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Though blue jeans were not a strict requirement, many in attendance came wearing their finest or favorite pair of denim. On Saturday, May 13, the Goodings Grove School Parent Teacher Organization hosted its Blue Jeans Ball fundraiser at Zachary’s Red Barn at Konow’s Corn Maze.
Erin Redmond
The day begins at 8 a.m. for a 7:05 p.m. game start. Much has to be accomplished in the roughly 15 hours of his work shift.
Brittany Kapa

While most parents worry about their children picking up germs and getting sick, for Stacy and Matt Creed of Lockport, it is a central focus of their lives. 

The Creeds’ 5-year-old daughter Dylan has an immune system which is compromised by an unidentified disorder and has already spent more time in the hospital than most adults. The cost of this illness has been draining on the family, which is why friends and relatives threw a benefit for Dylan Saturday, Sept. 27, at Mullets Sports Bar and Restaurant in Homer Glen.

Thomas Czaja
An open space for a dance floor rests between rounded booths, where on any given weekend a group of Brazilian dancers, Frank Sinatra impersonator or comedian might be performing.
Jacquelyn Schlabach

The Lockport-Homer Youth Theater production company will “open its doors” this fall, kicking off its inaugural season with a musical production of “Seussical Jr.” that will be performed at the Lockport Township High School theater.  

Homer School District 33C Board President Angela Adolf is the director of the theater company and has been producing musicals for more than 18 years.  

The youth program is a subsidiary of the DuPage Conservatory of Fine Arts that is based out of Hinsdale. 

Lauren Finkler

Jillian Hersted and her family were familiar with the Creamery and enjoyed its products for years, so when they heard that the business was for sale, they decided to make a move to keep its doors open.


The first Creamery was opened in Frankfort in 1981, and the store grew to become a chain with six other locations — Homer Glen, Manhattan, Manteno, Mokena, New Lenox and Orland Hills — according to the Creamery’s website. It primarily sells ice cream, along with some sandwiches and other food items.

Amanda Jarzynski
Mother, grandmother, wife, animal lover, student of natural holistic health, cook and gardener.
Erin Redmond

A big-name franchise has circled Homer Glen as the place to open up its first stand-alone store in the Midwest.

Circle K, an international convenience store chain, debuted at 14310 Will-Cook Road on Dec. 8 and had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 14, with Mayor Jim Daley and other Village officials in attendance.

The franchise took over in the same spot as the old 7-Eleven, which closed in September, according to Homer Glen Economic Development Director Janie Patch.

Thomas Czaja

Two-and-a-half weeks into the job, Dr. Kara Coglianese — the new superintendent for Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C — had already begun to make a new home for herself.

“I feel extremely privileged to work here,” Coglianese said. “This has been a really great district.”

She spoke with the clarity and ease of someone who knows what they are doing – which makes sense, given that Coglianese has had a lifelong passion for education.

Meredith Dobes

With an inhale, an exhale, and a steady alternation of running shoes swiftly pounding the ground, Homer Glen resident Leslie Campins finds her pace — and her peace of mind.

“I never stop running. It’s my hobby. It’s my therapy. It’s what gets me through the day,” Campins said.

Meredith Dobes

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