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Hyde Park Produce joins meat elite

Hyde Park Produce joins meat elite

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park Produce has joined an elite class of meat merchants. Brooklyn-based meat and cheese supplier Boar’s Head has named the grocer’s delicatessen a “Deli of Distinction,” making it the second in Chicago and one of 18 across the country. The store at 1226 E. 53rd St. marked the occasion(…)

US Army Corps of Engineers awards contract for Jackson Park restoration

US Army Corps of Engineers awards contract for Jackson Park restoration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded a contract for its 139-acre, five-year restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park. The USACE has chosen West Dundee, Ill.-based Applied Ecological Services (AES) to restore Jackson Park according to its plans. So far, it has awarded AES a $4.3 million(…)

Hyde Parker Bryan Samuels to receive lifetime achievement award

Hyde Parker Bryan Samuels to receive lifetime achievement award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Bryan Samuels will be the recipient of the Bright Promises Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Samuels will be one of three award honorees at the foundation’s annual awards event in November. Formerly known as the Illinois Humane Society, the Bright Promises Foundation works with organizations to develop(…)

Smart Museum marks 40th anniversary with sculpture-focused exhibit

Smart Museum marks 40th anniversary with sculpture-focused exhibit

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Smart Museum is marking its 40th anniversary with an exhibit of sculpture spanning all of its galleries. “Carved, Cast, Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways” is the first of the museum’s two 40th anniversary exhibits this year, featuring permanent collection sculptures and sculptor drawings from around the world, ranging from ancient(…)

New U. of C. program seeks to ease cost of undergraduate education

New U. of C. program seeks to ease cost of undergraduate education

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Building on its plan to make sure qualified low-income students graduate debt free, the University of Chicago announced its “No Barriers” initiative at a press conference Wednesday morning at its Gleacher Center building downtown. No Barriers is a program that provides students of all backgrounds and economic circumstances with(…)

Ancona to host discussion series on sex and gender

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will host a series of discussions on the subject of gender and sexuality at its Honest Conversations symposium. Honest  Conversations  is a parent-organized discussion group that meets at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., about five times during the year to discuss issues such as race, gender,(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society seeking award nominations

Hyde Park Historical Society seeking award nominations

The Hyde Park Historical society is seeking nominations for its annual Paul Cornell and Marian and Leon Despres awards through Nov. 1. The Despres Award recognizes organizations, individuals and institutions for outstanding achievements in preserving Hyde Park’s architectural heritage. Any project or building within the bounds of Hyde Park Township — including 35th through 139th(…)

Hyde Park Ph.D. student named Amtrak writer-in-residence

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sixth-year U. of C. graduate student and Hyde Parker Korey Gerard Garibaldi will take part in Amtrak’s first-ever writer’s residency. Garibaldi is one of 24 writers-in-residence —and 16,000 applicants — selected go on a free, round-trip writing retreat in a sleeper cabin. The train travel enthusiast, whose past journeys have(…)

Violent crime in Hyde Park in steady decline

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Violent crime over last summer was down significantly from the previous summer, according to data provided by the Chicago Police Department. Violent crime, defined by CPD as murder, criminal sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, robbery or battery, has been on a steady decline since 2009, the oldest year with data available.(…)

Police warn of South Kenwood robberies

Following a series of South Kenwood robberies, the police are warning residents to beware of the armed criminals. The robberies took place on 46th through 49th Street — two at the beginning of the month and two at the end. One of the criminals produced a handgun and demanded property. They left the scene of(…)

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

The University of Chicago is one of four final contenders to host the Obama Presidential Library. The foundation announced Monday that the U. of C., the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York City and the University of Hawaii are the finalists. The four universities will submit a formal proposal that includes(…)

Bolden’s back: Businessman to seek 4th Ward spot

Bolden’s back: Businessman to seek 4th Ward spot

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville restaurateur, club owner and former WGCI executive Norman Bolden has confirmed that he plans to run against Ald. Will Burns (4th) in the upcoming 2015 municipal election. The confirmation follows Burns’ Friday announcement that he is seeking reelection at a press conference attended by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle(…)

Columnist rules out Reese site for Obama library

Sun Times columnist Lynn Sweet is reporting that several of her sources rule out the Michael Reese site in Bronzeville and another site further south as options for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Lakeside, a development just east of South Shore that sits on the former U.S. Steel site, is also nixed by Sweet’s sources. Obama(…)

USDA investigating bird deaths at Harold Washington Park pool

USDA investigating bird deaths at Harold Washington Park pool

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating bird remains strewn about the model yacht basin at the Harold Washington Playlot Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Hyde Parker Carol Horton first reported the “disturbing sight” to Hyde Parkers yesterday, via the Good Neighbors Google Group. “I was walking my dog(…)

New restaurant poised to open

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chef Matthias Merges plans to open his second Hyde Park restaurant, Yusho, on Saturday, Sept. 13. The opening of the Japanese-inspired restaurant will come on the heels of a prix fixe four-course tasting of its offerings at Merges’ other Hyde Park restaurant, A10, 1462 E. 53rd St. The menu at(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill all Jackson Park lagoon fish and replace them

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Say goodbye to the fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. As part of a five-year federally-funded restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill all lagoon fish and replace them with new ones. The lagoon’s dominant species are currently carp and bullhorns,(…)

Ancona announces new head

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School has selected Ari Frede as its new head of school. Beginning in September Frede will serve part time as head of school elect along side the school’s current head Bonnie Wishne. Before coming to Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Frede served in several teaching and administrative roles in(…)

Dept. of Ed. to investigate Dyett

Dept. of Ed. to investigate Dyett

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Education opened a federal investigation into the Title VI Civil Rights Violations at Dyett High School. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School and Rainbow Push held a press conference Tuesday morning to announce their next steps in preserving and revitalizing the school. In 2011,(…)

Missing Hyde Park woman washes ashore

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer   The body of a 75-year-old woman was pulled from Lake Michigan at Promontory Point on Monday. The body was identified as Sofija Pastuovich, 75, of the 5400 block of South East View Park, was last seen at 10 p.m. Sunday night. She was pulled from Lake Michigan at 2:11(…)

Burglaries hassle Hyde Parkers

Chicago Police have issued an alert about burglaries in Hyde Park in July. In the burglaries the offenders enter buildings and residences and take property at various times throughout the day and at locations across the neighborhood including: During the daytime or evening hours of July 7 on the 5300 block of South Greenwood Avenue(…)