Resident asks Flossmoor for help in clearing invasive buckthorn

Holding up a branch, Erica Wildrick approached the dais at the Flossmoor village board meeting on Sept. 17. Wildrick was there to ask for the village’s help in removing invasive buckthorn from the community.
 
“Naturalists have recommended the removal of buckthorn because it is so invasive,” Wildrick said. “It was planted generations ago and now we’re trying to get rid of it.”

Flossmoor buys vacant downtown land for development

A 37,500 square-foot plot of land in downtown Flossmoor that has been vacant for more than a decade is now slated for development, with village officials considering businesses, high-end apartments, restaurants and community space as potential options.

Chicago Heights man faces murder indictment in H-F student’s shooting death

Johnny V. Johnson, a 19-year-old from Chicago Heights, appeared in court on Sept. 27 to face first-degree murder charges in the death of Romane D. Taylor Jr., his reported accomplice in an alleged attempted burglary.
 
With his bail set at $500,000, Johnson remains in custody with the Cook County Department of Corrections. Inside the courtroom, Johnson wore a fresh close-shaved haircut and drab beige prison scrubs.
 

H-F has 12 graduates earn IB Programme honors

Homewood-Flossmoor High School had 12 members of the Class of 2018 earn recognition for their work in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
 
They represent the fourth IB program class at H-F.
 
IB students must meet the requirements of six specific groups: English; foreign language; social sciences; physics; math and arts/music.
 

Drama Group’s new season kicks off with ‘Sister Act’ Oct. 12

As the song says, there’s “something for everyone” during 2018-2019 season of The Drama Group, a mainstay of the south suburban theater scene for 88 years.
 
That classic melody that opens “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” – one of the ensemble’s offerings this year – says it all. From side-splitting humor to life’s hardships to unforgettable songs, The Drama Group is presenting plays that cover a wide range of the human experience.
 

H-F High’s Nakamura named National Merit semifinalist

Homewood-Flossmoor High School senior Kensuke “Ken” Nakamura of Homewood has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. He is in the International Baccalaureate Program at H-F and is a member of the Viking Symphonic Band, H-F Viking Jazz Band and Viking Choir. He also is a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Orchestra.

Four District 153 staff honored with Morin Award

The Jerry Morin Educational Excellence Award was presented to four outstanding Homewood District 153 staff members at the Sept. 24 school board meeting.
 
The Morin Award is given in honor of former school board member Jerry Morin, who always had a future vision and made certain the district’s plans looked into future needs that would keep the district at the cutting edge of technology in the classroom, said Board President Shelly Marks.

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