Homewood Days' Murky Fate and Political Shenanigans: Feedback Friday

A weekly update to help you keep up with the comments and conversations on H-F Patch and H-F Patch’s Facebook.

You did it—or rather—we did it!

Last week, we were looking to get past 750 and with 13 new likes since then, we're at a very satisfying 757. At this rate, we'll hit 800 in no time! For this, we can't thank our readers enough. 

That said, we wouldn’t mind if you happened to tell a friend or two to like H-F Patch's Facebook page so we can get keep up the pace. ;)

Overheard on Facebook

Decision from Chicago to increase water prices are already trickling down to us here in the Southland, and there's no signs of relief on the horizon. Here's what a couple of our readers had to say:

  • Caitlin Archer-Helke"Homewood water prices have always been bad, and they are definitely going to climb. Make sure all your appliances are water-savers!"
  • Betsy Bayley Van Etten: "Should make filling my pool a real delight this summer. :("

More shenanigans from the Halvorson and Jackson campaign offices . To quote Chicago Heights Patch Editor Chris Paicely, "This just keeps getting uglier." Here's what you had to say:

  • Debbie Hart: "If we ignore them will they go away?"
  • Betsy Bayley Van Etten"Maybe they'll just destroy each other and the Republicans will actually have a chance."

Voices Speak Out on H-F Patch

. With Homewood's Village Board underwhelmed after the chamber's Tuesday Homewood Days 2012 presentation and the clock ticking, the fate of the annual event is murky, at best. It's certainly got the town talking, though:

  • :"Thank you, thank you, thank you Anne Colton for speaking against the beauty pageant! I was horrified by that proposal as well!"
  • "Shouldn't Homewood Days, a Chamber Event, be about the businesses and the people in the community? Otherwise, we really don't need this chaos!"
  • : "This proposal, with completely intangible items like, "New, more relevant programming" sounds like it wasn't planned at all, but just a list of ideas to make something suck less. “I think this is a conversation we should have had last fall,” pretty much sums it up. I don't mind if we skip it this year, but next year, after two years of planning, better kick some seriously local butt." 
  • : "I think many people would miss this event, including lots of young people if it did not happen. Is it really that hard to get back to the essence of what Homewood Days was, the best parts of it, from before this past year? I think part of the problem is having these outside groups planning who don't get Homewood."
  • "I think many people would miss this event, including lots of young people if it did not happen. Is it really that hard to get back to the essence of what Homewood Days was, the best parts of it, from before this past year? I think part of the problem is having these outside groups planning who don't get Homewood."
  • : "I can't understand why other SUCCESSFUL FREE nearby one day community fests (i.e. Flossmoor Fest, Tinley Park Carribean Street fest) haven't been and won't be used as models for how to run a great community celebration ..."
  • : "I agree that the fest should be scrapped this year ..."
  • : "I have attended Homewood Days throughout the years - At first I had a great time. - then through the years - it had changed.. Last year - I was there with my daughter. We did not like it. For some reason I didn't feel safe there...."
  • : "This looks like the dumbest plan yet. Why don't the downtown merchants just plan on having the old fashioned sidewalk sales without all of the carnival B.S. ..."
  • : "Impressive how everyone avoids saying that scary black teens from poor towns have mobbed the fest, scaring families away, and that is the real problem. Now go spin yourselves dizzy saying "No that's NOT the problem..we are tolerant and diverse... yadda yadda". Go ahead......"
  • : "What was presented is not a plan, it is a long list of ideas; it is "brainstorming", a useful strategy for getting at a wide range of possibilities but in which there is an intentional absence of critique. I suggest you come back with a plan."

Thanks everyone for your continued readership and support!

