Search Begins for Maywood’s ‘Great Gardens’ | Area Students Win $1K Scholarships, County Essay Contests

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Loretta Brown, a member of the Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission, tending a garden operated by Proviso Partners 4 Health in Maywood. | File

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR  || @maywoodnews || @village_free

The search is on again for some of the ‘greatest gardens’ in Maywood. The Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission are seeking submissions for its 2016 Great Garden Recognition Award.

In order to gain recognition, gardens must be recommended by neighbors, who can fill out a form and turn it into the Village Clerk’s office at 40 Madison St., or email it to, by Aug. 30.

Photos are optional, but recommended. Neighbors can either submit a printed photo with their form or email a photo, along with the property’s address in the subject line.

Nominees will receive a certificate of appreciation, along with their address featured in the village newsletter! The homeowners of the top three gardens are eligible to receive a gift certificate.

To access the form, click here.

Proviso Township students earn $1K Illinois Legislative Black Caucus scholarships

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Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. | ILBC

Three Proviso Township students — Kristopher Leggin, of Bellwood,  Mariah Rouse, of Broadview, and Trae Jones, of Maywood — were awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. They were among 62 students who year the award this year.

According to a recent statement, the ILBCF has been giving out the scholarship money, which is designed to help deserving students achieve their academic and career goals, since 2002. To date, the organization has given out over $420,000 in scholarships.

The students were scheduled to receive the awards at the ILBCF’s  July 19 annual golf outing, held at the Harborside International Golf Center in Chicago.

Area students take home top honor in 2016 ‘Be Heard’ Essay and Art competition 

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Students who won Commissioner Richard Boykins’s annual ‘Be Heard’ essay and art contest during a July 13 board meeting. | Submitted photo

At a July 13 Cook County Board of Commissioners meeting in Chicago, Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) announced the winners of his 2016 “Be Heard: One Vote Can Change the World” essay and art contest, which was sponsored in partnership with Comcast.

The second annual contest was to all currently enrolled Cook County high school students in grades 9-12, while the art contest was open to all Cook County 3-8 grade students.

“Celebrating the creative and artistic talents of our youth is critically important and is a common thread woven through my service to the 1st District,” Boykin noted in a statement.

“Given the significance of civic engagement during this presidential election year, this competition ignited a spirit of hope and transformation in our next generation of leaders. Additionally, I was pleased to partner with Comcast to expand the scope of the competition to include students from across the entire County, along with enhancing the offering of prizes.”

“It is great to see future voters engaged in the democratic process,” said John Crowley, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region.  “Comcast is proud to have supported the ‘Be Heard’ contest in partnership with Commissioner Boykin.  We congratulate the winners.”

This year’s winner received a laptop, courtesy of Comcast, along with cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000.

2016 Winners (area students are in bold)


  1. Wilson Constable, Oak Park River Forest High School, Grade 11
  2.  Solomon Lee, Johnson College Prep, Grade 9
  3. Jennifer Perez, Proviso East High School, Grade 9


  1. Aaliyah Merrick, St. Agnes School, Grade 6
  2. Camari Ingram, Field Stevenson Middle School, Grade 4
  3. Alex Walker, Percy Julian Middle School, Grade 8
  4. Joyce Lin, Stevenson Middle School, Grade 8

According to Boykin’s statement, “The students in grades 3-8 were invited to create an original and inspiring slogan with accompanying art work that reflects the idea of ‘Be Heard: One Vote Can Change the World.’

“The high school students were encouraged to compose a 500-word essay on the topic of how voting can influence issues that plague our communities, such as: violence, lack of educational opportunities and police misconduct.” VFP

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