Cicero readies for Cinco de Mayo weekend celebrations
Town President Larry Dominick and Cicero Town officials are excited to announce a weekend full of celebrations in honor of Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence, to begin Friday May 6 through May 8.
The celebrations, conducted in collaboration with the Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee, will be held at Community Park at 34th and Laramie Avenue, and at special events to be held at Toyota Park and also at the Hawthorne Soccer Field.
The annual Junior High Soccer Championship game will be held at Toyota Park on Sunday, May 8 beginning at 10 am. The winning finalist team will receive the Larry Dominick Soccer Cup.
Former State Rep. Frank Aguilar and now Community Liaison for the Town of Cicero praised the support the Mexican American community has received from President Dominick, the Town Board and also from other elected officials including State Senator and Bridgeview Mayor Steve Landek.
“President Larry Dominick, State Senator Steve Landek, and the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Organization made it possible for these young junior high athletes get to play in a professional soccer field and the annual soccer tournament has become a major sports event in the community,” Aguilar said.
“We’re very grateful to Mayor Dominick, Senator Landek and the Chicago Fire for their support and putting a spotlight on this important Mexican American celebration each year. This is the 10th year of the festivities which are the largest celebration of Mexican heritage in the Midwest.”
Aguilar said that 19-year-old Cynthia Dorantes, who was crowned Cicero’s Cinco de Mayo Queen, will join President Dominick and Consulate General of Mexico Carlos Jimenez Macias on Sunday evening to present the trophy to the winning team. The Awards are sponsored by Morton College.
Hanania covered Chicago political beats including Chicago City Hall while at the Daily Southtown Newspapers (1976-1985) and later for the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992). He published The Villager Community Newspapers covering 12 Southwest suburban regions (1993-1997). Hanania also hosted live political news radio talkshows on WLS AM (1980 - 1991), and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM, WSBC AM in Chicago, and WNZK AM in Detroit.
The recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, Hanania was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hananiaalso received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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