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National Night Out In Maywood Brings Community, Police Together

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A Maywood police officer plays Frisbee with a young person during National Night Out in Maywood on Aug. 7. | Shanel Romain 

National Night Out — the annual event held each year on the first Tuesday of August and celebrated by police departments around the world — is designed to promote “police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live,” according to the program’s website.

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Quinn Center Marks Camp’s End With Celebration | National Night Out is Aug. 1


Young participants of the Quinn Community Center’s summer enrichment camp during a July 21 end-of-camp assembly. Below, students show off their newly learned musical chops. || Michael Romain/VFP

IMG_6223Wednesday, July 26, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Over 100 community members packed the gymnasium of the Quinn Community Center, 1845 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood, to celebrate the end of the center’s annual summer enrichment camp during a July 21 assembly.

“This year, the camp had over 150 campers, not including camp mentors, volunteers and staff,” said Wardell J. Dobbins, the founder and CEO of Gateway to Music and Arts Inc. — one of numerous nonprofits who facilitated a range of programming in the arts, music and gardening.

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A classroom in the middle of learning during a Quinn summer enrichment camp session. || Photo: Quinn Community Center 

One of the highlights of last Friday’s assembly was a musical selection by students in grades fifth through eighth.

“These students came to us with no musical experience and during the past 12 days they learned how to play percussion instruments,” Dobbins told the crowd.

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A child engaged in hands-on learning during a classroom session. || Quinn Community Center

During a brief selection, the students read sheet music while playing the written beats on buckets, trash cans and pieces of plywoods.

After them, a group of second-graders took the stage to perform … what else? The mambo, of course.

National Night Out set for Aug. 1

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Maywood firemen clean up after a National Night Out several years ago. | File

Since 1984, communities across the United States and Canada have gathered on the first Tuesday of August, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., to recognize National Night Out Against Violence. The event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is designed to advance awareness about law enforcement programs and various anti-crime initiatives.

Maywood has been celebrating the event annually since 2004. This year, as with others, the event will take place on the first Tuesday of August (which is Aug. 1), from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Maywood Veteran’s Memorial Park, 300 Oak St. in Maywood.

Officer Pirsia Allen, the Maywood Police Department’s community policing officer, said that the event has fostered a greater sense of togetherness and unity between the police and the residents.

Entertainment includes Big Ray & Chicago’s Most Wanted Band, free food and refreshments, free t-shirts, gifts and balloons for children. For more information, contact: Officer Pirsia Allen at 708-450- 4409. VFP

Melrose Park Opens Vietnam Vets Memorial | Maywood Police Celebrate Nat’l Night Out

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Soldiers unveil a marker at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1800 Riverwoods Drive in the Victory Centre of River Woods assisted living campus in Melrose Park. | Alex Hernandez/Pioneer Press

Thursday, August 4, 2016 || By Micheal Romain || @maywoodnews || @village_free  

Vietnam War veterans and their families have one more place to reflect on the sacrifices they’ve made now that the Village of Melrose Park has cut the ribbon on the recently completed Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, 1800 Riverwoods Drive.

The park’s opening was marked by a dedication ceremony on July 27 that included “a presentation of the colors and rifle salute by American Legion Franklin Park Post 974, a benediction by Deacon Ray Behrendt from Sacred Heart Parish in Melrose Park, and renditions of the national anthem and ‘God Bless America’ by Gianna Capra Uroni,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico noted that the idea for park arose from a conversation he had last year with officials from Veterans Park District, which serves Melrose Park and three other surrounding suburbs.

“The village donated the land and installed most of the infrastructure, like the pavement and the retaining wall,” Serpico said, according to the Tribune. “The park district agreed to do all the landscaping and all the maintenance for the property. So, it’s a partnership with the village of Melrose Park. ”

“It’s been a long time coming,” George W. Atkins, the commander at American Legion Post 888 from Northlake, told the Tribune. “Finally, a tribute to my friends and fellow veterans that’s not all the way in Washington, D.C. It’s here; it’s close by. It’s a touching moment, especially when you’re personally involved with some of the names up there. I knew some of them well.”

To read the full Tribune article on the new memorial park, click here.

Maywood Police, Community Celebrate National Night Out 


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Area young people gather on the grass at Fred Hampton Park in Maywood during the Maywood Police Department’s annual National Night Out celebration on Aug. 2. | Smoothjazz Wgsjbcradio

The Maywood Police Department gave crime a “going away party,” according to community policing officer Pirsia Allen, during its annual commemoration of National Night Out on Aug. 2 at Fred Hampton Park in Maywood.

Members of the police and fire departments, in addition to local elected officials and village staff members, gathered in the park with hundreds of residents, who were treated to free food, t-shirts and a movie, among other things.

The event takes place nationwide each year and is designed “to raise Crime Prevention Awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirits and unity, and Community-Policing Partnerships,” according to a flyer circulated by the department promoting the event.

To see more photos from the event, click hereVFP

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