H-F Special Olympics ambassadors helping prepare next volunteers

In October, Homewood-Flossmoor High School will be represented at the Special Olympics North America Unified Champions Schools meeting in Washington, D.C., by H-F junior Donzell Marshall and Maggie McNellis, a 2019 graduate now attending Eastern Illinois University.
 

Homewood approved ordinance to amend enterprise zone

Homewood approved an intergovernmental agreement to apply for changes to the boundaries of the Cal Sag enterprise zone at its Sept. 24 village board meeting. Enterprise zones are intended to encourage private investment in economically depressed areas. Businesses located inside those areas and meeting certain criteria can be exempt from some taxes.
 

Flossmoor adopts 3-cent per gallon gas tax

Flossmoor has adopted a 3-cent per gallon tax on gasoline that will go toward funding the village’s annual street maintenance projects. A law that went into effect July 1 under Gov. J.B. Pritzker's "Rebuild Illinois" program allowed non-home rule towns in Cook County to impose a local motor fuel tax of up to 3 cents per gallon. 

 

Storms flood streets, strand vehicles in H-F Friday night

A series of thunderstorms pounding the area Friday night turned downtown Flossmoor into a temporary lake, stranding vehicles and damaging several businesses. According to the National Weather Service, the storms dumped 2.65 inches of rain in the three hours from 6:55 to 9:55 p.m., and that was only the most intense period of precipitation.

District 161 hires assistant principal for Western Avenue Elementary

The Flossmoor School Board on Monday approved the hiring of an assistant principal for Western Avenue Elementary. Jacqueline Renko, who is currently an English language learners teacher and bilingual coordinator for District 161, will be stepping into the administrative role.
 

Recreational Cannabis sales tax approved in Homewood

Homewood officials approve a 3 percent tax on the sale of recreational marijuana at the Sept. 24 village board meeting. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill to legalize recreational sales to adults over 21. The state law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
 

Tree share programs help diversify local urban forest

Homewood residents still have an opportunity to obtain up to two new trees at half-price through the village's tree share program. Homewood residents have until Sept. 28 to reserve trees. Village hall will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon for anyone who wants to participate. The deadline for Flossmoor's fall tree share program was Sept. 18. 

New owners of long-abandoned Kedzie house request annexation

After more than a decade of abandonment and decay, the eyesore structure that once stood as a gem — albeit a strange one — in the heart of the Homewood-Flossmoor area finally could be bound for destruction. On Wednesday, the new owners of the home once owned by NBA forward Ken Norman at 19020 Kedzie Ave. filed a petition requesting the 88,000-square-foot piece of property be annexed into the Village of Flossmoor. 
 
 

Special recreation association hiring for several positions

South Suburban Special Recreation Association (SSSRA), which services residents in the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District, is in need of part-time employees for several of its programs. SSSRA offers recreation for special needs persons ages 2 through adult who participate in programs as varied as music and drama to Special Olympics and recreation programs.

Take a Ride Down Market Street

Noelle Oh is Madame Butterly who has a friendly conversation with Kobe Gosha as the bus driver in the children's musical "The Last Stop on Market Street" being performed by the Homewood-Flossmoor High School theater program.
 

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