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Local schools on closure list

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After reviewing the recommendations of the Chicago Public School’s Commission on School Utilization, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced that high schools and Level-1 high-performing schools will not be considered for the school-closing list CPS is required to release by March 31. This announcement does not affect several Hyde(…)

Regents gym to allow public

Regents gym to allow public

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Regents Park Apartments has requested a zoning change that would bring the building in line with modern zoning requirements and pave the way to admitting the public to the property’s gym and added building amenities. “We’ve been working. We had a community meeting in October and have got a whole(…)

Istria closes its doors

Istria closes its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Istria Café, located inside of the Hyde Park Art Center, closed its doors on Sunday, Jan. 20. The café shut its doors at 5030 S. Cornell Ave. with little advance notice, said HPAC executive director Kate Lorenz. Istria owners could not be reached at this time. “Their management made that(…)

Ray kids continue healthy course

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School has been chosen to take part in a healthy eating pilot project for Chicago Public Schools Nutrition and Support Services and the Office of Student Health and Wellness. CPS is also looking for parents who want to be a part of its Parent Food Advisory Group.(…)

Magill retires

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer University of Chicago Laboratory School Director David Magill announced that he plans to retire in June 2014. The university has appointed a task force to find his replacement. Magill, who has been the director of the schools for about 11 years, said he is announcing his retirement early so the(…)

Authors come to HP

Two high-profile journalists and a renowned artist will speak in the neighborhood today and next Tuesday, Jan. 29. Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will discuss his new book, “You Were Never in Chicago,” at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., at 6 p.m. His appearance is the second of The Friends of Blackstone Library’s five-part(…)

An evening with Muhammad

“An Evening with the Prophet,” a celebration of the birth of the prophet Muhammad, will feature Muslim chant and poetry. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Tahir Abdullah, who was recently appointed assistant director of spiritual life at Rockefeller, brought Muslim(…)

HPAC artist master of surprising

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Aliyah, a junior at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), lifted her foam horse from a piece of newspaper on the studio floor. An imperfection in the mold she had used left a large, saucer-shaped blob on its head, and she warned that she “hadn’t done it right.”(…)