Month: October 2015

Maywood Police Set Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Hours: 3 PM to 7 PM || Sex Offender Listing, Safety Tips Inside

Friday, October 30, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

The Maywood Police Department has announced that trick-or-treat hours for the village on Halloween, which is Saturday, Oct. 31, will be from 3 PM to 7 PM.

But whether or not you’re out in Maywood or somewhere else, you may want to keep these safety tips, providing by the Chicago Police Department (via Chicago Tonight) in mind:

Finding the right costume is probably the most important part of Halloween. If possible, dress your children in light-colored costumes so they are easily visible. If that’s a no-go (Batman doesn’t do pastels), the Chicago Police Department recommends placing reflective tape on the front, back and sides of dark costumes. This way your children can be spotted easily. The CPD also suggests avoiding masks since they restrict vision. Paint your kid’s face instead.

Go trick-or-treating during daylight hours. While the city of Chicago doesn’t have trick-or-treat hours, the Chicago Police Department recommends keeping trick-or-treating confined to daylight hours.

Don’t let kids trick-or-treat alone. Parents should go trick-or-treating with their children (here’s your chance to bring your old costume back to life) or arrange that they go with another responsible adult.

Walk, don’t run from house to house. Yes, this one may be a challenge for the little ones, especially first timers, but remind them to look both ways when crossing streets. Also, cross at the corner and stay on sidewalks.

Only accept wrapped treats. Throw away any unwrapped candies, open candies or suspicious-looking treats. The CPD also recommends trick-or-treaters pitch any fresh fruit.

Trick-or-treat in your neighborhood and at residences you’re familiar with. Do not enter a home to receive a treat, especially abandoned buildings. Do not accept treats from people in cars.

Don’t want to go door-to-door to collect candy? Navy Pier is getting into the spirit on Oct. 30 and 31 with trick-or-treating, free scary movies, a costume contest and live entertainment. On Friday, trick-or-treat hours will be 4-8 p.m.; on Saturday, from and noon-4 p.m. Want to do something a little closer to home? The Chicago Park District is hosting Halloween-themed parties in several parks through Oct. 31. Click here for more information.”

Also, knowing which homes to avoid may be particularly helpful as well. Click here to access the state’s searchable registered sex offender database. Simply input your address and zip code into the search boxes and click whatever radius within which you’d like to limit the search (you can see those registered individuals who live up to 5 miles from your address). VFP

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Briefly: Three Maywood Businesses Could Have Licenses Revoked Due to Repeat Violations; Fall 2015 Cleanup Schedule; Village Pride; More

captain freshFriday, October 30, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

On Oct. 14, the village board, staff and attorney received a report listing the Maywood businesses with liquor, business and tobacco license violations in 2015. Three businesses stood out, said village attorney Michael Jurusik during an Oct. 29 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting.

“The board saw repeat offenders,” he said, adding that some of those businesses have already had their tobacco licenses revoked and/or suspended through the mayor’s office. But to no avail.

“There are serious repeat offenders ignoring the fact that the mayor has revoked their tobacco license and continue to sell tobacco,” Jurusik said. “So the next step is to revoke the business license, if they’re not going to play ball …”

Jurusik identified three business — LNR Family Store (1043 S. 5th Ave.), Captain Fresh Farm (1001 S. 9th Ave.), (pictured above), and Rosa’s Dollar Store (1401 S. 5th Ave.) — that have incurred multiple violations.

He said one, Captain Fresh, tried appealing the village’s decision to revoke in the state courts, but those courts sided with the village.

Jurusik said the mayor will set three hearings on those three establishments. He said staff will be making the case to revoke the business licenses of all three repeat offenders. Once the establishments receive notice of the village’s intent, they’ll either be required to move out of the village or appeal the village’s decision in state court. While the decision is being appealed, those businesses will be able to operate. Jurusik said the the revocation process should begin some time next month.

