2016 in Review: The Lives They Lived | Development Lost, Gained


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Sunday, January 1, 2016 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

The year 2016 in Maywood and surrounding communities might best be characterized by what was lost. But the year was also about things that were gained or regained. Here’s a list of the top 10 stories of that year (based on web traffic):

  1. Roosevelt Rd. Shutdown, At Least 1 Killed in Maywood Auto Accident || Views: 27,745
  2. Man Killed in Broadview Attempted Robbery ID’d as Son of Former Bellwood State Rep || Views: 17,228

  3. Donnie Boyce, Beloved Proviso East Basketball Coach, Cleared Of Wrongdoing; Could Get His Old Job Back || Views: 10,149

  4. Early Morning Police Raid Above Maywood Restaurant, July 28 || Views: 8,631

  5. Eugene Moore, ‘Maywood’s Son’ and Local Political Force, Dies at 73 || Views: 8,041

  6. Cancer-causing Toxin Found in West Suburban Drinking Water || Views: 7,310

  7. Proviso West Student Critically Injured In Melrose Park Shooting || Views: 5,913

  8. Hundreds Pay Tribute To Well-Known Athlete And His Family’s ‘Special Grace’ || Views: 5,823

  9. Breaking: Maywood Aldi to Close Doors, Village Officials Say || Views: 5,817

  10. Maywood Just Lost Her First Love || Views: 5,538 

A summary of some of the most widely read stories published in 2016, based on category:

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Above graphic, The New York Times Magazine

Eugene “Gene” Moore


During his eulogy of Moore on Saturday, Dr. Eric King — a longtime education administrator who was with Moore in his final days — recited the words of some of Moore’s family members, including his son Eric.

“My pops is my everything,” King recalled Eric saying. “He’s my hero. He’s greater than Walter Payton or Michael Jordan or Ali. My pops — he’s the greatest. He taught me to discipline myself, how to accept criticism and how to be on time.”

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Jeremy Williams 


“I left Proviso East feeling like a failure because a lot of people were kind of on my back because we didn’t win a state championship,” Troy Jackson said, before recalling running into Williams during a high school tournament after both had moved on from their basketball days at East.

“We talked and at the end of our conversation, Jeremy said to me, ‘Coach, I love you and you’ll always be my guy.’ When he said that to me, I felt like a state champion. I felt like I had won a national championship. But that’s the kind of person he was.”

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Lennel Grace


His love affair with Maywood and his people (“my people,” he would often say) was a messy one. It was ugly and beautiful and alive with confrontation and debate and disagreement. Maywood cut Lennel deeply and often. Lennel cut back. They fought hard. They loved harder.

In his struggles with the place of his birth, Lennel taught me that love and citizenship are often the same thing. They both require accountability and responsibility; but most of all, they require you to be here, fixed, stuck even, in a place where, or near people with whom, you have no choice but to work things out.

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Iberia Hampton 


“Iberia was a mama to so many,” said Taylor at Sunday’s memorial service. “She was my second mother. She was Jeff’s second mother. And she stood with myself, Jeff and Jim when we tried to bring justice to her family. The strength and understanding she had — she gave some of it to all of us.”

“I canceled a four-day trip to Bermuda to be here,” said Montgomery, “and I’d do it 10 more times to be here … Fred Hampton was Iberia’s legacy and a freedom fighter who was second to none.”

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Joe Freelon, Sr.


“I used to drop his name a lot,” Core, who eulogized Freelon on Saturday, said of his uncle. “It made me feel like I was a little more than what I was, because I had an uncle who was a mayor. In Alabama at that time we didn’t have black mayors. So I’d drop his name around. That made me feel a little bigger on the totem pole. He was an encouragement to us young, black men looking for an example. Because of him, we thought more of ourselves.”

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Maywood’s influence on the lives of celebrities lost in 2016


When Maywood native and Proviso East basketball legend Al Nuness learned from his wife of pop icon Prince’s death on Thursday at the age of 57, his thoughts went back to the gym at Minneapolis Central High School.

“My fondest memory of him was when he was in 8th grade,” Nuness, currently a vice president with the memorabilia manufacturer Jostens, recalled in a recent phone interview.

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Ali at Maywood Park

The year was 1979.

On June 27 of that year, a 37-year-old Muhammad Ali had announced his retirement from boxing, the sport over which he’d lorded for two decades.

But during one evening that year at Maywood Park in Melrose Park, Ali was focused on conquering horse racing.

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Development lost, development gained


Maywood Aldi Closes 


Aldi, the international discount grocery store chain, is closing its Maywood location at 215 Madison St., village officials announced during a community meeting held in Maywood today.

“We just received a notice yesterday,” said Maywood Trustee Isiah Brandon during a community meeting held Thursday night at Kathy’s Cafe, 1008 S. 17th Ave.

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In From the Cold: Maywood Breaks Ground on New Metra Station


On Monday, Maywood officials broke ground on a train depot to be built at the 5th Avenue Metra station in the village.

The station has been in the works since at least 2011, when the village applied for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant to secure funds for the station’s construction.

Around $1.5 million of the roughly $2.3 million project will be paid for with CMAQ funding, while roughly $900,000 will be paid for with escrow funds from the expired St. Charles TIF fund.

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Maywood Gets Tough with Local Ordinance Violators

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The Maywood Board of Trustees stepped up its ability to go after businesses who flaunt local regulations against the sale of unlawful tobacco products, particularly cigars sold individually which are intended to be sold in packages and cigarettes that are sold without a county stamp, which indicates that the cigarettes have been subjected to Cook County’s cigarette tax.

To read more, click here and here.

An Anti-Gambling Referendum Passes 

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“At a Nov. 30 Legal, License, Ordinance and Committee (LLOC) meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted 5-2 to consider prohibiting the issuance of any new Class M (Video Gaming Cafe/Bistro) liquor licenses at its next regular board meeting later this month.

“The move comes in the wake of the Nov. 8 election, during which Maywood residents voted 56 percent to 44 percent in favor of the prohibition. The referendum question was non-binding, which meant that village officials aren’t required by law to follow the public’s lead on the issue.”

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New Stairway of the Stars Dance Studio Opens

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“This studio belongs to all of us,” said Lois Baumann said. And in a way, Hall noted, it does. The design earned the professional dancer’s seal of approval, but so did its continuity with the outside environment.

“My heart will always be with the old space, but there’s nothing like having brand new studios,” he said. “This rivals some of the studios in New York City, especially with all the space and the windows. As dancers, we’re like flowers who need sunlight to grow and from the outside it’s like a little performance for the people on the street to see what’s happening in here. So, both sides get something out of it, which is very nice.

To read more, click here. VFP

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