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BRIEFLY: Halloween Fun Overtakes Villages | Maywood Tosses Landmark Removal Proposal | Sun-Times Revisits Tom Wood Murder 10 Years Later | More

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Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley with attendees at the Maywood Park District’s annual Halloween Fest on Saturday. | Photo submitted || Below: Participants during Broadview Park District’s haunted house. | Broadview Park District/Facebook

Broadview Haunted House.jpgSunday, October 30, 2016 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Residents in Maywood and Broadview enjoyed Halloween festivities on Saturday thanks to numerous social service organizations and the two park districts in those towns.

In Maywood, the fun took place outside, on the grounds of Veterans Park, 125 S. 5th Ave. Participants were treated to a hay maze, hot chocolate and cider, candy prizes, pony rides and more.

In Broadview, participants enjoyed a haunted house, along with free entertainment and candy, among other fall activities.

Sun-Times Revisits Tom Wood Murder, 10 Years Later


Ten years after the death of Maywood Police Officer Tom Wood, whose Oct. 23, 2006 murder is still unsolved, reporter Robert Herguth revisited the long-dormant case for the Chicago Sun-Times in a story featured on the cover (sans Cubs wraparound) of the paper’s Sunday, Oct. 30 edition.

Herguth catches up with former Maywood Police Chief Elvia Williams, who is currently running the Richton Park police department, and also talks with current Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley.

Williams tells Herguth that, while she still doesn’t know who murdered Wood, she’s optimistic the case will be solved sometime in “the next couple of years.”

Randy Brown, the Maywood detective who works the Wood case part-time, tells Herguth that the department will make a renewed push next year to start “re-interviewing people.” Talley adds that, next year, evidence in connection to the case will be re-examined, among other developments.

“‘I owe it to the family,’ Talley says, as well as fellow cops and the community ‘to bring closure. I’m definitely committed to getting this resolved.'”

To read the full Sun-Times report, click here.

Maywood Liquor Sales Could Start an Hour Earlier on Sundays

liquor.jpgAt a Oct. 26 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted unanimously to send to a regular board meeting for final approval a motion that would allow retail liquor sales to start at 11 a.m. on Sundays, an hour ahead of the current 12 p.m. start time that current regulations call for.

The Maywood Liquor Commission, which is chaired by Mayor Edwenna Perkins, unanimously recommended that the board approve the the motion, which retailers say will allow them to compete with retailers in nearby communities that sell liquor earlier in the day.

According to village officials, each holder of a liquor license in the village is in compliance with regulations and in good standing. Officials say there are currently 15 active liquor licenses in Maywood as of Aug. 17.

The board is expected to make a binding vote on the new hours at a regular meeting on Nov. 1.

Maywood Board Tosses Proposed Landmark Removal Ordinance

At the Oct. 26 LLOC, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted 4-3 for “the outright denial and rejection” of a proposed ordinance that would allow owners of properties in the village that have been designated local historic landmarks to remove that designation by appealing directly to the Board of Trustees, and bypassing the Historic Preservation Commission.

Trustees Antonette Dorris, Melvin Lightford and Ron Rivers, who pushed for the proposal, have argued that landmark status could hamper potential development, particularly of the Maywood Home for Soldiers Widows, near the corner of Lake St. and First Ave.

Maywood Trustee Michael Rogers, who made the tersely stated motion, argued that landmark status is no different than any other regulation that protects the historical character and integrity of the community.

Cook County Board of Commissioners Presents Resolution in Honor of Iberia Hampton 


During an Oct. 26 meeting, the Cook County Board of Commissioners honored longtime Maywood resident Iberia Hampton, the mother of Fred Hampton, with a resolution.

The legislation was sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), in whose district Hampton lived until her death on Oct. 17 at age 94.

You can read the full resolution by clicking here.

State Rep. named ‘Legislator of the Year’

Rep. WelchState Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th), whose district includes Maywood, was honored on Oct. 28 by the Illinois Association of School Social Workers as the “Legislator of the Year” for his 2016 legislative work in Springfield.

Welch was presented the award during the organization’s 46th Annual Conference, which took place in Lisle.

The group, which honored Welch’s body of education-related work, specifically referenced his hand in the passage of HB 4996 — a law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner allows school districts “to appoint social workers as the district’s liaison with the Department of Children and Family Services to help coordinate services to foster children within a school district,” according to a statement released by Welch.

“Currently, Illinois school districts serve over 10,000 foster kids across 800 districts, and there is no mechanism in place to properly track services provided,” the statement noted. ” HB4996 will correct this issue, and it will also help Illinois as it prepares to comply with the new Federal Every Student Succeeds Act.” VFP

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Kite Runner: Why This Maywood Native Wants To Import A Chinese Passion To His Hometown

Screenshot 2014-07-06 at 12.11.11 PM(Valane Spaulding setting up for yesterday’s Family Kite Day at Conner-Heise Memorial Park. Photo by Michael Romain for The Village Free Press). 

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LaTrina Spaulding, Tiffney Hughes, Valane Spaulding, LaShaundra Murphy. Photo by Michael Romain for The Village Free Press.

Sunday, July 6, 2014 || By Michael Romain

MAYWOOD–When newlyweds Valane and LaTrina Spaulding honeymooned to Beijing this year, the city’s thriving kite-flying culture made such an impression that Valane brought back some of that aerial passion to America–and in particular, Maywood, the place where he grew up.

“There were people flying kites in every park in Beijing that we came across,” Spaulding said. “It took me back to my childhood days. We don’t do that anymore.”

Those nostalgic moments in China would lead to yesterday’s Family Kite Day held at Conner-Heise Memorial Park on 10th and Washington, from 11 AM to 5 PM.

