Marian Catholic’s Queen of Hearts raffle starts Jan. 31

The South Suburbs will have its third Queen of Hearts 50/50 raffle when Marian Catholic High School draws its first number on Jan. 31. Tickets are $5 for six chances to win. The drawing will be at 8 p.m. on Thursdays at Carlo Lorenzetti’s Restaurant, 560 W. 14th Place, Chicago Heights.
 

Local businesses offer help to furloughed federal workers

A number of local businesses are rallying to the support of federal workers who are furloughed because of the current government shutdown. 

Last week, Flossmoor Station announced a free lunch and discounted craft beer special for  federal employees affected by the government shutdown.

International sci-fi author moves into Black Panther world

Nnedi Okorafor loves creating imaginary worlds. Her latest project is helping create the imaginary African country of Wakanda for Marvel’s Black Panther series.

“With Black Panther, I like to look around Wakanda through his eyes. Parts of writing within that universe is I finally got him to see Wakanda,” she told nearly 100 people who gathered at the Homewood Public Library Jan. 11 for her guest author visit. 

Lisa Rost earns national certification as District 153 teacher

Lisa Rost loves teaching so much, she spent four years examining her teaching methods at Homewood’s Willow School so she could become a better teacher.
 
Rost is the third District 153 teacher to earn a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, in addition to Laura Kozel and Marisa Alborn from Churchill School. Teachers with the certificate have improved their teaching practices, helped students learn more and demonstrated a commitment to excellence, according to the national board.

Bolingbrook's 3rd quarter helps team roll past Vikings

Homewood-Flossmoor's Vikings couldn't compete against Bolingbrook's 16-4 run in the third quarter of Friday's at-home game. Despite their best efforts, the Vikings took the 86-63 loss.

A Day On: Flossmoor prepares for Day of Service in honor of Dr. King

On Jan. 21, while students and workers across the nation celebrate a day off, The Village of Flossmoor has committed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to service, not rest. 
 

Bruni may be write-in challenger after being removed from Flossmoor ballot

David Bruni’s name will not appear on the ballot for the April 2 Flossmoor Village Board election, but he is contemplating a write-in campaign.
 
Bruni said after the Flossmoor Election Board’s decision Friday he would take several days to decide his next steps for one of the three four-year terms up for election.

Retirement full of possibilities for CN spokesman Jim Kvedaras

Jim Kvedaras, 58, retired in November as executive director of public affairs and government affairs at Canadian National Railway in Homewood. He'd been working for railroads for 37 years. 

Cook County offers two tax exemptions for seniors

Applications for Cook County’s Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption on property taxes for 2018 are due Feb. 6.
 

The Senior Exemption application is part of a booklet sent to eligible seniors. The booklet also contains the separate, income-based Senior Freeze Exemption application.
 

District 153 taxpayers helping to meet expenses through high tax payments

Homewood School District 153's tax collection rate is near perfect, according to the district's auditors. 
 
Taxpayers paid their property taxes at a rate of 98 percent in 2015 and 2016, according to Tim Fagan of Legacy Professionals, who presented the district’s latest audit report at its Jan. 7 meeting.
 

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