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Signs for trucks are routinely ignored

To the Editor: The signs up at Hyde Park Boulevard and Kimbark Avenue really do not mean anything. The city of Chicago put up a sign that says no trucks over five tons are allowed — however the Budweiser delivery, Miller Light delivery and paper and produce trucks, along with RFS and several other heavy(…)

Hyde Park does not need to be branded

To the Editor: I was unsure whether to laugh or cry at the news that the new Special Service Area No. 61 is “working on branding the neighborhood,” and that the South East Chicago Commission has already met with two branding companies “whose names could not be disclosed” (the reason for this secrecy was not(…)

Encore thrift is a Hyde Park gem

To the Editor: One fine day in April of 2013, I was strolling to the lakefront to feed the birds and I happened to see a thrift shop on East Hyde Park under the viaduct of the Metra train on the right hand side of the street. The address was 1553 E. Hyde Park Blvd.(…)

Logan Center to host storytellers

The Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., will host ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers as part of their “Logan Center Family Saturdays” series from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, in the Performance Penthouse. Following the performance, the Logan Center offers free arts and crafts activities. Tickets(…)

Blackstone Library celebrates 75th anniversary of children’s space

Blackstone Library celebrates 75th anniversary of children’s space

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Children’s Library annex of the Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch celebrated its 75th anniversary June 28 in conjunction with the library’s 110th anniversary celebration. Ald. Will Burns (4th) celebrated with the Children’s annex by reading stories to the children in attendance and inviting them to help him cut(…)

A puzzle for bookstores

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Two neighborhood bookstores, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., will participate in Chicago’s first Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, July 12. Independent Bookstore Day encourages readers to shop locally and to explore stores around Chicago. Nine stores across the city(…)

Harper Theater begins selling alcohol

Harper Theater begins selling alcohol

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., began selling alcohol two weeks ago, after receiving their liquor license. The theater has been working to obtain a liquor license since it opened a year and a half ago. Now equipped with beer on tap, vodka, whiskey and wine, Harper Theater advertises(…)

New Ray Elementary local school council re-starts principal search process

New Ray Elementary local school council re-starts principal search process

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray families will have to wait even longer before they get a new principal. Ray Elementary School’s new local school council held its first organizational meeting July 1. The group also held a second meeting to vote on the next steps in it principal selection process, where they decided(…)