Monday, November 28, 2016 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
After searching throughout the village, the Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission has found a Christmas tree, a spruce, to display during the Christmas season.
The tree, donated by Maywood resident Lawrence Sparks, will be the centerpiece of a tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the corner of 5th Ave. and St. Charles.
The ceremony will feature numerous special guests, including Pastor Elliot Wimbush of First Congregational Church of Maywood, who will lead participants in carols; storytelling by Kim Davidson; face painting; the Proviso East drama team and band; the Second Baptist children’s choir; and more.
Triton kicks off Festival of Trees
Triton College is seeking people to sponsor Christmas trees on behalf of municipalities, business, organizations and individuals for its annual Holiday Festival of Trees on Dec. 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on the Triton College Mounds, located on the west side of the campus, 2000 S. 5th Ave., River Grove.
Interested sponsors can decorate their trees from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. On Dec. 2, participants will be treated to hot chocolate, cookies, holiday music and a photo booth during the event. They’ll also be able to take in a free holiday show at the Cernan Center.
Take a photo of your tree and share it with the college using the hashtag #DeckTheMounds.
Each lighted tree is $150, with proceeds to benefit the student scholarships through the Triton College Foundation. For more information call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3165/3172 or click here.
Mother Hampton receives posthumous resolution from Springfield
Iberia Hampton, middle, and her son Bill, left, cut a ribbon before the opening of the Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center. | File
Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) introduced a House Resolution earlier this month honoring the life of Iberia Hampton, the mother of famed civil rights activist and Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.
Mother Hampton died on Oct. 16 at the age of 94. In October, the Cook County Board of Commissioners presented its own resolution honoring Hampton’s life during a regular board meeting.
Hampton’s son, Maywood Park District Commissioner Bill Hampton, received an honor of his own by the Maywood Police Department during a board meeting in October.
Hampton, along with the late Mayor Joe Freelon, who served as Maywood’s first African American mayor for four terms throughout the 1980s and 1990s, was honored as the department’s Citizen of the Year.
The department award lauded Hampton for his efforts in continuing “progressive and unique programs” and in the development of “new and innovative projects” for Maywood.
To read the full House Resolution, click here.
Mayor’s race getting more crowded
With just weeks to go before candidates are required to turn in petitions in order to get on the ballot for the April 4, 2017 election, more names are popping up as possible candidates for Maywood mayor.
Sitting Mayor Edwenna Perkins, former mayor and sitting trustee Henderson Yarbrough, sitting trustee Antonette Dorris and liquor commissioner Mary “May” Larry have all announced their intentions to run for the mayor’s seat in April.
Three more potential candidates — attorney Luther Spence, activist Quincy Johnson and community leader Billy Fowlkes — have been named as possible contenders, although they have yet to formally announce.
First Congregational Church seeking new occupants
Maywood Fine Arts dancers rehearsing inside of First Congregational Church earlier this year. | Spooner Bauman
Maywood’s First Congregational Church, 400 N. 5th Ave., is seeking new occupants to share its space with. For the past five years, the church shared space with Maywood Fine Arts, which has since moved into a new dance studio down the street.
“There are many hours in the week when church activities are not taking place and our simple, but spacious home may work for someone,” church officials noted.
“We are open to ideas and can be fair and flexible with terms. We are seeking to be good stewards of our church home and not waste any of our assets.”
For more information, call (708) 3344-6150.
Maywood fire chief appeals to residents to obtain working fire, carbon monoxide alarms
Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh released a statement on the appropriate methods for staying safe during the winter season.
“Because the cold season is approaching, we will soon find ourselves having to both initiate and maintain efforts to keep warm in our homes,” he wrote.
“Sometimes accidents do happen. Because of this possibility, as Fire Chief of Maywood, I am making a personal appeal to every Maywood Village Resident to ensure that you do indeed have present and operating smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your place of residence.
“The devices are not expensive and can be found at local neighborhood stores. The presence and proper operations of both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can notify and protect residents from the devastation resulting from fire and carbon monoxide.
“Thank you, be safe and enjoy the upcoming holiday season!” VFP