How to Get Chromium-6 Out of Your Tap Water
Consumer Reports / Environment / Health

How to Get Chromium-6 Out of Your Tap Water

Sunday, September 24, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews A report published last week by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed that hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6 — the chemical made famous in the movie “Erin Brockovich” — could be in the drinking water of nearly 71 million Americans.  Chromium-6, studies have shown, has been linked with numerous … Continue reading

One Way to Mitigate Flooding? Rip Up That Grass and Plant a Native Garden
Community Notebook / Environment / Noted

One Way to Mitigate Flooding? Rip Up That Grass and Plant a Native Garden

Oak Park middle schooler Jadyn Dale hauls soil in a wheelbarrow last Saturday while helping to install a native garden pathway outside of his school. Below, students plant native vegetation in the garden. | William Camargo/Wednesday Journal Tuesday, September 13, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews As the complications of climate change, which include … Continue reading

Maywood to Plant 100 Oak Trees Across Town | Residents Welcome to Free Trees
Community Development / Environment / Noted

Maywood to Plant 100 Oak Trees Across Town | Residents Welcome to Free Trees

Shingle Oak saplings | http://flickriver.com/ Tuesday, August 9, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews||@village_free   The Maywood Board of Trustees recently unanimously voted to accept 100 Oak saplings from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). The trees, which are free, are going to be planted in parks and other places across town, said Maywood Village … Continue reading

Maywood, Among Suburbs at High-Risk for Lead Paint Poisoning, to Share $2M Mitigation Grant
Environment / Government / Housing

Maywood, Among Suburbs at High-Risk for Lead Paint Poisoning, to Share $2M Mitigation Grant

Sunday, August 7, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews ||@village_free    Maywood was named among a handful of municipalities in Cook County that will share a three-year $2 million Lead Hazard Reduction Grant. The program is designed to remove lead-based paints from homes in suburbs that are at high-risk for lead-based paint exposure, particularly in the aftermath of severe flooding … Continue reading

Search Begins for Maywood’s ‘Great Gardens’ | Area Students Win $1K Scholarships, County Essay Contests
Community Notebook / Environment / Noted / Notifications

Search Begins for Maywood’s ‘Great Gardens’ | Area Students Win $1K Scholarships, County Essay Contests

Loretta Brown, a member of the Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission, tending a garden operated by Proviso Partners 4 Health in Maywood. | File Tuesday, July 19, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR  || @maywoodnews || @village_free The search is on again for some of the ‘greatest gardens’ in Maywood. The Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission are seeking submissions for … Continue reading

Village Pride, Village Wide Grows On Last Year’s Success
Community Notebook / Environment / Noted

Village Pride, Village Wide Grows On Last Year’s Success

More than 200 people took part in the annual Village Pride, Village Wide cleanup event on Saturday. | Photo: Kyle FitzGerald/Facebook  Monday, April 25, 2016 || By Michael Romain || Updated: 6:51 p.m. On Saturday, more than 200 people converged on the grounds adjacent to ReUse Depot, 50 Madison St., in Maywood to soak in the … Continue reading

One Possible Solution To Maywood’s Crime Problem? More Green Space And Well-Kept Lawns
Commentary / Crime / Environment / Health / Reading from Around the Web

One Possible Solution To Maywood’s Crime Problem? More Green Space And Well-Kept Lawns

Volunteers with Maywood Youth Mentoring tend to a garden at the corner of 17th Avenue and Madison in Maywood during last year’s Village Pride Village Wide event. | File Wednesday, April 13, 2016 || By Michael Romain || OPINION  New studies recently highlighted by the The Atlantic’s City Lab suggests that “the way we take … Continue reading