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New book sheds light on Hyde Park homes

New book sheds light on Hyde Park homes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In Hyde Park, the only subject people discuss with more enthusiasm than its notable residents is its architectural heritage. From stately mansions to sleek modern designs, they are a reflection of the diversity of the residents in the neighborhood. In her book “Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park,” Susan O’Connor Davis(…)

K.A.M. leadership transition

K.A.M. leadership transition

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel has been shuffling its leaders around in recent months. Rabbi Frederick Reeves came to K.A.M. II in July from The Temple in Atlanta, Ga., where he served as Associate Rabbi for eight years. His move came on the heels of Robert Nevel assuming leadership of the board(…)

University to hold civic engagement meeting

The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement will host regular conversations with its neighbors through as series of public forums. The first neighborhood conversation, for Hyde Park residents, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Nichols Park Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St. The university said, in a press release, that it wants(…)

Bird crisis in Nichols Park

To the Editor: I have noticed with great alarm that there is a deadening silence in Nichols Park in the early morning and early evening when we should be hearing the cacophony of bird songs — sparrows, robins, cardinals, crows, occasional mourning doves — silence except for the shrill of dive-bombing Coopers Hawks. They swoop(…)

Editorial is backward-looking

To the Editor: It’s sad that your great idea for the future of 53rd is just to limit the height of the buildings lining the street. I will readily agree that the late 1940s and early 1950s were, as many people remember, an idealistic time in Hyde Park’s history. You have told Hyde Parkers that(…)

Ingleside Hall merited preservation

To the Editor: In the interests of accuracy, the final phrase of your article (Ingleside Hall demolition, 8/7/13) which now reads, “… the building (is) too altered to be considered for preservation” might have better read, “Given the significant alterations, it’s doubtful the building would qualify for designation as an official Chicago Landmark.” But given(…)

St. Paul connects gardens, youth

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The congregation of St. Paul and the Redeemer Church spent Sunday afternoon celebrating the culmination of its summer camp in a garden that children in the Hyde Park area helped cultivate. The food garden was built in 2012 with support from KAM Isaiah Israel’s congregation through a grant from(…)

Locals detail solutions for CPS

Locals detail solutions for CPS

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools presented its 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan to community members on a recent Thursday evening at a meeting hosted by Hyde Park Community Area Residents Empowering Schools (HPCARES). CPS officials will meet with several community groups citywide to present the 10-year plan, which is required by(…)