Sunday, August 24, 2008

Jeannette Johnson Lining Up Support For Bellwood Mayors Race

Sources report that Bellwood Police Officer Jeannette Johnson is lining up support for an April 2009 race against incumbent Mayor Frank Pasquale. Sources report Johnson has been seen meeting with former school board colleagues Tommie Miller and Marilyn Thurman. Miller and Thurman have reportedly signed on to chair her campaign. Is this a good or bad move for Johnson?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Glenn "Doc" Rivers Honored By Proviso and Maywood

Boston Celtics Head Coach, Glenn "Doc" Rivers, was honored this past weekend by the Proviso Township community and Maywood. Rivers, a lifelong Maywood resident and graduate of Proviso East High School, won the NBA World Championship in June 2008. In honor of the hometown hero, a parade was held in his honor on Saturday, August 16, 2008, and a jersey hanging ceremony was held in the Proviso East Fieldhouse following the parade. Both the parade and jersey ceremony were attended by throngs of dignitaries and children. On Sunday, August 17, 2008, Doc Rivers was honored by the Second Baptist Church of Maywood during their 104th Church Anniversary celebration. Following the church service, Maywood officials named 11th Avenue, between Madison Avenue and Washington Blvd., Glenn "Doc" Rivers Drive. Congratulations Doc!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Proviso Township Leaders Meet To Develop Plan To Combat Violence

Leaders from across Proviso Township and the Maywood community came together recently to discuss ways to combat recent violence in the Proviso community. Bishop Claude Porter and Rev. Reginald Saffo from the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance led a meeting that reportedly took place at PLCCA's headquarters in Maywood. Also present at the meeting were high school officials including Proviso School Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch, Superintendent Nettie Collins-Hart, Director of Security Brandon Gale, Principal Milton Patch, Maywood Trustees Audrey Jaycox and Kim Johnson, and a host of area ministers and police officers. The group reportedly committed to working together across political lines for the good of the community. Let's see what happens from the this point. What do you think needs to be done to combat violence in the community?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Three Teenagers Shot and Killed In Maywood

Accorinding to the Proviso Herald, three 18-year-old Maywood men were shot and killed early Saturday.

The shooting happened at 1900 W. Harrison St. in Maywood, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

The three were identified as Kent Flowers, Oscar Pritchett and Devin Stokes, according to the medical examiner's office. Their home addresses were unknown, but all three were residents of Maywood, according to a medical examiner's office spokesman.

Flowers was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood at 12:29 a.m., Pritchett was pronounced dead at Loyola at 2:20 a.m. and Stokes was pronounced dead at Loyola at 1:41 a.m.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Nichelle Rivers Leaving Town...

Nichelle Rivers, the former Superintendent of Bellwood SD88, and reported relative of State Representative Karen Yarbrough, has reportedly resigned her role at the Cook County Regional Superintendent's Office. Rivers has reportedly found a new opportunity in a new state.

Bellwood SD88 Closes Wilson School

The Bellwood School District 88 Board of Education has reportedly voted to close Wilson School off 25th Avenue and the Expressway. The school reportedly has problems with its roof, and it is in need of extensive repairs. The students from Wilson will reportedly be bused to Thurgood Marshall School.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Glenn "Doc" Rivers To Be Honored

Eugene "Gene" Moore, Grady Rivers, Jr, Emanuel "Chris" Welch, the Proviso Township High School Board of Education, and Maywood Old Timers will be honoring Proviso East Alumnus Glenn "Doc" Rivers, the head Coach of the NBA 2008 World Championship Boston Celtics, on Saturday, August 16, 2008 with a parade. The parade kicks off at 10am from Winfield Scott Park and will end at Proviso East High School where a jersey hanging ceremony will take place in the Field House. After the long over do honor takes place, residents can enjoy Eugene Moore's Annual Back to School Picnic at the Van Buren Family Center Park on 13th and Harrison or the Maywood Old Timers Picnic at 5th Avenue and Oak Street. Come on out and enjoy the excitement.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Bellwood Police Officer Jeannette Johnson Set To Run For Mayor of Bellwood?

Sources report that popular Bellwood police officer Jeannette Johnson is set to run for Mayor of Bellwood against incumbent Frank Pasquale. The election is set for April 2009 and Johnson would be a formidable opponent. A long time Bellwood resident, long time Bellwood police officer and former school board President, Johnson has the support of former police chief Greg Moore, the FOP, many in the African-American community, and financial backing from a local millionaire businessman. Johnson could also self-finance her campaign with cash from her NBA basketball player son Awvee Storey or from the money she won in a big lawsuit against the village last year. Is this the beginning of a new era in Bellwood? Is the end near for the current administration? If so, why? Where did they go wrong?

Friday, August 01, 2008

Annual Bellwood Picnic Set For Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Annual Bellwood Picnic is set to take place on Saturday, August 2, 2008. The picnic will be held in the park across from the Village Hall which is located at 3200Washington Blvd, Bellwood, Illinois. Come on out and enjoy the food, fun and games.