kayborst March 02, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Juvenal you always have something to say about race and other issues. Too bad you don't use your real name. Coward!
Juvenal March 02, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Joining a long line of cowards who hid behind their noms de plume: Madison, Hamilton, Franklin, etc. It is our polite facades and sensitive natures that prevent frank discussions of so many things. You use your real name, but say nothing of consequence, so why bother????
babyboomer March 02, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Last year" Homewood Daze" was a real disappointment. Too Crowded, too many outside vendors, too many outsider people. Too little space for all the people. Better off not having it.I definately am going to drill for a well!!
Homewood Jim March 02, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Juvenal hit the nail squarely on the head. His remarks are not racist, they are honest. Untold numbers of my neighbors expressed the same sentiments after last year's debacle, but nobody knows how to state the facts without being labeled as racist. Either scrap the fest or charge $2 for residents and $15 for non-residents.
WA Mama March 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Perhaps you haven't noticed, Juv&Jim, that Homewood is home to many black people, many of them teens. I'm wondering how you, personally, can tell which ones are from the poor towns? Perhaps you also haven't noticed that there's not much to do in town for teens. Walking around the streets for $5 & meeting friends & being rowdy, seems like a good alternative to other things I can think of for a kid to do with his time. So this "mobbing" you speak of, is there malice or threat or danger, or just, you know, being black that's the problem? Which part makes the teens scary? The black part or the intermingling of more than 2 of them, which I suppose, constitutes a "mob?" So your proposal, as I understand it, is to keep mobs of scary black teens away from the festival. Okay, let's brainstorm. How about if we program white-only entertainment, you know, like, Wayne Newton or polka bands. That might help. No scary black mob of teens from poor towns likes polka music. What about non-teen black people? Can adults show up? How about kids. Well, kids are technically pre-teens, so that's no good. So okay, only black adults. Or not. Black adults, especially the ones from poor towns, might show up, but not spend their $$ on local vendors, deciding instead to spend the $$ they pick-pocketed (from frightened families) on beer and then dance drunkenly to "Danke Schoen." Mobs of scary black teens may be our problem for 3 days a year, but the other 362 are marred by small-minded cave-dwellers.
Raoul Duke March 02, 2012 at 07:32 PM
More great leadership from our village President-for-Life. Last fall, nobody grabbed the bull by the tail and looked the problem square in the eye. In this case, "nobody" is a specific somebody -- the guy who spends 365 days a year running for re-election. Rather than tell the Chamber in August to get its act together, or even come up with suggestions, that Dick Hofeld just sat back and let debacle turn into disaster. Well done.
Resident March 02, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I agree with parts of this: "Impressive how everyone avoids saying that scary black teens from poor towns have mobbed the fest, scaring families away, and that is the real problem." It doesn't matter which town they're from. Nor the color of their skin. But the scary teens have indeed scared families away, and that IS the real problem.
JIM March 03, 2012 at 02:42 AM
kayborst March 03, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Oh Juvenal how clever you are with your pseudonym. My points is you never offer solutions, but your quick to point out everyone's flaws when they do. Smaller festivals seem to work, like the Art and Garden Festival, the Fall Festval and Flossmoor Fest. Homewood Days is too big and has lost its charm. Chain link fencing around the perimeter is not the answer. An outside company coming in and holding beauty pageants is definitively not the answer. Maybe they should scrap it this year if they can't come up with a real plan.
Jason Hitchens March 03, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I like the idea of more smaller festivals.
Denise March 03, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Bravo! Excellent idea!!
LocalRez March 05, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I think cancelling Homewood Days is the best idea yet for numerous reasons. If it 's only a fundraiser for the chamber of Commerce I think people need to know more about what the chamber really does these days with it's funds and where they get them. There are other organizations that would be a much more worthy cause. Here are a few important facts: The Chamber is the biggest lobbying operation in the United States, spending billions of dollars on behalf of big business. You know, those corporations that now have the same rights as individuals thanks to our supreme court, not to mention a non-profit paying no taxes. It's not what it used to be - believe it or not. The Chamber of Commerce has gone from a well respected trade organization to an extremist political organization dedicated to corrupting American democracy by elevating the profits of big corporations over the well being of the citizens they serve. The Chamber's announcement that it is spending more than $100 million to DEFEAT initiatives to protect the environment and provide affordable health care to everyone. http://www.factcheck.org/2010/10/the-chamber-and-foreign-contributions/ Look beyond what the media puts in your face and seek the real truth
Homewood Jim March 05, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Let's be clear on several things. The U. S. Chamber of Commerce is not sponsoring Homewood Days, but rather a local "chamber". And factcheck.org is not exactly an un-biased organization unless you consider Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers unbiased: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2104053/posts
LocalRez March 05, 2012 at 05:03 AM
That may be true Jim but I can't tell by their site that they are not members of or affiliated with the US Chamber. Go figure using pretty much the same names... There are many other sources of information out there on the web regarding the US Chamber of Commerce and what is going on with the lobbying efforts and money donated by foreign countries .. if one is willing to look with an open mind rather than a steel trap. Sure many of us can complain and find fault with any news source and it's validity these days - the point was to check around and research for yourself. We may never know the whole truth but we may at least be a bit more informed of each sides positions and that is a good thing. Don't just believe everything that Faux news and Rush tell you - FOX even proved in court they have the right to lie!
Genvieve LaChappele March 05, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Hey CFOAM you would make a great politician. You are very good at blaming and very short on ideas! Leaders lead without pointing fingers. In all fairness I don't see leadership from any politician on any side of the aisle. For that matter any good ideas from any news network either. Blame blame blame! Fox and MSNBC CNN that is all they do!
LocalRez March 05, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I think that is an undeserved insult. I would never want to be a politician, even worse than a used car salesman or lawyer IMO. I didn't "blame" anyone for anything I just presented some questions and food for thought - There are people who are paid consultants supposed to be comming up with the ideas for this function, not me. Based on the article and some other feedback it doesn't seem like they were doing a very good job does it? It made me question why Homewood is even is doing it which led to the Chamber... What's funny, people are so quick to jump down each others throats for anything even when they might actually have the same end goals in mind. In a civil world why is there so much hate everywhere? It's this kind of instant reaction to insult others you don't agree that has helped our country get to where it is today. Common decency or the ability to work together is null and void - just like all our wonderful politicians.
LocalRez March 05, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Confirmed with the local Chamber they stated they are not affiliated with the US Chamber of Commerce or members of it. I hope they add that to there website so others who look will know. I personally would not support any fundraising activity that raises money for any political lobbying efforts regardless of party.
Rich bostrom March 16, 2012 at 03:08 AM
homewood days just got way to big,what happen to this fest when you could walk downtown have something to eat and drink and visit with people you haven't seen in awhile it had a small town feel to it that what the chamber needs to look at


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