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Mayor Gonzalez and staff with the night's honoree, John Head. 
1st responders day

Mayor Gonzalez Honors First Responders

The men and women of the Chicago Heights Fire and Police departments respond to daily emergencies in order to protect and serve the residents of our city. The bravery and commitment displayed by our first responders is worthy of constant recognition. At a recent city council meeting a youngster from Chicago Heights, John Head, was recognized for ensuring that we do. John is devoted to acknowledging the work of first responders in Chicago Heights and in our neighboring communities. And because of John, there are some “sweeter” sources of acknowledgment that convey thanks; sometimes, meaningful acts of recognition and appreciation come wrapped in a Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins box!
For the past three years, CHPD and CHFD headquarters have received a sweet and very thoughtful gift of thanks. Since kindergarten, on each Veterans Day, John has delivered Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins to our first responders as a way of saying “thank you” for their daily dedication to protect and serve. His faithful efforts have not gone unnoticed. This year, on the occasion of John’s upcoming 8th birthday, Mayor David A. Gonzalez honored his unwavering commitment with a very special thank you in return. At the April 18th city council meeting, with an audience of friends, family and members of the CHFD and CHPD present, Mayor Gonzalez designated Friday, April 27th, John’s 8th birthday, as First Responders Day in tribute to CHFD and CHPD personnel.
“John Head is a very special young man. We proclaim April 27th First Responders Day in tribute to our first responders, and to honor of John and his devotion and commitment to the men and women who serve and protect,” said Mayor Gonzalez.

Thank you First Responders
Mayor Gonzalez and Supt. Navarre (center), participating in the groundbreaking ceremony with (l. to r.) Athletic Director Joe Reda, Architect Mario Planera, Bloom 206 Board President Henry Drake, and Business Manager Ken Korbel. 

Sarff Field Ready for Facelift

A local landmark will be receiving an upgrade over the spring and summer months. Bloom High School’s Sarff Field will be undergoing a number of improvements that will include a new Trojan blue turf field. Though the natural grass of the field has been a staple of Bloom football history, the new turf will allow the field to be used more frequently and lessen the overall annual maintenance costs. The surrounding track and event areas will also be resurfaced to compliment the new Trojan blue field. 
The revitalization project was possible through the partnership of Mayor David A. Gonzalez’s administration and District 206, who together successfully obtaining a grant under the Qualified School Construction Bond Program that will help fund much needed renovations at both the Bloom and Bloom Trail campuses.  

“I am thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking event and to witness the start of these improvements at historic Sarff Field,” said Mayor Gonzalez. “It is a great day for the students, the District and our city.”
“We are excited to roll out these upgrades to the field ahead of the next school year," Bloom 206 Superintendent Lenell Navarre said. “Sarff Field has been a key part of Bloom’s history in athletics and continues to be a great place for students and the Chicago Heights community at large to enjoy.”
Sarff Field will be closed during the renovations, but will reopen near the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

Restore the canopy

Another Successful Tree Giveaway!

Thanks to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's Restore the Canopy Project, the City of Chicago Heights' first Great Tree Giveaway of 2018 was another success! Exactly 50 Pin Oak saplings found new homes yesterday.

Visit Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for more information on the Restore the Canopy Project, and visit the city website for more information on upcoming events.




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