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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(…)