Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Marian Catholic graduate formally entered the Homewood Police Department during the Sept. 11 village board meeting.
Michael Kozlowski couldn’t hold back a smirk as he took oath as Homewood’s newest police officer during the Sept. 11 village board meeting. Prior to Kozlowski’s swearing in, Homewood Police Chief Larry Burnson gave a quick recap of his qualifications. Burnson said the 2007 Marian Catholic graduate received his bachelor's of science in law enforcement from Western Illinois University in 2011. Since then, he’s been working for the South Holland Police Department until Sept. 4, when he officially began working with the Homewood Police Department. Kozloski is also currently attending the Chicago Police Academy’s 400-hour basic recruit training. According to Burnson, Kozlowski was not dressed in full police dress attire during the meeting …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Last Friday, the Village of Homewood officially welcomed the latest addition to our business community, boutique wine and craft beer store Grape & Grain Co.
While the weather outside was dreary, spirits were high last Friday evening as Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld and several other village officials gathered for the ribbon cutting of Homewood’s new craft beer and wine store: Grape & Grain Co. The new shop, located at 18031 Dixie Highway, opened on Labor Day. Grape & Grain Co. is anything but your average liquor store. And don’t let the bar fool you. This isn’t a place you go to drown your sorrows in pint after pint of domestic suds. As owner Ron Khalaf promised in a Patch article months ago during the planning stages of Grape & Grain “It’s … a classy place.” The clean, modern sign on front of the building just north of Ridge on Dixie Highway gives a preview of what customers are …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Get to know what your neighbors are saying about local issues on the Patch comments section and Facebook site.
Hello Patchland. Welcome back to Feedback Friday, the feature that features you. Thanks to you, we've seen some exceptional growth on the H-F Patch Facebook page recently. Right now, we're at 1,319 friends and counting. That's more than 50 "likes" this month! As thanks, we want to highlight some of the action from H-F Patch and the H-F Patch Facebook page. Earlier this week, Homewood's village board voted in favor of awarding just over $140,000 in TIF money to Aurelio's to help finance a banquet room addition to the restaurant. Some have said this is a poor allocation of resources. Others think Aurelio's is entirely justified in making the request and receiving hte money. Here's what you had to say: It's been a hot week for the Village of …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A preview of what's going to be discussed and voted on during Homewood's Aug. 27 village board meeting.
Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld and the village trustees will meet at Homewood Village Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The soon-to-be Halsted Chipotle location is requesting an additional class 5 liquor license be created for their restaurant. The popular fast food chain is known for selling beer and margaritas along with their staple burritos in many locations. Trustees will be voting on the expenditure of $21,690.87 for a new electronic marquee sign from All Right Sign of Steger. The sign is intended to replace the current village sign at the corner of Dixie Highway and Chestnut Rd. $4,850.00 is being requested from a fire department equipment fund to the 183rd Street fence fund. According to the agenda, the money will …
In this installment of "Minutes with the Mayor," Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun gives some insight into the village's environmental conscience.
Patch gathered questions from readers, for Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun. Now, Patch will regularly air a series of video responses to the questions readers voted as most pressing. In this edition, Braun responds to the question: How Green is Flossmoor? Transcript: We’re kind of excited about that. This past year, we’ve had a total of about $300,000 in green friendly grants. We received a grant from Cook County—from the Cook County Energy Efficiency Program—and that $100,000 was used to replace the boiler here in the village hall. This was a boiler that was about 35-40 years old, and we’ve increased the efficiency with this unit by about 25 percent. We also were successful in receiving a $200,000 grant from DCEO (Department of Commerce and …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Homewood Trustee Anne Colton explains how intergovernmental communication and cooperation is crucial to a working community.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
In this installment of "Minutes with the Mayor," Village President Richard Hofeld explains his awareness of the condition of Homewood's Metra stop and tells his efforts to help make it better.
Patch gathered questions from readers, for Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld. Now, we're airing a series of video responses to the questions readers voted as most pressing. In this edition, Hofeld answers: what is going on with the Homewood Metra station? His response? Metra wants to improve it, but they're lacking the funds to do so. He says the village is trying to help out. Transcript: With regard to the Homewood Metra station, Flossmoor is being done at this time and we have had the executive director of Metra out here two weeks ago along with Don De Graff the mayor of South Holland. Don is a Metra board member and he’s been very cooperative in trying to get some attention from Metra for our station. I say our station is the …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Tonight's Flossmoor Village Board meeting agenda.
Mayor Paul Braun and the Flossmoor Board of Trustees will meet Monday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. There will be time allotted for public communications. Click on the PDF above to see the full agenda for the school board meeting. The meeting will be taking place at Flossmoor Village Hall.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Welcome to the third edition of the local radio-style show you won't find anywhere else, hosted by your H-F and Chicago Heights Patch editors.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Homewood trustees found themselves between a new business and a hard place—welcome a 35th salon to town, or turn down a new addition to the business community?
Homewood trustees found themselves in a quandary during the July 24 board meeting. The topic at hand: whether or not to allow another hair salon to open up shop in downtown Homewood. The dilemma is unusual for the typically business-friendly village, but an amendment passed in April of this year forced them to give the item extra thought. The amendment requires special use permits for certain businesses coming into the central business district. The need for a permit is intended to give the village more control over the economic diversity of the downtown area. Hair salons, in particular, are one type of business that the permit is trying to regulate. Despite the odds against her, Shantel Houston applied for a special use permit to open …