Monthly Archives: September 2013

We deserve better than McMobil plan

To the Editor: Gee, folks. What’s wrong about the new McMobil to be, huh? What’s all the fuss about? Aside from a full set of excuses, and of shortages, what’s the problem? Well, the problem is massive (13 stories? Here?) and multidimensional. The intended abuse of 53rd Street is unwanted, offensive, congestive, etc., etc., etc.(…)

Battle of the bands at Checkerboard

A “Battle of The Blues” tribute to Muddy Waters will take place at The Checkerboard Lounge, 5201 S. Harper Ct., at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. All the proceeds from the event will go towards rescuing Waters’ Bronzeville home from the wrecking ball. Admission is free and the winning band’s album will be sold at(…)

Spate of burglaries triggers CPD alert

Police cautioned residents of a spate of burglaries this month in the Hyde Park neighborhood, in a Saturday, Sept. 14, alert released by the Chicago Police Department. Incidents in which offenders trespassed through rear doors or side or rear windows and stole jewelry, tablets, electronics and currency have taken place at: the 5100 and 5400(…)

Burns favors food stamps

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) introduced a resolution into the City Council on Thursday to voice his support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as food stamps. “A great society is judged on the basis of how it treats its most vulnerable citizens —seniors, the disabled, and the(…)

Private company to reopen mental health clinic

A mental health clinic in Woodlawn that was a flashpoint of local controversy when it closed will be reopened within 60 days, Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) said Saturday. Thresholds, a private mental health provider, will provide mental health services at the former Woodlawn Mental Health Center, 6337 S. Woodlawn Ave. The closure of the clinic(…)

Mum’s the word in September

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park’s annual Mum and Bulb Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1526 E. 55th St. The sale, which is organized by the Hyde Park Garden Fair Commitee, features six different departments: hyacinths and(…)

Local sacred spaces to be toured

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council will bring members of diverse religious traditions together to celebrate their faiths. The interfaith council will host Sharing Sacred Spaces, a series that will open up the doors of a number of Hyde Park houses of worship, and discuss the ways that architecture(…)

End-of-life talk at Montgomery Place

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Bess Schenkier, leader of the Chicago branch of end-of-life advocacy group Compassion and Choices, will speak at Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Dr., at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. The national non-profit campaigns for an increased range of end-of-life options and offers consultation via phone on such(…)

Hyde Park booster Bruce dies at 49

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Lifetime Hyde Parker and attorney Jason Bruce, 49, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, leaving with his friends and colleagues many fond memories. Bruce practiced law at an office in the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., following work as an associate at the downtown firm Jenner(…)

New librarian at Ray aims for lively environment

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Linda Collins is the new librarian at Ray Elementary School. She succeeds Leslie Travis, who retired on June 30 having served at the school for 21 years. Collins has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Purdue University; a master’s degree in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction from National(…)

University demolishes Woodlawn building

University demolishes Woodlawn building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer An aging apartment building owned by the University of Chicago was demolished recently and the site will be turned into green space. The 27-unit, three-story walkup apartment building, at 6005-6011 S. Woodlawn Ave., was demolished because “maintaining the quality of life for residents there would have required a multi-million-dollar overhaul(…)

Mental health clinic to reopen

Mental health clinic to reopen

A mental health clinic in Woodlawn that was a flashpoint of local controversy when it closed will be reopened within 60 days, Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) said Saturday. Thresholds, a private mental health provider, will provide mental health services at the former Woodlawn Mental Health Center, 6337 S. Woodlawn Ave. The closure of the clinic(…)

Jazz topic of discussion at HPHS

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park Jazz Society board members Judith Stein and Almarie Wagner will present a talk entitled “Jazz in Hyde Park” at 7 p.m. today, at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. The duo will share newspaper articles from years past about jazz in the(…)

Children’s Book Fair hosts Read for the Record

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Jumpstart Children First organization will be at the Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair on Sept. 22 to introduce the community to its Read for the Record Program. The Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair will take place from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, in Nichols Park at(…)

Sign Language

Sign Language

Sign Language for Beginners. 10-10:40 a.m., every Friday, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, early childhood room, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org. Pre-registration recommended. Sign Language. 10:45-11:15 a.m., every Friday, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, early childhood room, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org. Pre-registration required.

Musical Story Time with Ms. Rachel

Musical Story Time with Ms. Rachel

Musical Story Time with Ms. Rachel. 10-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m., every Tuesday, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, early childhood room, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org.

Timuel Black goes to D.C.

Timuel Black goes to D.C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Venerated historian, teacher and civil rights activist Timuel Black was honored in Washington, D.C., on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Black, 94, traveled to the nation’s capital to receive the honor last month. Martin Luther King Jr. asked Black to organize locally to bring Chicagoans to the(…)

Stores, parking begin to open at Harper Court

Stores, parking begin to open at Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The first retailers in Harper Court opened to the public last week. Athletic shoe retailer Villa, 5230 S. Lake Park Ave., opened over Labor Day weekend with an opening celebration last Friday. AT&T, which previously operated at 1457 E. 53rd St., relocated next to Villa and Starbucks, which formerly sat(…)

Review: “The Color Purple”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave. When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $22-$59 Phone: 773-325-1700 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic After the opening number of the new production of “The Color Purple” at the Mercury Theater, I was seriously worried. It had all the earmarks of a high school or college show. Bob(…)

Celebrating the later years

By ANDREW HOLZMAN The question I’m probably asked most, and yet am least prepared to answer, is, “Why did you get started working with seniors?”  When it comes to the work I’m doing in Chicago, the answer is actually easy. Last Christmas, it felt very strange not having someone to plan a holiday party for,(…)