Month: April 2014

Agape Community Services Summer Enrichment Camp, Ages 2 to 12, Runs June 9th to July 25th, Register Now

Agape Community Services presents Summer Enrichment Camp 2014, June 9th to July 25th, for all kids ages 2 to 12. Activities will include: tennis, skating, baseball, swimming, kite flying, field trips, Bible stories, reading, math, hot lunch and before/after care. For more information or to register call: (708) 806-1492. Starting at only $25/week (if qualified). Day Care Action/YWCA/DHS Accepted. REGISTER EARLY — SPACE IS LIMITED! VFP

FREE ProActive Kids Summer Program To Run June 9th to August 1st, Enroll Online Now

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ProActive Kids will be offering Summer program running June 9 – August 1, 2014. READ MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM BELOW (FROM THE WEBSITE):

ProActive Kids is a special and sensitive program designed for kids ages 8-14 who are struggling with their weight. The program offers a safe environment where they can workout and learn about nutrition and the types of foods they should be eating, how much, how often, etc. The program also focuses on their self-esteem, body image, stress, feelings and a variety of other issues that can be caused by being overweight.

The program is offered FREE by the hospitals who so generously offer the program in their communities. (PAK does not require any proof of insurance or medical coverage).

Children may struggle with their weight for a variety of reasons — genetics, too much food, not enough exercise, parents don’t know what or how to cook, hoarding of food, binging, low self-esteem, and many more.

We are here to help identify the obstacles and challenges to maintaining a healthy weight and help your family make decisions that will create a healthier lifestyle and ultimately, help your child lose weight (and perhaps you, too).

ProActive Kids teaches kids and their families ways to improve health through Exercise, Nutrition Lessons, and Lifestyle Discussions over 8 weeks. It is a commitment of time and energy, but will ultimately lead to a healthier lifestyle if the lessons are practiced consistently at home.

This life-changing experience is offered FREE to kids who want to learn new exercises,  lose weight, eat right and be more confident.  (BMI is 85th percentile or above).

Summer Programming will be offered at the following locations:

Downers Grove (Starts at 5 pm)  At Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center –
Funded by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Melrose Park, IL – At Gottlieb Memorial Hospital – Funded by Loyola University Health System

Park Ridge/Niles, IL  – At Gemini  Junior High School – Funded by Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge

All locations will be enrolling for Fall 2014.

Requirements for Enrollment

1. Your child must be struggling with unhealthy weight. This is classified by being in the 85th percentile and above in their BMI. Not sure if your child qualifies, first visit this website for a general calculation of BMI  and then the BMI percentile chart will show you their percentile based on their BMI number. If you need help, just give us a call!

2. Children must be between the ages of 8 and 14. 

3. You will need the physician referral form to be signed by your physician for your child to particpate in the program. PAK will need the form signed within first two weeks of program start. ProActive Kids Physician Referral Form

4. The program is offered FREE by the hospitals who so generously offer the program in their communities. (PAK does not require any proof of insurance or medical coverage).

5. Don’t forget to indicate which location you are enrolling for.  All locations begin at 4 pm unless otherwise noted.

  1. Cadence Health in St. Charles
  2. Edward Hospital in Woodridge
  3. Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove (5 pm start)
  4. Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn
  5. Advocate Children’s Hospital Niles/Park Ridge
  6. Loyola University Medical Center in Melrose Park, IL

If you have any questions or problems with enrollment, please call 630-681-1558 or email

Please ensure you enter the correct/preferred email address as that is how we get in touch with you. You will receive an enrollment confirmation via email as well as all other PAK information prior to the start date –  Please read it all carefully. 

We look forward to your participation in PAK!


