Homewood Fire Department plans open house, parade to observe National Fire Prevention Week

  The crowd watches as a Homewood firefighter 
  demonstrates how emergency responders extricate 
  victims who are trapped in a vehicle during the 2015 
  Homewood Fire Department open house. The department 

New reservoir creates odor problem in Homewood on Thursday

The east side of Homewood was beset by the smell of sewage Thursday, a result of an unfavorable wind blowing past the new storm water reservoir in Thornton quarry, according to Homewood officials.

The odor was strongest on the far northeast part of town nearest the quarry. It gradually faded further south and west, although one Flossmoor resident reported on Facebook that she noticed the odor near Dixie Highway and Flossmoor Road.

Every Walk of Hope participant can make the front page

There’s a chance that 1,000 area residents will wind up on the front page of the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle. The Chronicle, a sponsor of the Cancer Support Center’s Walk of Hope on Sunday, has created a special “selfie frame” that looks like a page from Homewood-Flossmoor’s local newspaper.

Homewood agrees to buy Ridge Road building — briefly

Homewood took another step in laying the groundwork for a major downtown redevelopment project Tuesday when the Board of Trustees agreed to purchase the old Funk Hall building at 2049-2051 Ridge Road. The village will not own the building long, however. It has an agreement to sell the building to Third Coast Developers.

Volunteers Barb and Pat Nevins hoping for great turnout at Walk of Hope on Sunday

Barb and Pat Nevins of Homewood are looking forward to a fun day on Sunday, Oct. 2, when they join the volunteer ranks at the Cancer Support Center’s Walk of Hope. The 2016 Walk of Hope kicks off at Irwin Park, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood, at 10:30 a.m.

Flossmoor library director leaving for position in Joliet

Flossmoor Public Library Director Megan Millen has accepted a similar position in Joliet and will be leaving the library at the end of October. Millen will take over as executive director of the Joliet Public Library in November.

Search for next H-F High principal to begin within the month

The search for a new principal for Homewood-Flossmoor High School will begin within the month.

District 233 board member Gerald Pauling, chairman of the Personnel Committee, said the school board will be working with a search firm that specializes in education leadership in its efforts to find the next principal. The firm will help the board design the process of selection, he explained.

Homewood trustees approve measures to help craft brewer over hurdles

With three measures approved by Homewood trustees Tuesday, Vice District is poised to begin the buildout process, and the owners hope to have the craft brewery and taproom open early in 2017.
The board approved $100,000 in business incentive funding, a special use permit and a resolution of support for the company's application to Cook County for Class 8 property tax relief.

Homewood trustees welcome new deputy police chief, honor retiring staff member

When Bill Alcott was promoted to Homewood police chief earlier this year, that left an opening for a deputy chief. At the board of trustees meeting Tuesday night, Sgt. Richard Sewell took the oath of office to fill that role.

H-F Theater Department presents musical this weekend

This weekend students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School will present “A Year with Frog & Toad,” a whimsical musical that tells the story of two best friends throughout a fun-filled year. The production will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Mall Auditorium.

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