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.

Dental office expansion includes former Governors Highway bank site

The Center for Dental Excellence is planning a major expansion of its offices in Flossmoor’s “triangle” area, near the junction of Kedzie Avenue and Governors Highway.

At the March 6 meeting, Flossmoor village board members unanimously voted in favor of a package allowing the consolidation and redevelopment of parcels at 19615 and 19601 Governors Highway.

Thousands attended Homewood’s 2016 events, commission reports

If you live in Homewood, or are a visitor, you know one thing for sure: There is never a dull moment in Home Sweet Homewood, thanks to the village’s Community Relations Commission.

In its annual report, presented at the Feb. 28 village board meeting, the commission reported that it had produced 10 major events throughout 2016 and co-sponsored two events.

Munchkins get ready for local election ― so should we

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Local elections are about a month away. Once again we will be asked to choose elected officials who will make decisions in our villages, schools and park district. We care deeply about the future, and making sure we prepare our children for whatever challenges lie ahead. And, presumably, one of the best ways to do that is to make sure that the right people are in charge of those local governments that have the biggest effect on our day-to-day lives.

But will we all show up at the polls to help select our leaders?

Flossmoor village board candidates present positions at campaign forum

Economic development. Property taxes. Foreclosures. Flooding. Social media and marketing. Citizen outreach. Street repairs. Employee salaries.

Sunday’s Flossmoor candidate forum featured those topics of interest to village residents, and more.

Homewood board gives green light to street resufacing program

Travel on four roads in Homewood will soon become a little smoother thanks to board action at the Feb. 28 village board meeting. Trustees approved a resolution calling for a $370,000 appropriation from the 2017 Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) allocation.

This is welcome news to the village. There were no resurfacing projects completed in 2016 due to the lack of funding and the uncertainty of the state’s budget situation, according to Public Works Director John Schaefer.

Foundation 153’s Spring for Homewood Schools Gala set for April 8

Foundation 153, a volunteer group helping to fund programs in Homewood School District 153, is hosting its 12th annual Spring for Homewood Schools Gala benefit on April 8.
 
The program at Idlewild Country Club, 19200 Dixie Highway in Flossmoor, begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and raffles. A plated dinner and program begins at 7 p.m.
 

Chronicle provides voter guide for April 4 races

Of the 65 candidates running for local elections in Homewood-Flossmoor next month, at least 36 are professionals with advanced degrees.

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