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Election Day Briefing: Broadview to Vote on Mayoral Term Limits | Maywood on Video Gambling | Early Voting Strong | More

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This election: Cartoon or reality? | DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 || Community Editor || @maywoodnews

First things first, if you haven’t voted already, do so. Illinois may not factor very strongly in the presidential race from an Electoral College standpoint, but candidates for president aren’t the only ones on the ballot (which is a relief; we hear the further down the ticket you go, the closer politics resembles real life).

To locate your polling place, click here.

Early voting turnout strong across suburban Cook County


According to a Nov. 7 report by WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, suburban Cook County citizens came out in droves to vote early.

Early voting in Chicago and suburban Cook County entered its final day on Monday with more than 285,000 votes already cast in the city and nearly 400,000 additional ballots cast or mailed in from 30 surrounding townships.”

“In suburban Cook County, 52 early voting sites have been operating since Oct. 24. County Clerk David Orr said last week that the number of ballots cast before Election Day will likely set a new record.

“‘There’s an intensity here where people make sure they vote,” Orr said. “Before, the highest number of early votes cast was in 2012 with around 230, 000 and we’ll be breaking that today with three early voting days remaining.'”

To read the full report, click here.

Broadview residents to vote on mayoral term limits 

The Cook County Record reported on Nov. 7 that a Chicago appeals panel, by a 2-1 vote, has ruled that Broadview residents can vote on a binding ballot referendum on mayoral term limits.

The referendum reads:

Shall the terms of office for those persons elected to the office of Village President in the Village of Broadview, at the April 4, 2017 consolidated election, and at each election for said office thereafter, be limited such that no person shall be eligible to seek election to or hold the office of Village President where that person has been previously elected to the office of Village President of the Village of Broadview for two (2) consecutive full four (4) year terms?

Broadview’s term limit measure is among four on ballots across Cook County, the County Record reports. Broadview’s mayor, Sherman Jones, is a two-term incumbent. If this referendum passes, it could invalidate him from seeking reelection.

For more information on this referendum, or to see your sample ballot (just input your address into the top right box), click here.

Maywood voters to weigh in on video gambling with referendum

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In July, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted 4-2 to approve a resolution that would put the question of whether the board should adopt an ordinance prohibiting the issuance of any new Class M liquor licenses, which are exclusively granted to video gaming establishments, on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The referendum question is strictly advisory and non-binding, meaning the board isn’t required to adopt the prohibition into law. The vote on the referendum is largely a measure of where the community stands on the issue and is typically utilized to guide future decisions by elected officials.

The referendum reads:

“Shall the Village of Maywood adopt an ordinance prohibiting the issuance of any new Class M (Video Gaming Cafe/Bistro) Liquor Licenses in the Village of Maywood?”

For more information, read these articles (herehere, here and here) published by the Village Free Press on this issue.

Voters to decide on fate of Cook County Recorder of Deeds

Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, a Maywood resident, could be in the fight of her political life this election, despite cruising to another term. On Nov. 8, voters will decide whether or not the Recorder’s office should even exist.

The legally binding referendum reads:

“Shall the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be eliminated and all duties and responsibilities of the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be transferred to, and assumed by, the Office of the Cook County Clerk by December 7, 2020?”

According to BallotReady, some arguments for voting ‘yes’ for the referendum include:

  • Allows Cook County taxpayers to downsize a government designed for the 19th century Reference
  • Saves roughly $800,000 annually (estimated by the nonpartisan Civic Federation budget watchdog group) and makes county government more consumer-friendly

And some arguments for voting ‘no’ against the referendum include:

  • This referendum lacks details or plans on how the supposed savings will be achieved Reference
  • The Cook County Recorder currently defends the property rights of residents, particularly those of lower financial means, and consolidation could negatively affect vulnerable populations served by this office Reference

Watch the returns come in at the Global Business Center


Free flu shots Nov. 9


And so you don’t get sick of all of the politics, stop by the Maywood Public Library for a free flu shot on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Nurses from Loyola University Medical Center will be administering the free shots in room 202 at the library, 121 S. 5th Ave. There will be a limited number of shots available, so hurry there.

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BRIEFLY: Maywood Native Sergio Brown Picked Up By Buffalo Bills | Crain’s Reports Seaway Bank on Last Legs | 2017 Election Dates | More

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Maywood native Sergio Brown in 2013 when he was with the Indianapolis Colts |

Friday, November 4, 2016 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 4:58 p.m.

Several months after being waived by the Atlanta Falcons, Maywood native and former Proviso East standout Sergio Brown, 28, has been scooped up by the Buffalo Bills. The Bills announced the acquisition on Wednesday, according to USA Today.

