Photo by Joe Boyle
The Evergreen Park Little League All-Star softball team hold up their banner for winning the state title. The team was honored during the village board meeting on Monday night. The girls range in age from 8 to 10.
Photo by Joe Boyle
The Evergreen Park Senior Division All-Star softball team of 16-year-olds were honored for winning a state championship last summer. The team was honored at the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting on Monday night. Mayor James Sexton is visible in the back.
By Joe Boyle
Evergreen Park celebrated having a state champion – and not just once, but twice.
The Evergreen Park Little League All-Star softball team, consisting of local girls ages 8 to 10, captured the state title. The 16-year-old all-stars from Evergreen Park also won the state softball title last summer in the Senior Division.
Both teams were recognized during the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting on Monday night. They were accompanied by coaches, parents, relatives and friends and nearly filled the board room.
“We should have them come to every meeting,” said Mayor James Sexton. “I can’t remember when we had this many people.”
Sexton and the board honored the two teams of girls who play their games at Yukich Fields, 8900 S. Kedzie Ave.
“We built those fields about 20 years ago,” the mayor said. “Maybe we should have built them 20 years before. But I’m glad we did. This is great for the girls and the community.”
The Senior Division 16-year-old stars also advanced to the Regionals competition in Michigan. The team placed third in that tournament.
The girls and coaches then posed for photographs with the board and the mayor.
“It’s always a good Saturday or Sunday night when we get a call for a police escort for the girls coming back after they win a state championship,” Sexton said.
Sexton also praised the first FantaSciFest, which went under the title, “FantaSciFest: Channeling Your Inner Nerd.” The event was a one-day festival of comics, fantasy and pop culture. It was held Feb. 22 at the Evergreen Park Senior Center. Members of the Evergreen Park Recreation Department hosted the event.
Glenn Pniewski, who handles public relations for the village and directs the Evergreen Park Theatre Department, helped to organize the event. Pyeisha Allen, director of the Evergreen Park Youth Department, took part in organizing the inaugural event.
“You know you were successful when they talk about annual,” Sexton said about FantaSciFest, which drew large crowds all day. “So, it will continue. I want to thank Glenn and Pyeisha for all the work they put in.”
“We had fun,” Pniewski said.
The board also approved an Illinois for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant application to Cook County by a 5-0 margin. Trustee Mark Marzullo had an excused absence and was not at the meeting. The funds for the program for this year is $318,000 for the 2021 CDBG sewer lining program.
Geoffrey Layhe, director of inspections for the village, requested that they could sell a 2004 Chevy Impala. The board unanimously approved.
The Evergreen Park Recreation Department Candlelight Theatre presents “Two Noisy Knights,” at the Bristol Renaissance Faire Comedy at the Evergreen Park Senior Center, 9547 S. Homan Ave. Tickets are available at the Community Center, 3450 W. 97 th St., or at the door the night of the event.
Other upcoming events include The Fraternal Order of Police-Evergreen Park Lodge No. 27 Fish and Sports Show from 7 to 11 p.m. at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115 th St., Merrionette Park. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Evergreen Park Police Department.
Two events will take place on Saturday, March 28. The Lions Club will host its 67 th Annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon at the Evergreen Park Community High School, 9901 S. Kedzie Ave. The March4Meg 5K Run and Walk will take place from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at Klein Park, 9700 S. Homan Ave.
A Lenten Fish Fry will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 3 in the St. Bernadette Parish School Hall, 9343 S. Francisco Ave. Annual Family Easter Happenings will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center.
An application for a business certificate was granted to The Whitening Clinic, 3850 W. 95 th St., Suite 101. The clinic will be connected to the dental office. A Dollar Plus, 8734 S. Kedzie Ave., was also approved.