Four District 153 staff honored with Morin Award

The Jerry Morin Educational Excellence Award was presented to four outstanding Homewood District 153 staff members at the Sept. 24 school board meeting.
 
The Morin Award is given in honor of former school board member Jerry Morin, who always had a future vision and made certain the district’s plans looked into future needs that would keep the district at the cutting edge of technology in the classroom, said Board President Shelly Marks.

Teen facing multiple charges after shots are fired on Flossmoor street

A Flossmoor teenager was charged with three weapons-related felonies less than 24 hours after shots were fired at an intersection in the village, police said.
 
The 17-year-old male was arrested at his home at 1:20 p.m. on Sept. 29, and is in custody as a juvenile in the Cook County court system, Flossmoor Deputy Chief Tod Kamleiter said Monday.
 

First time entrant wins Homewood’s chili cook-off

Was it the voodoo that made Dan Taylor’s chili so delicious?
 
Whatever he mixed into the pot, his Voodoo Chili won him first place in the amateur section of Homewood’s annual chili cook-off, part of Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 29, in downtown Homewood. It was his first time entering the contest.

District 233 school board approves $62.52 million budget for 2019

The District 233 school board approved a projected operating budget of $58.77 million for Homewood-Flossmoor High School for the 2019 fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. Expenses are projected to be $58.73 million leaving the district with a balance of $40,000.
 
The biggest share of the budget is $40 million collected in real estate taxes. Under Illinois’ tax cap legislation, taxes can only increase 2.1 percent, the increase in the Consumer Price Index.
 

Late fee approved for tax on restaurants in Homewood

Restaurant owners in Homewood will pay a $100 fine for being late with sending monthly tax payments to the village. 
 
At the Sept. 25 meeting, village board members approved the late fee on Homewood's places for eating tax, a 2 percent tax approved in 2014. The tax was aimed at supplementing the loss of sales tax revenue. It applies to any business that sells food and provides a place to eat it. 

Homewood Science Center puts tickets on sale for 3rd Walk Walton event

Tickets are on sale for the Homewood Science Center’s third Walk Walton fundraiser celebrating nature, science, music and crafts on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Izaak Walton Preserve, 1100 W. Ridge Road in Homewood. Discounted rates apply for tickets purchased by Oct. 10.  Individual and group rates are available.

Homewood Fire Department to keep 1997 pumper, sell 2007 truck

The Homewood village board approved the sale of the fire department's 11-year-old fire engine that has become too costly to repair. Instead, the department will keep a 21-year-old fire truck in reserve.
 

The department purchased a new fire Pierce Enforcer fire engine this year. It was originally meant to replace a 1997 Smeal pumper. The department aims for 20-year replacement cycles, Fire Chief Bob Grabowski told The Chronicle.
 

District 153 closes 2018 budget with a surplus

Homewood School District 153 will have a balanced budget with a surplus when the current budget year ends Sept. 30.
 
School Business Manager John Gibson said at the Sept. 24 board of education meeting this is the first year since 2011 the district’s numbers have looked so good. 
 

Fall Fairy wins the Homewood scarecrow contest

A Fall Fairy made of corn stalks by Jen Sesto of Art4Soul took first prize in the Homewood Beautification Committee’s annual scarecrow contest Saturday. 
 
Second place went to a pumpkin scarecrow designed by Ryan Niksic of The Art Corner. A wolf, made of real animal fur modeled after a wolf in the movie “A Never Ending Story,” won third place for Sharon Munoz of the dog training business Woof in Flossmoor.
 

IJP Block Party provides Oktoberfest fun for families

The annual Infant Jesus of Prague Block Party returns Saturday, Oct. 6. The family fun at 1131 Douglas Ave. in Flossmoor will last from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Food trucks will be on hand, including Cheesies, Warm Belly Bakery, American Glory, Los Portales and Joey's Red Hots. Beer vendors will include 350 Brewery, Blue Island Beer Company and Flossmoor Station.

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