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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(…)

Police issue warnings about Hyde Park robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have both issued warnings about armed robberies in Hyde Park. Chicago Police News Affairs declined to say if the two agencies are investigating connected robberies, but did say they are working in conjunction. UCPD issued a security(…)

All Hyde Park incumbents victorious in midterm elections

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All of Hyde Park and South Kenwood’s incumbent politicians up for re-election yesterday – each of them Democrats – will keep their seats. State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Christian Mitchell (D-26), as well as U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1) and Robin Kelly (D-2) all won in a landslide.(…)

Representative Christian Mitchell stumps for education funding reform

Representative Christian Mitchell stumps for education funding reform

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) spoke with community members in Hyde Park and Bronzeville in the past couple of weeks about Senate Bill 16 (S.B. 16), The School Funding Reform Act of 2014. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, S.B. 16 proposes that the state do away(…)

Fire at 47th Street Metra stalls morning travelers

Fire at 47th Street Metra stalls morning travelers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A fire at the 47th Street Metra station briefly halted trains and is still under investigation by the Chicago Fire Department. A fire was reported at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday after a train operator saw smoke. Chicago Fire Department responded immediately, said Meg Reile, Metra spokesperson. One train, bound for downtown(…)

Neighborhood pushes for UCPD changes

Neighborhood pushes for UCPD changes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) authorized a Hyde Park journalist to form an ad hoc committee to take a critical look at the University of Chicago Police Department and recommend ways it can better police the community. UCPD came under fire by members of the community for practices that many called(…)

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Dozens of protesters marched Wednesday night to call on the University of Chicago to open a trauma center, yards away from its kick-off gala for the public phase of its $4.5 billion fundraising drive, Inquiry and Impact. Several organizations were represented at the march, including grassroots activist group Southsiders Together(…)

Ancona School planning $2 million “outdoor learning space” for 2015

Ancona School planning $2 million “outdoor learning space” for 2015

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School unveiled its plans for an Outdoor Learning Space (OLS) at a special “Tent Event” on Oct. 19. Parents, alumni and friends of the school were invited to learn more about the school’s initiative and the importance of learning through play. “Ancona is a progressive school so(…)