“I’m just trying to bring a little life, a little color, into our community,” said Spaulding, a Proviso East alumnus.

What began as a way to spread financial literacy and security to people in his community has spawned into a far more encompassing endeavor.

Spaulding, who majored in Finance at the University of Illinois and currently resides in downtown Chicago, has created an organization called Integrating People’s Options to formally facilitate more community events like the one yesterday. He envisions hosting basketball and softball tournaments, and 5K and 10K runs–right here in Maywood. His wife LaTrina, Tiffney Hughes and LaShaundra Murphy comprise the organization’s administrative team.

“I love my community,” Spaulding said. “I love my people, so when I read the news and I see the stuff that’s happening in Maywood–that hurts me. I ride through this community and I don’t see anyone in the parks. I hate that.”

At least for one overcast, but temperate, Saturday afternoon, however, one park in the Village was animated by an Imperial City pastime imported to the Village of Eternal Light. VFP

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“A Great Day In Maywood:” Community Marks Official Start Of Fred Hampton Aquatic Center’s Summer Season With Ribbon-Cutting

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A crowd of community leaders and elected officials gathered outside of the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center on Monday for the pool’s ribbon-cutting. (Photo by Michael Romain for The Village Free Press).

Monday,  June 9, 2014 || By Michael Romain 

MAYWOOD–Community leaders and local elected officials gathered in front of the Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center on Fred Hampton Way to celebrate the official opening of the pool’s 2014 summer season.

Guests included Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins; Maywood Trustees Ron Rivers, Toni Dorris and Audrey Jaycox; State Representatives Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Kathleen Willis; Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley; District 209 Board Member Theresa Kelly; West Cook YMCA CEO Phillip Jimenez; West Cook YMCA COO David Parsons; West Cook Board members Roberto Sepulveda and Phil Gordon; West Cook YMCA Aquatics Director Kim Polk; Maywood Park District Commissioner and brother of Fred Hampton, Bill Hampton; Hampton’s mother Iberia Hampton; and Maywood Park District Interim Executive Director Lawrence Broughton.

“West Cook YMCA is thankful and delighted to be in partnership with the Village of Maywood, the Mayor and the Hampton family,” Jimenez said. He also thanked the West Cook YMCA staff, Acting Village Manager David Myers and Maywood’s Coordinator of Enforcement David Flowers for a job well done.

(From left to right: Mayor Edwenna Perkins; Mayor Perkin and Phillip; the Mayor and Rep. Welch (right) talk with a resident; Isiah Brandon, Executive Director of Youth on the Move, speaks with Rep. Willis. Photos by Michael Romain for The Village Free Press).

Mayor Perkins speakMayor Perkins and Philip JimenezMayor Perkins and State Rep. Welch chat with citizenIsiah Brandon speaks with Rep. Kathleen Willis

This marks the third year that the YMCA has maintained the pool, but it will be the first year that the Village shares the burden of the operating costs. Last month, the Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously to allocate $40,000 toward the approximately $80,000 it costs the West Cook YMCA to run the pool during the summer season, which officially kicked off after today’s ribbon-cutting and will end on August 17th.

“This is the proper place, the proper setting, the proper pool for people to do the proper things in this community,” said Bill Hampton. “Fred gave his life, not just for people to swim, but to build cooperation and unity. This was a great day in Maywood.”

“Since it opened in 1970, this pool has been a center of good, wholesome fun and hope for thousands of families,” Mayor Perkins said. “It has provided past and present residents of this Village with lifetimes of memories; and it has been a place where Maywoodians have bonded and formed lasting relationships.”

The Mayor lauded the Board of Trustees for voting to share the cost of operating the pool. She also thanked the administrative staff and board members of the YMCA for a fruitful collaboration. The Mayor noted that keeping the pool open year after year would require a constant struggle, but one she’s optimism about.

“In order for this pool to stay open another 40 plus years, it will take a struggle,” she said. “But the recent actions taken by the Village, in partnership with the West Cook YMCA, should give residents a lot of hope that this pool will be in good shape for years to come.”

(From left to right: Roberto Sepulveda; Iberia Hampton and local author Mary Morris; a crowd heads into the pool complex; Chief Talley converses with Trustee Jaycox; two boys plotting poolside; a YMCA lifeguard standing watch; a woman reading poolside; children wading the pool; Theresa Kelly, Mary Morris and Mrs. Hampton; Trustee Jaycox and Mrs. Hampton; Kim Polk, Mrs. Hampton and Bill Hampton cutting the ribbon; a poolside attendant waits for a patron to go down the slide. Photos by Michael Romain for The Village Free Press).

Roberto SepulvedaIberia Hampton and Mary MorrisPeople going into poolMaywood Police Chief Talley converses with Trustee JaycoxBoys poolsideYMCA LifeguardWoman reads poolsideChildren play in poolTheresa Kelly, Hampton,Trustee Jaycox and Iberia HamptonIberia Hampton, Bill Hampton and Kim PolkSlide Attendant

“It’s a joy and a hard-fought battle, but it’s something we have to do for our kids,” said Trustee Rivers, riffing on the Mayor’s martial metaphor. “It would’ve been a terrible mistake for this pool not to be open and for it not to be open on time. We did what we set out to do. Now, I just hope that it’s a safe and hot summer.”

West Cook YMCA board member Roberto Sepulveda, who is also a member of the Maywood Rotary Club, said that the partnership between the YMCA and the Village has never been stronger.

“We are glad to see a full partnership that includes greater engagement and financial support from Mayor Perkins, the Maywood Trustees and the Village of Maywood as a whole,” he said. “Today, you could really feel the sense of community.”

Iberia Hampton gathered with local leaders in front of a Univision television camera to cut the ribbon. The pool opening wouldn’t be official without her. VFP

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