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Author, preservationist Devereux Bowly Jr. dies

Author, preservationist Devereux Bowly Jr. dies

Lifelong Hyde Park resident Devereux Bowly Jr. was a man of many professions, passions and talents.  For most of his professional life, he was an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, providing help to people living in poverty. Bowly was also a respected historian, author, preservationist, community leader and owner of two(…)

CDOT official says Darrow Bridge will remain closed for years

CDOT official says Darrow Bridge will remain closed for years

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Clarence Darrow Bridge will likely remain closed for for several more years before pedestrians can use it. That’s according to Chicago Department of Transportation assistant chief engineer for bridges Luis Benitez, who told an audience at last Monday’s Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting that the bridge’s repair will(…)

Feds investigating civil rights violations at Dyett High School

Feds investigating civil rights violations at Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Education opened a federal investigation into alleged Title VI civil rights violations at Dyett High School. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School and Rainbow Push held a press conference Tuesday, Aug. 12, to announce their next steps in preserving and revitalizing the school. In(…)

What’s in a name? SECC replaces annual festival series, launches web page by same name to promote Hyde Park

What’s in a name? SECC replaces annual festival series, launches web page by same name to promote Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) has replaced the annual Celebrate Hyde Park festivals with the Discover Hyde Park Experience Series, coinciding with the launch of a similarly titled webpage promoting Hyde Park. The series includes the neighborhood’s annual George Franklin Summer Memorial Summer Sunday concerts, Children’s Book Fair, Oktoberfest(…)

Woodlawn vegan eatery moving to 57th Street

Woodlawn vegan eatery moving to 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Woodlawn vegan restaurant B’Gabs Goodies will be moving to 1450 E. 57th St., the former location of the now-closed Florian Restaurant. Although owner and Hyde Parker Gabrielle Darvassy has not yet set a date for the move, she says the new restaurant will feature an expanded menu and more locally(…)

Army Corps planning fishkill

Army Corps planning fishkill

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Say goodbye to the fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. As part of a five-year federally-funded restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to kill all lagoon fish and replace them with new ones. The lagoon’s dominant species are currently carp and(…)

Ancona School selects new leader

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School has selected Ari Frede as its new head of school. Beginning in September, Frede will serve part time as head of school-elect alongside the school’s current head Bonnie Wishne. Frede, who is currently a doctoral candidate in Urban Education Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago,(…)

Appeal seeks to halt construction on Vue53 building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Neighbors surrounding the former McMobil site have filed an appeal they hope will prevent a 155-foot-tall building from going up in their backyard. The appeal was filed on July 17 in the First Judicial District Appellate Court of Illinois. Michael Scott, James DesJardins, Mark Graham and Lorraine Pettigrew, who all(…)