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Page 2: The Chronicle looks to funding its future

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In June, the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle turned 5. Time to explore options for building on the foundation. Also: Recyclepalooza volunteers help area residents repurpose and recycle difficult items, Homewood Arts Council opens its gallery and MABAS 24 President Kevin Welsh expresses concerns about another possible hospital closure in the South Suburbs.

Why blackface carries the weight of history

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One common theme in the community reaction to the recent blackface incident — four Homewood-Flossmoor High School students who posted a video online of themselves in blackface — was that this is a teachable moment. It sure is.

One thing I’m learning is why blackface is so offensive. 

 

Fixing crumbling infrastructure no easy task

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It must have seemed like it was raining concrete at the Dixie Highway viaduct for a few days in mid-April. Police took reports of debris falling from the structure and at least one report of someone throwing chunks at vehicles. 

Also: An update on VFW Post Commander John Beele's Iwo Jima flag project.

Sweets and spirit mark baseball opening day

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Opening day of youth baseball is a Big Deal in Homewood and Flossmoor. The events — April 20 in Homewood and April 27 in Flossmoor — will begin with parades of teams marching through each village to show off their fine new uniforms and enthusiasm for the game. 

Another blow to Cherry Creek: Panera is closing

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Chronicle editor Eric Crump discusses the recent business losses in Cherry Creek Plaza, including Starbucks and Panera Bread, and stops by American Dance Center to observe its versatile and enthusiastic approach to teaching students of all ages.

Celebrating Ridge Road as an ad hoc art gallery

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The Homewood Arts Council is starting to bring artists together to build on the H-F community’s already strong art scene, and soon the young organization plans to develop a gallery in downtown Homewood.

It has occurred to me that, even before the Homewood Arts Council’s gallery opens on Ridge Road in Homewood, the stretch of street already is an art gallery. 

Volunteers, public safety staff make preserve safer

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When Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld fell into an icy pond while rescuing one of his beloved dogs at Izaak Walton Nature Preserve in December 2017, the incident had a happy ending.

A passing jogger called 911. The mayor was rescued, suffering from hypothermia but otherwise unharmed. His dog, Annie, was rescued.

A new event on Jan. 12, the Mayor’s Arctic Dip, will commemorate the mishap and benefit the South Suburban Humane Society.
 

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