge, Aurora
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September 23rd, 2020

Aurora & Census 2020

When it comes to the Census, billions of dollars are at stake! Check out just how many ways the results will directly impact you! Watch the feature on  Aurora TV by Matt Peterson here on September 23, 2020 https://www.auroratv.org/video/aurora-census-2020   Watch the Havana BID – Trusted Voices – Chance Horiuchi Census 2020 Trusted Voices segment with
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September 21st, 2020

Hearing All Voices, a webinar with the IRS

Sep. 25, 2020 Fri 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM  Online Facilitated by Aurora-South Metro SBDC Topic: Tax Planning Webinar Description: Small Business Essentials Withholding Estimator Recordkeeping Identity Theft & Scams targeted to businesses & employers Interacting with the IRS Examination Process – Audits Collection Process – Payments Employer 101 Employee vs Contract Labor & 1099 Issuance
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September 15th, 2020

Ride to Vote: Helping More People Get to the Polls on Election Day

Ride to Vote: Helping More People Get to the Polls on Election Day Article from the Lyft Blog here This year, no matter how you choose to cast your vote, access to transportation should not be a barrier. But in the last presidential election, it’s estimated that more than 15 million eligible voters didn’t go
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September 11th, 2020

Havana Street Corridor Study Public Meeting

Online Event https://www.auroragov.org/news/whats_new/havana_corridor_study_public_meeting_sept__30 Havana Street Corridor Study Havana Street is one of the most vital roadways in Aurora. It’s an important commercial, residential and commuter corridor that connects corridor residents and businesses to the surrounding community and other major transportation corridors in the city and region. The city is launching the Havana Street Corridor Study
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September 10th, 2020

Hickenlooper visits minority-owned businesses; Gardner speaks on COVID-19 relief

POLITICS by: Gabrielle Franklin Posted: Sep 9, 2020 / 07:54 PM MDT / Updated: Sep 9, 2020 / 08:01 PM MDT KDVR FOX 31 DENVER – WATCH THE STORY HERE   AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – In the local Senate race that is grabbing national headlines, both candidates made a play for protections for small businesses that have been struggling during
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September 10th, 2020

Hickenlooper campaign stop highlights COVID-19 struggles for businesses, campaigns alike

By KARA MASON, Staff Writer  – September 9, 2020 Sentinel Read Full Article Here Democratic Senate candidate John Hickenlooper, right, puts on a mask that was given to him by M Mart owner Augustine Lee while on the campaign trail Sept. 9, 2020, in Aurora, CO. Hickenlooper visited small businesses in the Havana Business Improvement
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September 3rd, 2020

News from Bettola Bistro – The Italian Bistro On Havana Street

  Dine al fresco in our new patio area. Bettola Bistro Newsletter / September / 2020 Updates from your favorite neighborhood bistro: Social Distancing Safely…… Our patio and dining room are open for “dine-in” service and we are working closely with city officials to ensure the safety of our team and patrons. We kindly ask all guests to self
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September 1st, 2020

FIRST WATCH EXPANDS BAR PROGRAM AT VILLAGE ON THE PARK

FIRST WATCH EXPANDS BAR PROGRAM IN DENVER AREA WITH FRESH, CURATED COCKTAIL OFFERINGS TO ROUND OUT ANY BREAKFAST, BRUNCH OR LUNCH =========================== WHO: First Watch, the daytime café serving breakfast, brunch and lunch daily from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at nearly 400 locations nationwide, is expanding its curated Bar Program in the Denver area
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August 28th, 2020

FREE Testing for COVID-19 Locations

FREE Community Drive-up Testing  (Open daily, except holidays) Visit https://www.tchd.org/827/Testing-for-COVID-19 for more details on Covid-19 resources in the Tri-County area. FREE Testing Sites Dates and Locations Things to Know before you Go Aurora Sports Park Daily from 8 a.m.– 4 p.m 19300 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora Map of the Aurora Sports Park Testing Station Register online to speed up
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August 28th, 2020

Proposal Would Boost Minimum Wage In Aurora To $20 Over Next 7 Years

By Michael Abeyta August 28, 2020 at 6:20 pm Filed Under:Aurora News AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Aurora City Council Member Alison Coombs is proposing raising the minimum wage in Colorado’s third largest city. Not everyone is supporting that idea, especially some business owners. (credit: CBS) “All the people working in the city of Aurora, need a
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August 26th, 2020

