Dazzling Dartmouth and other signs of the holiday season

Homewood and Flossmoor residents and businesses have enlightened and enlivened the holiday season with a great variety of decorations, from the spectacular avenue of lights on Dartmouth Avenue in Flossmoor, to the giant inflated Santa Claus at Aurelios in Homewood.

And holiday yard cards made a comeback this year, thanks to the efforts of local artist Teri Cann, who revived the yard card workshop with support from the Village of Homewood and the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District.

Above are a few holiday scenes from around the community. 

Homewood artist seeks support for walk-through children's book/exhibit

What if "normal" people could get a glimpse of what it's like to be autistic and to appreciate the challenges the condition presents for relationships with others? Homewood artist Ben G. Salus has an idea that might accomplish just that. 

H-F Board recognizes outstanding sports teams

It was a night of resounding applause for outstanding Homewood-Flossmoor High School athletes in fall sports at the H-F school board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16.

H-F students, staff enriched the Holiday Angels Program for the needy

The Holiday Angels Program run through Flossmoor Community Church got a big boost this year from students and staff at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

Students collected specific items on the wish lists of 20 needy families selected by local school social workers. The church, acting anonymously, serves as the clearinghouse for distribution of the food, clothing and toys to those families.

2 local students get special surprise visit at school

Homewood District 153 shared a special moment in its online newsletter published Friday, Dec. 19:

"Christmas came early for Keira (4th-grade) and Kyle (6th-grade) Brockington when mom, Crystal, surprised them in their classrooms on December 16. Ms. Brockington who serves in the U.S. Navy, has been stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, since June. Her kids didn't know she had been granted a two-week leave," according to the district publication.

Flossmoor prepares for review of Meijer plan

With construction to begin this spring on Flossmoor’s largest commercial project in decades, village staff is preparing to review plans for the 192,000-square-foot Meijer superstore.

Opinion: Good deed becomes charity mishap

Bobby Maszak just wanted to do a good deed for a relative, but a simple online request for a Christmas tree donation went in directions he probably didn't anticipate, and the result might be a cautionary tale for us all.

Maszak posted a message on a local Facebook group Friday, Dec. 12, asking if anyone had a spare Christmas tree. He planned to give it to a Homewood family with three children. The family is struggling financially, and the father told Maszak he didn't think they could afford a tree this year.

Homewood welcomes 3 new firefighters

Firefighter Joseph Exline 
receives congratulations from
a young supporter Tuesday, 
Dec. 9, after being sworn in
as a career firefighter with the
Homewood Fire Department.

(Photo by Quinn Crump/The

Dolphin Lake renovation project begins

Fences have been installed at Dolphin Lake Park in anticipation the start of a $3.25 million construction project that will include a fully renovated clubhouse, walking paths and a playground area.


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