Three D153 students earn the Dockweiler Award for their efforts

Outstanding effort by three students in Homewood District 153 won them top honors Monday, Sept. 24, as each was presented the Tom Dockweiler Award.
 
Tom Dockweiler, for whom the award is named, retired from the board after 20 years of service. During his tenure he said it was always his desire to “raise the bar” to move the district forward. 

Shots fired on Flossmoor street Friday, police say

Flossmoor police Friday responded to a report of shots being fired in a residential neighborhood.
 
According to a community alert posted on Sept. 28, two shots were fired at about 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of Wallace Drive and Park Drive.
 
Police said the incident took place following a confrontation between several individuals. Witnesses provided details to police.
 

Newcomer versus regulars in Homewood's annual Chili Cook-off

When the chili contestants face off on Saturday to see who's the best in Homewood's annual Chili Cook-off, there will be a new cook taking aim at the old pros. Homewood's Fall Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The cook-off contest judging starts at 2 p.m. and community tasting is around 3 p.m. on Martin Avenue in downtown Homewood.  

D-161 construction projects closer to completion, officials say

Flossmoor District 161 officials are at odds with the construction company working to finish air conditioning at Parker Junior High School and air and heating systems at Heather Hill School over what extent the projects are complete.
 
Associate Superintendent Frances LaBella updated the school board Monday on the status of the projects. She said neither project has been turned over to the district, so they are not considered substantially complete. 
 

D233 board invites community comments for its 5-year strategic plan

Homewood-Flossmoor High School is asking the community to join with District 233 board members as they begin work on a new strategic plan for H-F.
 
There are three opportunities open to community members, and each require varied amounts of commitment.
 

Flossmoor School Board revisits concerns on tax levy, class size

Flossmoor District 161 school board members Monday began deliberations on whether to approve a 2.1 percent increase in the property tax levy that will fund next year’s budget.
 
Board members asked Associate Superintendent Frances LaBella to bring back estimated levy figures based on a flat rate and one that rises 2.1 percent with the Consumer Price Index. The percentage increase would be the same as last year and raise about $470,000 in additional tax dollars.
 

Prospective owner of Family Wine and Liquors applies for license

Homewood trustees approved a motion Tuesday that will help pave the way for a new owner at Family Wine & Liquors at 18707 Dixie Highway. Current owners Butch and Tony Giralimo appeared before trustees to explain the reasons for the sale.

Fall Fest offers its Chili Cook-off and entertainment in Homewood

Homewood will celebrate the change of seasons with its annual Fall Fest and Chili Cook-off Saturday, Sept. 29. The party starts at 11 a.m. and continues through 10 p.m. with events, the chili tasting and serving, and outstanding musical entertainment. There also will be horse drawn wagon rides between 6 and 9 p.m., and the movie “Coco” will be shown at dusk.

Community activist Dr. Francis Wright dies after battling cancer

  Francis Wright

Francis Wright, a former Homewood village trustee and dentist in Homewood, died Monday, Sept. 24, after a battle with cancer.

Gerald Pauling will fill H-F school board seat

Gerald Pauling was selected to fill a vacant seat on the District 233 School Board. He will be sworn in at the Oct. 16 board meeting.

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