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Loyola Students Help Cultivate Hardy Maywood Peace Garden

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The Maywood Peace Garden received some special attention from Loyola medical students on Saturday. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Olga Desio, a volunteer master gardener with the University of Illinois Extension program, stood in the middle of the Peace Garden at the corner of 17th Ave. and Madison St. on Saturday, surrounded by hardy native plants and engulfed in the scent of herbs—sage, oregano, lavender, thyme.

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Loyola Opens $137M Research Center in Maywood; Village Teams With Nonprofit To Put People To Work

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Loyola’s new, $137 million Center for Translational Research and Education, located on Loyola’s medical complex, which straddles First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Maywood. The center opened on April 21. | Photo courtesy Loyola University Chicago

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 || By Michael Romain 

Last Thursday, Loyola University Chicago opened the Center for Translational Research and Education (CTRE) — a five-story, $137 million facility located on the institution’s health sciences campus in Maywood.

The 225,000 square-foot facility is the largest one the university’s ever built, according to an April 21 statement Loyola released on the day of the opening. The building will be home to 500 students, staff and faculty members.

“In medicine, research is a team effort and collaboration leads to innovative discoveries,” said John P. Pelissero, Loyola’s interim president, in the April 21 release.

Pelissero said the new building will unify the Maywood complex’s Stritch School of Medicine, the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and Loyola University Health System with the goal of rapidly translating fundamental scientific discoveries into “real treatments for human health.” That goal, university officials noted, aligns with the university’s 5-year plan, which is called Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World.

The new facility is expected to become gold LEED-certified and includes “two two-story atriums to promote outside-the-lab collaboration, a 90-seat seminar room, and a 265-seat auditorium for lectures and health-related community events.”

Larry M. Goldberg, the president and CEO of Loyola University Health System, said the Maywood complex is “one of few academic medical centers in the country in which a hospital, medical school, nursing school and major research center are connected on one campus,” according to the statement.

Maywood and the Chicago Lighthouse team up to put people to work, April 29

Maywood residents who have a desire to connect with potential employers can show up at the Village Council Chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave., in Maywood, on Friday, April 29, from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., for critical information on doing so. See more below:

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In honor of the late Lennel Grace, a tireless Maywood advocate for clean paths, sidewalks and streets, attend this year’s annual Illinois Prairie Path Cleanup, Saturday, April 30, 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting at 11th Avenue and Prairie Path, in Maywood. RSVP JoAnn Murphy, so she can plan accordingly.

Operation Uplift to host April 30 reunion kickoff/fundraiser, in lieu of annual luncheon

West TownOperation Uplift, the Maywood nonprofit that operates the West Town Museum of Cultural History and hosts an annual Martin Luther King, Jr., luncheon, has announced that it will be hosting a reunion kickoff to help support and bring awareness to its daily services in lieu of a luncheon this year.

“Please help us continue to provide more cultural awareness to our local community, stimulate individual growth,  community pride, and educate the Proviso Township area about the collections of art, artifacts and significant historical materials we hold within our doors,” according to a recent release put out by the organization.

The reunion kickoff activities will include educational tours, an African attire fashion show, live entertainment and food.

It will take place on Saturday, April 30, from 1 PM to 4 PM, at Operation Uplift/West Town Museum, 104 S. 5th Avenue, Maywood.

Donations or pledges of any amount are greatly appreciated. Those who give via checks should make them payable to: Operation Uplift, Inc.

For more information please call Jeri Stenson at 708-289-4955 or email operationupliftinc@gmail.com. VFP

Proviso Students Bring ‘Farm-to-Table’ to Maywood with Organic Garden


Volunteers work in the organic garden next to ReUse Depot, 50 Madison St., on Sat. July 18. Photos by Angelique White. 

IMG_2727Wednesday, July 22, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

MAYWOOD || Straddling the side of reusable building material store ReUse Depot, 50 Madison St., is an organic garden that takes a village to harvest.

On Sat. July 18, the garden hosted area residents, volunteers and sponsor organizations to an afternoon lunch and workout in the garden, which sits right across the street from Proviso East’s football stadium.

Volunteer Jack Perez took a breather after shoveling dirt and assisting with the garden’s second harvest.

“This really helps show people where your food comes from,” he said of the garden. “It shows how to grow food and take care of your health. I think gardens are very empowering,” said Perez, a research assistant at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC).

Zainab Raji, a senior medical student at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, volunteered to give healthy cooking demonstrations.

“We wanted to show them things that were cost-effective and that could be replicable at home. For instance, we got the fruits and vegetables and made kabobs with them. We also had the kids color lunch bags. We went over what’s a vegetable and a fruit, because some of these kids didn’t know what celery is. These are all ways of showing them how to do things in their own communities and how to grow things,” she said.

The garden is the result of a collaboration between ReUse Depot, who owns the property on which it sits; Loyola University; Proviso Partners for Health (PPH); and Triton, among other partnering entities.

Dr. Lena Hatchett, an assistant professor at Stritch, director of Community and University Partnerships, and one of the founders of PPH, said there were 12 students recruited through the Summer Urban Agricultural Program to help maintain the garden and harvest the organic crops. The program is funded by Triton College and Loyola.

The students, most of whom attend Proviso Township high schools, are paid to work the garden for six weeks. During that time, they also learn about entrepreneurship and gain a social awareness.

Jennifer Bridgman, a senior urban gardening specialist, oversees the students’ field training, introducing them to species of flower and vegetables they may not have known before entering the program. Bridgman said the gardening initiative has yielded more than fresh produce — it’s yielded brilliant ideas.

“One of the students has already written his own grant for a program,” she said. “He got $1,000 to start Hoops for Peace, so kids can come to a safe place to play together. We have twin girls who are in the process of starting their own organization. These kids are amazingly creative.”

“We recruited some stellar, strong, invested students,” Hatch said, echoing Bridgman.

The 12 participants were selected from an applicant pool of 21 students. Some will be retained in the fall to help out in the garden’s hoop house, which will enable produce to be grown in the cooler months.

Loretta Brown, a member of Maywood’s Environmental Beautification Commission and one of the garden’s community mainstays, pointed out some of the produce that had been harvested on Saturday.

“We harvested a bunch today — collard greens, string beans, peppers, cilantro, mint,” said Brown, who maintains community gardens throughout the village.

Bridgman said the students will decide how the produce is used. Some of it, the women hinted, might go to people like Mercedas Hernandez, who manages a cooking group out of St. Eulalia’s Quinn Community Center. Hernandez, who prepared the lunch that afternoon, said her organization is dedicated to cooking healthy food for people who love to eat healthily.

The garden, the good eating, the heightened community awareness — they’re all parts of a virtuous cycle of empowerment, Brown said.

“The high school is right across the street from the business owner who donated the land, so it connects the business with the high school. Some of the teachers from the school are engaged with this, as are the kids. Some community businesses have agreed to purchase from us once we harvest more produce. It’s a farm-to-table concept right here in our own village.”

And for the students responsible for maintaining that concept, the impact of the garden on their lives has been immediate and visceral.

Ronnika Croff, a freshman at Chicago Bulls College Prep on Chicago’s West Side, said her appetite has changed.

“I’ll eat more fruits and vegetables, because sometimes they have us taste things in the garden to see how we like them,” she said. “It also helps us get to know each other.”

“We’re doing things to better the earth with planting,” said Ciana Talmadge, 15, a sophomore at Proviso East. “We’re trying to give back to the community, which gives us so much. It’s nice.” VFP

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