H-F artists will display work at Park Forest Art Fair Sept. 21-22

The Park Forest Art Fair, sponsored by Tall Grass Arts Association will celebrate its 64th year during the Sept. 21 and 22 event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in downtown Park Forest.

 

 

Speaker system coming to Downtown Homewood

The Homewood Village Board approved the purchase of a wireless speaker system for the downtown area at its Sept. 10 meeting.

The system will be used for public events and festivals and to share public announcements. It will allow the amplification of live music and speaking at festivals and other functions.

Excess water: The drainage dilemma

Water is a friend that can very easily become a foe.

Homewood and Flossmoor have no large bodies of water to cause the kind of dramatic flooding that makes the evening news. Instead, the area has chronic problems with stormwater drainage that nevertheless are a serious matter for local property owners.

Flossmoor hires company to track vacancies, foreclosures

Flossmoor currently has 176 vacant, foreclosed and pre-foreclosed properties out of about 4,000 houses in the community.
 
The numbers may seem small, but officials say tracking down the owners of these properties has been time consuming and at times overwhelming for village staff.
 
The Flossmoor Village Board, on Sept. 3, approved a two-year contract with Florida-based Property Registration Champions, LLC, known as ProChamps.
 

AP honors given to 150 from H-F High

AP Scholar Awards have been presented to 150 current and graduated Homewood-Flossmoor High School students in recognition of their exceptional achievements on Advanced Placement exams. The honors are for work during the 2018-19 academic year. 
 

H-F High offers student athletes special care from athletic trainers

When athletes at Homewood-Flossmoor High School turn up with sprained ankles, broken bones and the occasional concussion, they get excellent care from two professional athletic trainers. In spring 2019, the work of Brad Kleine and Danni Werner of Athletico Physical Therapy won H-F the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award.

Pickleball courts, lessons available through H-F Park District

The pickleball craze has come to the H-F area. The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will make two outdoor pickleball courts at Lions Club Park, 1041 Ridge Road in Homewood, and the Racquet & Fitness Club, 2920 W 183rd St., is hosting a pickleball primer at various times this fall.
 

Enlisting everyone to end domestic violence

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, marked in October, one local agency wants to send a message that everyone can reduce violence through small actions. From its Homewood administrative office, South Suburban Family Shelter is planning a slate of activities for the month under the theme “Be the Change,” hoping to connect community members with little ways they can work toward a violence-free world.
 

Hidden Gem Half Marathon runners reflect on Flossmoor race

The short section of Flossmoor Road between Village Hall and Infant Jesus of Prague Church would normally be fairly quiet before 7:45 a.m. on a Saturday, but this past weekend it was buzzing with 620 runners warming up and waiting for their countdown.
 
The runners gathered for the Hidden Gem Half Marathon and quickly set off on the 13.1-mile course through Flossmoor’s various neighborhoods, past its schools and sculptures and in view of local spectators and cheerleaders of all kinds.
 

Neighborhood volunteers cheer on runners during Hidden Gem Half Marathon

The prevailing sentiment following the first Hidden Gem Half Marathon in Flossmoor was enthusiastic appreciation. 

The runners said they loved it.

The villagers said they loved it.

The organizers were ecstatic.

Even the atmosphere saw fit to bless the event with perfect conditions, just shy of 60 degrees at race time under a blue sky dappled with light clouds. By the end of the race, the temperatures reached the mid-70s and the sun continued to shine out of a brilliant blue sky.

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