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HF Chronicle editors Tom Houlihan and Marilyn Thomas
pose at Park Press in South Holland on Tuesday with 
a plate from the first print edition of the newspaper. 

The first print edition of the H-F Chronicle will hit the streets on Dec. 2.

The Homewood-Flossmoor community’s own newspaper, published online for well over a year, has come to life on newsprint, with 5,000 copies widely available throughout both towns this week, free of charge.

The inaugural edition will be distributed at more than two dozen local businesses, both libraries and at several park district buildings. (For a full list of locations, see below.)

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HF Chronicle photographer 
and news clerk Quincy Crump 
helps load papers Tuesday 
after the first edition of the 
newspaper came off the 
press.

Chronicle volunteers will hand them out in person at Homewood and Flossmoor Metra stations on Dec. 3 and 4, at Walt’s Food Center on Dec. 5, and at St. Joseph Church and Infant Jesus of Prague Church after mass on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6.

The first edition also will be handed out at special events including Holiday Lights in Homewood, Winterfest in Flossmoor, and at a special Dec. 5 origami party at the Homewood Public Library, where young patrons can learn to make our version of the traditional “newsman’s cap” from the first edition. Some residents have stepped forward to distribute the Chronicle to friends and neighbors.

“People have been asking us to go to print since the Chronicle began,” said Eric Crump, the Homewood journalist who launched the publication in June 2014.

With more than $4,000 donated by the community this fall, plans were soon under way to start the presses. More than two dozen advertisers—from local business owners to local government agencies—supported the first edition.

“People are so excited to hear the Chronicle will be in print,” said Marilyn Thomas, a Homewood resident and the second volunteer journalist who helped launch the paper. “It will reach lots of readers who don’t use a computer to get their local news.”

A print edition is set to be published monthly starting in 2016.

Tom Houlihan, a veteran journalist from Flossmoor who joined the Chronicle staff to establish Flossmoor coverage, said community residents have been enthusiastic about the paper since its inception.

“People in Homewood and Flossmoor really understand how important it is to have a local newspaper,” he said. “Years from now, people will look at a copy of the December 2015 H-F Chronicle and say, ‘This is a collector’s edition.’”

Copies of the Chronicle’s print edition will be available at these locations after Dec. 2:

  • Art 4 Soul, 18135 Harwood Ave., Homewood
  • Back Safety and Wellness, 18141 Dixie Highway, Suite 107, Homewood
  • Bergstein’s NY Delicatessen, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights
  • Chiropractic Care, 2417 W. 183rd St., Homewood
  • Civilitea Gardens, 2025 Ridge Road, Homewood
  • Coldwell Banker, 1056 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor
  • Egg & I, 222 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights
  • Flossmoor Family Auto, 2733 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor
  • Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Road, Flossmoor
  • Flossmoor Station, 1035 Sterling Road, Flossmoor
  • Flossmoor Village Hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor
  • Fresh Starts, 1040 Sterling Road, Flossmoor
  • Gina’s Salon, 216 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights
  • H-F Ice Arena, 777 Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor
  • H-F Racquet Club, 2920 W. 183rd St., Homewood
  • Holiday Lights (downtown Homewood from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4)
  • Homewood Historical Society, 2035 W. 183rd St., Homewood
  • Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway, Homewood
  • Homewood Village Hall, 2020 Chestnut Road, Homewood
  • Infant Jesus of Prague Church, 1131 Douglas Ave., Flossmoor
  • Ingalls Family Care Center, 19550 Governors Highway, Flossmoor
  • Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields
  • Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave., Homewood
  • Just Between Trends, 18150 Harwood Ave., Homewood
  • Karen O’Donnell, dentist, 18124 Martin Ave., Homewood
  • La Banque/La Voute, 2034 Ridge Road, Homewood
  • Melody Mart, 18062 Dixie Highway, Homewood
  • Metra station – Flossmoor
  • Metra Station – Homewood (west side newspaper box)
  • Panera Bread Company, 18416 Governors Highway, Homewood
  • Paris Nail and Spa, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights
  • Pete’s Auto, 18678 Dixie Highway, Homewood
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 18850 Riegel Road, Homewood
  • St. Joseph Church
  • Starbucks, 18322 Governors Highway, Homewood
  • Starbucks, 18051 Harwood Ave., Homewood
  • Sweet Annie’s, 1050 Sterling Road, Flossmoor
  • Thomas Photographic Services, 18705 Dixie Highway, Homewood
  • Upsa Daisy Boutique, 18100 Martin Ave., Homewood
  • Videka Dental, 1924 Hickory Road, Homewood
  • Walt’s Food Center, 2345 183rd St., Homewood (handouts 9 to noon on Saturday, Dec. 5)
  • Wiley’s Grill, 800 Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor
  • Winterfest (Flossmoor Library on Saturday, Dec. 5)

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