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Summer Fun Photo Contest

Capture the fun of summer with your camera, and send us your favorite shots of the backyard, lake, beach, mountains, neighborhood, and wherever you and your family are. Our staff will choose the images that most colorfully capture a summer experience.

Prizes will be awarded to contest winners.

To enter, email your photos in a jpeg format to photos@thehomewoodstar.com. Please send high quality images and include a caption and photo credit.

Only four entry photos are allowed per person.

Deadline for entries is August 10, 2012.

We will publish the winners in the September issue as well as post them on our Facebook page and our website.

By submitting a photo, you are giving The Homewood Star permission to publish it in print and online.

The Best of Homewood 2012


The Homewood Star would like to thank everyone who voted in our first Best of Homewood competition. Congratulations to all our winners.

Best Coffee Shop
O’Henry’s Coffees
O’Henry’s helps us start the day off right with fresh muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls and of course a hot cup of coffee. Their coffee beans are delivered fresh to the store every week, and you can choose from up to 45 coffees by the pound. It’s the perfect study spot and also great for catching up with a friend. 2831 18th Street South, 870-1198. 569 Brookwood Village, Ste. 101, 870-1148.
Runner Up: Hart and Soul

Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Best Hamburger

Best Hamburger
With a variety of hamburgers and hot dogs plus Cajun-style fries cooked in pure, no cholesterol, peanut oil, this place is hard to beat. Also, you can choose as many free toppings as you want for your burgers or dog. And to top it off, they offer the delicious complimentary roasted peanuts. 585 Brookwood Village, 414-8459
Runner Up: Hamburger Heaven

Best Barbecue
Saw’s BBQ
Saw’s Sauce is so good you can now find it at grocery stores all over the country, but all those other places don’t get to eat red or white sauce atop Saw’s tender pulled pork, smoked chicken and ribs like we do here in Edgewood. The barbecue institution also offers all the barbecue fixings we love as well as stuffed taters. 1008 Oxmoor Road, 879-1937
Runner Up:  Jim N Nick’s Bar-B-Q Continue reading

To the beat of a different drum: Eighty-year-old Adelle Sperling bikes around Homewood daily

Lifelong Homewood resident Adelle Sperling, 80, bikes to O’Henry’s on 18th Street daily. Photo by Madoline Markham.


Adelle Sperling drives a car about once every six weeks. The rest of the time, the 80 year old rides her bike.

“You’d say she acts like she’s 25,” said Dr. Johnny Peebles III, her neighbor of 50 years. “She has the health to go along with her actions.”

“I ride a minimum of 15 miles each day,” Sperling said. “Sometimes it’s 22 or 23, depending on the weather.”

Biking around Homewood daily isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from a crowd, either.

In 1957 she was one of five women to graduate from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in downtown Birmingham. As one of few female ophthalmologists of her day, she became head of the VA Eye Clinic in Birmingham before going into private practice in Southside on 11th Avenue. Continue reading

Showstoppers take the stage

The Showstoppers, including Miss Senior Alabama Frankie Cashion, Coquette Barnes and Barbara Johnson, practice their dance to Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me.”


Over the squeals of kids at the Children’s Dance Foundation, a slight tap-tap-tap can be heard in the background.

Peaking around the hallway, you’ll see women of all ages tap dancing. They are the Showstoppers.

The ladies tap dance group has been meeting for over a decade, never stopping to slow down.

“I look forward to every Wednesday when I get to dance my heart out,” Barbara Johnson said. “It’s by far my favorite day of the week.”

The dance group has been recognized nationally. A Miss Senior Alabama winner came from their classes, and they have been asked to perform annually at the Miss Senior America pageant.

Class teacher Rita Childers has been with them for every step of the journey.
“It has been an absolutely amazing experience,” Childers said. “These ladies are fantastic and have so much energy. They deserve all the recognition they are given.” Continue reading

Oxmoor Road improvements project underway


West Homewood residents can look forward to reduced traffic and safety problems along Oxmoor Road. Survey and design work has begun for the city’s Oxmoor Road improvements project.

City residents can expect construction to begin in 2014 and last about 18 months, according to City Council member Fred Hawkins. The improvements will span about a mile, from Green Springs Avenue to Barber Court.

“While it’s under construction, there will be a little bit of bother temporarily, but when it’s built, traffic and safety will be a lot better,” Hawkins said. “The road will be better designed to accommodate the traffic.” The plan includes turn lanes and road realignments that will improve traffic flow. Continue reading

September issue now available

September-2011-Homewood-Star-CoverThe September issue of The Homewood Star is hot off the presses. Check your mailbox this week to read about Samford football coach Pat Sullivan, new phases of the Shades Creek Greenway to be built soon, rezoning of property on Lakeshore Drive for Samford, locally created Dat Good barbecue sauce, a couple that made Homewood home again and more.

Then come back here and tell us what you think about out stories. We want your input to make this your paper!

You can also view the full issue online.

July issue now available

The Homewood Star July 2011 CoverThe July issue of  The Homewood Star is hot off the presses. Check your mailbox this week to read about HHS retiring Coach David Jones, a Holocaust survivor, twin head lifeguards, the new Miss Patriot Pageant, Fourth of July events and more.

Then come back here and tell us what you think about out stories. We want your input to make this your paper!

You can also view the full issue online.