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Darrow Bridge deserves restoration

To the Editor: The Jackson Park Advisory Council salutes the federal government for providing tens of millions of dollars to construct three pedestrian bridges over South Lake Shore Drive between 35th and 43rd streets (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 14, 2014). Convenient access to Lake Michigan for residents of South Kenwood, Oakwood and the slightly more distant(…)

Hyde Park trolley gains momentum

Hyde Park trolley gains momentum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The final results from a survey gauging Hyde Park’s support for a trolley on 53rd Street said it would be popular in the neighborhood. The trolley would be funded by the 53rd Street Special Service Area, an additional property tax levied to buildings in a corridor primarily along 53rd Street(…)

Ray’s new principal takes cues from teachers in her vision for the school

Ray’s new principal takes cues from teachers in her vision for the school

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Megan Thole, the new principal of Ray Elementary School, spoke about her vision for the school at Tuesday night’s local school council (LSC) meeting. Thole began by telling the parents and community members of Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., a little about her personal background. The Logan Square resident(…)

Senior services program weeks away from launch

Senior services program weeks away from launch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sammie Dortch is the inaugural executive director of the developing Chicago Hyde Park Village. The senior services program is hosting a launch party next month to celebrate its official opening. Dortch is a gerontologist, who recently retired after 17 years as the chair of an interdisciplinary Harold Washington College(…)

A year of culmination and new beginnings at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club’s board of directors held its annual meeting Thursday night, Sept. 18. Leadership changes, program growth, space usage, building upgrades and the club’s 105th anniversary gala were topics of discussion during the meeting. Past director Jennifer Bosch received praise from the board for her work(…)

No trauma care, but trauma counsel support from U. of C. Medical Center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer While the South Side still does not have an adult trauma care center, the University of Chicago Medical Center is helping to provide counseling for survivors of violence. UCMC, Northwestern Medicine and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago will work with Bright Star Church, 735 E. 44th St., to combat(…)

Police issue area burglary warning

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department issued a warning Wednesday about a string of burglaries in Hyde Park. In August and September the burglars entered through the rear of the buildings during the day. Burglaries were reported on the 5200 block of South Ingleside Avenue on the morning of Aug. 25, the 900(…)

Tech repair shop opens on 55th Street

The Tech Box, a computer, tablet and phone repair store, recently opened in Hyde Park. Owner Nick Xu said he chose the name because his services are not limited to computers. They provide both walk-in diagnostic and repair and regular on-site services. The Tech Box, 1623 E. 55th St., will serve both small businesses and(…)