Local robotics team moves on to state competition

The Tech Ninja Team (TNT) is going to state. The local robotics competitors were members of the winning alliance at the robotics tournament at Marian Catholic High School gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 10.

H-F freshman’s music passion is as a blues band drummer

Stacy Norris needs your vote.
 
No, she’s not running for office, but the 15-year-old freshman at Homewood-Flossmoor High School is the outstanding drummer with the blues band The Instinct that has been nominated for a Chicago Music Award in the ‘most talented teens’ category and they will win through online voting. 

Rotarian Rick Thiernau shares message of caring with D153 students

Homewood District 153 found a way to say “thanks” and recognize Rick Thiernau, a dedicated volunteer who has given years of service. In fall, the district’s nomination to the Illinois State Board of Education for Thiernau was accepted and he received a “Those Who Excel” award as a community volunteer. He was one of only seven people recognized across the state.

Chick-fil-A, Panera coming to Halsted location in Homewood

Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld announced on Saturday the names of two restaurants that will be developed on the northwest corner of 175th and Halsted streets.

Chick-fil-A and Panera have signed leases for restaurants that will replace the former bank building that is currently on the site. Both restaurants will have drive-through service.

Fratello's Deli granted second sign variance

Homewood trustees approved a second sign variance Tuesday for Fratello's Deli at 17929 S. Halsted St.

The deli's second location in Homewood will be allowed to post signs in south-facing windows. The company had hoped to include signs in its east windows, too, but village staff expressed concerns about safety in case of an emergency if the east windows were obscured. 

Scenes from the 16th annual Homewood Chocolate Fest

Science and history were prominent elements of the 16th annual Homewood Chocolate Fest. 

The Homewood Science Center hosted the children's activities that formerly were included in the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Auditorium, where the traditional bake-off, baking demonstrations and chocolate treat sampling were held. 

The Homewood Historicial Society took top honors in the bake-off this year, helping celebrate the village's 125h anniversary by entering a treat that is, itself, 125 years old, the brownie. 

(Photos by Marilyn Thomas and Eric Crump)

Flossmoor residents speaking out in favor of tax proposal

A group of Flossmoor residents has come together in support of the village’s sales tax referendum set to appear on the March 20 ballot. According to the group’s spokesperson, Don Grasse, about a dozen community members have gathered twice to discuss promoting the referendum, which would create a 1 percent village sales tax.
 

Local history dominates 16th annual Homewood Chocolate Fest

Homewood's 2018 Chocolate Fest took on an historic flavor in honor of the village's 125th anniversary. The Homewood Historical Society (HHS) took top honors in the annual chocolate bake-off at the festival on Saturday in the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Auditorium. The organization's team entered a variation on a treat that was born the same year Homewood was incorporated  the brownie.

H-F administrators report student had gun on campus recently

Homewood-Flossmoor High School administrators notified parents and guardians that a student was taken into custody on Friday, Feb. 16, for having brought a weapon on campus.
 
The incident occurred several weeks ago, but the letter signed by Superintendent Von Mansfield and Principal Jerry Lee Anderson states they first learned about the student’s actions on Friday. 
 
The letter with their signatures was sent to parents and reads: 
 

The rise of fencing

Forget Zorro. He wasn’t a fencer. The masked man’s swashbuckling movie scenes that capture the clatter from dueling rapiers as opponents fight on isn’t what today’s fencing is about. Today’s fencing requires one-on-one strategy, physical agility and intensity and it’s drawing the attention of students at Homewood-Flossmoor and Marian Catholic High Schools. Nationwide, interest in high school fencing has been on a steady rise the past four decades, according to the National Fencing Club.

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