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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(…)

New chapter for Ancona’s Wishne

New chapter for Ancona’s Wishne

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer In the midst of the Ancona School’s 50th-year celebration, school head Bonnie Wishne announced her retirement so that she can help plan for the school’s next 50 years. After 35 years at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Wishne announced that she will retire in 2015. Wishne made the announcement(…)

Parents protest cuts at club

Parents protest cuts at club

By DASCHEL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents whose children attend The Children’s House of Miss Tammie (CHOMT), a Montessori School located inside the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) have started a letter writing campaign to keep the school from being moved out of the building. The school’s director was aware that her stay(…)

New BBQ coming to Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A barbeque and bourbon restaurant is the most recent one to sign a lease at Harper Court. Porkchop will open its second location in a 2,500-square-foot space on the building’s first floor. The restaurant’s first branch, 941 W. Randolph St., serves barbeque with a focus on whiskey, bourbon and craft(…)