Homewood's Library of Things offering games, electronics for check-out

September 18, 2021 - 22:06
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A ukelele is one of a number of items that can be checked out from Home Public Library's Library of Things. (Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle)

Did you know you now can check out the handheld gaming Nintendo Switch, or a ukulele, or a backyard game from the Homewood Public Library?

The newly established Library of Things gives library patrons a chance to experiment with or enjoy any of the 20 items in the new collection, including a volleyball/badminton set, a bocce set, giant yard dice and even a turntable. All the items were purchased new.

Rep. Kelly and local deli owner hail Restaurant Revitalization Fund as a lifesaver

September 18, 2021 - 21:40
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Alice Davis, owner of Bergstein's Deli, with her daughter, Rachel, talks about the impact federal assistance had on the business during the pandemic. From left, behind her, is Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez, U.S. Rep Robin Kelly and Chicago Heights Alderman George Brassea. (Nick Ulanowski/H-F Chronicle)

Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Il, said she was proud to have voted for the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund, and Alice Davis, the owner of Bergstein's NY Deli in Chicago Heights, said that without the money from that fund Bergstein’s and other south suburban restaurants would’ve gone out of business during the pandemic.

Homewood to receive federal aid to fill ambulance funding gap

September 17, 2021 - 21:54
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The village of Homewood will be provided federal funds to make up for a funding gap that comes out of transporting uninsured Medicaid and other patients by ambulance.

That’s thanks to an intergovernmental agreement the board approved Sept. 14 at the village’s regular meeting. Because of the agreement, the village could be reimbursed $200,000 starting April 2022.

Three H-F residents selected to serve as judges

September 17, 2021 - 21:52
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Three Homewood-Flossmoor residents are among 22 persons selected to the position of associate judge for the Cook County Circuit Court.

Lloyd Brooks and Barbara Dawkins of Homewood, and Anthony Swanagan of Flossmoor, were selected from an initial pool of 225 candidates. They will be sworn in during a virtual ceremony on Oct. 4. Their terms will expire on June 30, 2023. They can be reappointed to the bench. Their selections were announced Sept. 9.

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