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MAC’s promises cannot be trusted

To the Editor: Promises made. Promises broken. MAC promised to build its City Hyde Park without a public subsidy, and then asked for and got TIF money. MAC promised to restore the historic 1890s greystones at 5110 S. Harper Ave., and then tore them down for a parking lot. MAC’s promises aren’t worth much. Debra(…)

MAC’s sad moves

To the Editor: Well, MAC Properties certainly didn’t wait around for permission to knock down these townhouses with the lovely facades. Be sure to look behind the demolition at the contiguous parking lot reserved for Picadilly married student housing owned by the University of Chicago. Hmm! What is next? Nancy B. Baum

MAC demolition shows wantonness

To the Editor: One of the reactions of long-time Hyde Parkers to Susan Davis’ valuable and obviously timely series on “Lost Hyde Park” must be one of both sadness and outrage, not just for the historic structures we lost but also for the goods and services we no longer have and so far, in the(…)

57th Street Art Fair helping art students this year

57th Street Art Fair helping art students this year

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Art students Seth Carlson, Sofia Hardy, Antonia-McMan McCline and Hannah Murray-King won the 57th Street Art Fair’s 2014 student competition. The art work of jewelry designer Carlson, a student from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, sketch artist Murray-King and photographers Hardy and McMan McCline, students from(…)

Hyde Park Community Players take on Shakespeare

Hyde Park Community Players take on Shakespeare

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will mark their fifth anniversary with a production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” This is among the players’ biggest casts, with more than 30 cast members, staging a production of “Romeo and Juliet” over three weekends in April. The players are once again collaborating(…)

Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Rodfei Zedek Congregation, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a weekend of programming focusing on Sephardic music. This Friday evening and Saturday morning, guitarist and singer Gerard Edery will incorporate Sephardic melodies into the congregation’s Shabbat services, according to cantor Rachel Rosenberg. On Saturday, the synagogue will host a(…)

South East Chicago Commission may reconsider Celebrate Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is in the early stages of reviewing its programming, a process whose impact on the annual Celebrate Hyde Park festivals remains unclear. In 2010, the SECC, University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement and Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce began co-sponsoring Celebrate Hyde Park,(…)

CPS looking to public and aldermen for closed school site reuses

CPS looking to public and aldermen for closed school site reuses

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking help from aldermen to gather community input on what should happen to school buildings once the schools have been closed. At the March City Council meeting, aldermen were asked to host town hall meetings to get community input on how Chicago Public Schools(…)

Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School’s local school council announced that it is joining Murray Elementary, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and other schools across the nation that are seeking to put an end to high stakes testing. At its March meeting, the local school council (LSC) at Ray, 5631 S.(…)

St. Sabina’s Father Pfleger to speak at St. Thomas

Michael Pfleger, senior pastor of the Faith Community at St. Sabina Church, will be the guest speaker at St. Thomas the Apostle Church’s 11th Annual Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast, which is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary, will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Ray LSC begins search for new principal

Ray LSC begins search for new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council received notice from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Wednesday that the contract of its estranged principal, Tatia Beckwith, has been terminated. After almost a year in leadership limbo, the council is now eligible to begin its search for a new principal. The local(…)

Bid to build Obama library begins

The Barack Obama Foundation released a request for qualifications for the planned Obama presidential library Thursday afternoon. The document asks institutions across the country seeking to host the president’s library how their proposal will satisfy the library’s “guiding principles.” An Obama library is being pursued by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of(…)

Hyde Park man charged with murder

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with murder for his involvement in a homicide on the 3700 block of South Princeton Avenue in February. Courtney Ealy, 19, of the 300 block of East 60th St., was charged with one felony count of First Degree Murder on Tuesday, March 18 after(…)

Local school council elections less than two weeks away

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Now that the Illinois Primary Election has come to a close parents and community members are gearing up to campaign for spots on local school councils in Chicago Public Schools. The LSC is an elected group, made up of six parents, two teachers, one non-teaching staff representative, two representatives(…)

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The three greystone buildings on the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue have begun to come down. Antheus Capital purchased the three greystone buildings in 2008 with the intention to renovate and rent them as apartments. Peter Cassel, Antheus spokesman, told the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing Advisory Council last(…)