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Harper Avenue to be renamed for Oscar Brown Jr.

Harper Avenue to be renamed for Oscar Brown Jr.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A section of South Harper Avenue will be named after poet, playwright, activist and South Side native Oscar Brown Jr. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, Harper Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd streets, will be cordoned off to allow for a street naming ceremony. Brown’s daughters, Maggie Brown and(…)

Hales struggles, Kenwood enters new building in school news

Hales struggles, Kenwood enters new building in school news

Sinking enrollment may mean the end for Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. A dramatic drop in enrollment due to population decline in Chicago, a slow recovery from the economic recession and increased competition from selective enrollment and charter schools has had an adverse effect on Hales Franciscan, according to Principal Nichole(…)

Runners need to be mindful of walkers

To the Editor: Does the Hyde Park community realize that the proliferation of joggers on sidewalks has become a safety hazard? Yes. Ask a local resident about leaving a store and almost being run down by a guy or gal in short  shorts. It has become a very common occurrence. When stepping out of a business or(…)

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

In wake of Obama library announcement, advocates push for South Side trauma center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though many applauded the recent announcement that the Obama Library would be built on the South Side, local advocates are still focused on getting a trauma center. On May 12, the same day the Obama Foundation announced it picked the University of Chicago’s bid for the library, activists for a(…)

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

Bret Harte, Ray to graduate first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte and Ray elementary schools will be graduating their first 8th grade classes in more than 13 years. After the phase-out of Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., in 2013, both Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St. and Ray 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., were designated as welcoming(…)

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Team at Promontory aims to please locals, not critics

Editor’s note: Among food enthusiast communities, Hyde Park offers unique dining experiences that deserve a spotlight. While communities throughout Chicago, like Pilsen and Wicker Park, have been lauded by food critics around the country, food reviewers have been slow to warm up to Hyde Park’s emerging food scene. In the Food for Thought Series, the Hyde(…)

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

Indira Johnson involved in Iowa Building revitalization

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Louise McCurry, president of the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), is looking to involve artist Indira Johnson in an effort to revitalize the Iowa Building. The collaboration has not yet been officially announced for the storied site, located near the intersection of South Everett Avenue and 56th Street. Both Johnson(…)

Midway Park Advisory Council takes another stab at vote

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Another election for Midway Park Advisory Council officers will take place next Wednesday, May 27. Elections for the new group’s officers have been scheduled twice before — on April 27 and on May 13 — but both times failed to attract three eligible contenders. Like at all park advisory councils(…)