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Maywood Park District Searching for New Executive Director

antonette-dorrisThursday, April 6, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The Maywood Park District has started the process of looking for a new executive director. A vacancy announcement for the position was released by the Illinois Association of Park Districts, which is facilitating the search.

The district’s current executive director, Maywood Trustee Antonette “Toni” Dorris, said that she’s decided not to seek an extension of her one-year contract, which is set to end in July.

According to park district officials, the district is offering to pay a new executive director between $50,000 and $65,000. According to the IAPD vacancy announcement, “benefits are commensurate with experience and will be negotiated with the Board of Commissioners.”

The deadline for applications is May 5. The board is scheduled to begin interviewing candidates on May 29 and plans to hire someone by early July.

Dorris, who recently ran unsuccessfully for mayor, said that she decided against asking the board to renew her contract because she wants employment that offers medical and other benefits, unlike the executive director position, and due to what she described as “political antics.”

“The majority of my decision was based on [the job’s lack of benefits],” Dorris said during a phone interview on Thursday night. “I’m going to be 50 in August.”

She declined to go into details about the “political antics” she referenced but noted that “prior to me fully announcing [my candidacy for mayor], there was no problem. All the board members had seen what I had done for a year for that park district and as soon as I came out publicly, that’s when thing started.” 

Dorris is a former member of the Maywood United Party, helmed by mayoral candidate Henderson Yarbrough, whose wife is Proviso Township Democratic Committeeman and Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough.

Dorris, whose four-year term as a trustee will end next month, ran for mayor on the Maywood Visionary Party ticket with three candidates for trustee and a candidate for clerk. When Dorris announced, it was widely speculated that she could possibly cut into Yarbrough’s base of support.

Trustee Melvin Lightford, who was running for reelection and is a former Maywood United Party member, was also part of Dorris’s Maywood Visionary Party ticket. Lightford was the only MVP candidate who was elected on April 4.

Yarbrough, who garnered the second-highest number of votes in a four-person race, lost to incumbent mayor Edwenna Perkins by a margin of more than 15 points, with a gap of more than 450 votes separating the two front-runners.

Also speculation — that Dorris’s announcement may have opened her up to retribution from the political powers that be.

Although she declined to talk specifics, Dorris did reference some on-the-job pressure she felt after announcing her run for mayor that she said came primarily from Maywood Park District Board President Arnettra Burnside, who endorsed Yarbrough’s mayoral run. Burnside could not be reached for comment.

During an interview last year, Henderson Yarbrough said that there was no animosity between him and Dorris, who he said only announced her candidacy because she thought that he would not be running this year. He said that, at the time that Dorris announced, he had not announced his plans.

Dorris said that there was no reason for board members to complain about her job performance, which she said most members lauded. Maywood Park District Commissioner Dawn Rone was also a vigorous supporter of Dorris’s mayoral candidacy,

In an open letter written in February, Rone lauded Dorris for creating strategic partnerships with other governing bodies and outside agencies. She also said that the trustee “overhauled the [park district’s] day to day operations, created a website and our first ever mailed newsletter that highlighted our activities and programs.”

Dorris added that, under her leadership, the park district was able to do the due diligence necessary to acquire funding to finally rehabilitate the long-vacant 809 Madison building and to carry out numerous capital projects around the park district’s 9th Avenue campus.

Dorris said that she plans on forming a for-profit entity that will “empower our people here [in Maywood].” She said that, while it won’t be under the auspices of the Maywood Visionary Party, it will embody many of the party’s goals and philosophies.

“We had talked maybe a month before the race ended and we said that win or lose, we can better the community,” she said. “We can implement the kind of things we stood for while we were at the board table.

“This will be the same group of people who came together politically, but it will also be open to the public,” Dorris said. “It’s not about our own selfish desires, it’s about bringing stuff here that our resident that our residents will want to take part in.” VFP

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Funeral Services Scheduled for Andrew Burnside, Son of Maywood Park District Board President

In Memoriam

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Funeral services for Andrew Burnside II, the 18-year-old son of Maywood Park District Board President Arnettra Burnside, have been set.

The visitation and viewing will take place on Friday, Jan. 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Jos. R. Jones Funeral Homes, 5515 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago.

The wake and funeral will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, at Greater Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 718 S. Independence in Chicago. A repast will take place directly after the burial at Greater Rock Missionary Baptist Church.

The family is requesting that all flowers and acknowledgments be sent to Jos. R. Jones Funeral Home, 5515 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago.

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Breaking: Son of Maywood Park District Board President Fatally Shot

Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 9.54.46 AM.pngSunday, January 22, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 3:17 p.m.

One person was fatally wounded after a shooting that happened at 12th Ave. and Warren in Maywood on Saturday, Police said. It was previously reported that the shooting took place at Conner/Heise Park on the corner of 10th Ave and Washington Blvd.

According to Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley, the shooting happened at around 5 p.m. It had been reported earlier that the shooting took place between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Both police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that the victim is Andrew Burnside. An official cause of death, however, has yet to be determined, authorities said. An autopsy was scheduled to take place today.

Burnside, who attended Proviso East High School, is the son of Maywood Park District Board President Arnettra Burnside, Talley said.

“This is a tragedy,” the chief said. “His mother was an upstanding citizen of this community. This is our second homicide in January and, just like our first one, we’re going to make sure all of our resources are dedicated to resolving this matter.”

Talley said that detectives are still collecting witness statements and sifting through evidence.

“We have sketched witness statements that say there were six black males with hoods in the park,” Talley said. “We’re still sketching the details out and trying to see if there was some dialogue between [Burnside] and the assailants that may have led to something.”

Talley said that police didn’t have Burnside listed as a member of any gang. Several officers are working overtime on the case and Cook County evidence technicians were called to process the crime scene, he said.

On Sunday, some local elected officials expressed their sympathy for Burnside, who Park District Commissioner Bill Hampton called “one of our faithful and dedicated community workers.”

“I’ve met her son and he was always polite and uplifting,” Hampton said. “I hope justice is served. We need to stop this nonsense in our community.”

“She has my sympathy and condolescences,” said Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins of Burnside. “We’re working on making Maywood safe again. This is just unbelievable, because things have gotten better. If we can do anything to help her, all she has to do is let the village know.”

More as this story develops. VFP

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