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Rail safety messages come to downtown Homewood

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National Rail Safety Week will be celebrated this week, but preparations began last week as local groups competing in a mural contest began painting safety messages on downtown Homewood windows. Also: Grape & Grain reconsiders business model | Retired educators start autism support group | We Scare Hunger Trail to benefit Respond Now | Horrible (looking) black spots on leaves | H-F grad comes from Israel to attend block party | New parking limitation in Homewood | Hub Run date changed.

Homewood has the moves: Music and yoga at the market

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In his book, "Lost Chicago," David Lowe said, "An unfailing test of whether a city is truly alive is the quality of public entertainment it offers its inhabitants." We have street musicians and kid yoga. Homewood is truly alive.

The eclipse is (mostly) coming

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The eclipse is coming. Homewood and Flossmoor aren't directly in its path but will experience a partial eclipse. If you look to the skies, use eye protection. Otherwise, join the Homewood Science Center to watch and learn about this rare celestial phenomenon.

Page 2: Nicor Gas upgrade project generates questions

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Couple helicopters in to Ravisloe Country Club to get engaged. | Nicor Gas projects generate questions from residents. | Olympia Fields man plans 5K to benefit Respond Now. | Pedestrian safety measures return in Homewood.

Page 2: 'Secret' Prohibition-era speakeasy opens in Homewood

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The Blind Tiger, a Prohibition-style speakeasy, opens Saturday in the basement of the Copper Still Martini Bar, plus fountains added to Martin Square, TALK's Trail Mix features local musicians and One Million Degreesprogram seeks coaches to help students succeed.

Page 2: 2 long awaited infrastructure projects make progress

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News about the train station, the Dixie Highway Viaduct, a young Flossmoor trumpeter who makes a television appearance, state representatives available to talk with constituents in Homewood, progress on the Homewood Police Department entrance, a benefit 5K run sponsored by St. Andrew Church, county beverage tax implementation delayed, old friends make new friends at Hot Fun in the Summertime, Homewood officials take a turn making White Castle burgers and a new TALK program has artists pitching their ideas to potential sponsors.

Play On: Where the music starts

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Little Tabitha Waita, 4, of Homewood drew the bow across the fiddle strings and got a nice steady note.

"I did it!" she said.

Tabitha was following her big sister, Hadassah, 7, in giving the fiddle a try at the second annual "Play On" musical instrument petting zoo at Homewood Public Library on Sunday, April 30.

Earth Day every day

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Earth Day is a reminder about things we can do routinely to keep our home in order. Chronicle reader Betty Baker and local organization Action for a Better Tomorrow offer words and action for tackling a "little" problem. They are among a number of local residents and organizations who are doing good work tend the local environment.

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