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August 2018

Taste of Thornton Township

Moving to South Suburban College for the first time, the Taste of Thornton Township saw larger crowds that filled the expansive campus full of games, rides and live entertainment. Thornton Township Supervisor Frank M. Zuccarelli looked over the crowd and shouted; 

“We’re having a great time today at the Taste,” he added. “The Taste is one of our largest events and brings people throughout Thornton Township in one place to enjoy great live music, food and family entertainment.”

The almost 90 degree day did not temper excitement for the 17th annual event. This year’s Taste featured free activities for the kids ranging from face painting, carnival rides, and games to back to school haircuts, and book bags with school supplies. The event also had a petting zoo, a large assortment of food and craft vendors, live music from several bands and a classic car show. 

“This year’s Taste was better than last year. More people came out this year than last year,” said Tui M. Muse, Taste chairman and Human Relations Commissioner. The car show was excellent. It was amazing. The food was great and lots of variety. Entertainment was fantastic.”
Several live bands entertained the crowd including a cameo appearance by Trysh Granberry, “America’s Got Talent” contestant, a Dolton resident and Thornton Township General Assistance employee.

Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Tina Turner impersonators dazzled the crowd,” said Joyce Washington, Thornton Township trustee. Washington. “The Seniors enjoyed themselves at the bingo tables. This event is for the community to come together and enjoy food, entertainment, family and friends. We appreciate our great community. ”
People from all over Thornton Township and areas as far as Chicago and Indiana were there. Mayors, elected officials throughout the area were in attendance. 

“South Suburban College being our new venue this year was incredible. We were able to expand like never before,” said Ernst Lamothe Jr., Thornton Township Community Relations Manager.

The packed weekend also featured the second annual Taste of Thornton Township Basketball Tournament. The tournament involved teens and police playing on the same team for the pride of their town. This year, the Town of Markham defeated the Village of Dolton. Defending champion Lansing had to relinquish its title. Police Chief Dennis Murrin Jr. was in attendance with other officers and believed the program was an essential community initiative.

“It was a great atmosphere seeing the teenagers and police officers working together,” said Murrin. “This was something that we definitely want to be apart of each year.”

17th Annual TASTE of Thornton Township Celebration 

Thornton Township Presents 
It’s 17th Annual TASTE of Thornton Township Celebration 
Thornton Township will hosts its 17th Annual Taste of Thornton Township Celebration, in a new location on the campus of South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St. in South Holland. Opening night features the second annual Taste of Thornton Township Tourney at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.
Police and teenagers from various different communities will team up together playing on the same team for the pride of their town or village and focusing on working with each other. Lansing Police Department and teens won the tournament last year. Typically, communities have police officers and kids playing against each other in a basketball tournament; however, Thornton Township officials decided the alternative made more sense.
“Last year was an incredible success and people really understood that kids and police officers should be playing together instead of opposite team,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, Thornton Township supervisor. “We felt like it brought the community together even more and those are the kinds of programs that we support in Thornton Township. This year we are looking to make it even bigger.”
The five-on-five basketball tournament, which will once again take place at South Suburban College, is an extension of the Faith, Dignity and Respect Initiative. The program’ goal is helping communities along with police officers and teenagers working together. 
“When teenagers are able to see police officers out of the uniform and have meaningful interactions with them that carry a lot of weight when they eventually see them in uniform,” said Ernst Lamothe Jr. Thornton Township communication manager, who oversees the basketball tournament. “Every police officer we talked with last year saw the tournament as an important way to interact and reach teenagers and that gave us the feedback we needed to have the tournament again. They really saw it as a unifying event. ”
Then on Saturday, Aug. 25, the Taste of Thornton Township event takes places where more than 1,500 people attend. The headliner will be Lakeside featuring Mark Woods Jr. and some of the opening acts include our very own Trysh Grandberry, who was a contestant on America Got Talent, the Chicago Boyz Acrobats, Visions of Santana and Past Life.

“The Taste is one of our largest events and brings people throughout Thornton Township in one place to enjoy great live music, food and family entertainment,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, Thornton Township supervisor. 
In addition to a variety of food vendors and a large selection of crafts, the township will be giving away free book bags with school supplies, free back to school haircuts for kids, a petting zoo and Bingo. An antique Classic Car show sponsored by Napleton River Oaks Car Dealership will take place that day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  
“This event has something for everyone of all ages,” said Tui M. Muse, chairman of the taste. “We continue to make the Taste one of the largest and best events in the southland. I think people will be excited about all the new features we have brought in this year.”
A variety of food will be offered including Ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, catfish, jerk chicken, turkey legs, Italian sausage and beef, nachos, cheesecake, snow cones, Italian ice, specialty teas, and more said Delia Medina, event planner for Thornton Township.

“This event is for the community to come together and enjoy food, entertainment, family and friends,” said Joyce Washington, Thornton Township trustee. We appreciate our great community. This year’s Taste of Thornton Township will have a variety of entertainment for attendees from as far as Chicago, Indiana, and local residents.” 

A variety of food will be offered including Ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, catfish, jerk chicken, turkey legs, Italian sausage and beef, nachos, cheesecake, snow cones, Italian ice, specialty teas and much more.
“We have been hosting this Taste for 17 years and it will be even larger, and more,” said Delia Medina, event planner for Thornton Township. “There are a lot of free activities for the kids – face painting, carnival rides, games, back to school haircuts, and book bags with school supplies.” 

Annual Riverdale Community Ride

Frank M. Zuccarelli, Supervisor and Thornton Township Board of Trustees sponsored the First Annual Riverdale Community Ride. The event was organized by Thornton Township Youth & Family Services Department -Summer Enrichment Program. Kids and adults rode through various township villages and towns on the seven mile bike trip. ͞This was an incredible event that we encouraged everyone to come out and have a good time,͟ said India Riley, program developer for the Thornton Township Youth & Family Services. “This is something that we are looking to expand in future years. We like the idea of bringing people together to walk, bike, run, and just enjoy our community in Thornton Township.͟

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