Maywood Fall Cleanup Schedule 2015  

The Village of Maywood & Allied Republic Services will conduct a Village Clean Up throughout the month of November. Large bulky household items and junk are acceptable. Smaller, loose items must be in containers or tied and bundled. Household hazardous waste will NOT be accepted. Please have your discarded items at your garbage pick-up point on Wednesday morning of the week Allied is in your neighborhood:

  • November 4, 2015 Roosevelt north to I-290; 1st Ave. west to 25th Ave.
  • November 11, 2015 I-290 north to Madison; Greenwood west to 21st Ave.
  • November 18, 2015 Madison north to Railroad; 1st Ave. west to 21st Ave.
  • November 25, 2015 Main Street north to Village limits; Desplaines west to 9th Ave.

Village Wide Village Pride Cleanup 

Pick up litter, debris and unsightly clutter around your yard, street, alley, business, place of worship. Pitch in at vacant lots, abandoned buildings. Participate as team of residents, homeowners, businesses, churches or organizations. Wear your Village Pride T-Shirt!

Start location: ReUse Depot, 50 Madison, Maywood (across from Proviso East High School)

When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 || 9 AM

Organized by the Village of Maywood Environmental Beautification Commission. Join us for our pre-winter clean-up event, as we sweep through the village before winter snows arrive, picking up litter and helping our village look beautiful. Show your pride in Maywood in this fun, low-key, family-friendly community activity! And don’t forget to wear your Village Pride t-shirt!

For questions, contact Loretta Brown at Ljbrown243@comcast.net

Senior Snow Removal Program

Maywood provides snow removal services for seniors (65 years old and older) and disabled residents who live alone and have no other way to get their snow removed (if at least two feet of snow falls).

Workers will clear the front or main entrance, steps, walkway, as well as the public sidewalk in front of the home. They’ll also put down salt after snow is removed, but they won’t be responsible for clearing driveways.

To complete the application for this program or to receive more info, click here.

Property Tax Assessment Appeal Forum 

Larry Rogers, the Cook County Board of Review District Commissioner, in partnership with Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) and Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins will host a property tax assessment appeal forum:

When:Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 || 6:30 PM

Where: Maywood Multipurpose Center, 200 S. 5th Ave., Maywood VFP

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Check Out These Local & Safe Halloween Haunts Hosted By Rotary, Maywood Park Dist., More

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

Several organizations in Maywood have planned Halloween events, with the proceeds of a few going to good causes. A selection of events is listed below:

FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 2015

Don’t Be Scared Annual Halloween Party || 4 PM to 7 PM || Maywood Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Ave., Maywood 

This event, sponsored by New World Ryderz, features interactive games for kids, candy bags, prizes, hot dogs, chips and drinks for people of all ages.

SATURDAY, OCT. 31, 2015

Maywood Park District Halloween Party || 1 PM to 3:30 PM || Maywood Park District Recreational Center, 921 S. 9th Ave., Maywood

The Maywood Park District will be hosting a Halloween party featuring activities, food, candy and more.

Gift of Love Coat with a Treat Event || 4 PM to 9 PM || Quinn Community Center, 1832 S. 8th Ave., Maywood

This event, sponsored by the Gift of Love organization, is to ensure that our children be in a safe environment on Halloween and have the, at most possible fun, healthy food, candy, and games along with one of the sweetest gifts of all, every child that needs a coat will receive a coat with candy in the pockets, to keep them warm this winter. For more information, call Sheila Hoffman at (708) 250-1988.

18th Annual Maywood/Proviso Rotary Club Auction ||  6 PM to 9 PM || Eisenhower Tower, 9th Floor, 1701 S. 1st Ave., Maywood

This event raises money for Rotary’s various community initiatives (such as its annual dictionary give-away to all third-graders in Maywood and Melrose Park schools, and its monetary donations to a range of nonprofits). It’s also a heck of a good time, with catering provided by Maywood-based Meal of the Day Cafe and an auction of everything from health club memberships to restaurant meals. Tickets are $40. To purchase in advance, see any local Rotarian. For more information on how to purchase a ticket or donate either an auction item or money, email Gary Woll at garywoll@comcast.net. VFP

Learn About Potential I-290 Noise Wall At Public Meeting In Hillside, Oct. 29

IDOT Noise Wall

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

The next I-290 forum will take place tomorrow, Oct. 29, in Hillside, Best Western Hillside 4400 Frontage Rd., at 5:30 PM. Click here for more information.

