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Bikes beat cars at Medici

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It’s about to get much easier to ride your bike to Medici on 57th — and the surrounding business corridor — but it will also get slightly more difficult to drive there. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have plans to install 25 bike parking corrals(…)

Celebrate Hyde Park returns July 20 and 21

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers are getting ready to participate in the fourth annual Celebrate Hyde Park, the neighborhood’s biggest street festival. The annual street fest will take place on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. This year’s street fest will feature The Family Stone and Funkadesi as headliners. The Family Stone(…)

Summertime is bell time

By Maria Castellucci Herald Intern “The Bells of Summer,” a weekly musical event this summer and part of the 48th Annual Rockefeller Carillon Festival, features one performance each Sunday for 10 weeks by internationally known carillonneurs at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The first event was a Sunday, June 23 performance by(…)

Longtime educator retires from position as Ray librarian

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Leslie Travis, the librarian at Ray Elementary School, announced her retirement after 35 years as an educator. She said her teaching career was atypical, which was very exciting for her. Travis has been the librarian at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., for 21 years. She began her career as(…)

MSI uses lot work to go green

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Construction on the Museum of Science and Industry’s southwest parking lot began on Monday, July 8. The lot, which is where many school buses drop children off for museum visits, will receive upgrades that will improve safety and sustainability. The Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Park District and(…)

Burglars strike homes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park homeowners have been the victims of burglaries in recent weeks. In the handful of reported burglaries, the home was broken into during the day, when people are less likely to be home, and items removed. Two burglaries occurred on June 27, during daytime hours, on the 5200 block(…)

Local student wins in competition

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nicole Frank, a 10-year-old violinist who recently completed the fourth grade at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, was the First Place Winner in violin at this past weekend’s 43rd Annual Granquist Music Competition. Tenacious study, determination and the right-fit of Frank’s instrument all played a part in her(…)

Annual parade returns for its 21st year

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern Since a community retreat examining crime, parking and business on 53rd street in March of 1992 inspired the idea, the Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Fourth on 53rd, has become a Hyde Park annual tradition. Ringing in its 21st year, the parade has been attended by the community’s diverse(…)