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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down for Elmhurst

Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST
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Ponnu Padiyara, 22, of Elmhurst will travel to Turkey this fall on a Fulbright Award to teach English to university students.

THUMBS UP: There was movement last week in the ongoing effort to get the city of Elmhurst, park district and School District 205 to work together on stormwater flooding solutions. The City Council approved an action plan that prioritized four proposed projects, and the city will now ask for a commitment from the park district and school districts before moving forward with additional planning. Residents have spoken both for and against some of the projects, and there's still a lot of discussion to be had before any work starts. But at least the discussion took a solid step forward.

THUMBS UP: Good luck to York High School alumna Ponnu Padiyara, who will travel to Turkey in the fall to teach English for 10 months on a Fulbright Award. The 22-year-old recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with degrees in both biological sciences and psychology and plans to pursue a law degree and work in health policy.

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