Traveling the Outerbelt – a 210-mile journey by foot around the Chicago area

Flossmoor resident Jay Readey recently hiked the perimeter of the Chicago area on the Outerbelt, which mostly follows forest preserve trails around the region. Readey, a community development attorney, is a founder of the Outerbelt Alliance. He spoke with the H-F Chronicle about his two-week trip.

DQ reopening in 4 to 6 weeks

The grand re-opening of Homewood’s Dairy Queen is coming. Kelly Welsh, manager of the store, said she expects to announce the re-opening in four to six weeks after extensive damage was done to the building in a car accident July 17.

Want to open a new business in Flossmoor? Here’s how to apply for an economic incentive

Prospective Flossmoor business owners who want to ask the village board for financial incentives now have some ground rules for their application process.
 
At the Flossmoor village board’s July 2 meeting, trustees unanimously approved formal economic development policy guidelines in an effort to clarify what types of financial incentives it will consider and how applicants should prepare their requests.
 

H-F Racquet & Fitness Club app helps users set goals, keep in contact

Yes, there’s an app for the Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet & Fitness Club.
 
The club’s administrative team, led by Shelley Strasser, membership sales and marketing supervisor, designed the mobile device app that went live July 1. It is primarily for members, but it also can be used by anyone interested in keeping track of activities and registering every step.
 

Police to conduct critical incident exercise Thursday at Churchill School

Anyone in the neighborhood of Churchill School, 1300 W. 190th St. in Homewood, on Thursday, July 26, might see significant police activity, but it will be part of a police department critical incident drill. The exercise is set to begin about 8 a.m. and will conclude about noon, according to Deputy Chief Denise McGrath. 

Distict 153 sees helping kids learn English essential to their success

Homewood District 153 is serving a melting pot of students, and not all of them come to school with an understanding of English. Or they speak English, but their parents don’t.
 
The numbers have been increasing. Children are enrolled whose heritage is from Nigeria, Lithuania, China, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines.
 

Downtown dogs on display as SSHS fundraiser moves to Flossmoor

They are noble, alert and very colorful. One is wearing spectacles. Four have hats — specifically, a firefighter’s helmet, graduation cap, chef’s toque and newspaper reporter’s chapeau. Dogs on Parade has returned to the H-F area for another summer, with 17 life-sized pups standing watch in downtown Flossmoor.

H-F graduate will travel to Germany as Fulbright Scholarship recipient

As she awaits her return to Germany on a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, Homewood native Kayla Griffith says she feels like an actor at curtain call. 
 
“Now I just take a deep breath and jump in,” said Griffith, a 2013 graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School. This fall, she leaves for Germany to teach English as a participant in the U.S. Department of State's premier international exchange program.

Adult party at the Splash Pad on Thursday

Adults will get their chance to make a splash on Thursday, July 26, at the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District’s new Splash Pad at Millennium Park, 18600 Harwood Ave. in Homewood.

Vice District Brewing nearing opening in Homewood

After more than two years, Vice District Brewing appears to be closing in on an opening for its Homewood location. Village Manager Jim Marino confirmed the business’s liquor license will be on the agenda for the July 24 board of trustees meeting.

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