You were there because we were there: March 2021 – The Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle

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In the March edition we devoted seven pages to our biannual voters guide, providing snapshots of candidates for village, school, park and library boards, and a number of candidates made their cases through advertisements.
The Calumet Country Club redevelopment controversy continued to build steam. Residents organized as South Suburbs for Greenspace (originally South Suburbs for Greenspace over Concrete) following the approval of a settlement agreement between Homewood and the property owner, Diversified Partners.
Hazel Crest officials shifted their position on the situation. After remaining neutral since the redevelopment was first proposed, the Hazel Crest board issued a statement opposing the project and pledging not to work with Diversified Partners on the development of a fulfillment center.
The cover feature was a 12-page Health and Wellness pullout section sponsored by Franciscan Health.
We also reported on the change of leadership at the Homewood Police Department. Chief Bill Alcott retired effective Feb. 26 and Deputy Chief Denise McGrath was promoted to chief.
Schools continued to wrestle with pandemic issues. District 153 and District 161 boards approved hybrid learning models that began March 1 and March 9 respectively. Homewood-Flossmoor High School students petitioned the administration to find a safe way to conduct traditional prom and graduation activities.
Another letter to the editor, this one from Franco Minasian, continued the conversation about how schools should respond to the pandemic, urging district officials to use the crisis as an opportunity to leave standardized testing behind and explore new approaches.

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