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Nike To Release New Film Featuring Maywood Resident Dorothy Gaters

Friday, January 12, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Dorothy Gaters, center, with her Marshall High School basketball players. | MLK Classic 

Last year, Nike debuted its popular EQUALITY ad film featuring LeBron James and Serena Williams.

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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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Proviso West Alum to Open New Specialty Brew Cafe in Oak Park


Darrell and Reesheda Washington outside of their soon-to-open coffee shop, L!VE Cafe, in Oak Park. The space will be a one-of-a-kind gathering spot for visionaries and coffee connoisseurs alike. | William Camargo/Wednesday Journal

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Reesheda Graham-Washington, a graduate of Proviso West High School, is looking forward to opening what she and her co-owner husband, Darrell Washington, say could be one of the few specialty coffee shops in the western suburbs. But their ambitions go beyond serving cups of java.

L!VE Cafe, scheduled to open in mid-November at 163 S. Oak Park Ave., will be “an event cafe and creative space that aims to build bridges between communities with different demographic make ups, specifically the Oak Park and Austin communities,” said Darrell.

A self-described coffee enthusiast, Darrell said in addition to that larger mission, the cafe’s product will be more sophisticated than most west suburban and West Side consumers may be used to. 

“Specialty coffee shops don’t exist anywhere in the area,” he said. “This will be a place where you can experience a coffee tasting, a nitro brew and really dive into the culture of coffee as opposed to going somewhere with the mindset, ‘I need coffee, so I’ll just get a cup.'” 

The owners said L!VE will have two primary roasters of specialty-grade coffee — Wheaton-based River City Roasters and I Have a Bean — each of which blends their roasting production with social values.

“River City is very mission-driven and focused on building relationships — not just stateside, but across the waters where farmers themselves are,” Darrell said. “I Have a Bean focuses on hiring felons. They’ve developed a process of roasting that’s easy enough for someone coming fresh out of jail who needs money to learn and make a living on without spending years in school.”

Reesheda, a former school teacher, said the couple envisions the space as an intersection of diverse ideas, people and experiences.

“We have a significant heart and passion for bringing communities together,” she said. “When we see communities like Austin that are resilient in non-fiscal ways, robust and dignified and proud, and they’re situated next to communities like Oak Park, which may have many of those same tenets in addition to having financial resources along with socioeconomic robustness — we think there’s an opportunity for some mutuality. We think those communities can learn from each other.”

Reesheda said they want to “shift away from” a model of philanthropy that’s a one-way street, with limited resources flowing from wealthy communities into relatively impoverished ones with little to no reciprocity.

“We want to think about the assets of both communities and how they can strengthen and grow each other,” she said.

The couple provided much of the startup capital for the cafe out of their own pockets, she said, but additional resources came in the form of people they consider partners giving small donations over a period of roughly a year, plus volunteers giving time and in-kind donations (like furniture for the cafe), and substantial funding from Community Bank of Oak Park-River Forest.

The latter, the couple said, decided to take a risk on the non-traditional nature of their business concept.

“They were willing to work with us and come up with a plan and some possibilities that have helped us to exist,” Resheeda said, “so we’re grateful for the pliability that they’ve exhibited as a partner.” VFP

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