Brown, a veteran free agent safety, signed with the New England Patriots in 2010. Since his release in 2012, he’s played for the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons.

Before entering the NFL, Brown was a two-sport star at Proviso East, excelling in track-and-field and football.

According to USA Today, “Brown then spent three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before joining the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015, recording 36 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two pass breakups in four games.”

Chicago’s largest black-owned bank at risk of failing

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Seaway Bank’s Maywood branch. | Google Earth

“The financial condition of Seaway Bank & Trust, Chicago’s largest black-owned bank, has deteriorated to the point that the institution is at risk of failure even as it expresses confidence that an investor rescue will happen,” according to a Nov. 3 report published in Crain’s Chicago Business.

Crain’s notes that Seaway is down to a “little over $7 million of capital,” which is “below the minimum banks need to avert closure by regulators.”

The bank’s officials have noted that they’re optimistic that they’ll be able to raise funds from investors. They also cited the $8 million in new deposits that the bank received from the “Move Your MoneyMove Your Money” campaign, a project encouraging depositors to move their money from large banks to small banks or credit unions.

Seaway, which has a local branch in Maywood and is where the village has parked its own deposits for a number of years, recently recommended that Maywood reduce its deposits, according Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet.

Earlier this month, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted unanimously for the village to pay down the remaining balance on a $300,000 loan owed to Seaway.

The village had assumed the debt when the former Maywood Market Grocery store failed and the store’s developers couldn’t be found. The village had co-signed for the loan at the request of the developers.

Crain’s reports that Seaway has $361 million in assets and is the largest “black-owned lender in the Midwest.” But recently, it’s been bleeding capital, having lost $12.5 million in the first three quarters of this year.

“Another $16.5 million in accounting reductions—including the $13.8 million deferred tax asset—has eaten away all of Seaway’s capital from the start of the year,” Crain’s noted.

2017 election dates announced by Maywood clerk 


The Village of Maywood Clerk’s Office will be accepting filings for the Consolidated Primary Election and the Consolidated Election during normal business hours as listed below:

Consolidated Primary Election | Feb. 28, 2017

  • Petition Filing: Nov. 21, 2016 to Nov. 28, 2016
  • Objection Filing: Nov. 29, 2016 to Dec. 5, 2016

If needed, a lottery for placement on the Consolidated Primary Election ballot will be scheduled for Dec. 7, 2016, at 3 p.m.

Consolidated Election | April 4, 2017

  • Petition Filing: Dec. 12, 2016 to Dec. 19, 2016
  • Objection Filing: Dec. 20, 2016 to Dec. 27, 2016

If needed, a lottery for placement on the Consolidated Primary Election ballot will be scheduled for Dec. 28, 2016, at 3 p.m.

Clerk’s Office Regular Business Hours

  • Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Clerk’s Office will be CLOSED on the following days:

  • Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016
  • Friday, Nov. 25, 2016
  • Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

For more election info, click here. To access the 2017 Candidates Guide, click here.

Maywood to hold meeting on payment types 

The Village of Maywood will hold a public hearing on whether the Village of Maywood should accept credit card payments for all types of village fees, charges and obligations, including payment of any kind of bills and registration for village programs.

When: Nov. 15, 2016 | 7 p.m.

Where: Maywood Council Chambers, 125 So. 5th Ave., Maywood

Beautiful colonial home for sale in Maywood

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203 S. 7th Ave., Maywood. | Beals & Associates LTD

[PAID POSTING] Beautiful Colonial Home on 85 by 130 North Maywood Corner Lot!

$199,900. Excellent opportunity to own a well kept home, in the same family for generations.

It features a huge family room addition on the main level, with windows overlooking an expansive rear yard. Recently, painted and floors refinished, with updated mechanical features that make this home move-in ready!

In addition, it has an extra large semi-detached garage with extra-wide driveway. Click here for more info. VFP

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Briefly: Operation Uplift Needs You; Property Fraud Talk Jan. 20, 6 PM; Jazz In Maywood; Library Events; More

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Maywood Chamber of Commerce leaders Audrey Jaycox and Edwin Walker IV, with Larry M. Goldberg, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System. | File

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR

The Maywood Chamber of Commerce will host a public discussion, featuring Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, on property and mortgage fraud, which is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes. Frausters often target paid-for homes that have no mortgage.

