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Ald.’s aid steals mink

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer An assistant to Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston was arrested after allegedly stealing a mink coat belonging to a prominent South Side resident earlier this month. Chicago Police Department said Lynette Hill, 54, of the 2500 block of East 72nd Street, was charged with one felony count of theft of(…)

Murray wins food drive

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For the third time in four years, Murray Elementary School has won The Chicago Bulls’ Holiday Food Drive. Each year, the Chicago Bulls partner with Midway Moving and Storage and Vienna Beef to collect non-perishable food items for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Holiday Food Drive. This year Murray,(…)

Police release warning on robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago oolice issued a community alert about an increase in strong-arm robberies in the area of 51st to 55th streets between south Ellis and Blackstone avenues in December. The offenders approach victims during school dismissal time and announce a robbery, CPD said. The offenders then take the victims’ property. The(…)

Changing of guard on Seminary Co-op board

Two members stepped down and another two joined the Seminary Co-op Bookstore’s board of directors at its Dec. 9 shareholders meeting. Chair Bill Gerstein and member Levi Stahl, publicity manager for the University of Chicago Press, both left the board. University of Chicago economist Austin Goolsbee and Joyce Feuer, owner of Joyce’s Event and Party(…)

New restaurant to open for wings

New restaurant to open for wings

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new fast-food restaurant will be opening soon in the space formerly occupied by Hyde Park Gyros, 1368 E 53rd St. Owner Mo Al-Matarneh is aiming to open his new restaurant, Wingers, by Dec. 28. The veteran entrepreneur also founded the Loop’s Oasis Cafe with owner Suleiman Ahmed in 1998.(…)

HP Village making strides

HP Village making strides

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village hosted an invitation-only “High Tea” fundraiser last month to raise money to help expense its pending senior center. The fundraiser also served as the launch of its membership campaign. On Nov. 20, selected guests were invited to the home of Janice and Richardson Spofford.(…)

Smart state of mind

Smart state of mind

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Smart Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit of mid-century Californian conceptual art through mid-January. The show, entitled “State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970,” features more than 150 works by 60 artists in media including photography, video and installation. The Hyde Park showing is “State of Mind’s”(…)

Time to represent schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has released its annual announcement inviting parents, teachers and community members to consider running for a spot on the local school council (LSC). The school district is also looking for election judges. The deadline to file candidate nomination forms for the 2014 LSC Election is(…)