Customers sad to see Panera closing

The usual vibe at the Panera Bread in Cherry Creek Plaza was missing Sunday as staff counted down the hours before the store closed at 4 p.m.
 
“I’ve been coming here every day the last four or five years. I think it’s terrible,” said Martin McHale of Homewood who sat by the fireplace reading a newspaper. “They said they talked to the mayor and they weren’t going to close here. I really hate to see it close.”
 

Irish tenor sings St. Patrick’s Day favorites

Gavin Coyle, a noted Irish tenor, will be giving a belated St. Patrick’s Day concert of Celtic songs and Irish ballads at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at St. Joseph Church, 17951 Dixie Highway in Homewood.

 

D-161 Board accepts resignation from teacher who alleged anti-gay harassment

A mid-year resignation from District 161 teacher Ryan Sinwelski, who alleged anti-gay harassment from a parent and students at Parker Junior High, was accepted by the Flossmoor School Board on Monday, March 11.
 

Imagination Playground is creative fun at Homewood’s Science Center

Wow! They’re super big — and blue! That’s the first reaction of kids who come to the Homewood Science Center for some creative learning using the Imagination Playground set.

Bids for H-F High arts addition come in high

The District 233 Finance Committee got unwelcome news Wednesday when Ed Wright of DLA Architects told them bids for work on the proposed Performing Arts Center came in more than $4 million over what is budgeted.
 
The school district has a plan to build new spaces at Homewood-Flossmoor High School for performing arts, band and orchestra and to redesign current spaces for fine arts. The board has budgeted $10 million for the project.
 

Nonviolence program March 30 at St. Joseph’s

“Living the Way of Nonviolence: Transforming Our Hearts, Our Minds, Our Culture” is the topic for a 9 a.m. to noon program Saturday, March 30, at the Burke Center of St. Joseph Parish, 17951 Dixie Highway in Homewood.
 

Another blow to Cherry Creek: Panera is closing

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Chronicle editor Eric Crump discusses the recent business losses in Cherry Creek Plaza, including Starbucks and Panera Bread, and stops by American Dance Center to observe its versatile and enthusiastic approach to teaching students of all ages.

Street resurfacing, storm sewer repairs approved in Homewood

Homewood approved its annual street resurfacing program at its March 12 board meeting. Streets to be improved this year include Francisco Avenue between 183rd Street and Willow Road; Pierce Court from Loomis Avenue into the cul de sac; Pine Road from Harwood Avenue to Ashland Avenue; Loomis Avenue from 183rd Street to Birch Road; and Kroner Lane from the Melody Mart parking lot to Martin Avenue. 
 

Flossmoor attorney Jay Readey finds bicycling provides freedom and flight

Flossmoor attorney Jay Readey sometimes commutes to Chicago on two wheels. He said he has felt a sense of freedom while riding a bike since he was a kid.

Parker volleyball team returns to state tourney this weekend

Parker Junior High School’s eighth girls volleyball team is headed to the state tournament for the fifth straight year. The Falcons defeated the eighth grade team from Homewood’s James Hart School on March 7 to win the regional final and advance to the Illinois Elementary School Association state tournnment.

 

 

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