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The weeks | Aug. 28

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No village, school or park board meetings are scheduled this week. The next meetings will be early in September. We’ll have more details in the next issue.

  • Flossmoor Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.
  • Homewood-Flossmoor Park District, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.
  • Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education, 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12.
  • Homewood Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.
  • Flossmoor Public Library Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.
  • Homewood Public Library Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Labor Day
H-F doesn’t host Labor Day festivities. Fortunately, we are close to a place that does. Pullman, 20 minutes away by car, is the site of one of the country’s most important labor actions, the strike of 1894. Amy and I recently took the National Park Service tour of the Pullman rail car factory site and learned some things about that event and the history of the town and its people.

Pullman has a big event planned for Labor Day. If you’re a Chicago Tribune subscriber, check out the column by Homewood resident Paul Eisenburg from Aug. 21, which covers the plans for this year’s event from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 5 at the national monument, 11001 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Eisenburg quotes park ranger Elijah Olomoniyi: “There’s an argument to be made that it’s the most important site in labor history. One of the reasons we have Labor Day today is the strike of 1894, and it’s nationwide effect.”

Rails remain but Pullman factor buildings were damaged (right) or destroyed (left) in a 1998 arson fire. In the background is the Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site museum. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle) 1.02 MB View full-size Download

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End of an era
Mama & Me Pizzeria was a packed house Friday, Aug. 26, for one last night of pizza and live rock music. Owner Kim Phillipos announced several weeks ago that she was retiring and would close the local favorite after 32 years in business.

Fans pack the house Friday, Aug. 26, for a last taste of Mama & Me pizza. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle) 1020 KB View full-size Download

Sunny War at Trail Mix

A very short summary: Charming, funny, phenomenal guitarwork. If you missed Sunny War’s performance at the Wexler Group Trail Mix concert Friday, Aug. 26, here’s a brief glimpse.

New Homewood events manager
Homewood Village Manager Napoleon Haney announced last week that Marla Youngblood has been offered the position of events and community relations manager. She succeeds Allisa Opyd, who was in the position for 11 years.

Burlington opens
Homewood officials welcomed the new Burlington store on Halsted Street, which opened Friday, Aug. 26, in the space formerly occupied by Office Max.

Homewood mayor Rich Hofeld (left) shakes Homewood Burlington store manager Jackie Hancock’s hand (right)
at the grand opening celebration on Friday, Aug. 26. (Provided photo) 734 KB View full-size Download

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