Grab your mittens and head to Saturday’s Winterfest

Flossmoor Winterfest guests will step into a storybook this year as they join their neighbors Saturday for the annual downtown holiday celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. The children’s wintertime book “The Mitten” by Jan Brett is the theme for this year’s celebration.

District 161 board approves 2.1 percent tax levy increase

Months of detailed discussions about the 2017 tax levy came to an end when Flossmoor District 161 school board members conducted a public hearing on the levy and voted to approve it.
 
Action was taken at the Nov.27 board of education meeting.
 
The levy includes a 2.1 increase based on the cost of living as determined by the Consumer Price Index.  The average homeowner’s increase will be $60 per year.
 

Flossmoor police academy can provide a life-changing experience

The stories are always positive, says Flossmoor Police Chief Michael Pulec.
 
Graduates of Flossmoor’s Citizens Police Academy (CPA) usually have stories about their experiences during the 12-week program, Pulec said. And he’s heard a number of them.
 
Enrollment is underway through Dec. 31 for the next Citizens Police Academy, which begins in January.
 

Popular Holiday Lights sets attendance record

For a number of years, local residents have enjoyed Homewood's winter festival, Holiday Lights, but apparently the rest of the world is discovering the event, too.
The turnout Friday, Dec. 1, amazed some local residents and village officials.

Although no precise crowd count was available, Homewood Events Manager Allisa Opyd estimated at least 4,500 people attended, putting attendance about 50 percent higher than last year.

District 233 board OKs 2.5 percent tax levy increase

High School District 233 will collect 2.5 percent more in property taxes next year, if the Homewood-Flossmoor High School board approves its estimated levy in December.

Not every property owner will see an increase, as property values in the district also are expected to rise. The estimated levy, adopted unanimously by the board at its Nov. 21 meeting, is expected to draw the highest tax income available to the district by law.

District 161, Flossmoor considering joint use of communications manager

Flossmoor District 161 and the Village of Flossmoor would work jointly with a shared communications professional under a plan now being discussed by both governmental units.
 
The idea is for the district and village to enter into a shared services agreement for a newly created position of communications manager. The district’s estimated share of salary and benefits expense would be in the $30,000 to $45,000 range.  
 

Marian Lazan reaches the young generation

  Addison Trotter, 9, of Homewood, gets a hug from 
  Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan during 
  the question and answer session following Kazan's 
  presentation about her experiences in a Nazi 
  concentration camp. Kazan's visit in Homewood

Toys from police shopping spree will again go to needy kids

Flossmoor police officers, during their Monday pre-holiday shopping spree, got a peek inside Santa’s workshop. Or at least the closest than any of us will ever get to it. The officers were granted access to a holiday storage area at Flossmoor’s Meijer store for the Marine Reserve’s Toys for Tots program, a holiday donation entirely funded by Meijer.

Flossmoor’s Alyssia Duda is dancer in Joffrey’s ‘Nutcracker’

Flossmoor resident Alyssia Duda turned 11 on Nov. 10 and is a fifth grader at Western Avenue School. While there is nothing unusual about that news, there is something extraordinary about Alyssia. She is appearing for the second time in the Joffrey Ballet’s highly acclaimed production of “The Nutcracker,” now playing at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

Holiday season giving is easy, helps local agencies, charities

Does the holiday season make you feel generous? You’re not alone. This is the time of year when most people open their hearts and wallets to help those in need, a way of spreading cheer that feels good.

While there are worthy causes around the world, charitable giving close to home brings an added benefit: strengthening the community where givers live.

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