Briefly: Honorary Street Named After Hillside Pastor | A Maywood Brotherhood to Give Away 350 Toys to Needy| More Inside

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Apostle Donald L. Alford was honored with a street-signing named after him during a Dec. 4 ceremony at his Hillside church, Progressive Life-Giving Word Cathedral, which was located in Maywood before moving west in 2002. || Photos: David Dickerson/Facebook

Progressive.jpgTuesday, December 13, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 9:22 p.m. 

Apostle Donald Alford, the longtime pastor of Progressive Life-Giving Word Cathedral in Hillside, recently received a rare distinction.

A portion of Frontage Road in Hillside, where the church is located, will be renamed Donald Alford, Sr. Road, according to members of the church who were in attendance at a service held earlier this month where the distinction was announced.

When Progressive was founded in Maywood in 1925, it was considered the first church in the village affiliated with the Church of God in Christ — the 6.5 million-member, predominantly African American Pentecostal-Holiness Christian denomination.

Alford’s father, James Alford, was named pastor of the church in 1941. The younger Alford succeeded his father as pastor in 1983. In the decades before moving to Hillside in 2002 — into a building that once housed a Leow’s movie theater complex — the church worshiped at various locations in Maywood. For a long time, it’s home was a converted Jewish Synagogue located at 431 S. 13th Ave.

Numerous elected officials, including state Sen. Kimberly Lightford (4th), were in attendance at the Dec. 4 service where Alford learned about the honor.

A brotherhood looks to rebuild the Maywood block responsible for its bond

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A group of Maywood natives who form the group 13th Positive. | Photo submitted

A group of men who hail from 13th Ave. in Maywood are trying to transform their old stomping grounds one Christmas at a time. The group, called 13th Positive, is planning to host its second annual holiday toy drive.

“Last year, we went door-to-door passing out 150 toys,” Anthony Lindsey, one of the members of that group. “This year, we want to give out 350 toys.”

This year, instead of going door-to-door, the men of 13th Positive will be at the Maywood Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Ave., on Dec. 23. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., they’ll be at the facility “passing out toys until we run out,” Lindsey said, adding that the group will also provide holiday music and refreshments.

“We don’t ask for [monetary] donations because we don’t want to give people any reason to be suspicious,” he said. “We just want to give back and put families in a better position for the holidays — whether it’s two or 30 of them.”

From now until Dec. 22, community members can drop off unwrapped toys (for children 8 years old and up) at any of the following drop-off locations:

  • Hair Dreams, 1919 W. Roosevelt Rd., Broadview
  • Dynasties Hair Creations, 4321 St. Charles Rd., Bellwood
  • Scotty’s Customs, 711 Mannheim Rd., Bellwood
  • Naps Barber Shop, 1109 W. Roosevelt Rd., Maywood
  • Stylistic Salon, 905A S. 5th Ave., Maywood
  • Re’Lux Hair Studio, 703 S. 5th Ave., Maywood
  • Hair Illusions, 1151 Portsmouth, Westchester

The brothers of 13th Positive

Charles Stump, master barber and entrepreneur | Reginald Neal, recovery specialist team lead for the Law Offices of Blitt & Gaines P.C. | Anthony Lindsey, contract manager at Department of Education | Leroy Davis, vice president of Hackie Cement Corporation | Clifford Williams, engineer for Union Pacific Railroad and real estate investor For IMEX INC. | Thomas B. Thompson, chairman, The NativeLight Group, Inc. and NativeLight Digital Studios, LLC (website development).  | Jason Henderson, retired Whitney Porter Forklift operator | James Truman, vice president of business development at TYLO Security | Clayton Howard, C&C Auto Sales | Clarence Frison, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Mississippi | Donald E. White, Jr., production supervisor for Johns Manville | Lorenzo Williams, Uber partner and president of Zinzo Clothing Inc. | Albert W. Stump, Jr., operations supervisor for Dart Container.

Enjoy these neat holiday events 


Washington Dual Language Academy, 1111 Washington Blvd., will host a “Christmas Around the World” assembly on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. at the Academy.

“Take part in wonderful sing-a-longs, emotive poems, and cheering creative performers,” notes a statement on the district’s website. “This is an event the entire family can enjoy.”


Everyone is invited to a Technology Holiday Open House within Maywood’s technology business district, an enterprise established earlier this year by the Economic Growth Initiative.

The open house will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Global Business Center, 840 S. 17th Ave. in Maywood, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, holiday music and a chocolate fudge raffle. Donations are appreciated. Come out and observe a class, meet our community’s young people, mingle with successful entrepreneurs and learn from our tech facilitators.

Learn about the Montgomery Bus Boycotts online


Nzingha Nommo, the owner of Afriware Books Co., 1701 S. 1st Ave. in Maywood, will lead a class on the Montgomery Bus Boycott called Boycott 101. The textbook, pictured above, is the most comprehensive treaties on the topic known.

The book, authored by Wally G. Vaughn, challenges many longstanding myths about how the boycott started and what most contributed to its success. If this intrigues you, join us!

To start, fill out a short form with your contact information (click here to access the form), pay a course fee and begin reading right away to prepare for the first discussion in January.

For more details about the course, click here. VFP

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