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Novelty pizza shop closes

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Homemade Pizza closed its doors suddenly at all of its locations on May 30, including its Hyde Park store at 1546 E. 55th St. The closing was one of more than 20 for Chicago-based Homemade Pizza, which began selling customers pre-made pies to cook at home in 1997. Though the(…)

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(…)

Quilters to learn from Africa

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Lakeside Quilting Guild is hosting a lecture and trunk show titled “Safari Through African Folklore Embroidery” next week at Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St. Fiber artist Catherine Redford will be a guest speaker at the event, which will include embroidered samples and interactive discussion on South(…)

Ray slow to pick principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) voted to postpone its selection of a new principal at its special meeting Wednesday night. The parents as well as the governing body was fractured in its response to the candidates chosen by the LSC’s Principal Screening Committee. After a closed(…)

Obama Library at Reese site?

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The former Michael Reese Hospital site is among the contenders as a location for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. The Michael Reese site has 37 acres of wide-open land on the city’s lakefront. It has been vacant since the hospital closed in 2008. In 2008, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley borrowed(…)

Study says library will bring revenue into city

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago commissioned a study that determined a Barack Obama Presidential Library on the South Side would be an economic boon to the city. The report was done by Anderson Economic Group and completed last month. It studied the economic activity as a result of the coveted library’s(…)

Trauma center push runs all week

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma care advocates last week held a week-long series of informational sessions, protests, sit-ins and marches to demand a Level 1 adult trauma care center on the South Side. The week of protests brought greater attention to the demand for a Level 1 trauma care center, to treat victims of(…)

Ray principal finalists don’t include Interim Principal Toni Hill

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents and community members were disheartened to see that Ray Elementary School interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill was not one of the final candidates at the principal screening forum Tuesday evening. The lack of diversity among the panel of candidates was also a concern. The local school council (LCS)(…)