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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.

A change in Homewood's landscape as old Ridge Road building comes down

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Buildings come and go, and as they do, our landscape changes. The 1700 block of Ridge Road changed this past week as two long-standing buildings were razed.

Also: South Suburban Humane Society's Pets on Parade statue makes its debut at the Homewood Indoor Farmers Market | eating pancakes is good for local organizations | Green Thumb Saturdays returns this weekend | Flossmoor teen to perform at IPO showcase | Irish music at the Homewood library on Sunday | Flossmoor rain barrels arriving | Ross store opens and makes donation to Friends of Homewood Public Library.

Former firefighters recall the night the grandstand burned

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It might be safe to say that anyone who was in the South Suburbs the night of Feb. 5, 1977 remembers the Washington Park Racetrack fire. 

Two retired firefighters ― Ron Adams and Marvin Austin ― still remember the blaze vividly. The two, who are regulars at the Meet the Mayor sessions at Village Hall on Saturday mornings, spent some time this week reminiscing about the fire. 

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