Bel Canto Children’s Choir gives youngsters joy through song

A child’s voice can make beautiful music. That’s why Carrie Bonanotte of Homewood started the Bel Canto Children’s Choir a year ago with 10 children. Today the group is 30 children ages 4 through 12. She hopes it continues to grow when the program resumes Jan. 13.

Homewood, Flossmoor partnering on Jan. 16 MLK Day of Service

Homewood and Flossmoor are partnering on the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 16.

Organizers of the 2017 event are seeking greater participation from local non-profit organizations. The joint community service event is being promoted by both villages. As a result of recruitment efforts by Homewood and Flossmoor, 10 organizations have already registered to take part in service projects or donation drives.

Golfers at Coyote Run help break previous record

In 2016, the Coyote Run Golf Course recorded 32,060 rounds of golf. It was a record-setting year.

It surpassed the previous record set in 2015 by 1,000 rounds, or 2.9 percent, said Tom Denklau, Coyote Run manager of operations. That year started with a slump because of a wet spring, but ended with 70-degree days in November.

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.

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