Homewood shines in televised WGN Block Party

As the sun rose in Homewood on Friday, the WGN Block Party Extravaganza was already gearing up. Young musicians in the Melody Mart Band were tuning up. The streets were lined with offerings from local businesses and organizations. 

And the WGN staff had the cameras ready to roll at 6 a.m. to open the four-hour WGN Morning News show from its remote location in downtown Homewood.

The many places we recognize as making Homewood Homewood

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Local history is one of those things, like air, that is all around us every day, shaping our lives without being noticed much. It’s more likely to be noticed when a bit of it goes missing, like the death of a community leader or loss of a cherished building. Or, as is the case this year, when there’s an anniversary of sufficient extent to give us an excuse to notice. This year, Homewood’s 125th anniversary of incorporation is giving us an opportunity to look around and look back. 

Coyote Run garden tour is Wednesday

Dave Ward, superintendent of golf at Coyote Run Golf Course, 800 Kedzie Ave., will share insights on the native prairie plants around the course in a two-hour tour starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18.
 
The date was changed to July 18 from what was published in the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District's brochure.
 

Homewood police to issue tickets for late stickers after Aug. 1

Homewood residents have until Aug. 1 to make their vehicle stickers current and avoid additional late fees and other penalties.

Trustees approved an ordinance at the village board meeting July 10 that grants police authority to begin ticketing.
The village began selling and renewing stickers on April 1. Residents are required to purchase vehicle stickers before May 31. That deadline has been extended to Aug. 1, but now includes a $25 late fee. 
 

Homewood's Places: Take a tour of the buildings and define the village

Edited by Jim Wright
 
Editor’s note: As Homewood celebrates its 125th year as a municipality, the Homewood Historical Society is helping us recall how the village started. This written stroll around town portrays the key places that shaped the town’s early years.
 
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Kids enjoy farm fun at Patriots Park

Kids took a magical trip to the farm through a summer program presented by “Miss Jamie from the Farm” at Patriots Park on July 10.
 
Hers is one of several special presentations hosted by the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District this summer. About 50 children, surrounded by adults, enjoyed the show under the pavilion that included lots of things to do — be a bug, bark like a dog, sing songs and clap their hands. They learned how to say “Howdy” and pretended to dig in the soil.

Library game will have participants on the search for Homewood's water tower

Homewood’s beloved “Home Sweet Homewood" water tower’s been stolen!
 
That's the premise of an investigative role playing game sponsored by the Homewood Public Library.

Less water lost as Flossmoor projects show positive results

Flossmoor has made significant progress in its continuing battle against water loss resulting from leaky infrastructure and inefficient metering. According to village officials, the level of water bought by Flossmoor that is actually delivered to homes and — the so-called billed-to-purchase ratio — climbed to 77 percent last year, up from the previous figure of 59 percent.

Summer Theatre at H-F High presents 'Big the Musical TYA' July 19 and 20

Students in grades 2 through 12 participating in summer theater at Homewood-Flossmoor High School will conclude the session with three performances of “Big the Musical,” the theater for young audiences version.
 
Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20, in the Mall Auditorium in H-F’s South Building. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.
 

Creativity abounds in STEAM Camp at James Hart School

The first District 153 STEAM Camp gave one student a chance to create replicas of Chicago’s downtown buildings, a team the opportunity to build a robot and another to produce a movie. It’s all part of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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