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The Weeks | Sept. 10: D161 budget, HPD sergeants to unionize, first responders’ mass, art fair



Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in Normandy Villa, 41 E. Elmwood Drive, Chicago Heights.

  • Find the agenda here.
  • Highlights: The meeting will begin with a public hearing on the 2023-2024 budget. During the regular meeting, the board is expected to vote on the budget.  

Homewood Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road. 

  • Find the agenda here.
  • Attend remotely here or dial 312-626-6799. ID 980 4907 6232, passcode 830183.
  • Contact the board at [email protected] or by placing written comments in the drop box outside village hall. Comments submitted before 4 p.m. on the meeting date will be distributed to all village board members prior to the meeting.
  • Highlights: Trustees will consider a resolution accepting a petition by Homewood Police Department sergeants to unionize and will honor Laura Fritz and Joseph Kebluse for 20 years of service to the police department.

Flossmoor Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the library, 1000 Sterling Ave. in Flossmoor. 

  • Find the agenda here when it is available.

Homewood-Flossmoor District 233 Board of Education Planning Committee will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Superintendent’s Conference Room in the South Building, 999 Kedzie Ave. in Flossmoor.

  • Find the agenda here when it is available.

Homewood Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road. 

  • Find the agenda here.
  • Attend remotely here or dial 312-626-6799. ID 991 8481 1606, passcode 573812. 
  • Contact the commission at [email protected].
  • Highlights: The commission will consider a special use permit for a tattoo/body piercing studio at 18661 Dixie Highway, which is now a B-3 zoning district after the zoning code revision adopted by the village earlier this year. Tattoo establishments are allowed in B-3 zones. 

Stuff to do

Sept. 11-14
You Matter 2 Restaurant Week Fundraiser.
 Patrons of three Homewood restaurants — Chipotle, Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread — will help the youth leadership organization when they dine this week. Details and event fliers can be found here.

Sept. 15-16
K of C fundraiser. Volunteers with the Marian Council Knights of Columbus will be out soliciting for donations during the annual Tootsie Roll drive to support persons with intellectual disabilities. Donations will be collected at major intersections in Homewood, Flossmoor and East Hazel Crest. The funds raised will be shared by Good Shepherd Manor, St. Coletta’s, Misericordia, South Suburban Special Recreation Association and Down in the Southland.

Friday, Sept. 15
Book discussion on “Clark and Vision.” The Flossmoor Public Library Coffee and Conversation Book Discussion Group will focus on “Clark and Division” by Naomi Hirahara from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the library, 1000 Sterling Ave.

Sept. 16-17
67th Park Forest Art Fair. Several H-F artists will be among the many showing their work at the annual Park Forest Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, on the Village Green in downtown Park Forest. The event is sponsored by Tall Grass Arts Association (TGAA).

Saturday, Sept. 16
First responders’ mass. A 5 p.m. mass at St. Veronica Church in Flossmoor will honor all police, fire and EMTs from Homewood, Flossmoor, Hazel Crest, Country Club Hills, Park Forest, Matteson and Richton Park. The service is hosted by the Nina and Marian Councils of the Knights of Columbus.

Grandpa’s Garage Sale. Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will host the annual community garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lions Club Pool parking lot, 1041 Ridge Road in Homewood. Seller fee is $25 for residents, $30 for non-residents. Free for shoppers.

Chicago Knockouts Roller Derby. Classic roller derby at Homewood Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Action begins at 8 p.m. General tickets $15, trackside tickets $20. Accessible seating available at no extra charge.

Sunday, Sept. 17
Sweet and Thrifty 2, 18667 Dixie Highway, will open its doors for a Q&A-style information session from 10 a.m. until noon. Founder Moneki Hall said the purpose of the session is to let people in the Homewood-Flossmoor area know what her organization has to offer.


Dixie Highway street work
Work is expected to continue in the street this week in front of the Homewood Brewing Company construction site, 18225 Dixie Highway. Lane reductions could affect traffic flow.

Flossmoor brush pickup this week. Free brush pick up will begin the week of Sept. 11-15. Residents should have brush at their parkway by 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11. 


Results of the fourth annual Hidden Gem Half. First timers, former college runners take top honors in Hidden Gem.

H-F wins homecoming game. The Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings varsity football team won the homecoming game 28-26 Friday over Waubonsie Valley.

H-F wins wild home opener Sept. 2. Vikings prevail over visiting Spartans in wild home opener; veterans, track team honored.

Keitric Emory, pastor of new congregation, featured. State of Faith: Pastor says ‘God’s chosen us’ to create new church.

It’s tax reassessment season. Township assessors are helping property owners with appeals or applying for exemptions. Tax assessment appeal session attracts crowd, questions.

Fatal crash in Homewood. 1 dead in 3-vehicle collision at 183rd and Kedzie.

Armored car robbed. 
Homewood police respond to armored truck robbery Tuesday.

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