According to the website Nextdoor:

“As part of the ongoing I-290 study, the Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a special forum to discuss the potential installation of noise walls along the Eisenhower Expressway in conjunction with the planned roadway improvements.”

“The project traffic noise analysis has indicated that noise levels in certain areas warrant the consideration of noise walls. Property owners and residents who may benefit from the potential noise walls, will decide whether or not noise walls will be installed along the Eisenhower Expressway.

“At each of the three public forums, there will be a short presentation on the I-290 planning process, noise analysis methodology, and findings. Exhibits will be on display, and you will have the opportunity to speak with IDOT and study team representatives. The same information will be presented at each of the three forums.

“After the forums, a ballot will be sent to all property owners and tenants who would benefit from a noise wall. IDOT will consider all votes received to determine if noise walls will be installed.”

The next I-290 forum will take place tomorrow, Oct. 29, in Hillside, Best Western Hillside 4400 Frontage Rd., at 5:30 PM. Click here for more information. VFP

FBI Seeking Information on Tom Wood Murder

FGI Tom Wood poster

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information on the death of slain Maywood police officer Thomas T. Wood, 37, who was murdered by an unknown assailant while parked at the corner of 6th Ave. and Erie St. in the village on Oct. 23, 2006, at around 10:30 PM.

Last week, Maywood police officers gathered with Wood’s widow and family members at the scene of his death for an annual night vigil, an event that has happened each year since the officer was gunned down nine years ago.

The case has been practically cold since then and no one has been charged with the murder. According to the FBI, it’s one of a handful of cases in the country involving an officer’s death that remains unsolved.

The day of last week’s vigil, Maywood Police Chief said that officers from multiple departments, including officials from the FBI, had gone door-to-door looking for information in the long-unsolved murder.

“One of the officers from Bellwood may have gotten some good information. We haven’t synthesized it, yet,” Talley said at the time. “We’re pulling all the notes together and we’re looking at it. There was one potential lead. We don’t know what it’s going to come out to be. We’ll have to follow up on it.”

According to the FBI news release, while conducting its investigation, the Maywood police department reached out to the FBI for assistance. Agents from the bureau’s Chicago field office conducted interviews and “have since followed leads generated over the past nine years.”

The FBI is asking anyone with information on the shooting to contact his/her local FBI office or the nearest American embassy or consulate. VFP

LLOC Meeting Scheduled Tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 PM (Agenda Packet Inside)

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

A regular meeting of the Maywood Board of Trustees is scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 PM, at 125 S. 5th Avenue. Among items to be discussed (click here for full agenda packet):

Discussion and consideration concerning the development of a Police Training Shooting Range on Triton’s Campus for the exclusive use by Triton District Municipal Police Officers.
Development of a Police Training Shooting Range on Triton Campus.pdf
B. Village Manager’s Reports
1) Discussion and consideration for approving Smart- Ready LED Street Lighting Agreement with Commonwealth Edison (“ComEd”) to replace existing street light fixtures owned by ComEd.
Smart-Ready LED Street Lighting Agreement.pdf
ComEd Street Light Agreement.doc
2) Discussion and consideration of the Maywood Public Library request for the Village of Maywood to relocate or store the mural that is located on the Maywood Public Library property at the corner of 5th and St.Charles Avenue.
Maywood Public Library District.pdf
TIF Reimbursement Agreement and Reimbursement Form (Library District) – Direct Pay of Contractor by .doc
3) Discussion and consideration to reduce a portion of Ms. Betty Haymer water bill concerning rental property at 1405 South 11th Avenue.
Betty Haymer Water Payment Arrangment.pdf
4) Discussion and consideration for refunding several Village of Maywood Police Officers Social Security contributions that were withheld improperly.
Social Security Withholding for Police Pension Employees.pdf
Refunding Police Social Sercurity Contributions 1.doc
5) Discussion and consideration to pay Firstech up to $10,000 for bill payments collected on the behalf of Commonwealth Edison and Nicor Gas that had not been remitted to Firstech due to shortages of funds in the Village’s Bank Account.
firstech.doc
Firstech Outstanding Debt for ComEd and Nicor Gas Payment Returns.pdf
6) Discussion and consideration of the Maywood Public Library Agreement to have the Village of Maywood to directly pay for the improvements for the Maywood Public Library with the St. Charles TIF Funds rather than to reimburses the Maywood Public Library.
Maywood Library Building Foundation Repairs.pdf
7) Discussion and consideration for Software Support Agreement with Geo-Comm, Inc. for Maywood Police Department .
Software Support Agreement with Geo-Comm.pdf
8) Discussion of Village of Maywood Audit Report as of the Year Ended April 30, 2014, as it relates to Capital Assets and Depreciation of Machinery and Equipment.
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies – Cont..pdf
C. Village Attorney’s Reports
1) Discussion and consideration regarding Schedule of Hourly Rates, Fees and Charges for Legal Services provided to the Village of Maywood by Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd.
Schedule of Hourly Rates, Fees and Charges Provided to the Village by Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd..pdf
2) Updated summaries of the Status of Pending Demolition Actions filed by the office of Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd. for buildings and properties within the Village of Maywood.   For Information purposes Only.
Status of Pending Demolition Actions.pdf
6. New Business
7. Other Matters:
8. Executive Session
A. Pending Litigation
1) Collective bargaining matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more employees (5 ILCS 120/2/(c)(2).
B. The Setting of a Sale Price or Lease of Property Owned by the Village of Maywood, pursuant to 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(6)

