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Be a good neighbor and shovel your snow

To the Editor: Some neighbors have been very good about adopting a street/sidewalk crossing and clearing out for pedestrians.  However, the problem remains severe in our neighborhoods. Furthermore,  businesses who are along our business streets should not only clear the entire sidewalk in front of their shop, but also the streets around the parking areas(…)

City Hyde Park progressing on schedule, set to open in early 2016

City Hyde Park progressing on schedule, set to open in early 2016

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park is progressing on schedule, as construction continued on its fourth floor last week. “I think we’ve had the typical challenges in a Chicago winter so of course the snowstorm this week was a something to deal with but in general the entire project has worked through the(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host annual dinner later this month

Hyde Park Historical Society to host annual dinner later this month

The Hyde Park Historical Society annual dinner will honor two neighborhood residents who restored a decaying home on the 5700 block of South Harper Avenue and a local historian. Lauren Moltz and John Clement, owners of the Rosalie Villas District home at 5735 S. Harper Ave., will receive the 2015 Marian and Leon Despres Preservation(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council to host first workday of 2015

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council to host first workday of 2015

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council will be hosting its first workday of the year later this month. The workday, scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. on Feb. 21 at the southwest corner of Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will include a survey of the park, discussion(…)

Folk Festival returning to University of Chicago campus

Folk Festival returning to University of Chicago campus

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 55th University of Chicago Folk Festival hopes to attract fans from every corner of its musical genre with this year’s lineup. “This year’s theme is balancing between a bunch of different crowds,” said Chris Kyriazis, president of the Folk Festival. “There are people who come to see virtuosos but(…)

Fourth Ward aldermanic candidates grilled by residents at Hyde Park condo

Fourth Ward aldermanic candidates grilled by residents at Hyde Park condo

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Fourth Ward candidates sparred on all things local at a forum last Monday in the lobby of the Newport Condominiums, 4800 S. Chicago Beach Drive. The resident relations committee of the condo association at the Newport, which is its own precinct, organized the forum. Newport resident Al Randall moderated the(…)

Upcoming production of “Merchant of Venice,” discussion to explore religious tolerance

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Elements Theatre Company is bringing its show “A Pound of Flesh: Exploring Qualities of Mercy when Encountering the Other,” to Hyde Park during its first Chicago tour. The theatre will also host a panel discussion about accepting differences, which is a featured theme in the play. Chicago Theological(…)

Dyett RFP, Hales Franciscan athletes and Ray resource center in school news

Chicago Public School’s Dyett RFP catches the eye of Little Black Pearl, 1060 E. 47th St. Several news outlets reported last Wednesday that Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy High School plans to submit a proposal for the Dyett High School building. In December, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) issued a request for proposals for(…)

Cornell Park gains advisory council

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Cornell Park Advisory Council has officially formed. Around 20 people met to finalize the group’s application and bylaws Monday, Jan. 26 at Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., according to president Norman Bell. “I’m very pleased with the responsiveness of the Park District,” said Bell, who submitted the(…)

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) voted against adding a full-day pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program to its school. Ray teachers, parents and administrators at Thursday night’s emergency meeting called the program “too risky.” Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., was chosen by Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Early Childhood Education(…)

Alderman Will Burns reflects on first term, makes case for re-election

Alderman Will Burns reflects on first term, makes case for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Freshman alderman Will Burns (4th) has to convince voters he deserves a second term. Burns, a decades-long resident of the Mid-South Side and graduate of the University of Chicago, is being challenged by Bronzeville entrepreneurs Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden in this month’s upcoming election. This is his second re-election(…)

Aldermanic hopefuls vie for votes at two 5th Ward forums

Aldermanic hopefuls vie for votes at two 5th Ward forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer For the first time last week all 5th Ward candidates came together to debate each other at a pair of forums, including one hosted by the League of Women Voters of Hyde Park and another by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC). The candidates were Robin Boyd-Clark, Tiffany Brooks,(…)

Frozen yogurt shop Zberry closes to stay afloat amid winter weather, chain competition

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Frozen yogurt shop Zberry, 1368 E. 53rd St., will stay closed through the first half of March to weather a challenging business climate. This is the store’s first winter closed since it opened in 2011, according to owner Zenzille Powell, a measure she said she took last December to save(…)

Nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center authorize strike

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 1,500 union nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center voted to authorize a strike last week if bargaining negotiations fail. The members of National Nurses United voted on Thursday to authorize a one-day strike if negotiations with the administration at UCMC do not improve. A strike date has(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society comes out against using parkland for Obama Library

Hyde Park Historical Society comes out against using parkland for Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society said it opposes using public parkland for the Obama Presidential Library In a statement released recently HPHS said it “strongly supports siting the Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s Southside.” “Our respect for President Obama is immeasurable and his legacy is beyond doubt. However, building the(…)

Ray Elementary students number one in chess league

Ray Elementary students number one in chess league

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Chess Club won first place in its section in the Chicago Scholastic Chess League Renaissance Knights Competition. Melinda Burgin and Henry Samra, 5th graders at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., were two of the five team members that competed in the competition earlier this month.(…)

CDOT proposes sweeping changes to 55th Street

CDOT proposes sweeping changes to 55th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Around 35 people attended a presentation last Thursday by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to discuss potential changes to 55th Street. CDOT project director Janet Attarian presented a rough draft of a master plan for 55th Street at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., based on community suggestions(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Robie House could be Chicago’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Park Service, the body that nominates significant landmarks in the U.S. to be considered for the honorary designation, nominated 10 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings last week. “Through its World Heritage Sites the United States can share with(…)

Kenwood Broncos basketball team makes school history with Red-Central victory

Kenwood Broncos basketball team makes school history with Red-Central victory

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer For the first time in school history, the Kenwood Broncos (16-5, 10-0) finished undefeated in the Chicago Public League Red Central Conference with a victory over longtime rivals Dunbar Vocational High School on Senior Night. “We understood the importance of this game,” said Broncos head coach Marlo Finner. “We knew(…)

Some priorities for 2015

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) Earlier this month, I had the distinct honor of being sworn into my second term as state representative of the 26th District. I ran for office because I believe that the most important guiding principle for our state, as we debate our budget and our plan for the future,(…)