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Talking SSA: Member of SSA committee details advantages

Talking SSA: Member of SSA committee details advantages

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The advisory board for the proposed 53rd Street Special Services Area met on Thursday, Feb. 21 to discuss potential boundaries for the area, and spending priorities should the levy be approved. “We didn’t come to any conclusions or any decisions,” said Wendy Walker Williams, executive director of the South East(…)

Kozminski celebrating successes

Kozminski celebrating successes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Family and community members were invited to Kozminski Elementary School, where several students were given medals for their work at an honor roll ceremony last week. The ceremony was the realization of the goals of the school’s principal, Myron Hester, who a year ago endeavored to transform Kozminski into(…)

Trauma protests gaining steam

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Students and other South Siders marched Saturday from 60th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue to University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer’s home on campus to demand expanded access to trauma care in Hyde Park. The march took place on the day the university opened operations at its $700 million hospital(…)

Local parents fight tests

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parent and teacher groups citywide are petitioning against the number of standardized tests being given to Chicago Public School (CPS) students this year. The “More Than a Score Coalition,” which includes the Chicago Teachers Union, Parents 4 Teachers, Parents United for Responsible Education and Raise Your Hand for Illinois(…)

Muralist with local roots adds splash to The Cove

Muralist with local roots adds splash to The Cove

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor With only four drinking establishments — five, if one counts The Pub, a U. of C. bar located in the basement of Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. — Hyde Park nightlife is a stranger to drastic change. So for the many who imbibe at The Cove(…)

Tutoring group floods

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Strive Tutoring experienced a setback earlier this month after a broken valve on a water pipe damaged the third floor, a kitchen, a stairwell and two computers. “There was a lot of damage to our offices. Thankfully all of our tutoring space is in perfectly good shape and our refurbished(…)

Stories from Seminary Co-op

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Seminary Co-Op Project co-directors Megan Doherty and Jasmine Kwong will present their project at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., at 2 p.m., March 16. Later the project will show an exhibit at the Special Collections Research Center at the Regenstein Library running from April 22(…)

Temple is sold

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The former Vivekananda Vedanta Society temple at 5421 S. Hyde Park Blvd. sold recently to a buyer who intends to use it as a single-family home. The Vivekananda Vedanta Society, an order of monks and a branch of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, India, left Hyde Park in(…)

Local teachers receive highest honors

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park teachers were among 49 across the city to receive National Board Certification through the the Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) Nurturing Teacher Leadership (NTL) professional development and candidate support program. Cherianne Barry, Amy Hiller and Nicole Ludwig from Ariel Elementary School, 1119 E. 46th St.; Megan Grib and(…)

Space leased, U. of C. scrambles to honor terms

Space leased, U. of C. scrambles to honor terms

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A precinct that was voted dry in the 1990s has created a snag for an upscale Japanese restaurant intending to open up in Hyde Park. Former Charlie Trotter’s chef Matthias Merges wasn’t aware that the sale of liquor was prohibited when he announced plans to bring a second branch of(…)

Harper leased — with no locals

Harper leased — with no locals

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court’s retail element is almost entirely rented out, nearly 100 percent full including the space at the building being constructed, as well as in the associated projects at the former Borders building and the Harper Theater. The retail presence at the new Harper Court will be almost entirely one(…)

Trauma center at U. of C. is a moral necessity

To the Editor: Should not our self-interest, as well as our sense both of compassion and of honor, move us to make available, in all urban neighborhoods in this country, at least the level of medical services routinely provided throughout the larger cities in those European countries which are privileged to enjoy a level of(…)

Taste of Hyde Park returns next month

To the Editor: The annual Taste of Hyde Park will take place on Saturday, March 2, between 6 and 9 p.m. This year the location is Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave. The event is the major annual fundraiser for the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project. With food and drink(…)

Bring Artisans 21 back to 53rd Street

To the Editor: I think it would be great to have Artisans 21 on 53rd Street, as suggested by Rob Borja’s Feb. 6 letter. Artisans 21 has a wide variety of attractive, moderately priced items. It would add class to the retail shops in the hotel building in Harper Court. It could provide original, distinctive(…)

McMobil high-rise in the wrong location

To the Editor: The well-known real estate mantra, “Location, Location, Location!” clearly applies to the potential new high-rise on the McMobil site. The proposed building, three floors higher than the University Apartments on 55th Street and almost as wide, would engulf the buildings on either side — and loom over Nichols Park — without achieving(…)

Concerns about the McMobil high-rise

To the Editor: I am very concerned about the plan to build a high-rise where the Mobil station is now located on 53rd Street. Some of my reasons are as follows: 1. When open, and especially during the construction period, traffic on 53rd Street will have a serious effect on the children who attend Murray(…)