Nasty weather doesn’t stall tree recycling program (UPDATED Jan. 5)

One day, they are filled with bright lights and sparkling ornaments. They are the centerpiece of holiday celebrations and a yearly family tradition. Children gaze in wonder at their beauty and never forget the spectacle.

The next day they are mulch, among the humblest of all plant matter.

Such is the life of a Christmas tree. But the cycle — from  shining  symbol of the season to ground-up trunk and needles — has become a tradition all its own.

Homewood trustee starts monthly listening sessions at local coffee shop

Homewood Trustee Jay Heiferman's first listening session of the new year will be today from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Starbucks on Harwood.

District 153 to conduct preschool screenings Jan. 16

Homewood School District 153 will conduct screenings to determine eligibility for its free preschool program on Friday, Jan. 16, at Willow School, 1804 Willow Road.

Children must be 3 years old on or before Jan. 16. Proof of residency is required at the time of screening, according to school officials.

Appointments are necessary. Contact Bridget Bosch at (708) 647-2118 or write to [email protected].

A little snow, a lot of cold

First full week of January brings some snow, much cold to Homewood-Flossmoor area, as real winter arrives.

PARCC testing now required in Illinois

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is the new standardized test being rolled out in Illinois schools to meet Common Core standards.

Winter weather advisory issued for Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Homewood-Flossmoor area Saturday, Jan. 3. 

The forecast calls for a precipitation gumbo Saturday, with periods of snow, sleet, freezing drizzle and rain throughout the day, NWS officials said.

Flossmoor trustees cancel Jan. 5 meeting, plan to meet Jan. 20

The Flossmoor Village Board meeting for Monday, Jan. 5 has been cancelled.

The next village board meeting is on Tuesday, Jan. 20. That meeting date has been changed because of the Dr. Martin Luther King national holiday on Jan. 19.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the board room at Village Hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road.
 

Welcome 2015

The balloons dropped, a boisterous bit of pandemonium ensued, and area families welcomed 2015 at noon Wednesday in Homewood.

The Homewood Community Relations Committee hosted the annual New Years Eve bash in the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Auditorium.

The event began with comedy magician Circus Boy providing a show filled with such acts as knife juggling on a unicycle, popping wheelies on the world's smallest bicycle and mouth-juggling ping-pong balls.

The balloon drop was followed by a feast catered by White Castle of Homewood.

Pets of the week: Apollo and Mohawk

The South Suburban Humane Society Pets of the Week are Apollo and Mohawk. 

Homewood man charged with hate crime will undergo testing

Pol Danilov of Homewood will undergo psychological testing in the next month to determine if he is fit to stand trial on a charge of attempted murder of a shopper at a Homewood grocery store, according to Cook County State's Attorney officials.

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