Krispy Kreme makes Homewood a doughnut destination

For the moment, Homewood appears to be the doughnut capital of the Chicago metropolitan area.

In addition to Pearson's Bakery and two Dunkin' Donuts shops, the first Krispy Kreme shop in the Chicago area opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 17815 Halsted St. after a seven-year absence from the area. Doughnut lovers have been flocking to town since.

Volunteers still needed for some MLK Day of Service projects

Nearly 500 volunteers are taking part in more than a dozen projects during the Jan. 16 MLK Day of Service in Flossmoor, Homewood and other area communities.

Volunteers are still needed for some projects, including the annual PADS program at Flossmoor Community Church, book collection and sorting at Homewood Public Library, painting the office spaces at Respond Now in Chicago Heights and helping restore the habitat at Dan Ryan Woods in Chicago.

Cervical cancer survivor given a special pampering experience

Cancer survivor Sue Armato felt like a queen for a day, thanks to the special efforts of the staff at JCPenney’s in Calumet City that wanted to draw attention to January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

Homewood signs agreement in search for alternative water source

In a 5 to 1 vote Tuesday, Homewood’s Board of Trustees approved an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to join 10 area municipalities in a search for an alternate method of obtaining Lake Michigan water rather than the existing route through the City of Chicago. Trustee Karen Washington cast the opposing vote.

Chicago has imposed hefty rate hikes in recent years: 25 percent in 2012 and 15 percent in 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

Chicago Archdiocese says St. Joseph School closing in June

St. Joseph School, part of the Parish of St. Joseph in Homewood, will close at the end of this school year.  The school opened in 1926.
 

District 161 considering search firm to help find Parker principal

The search for a new principal at Parker Junior High School will soon be underway and it’s possible Flossmoor District 161 will turn to a familiar search firm for assistance.

Interim Superintendent Michael Popp said a traditional internal search or using an outside source are the two options. His remarks were made at Tuesday’s board of education meeting.

Ambulance hydraulic lifts reduce first responders’ back problems

Emergency response can be backbreaking work.

Until recently, there was only one way to move a patient, on a cot, into an ambulance — the two-man lift. Since switching to a hydraulic system Flossmoor has seen a dramatic reduction in back injuries, Damm said.

Homewood Krispy Kreme opens, marking chain’s Chicago-area return

Retailers looking to up their crowds on Black Friday may want to take notes on how Homewood’s Krispy Kreme store executed its Tuesday opening.

Lines started forming Monday night at the store, located at 17815 S. Halsted St., and continued throughout its opening day.

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