Maywood Residents Plan First ‘Friends and Family’ Picnic

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews || Photo: Getty Images 

Community members in Maywood have organized a first-ever I Am Maywood, I Am My Village Friends and Family Picnic, which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m., at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, located between 1st and 5th Avenues on Fred Hampton Way (Oak St.).

During a village board meeting last month, the event’s main organizer, longtime Maywood resident Carliana Burrell, explained her motivation for the planning the event.

“I wanted to put this together for the residents and children of Maywood to give back to the community and to our youth,” she said. “[The event] will be filled with fun and games. We’ll come out, cook, eat with each other and come together like we used to do in Maywood a long time ago.”

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The event’s organizers have requested that participants bring their own tents, grills and a backpack filled with school supplies to include in a school supply giveaway.

“It’s important that we offer a diverse group of activities and programs for our residents,” said Maywood Trustee Isiah Brandon, who offered his support for the event during last month’s meeting. “This is set to be a really huge event.”

In the weeks leading up to the event, organizers have been selling “I Am My Village, I Am Maywood,” t-shirts. Anyone interested in purchasing the t-shirts can pay through PayPal, sending the payment to VFP

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3 thoughts on “Maywood Residents Plan First ‘Friends and Family’ Picnic

  1. This is a great ideal. I’m so glade that you are following your grandfather(Mr.Burrell) lead who was part of PE booster club for many years. He was a man of true leadership. I remember when Mr. Burrell use to have a family affair on his block an the hold Maywood would be on the block watching fireworks. He was at all of PE sports events an supported the kids like they was his own. He should the youth how to be proud of your community, where you have the new comers trying to live off Maywood legacy an change our community. We have one of our true warriors funeral this weekend “Sparky” what a athlete. I hear stories about how far he use to hit a ball, but what you expect he was related to the Rivers family who had great athletes in the family. God is keeping Maywood alive, despite these devils coming in our town an trying to destroy God favor. The new comers better watch out. Keep going Foward Maywood

  2. Who are these newcomers,and why do you refer to them as devils? Because I recently relocated to Maywood and I can assure you the devils are already here. Have you driven through the village lately? I welcome diversity in any community I live but what I despise is the greed, patronizing and deceitful tactics of the officials who run said communities.

  3. To MAYWOOD LOVE and MADDY: I really enjoy your comments. Everything that you guys typed are so true. The Village of Maywood has a long way to go, to get into the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s. Since the last local election for the mayor of Maywood, only 2,000+ residents voted, out of the population of 15,000+. That is a big disgrace! I have been typing this on the comment for residents in Maywood and all the Proviso Township residents to attend the town hall meetings, board of education meetings, and etc. and get involved. Research the candidates that are elected, and ask the hard questions to hold them accountable. I can’t really say it in an abstract way, but that is the only way that people will see progressive changes.

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