Learn how to protect your real estate against property fraud. Also, learn about a special discount program especially for veterans.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 || 6 PM to 8 PM || Maywood Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Ave., Maywood, IL || Refreshments provided || For more info, or to register, call 708.345.7077

Operation Uplift Needs Your Help

Northica Stone, President:CEO of Operation Uplift

Northica Stone, founder and CEO of Operation Uplift. | File

Northica Stone, President and CEO of Maywood’s Operation Uplift, Edward Millon, Chairman of the Board and L. Jeri Stenson, Curator of the West Town Museum of Cultural History, are reaching out to the members of the community, particularly alumnae and anyone who has benefited from the services and resources offered by Uplift and the Museum.

“We are asking for much-needed monetary donations to keep our doors open,” said Mrs. Stone.

Uplift has served the people of the western suburbs for more than 40 years. The museum, established by Stone in 1995, offers a plethora of information for anyone involved in historic preservation, research and exhibits through its archives of photos, videos, oral histories, etc.

“We desperately need your help now to continue,” added Museum Curator Stenson. “Uplift and the Museum area vital resources to the area.”

Checks made payable to Operation Uplift can be sent directly to 104 S. 5th Avenue, Maywood, Il 60153 and all money raised will be used to cover the daily operating expenses.

For more information you can call 708-289-4955 (ask for Jeri) and 708-516-0628 (ask for Mrs. N. Stone).

ACA Enrollment || Jan. 23, 12 PM to 6 PM

Dear Community Partners,

Open enrollment in insurance plans under the ACA ends on January 31st.  Insurance coverage will be critical this year because of steep penalties for individuals without coverage.

If you do not sign up in 2016

The fee is calculated two different ways — as a percentage

of your household income, and per person. You’ll pay

whichever is higher.

Percentage of income:

* 2.5% of household income

* Maximum: Bronze plan for an individual is $207 per

person per month and $1035 per month for a family of

five or more

Per person Penalty:

* $695 per adult (Annual)

* $347.50 per child under 18 (Annual)

* Maximum: $2,085

Westlake Hospital want to help you get the coverage you need.  We will be hosting an Open Enrollment Fair on Saturday, January 23rd from Noon to 6:00 pm in the Registration/Admissions area of the hospital.  Please see the attached flyer for further details.  Encourage everyone you know who is without medical insurance coverage to attend this important event.  Please feel free to distribute the attached flyers.

Jazz in Maywood || Jan. 30 || 6 PM

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Upcoming Maywood Library Events

Maywood Public Library

Utility Bill Clinic

The office of State Representative Chris Welch, along with the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), will provide a utility bill clinic on Monday, February 22nd, from 4:30-6:30 pm in room 201 of the Maywood Public Library District. Those who attend may bring their bills for electricity, gas, or telephone for consultation by C.U.B.’s experts.  To learn more about C.U.B., please visit their website at

Mo Beat Blues

On Saturday, February 20th, at 11:30 am, Mo Beat Blues will perform in room 201 of the Maywood Public Library District.  Along with music, Mo Beat Blues will also discuss the history of Blues, an African American form of music.

How Will I Achieve My Goals: Book Signing and Presentation

Regina R. Carver, a Certified Life Coach, will be visiting the Maywood Public Library District on Saturday, February 27th, at 12:00 noon, to discuss the ideas in her book, How Will I Achieve My Goals: Six Simple Steps to Proven Success. Books will be available for purchase. This event will take place on the third floor of the Carnegie Building in room 201.

Quilting: Step-By-Step Instruction

If you are interested in learning how to construct quilts, please leave your information for Mildred A. Green at the Library by calling 708-343-1847, and ask for Information Services. The Quilting class meets at the Maywood Public Library District on every Tuesday from 12:00 noon until 2:30 pm in rooms 201 and 202.

Instructions in Sewing

People who are interested in learning some of the basic skills involved in constructing clothing will want to take this free class in rooms 201 and 202 of the Maywood Public Library District on Thursdays from 12:00 noon until 2:30 pm.  Space is limited. In order to begin taking classes, please leave your information for Mildred A. Green at 708-343-1847. VFP

Upcoming Events & Community Info: Park Dist. Movie Screening; D89 New Year’s Tea; Operation Uplift News


Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

Operation Uplift Raises Funds || Thursdays, Feb. 19, Feb. 26 || 11 AM to 3 PM || Dr. King Award Nominations Now Being Accepted || D89 Partnership

Operation Uplift Announces a Three Week Fundraiser

When:  Thursdays, February 12, February 19 and February 26, 2015 || 11 AM to 3 PM || 104 South 5th Avenue, Maywood 

The Ladies Stop & Shop Economy Sale, will feature New Afrocentric Merchandise and Estate gentle used items of dress shoes, separates and accessories.

Proceeds from this Fund Raiser will support the basic budget of Uplift to keep its doors open for another year.

