Passion for big machines trumps bad weather

The weather apparently didn't get the memo that Homewood had a big day of events planned for Saturday, May 20. 

Chilly temperatures and intermittent spurts of rain greeted people who came from Homewood and surrounding communities to enjoy a day of big machines ― Homewood Rail Fest, a PopUp Science session on railroads and rollercoasters and the Homewood Public Works Department's annual open house.

Annual Memorial Day parade, ceremony to remember the dead, honor the living

The annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Homewood will provide an opportunity Monday, May 29, to honor local veterans who have died, and celebrate the service of today's veterans and the patriotism of the community. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 17951 Dixie Highway. 

Service cuts included in Metra’s proposed Electric Line schedule

Metra this week announced proposed Electric Line schedule changes that the rail agency says will improve service and attract more customers without increasing costs. The changes include service cuts, mostly on lightly used branch line trains.

Also, the number of mainline trains on Saturday is being reduced.

Metra says the proposed changes reflect a decline in Electric Line ridership in recent years.

District 161 names new assistant principal at Parker

Jennifer Hartman will be the new assistant principal at Parker Junior High School.

The Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education unanimously voted for her appointment at Monday’s meeting.

Racquet Club gearing up for Senior Health & Fitness Day May 31

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Racquet Club is planning a host of activities on Wednesday, May 31, to mark National Senior Health & Fitness Day.

District 153 readies for STEM Lab at Churchill School

The District 153 school board approved spending approximately $180,000 in Title I funds to add a STEM Lab at Churchill School.
 

Homewood opts out of county minimum wage ordinance

The Homewood village board voted to buck the Cook County minimum wage hike at its May 23 meeting.

In October, the Cook County Board approved a gradual minimum wage increase to $13 per hour by 2020. Further increases up to 2.5 percent based on the consumer price index would come after 2020. The county ordinance also requires at least one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked.

Hart School names 48 members to National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at James Hart School in Homewood inducted 48 new members.

 

Parents and administrators were present for the candle-lighting ceremony on April 17.

 

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