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At his weekly Meet the Mayor session on Saturday, July 15, Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld said most questions and concerns from residents were related to Nicor Gas work in the area.

Nicor contractor KS Energy is working on upgrading aging natural gas infrastructure in the area. The village has posted on its website information about the project, including a map and list of streets and addresses that will be affected.

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Pedestrian safety measures restored in Homewood

  Workers replace the fence
  on July 11 that was
  destroyed in a traffic
  accident in May.
  by Eric Crump/H-F 

Walking along the south side of 183rd Street west of the viaduct has been a bit of an adventure this summer.

The fence that has provided a barrier between pedestrians and vehicular traffic was destroyed in a traffic accident May 16.

On Tuesday, July 11, crews began installing new fencing, and the missing safety net was restored.

The time to replace the fence was longer than it might have been because the fence is a custom design, and a new one had to be specially made by the manufacturer, according to Hofeld.

  Pedestrian crossing signs
  are back up in Homewood,
  but they have been moved
  to the curb this year.


New pedestrian crosswalk signs were installed the week of July 10 at key locations in Homewood where busy streets can make it difficult for people on foot to get to the other side.

There’s a difference this year. In the past, the signs were posted on the centerline of the street. That apparently made them a tempting target for motorists. By the end of the summer season, most of the signs were battered and tattered from being hit by cars.

This year, there are two signs at each crossing, and they are posted at the curb instead of in the street. The signs might last longer, and the bright yellow color should still get drivers’ attention.

Flossmoor’s pedestrian crossings are a different style than Homewood’s and are already posted at the curb.

5K to benfit Respond Now
When Kelvin Oliver hits the streets of Olympia Fields on Sept. 16, he’ll be raising funds and awareness for Respond Now as well as promoting his own town.

The Hub 5K Run/Walk to Benefit Homelessness supports Respond Now and other agencies that help neighboring families in crisis. It takes participants through “a lovely area” where homeowners work “for weeks in advance sprucing up their yards,” Oliver said. “It’s a good route for runners because there are a few hills. But even for walkers, it’s a beautiful way to spend a morning.”

Oliver, a board member for Respond Now, also likes spreading the word about the social service agency.

“Everyone should know Respond Now is a resource for people they know in 22 suburbs who need help but don’t know where to turn.”

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Couple swoops into Homewood for engagement moment

  Kevin Curtis, right, proposes 
  to Crystal Gail after 
  helicoptering in to 
  Ravisloe Country Club 
  on July 30. 


It was supposed to be just a helicopter ride for fun, something different to do on a summer Sunday afternoon, when two couples helicoptered in to Ravisloe Country Cub in Homewood on July 30.

But it was really an excuse to get Crystal Gail of Lake Villa to Ravisloe for a very memorable moment.

When the helicopter touched down shortly after 4 p.m., Gail and her boyfriend, Kevin Curtis, disembarked, and Curtis immediately got down on one knee and proposed the old fashioned away, engagement ring in hand.

Gail said "yes."

"What a proposal," she said. "I'm shocked right now. This is so awesome."

The couple, with co-conspirators Bob and Nichol Tarello, then went to La Voute Bar + Bistro on Ridge Road for a celebration dinner, escorted by Ravisloe and La Voute owner Claude Gendreau.

Curtis said he wanted to do something different when he proposed and enlisted the Tarellos' help. They decided to "take it to the sky."

"She's an awesome girl," Curtis said of Gail. "I just wanted to show her how special she is."

Gendreau said it was the second time in two years a couple has helicoptered to Ravisloe to get engaged. When he purchased the country club in 2008, one of his goals was to enhance its reputation as a wedding and special occasions destination.

Festivals on the calendar
Homewood’s 12th annual Giant Block Party will take place Saturday, Aug. 19, from noon to 9 p.m. The event is staged on Martin Avenue between Ridge and Hickory Roads. This year’s Block Party theme is “Donuts Daze” with food vendors creating their own take on the tasty treat. 

There will be donut-themed games, kid-centered crafts and an adventure slide with a zipline. The Homewood Science Center will host a PopUp Science activity, “Krazy for K9s with Cook County Sheriff K9 Unit.” 

Flossmoor Fest will be on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Flossmoor. In addition to the usual food, fun and music, the festival will include something for teens ― a video game truck in Flossmoor Park from 3 to 8 p.m. and an outdoor movie at dusk. 

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