Welsh family: Homewood DQ will rise from the rubble

  While DQ fans gather to watch, owner Kevin Welsh 
  and crew work into the evening to secure the 
  building after it was heavily damaged in an early 

Community House Fest to celebrate community with summer fun for all

Summer is the season for block parties, and Flossmoor Community Church is planning a big one — a "block party plus" — from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. It will be a chance for everyone in the community to have fun and support the church's social justice missions, according to organizers.

Ridge Road closed early Tuesday after car crashes into DQ

  An SUV remains embedded in the Dairy Queen 
  restaurant at about 6 a.m. Tuesday. Police 
  are investigating the crash but have not yet 
  released information.
(Photo by Eric Crump/
  H-F Chronicle)

Picketers on Parker Junior High worksite

Work at Parker Junior High in Flossmoor is continuing despite picketers from Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11 arguing the district and the contractors are not following prevailing wage rules. But the district says paperwork shows the work is being done at a prevailing wage scale.

Flossmoor resident, D161 board member, asked to leave Kentucky hotel amid controversy

Carolyn Griggs believes she and her family were treated unfairly when they were escorted from a hotel by police last weekend in Kentucky. Griggs and her family were staying at the Towneplace Suites Marriott in Richmond, Kentucky, during her son’s baseball tournament. 

Homewood shines in televised WGN Block Party

As the sun rose in Homewood on Friday, the WGN Block Party Extravaganza was already gearing up. Young musicians in the Melody Mart Band were tuning up. The streets were lined with offerings from local businesses and organizations. 

And the WGN staff had the cameras ready to roll at 6 a.m. to open the four-hour WGN Morning News show from its remote location in downtown Homewood.

The many places we recognize as making Homewood Homewood

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The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.

Local history is one of those things, like air, that is all around us every day, shaping our lives without being noticed much. It’s more likely to be noticed when a bit of it goes missing, like the death of a community leader or loss of a cherished building. Or, as is the case this year, when there’s an anniversary of sufficient extent to give us an excuse to notice. This year, Homewood’s 125th anniversary of incorporation is giving us an opportunity to look around and look back. 

Coyote Run garden tour is Wednesday

Dave Ward, superintendent of golf at Coyote Run Golf Course, 800 Kedzie Ave., will share insights on the native prairie plants around the course in a two-hour tour starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18.
 
The date was changed to July 18 from what was published in the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District's brochure.
 

Homewood police to issue tickets for late stickers after Aug. 1

Homewood residents have until Aug. 1 to make their vehicle stickers current and avoid additional late fees and other penalties.

Trustees approved an ordinance at the village board meeting July 10 that grants police authority to begin ticketing.
The village began selling and renewing stickers on April 1. Residents are required to purchase vehicle stickers before May 31. That deadline has been extended to Aug. 1, but now includes a $25 late fee. 
 

Homewood's Places: Take a tour of the buildings and define the village

Edited by Jim Wright
 
Editor’s note: As Homewood celebrates its 125th year as a municipality, the Homewood Historical Society is helping us recall how the village started. This written stroll around town portrays the key places that shaped the town’s early years.
 
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