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Larry Turpin and Julie Woestehoff leave Chicago

Hyde Park pastor Larry Turpin and education activist Julie Woestehoff have moved to Wyoming. Woestehoff had been executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education since 1995. The group has been a fierce critic of charter schools and standardized testing. Her husband, Turpin, was pastor at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd(…)

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Kenwood High School Academic Center will move into the recently vacant Canter building in the 2015-2016 school year, according to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Burns released a statement Tuesday afternoon stating that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Barbara Byrd Bennett met with Kenwood(…)

Pop-up boutique Sir and Madame to leave Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sir and Madame, 1420 E. 53rd St., will close this Sunday to make way for a new pop-up. The Ukranian Village-based retailer’s Hyde Park pop-up was slated to close in March, according to co-owner and neighborhood resident Autumn Merritt. Instead, it stayed open for nine months before announcing its closure(…)

Summer sidewalk sale makes an encore

Summer sidewalk sale makes an encore

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Encore Resale Clothing, 1553 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host its first summer sidewalk sale of the year this Friday and Saturday, with hopes of chipping away at the store’s debt. The store, founded in Dec. 2010, held its first series of summer sidewalk sales last summer. Store Manager Rebekah(…)

Ray LSC, deadlocked, fails to pick principal

Ray LSC, deadlocked, fails to pick principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary Local School Council did not choose a new principal Thursday at its final meeting of the school year. The group is leaving the process up to the incoming members of the council, said LSC chairman Gordon Mayer. The meeting, which took place in the lunchroom at(…)

Edwardo’s closed, U. of C. seeking new tenant

Edwardo’s closed, U. of C. seeking new tenant

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Edwardo’s pizzeria, 1321 E. 57th St., a longtime presence on Hyde Park’s retail strip on 57th Street, closed Sunday evening. General Manager Roman Sarias said he took a photo of the restaurant’s last pizza and customers – U. of C. alumni – to mark the occasion. “What I will miss(…)

Community improv show holding auditions this week

A new comedy improv show sponsored by the Hyde Park Community Players will be holding auditions this week. Auditions for “Drones, Clones and Phones: I Know What You Did Last Summer,” will take place at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, and from 10(…)

Ad hoc committee to discuss 5th Ward menu money this Monday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer An ad-hoc committee of Hyde Parkers will discuss how to spend 5th Ward menu money at a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at Augustana Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Ald. Leslie Hairston announced in an April 2 newsletter that this year’s funds would be directed mostly toward lighting(…)