Fourth of July Parade winners presentation draws crowd to Evergreen Park Board meeting

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

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Mayor James Sexton joins the Fourth of July Parade Trophy winners who were honored at the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting on Monday night.


The Village of Evergreen Park board meeting opened to a full house Monday night as the room was packed in anticipation of the annual Fourth of July Parade Trophy Presentations.

Parade chairman Laura Shallow, who is with Standard Bank, presented trophies to the winners in 15 categories. Each group was recognized for their efforts and were congratulated by Mayor James Sexton.

Shallow presented an Appreciation Award to the Village Recreation Department for their work with the parade. Dennis Duffy, the recreation director, accepted the trophy on behalf of the department.

On business matters, the board approved an ordinance dissolving the Emergency Telephone System Board and amending the Evergreen Park Municipal Code regarding Boards and Commissions.

Sexton explained the change was made because the village is now a member of the Southwest Central Dispatch, out of Oak Lawn. “We are members with voting rights,” he said.

A request from residents on Avers Avenue for four-way stop signs was approved. The signs will only be placed on the intersection of 96th and Avers Avenue.

A bid in the amount of $11,600 was approved for Environmental Cleansing Corporation (ECC) for the demolition of a vacant house at 9138 S. Kedzie Ave. The village recently purchased the property in order to provide an additional parking for Thithi’s, a fine dining Asian restaurant adjacent to the property.

In other action, Sexton announced a proclamation declaring Nov.7 as Color the World Orange Day to help raise awareness of a poorly understood pain disorder called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

Stating that he had not previously been aware of the disorder, he called on Michelle West, a resident of Hometown, whose 13-year old daughter suffers from the disease, to explain it.

“It is a relatively unknown disorder affecting the nervous system and anyone, from infants to the elderly can suffer from it,” said West. “It is very difficult to diagnose. My daughter, Mary, has had it for two years and underwent many, many tests before it was diagnosed.”

Her daughter, Mary, said later that the pain is like fire and ice in her body. “When the pain comes, my skin is cold on the outside but inside, it is a searing, burning pain on the inside. That’s why the organization is named Color the World Orange and the logo depicts fire and ice,” she said.

Touched by the presentation, Sexton said “I am happy to make this proclamation and I promise you it will be on our calendar every year.”