Open Access, partners help feed and clothe those in need with Turkey Day Giveaway

More than 1,100 south suburban families — about 4,500 people — will have a better Thanksgiving meal Thursday thanks to the Turkey Day Giveaway sponsored Tuesday by Open Access in Homewood.

The sixth annual event has grown tremendously from its modest beginning at Open Access offices at 900 Maple Ave, in Homewood, according to organizers.

Hobo Night crowd misses stories by Hobo Joe


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The Homewood community remembers 'Hobo' Joe Krol, a fixture of Hobo Night and the St. Joe's fish fries.

Meanwhile, neighbors celebrate powerful expressions during a local spoken word gathering.

Then, Homewood Stories reaches a milestone birthday, celebrating five years of lively storytelling.

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Amtrak conductor thankful for Homewood's 'massive love' after being shot

In May 2017 Amtrak conductor Michael Case was shot at a Naperville train station. A Homewood resident, Case was shot in the abdomen and has endured a months-long rehabilitation. He wrote to the H-F Chronicle to express his gratitude for the neighbors who are helping him recover.

Kluger Furs marks 60 years as a business in both Homewood and Flossmoor

Larry, Susan and Jordy Kluger and Kluger Furs manager Kerry Marggraf celebrated the business’s recent expansion. (Provided photo)Well known as a full-service furrier in the Chicago area, Kluger Furs draws customers from as far as Glenview to the north, and from Indiana and Michigan to the east. A recent customer came from Missouri. He had ordered a custom coat online and drove to Flossmoor to pick it up at the store.

Homewood approves deal with foreclosure, vacant property database

Foreclosed and vacant properties in Homewood will now be part of an online registry. 
The village board passed an ordinance at its Nov. 13 meeting to work with Florida-based Prochamps. The firm works with towns to create a database of information that can be used to communicate with the lenders and owners of vacant properties. That contact information is often difficult to find.

McDonald’s comforting hand helps ease life’s troubles and concerns

Sally and Mike McDonald are just really great people. Sally lives a few houses down from her elderly parents. She daily brings them breakfast, lunches and dinners. Mike is a retired Homewood police officer and now works as a detective at Union Station.

With the recent crime and violence in Homewood, I have to admit, I’ve wondered if we should move, especially as I have a 4-year-old son with special needs. After talking with Mike, all of my feelings of loyalty and love for Homewood make sense again.

Local talent shines at FCC fundraiser

Flossmoor Community Church held its second annual ShowOff talent show on Friday, Nov. 16, bringing together musicians, storytellers and comedians who entertained the crowd and helped raise money to support the church's PADS shelter. 

Photos by Mary Compton/H-F Chronicle.

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State designates Parker Junior High as ‘underperforming’

Parker Junior High School was labeled as underperforming for the 2018-19 school year based on low-income and special education students falling below Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) standards.
The Flossmoor District 161 school board on Nov. 13 discussed the state’s designation but struggled to identify a specific issue that might have led to a decline in those students’ performances.

House projects lead to partnership

I could not be more thankful for my neighbors, Dave and Yoka Ward. In 2011, I moved into a 1932 Sears kit home in the Old Homewood neighborhood. I was a newly divorced, single mom with a 7-year-old son, ready to begin a new life. 

Though beautifully maintained, the house was filled with quirks and lacked landscaping of any kind. I was determined to make this our “happily ever after” but lacked the tools and skills to embark on home improvement.

Baby’s warm milk on a backyard burner

Once a few years ago when the power was out in Flossmoor, Gregg and Kristen Beglau didn’t have any way to warm milk for their baby, Anabella. Their neighbors, Ed and Trish Ladner, offered up their propane grill.

“He had a burner on the grill, so we would heat up baby milk on the burner on the grill,” Gregg Beglau said, laughing.


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