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Against naming Stony for Brazier

To the Editor: I am writing as a concerned citizen of the 5th Ward in opposition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed change of South Stony Island Avenue to Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Avenue. I question the mayor’s basic premise (as reported in the Sept. 18 Herald), that the renaming of Stony Island will bring honor(…)

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Master curator and bibliophile Jack Cella, general manager of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, will retire from his self-described “dream job” at the top academic bookstore Sunday, more than 40 years after he began work there as a part-time employee. “It’s been a spectacular life. I’ve gotten to know(…)

Demo to begin for City HP

Demo to begin for City HP

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The old buildings at the Village Shopping Center should be demolished in coming weeks. Peter Cassel, director of community development for Antheus Capital, told the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council on Monday, Sept. 30, that the buildings should be gone by the end of the year. Construction on the 17-story(…)

Auto break-in suspects apprehended

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department arrested two men in separate incidents relating to the string of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks in Hyde Park. One man was arrested on the 5400 block of Ridgewood Court and another arrested on the 4900 block of Greenwood Avenue on Oct. 2. Both(…)

Hyde Park parents criticize CPS’s 10-year plan

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents in Hyde Park who reviewed Chicago Public Schools (CPS) final version of its 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan said their concerns were not addressed. In July CPS sent Todd Babbitz, chief transformation officer for CPS, to Hyde Park with its first draft of the Educational Facilities Master Plan.(…)

Police search for assailant

Police search for assailant

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on the 5900 block of Cornell Avenue. During the assault, which occurred on the edge of Jackson Park at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday Oct., 1, a man was walking down the street with his genitals exposed when he(…)

Health Forum

A questions and answers session and panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St. The event, entitled “A Community Health Forum: How the Affordable Care Act Affects Older Adults and the Uninsured,” will give(…)

Suit filed over Vue53 site

Suit filed over Vue53 site

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Four Hyde Park residents announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25, that they filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago for its decision earlier this year to rezone 53rd Street’s so-called “McMobil” site. The lawsuit was filed in late August with the Circuit Court of(…)

Review: “Pullman Porter Blues”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: though Oct. 20 Tickets: $25-$75 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I had high hopes for the Chicago premiere of “Pullman Porter Blues” at Goodman Theatre, but Cheryl L. West’s play with music disappoints in so many ways, it’s hard to know where to(…)

Institute of Politics highlights

The Institute of Politics will host United States Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during its fall programming. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) cancelled a scheduled visit last Friday due to the Senate’s vote schedule and instead spoke to a campus audience via video feed. McCain will speak to students during an off-the-record session at the Quadrangle Club,(…)

Italian restaurant to open

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Chicago chef Matthias Merges’ new restaurant, A10, located on the 1400 block of 53rd Street, is slated to open in mid-October, according to Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago. The latest project by Merges — once the Chef de Cuisine at(…)

Pierce dorm demo making way for Gang design

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Demolition on the now-closed University of Chicago dorm, Pierce Hall, 5514 S. University Ave., will continue through mid-December of this year, according to the school’s News Director, Jeremy Manier. Demolition to prepare for the $148 million project that will take it’s place— a dining hall and residence housing(…)

Why we’re suing over Vue53 development

To the Editor: We are Hyde Parkers who have filed suit against the City of Chicago to reverse the rezoning of the McMobil property allowing a 155-foot building on that site. The University of Chicago and its agents want us to think that this is a done deal. And without the lawsuit, they are right.(…)

Work together to improve Vue53

To the Editor: Why are so many Hyde Parkers continuing to speak out against the “Vue53” plan and the process through which it “developed?” No, it’s NOT all over. Some are answering your Hyde Park Herald’s warning call, in your Sept. 4 editorial, to work to develop sound planning principles and prevent a “Vue53” precedent from taking hold. I(…)

Dedicate some time to a child in need

To the Editor: Strive Tutoring is celebrating its 25th year as a Hyde Park tradition, its roots firmly grounded in the neighborhood since 1988. We are a community-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit, offering free one-to-one tutoring and mentoring services to local children, grades 1 to 12, from limited income families. We are able to offer these services(…)

New Open Produce exhibit Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park grocer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., will hold an opening reception for its new exhibit of Chicagoland photographer Chris Trott’s work from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 5. The show is part of a series that kicked off in the space last July(…)

New bakery thrives at Piccolo Mondo

New bakery thrives at Piccolo Mondo

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A long-established Hyde Park restaurant reopened after a two-week hiatus less one deli but with the addition of a vibrant bakery. Piccolo Mondo, 1642 E. 56th St., an Italian restaurant that has been a Hyde Park staple for the better part of three decades, reopened in August with an Argentine(…)

Car break-ins plague locals

Car break-ins plague locals

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Car break-ins in Hyde Park in September were up almost three times over the same period last year, Chicago Police said. Officer Jose Estrada, spokesman for Chicago Police News Affairs, said in 2012 Hyde Park had 13 reported car break-ins from Sept. 1 through Sept. 27. During the same time(…)

Canter principal wants to take students to D.C.

Canter principal wants to take students to D.C.

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School is seeking donations to send its final 8th grade class to Washington, D.C., in the spring. “This is our last year, so we want to go out with a bang,” said Colleen Conlan, principal at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., which Chicago Public Schools voted to(…)

Local child actor in Steppenwolf show

Local child actor in Steppenwolf show

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer William Burke, recent graduate of Ray Elementary School, will star in a production of “Lord of the Flies” in Steppenwolf Theater’s Young Adults 2013-2014 series. Burke, 14, will play the character Bill in the production, which tells the story of a group of English boys stranded on a deserted(…)