State orders additional mitigation measures in suburban Cook County starting Wednesday

October 26, 2020 - 11:58

Indoor service at bars and restaurants in suburban Cook County, including Homewood and Flossmoor, will be suspended starting Wednesday as the state imposes additional mitigation measures to slow the recent surge of COVID-19 cases.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) confirmed on Monday that new mitigation measures would include restaurants, retail establishments and other settings. 

H-F dresses up a different kind of Halloween

October 25, 2020 - 20:52

It should have been the perfect Halloween. Early in the now infamous year of 2020, we were all looking forward to a Halloween that falls on a Saturday. However, with restrictions and fear over the COVID-19 pandemic still prevalent, Halloween won’t happen as we hoped.

Instead, the holiday presents another challenge to alter, accommodate and entertain new ideas for how to celebrate safely.

Coping with COVID: Routine record-breaking and an emotional press briefing moment

October 25, 2020 - 20:25

Franciscan Health announces new visitor restrictions as COVID-19 numbers spike in the area. The experts who predicted the fall COVID-19 surge would be worse than spring apparently were right when it comes to case counts. Records have been set and broken a number of times in recent weeks. Plus, the emotional impact of the continuing pandemic was on display Friday as Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, teared up while giving her presentation at a press briefing. 

H-F volunteers move forward to host annual Operation Snowball event

October 20, 2020 - 13:37

Activities at Homewood-Flossmoor High School haven’t stopped – they’ve just gone virtual. Registration ends this week for the annual Operation Snowball event, a program H-F has run for nearly 40 years.

Operation Snowball is an international alcohol, tobacco and other drug-use prevention program that focuses on leadership development to help empower students to lead drug-free lives.

Columbus Day, teacher recognitions, remote learning updates round out D161 discussions

October 18, 2020 - 17:15

Columbus Day could become a thing of the past — at least in name — for Flossmoor School District 161, but officials said it deserves more discussion before making any permanent changes.

The topic was raised early during the school board's meeting Tuesday, Oct. 13, one day later than normal because of the federal holiday. Superintendent Dana Smith said the question came up in submitted public comments for the meeting.

D161 to test the waters of in-person blended model with return of some students

October 17, 2020 - 11:28

Flossmoor School District 161 intends to move forward with bringing a limited number of students in its special education programs back into its buildings as early as Oct. 26.

Jackie Janicke, the district’s director of special education, presented a report to the school board and led a conversation about a blended model of instruction for interested families with students, giving a possible start date and a schedule for the change. 


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