If the pandemic just isn’t nonetheless a urgent concern come June, the Homewood and Flossmoor communities could also be handled to the realm’s first Juneteenth Parade and Competition.
The Flossmoor Village Board voted unanimously throughout an everyday assembly the night of Dec. 7 to approve a decision requesting momentary street closures from the Illinois Division of Transportation to make manner for the occasion, which might step off at 1 p.m. June 19 from the nook of 183rd Road and Governors Freeway.
The occasion is being organized by You Matter 2, a nonprofit based by Homewood-Flossmoor Excessive College graduate Future Watson, in response to a report from Assistant Village Supervisor Allison Matson. And trustees have been fast to applaud Watson for her efforts.
“Future is only a sensible younger one that has a number of nice concepts and a number of nice power to convey to any subject that involves thoughts,” Trustee Joni Bradley-Scott mentioned. “I’m continuously in awe of the help she is ready to drum up. … I think about this will likely be an incredible occasion.”
Trustee George Lofton added, “I completely applaud Future for this effort. … It’s one thing that must be celebrated.”
The parade is anticipated to maneuver down Governors Freeway to the highschool, the place the fest is to happen within the south lot till 8 p.m. It’s to function music, meals and cubicles by Black-owned companies.
In keeping with Matson, the group has been planning the occasion with Homewood, Flossmoor and the highschool since July. However the plan stays tentative, with You Matter 2 planning to find out in early 2021 whether or not or not it might proceed primarily based on anticipated crowd-size restrictions. If organizers determine to not go ahead with the parade and pageant in 2021, the occasion is to happen in 2022 as an alternative.
“I simply hope that we’re good to go by June,” Trustee Brian Driscoll mentioned. “Maintain our fingers crossed.”
You Matter 2 additionally agreed to reimburse Flossmoor for the police and public works sources wanted to soundly stage the parade, however Matson famous the village is searching for methods to restrict these prices via volunteer and group service officer participation.
Resolutions acknowledge mother-daughter duo, a centesimal birthday, extra
Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun learn a collection of resolutions early in the course of the assembly, with a give attention to a pair of the village’s oldest residents.
The primary acknowledged Juanita Mitchell — who was born Dec. 15, 1911, in Louisiana — on the verge of her 109th birthday. She moved to Chicago in 1919 within the midst of the town’s race riot. She graduated from Hyde Park Academy Excessive College, attended Washburne Commerce College, and realized to be a tailor and seamstress, in response to the decision.
She moved to Flossmoor on the age of 85 and obtained concerned with the Ballantrae Neighborhood Affiliation, in addition to the Beautification Committee. She continues to be a member of the Ballantrae Belles.
Flossmoor beforehand acknowledged Mitchell on her ninety fifth, a centesimal and one hundred and fifth birthdays. And on Dec. 7, Braun additionally acknowledged Mitchell’s daughter Mary Muse, who served on the Flossmoor Neighborhood Relations Fee from 2006-2016. The decision provides Muse and her household “greatest needs for achievement, well being and happiness.”
Braun additionally honored Edward Joseph Strzelec for his a centesimal birthday. The Flossmoor resident was born Nov. 21, 1920, in Chicago Heights. He graduated from Bloom Excessive College, served in the US Coast Guard throughout World Struggle II and owned a Sinclair gasoline station in Chicago Heights.
Braun additionally acknowledged Carrie Malfeo for her work with the Flossmoor Neighborhood Relations Inexperienced Subcommittee and Inexperienced Fee, courting again to 2011. She has been concerned in implementing efforts equivalent to No Idling, Begin a Bag Behavior, Zero Waste, Recycle Proper and Skip the Straw, and has labored on sustainability packages together with Recyclepalooza, Flossmoor Earth Days, Neighborhood Cleanup Days and Residential Tree Planting.
- Fundraising begins for community Juneteenth festival planned for 2021 (Nov. 20, 2020)
- Belated happy birthday, Juanita Mitchell (Feb. 4, 2020)
- Ballantrae community’s holiday tradition solidifies neighborhood strength (Dec. 10, 2018)
- Flossmoor resident, 105, honored for long and productive lifetime (Feb. 8, 2017)
- ‘Always wear a hat to church’ and other advice from local 105-year-old for long, successful life (Dec. 27, 2016)
- Recyclepalooza persists through the pandemic (Sept. 4, 2020)