H-F Opa! Palooza benefit Jan. 21

Homewood-Flossmoor High School H-F Symphonic Band and H-F Viking Jazz Band members invite the community to join them for OPA! Palooza, a fundraising extravaganza set for 6 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the high school.

Students will be serving up Greek specialties in the South Building cafeteria. Friends and families are invited to sit and enjoy the evening’s delicious treats and hear student ensembles perform.

Flossmoor teen dies in car fire Monday

Editor's note: This story was updated Tuesday night with additional information from the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

An 18-year-old Flossmoor man died Monday afternoon in a vehicle fire in Homewood, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
 

'Always wear a hat to church' and other advice from local 105-year-old for long, successful life

At age 105, Juanita Mitchell still pays great attention to detail in fashion. Returning from a road trip to Wisconsin, she arrived home in a festive sweater dress complemented with sparkly shoes and coordinated jewelry. Her sense of style is one thing she’s always been known for. Mitchell, of Flossmoor, celebrated her Dec.15 birthday with a gathering of family and friends at a local country club, looking spry and many years younger than her birth certificate indicates.

Volunteers make it easy to recycle holiday trees and light strands

For the seventh straight year, Homewood and Flossmoor residents can recycle their holiday trees at the Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, Western Avenue at Vollmer Road. Trees can be dropped off between Dec. 26 and Jan. 18 at the center. Trees must be completely free of ornaments, tinsel, tags and plastic.

Possible body found in remains of burned vehicle

Homewood public safety personnel found what appeared to be a human body after extinguishing a car fire on Monday afternoon.

Fire and police units responded at 2:14 p.m. to a report of a car on fire in Patriots Park, 1300 187th St.

When they arrived, crews found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames, according to Homewood police.

New car and new friends make family's Christmas brighter

JoAnne Colucci was at Chevrolet of Homewood on Christmas Eve to pick up a new car she won in the second annual Homewood Chevy Cares contest, but she didn't want to talk only about the car. She wanted to talk about how the contest had expanded the reach for her family's story. The contest, which begins with nominations on Nov. 1, seeks to find a person or family whose life would be changed most by receiving a new car. Nominations are followed by online voting to determine five finalists. One of the finalists receives a free car.

Kids can ring in the new year at Homewood's Noon Year's Eve celebration

Midnight is a bit late for many youngsters to stay up on New Year's Eve, so Homewood will again offer kids a chance to celebrate the arrival of 2017 a half-day early.

The annual Noon Year's Eve party will begin at 11 a.m. with entertainment by Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, a professional gymnastics troupe consisting of talented young men and boys from the Chicagoland area.

At the Chronicle: Ads spotlight local charities

To help bring attention to local nonprofits, the Chronicle invited community members to buy an ad for a charitable organization for the paper’s December issue.

BrainUp, which funds cancer research and was started by Melody Mart owners Dan and Meg Kresach, was supported by Hoekstra Heating and Air Conditioning and Susan Jenner of Baird & Warner.

The Cancer Support Center received support from Grape & Grain as well as Deborah Okleshen of Baird & Warner.

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