Category: Lives

Village People: Pirsia Allen, Retiring From The Force But Keeping The Faith

Friday, April 27, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Retiring Maywood Community Resource Officer Pirsia Allen reads to Garfield Elementary students during Black History Month. | Courtesy District 89 

Rev. Pirsia Allen, a veteran Maywood police officer of roughly two decades, will retire on May 10. Most recently, Allen was the department’s community resource officer. Although he’ll be off of the force, the 60-year-old minister said he will still be a presence in the community.

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Melrose Park Cubs Fan Celebrates 100th Birthday At Wrigley Field

Sunday, April 15, 2018 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Santo Grimaldi, who celebrated his 100th birthday at Wrigley Field on Friday, speaks to WGN reporter Erin Ivory. | John Saccomanno/Facebook 

Santo Grimaldi, a WWII veteran who lives in Melrose Park, walked slowly, but purposefully to his seat inside of Wrigley Field on April 13.

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Village People: Claudia Maldonado’s No Typical Beauty Student

Friday, March 30, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Claudia Maldonado, a student at a beauty school in Hillside, was recognized as Cosmetologists Chicago’s outstanding student for March. | Submitted

Cosmetologists Chicago, one of the largest beauty associations in the Midwest, recently recognized a Maywood cosmetology student as its outstanding student of the month for March. 

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How This East Grad Went From Prostitute To Presidential Award Recipient

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 || By Nona Tepper/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Marian Hatcher, who went from living on the streets to crafting policy on Capitol Hill. | Submitted photo 

The last time Maui Jones saw his mother he had a gun to his head.

Jones, then-18 and living in River Forest, came downstairs to ask his mom for a ride to his first acting gig. When he reached the basement, he saw his mom, Marian Hatcher, hopped up on drugs.

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Village People: Aaron Peppers, 50, Runs The World

Monday, February 19, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

One day last March, Maywood police officer Aaron Peppers, 50, woke up one morning in Dallas, Tex., to run a half-marathon, took a shower, and hopped on a plane to Mexico City, Mexico for another race that night.

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A One-Man Movement To Help Those Experiencing Homelessness

Monday, February 19, 2018 || By Tom Holmes/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: John Netherly demonstrates how he re-purposes windbreakers from trash bags outside of the Forest Park Transit Station. | Alexa Rogals 

They found Miss Bernice dead in a doorway. Forest Park resident John Netherly said he knew that would happen. He had been pleading with police for months to take Miss Bernice to a hospital or mental health facility, telling officers the woman was not mentally capable of making decisions in her best interest.

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Bill Hampton Laid To Rest As Mourners Urge Public Not To Forget The History

Saturday, February 17, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Several hundred people filled the sanctuary of Proviso Baptist Church, 1116 S. 5th Ave., in Maywood, on Feb. 16, to pay their respects to William Edward Hampton — the brother of the slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and a Maywood Park District commissioner.

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