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Broadview Taking Donations for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Wednesday, August 30 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Feature image: Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard move through flooded Houston streets as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey continue to rise. | Wikipedia

The Broadview Fire Department will be taking donations for Hurricane Harvey victims from now until Friday, and perhaps later, according to village officials.

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Taking Cue from State, Melrose Park Passes Trust Code

Friday, August 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Feature photo: Proponents of a Melrose Park welcoming ordinance during a village board meeting in February. 

Last month, the Melrose Park village council unanimously approved an ordinance called the Trust Code, which mirrors Senate Bill 31 — also called the Illinois Trust Act — that Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to sign on Aug. 28.

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How Melrose Park Became the Inspiration for the Melrose Pepper

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Feature photo: Melrose Peppers “sautéed in olive oil with a little red sauce.” | Photo and recipe: Proud Italian Cook

The Chicago Tribune recently published an eye-opening story about Joseph and Lucia Napolitano, a couple who traveled to Ellis Island from Italy in 1903 before settling in Melrose Park.

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New Flagship Used Truck Center Opens in Melrose Park


The Navistar plant in Melrose Park. | David Wilson/Flickr

Friday, May 26, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

On May 17, International Truck held a grand opening of a new flagship Used Truck Center in Melrose Park.

“While the current Used Truck Center is also located in Melrose Park, the four block move will bring it in the same building as Navistar’s Melrose Park Plant; occupying previously unused space on the land,” according to a statement released by company officials and published on Automotive World last week.

The move is the culmination of efforts by Navistar to consolidate its engine testing operations, Used Truck Reconditioning Center, certified technicians and used truck sales into one location, the statement read.

According to Jeff Heichel, vice president for used truck operations, the new center “provides an opportunity to create our most comprehensive used truck facility yet.”

“On one side of the building, we will be selling our used trucks; and on the other, we have certified technicians working on reconditioning them,” he said. “It creates a great environment that promotes sales and customer service.”

The new 5,500 sq. ft. truck center is more than twice as large as the 2,500 sq. ft. facility it will replace and is located on a 150,000 sq. ft. lot, which company officials say they could potentially expand to 206,000 sq. ft.

Last year, Navistar, an internatinoal truck and engine corporation based in Lisle, closed a reconditioning center that was in Indianapolis and relocated those operations to the Melrose Park location.

In 2014, according to a Crain’s Chicago Business article, Navistar shifted the production of its midrange enging to its Melrose Park facility from Huntsville, Alabama.

The consolidation was reported at the time to result in 75 new jobs, which included recalled employees and temporary workers.

To read the full statement posted on Automotive World, click here. The grand opening announcement was also covered by Trucking Industry News. VFP

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Search Back On for Teenager Missing in the Des Plaines River

Police LightsSunday, May 14, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

The search for a teenager who jumped into the Des Plaines River near Melrose Park last night and did not return to the surface has resumed this morning, according to an ABC 7 news report.

“The teenager was with about a dozen other teenagers Saturday afternoon hanging out on the railroads by the river, near the 8300-block of West North Avenue in unincorporated Cook County,” ABC reported.

After three of the teens jumped into the water, witnesses saw the victim fighting to stay afloat before. When the victim failed to resurface, the teenagers called 911.

The search, which is being led by railroad police, was described by authorities as a “recovery mission,” ABC reports.

This is the second recovery effort that has taken place in the Des Plaines River since Friday, when work crews who were cleaning the river discovered a dead body in the water near Maywood.

Read the full ABC report here. VFP

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Teenager Missing in Des Plaines River

Police LightsSaturday, May 13, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

According to a WGN TV news report, search crews that were out on the Des Plaines River in search of a teenager who may have drowned on Saturday night have temporarily halted their efforts.

“Emergency crews from several towns responded just before 5 [Saturday] evening to an area behind Lincoln College of Technology,” the report noted.

According to witnesses, three young people “jumped into the river, but one of them could not swim and went under.”

The area is a popular hang out for teenagers, witnesses told WGN. This search appears unrelated to a previous effort on May 12 to retrieve a dead body from the Des Plaines that was discovered by workers who were cleaning the river.

The search team looking for the missing teenager is expected to resume their efforts on Sunday. VFP

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New Tequila Lounge Opens in Melrose Park

Tequila establishment Melrose Park

A crowd of patrons attend the April 28 opening of La Tequileria, a new tequila lounge in Melrose Park. Below, Javier Aceves, General Contractor, David Suarez, Executive Manager (Co-Owner), Sergio Suarez and Mary Suarez, Owners, Ronald Serpico, Mayor of Melrose Park, Elliot Acosta, Manager. | Photos provided

Tequila establishment Melrose Park IIMonday, May 8, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

A new tequila lounge called La Tequileria opened in Melrose Park late last month. A formal grand opening was held on April 28 at the establishment, 2118 W. Lake Street.

The lounge’s owner, David Suarez, stated in a press release for the opening that his family, which owns nearby Los Comales, 2110 West Lake Street, was motivated to open the store because they “recognized the need for a sophisticated addition to the restaurant and bar scene in the western suburbs.”

“My family’s roots are in Jalisco [home of Tequila]. Serving premium tequila is a way for us to honor our roots and to introduce new generations of people and backgrounds to high quality tequila and to create an appreciation its process and many variations,” he stated.

In order to be classified as tequila, a drink has to have been made from blue agave plants that are grown mainly in Jalisco.

To be considered “tequila” the drink must be made from blue agave plants grown mostly in Jalisco.

In addition to tequila, La Tequileria also sells craft draft beer from breweries like Three Floyds, 5 Rabbits and Lagunitas, among other beers and spirits.

According to the May 3 release, patrons may also “try a flight – or sampling – of tequila or decide from a plethora of unique cocktails developed by Head Mixologist and Manager Elliot Acosta.”

“La Tequileria offers a limited gourmet food menu of small plates, but the true focus is the drink menu. Additionally, the lounge will have live music with a couple gaming machines in a separate room.”

La Tequileria is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. The exterior of the building will undergo facade improvements this summer. For more information, visit www.thetequileria.com. VFP

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