Nuevos Horizontes Community Meeting Tonight, April 30th, 7:30 PM

There will be a community meeting at Nuevos Horizontes tonight, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 7:30 PM, at Nuevos Horizontes (1708 Main Street, Melrose Park IL). Triton College will be relocating the Nuevos Horizontes services and programs to its main campus at 2000 N. Fifth Avenue, River Grove, IL. Officials will share important information involving the relocation with affected communities. Triton College invites community members across the district to an open meeting to hear about the transition of Nuevos Horizontes services to its main campus. We encourage you to attend this meeting to be informed about the following:

  • Transition services, including transportation and support programs

  • Bilingual and multi-lingual enhancements

  • Events, tours and orientations

  • External outreach transition office

  • Programmatic offerings

  • New opportunities

Nuevos Horizontes has been in Melrose Park since 1981. It serves as a stepping stone for new immigrants and residents throughout the Western suburbs. VFP


Press Release: Senator Don Harmon On The Fair Tax


April 29, 2014

CONTACT: Ian Watts (217) 782-0571 ||

State Senator Don Harmon on the Fair Tax

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement on the Fair Tax amendment:

“The Fair Tax has gained significant momentum in the last year, and I’m committed to continuing to work to get this passed in the fall veto session later this year.

“Our caucus remains committed to this issue as we believe that the Fair Tax is the best way to provide tax relief to the middle class while protecting our priorities.

“This is something I’m committed to, something that we knew would be hard this year. We have exceeded expectations and will continue to work on this issue until the Fair Tax is passed.”

Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) added the following:

“This is smart policy based on fundamental principles of fairness. Senator Harmon has been tireless in his efforts to build support for the plan. I expect those efforts to continue until we achieve a more modern and progressive system for the state.” VFP

Death and Funeral Notices: Deacon Dion V. Archie, Mrs. Camille Travis, Mrs. Genevieve Postley

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UPDATED: April 30, 2014 || 6:40 PM


A home going services for Mr. Marion Gibson, a longtime resident of Maywood and father of Marian and Gloria, will be held at Johnson Miller Funeral Home (4000 St. Charles, Bellwood IL), on Thursday, May 1, 2014. The wake will be from 10 AM to 11 AM. The funeral will begin at 11 AM.


The visitation for Deacon Dion V. Archie will be held at Wallace Broadview Funeral Home (2020 W. Roosevelt Rd., Broadview, IL 60155), on Thursday, May 1, 2014, 3 PM to 8 PM. The home going services will take place at Rock of Ages Baptist Church (1309 Madison Street, Maywood IL 60153), on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The viewing will be from 10 AM to 11 AM and the service will be from 11 Am to 12 PM.


Camille Travis

A memorial service for longtime Maywoodian Mrs. Camille Travis, 96, mother of Rita, Lane and Billie Travis, will be held at Hursen Funeral Home (4001 Roosevelt Road, Hillside IL 60162), on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The visitation will be from 9:30 AM to 10 AM and the memorial will be from 10 AM to 11 AM. The internment will immediately follow at Oakridge Cemetery in Hillside. Refreshments will be served.


The home going services for Mr. William “Smitty” Smith will be held at Thomas Funeral Home (212 N. 2nd Avenue, Maywood IL), on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The wake will be from 12:30 PM to 1 PM. The funeral will begin at 1 PM.


Services for Mrs. Genevieve Postley, the mother of Beverly Pettis, will take place at Rock of Ages Baptist Church (1309 Madison Street, Maywood IL 60153), on Monday, May 5, 2014. The viewing will be from 10 AM to 11 AM and the service will be from 11 Am to 12 PM.

If you know of any services/notifications that are missing, or if any of the above information needs correcting, please email us at, or simply leave a comment below.


West Cook YMCA Wants Village To Share Costs, Burdens of Operating Fred Hampton Pool

Fred Hampton Pool
Swimmers enjoy the Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center’s pool. The Center will open formally for the season on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014, under West Cook YMCA management. (Posted By meg0004 | Community Contributor | Chicago Tribune | May 22, 2013).

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 || By Michael Romain 

MAYWOOD — West Cook YMCA Chief Operations Officer David Parsons, its new CEO Phillip Jimenez and board members Phil Gordon and Roberto Sepulveda were on hand at an April 15, 2014, board meeting to discuss the possibility of the village sharing the financial burden of operating the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center at 300 Oak Street in Maywood.

The West Cook YMCA has operated the pool since being approached by the village in 2011. Last summer was the first full season in which the pool had been operational since it was forced to close for repairs in 2012.

“Last summer was a bad weather summer and that affected how things turned out,” Parsons said while presenting the proposal to the board. “Operationally we did well, but not financially since we didn’t have the weather to drive traffic to the pool that we needed.”

