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UCPD protesters challenge U. of C.-backed findings

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago released the final report following the investigation after a trauma care protest in January resulted in four arrests and another in February where a police officer went undercover posing as a protestor. Patricia Brown Holmes at Schiff Hardin LLP was contracted as an independent body to(…)

New police commander talks tough

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department 2nd District Commander Fred Waller was transferred last month to the Gresham neighborhood’s 6th District, where he serves as commander. The 2nd District’s new commander, Terence Williams, told neighborhood residents on Monday night at Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) ward meeting that he takes a zero-tolerance approach to(…)

Canter grieves loss of teacher

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park community is mourning the death of Canter Middle School teacher Paul Goldsmith who died due to complications from a heart attack on Thursday, May 16. Goldsmith, a long time Chicago Public School (CPS) math teacher, had been working at Canter for the past four years until(…)

Spurlock gains real estate partner

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer As of last week, Hyde Park realtor Jeanne Spurlock has partnered with Tom Bretz of Century 21 Affiliated. The office, located at 5508 S. Lake Park Ave., will be known as Century 21 Affiliated Jeannie Spurlock Group, Bretz said. Bretz said very little will change, as far as customers and(…)

Village launches drop-in program

Village launches drop-in program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village, in partnership with a new University of Chicago student group, will launch a drop-in pilot program for seniors living in Hyde Park. Mather Lifeways, an Evanston–based senior advocacy organization, has given the group a grant to start up the program. The drop-in pilot will(…)

Fair Trader closes its doors

Fair Trader closes its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Fair Trader closed up shop last weekend. “We’re closing because we don’t have enough business to stay open. That’ll do the trick,” co-owner Cindy Pardo said. “Between the economy and the high cost of rent and I’m not sure what else we just are not able to keep the(…)

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park popcorn vendor Gloria Henderson’s lease on a retail space under the Metra Electric line officially expired Tuesday, April 30. The closing of Glorious Confectionary Le Noir, located at 1551 E. 51st St., followed a strained relationship between Henderson and her landlord, Metra, from whom she began(…)

Art fair bouncing back this year

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The annual 57th Street Art fair will take place the first weekend in June. The number of artists participating in the event is expected to increase this year, according to a committee member. Irene Patner, who has been a member of the 57th Street Art Fair Committee for about(…)