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Changes in 2014 for local schools

Changes in 2014 for local schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte In 2014, Antheus Capital honored its commitment to help solve the hazardous pick-up and drop-off conditions at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St. In 2008, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved a land transfer agreement with Antheus that included upgrades to Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th(…)

Augustana Lutheran will not host Free School, Suzuki Institute in talks to stay

Augustana Lutheran will not host Free School, Suzuki Institute in talks to stay

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Free School will not be moving to Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park in January as planned. The church is currently in negotiations with its current resident program The Hyde Park Suzuki Institute to remain in place. The Chicago Free School, a private school where everything is(…)

SECC, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce considering summer music festival in Hyde Park

SECC, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce considering summer music festival in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Vitality Committee is exploring hosting a summer music festival. Representatives of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and South East Chicago Commission — both member organizations of the committee — have confirmed that a summer music festival is being considered. Already, some of the proceeds from the(…)

Non-profit status for Hyde Park Cats

Non-profit status for Hyde Park Cats

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Cats recently achieved a 501©3 status, making it a tax-deductible nonprofit organization. The group has placed more than 500 felines in permanent homes since its founding in 2008. It traps and gives medical care, including spaying or neutering, to feral or abandoned cats in Hyde Park. Cats that(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council officially forms

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council officially forms

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Harold Washington Park now officially has an advisory council. A group of around 10 community residents submitted the necessary paperwork to supervisor Ayanna Peters at the park advisory council’s (PAC) Dec. 1 meeting in the lobby of the Del Prado, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The PAC for the park(…)

Murray Language Academy turns 60

Murray Language Academy turns 60

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer On Sunday, Dec. 14, Murray Elementary School turned 60, according to principal Greg Mason. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., opened in 1954. The school opened partially on Dec. 8 and by Dec. 14 construction on the building was complete and the staff, faculty and students were able to utilize(…)

Vegan eatery B’Gabs Goodies opens in new Hyde Park location

Vegan eatery B’Gabs Goodies opens in new Hyde Park location

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Vegan restaurant restaurant B’Gabs Goodies opened its new location on 57th Street Thursday. B’Gabs’ new space at 1450 E. 57th St. has remained unoccupied since its previous tenant, Caffe Florian, closed in August 2010. The restaurant’s former Woodlawn location at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. closed on Oct. 18, according to owner Gabrielle Darvassy,(…)

New CPS ratings show Hyde Park schools improving

New CPS ratings show Hyde Park schools improving

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) new school quality ratings were released Wednesday. Most of the schools in Hyde Park improved in ratings. The new school quality ratings are based on data collected during the 2013-14 school year and show that 161 schools achieved the highest rating of Level 1+ and(…)

Hyde Park groups focusing on local elder care needs

Hyde Park groups focusing on local elder care needs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and The Church Home at Montgomery Place hosted two exploratory groups Wednesday to determine the needs of people in Hyde Park who are providing care to others with dementia or other chronic illnesses. When CHPV officially launched its full program in November at Augustana(…)

In victory for advocates, U. of C. trauma  center to raise age limit

In victory for advocates, U. of C. trauma center to raise age limit

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center will raise the age of patients who can be admitted to its pediatric trauma care center to include children up to 17 years old. The trauma center at Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., is the only level 1 trauma center on the(…)

Amid a Hyde Park retail boom, two local entrepreneurs head west

Amid a Hyde Park retail boom, two local entrepreneurs head west

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer One month ago, while several new pop-up shops were opening in University of Chicago storefronts along 53rd Street, two local entrepreneurs swooped into a retail space on the other end of the neighborhood. On Saturday, Nov. 8, Nancy Jackson and Gwen Pruitt, both residents of the 4800 block of South(…)

Friends of the Parks say Obama library plans endanger Washington, Jackson parks

Friends of the Parks say Obama library plans endanger Washington, Jackson parks

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jackson and Washington parks are among the ten most endangered parks in Chicago. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, Friends of the Parks (FOTP) released its Top Ten Watch List of Endangered Parks and Open Spaces, the first list of its kind for the 40-year-old advocacy group. FOTP gave Jackson Park its(…)

Chicago’s brand-new futuristic data sensors to debut in Hyde Park

Chicago’s brand-new futuristic data sensors to debut in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park will be home to some of the city’s first data sensors, as part of a partnership between Argonne National Laboratory and the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology. The University of Chicago will receive in total around a dozen of the curved, rectangular sensor nodes, which will be(…)

Free weekend trolley to give Hyde Park shoppers a lift this holiday season

Free weekend trolley to give Hyde Park shoppers a lift this holiday season

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A trolley will help shoppers traverse the neighborhood through the holiday season beginning on Black Friday. Hyde Park’s Special Service Area (SSA) is funding the pilot program. An SSA is an additional property tax an area, usually a business district, levied on itself for the purposes of promoting business. The(…)

Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer South Shore business owner Robin Boyd-Clark is touting her community involvement and entrepreneurial experience to convince 5th Ward voters she should be alderman. Boyd-Clark is one of several ward residents who has expressed interest in the office in the run up to this week’s deadline to file petitions to run(…)

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Park District will replace more than 100 dying ash trees along the Midway Plaisance with new species next spring. The city began felling 102 of the park’s ash trees last summer because of an infestation of emerald ash borer beetles, according to CPD spokesperson Jessica Maxey Faulkner. “The(…)

Hyde Park teenager missing since Halloween

Hyde Park teenager missing since Halloween

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 16-year-old Hyde Park boy has been missing since Oct. 31, according to the Chicago Police Department. Keenan Mardis, 16, of the 5400 block of South Everett Avenue, is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion. He may(…)

CHPV to hold opening gala

CHPV to hold opening gala

The Chicago Hyde Park Village opening gala will take place at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 22 at the South Side YMCA, 6330 S. Stony Island Ave. CHPV is an organization that offers help, advice and referrals to older residents in Hyde Park who want to remain in their homes as they age. Highlights of the event(…)

South Side teens boost business and art skills selling Christmas wreaths

South Side teens boost business and art skills selling Christmas wreaths

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Love Unity and Values (LUV) Institute has expanded its entrepreneurial program to include at-risk boys and girls from across the Mid-South Side. This year the LUV Institute is employing 14 boys and girls from Englewood, Woodlawn, Washington Park, Bronzeville, Hyde Park and Oakwood. They will work part-time paid jobs(…)