Library’s first SmackDown open to young readers

The Homewood Public Library is hosting its first ever young readers Book Trivia SmackDown at 6 p.m. on July 26. 
 
SmackDown is a trivia game that will test knowledge on the 2018 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award master list for middle school readers. The event is similar to the Battle of the Books, but SmackDown is an individual challenge.
 

District 153 superintendent sets 2021 retirement date

Dale Mitchell, superintendent of Homewood School District 153 for the last 14 years, has announced his retirement after the 2020-21 academic year. 

H-F High Foundation awards 2017 scholarships

The Homewood-Flossmoor High School Foundation has announced the 2017 scholarship winners.

The foundation manages these scholarship accounts and makes the awards to seniors at the end of the school year. This year, 19 students received awards.

Elizabeth F. Barry Memorial Scholarship: Sydney DuBose, $2,500

Elyse Bell Girls Golf Scholarship: Amber Haywood, $1,000

Downtown Homewood redevelopment deal stalls

Progress has come to a halt in a redevelopment project on Ridge Road in downtown Homewood, but village officials and the developer said it is still possible the project might be saved. Third Coast Development of Grand Rapids, Mich., recently withdrew its offer to purchase the property at 2033 Ridge Road.

Homewood to hold public hearing Tuesday on proposed bond issue

Homewood trustees will host a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, prior to the regular board meeting to entertain comments about a proposed bond issue.

The village plans to issue $1.9 million in general obligation bonds to pay for capital projects and major equipment purchases.

District 153 and teachers agree on new contract

Homewood School District 153 and the Homewood Education Association (HEA) have reached an agreement on a five-year contract that includes salary raises for teachers and staff.
 
HEA approved the agreement on June 2. The District 153 board ratified it on June 7. 

Board President Shelly Marks characterized negotiations as positive and collegial. 

Lighthouse Pride party draws hundreds in support of LGBTQ community

The rainbow came to Flossmoor Wednesday. Hundreds of people  several from outside the Homewood-Flossmoor area  flocked to what was billed as the South Suburbs’ first Pride celebration.

Improvements included in park district’s budget

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District commissioners approved a $14.73 million budget that includes several big-ticket items.
 
The district will collect $13 million in revenues. To balance the budget, the district is relying on reserves. 
 
The budget shows $983,705 in capital, $1.6 million in principal and interest payments and $641,075 in depreciation expenses. 
 

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