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Stores, parking begin to open at Harper Court

Stores, parking begin to open at Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The first retailers in Harper Court opened to the public last week. Athletic shoe retailer Villa, 5230 S. Lake Park Ave., opened over Labor Day weekend with an opening celebration last Friday. AT&T, which previously operated at 1457 E. 53rd St., relocated next to Villa and Starbucks, which formerly sat(…)

Nichols Park is once again site for Childrens Book Fair

Nichols Park is once again site for Childrens Book Fair

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer “Fracture Fables & Twisted Tales” is the theme for this year’s Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair. Free books, fun crafts and literacy awareness projects are all a part of this year’s event. The festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, in Nichols Park at(…)

Ray LSC endorses budget

Ray LSC endorses budget

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council held a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 29, to approve its revised budget for the school year. In July, the LSC at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., joined several other schools around the city in rejecting the 2013-2014 school year budget proposed(…)

No. 28 bus reprises route

No. 28 bus reprises route

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The CTA’s experimental period for the No. 28 bus route began Sunday, Aug. 25, and some Hyde Parkers are delighted. For at least 180 days from then, the bus will use its old route, traveling along Lake Park Avenue instead of turning onto Hyde Park Boulevard. Some residents, especially seniors(…)

New energy program could cost local high-rises

New energy program could cost local high-rises

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A proposed energy reporting ordinance would require many Hyde Park high-rises to make public how much energy they consume and to verify that data, which could cost in the thousands of dollars. Mayor Rahm Emanuel first introduced the ordinance in June. It will come up for a vote at the(…)

Schools face changing times

Schools face changing times

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As the new school year begins, three Hyde Park elementary schools are experiencing the effects of school actions taken by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in efforts to balance its budget. At the end of June, CPS closed about 50 elementary schools across the city in order to balance its(…)

Jazz fest collecting stories

Jazz fest collecting stories

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The 7th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival will take place on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. Featured as a part of this year’s live jazz performances will be an oral history booth. Each year local and national artists come to the festival and give live shows at venues throughout(…)