Up close and personal – Big Z and me


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A dream very nearly comes true. Chronicle writer Tom Houlihan reports on his close encounter with Big Z.

Lyric tenor shares his talents with south suburban audiences

Opera is part of his DNA. Flossmoor singer John Concepcion brings comic work "Bon Appetit!" to Governors State University as part of Opera Up Close series.

H-F residency investigations helping to weed out cheaters

The downside of being a popular school: H-F officials have to keep an eye out for students who don't meet residency requirements. 

Comedy and cooking combine in GSU production of 'Bon Appetit!'

"Bon Appétit!" is a comedy opera mimicking a classic Julia Child television broadcast. Witness an “episode” live on Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m. at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, according to a news release from the school. 

Check Please! Puts spotlight on Cottage on Dixie

The Cottage on Dixie restaurant was in the spotlight when guests on the WTTW-Channel 11 program “Check Please!” gave their assessments of the Homewood venue.

On the agenda: Homewood trustees to consider street program, village hall renovations bid, science center concept plan contract

The two big-ticket items on the Homewood Board of Trustees agenda Tuesday, Feb. 10, are the 2015 street resurfacing program and renovations to Village Hall, totalling nearly $1 million. The board will also consider an $80,000 contract with Global Studios to pursue a concept plan for the development of a community science center, to be located in the former Ryan's Funeral Home.

District 161 superintendent questions value of state-mandated PARCC test

In a letter Friday to the Flossmoor School District 161 community, Superintendent Craig Doster questioned the value of the state-mandated PARCC test for local students and schools.

Date night with dad at annual Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance

The joy of having a daughter was evident when nearly 200 dads took their daughters on a special date Friday.

It was quite a fun party as little girls bopped and hopped with their dads at the Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance at the H-F Sports Complex.

For this special night, the girls, decked out in their fancy dresses, shiny shoes and hair done up with bows and ribbons, had their special guy open doors for them and take their coats. These gents came in suits and ties to make that special impression.

Salt timing, truck breakdowns hamper Homewood snow removal during big storm

 Public Works Director John Schaefer explains the cause of problems with snow and ice removal in Homewood this week.

High-flying Harlem Wizards coming to town for March 1 fundraiser

The Harlem Wizards will bring their sky-high slams, dynamic energy, world-class basketball tricks and aerodynamic athleticism to H-F High School on Sunday, March 1. 


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