Village of Homewood

Auto repair shop taking vacant Jiffy Lube 183rd Street location

A new car repair shop will move into a vacant building that once housed a Jiffy Lube after the Homewood village board approved a special use permit at its Oct. 9 meeting.

Allied Advantage Group Transmissions and Repair will move into the location at 3349 183rd Street. The business will be a full-service auto repair shop, offering tire repairs and replacements, oil changes, transmission replacements, tune ups and alignments, according to village documents.

Two Homewood employees honored for their service

Two long-time Homewood employees — Dave Ebert and Tom Gaskin  were recognized for their service to the village at the Sept. 25 Board of Trustees meeting. Two new Public Works Department employees were sworn in at the same meeting.

Homewood Fire Department will show off new truck, provide fun safety lessons at annual open house

Residents will have a chance to get a close-up look at Homewood's brand new fire truck on Saturday during the annual Fire Department open house.

The event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 17950 Dixie Highway will also include a crowd favorite, the live burn that demonstrates the importance and effectiveness of sprinkler systems. 

Homewood Hobo Night will feature live music, s'mores and hobo stew

The Village of Homewood will  host its annual Hobo Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Homewood Rail Park, Chestnut Road and Park Avenue. 

Homewood approves tax break for new restaurant

The Homewood village board, at its Sept. 25 meeting, passed a resolution supporting a Class 8 tax incentive for a property at 1941 Ridge Road. The property is expected to be the location of a new restaurant. Trustee Lisa Purcell abstained from voting because she has an ownership interest in the property.
 

Federal grant helps Homewood Fire Department update equipment, training

The Homewood Fire Department will be able to replace an aging ventilation system and beef up its training programs thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Late fee approved for tax on restaurants in Homewood

Restaurant owners in Homewood will pay a $100 fine for being late with sending monthly tax payments to the village. 
 
At the Sept. 25 meeting, village board members approved the late fee on Homewood's places for eating tax, a 2 percent tax approved in 2014. The tax was aimed at supplementing the loss of sales tax revenue. It applies to any business that sells food and provides a place to eat it. 

Homewood Fire Department to keep 1997 pumper, sell 2007 truck

The Homewood village board approved the sale of the fire department's 11-year-old fire engine that has become too costly to repair. Instead, the department will keep a 21-year-old fire truck in reserve.
 

The department purchased a new fire Pierce Enforcer fire engine this year. It was originally meant to replace a 1997 Smeal pumper. The department aims for 20-year replacement cycles, Fire Chief Bob Grabowski told The Chronicle.
 

Prospective owner of Family Wine and Liquors applies for license

Homewood trustees approved a motion Tuesday that will help pave the way for a new owner at Family Wine & Liquors at 18707 Dixie Highway. Current owners Butch and Tony Giralimo appeared before trustees to explain the reasons for the sale.

Fall Fest offers its Chili Cook-off and entertainment in Homewood

Homewood will celebrate the change of seasons with its annual Fall Fest and Chili Cook-off Saturday, Sept. 29. The party starts at 11 a.m. and continues through 10 p.m. with events, the chili tasting and serving, and outstanding musical entertainment. There also will be horse drawn wagon rides between 6 and 9 p.m., and the movie “Coco” will be shown at dusk.

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