Briefly: Maywood Fire Fighters Conduct Drill; Gospel Vote; Triton Black History Events; Online Voter Registration; M.O.M.S. Remember; More

MFD Drill I

Maywood Fire Department Chief Craig Bronaugh looks on as firefighters conduct a burning house drill last week in Maywood. | Photos courtesy Maywood Fire Department.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR

Last week, the Maywood Fire Department conducted a simulated drill with firefighters removing people from burning houses.

“Our firefighters must stay ready and prepared, so the drill is imperative,” said Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh.

MFD Drill II


Triton Celebrates Black History Month


Feb. 16

National African-American Read-In, Noon to 1 p.m., Library (A Building), Room A-312

Community members are welcome to attend as Triton College celebrates African-American authors and poets with its annual National African-American Read-In. Those who attend are invited to read aloud excerpts from an African-American author of their choice or recite their own written prose. Books will be provided. The African-American Read-In is sponsored nationally by the Black Caucus of the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the International Reading Association and is part of Triton College’s recognition of Black History Month.

For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3154 or visit

Feb. 29

Triton College Black History Month Artist Explosion and Small Business Expo, 2 to 4 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria

Join Triton College’s Black Heritage Council as they conclude their Black History Month festivities with an artist showcase and small business expo. The small business expo will showcase products and services of local minority-owned businesses, while serving as a forum to educate, inspire and expose Triton students and the surrounding non-student community to cultural resources available in the area.

Starting at 3 p.m., actress Sonita L. Surratt will present a historical drama about the first U.S. published activist poet of African descent, Phillis Wheatley; followed by a performance from the Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. step team.

For more information, contact Richard Brown at

All events will be held on the Triton College campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, Ill.

Online Voter Registration 

[By: Village of Maywood] With the implementation of online voter registration in Illinois it is easier than ever to register to vote.  Click here to register online.  Remember, as the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary approaches any citizen who can register, should register. You can also download and print mail-in registration forms, if you would prefer to register in person.

Suburban voters can also find extensive information about key dates, early voting, mail voting, etc, at  City of Chicago voters can find the same information at

A Day of Remembrance 

The Women Community Leadership Council and Mothers of Murdered Sons will sponsor “A Day of Remembrance for Victims of Gun Violence.”

This Black Lives Matter program will be held at the Maywood Public Library, 121 South 5th Ave., Feb. 27, 2016, from 2 PM to 5 PM.

Gospel Vote Jam 2016 

Gospel Vote

Grants Meeting Draws Heavy Crowd

Boykin grant workshop I

Residents of Maywood and other areas converged on village chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave., Maywood, on Jan. 27, for a grants readiness informational meeting sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin.

The room was nearly full as nonprofit experts from across the Chicago area, including policy expert Valerie Leonard and nonprofit and political consultant Deborah Williams, provided information to area churches and nonprofit representatives.

“I gave an overview of systems prospective grantees should have in place before seeking grants,” said Leonard. “I [also] shared an article I wrote outlining top reasons the IRS denies or delays granting tax-exempt status. I also shared a brochure of a 10-week capacity-building series I developed, and an organizational assessment tool to assist prospective grantees in determining their organizational capacity in preparation for grant seeking.”

To read more about the event, click here. VFP

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