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Post-graduation: What working in my hometown after college taught me

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Apparently, penning a popular column in your hometown disqualifies you from grocery shopping in pajamas. Indeed, returning home to work in the H-F community after graduating from the University of Illinois has layered an adult lens over so much of what I observed uncritically in my adolescence.

The DQ crash report and how we determine what makes ‘news’

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In August, I wrote a story that summarized the law enforcement investigation of the Ridge Road crash in which Demarques Heard lost his life. Some know it as the “Dairy Queen crash,” because the fatal incident also demolished half of the Dairy Queen location when Mr. Heard’s car hit it. Reaction swelled swiftly when my story posted to the Chronicle’s Facebook page with some voicing distaste, annoyance and anger about us having produced the story.

 

Book-loving kids form Homewood book store’s first book club

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Penny Greep, 9, ace bibliophile of Homewood, forms a book club, the first for Bookie's Homewood store. ComEd moves power lines on Park Avenue, a prerequisite to the renovation work on the west side of the Homewood train station, and John Beele gets more signatures on his Iwo Jima veterans flag.

Water source shift causes hope, concern

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In recent years, water rates have been an issue for Homewood residents. The village gets its water from Harvey, but Harvey gets that Lake Michigan water from Chicago, and Chicago made a series of significant rate hikes over the past decade or so. Trusteed have expressed concern that the shift could have implications for water quality and safety.

 

Hidden Gem bike ride a treat, but watch out for those craters

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Riding the Hidden Gem Half Marathon on July 13 was a great way to see Flossmoor's charming neighborhoods, but the condition of some streets did not live up to the rest.

Looking at the border, finding hope amid heartache and cruelty

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When Homewood resident and activist Emilia Oldaker saw the image of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter Valeria, drowned at the U.S.-Mexico border, she couldn’t help but to imagine the faces of those in her own Jewish family. People, that she says, know the look of fear and desperation all too well — and how its consequences can prove deadly.

Page 2: The Chronicle looks to funding its future

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In June, the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle turned 5. Time to explore options for building on the foundation. Also: Recyclepalooza volunteers help area residents repurpose and recycle difficult items, Homewood Arts Council opens its gallery and MABAS 24 President Kevin Welsh expresses concerns about another possible hospital closure in the South Suburbs.

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