Parsons noted that it cost the West Cook YMCA roughly $80,000 to operate the pool, half of which it didn’t recoup. To avoid sustaining similar losses this upcoming summer, the YMCA proposed that the village provide 50 percent of the financial support. In addition, it proposed that the village share some of the responsibility of marketing the pool and developing local champions to promote the pool in formal and informal settings. In exchange for sharing costs, the village would also share in any profits that may be realized.

“We need to sale more season passes and group rentals,” Parsons said, before Mr. Gordon addressed concerns among residents that seem to have been prevalent ever since the organization took up a presence in the village.

“The Y’s motivation is not to employ YMCA people,” said Phil Gordon, who resides in Maywood.

“Our intent is to employ Maywoodians as often as we can. It is not to capture and control maywood’s pool, it is to ultimately [but gradually] release the pool to Maywood….Our intent is to promote community growth…that’s why we sustained the losses we did last year and are willing to once again sustain a loss if it is shared by the village.”

While the board seemed receptive to the YMCA’s proposal, there were also indications that the very formal collaboration that Mr. Parsons and Mr. Gordon were proposing the village facilitate seemed lacking.

For instance, when YMCA representatives met with Mayor Perkins, Trustee Toni Dorris and interim Village Manager David Myers in the weeks prior to the April 15th presentation, there were no representatives of the park district present; nor did there appear to have been any other meeting arranged prior to April 15, that would’ve included them.

Indeed, much of the dialogue between Mr. Parsons and the board went along the lines of certain members of the latter shooting ideas to the former, with the burden of implementation placed primarily on the YMCA.

“In your meeting with the Mayor,” asked Trustee Cheryl Ealey-Cross, “was there an opening to extend an invitation to a representative from the park district?”

Although Mrs. Ealey-Cross didn’t specify who precisely would be responsible for extending the invite–the village or the YMCA–Mr. Parsons said that his organization is open to working with all parties and touched basis with the park district’s program director about collaborating on a basketball program this summer.

Trustee Ron Rivers inquired whether or not the YMCA had approached District 89; Trustee Audrey Jaycox wanted to know who would “make up the marketing pieces;” and Trustee Dorris stated that, “for marketing purposes, we need to reach out to our alumni both elementary and high school. We cannot forget our churches. Our businesses should be asked to sponsor a pool day and our park district can do something for the pool.”

However, it was rather ambiguous at which responsible party these directives were targeted–the village staff or the YMCA. Pressed for time–the YMCA’s target date for opening is Memorial Day–something had to be done to expedite the collaborative process. After the board finished discussing the matter, Mr. Parsons and Mr. Gordon stood awkwardly at the public podium, obviously expected to simply walk away. But before doing so, they had a suggestion.

With the board leaning toward approving the YMCA’s cost-sharing proposal, it would be wise that, during the interval between April 15th and tonight, April 29th (when the board is expected to take an official vote on the necessary expenditures), some action be taken that would allow staff to work with the YMCA on the legal language of a pending agreement.

In a moment of bureaucratic improvisation, the Mayor called for a board consensus to allow the staff to work with the YMCA on crafting the language. With a consensus obtained, the approval was granted–a swift action that probably wouldn’t have been taken absent the YMCA’s urging.

While the village taking a financial stake in the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center’s success is a bold step in its ultimate goal of operating the pool independent of the YMCA, the April 15th meeting was a subtle, but salient indication that the continued operation of the Center still seems to be a rather one-sided affair. VFP

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly wrote that it cost the YMCA $40,000 to operate the Fred Hampton Pool, half of which it didn’t recoup. The correct amount is roughly $80,000. In addition, it failed to mention that interim Village Manager David Myers was also included in the meeting. This article has since been emended. 

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Public Hearing For FY 2014-2015 Annual Operating And Capital Budget To Be Held @ 7PM, Tuesday, April 29th

A public hearing to discuss the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Annual Operating and Capital Budget for the Village of Maywood is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7 PM, at 125 S. 5th Avenue, Maywood, IL, as part of a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees. To access the agenda, click here. VFP