H-F seniors reach college goal for NCAA careers in football

It’s the time of year when high school seniors and their parents start to show off new college colors — a Drake ball cap, a Western Kentucky hoodie, a  Northern Illinois track jacket. There was an added twist for 10 Homewood-Flossmoor High School families on Feb. 7, when Vikings seniors signed national letters of intent to play college football. Several generations of family and friends pulled on college sweats and T-shirts to witness the start of the players’ NCAA careers.

Volunteer for community cleanup on March 17

Time to go green by helping the community spring clean.
 
The H-F Area Green Committee is hosting a spring cleanup initiative from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 17, that will have volunteers helping to clean up the trash and refurbish areas just as spring arrives.
 
“After the snow melts we thought it would be a necessity because you can really see all the garbage left behind,” said Carrie Malfeo, one of the organizers.
 

You Matter 2 banquet offers a global look at hunger

How can you be invited to a dinner party and go home hungry? It happened on Friday, March 2, because hostess Destiny Watson and her friends with You Matter 2 didn’t extend a typical dinner invitation. They wanted the three dozen guests at their Oxfam Hunger Banquet, to recognize that all peoples in the world don’t enjoy the same level of food security that residents in the Homewood-Flossmoor area typically do.

Sample ballots show voters choices in March 20 primary election

The Cook County Clerk's Office has released sample ballots for the March 20 primary election. The H-F Chronicle is publishing these to give voters lists of the candidates.

Girls STEAM Ahead courts future leaders, innovators

The Homewood Science Center held its second annual Girls STEAM Ahead event on Saturday, Feb. 24, and it appears to be picking up steam. The event drew a bigger crowd of professional women and aspiring teens than the previous year.

According to HSC Executive Director Edie Dobrez, the program is a local contribution to solving a national problem: the underrepresentation of women in the sciences. 

Pro-life activists stage protest at Flossmoor Planned Parenthood facility

Pro-life activists lined a portion of Governors Highway in Flossmoor on Saturday morning to protest the new Planned Parenthood facility, which opened in January.

NIU professor: Home rule decision hinges on benefits, trust

Michael Peddle started his home rule presentation on Feb. 25 by declaring that he intentionally had violated his usual policy and had not done his homework on the specifics of the issue before Homewood voters March 20.

"I want to be able to speak to you on home rule as a concept, the pros and cons," he said. "I have no idea whether I would vote for or against home rule in Homewood."

H-F art students win top prizes and scholarships in two competitions

Homewood-Flossmoor High School art students have won top prizes in two Chicago area art shows, and several have received scholarship offers based on their work.

H-F students brought home three of the five awards presented at the Southwest Suburban Conference Visual Arts Festival and Competition at Governors State University of Feb. 2. The competition had 13 regional high schools represented.
 
H-F prize winners are:
 
  • Lauryn Castagna, a junior, Best Overall 2D Award for her quilled paper self-portrait 

Snow day adds to school year as boards approve 2018-19 calendars

That snow day schools took Feb. 9 will extend this school year by a day.
 
Homewood District 153 and Flossmoor District 161 will count June 7 as a make-up day. Homewood-Flossmoor High School information was not available. Schools add an extra five days to their calendars at the end of the school year in the event of emergency closings, such as the snow day.
 

Partnering for a smooth transition: Flossmoor Hills outgoing principal mentoring her successor

When classes start at Flossmoor Hills School in August, Haley Marti, the incoming principal, will feel the thrill a new school year brings. Unlike most new administrators, she will also feel the confidence that comes with experience thanks to a unique mentoring program developed by her predecessor, outgoing Principal Patricia McCraven.

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