Aurora City Council members seek to raise minimum wage to $20 an hour

Enlarge The Aurora Municipal building. COURTESY CITY OF AURORA COMPANIES IN THIS ARTICLE Aurora Chamber of Commerce Aurora, NE See full profile  By Ed Sealover  – Senior Reporter, Denver Business Journal Nine months after Denver became the first Colorado city to raise its minimum wage above the state level, a cadre of Aurora council members is looking to
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August 26th, 2020

Aurora minimum wage hike proposal hits hurdle, but likely to move forward

VIEW FULL  SENTINEL ARTICLE HERE https://sentinelcolorado.com/orecent-headlines/aurora-minimum-wage-hike-proposal-hits-hurdle-but-likely-to-move-forward/  GRANT STRINGER, Staff Writer  – August 25, 2020 AURORA | A plan to raise Aurora’s minimum wage to $20 an hour hit stiff opposition from the business community and a city committee Tuesday, but the proposal still has a path forward. Councilmember Alison Coombs introduced the plan Tuesday to the
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August 25th, 2020

The 2020 Census Week of Action is HERE!

The week kicked off yesterday! Questions? Please contact Bryce Ikemura at TDW+Co ([email protected]).   Please help amplify some of these activities, and please let TDW+Co know about the stakeholder engagement you are doing around the Week of Action.   Below is a list of what’s to come this week, and how you can get involved:  
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August 24th, 2020

Business Owners Town Hall – Min. Wage Increase Discussion

The Business Advisory Board, with Council Member Coombs, would like to invite you all to join us on Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm for a Business Owners Town Hall discussing Council Member Coombs’s Minimum Wage Draft Ordinance that will be introduced at M&F tomorrow.  The Business Advisory Board has heard testimony at 2 scheduled meetings
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August 20th, 2020

TOOLS FOR EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVES

As a diverse corridor we wanted to share a useful resource from DENVER’S EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE.   Multiplicity — Brenton Weyi from Denver Arts & Venues on Vimeo. Inspired by IMAGINE 2020, Denver Arts & Venues (A&V) is excited to announce the agency’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (EDI). A&V is committed to these core values in
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August 19th, 2020

Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman Calls $20 Minimum Wage Proposal A ‘Job Killer’

By Audra StreetmanAugust 19, 2020 at 9:45 pm Filed Under: Alison Coombs, Aurora News, Mike Coffman AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman says he opposes a proposal introduced by city council member Alison Coombs to raise the city’s minimum wage to $20 per hour. Coffman, a small business owner, called the proposal a “job killer”
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August 18th, 2020

Support Restaurants & Win Prizes – Colorado Restaurant Associations BINGO – Summer

  Support Colorado restaurants and win prizes. Great prizes! Win one of FIVE $50 restaurant gift cards weekly! Win one of EIGHT Grand Prize Colorado getaway packages throughout the summer! How to Play – Step 1: Pick a Bingo board below Step 2: Complete one of the activities in a square and mark off (edit
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August 18th, 2020

America’s Greatest Old-School Restaurants

Have you ever eaten at Sam’s No. 3? If yes, then that means you have eaten at one of America’s Greatest Old-School Restaurants according to the Daily Meal! We really are talking old school because Sam’s No 3 has been around since 1927! Stop by and get their award winning grub! You can check out
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August 18th, 2020

Statewide Facial Covering Mandate Extended

Statewide Facial Covering Mandate Extended On Aug. 14, Gov. Jared Polis extended and amended an executive order mandating facial coverings. It will remain in effect for at least another 30 days. The amendment clarifies that individuals performing life rites are exempt from the face covering mandate while a life rite is being performed. “Life rites” include wedding
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August 10th, 2020

New COVID-19 community testing site coming to Aurora Sports Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Aug. 10, 2020 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected]   New COVID-19 community testing site coming to Aurora Sports Park Abre nuevo centro comunitario de pruebas COVID-19 en el Aurora Sports Park   AURORA, Colo. – Starting today, Aug. 10, a new community-based COVID-19 testing site is now open in Aurora
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August 5th, 2020

On Havana Street Important Contact List & Resources

Please see the On Havana Street Business Watch Contact Card & Other Useful Resources: Havana BID Contact List 2021 as of 08 05 2021 2020 Business Watch Card as of 11 18 2020 All PAR, Police Area Representatives, are listed, contacts for HOT, Homeless Outreach Team, Graffiti Reporting, and the Aurora Police Dispatch to report
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August 1st, 2020

ON HAVANA STREET BUSINESSES IMPLEMENT NEW WAVE OF TECH

Visit Aurora Blog – View Article here On Havana Street, home to more than 100 different restaurants and 25 international markets is a notable foodie destination. COVID-19 has impacted nearly every business, sparking changes in the way customers order and enjoy their meals. Some of these technology-forward changes could be around to stay. We virtually
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