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Local schools gird for changes

Local schools gird for changes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Changes are underway for Ray, Bret Harte and Shoesmith elementary schools as they prepare for the phase out of Canter Middle School. Earlier in this school year, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., was on its school closing list for underutilization. After(…)

Man killed on 52nd Street

A man was fatally shot multiple times after admitting an unknown person or persons into his apartment, the University of Chicago police are reporting. The shooting took place on 52nd Street between Blackstone and Harper avenues at 1:50 a.m. Saturday morning, May 25, according to an alert issued by UCPD. The site of the fatal(…)

Board votes to delay Canter closure

Board votes to delay Canter closure

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of keeping Canter Middle School open for another year to allow the school’s current 7th grade class to graduate. At its meeting on Wednesday, parents, teachers, students and education advocacy groups from across the city spoke out in(…)

Little Inspirations founder wins award

The Chicago-based non-profit Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is recognizing a Hyde Park educator with its first-ever 2013 Fast Track Award. Award recipient Peg Pavelec is the founder of area day care Little Inspirations, based at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. “Little Inspirations stands apart because of its exceptional program for(…)

Make Music Chicago seeks volunteers

WHPK radio host Marta Nicholas is seeking volunteers to help coordinate Hyde Park events in this year’s MakeMusicChicago celebration, a day-long series of performances scheduled to take place in the city Friday, June 21. The yearly event, now in its third year, will feature performances at several Hyde Park venues. As of press time, planned(…)

SSA group holding two public meetings

Two public meetings to discuss the proposed Special Service Area (SSA) will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday May 22 and 7 p.m. Thursday May 30, both at Kenwood Academy’s little theater, 5105 S. Blackstone Ave. An SSA would put an extra property tax on businesses in roughly the same area as the 53rd(…)

Spurlock gains real estate partner

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer As of last week, Hyde Park realtor Jeanne Spurlock has partnered with Tom Bretz of Century 21 Affiliated. The office, located at 5508 S. Lake Park Ave., will be known as Century 21 Affiliated Jeannie Spurlock Group, Bretz said. Bretz said very little will change, as far as customers and(…)

Becker-Friedman work to begin

Becker-Friedman work to begin

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Work is expected to begin in June on the future Becker-Friedman Institute’s research pavilion and turning the stretch of 58th Street from University Avenue to Woodlawn Avenue into a pedestrian plaza. Phase 2 of construction on the former Chicago Theological Seminary, 5757 S. University, will begin in mid-June said Alicia(…)