With More Than 500 Gun Deaths In Cook County This Year, Boykin Renews Call For Gun Violence Coordinator

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Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, second from left, gathered along with various elected officials, for a violence prevention round-table discussion at the Sheriff’s headquarters in Maywood on Monday, Oct. 27. | Submitted photo. Below, a photo of the meeting posted on Dart’s Twitter page. 

Dart twitter picTuesday, October 27, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) gathered with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and other elected, and law enforcement, officials at the Cook County Sheriff’s headquarters in Maywood on Monday, Oct. 26. They called on the Board of Commissioners to vote for an ordinance that would establish a county gun violence coordinator and a task force to study the problem before issuing policy recommendations.

“The time has come to face the fact that certain parts of Chicago and Cook County have become war zones,” Boykin noted in a statement released by his office on Monday.

The statement cited data provided by the Cook County Medical Examiner demonstrating that there’s been a dramatic rise in the number of shootings and gun-related homicides in Chicago and the county this year. According to the data, shootings in the county are up 25 percent over this time last year — in Cook County more than 520 people have been shot to death this year.

“We must confront this painful reality,” Boykin stated. “And we must confront the costs that are associated with that reality. The University of Chicago Crime Lab estimated that gun violence in the City of Chicago costs taxpayers $2.5 billion each year. That’s roughly $2,500 per household.”

Boykin first called for the creation of a gun violence coordinator in July. Since then, he noted, the proposed ordinance has changed slightly.

“Whereas before, it had President Preckwinkle making the appointment of the gun violence coordinator, now it has Sheriff Dart making the appointment,” said Boykin during a recent phone interview. Boykin said Dart’s office will absorb the costs associated with the coordinator position and the nine-member task force.

Boykin said the name change — the title of the position changed from gun violence czar to gun violence coordinator — was motivated by recent international affairs.

“I changed it because of all the stuff that’s happening in Syria and the fact that the Russians seem to be handing us our lunch there and in other places,” he said. “Around the globe, the Russians seem to be beating us. I wanted to make it plain that this is not related to Russia, so a fifth-grader can understand what this is.”

Earlier this month, the Board of Commissioners unanimously referred the ordinance to its criminal justice committee, which is a committee of the whole. The ordinance comes up for a vote at tomorrow’s Oct. 28 regular board meeting.

Boykin said he’s confident the proposal will pass, since it has the support of Dart and a number of political powers, including his former boss, U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th), Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (2nd) and various local law enforcement officials — including Maywood Police Chief Valdmir Talley. Most of these supporters were present at a violence prevention round-table Boykin convened last Monday at the sheriff’s headquarters.

“This alone won’t solve the issue of gun violence,” Boykin said, referencing the proposed ordinance. “It won’t bring people a level of assurance that they’re safe in their neighborhoods, but it’s a step in the right direction. It’s an acknowledgment that there’s a crisis and that we have to reach solutions and knock down bureaucratic boundaries.” VFP

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