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Program cut at HPNC brings values into question

To the Editor: Miss Tammie welcomed my son into her school at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club when he was at a very vulnerable place in his development. His transformation, creativity and ability to articulate and interact with the world around him have been shaped by this very special school/alternative daycare. Her Montessori Children’s House(…)

Sad to see program go at Neighborhood Club

To the Editor: We, like many other families in Hyde Park, are very saddened with the recent actions of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) to arbitrarily terminate the lease of the Children’s House of Miss Tammie (CHOMT). Our daughter, now 5-years-old and about to graduate to kindergarten, has been attending Miss Tammie’s Montessori School(…)

Say no to greed at McMobil site

To the Editor: We don’t need any more high rise buildings in Hyde Park! Hyde Park can remain a quaint, quiet and diverse neighborhood as it’s always been without the commercialization as with everything else in the country. It’s bad enough that we have that ugly monstrosity looming across the street from the bank building.(…)

Time for compromise at McMobil site

To the Editor: I support the proposed McMobil site redevelopment. I back Ald. Will Burns (4th) (who has already formally expressed his support for the development), the University of Chicago, and Mesa Development LLC. My support is strong and informed, but it is not unquestioning or unconditional. Rather than continuing to fightthe development or passively(…)

Versailles fire

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) responded to smoke coming from a mechanical room at the Versailles Apartments, 5254 S. Dorchester Ave., on the morning of Thursday, March 27. “It was just an overheated motor, there was no injuries, they had one line let off to cool off the(…)

Mezzos in the afternoon

A concert, “Mezzos in the Afternoon,” will take place at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Mezzo sopranos Amanda Thomas, the church’s acting music director, and Andrea Caruso, who sings at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in the Lakeview neighborhood, will perform music by Aaron Copland(…)

HP house classes

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Historical Society is holding a series of talks on home preservation titled, “This Old (Hyde Park) House,” scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. every third Sunday for the next four months at The Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. According to Jack(…)

Andy Austin, drawing from experience

Andy Austin, drawing from experience

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A Hyde Park resident since 1994, Andy Austin is well-known among some in the neighborhood for her involvement with the University of Chicago “Revels,” a yearly comedic play incorporating the area’s historical events and figures. More remarkable, however, is the story of Austin’s 44-year career as a freelance(…)