Daily Archives: November 29, 2012

Hyde Park hears from Springfield

Hyde Park hears from Springfield

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Kimberly du Buclet (D-26) along with state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) hosted a town hall meeting Monday evening at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The three legislators spoke about issues they expected to come up during the veto session, which starts(…)

Police change beats following crime

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the 2nd District Police say they have stepped up their patrol in the area around 52nd and Greenwood Avenues, where a girl was sexually assaulted on Nov. 6. Though nobody is in custody yet police say they are still investigating the crime(…)

Harper Court sets LEED record

Harper Court sets LEED record

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court recently announced it achieved the highest sustainability rating in the state for a project of its kind, making it among the most environmentally friendly buildings in the nation. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Harper Court leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) certification for Neighborhood Development Gold(…)

Local leaders say CAPS is safe

Local leaders say CAPS is safe

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) and 2nd District Lieutenant Mark Moor assured residents at the 4th Ward Meeting on Monday, Nov. 19, that the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, better known as the CAPS program, will remain in place after the new year despite having its budget eliminated in 2013. “At the(…)

Akira opens on 53rd Street

Akira, a Chicago-based fashion retailer, officially opened its doors today The staff, wearing Akira fashions, stood in wait of their first patrons as word slowly spread in the neighborhood that the women’s fashion shop was open for business. Akira occupies the former Borders Books and Music at 1539 E. 53rd St. The site’s exterior, which(…)

Nukes Age discussed in Hyde Park

A conference exploring the use of nuclear energy and its demise takes place in Hyde Park next weekend. “A Mountain of Waste 70 Years High: Ending the Nuclear Age” will feature discussions, a documentary and a trip to the Red Gate Woods Forest Preserve site where the first wastes of the nuclear age are buried.(…)

Smoke shop gives away turkeys

On Monday Hyde Park Cigars gave away 300 turkeys to needy families who couldn’t afford a bird for their Thanksgiving dinners. Owner Mike Allen said the giveaway was an effort to pass his good fortune along. “To be honest it’s just reaching out and passing on the blessings,” Allen said. “It’s a blessing to be(…)

Midway rink open

The Midway Plaisance ice skating rink will open in just enough time for Hyde Parkers to burn off their Thanksgiving dinners. Ice skating rinks across the city will open on Nov. 23 and run through Feb. 24. The Midway Plaisance Park, 1104 Midway Plaisance North (east 59th Street at Woodlawn) will be open from noon(…)

South Side Pie contest results

The winners of the South Side Pie contest, recently held at Ray Elementary, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., have been announced. The first place winners are: Sharon Brinkman, in the creme pie category; Molly Herron, in the fruit pie category; Paige Reilly, in the nut pie category; and Sofia Kilbadze, in the pumpkin/sweet potato pie category.

Charlotte Des Jardins takes the stage

Charlotte Des Jardins, a Hyde Park resident, will be one of 18 seniors to act in the play “20 Years in Two Acts,” a celebration of past work by the Primus Theater company at Renaissance Court, 78 E. Washington St. Renaissance Court is an activities center for adults over 55. The play runs from Nov.(…)

JPAC election results

The Jackson Park Advisory Council held their annual board elections on Monday Nov. 12. The board works to preserve Jackson Park’s architecture and the native flora and fauna. Louise McCurry will retain her position as president. Aaron Stephens was voted vice president. Gary Ossewaarde was voted to retain his position as secretary. Dwight Powell was(…)

Rich Nayer appears in film

The recently completed independent drama “My Enemy’s Son” is a thoroughly local production: director and Bronzeville resident Will Adams’ second film was shot throughout Chicago’s South Side and features Hyde Park resident Rich Nayer as a leading character. The movie, which features an 18-person cast, follows the story of South Side drug dealer T-Low, who(…)

Last step taken for 51st Street TIF

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago City Council approved the creation of the 51st Street/Lake Park tax increment financing district on Thursday, among the last steps needed to finance City Hyde Park on the former site of Village Foods. The 51st Street/Lake Park TIF district was separated from the 53rd Street TIF after the(…)

Teachers for Social Justice convene at Kenwood

Teachers for Social Justice convene at Kenwood

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Teachers For Social Justice held its 12th Annual Teaching For Social Justice Curriculum Fair Saturday at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and others who played pivotal roles in this year’s school reform fight were keynote speakers at the event. Lewis(…)

Hyde Park Village seeks donations

The Hyde Park Village, an organization which helps seniors network to find support to remain in their own homes, will have a table at the United Church of Hyde Park’s Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1448 E. 53rd St. Organizers hope to raise funds that will help the group launch more formally early next(…)

ABCs of CPS at neighborhood club

ABCs of CPS at neighborhood club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents received information about public schools from a Chicago Public Schools official and a few of their peers at the “ABCs of CPS” meeting last Wednesday hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. The meeting, which was geared toward(…)