Carryovers from last week (continuing articles in a series or items intended for publication last week):
- The last two parts of the interview with former Mayor Henderson Yarbrough are set for publication this week.
- We’ll publish the interview with Jerry Kurzac, the developer who attracted the McDonald’s on 5th and Roosevelt.
- We’ll talk solar panels and Maywood’s general plans for going green with members of the Village’s Environmental Beautification Commission.
New to this week:
- We’ll inaugurate a new section of this blog called “Fiscally Speaking,” which will cover the ins-and-outs of Maywood fiscal matters — budgets, financial audits, taxes, etc. — and address various citizen concerns.
- We’ll publish an interview with Larry Shapiro, the former communications director for the Village. He talks about his role as communications director, his involvement with the Maywood Seniors Club and more.
In the works (for publication either this week or next):
- A visit to the West Town Historical Museum is in the works. We’ll take a tour of the museum, hopefully talk with its administrators and discuss the upcoming First Annual African-American Heritage Trail Tours, among other things.
- An interview with Jan Pate, President and CEO of the West Cook YMCA is in the works. We’ll talk about the YMCA’s reinvigorated presence in Maywood through the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center, its efforts to attract funding, what the ‘Y’ needs from you to make it work here in Maywood and a whole lot more.
- We’ll also try landing a visit to the home of Maywood resident Dan Perkins, a boxing enthusiast and savant who lives in what I’m told is a virtual museum dedicated to the sport. But Dan knows more than boxing. You might be particularly interested in his insights on Negro League baseball.
And, as always, surprises are in store, so keep reading!