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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(…)

Ray Elementary principal reports improving scores at “State of the School” address

Ray Elementary principal reports improving scores at “State of the School” address

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School has steered clear of Level 3 low-performing status but has to continue to work on improving its scores, especially in the area of math, said Ray Principal Megan Thole Thursday evening at the “State of the School” address. In November 2013 then-interim principal Toni Hill told(…)

Jackson Park restoration likely in progress this December: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Jackson Park restoration likely in progress this December: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park could be well underway by next month. The 139-acre, five-year restoration of native habitats will kick off with invasive tree removal on the north end of the park and the replacement of fish in the Jackson Park lagoon, which is(…)

Newcomer A10 snags Hyde Park’s second-ever Bib Gourmand

Newcomer A10 snags Hyde Park’s second-ever Bib Gourmand

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A10 is Hyde Park’s latest restaurant to be recognized by Michelin. Last week A10 received a Bib Gourmand, a prestigious Michelin award separate from the tire maker’s coveted stars, which are given yearly to moderately-priced restaurants. Michelin began awarding Chicago restaurants stars and Bib Gourmands in 2011. Until this year(…)

Hyde Park Democrats breeze back into office after quiet election, minor polling glitch

Hyde Park Democrats breeze back into office after quiet election, minor polling glitch

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Election Day was largely uneventful this year in Hyde Park, although one polling place encountered a minor snag. All of Hyde Park and South Kenwood’s incumbent politicians up for re-election last week — each of them Democrats — will keep their seats. State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Christian(…)