Homewood library staff reaches tentative contract agreement

Employees at the Homewood Public Library say they have reached a tentative agreement on a contract with the library board. Details of the package were not available. Employees organized with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 31 after their weekly hours were reduced by two hours per week in 2015, librarian Sandy Sullivan said Wednesday.
 

Long-time steward of Izaak Walton Preserve, Robert Ahlf dies at 77

The man who led the development and care of Izaak Walton Nature Preserve in Homewood for more than four decades died Wednesday, April 17. Robert "Bob" Ahlf, 77, died at his Belleair, Florida, residence.

 

Job switch moves Joe DeCicco to H-F Racquet & Fitness Club

Joe DeCicco, a six-year Homewood-Flossmoor Park District employee, has switched departments, taking on the assistant manager’s position at the H-F Racquet & Fitness Club. DeCicco is working alongside manager Eileen Rohrer.
 

New Piano Club puts Hart students behind electronic keyboards

In the latest addition to James Hart School’s music program, 16 students have joined the Piano Club, an after school activity that gives them the chance to play the keyboard in 30 minute sessions twice a week. The eight keyboards arrived in November thanks to grants and support from the District 153 Parent Music Association. 
 

Take a ride on a real 1950s railcar excursion

The Midwest Rail Rangers is inviting travelers interested in a trip through Illinois on an historic 1950s observation car to make a reservation by April 30 for this special trip. The trip will be June 8 out of Chicago for a ride down to Carbondale and back. 

 

Flossmoor police call H-F active shooter drill a success

With the assistance of Homewood officers, the Flossmoor Police Department hosted an active shooter drill at the H-F High School campus. School staff members, along with a few student volunteers, role-played during the March 22 drill while officers led a mock evacuation, followed by an hour-long debriefing to answer any questions from participants. 

 

Survey lists nearly 2,000 trees in H-F parks

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District inventoried 1,893 trees in 2018 when it undertook a study of the tree population at 31 of its parks and properties. Parks employees Mauricio Morales and Gabe Gacsko walked the parks and measured every tree in the district, except Irons Oaks, Coyote Run and the parks department office site, to complete an accurate inventory, according to Doug Boehm, superintendent of parks and planning.
 

Police, rail crews investigate reports of debris striking vehicles at Dixie Viaduct

Homewood and railroad officials took a look at the condition of the Dixie Highway viaduct last week after Homewood police received two reports of falling debris striking vehicles. Homewood police spokeswoman Denise McGrath said the department received both reports on Monday, April 8, and notified Metra and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

H-F Group Interpretation ensemble wins second place in state

Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s Group Interpretation ensemble won second place in state competition. It was the third year in a row H-F has placed. In 2018, H-F won the event and placed third in 2017.
 
 

Flossmoor schools on soft lock down as police apprehend two suspects Monday

Two suspects are in custody following an early-afternoon incident on Monday in which police attempted to stop a car that was being erratically driven through a Flossmoor neighborhood.

A loaded weapon was recovered as the incident transpired, police said in an email alert to community residents.

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