For addition information call 708-516-0628.  RETAILERS ARE INVITED.

Uplift Accepting Nominations for 27th Annual Dr. King Awards Fundraiser

Operation Uplift Center and the West Town Museum of Cultural History is currently accepting nominations for its 27th  Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Fundraiser,, being held April 25, 2015.

“Take A Deep Breath & Keep His Dream  ALIVE!!”

Applications may be picked up at the 9th Avenue Maywood Park District, or by calling the Museum at (708) 516-0628.

The Deadline is March 9, 2015

Thank you,

Northica H. Stone || President CEO

Uplift Announces Partnership with D89

The West Town Museum of Cultural History has partnered with School District 89 first time Multicultural 4th grade project during Black History Month.

All 4th graders, their teachers, and several parents and grandparents  from each of the schools were able to view the early days of Maywood, the story of it’s Underground Railroad Site and learn about the iconic individuals who also attended District 89 Schools.

The Museum opened in July 1995, as an Historic Preservation Arm of Operation Uplift Center.

For more information call (708) 516-0628 or

Maywood Park District Presents FREE Film Screening || Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 || 3:00 PM

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District 89 Presents a New Year’s Tea Party || Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 || 3:30 PM

New Year's Tea

Please email submissions to



COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD: Toys for Tots, Free Health Informational, Family Dollar Supports Boys & Girls Club, Rotary Taxi’s Holiday Services, More


Tuesday, November 18, 2014 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR

Rep. Kathleen Willis Joins Forces with Toys for Tots, Drive Runs Nov. 7 – Dec. 19

NORTHLAKE, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison) will open her office as a drop-off location for toy donations for the annual Toys for Tots charity parade.  Residents of the 77th District are welcomed to stop by the district office to donate toys that will be given to children in-need this holiday season through the charity event, which begins on November 7th through December 19th.

“I am excited to partner with Toys for Tots because I support their mission of working to ensure children know that, even if their family situation is unstable, there are people who care about them and are willing to give back to make sure they have a happy holiday,” said Willis.

The Chicago-land Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade is one of the largest motorcycle parades in the world.  It began in 1978 and continues through today, donating thousands of toys each year to children throughout the region.  People are urged to donate toys even if they are unable to participate in the parade.  Toys for Tots asks that only new toys be given and requests no stuffed animals.  Residents interested in making a donation are urged to call Representative Willis’ district office at 708-562-6970 or the Toys for Tots Organization at 773-866-TOYS.

“I urge all residents to help make a child’s holiday special by donating to this worthy cause,” said Willis.  “There are times when we all need a helping hand, and if we are able to aid somebody this holiday season I believe we should do so,”

Kathleen Willis is serving her first term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.

Maywood Public Library

December Programming Rundown 

Viewing of Battlefield: The Americans on Hell’s Highway

On Monday, December 1st, there will be a viewing of the documentary Battlefield: The Americans on Hell’s Highway at 5:00 pmin room 201 of the Maywood Public Library District. This film focuses on “Operation Market Garden,” one of the lesser known struggles during the Second World War. Several thousands of American soldiers lost their lives during this operation, and while it was not considered a success, U.S. troops did meet their objectives.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Investing but Were Afraid to Ask

On Monday, December 8, at 5:15 pm, Ron Milner, president and co-founder, will give a question and answer presentation on using library resources for investing.  Milner will also include a brief biography of how he went from poverty to being a successful investor. There will also be raffles for prizes after the presentation. This event is free.

Health Screenings
Loyola medical students will visit the Maywood Public Library District on December 3rd to perform health screenings for the community between the hours of 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm.  Health screenings include taking a person’s blood pressure, offering counsel on nutrition, advice on how to quit or cut down on smoking, and chronic diseases.  These screenings are free to the public.

Making Networking a Breeze

Aimee Edwards, a speaking coach who specializes in the way the brain is affected by stress, will visit the Maywood Public LibraryDistrict on Monday, December 15th, at 5:00 pm.  Her presentation will focus on improving one’s brain for better learning and performance, primarily in the area of public speaking, for professional and academic situations.


Illinois African Amerian Coalition for Prevention Quarterly Meeting || Thursday, November 20, 10 AM to 1 PM (FREE + LUNCH)

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Apply for 3 CHA waitlist lotteries on 1 registration form between October 27 and November 24



Christians Gone Funny, Saturday, December 6, 6 PM

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Starving Artists Gala, Saturday, December 6 

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Starving Artists is a new Maywood Performing Arts studio operating out of St. Eulalia’s Quinn Community Center, 1851 S. 9th Avenue. Join them for their first student “Expression Session” where family, friends and community can see the students perform and express all that they have learned during the semester!  || Proceeds will be used to help Starving Arts to become a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) || Donations of food, musical equipment and art supplies welcome to support the program || $10 for adults. ($1/child for children under 12) || Additional In-Kind donations are welcomed || Reserve your tickets today! Go to here. and click the “Gala” tab!

