I should note that as well as removing the sidebar, I am also trying to make the main contents of the page stretch out to fill up the space that was taken up by the sidebar.
I have found that I can achieve this "stretch" by editing the width of the content area and the sidebar in style.css, so that the sidebar is 0% wide. The problem with that, though, is that (as I understand it) style.css governs all posts and pages, etc., so when I change that it effectively hides the sidebar on all of my pages, which I don't want.
Now, this would not be an issue if I could just make my front page full width and have that take care of it, but as I mentioned earlier, for some reason setting a page to full width doesn't work when I use it as my front page.
So I guess my other question is: Is there also a way that I can either A) change the width of the content area and sidebar on JUST a specific page so that my content stretches all the way across, and have that hold true even when I use that page as my front page, or B)somehow get the full width template setting to work / show up on a page that I use as my front page?
I hope this makes sense.
Also, If there is a way for the theme author to update the theme so that we can use the full width template on front pages, that would be really helpful!
(I don't know enough about the code or about WordPress to know whether this is a problem that is specific to this theme or whether it is just something that is unavoidable in WordPress).