Homewood’s Beautification Committee presented awards to village’s outstanding gardeners

Gardeners and their beautiful gardens were recognized at a Thursday, Oct. 22, ceremony hosted by the Village of Homewood and its Beautification Committee. The committee presented Blue Ribbon honors to 10 homes; 29 beautification honors for residences; 93 beautification awards to businesses; and 11 recognition awards for individuals and organizations that were part of the Adopt-A-Planter program.

H-F League of Women Voters supporting efforts to end Illinois’ budget stalemate

As IIlinois moves into its fifth month without a state budget, the Homewood-Flossmoor Area League of Women Voters has joined with other independent organizations hoping a Nov. 18 meeting of legislative leaders will begin serious discussions to end the deadlock.

Two youths face felony charges following BB gun incident after H-F game

Two juveniles were charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of a firearm, both felonies, following an incident at the end of last Friday’s Homewood-Flossmoor High School football game involving a BB gun and an alleged threat made to a group of students.

Homewood residents get answers on schools, taxes at special informational meeting

Residents in Homewood District 153 gathered for two hours on Monday evening to hear school board members talk about district finances, tax options and plans to consolidate schools.

If the district is unable to keep its current tax rate, it will be forced to cut teaching positions pumping class sizes from 17 to 30 or more children, Superintendent Dale Mitchell told the 100 parents and district supporters at the information session.

Decline in property values still a problem as District 161 prepares tax levy

In the next two years, Flossmoor District 161 expects a pair of significant financial “bumps” that both increase the total property value of the school community and provide relief to local taxpayers. Frances LaBella, the district’s assistant superintendent for business, told school board members Monday that this year’s retirement of a tax increment financing (TIF) district in Flossmoor will result in $3,585,878 being returned to the tax rolls. That amount will boost the district’s tax base in late 2016.

Metra shutdown averted when Congress passes transportation bill

A possible shutdown of Metra and other railroad operations nationwide was averted today after Congress approved a bill that would extend the deadline on implementation of the Positive Train Control system, according to an email notice posted Wednesday from Don Orseno, Metra CEO.

PTC is a computerized system that prevents certain types of train-to-train collisions, helps avoid derailments and other accidents caused by excessive speed and increases safety for workers, Orseno said.

Flossmoor moms, coffee-blended brew help fund education in Uganda

Michelle Nelson and Janna Henry received their introductory beer-making lesson last month from Flossmoor Station brewmaster Eymard Freire. They helped mix the regular beer ingredients, along with coffee beans from Uganda, in an effort to raise funds for educational programs in that East African nation.

Homewood baseball bats could be in the hands of pros soon as trustees award incentive to new company

Famous baseball bat maker Louisville Slugger might not be looking over its shoulder — yet — but there's a new baseball bat company gearing up to start production, and its owner will call Homewood home. The Homewood Board of Trustees approved $100,000 in village Business Incentive Program funding Tuesday to help Homewood Bat Company with building acquisition costs.

Yin Ding shares Chinese language, culture with first classes at H-F High

Yin Ding is helping bridge the cultural divide of East and West as the new Chinese language teacher at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. District 233 agreed to expand its language offerings beyond the traditional French and Spanish classes after hearing requests from parents and students. Ding is teaching 93 students in four sections, including students from James Hart Junior High in Homewood and Parker Junior High in Flossmoor who were invited to be part of the first class.

Homewood Holiday Lights festival to feature shimmering lights, holiday shopping and a frosting of poetry

"Holiday Lights in Homewood" from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, will offer the community an opportunity to celebrate the season with an evening of lights, shopping, family activities and a poetic window display.

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