Other Events, Services & Fundraisers

Rotary’s Holiday Taxi Service

TaxiThe Maywood/Proviso Rotary Taxi Service is alive and well earning over $3,000 a year for local and international service projects.  We just spent over $1500 dollars to give a dictionary to every 3rd grader in Maywood , Melrose and Broadview and to also send two Proviso East students to a 3-day leadership training conference.  We just had our auction that should net at least $8,000.

The taxi service charges $35 to and from the two airports and the downtown train station with no tipping.  You win, our service projects win.  But it is the holiday season and we have numerous reservations just before and after Thanksgiving and Christmas.  So, now is the time to reserve your trip.  Remember we do any other kind of trip that a regular taxi would do.  Just email Gary Woll ( or call (708) 345-2706 with the date, time, destination and, if airport, the return flight number.


Family Dollar

Family Dollar Supports Boys & Girls Club Throughout November 


In-store giving campaign to provide funds Boys &Girls Club of West Cook County

Bellwood (November 4, 2014) – Every year, nearly 4 million young people are served by Boys & Girls Clubs. To celebrate these extraordinary efforts, Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE: FDO) announced that it is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) with a four-week program called, “Open the Door for America’s Kids.”  Beginning Nov. 1, Family Dollar customersin Bellwood can make a monetary contribution at checkout to be donated to the  West Cook County BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS this holiday season.

“After learning how many children are served by Boys & Girls Clubs across the country each year, we knew we wanted to lend a hand,” said Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar. “We are thrilled to be teaming up with such an incredible organization, and I know that together, we can help provide a happier holiday season to many children and families across the country.”

“The support of Family Dollar and the proceeds from this campaign will help us continue to make an impact on the youth in communities and the children who need us most.”- Keenan L.White, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of West Cook County

Campaign facts:

  • Family Dollar stores invite customers to give $1 at the register during the month of November to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • 100% of proceeds raised at each store will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Every $1 donation helps provide 20 minutes of after-school programming for a Club youth
  • $15 helps keep a kid safe after school today

About Family Dollar

For more than 54 years, Family Dollar has been providing value and convenience to customers in easy-to-shop neighborhood locations.  Family Dollar’s mix of name brands, and quality, private brand merchandise appeals to shoppers in more than 8,200 stores in rural and urban settings across 46 states. Helping families save on the items they need with everyday low prices creates a strong bond with customers who refer to their neighborhood store as “my Family Dollar.”  Headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte, Family Dollar is a Fortune 300, publicly held company with common stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FDO. For more information, please click here.


Autism & Special Needs Resource Center grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, November 19, 3 PM

The Answer Ribon Cutting


Operation Uplift & West Town Museum of Cultural History 12th Annual Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale, November 22, 11 AM

Operation Uplift


Operation Uplift

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The Weekend in Review: Rotary’s 17th Annual Silent Auction | EVENTS | NOTIFICATIONS

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Monday, November 3, 2014 || By Michael Romain 

The Maywood-Proviso Rotary held its 17th Annual Auction Fundraiser at the Villa Brunetti in Franklin Park last Saturday. This year, the organization enjoyed “a warm and magical Hawaiian theme filled with the tropical delights of this country’s 50th state,” according to the program.

Attendees placed bids on Chicago Bears tickets; a membership to Loyola’s Center for Health and Fitness; and a bag of groceries from Trader Joe’s; among other items.

The proceeds go toward the Maywood-Proviso Club of Rotary International’s various community projects, such as its annual dictionary giveaway to District 89 third-graders.

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Informational Meeting on Heroin Addiction and Its Suburban Impact || Wednesday, November 12, 6 PM

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Loyola TurnUp Your Health Challenge for 8- to 16-year-olds

Sign up for Loyola’s 6 week “TurnUpYourHealth” – a challenge for ages 8 – 16. First Prize – $150 for participants who achieve greatest health improvement.

Weekly workshops in Nutrition, Decision-Making, Fitness and Self-Esteem, Fitness || Quinn Community Center at St. Eulalia Parish, 1851 S. 9th Avenue, Maywood, IL || Starts Monday, Nov. 10, 6:30 PM and meets weekly on Tuesdays until Dec. 14 || To register, contact Danielle Krause at (517) 896-3436 and leave a message or email: and leave a name, age, grade and phone number.


