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The vicissitudes of modern living

To the Editor: We write regarding our sense of frustration with the ATT/Dex “neighborhood” telephone directory for the Hyde Park and Bronzeville communities. In previous years, it was a convenient and vital resource for subscribers to use for finding local residential telephone numbers and addresses. Like a small town directory, it gave us the advantage(…)

Permit parking will only lead to trouble

To the Editor: The petition for permit parking on S. South Shore Drive between 54th and 55th streets is disappointing news to those of us who have been parking on that street for decades now. We who live on South Hyde Park Boulevard, East 54th Street and Cornell Avenue rely on those spots for our(…)

Cleanslate, the stewards of 53rd Street, returning to Hyde Park this spring

Cleanslate, the stewards of 53rd Street, returning to Hyde Park this spring

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Cleanslate, the street beautification company that removed litter and snow from 53rd Street until funding dried up in 2011, will return this spring. The 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing District employed Cleanslate to remove litter, clean sidewalks and remove snow from the district from 2009 through 2011. The district’s relationship(…)

Locals protest shrinking CPS cash for arts, physical ed

Locals protest shrinking CPS cash for arts, physical ed

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nicole Losurdo, arts education coordinator of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Arts Education, discussed the CPS Arts plan and part of the physical education (PE) plan last Wednesday at the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council meeting. CPS has created plans to meet the state and city requirements(…)

Murray Elementary winning CPS Battle of the Books

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School’s 4th through 8th grade students won their divisional matches in the CPS Battle of the Books competition. The 4th to 6th team earned enough points to advance to the Battle of the Books City Championship, where they will compete against the other top 14 schools across(…)

Kenwood Academy students heading to Springfield for statewide history competition

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Several Kenwood Academy High School students are headed to Springfield to compete in the statewide history fair competition. On April 5, 7th and 8th grade students from Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., competed in the Chicago Metro Junior History Fair at DePaul University. Seventh graders Keith Calloway, who presented(…)

Part 6: Thinking across generations

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS When speaking about Chicago, Hyde Park resident Saul Bellow noted that this city “builds itself up, knocks itself down again, scrapes away the rubble and starts over.” In contrast to European cities that were destroyed in war and painstakingly restored, this city does not restore; “it makes something wildly different.” A(…)

February student death linked to alcohol

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A University of Chicago student who was found in his dorm room in February died as a result of alcohol poisoning, the Cook County Medical Examiner said. An autopsy ruled that his death was accidental. Nicholas Barnes, a third-year Germanic studies student, was discovered on Feb. 15. The key card(…)