Fun with trains, machines at two Homewood events

Homewood will host two events featuring big machines on Saturday, May 19, its 12th annual Rail Fest and the annual Public Works Department open house. Rail Fest will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the H-F Park District Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road and at nearby Martin Avenue Square, 18020 Martin Ave., and the Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway. The Public Works Department open house will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 17755 Ashland Ave. 

Youth group raises money for Puerto Rican family

A family in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria in 2017 will be the beneficiary of two fundraisers hosted by the newly organized St. Joseph Youth Ministry at St. Joseph Church.

Racquet club starts virtual fitness classes

First-time-ever virtual fitness classes at the Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet & Fitness Club offer opportunities whether you’re an early riser, have free time in the afternoon or want to fill an open evening on your calendar.

2 men face attempted armed robbery charges after April 20 incident

Two Park Forest residents have been accused of attempted armed robbery after allegedly threatening two people in Homewood on April 20. 

Mark Blankenberger, 34, of Cherry Street, and Jaryl Johnson, 29, of the 3200 block of Western Avenue, each have been charged with two counts of attempted armed robbery, according to the Cook County Circuit Court clerk.

H-F journalism students win state honors

Two Homewood-Flossmoor High School journalism students won top honors in the Illinois High School Association’s statewide journalism contest April 28.
 
First place honors were awarded to Lior Rafalovitz, a senior, for her two-page yearbook layout design, and Emma McKillip, a junior, won third place in photography.
 

Districts to receive additional funds under new funding model

The Illinois State Board of Education has notified school districts serving Homewood and Flossmoor of the new monies they will receive under the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act of 2017.
 
The measure is meant to comprehensively change the way school districts receive the bulk of state funds sending more resources to Illinois’ most under-resourced students, according to an ISBE news release.
 

District 233 business manager leaving in June

Ken Parchem, the business manager at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, is leaving to become the chief school business official at Lemont High School.

Parchem has been with District 233 for 13 years. He started his career as an accountant and went on to earn a certification for school finances.

Under his tenure, the district has received a AAA bond rating from Standard & Poors the past six years.

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