Mastery Academy Informational Meeting || Wednesday, November 17, 7 PM

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Personal Finance & Economy

FREE credit score workshop sponsored by Rep. Welch, November 8, 9 AM

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FREE AARP-sponsored Financial Roundtable, November 8, 11 AM

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FREE informational on “Getting A Job with the State of Illinois,” Sponsored by Rep. Willis, November 13, 1 PM

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Apply for 3 CHA waitlist lotteries on 1 registration form between October 27 and November 24


Entertainment, Arts & Culture

Walther Theatre Department’s A Christmas Carol,  November 7th, 8th and 9th

A Christmas Carol

FREE Field Trip, November 6, 5:30 PM

Urgent – Free Field Trip – Thursday, Nov. 6, “NAJWA DANCE CORPS” @ Marillac Family Services || 2859 W. Jackson, Chicago, – West African Dance demo (bus transportation provided) || Depart 5:30 PM, Return: 8:30 PM Maywood Library || Permission slip to be passed out at the bus, or you can access it here || To reserve a seat, contact Barbara Cole – 708-344-3577 or respond via this email.

Christians Gone Funny, December 6, 6 PM

Christians Gone Funny

Starving Artists Gala, Saturday, December 6 

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Starving Artists is a new Maywood Performing Arts studio operating out of St. Eulalia’s Quinn Community Center, 1851 S. 9th Avenue. Join them for their first student “Expression Session” where family, friends and community can see the students perform and express all that they have learned during the semester!  || Proceeds will be used to help Starving Arts to become a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) || Donations of food, musical equipment and art supplies welcome to support the program || $10 for adults. ($1/child for children under 12) || Additional In-Kind donations are welcomed || Reserve your tickets today! Go to here. and click the “Gala” tab!

Other Events

Autism & Special Needs Resource Center grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, November 19, 3 PM

The Answer Ribon Cutting


Operation Uplift & West Town Museum of Cultural History 12th Annual Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale, November 22, 11 AM

Operation Uplift


Operation Uplift

If you, or your organization, has an event, project or cause that needs publicizing, please send an email with relevant detail (who, what, where, when and — if necessary — why) to 

THE BULLETIN BOARD: Loyola Nurses Administer Free Flu Shots at Maywood Library; FREE MAMMOGRAMS; November Library Programming; Triton Events; Tutoring; More

Screenshot 2014-10-26 at 7.18.43 PMThe Loyola nurses that volunteered for this event include: (left to right) Sarah Fields, RN, organ procurement coordinator; Jacqueline Brooks, RN, heart transplant coordinator; Susan Finn, RN, MSN, program director, Pediatric Mobile Health Unit; Patricia Reisinger, RN, pediatric nurse.

Monday, October 27, 2014 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

On Oct. 6, 2014, nurses from Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) in Maywood offered free flu shots to the community at the Maywood Public Library District. The nurses gave more than 40 flu shots to residents of Maywood. This is the second consecutive year that LUMC provided free flu shots to the community at the Maywood Public Library District.


Westlake will also be offering free mammograms for women over 40 or, if there is a family history of breast cancer, women 35 +.  Individuals
MUST BE RESIDENTS OF PROVISO TOWNSHIP.  The mammograms must be scheduled and taken during the month of October.  Every year, we have had hundreds of women screened.

Please distribute the attached flyer to all the women you know.  What they learn may help save their life.  Remember October is Breast Cancer
Awareness Month.

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November programming at the Maywood Public Library

Book Signing: C.H.A.P.P.S.

On Monday, November 3rd, Larry Pinson, a U.S. army veteran and local Maywood author of C.H.A.P.P.S., will have a book signing in the Rotunda of the Maywood Public Library District at 4:30 pm. Pinson’s work explains his ideas on a new revolutionary pay system that employers may use to avoid lay offs and going overseas.

Informational Presentation on Medicaid

A number of health organizations will be holding a presentation on some of the new changes that have occurred with Medicaid at the Maywood Public Library District. This event will occur on Wednesday, November 12th, at 5:00 pm. Please bring any questions you have on this topic. This event is free.

The Reality of Domestic Violence

On Monday, November 17, Pillars will visit the Maywood Public Library District at 5:30 pm to discuss domestic violence, which happens to 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men. Pillars offers programs for victims of domestic violence through their agency, the Constance Morris House. The Constance Morris House provides community education on what domestic violence is, who it happens to, and what your community can do to help. This event is free.

