Quick News: Input sought for Homer Glen park makeover
February 21, 2014 6:50PM
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Updated: February 23, 2014 2:15AM
Plans to renovate Sendra Park in Homer Glen will be discussed at a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St.
Homer Township, the library and the Homer Glen Foundation have been working to make Sendra Park, 14727 S. Greenbrier Lane, a place that promotes literacy, fitness and family fun, according to a press release from the foundation.
Children were asked for their ideas, and “many of their wishes were incorporated into a concept plan,” foundation president Laurel Ward said in the release.
A web crawler, giant plants that can be climbed, and a water park were some of the suggestions children made.
The concept plan incorporates a storybook theme that combines walking, exercising and playing outdoors.
Officials have applied for a grant to help fund the project, and resident input and support are important factors in being awarded a grant, Ward said in the release.
A copy of the concept plan can be seen by visiting HomerGlenFoundation.com. Residents who cannot attend the public hearing can mail comments to Linsey Sowa, Homer Township Clerk, 14350 W. 151st St., Homer Glen, IL 60491 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homewood meeting on open space project set
The village of Homewood will hold a public meeting March 3 to discuss a project that would close off a downtown portion of Martin Avenue to create a village green with several amenities.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road.
A consultant from The Lakota Group will present the design proposal for the public space, and village staff will be available to answer questions.
Residents packed a recent village board meeting and voiced their concerns about the project, with many saying they knew little or nothing about it.
The village board last month approved moving forward with the estimated $500,000 project that’s to be funded by revenue from a special taxing district. But the final design has not yet been approved.
The plan now calls for closing Martin Avenue north of Ridge Road for about 100 feet, at which point the street would open to two-way traffic.
The former section of the street would become open space, and could include an ice rink, fire pit, special lighting, bistro tables, and seasonal planters and benches, among other amenities. The design also includes a roundabout.
For more information, visit homesweethomewood.com.
Orland Twp. offers baby-sitting course
Orland Township’s Youth and Family Services Department is offering a Red Cross baby-sitting certification course from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 3 at the township office, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park.
The class, intended for ages 11 to 15, will be taught by a Red Cross-certified instructor and will cover the topics of how to care for infants; how to maintain a safe environment; what to do in case of illness, injuries or other accidents; and how to make good, effective decisions while baby-sitting.
The cost is $50, which includes materials and lunch. To register, email email@example.com or call (708) 403-4001.
Palos Heights bank adds VP
CNB Bank & Trust, N.A., has hired Greg Paetow as vice president of business development to work from the new Palos Heights Banking Center, 12727 S. Ridgeland Ave., which is to open in the spring.
Paetow has been a community banker since 1976 and is the former president of Palos Bank and Trust, according to a press release from CNB. He is a past president of the Orland Park Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow and has been on the boards of Palos Community Hospital, St. Coletta’s of Illinois, the Palos Advisory Board and the Palos Heights Chamber of Commerce, the release said.