Pride, not prejudice — Homewood businesses prepare to fly rainbow flags

As spring arrives, the streets of Homewood will hue pink and green after a long, barren winter. But blooming trees are not the only color coming to Homewood.

The Homewood Business Association’s Pride Flag Initiative will line the streets with sponsored rainbow flags in preparation for June’s Pride event.

Amid sugary treats, Homewood mayor calls Panera opening ‘bittersweet’

Every single staff member who worked at Panera Bread’s now-closed Cherry Creek location has relocated to the new Halsted Street restaurant, which opened Wednesday. Familiar faces behind the register might be the only consolation for local residents decrying closure of the older store, which had been at its Governors Highway location for at least 15 years. 

Three candidates vying for two seats on H-F Park Board

Newcomers Linda Ojode and Brit Volini and incumbent Steve Johnson are on the April 2 ballot for park commissioner. They shared their views on park operations during a League of Women Voters forum on March 14.  

H-F teacher selected 2019 Golden Apple Award winner

Uproarious cheers from students in Classroom A-19 could be heard down the hall of South Building at Homewood-Flossmoor High School Tuesday afternoon when Catherine Ross-Cook learned she is one of 10 teachers in Illinois receiving the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Using pictures to tell stories, Flossmoor launches social media campaign

Photos of Maureen Mader's recent cooking class at Dunning's Market are among the growing number being collected online through the #flossmoor365 hashtag.

School districts searching near and far for top candidates

Finding good teachers is becoming more difficult. Districts 153, 161 and 233 are all willing to go outside of Illinois and the Midwest on candidate searches. The districts participated in a schools job fair March 16 that drew 29 districts from South Cook and Will counties who are looking for staff.

Parker principal resigns, replacement named

The Flossmoor School Board approved the resignation of Parker Junior High Principal Fred Hunter and named Amabel Crawford as his replacement Monday during a special board meeting, according to a District 161 press release.

Hunter’s resignation will go into effect June 30, and Crawford will take on the role beginning July 1, according to board documents. Crawford is the district’s current director of learning and instruction.

Tax levy essential, but not always an easy decision for board members

Several local school board members have voted against district levies in recent years. Education editor Marilyn Thomas explores the issue, looking at what the levy is and what the rationales are for voting for or against this routine matter of school governance.

Mardell Parker, former District 161 superintendent, dies

Mardell Morris Parker, for whom Parker Junior High in Flossmoor is named, died Sunday, March 17, in Tierra Verde, Florida. He was 93.  “My dad was guided throughout his life by his strong belief in doing the ‘right thing,’ by his tremendous sense of duty to his family, his community and to the children of his school district,” his daughter Sally Parker-Johnson said.

Homewood marketing to millennial home buyers

Homewood is asking millennial home buyers to “Think Homewood” in a marketing campaign that will begin again later this month. The campaign will center on a series of animated ads designed to look like puzzle pieces coming together over slogans exalting the benefits of moving to Homewood. The ads will be shareable over social media.

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