Learning About eRead Illinois

On Wednesday, November 19, at 5:30 pm, there will be a presentation on eRead Illinois, the system that the Maywood Public Library District uses for its ebooks. Please come to this event and learn how you may use your devices to download ebooks. For more information, please visit the Library’s webpage on ebooks at

Health Screenings

Loyola medical students will visit the Maywood Public Library District on November 5th and November 19th to perform health screenings for the community between the hours of 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Health screenings include taking a person’s blood pressure, offering counsel on nutrition, advice on how to quit or cut down on smoking, and chronic diseases. These screenings are free to the public.

 Annual Robotics Competition

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Dear Maywood/Proviso Adults and High School Students, 14-18 years of Age,

 Goals for young people in our community include:
  • Becoming Lifelong Learners
  • Gaining the technical skills needed to succeed in a global economy
  • Learning to lead and collaborate for a meaningful and satisfying life

“Team 2136” adds these goals:

  • Gaining access to more than $16 million in college scholarships?
  • Having the hardest fun they will ever have while learning STEM skills?
  • Experiencing the thrill of the competitive sport of the mind?

All of these goals are realizable through participation in Team 2136 during the 2015 First Robotics Competition (FRC), which is a nationwide robot-building competition, held January through early April each year. Team members are high school students, 14-18 years of age. More information at

Team 2136, celebrating its seventh year as a team, meets with adult Mentors after school each day, January through March, at Illinois Manufacturing Foundation, 2101 S. Kedzie in Chicago, easily accessible via the CTA’s Pink Line train. Team members will design, prototype and build a robot for the Regional Competition held in early April at the UIC Pavilion. They will learn to use hand and power tools and the latest technologies in sensors, motors, controllers, programming, and materials and learn to work as a team while designing and building a robot to meet the 2015 design challenge. It will be hard work and a ton of fun! Several former team members now serve as Mentors for the team and several have succeeded in engineering in college. All team members report their participation on the team as a great experience.

Team 2136 is now recruiting for new members for the 2015 FRC season. We invite you to be a Teacher/Mentor with the team and ask you to invite your students to join Team 2136 by calling or visiting at Illinois Manufacturing Foundation, 2101 S. Kedzie, Telephone 773-277-2343. Photos of the team working at building the robot, some of the Team 2136 members at the 2014 Competition, and a general view of the playing field at the 2104 competition are below.

Oct. 27 – The Answer, Child/Adult ID for special needs – FREE

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Oct. 27 & Oct. 30 – Rep. Chris Welch to host How to Afford to Send Your Children to College Workshop – FREE

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Oct. 28 – (TRITON) Job Club Meeting: Job Club Meeting: Resume & Job Interviewing Workshop, 1 to 2 p.m., Room B-130B of the Student Center

Triton College’s Career Services Center will kick off their monthly Job Club Meetings on Oct. 28 with a resume and job interviewing workshop. The club, open to community members, hosts informational sessions, while providing guidance and support to job seekers. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3619, or email

Oct. 29 – Lisa Madigan Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Roundtable

Please join the AG and our staff next Tuesday for this very important meeting.  We will discuss a number of fraudulent issues that have increased the number of calls and complaints we have received, as well as data breaches and ID Theft.  This meeting is for community stakeholders and leadership only, not for the general public.  We will also discuss other important and programs our office offers.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 || 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. || The Chapel at Bethel New Life || 1140 North Lamon, Chicago, 60501

Attorney General Lisa Madigan will update community leaders on security breaches, identity theft, and common financial scams directed at consumers in our communities.

Please let us know if you or a member of your staff will be able to join us by emailing or by calling Eileen Baumstark-Pratt at (866) 376-7215.

If you have questions regarding the meeting, please feel free to call Pam Moore, Community Outreach Liaison, at (312) 814-1039.

Oct. 31 – Maywood Park District –  Halloween Family Fun Night – FREE

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Teen Parenting Program – Canaan Church, 801 S. 14th, Catholic Charities, Mondays, 4-6 PM

Nov 1. – Maywood Youth Mentoring Free Youth Breakfast – Canaan Church, “Dare to D.R.E.A.M” – Delta Phi Delta Dance Fraternity (special performance)

Nov. 1 – Maywood Rotary Auction, 6 PM

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High School Physics Tutoring – Forest Park Public Library – Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7 PM

RSVP needs thrift store volunteers

River Grove, Ill. – The RSVP Volunteer Program of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties is looking for volunteers to help a community partner. The Oak Park River Forest Senior Citizens’ Center is looking for volunteers to help out in the Economy Shop.

The Economy Shop, a resale shop, has been run by volunteers and supports seven local Oak Park-River Forest charities, including the Oak Park-River Forest Senior Citizens’ Center. Volunteers are needed weekdays and Saturdays to help sort merchandise and prepare for weekly sales.

