NASA probe launching this summer is named for former H-F resident

NASA has named the first mission to fly a spacecraft directly into the sun’s atmosphere in honor of Prof. Eugene Parker, a pioneering physicist at the University of Chicago, and former resident of Homewood and Flossmoor.

H-F High uses arts to recognize outstanding astrophysicist’s achievements

How do you honor a neighbor who is a renowned scientist credited with discovering theories on solar wind? Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s fine arts program took on the task Saturday, May 12, in a spectacular presentation of visual, sound and fine art by more than 500 students to pay tribute to astrophysicist Dr. Eugene Parker.

District 153 adopts new science curriculum programs

The District 153 school board agreed to update its science curriculum for all grades using two programs that teachers have piloted this school year.
 
The board voted Monday, May 14, to spend $98,770 for contracts with four companies for Mystery Science curriculum and support materials kindergarten through fifth grade, and Stem Scopes for sixth, seventh and eighth grades and the purchase of technology devices for the upper grades. 
 

Park board adopts $13.25 million budget for 2018-19

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District board of commissioners adopted the 2018-19 budget at its meeting Tuesday, May 15.
 
The district shows revenue at $13,251,638 marking an increase of $214,029 or 1.6 percent over the previous year. In the corporate fund, the district’s main operating fund, property tax revenues make up nearly 96 percent of total revenues, according to the park district’s budget statement. 
 

Park officials hope third time’s the charm for Irwin Park tree

The tree in Irwin Park, which residents affectionately call the Christmas tree, needs to be replaced  again. The tree lost its leaves in recent weeks. It is the second replacement tree that failed to thrive following the loss of a 60-foot tree that was toppled by high winds in March 2016.

D161 board welcomes new Heather Hills principal

Heather Hills School in Flossmoor will have a new principal July 1. At its meeting Monday, May 14, the District 161 board approved the hiring of Ashley Holland. The board also approved the curriculum for the proposed STEAM lab at Serena Hills School and discussed a plan for restructuring student supervisory staff in the district.

Local police officers take to the roofs Friday to help Special Olympics

Local police officers will be taking to the rooftops on Friday, not as part of a surveillance operation but to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. It's the annual Cop on a Roof event.

H-F board president assures community fine arts is a priority

Steven Anderson, president of the District 233 school board, on Tuesday reassured more than 200 students, parents, staff and Homewood-Flossmoor community members the “project for fine arts is not off the table.”

It was a Monday finance committee decision not to allocate funds for architectural work on fine arts building additions that drew the crowd. 

Rabbi of the people retires from Temple Anshe Sholom

Viewpoint: 

The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.

I first met Rabbi Paul Caplan at the 2016 Homewood Memorial Day Ceremony. He brought with him a shofer, a horn used in Jewish tradition as a call to battle or during Rosh Hoshana to proclaim the new year. It's an instrument that demands attention.

Lions Pool ready for Memorial Day Weekend opening

It’s time for a swim! The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District opens Lions Pool Memorial Day weekend, and moves to seasonal hours starting Friday, June 1.

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