The Economy Shop is located in a Victorian house at 103 S. Grove Ave, on the corner of South Boulevard and Grove Avenue in Oak Park, Ill.

RSVP is a national volunteer program, sponsored by Triton College, for individuals who are 55 years of age and older. It works with non-profit organizations and reports back to the state and federal governments on the impact that they are having in the community.

For more information on this volunteer opportunity or others, call Triton College’s RSVP office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3835 or 3603.

Nov. 4 – (TRITON) Campus Visit Day, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Student Center (B Building)

Prospective students can learn everything they need to know about enrolling at Triton College during

Campus Visit Day. The event will discuss admission and financial aid topics, introduce students to Triton’s faculty and provide campus tours. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130, or email

Nov. 8 – Rep. Welch to host Credit Score Workshop – FREE

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Nov. 8 – (TRITON) Robotics at the Library, Noon to 3 p.m., Triton College Library, located in the A Building

Children are invited to the Triton College Library with their parents to participate in a special LegoTM robot-building activity. The library will supply all the materials; just bring your creativity! Expert builders will be on hand to help during this no cost activity. No registration is required, but space is limited and will be based on first come-first served. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3591.

Nov 13 – Rep. Kathleen Willis’s Info Session & Application Workshop: Getting a Job with the State of Illinois – FREE

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Nov. 22 – Operation Uplift Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale

Operation Uplift

Operation Uplift


We at the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) know that the vast majority of veterans – both young and old – lead healthy, fulfilling lives upon return to civilian life.  Every day we hear countless inspirational stories of veterans succeeding, giving back, and rising to leadership positions in their communities.  This comes as no surprise.

But at the same time, a significant number of veterans can benefit and empower themselves through additional support and guidance – particularly those grappling with transition challenges and the residual health effects of combat.  As such, we want ensure that any and all who stand to benefit from the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program (IWAP) are aware of and have ready-access to the available counseling services.


IWAP provides confidential assistance to Illinois veterans, servicemembers and their families facing transition challenges through no-cost counseling services.  IWAP places a particular focus on providing behavioral health support via trained counselors and face-to-face visits in an outpatient setting – but individuals can call, email or chat with IWAP’s expert personnel to discuss any number of challenges and receive prompt referral support:

Toll-Free Hotline – Call the confidential phone number at 1-866-554-4927 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST) for immediate support or authorization to see a local health provider.

Website – Visit the IWAP website at to access the online chat feature, informational resources, and referral services.

Key to IWAP is it’s availability to veterans and servicemembers in geographic areas that lack ready-access to services.  For those who have to wait more than 10 days or travel more than 25 miles for a VA appointment, eligible individuals can call IWAP and set up an appointment to receive professional care from a local provider.  The costs are nominal; only a $5 copay per visit.  As such, IWAP acts as a crucial supplement to available VA services, providing eligible veterans and family members with timely, easy-to-access services.


·         Under the age of 65

·         Has served a minimum of 180 days of active duty service with an Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard unit

·         Illinois resident

·         Is either ineligible for or unable to access USDVA behavioral health services

·         Must wait more than 10 days for an appointment for USDVA services or the closest USDVA site is more than 25 miles away from the veteran’s home

·         Is not an inmate of public institution or a resident of a nursing facility


·         Veterans who are ineligible for VA care or who must travel more than 25 miles for VA care are offered 30 face-to-face visits for counseling services in an outpatient setting.

·         Veterans who must wait more than 10 days for an appointment with VA are offered 6 face-to-face visits for counseling services in an outpatient setting, or until the first VA appointment occurs.

·         The annual benefit for veterans includes any combination of individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, psychological testing, or intensive outpatient (IOP) visits.  Each IOP visit accrues against the annual benefit at the rate of 2 outpatient visits for each IOP session.

·         The benefit includes coverage for neuropsychological testing for a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.


·         Spouse and dependent children are offered 6 face-to-face visits for counseling in an outpatient setting.


Access support resources through Illinois Joining Forces’ easy-to-use referral feature ( or by contacting an Illinois Veteran Service Officer at (800) 437-9824 or


Building awareness for these available services is essential in strengthening our resolve and our commitment to those who’ve worn the uniform.  In this way, we pay tribute to those who’ve served and we better position the greater community to reap the rewards from an empowered veteran community.  Please distribute this information and the attached flyers to any and all who stand to benefit.

Max Dulberger

Policy Advisor || Office of Acting Director Rodrigo Garcia || Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs || Email: || Phone:  (312) 814-5538 VFP

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