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Locals protest shrinking CPS cash for arts, physical ed

Locals protest shrinking CPS cash for arts, physical ed

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nicole Losurdo, arts education coordinator of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Arts Education, discussed the CPS Arts plan and part of the physical education (PE) plan last Wednesday at the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council meeting. CPS has created plans to meet the state and city requirements(…)

Edwardo’s closed, U. of C. seeking new tenant

Edwardo’s closed, U. of C. seeking new tenant

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Edwardo’s pizzeria, 1321 E. 57th St., a longtime presence on Hyde Park’s retail strip on 57th Street, closed Sunday evening. General Manager Roman Sarias said he took a photo of the restaurant’s last pizza and customers – U. of C. alumni – to mark the occasion. “What I will miss(…)

Man reported missing by police

Man reported missing by police

A man who can often be seen on the 4700 block of South Drexel Boulevard was reported missing by the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday. Michael Cardine, 57, was last seen wearing a black skull cap. He is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a(…)

Ray local school council finally free to pick principal after delay

Ray local school council finally free to pick principal after delay

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council chose members for its principal selection committee at its April meeting. The school has been led by an interim principal for about a year after its previous principal was abruptly removed from her post. At the meeting the LSC at Ray, 5631(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released a feasibility study for a 30-day public review for proposed restorations of Jackson Park. The study is the culmination of discussions between the USACE and the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), Chicago Park District and Project 120, a non-profit developing plans(…)

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The City announced in early April that the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will install 20 miles of bike lanes through the summer, including a stretch along Stony Island Avenue between 56th and 63rd streets. The federally funded Stony Island Avenue lanes will not be barrier protected and will instead(…)

Election results for Hyde Park LSCs

Election results for Hyde Park LSCs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public elementary and high schools held elections for their local school councils (LSC) last week during report card pick-up day. Many of the schools have a majority of new representatives on their councils. The LSC is an elected group, made up of six parents, two teachers, one non-teaching staff(…)

New group of parents on local school council

New group of parents on local school council

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of parents who said they are concerned about the direction in which Ray Elementary School is going have formed a group called “Stand Up for Ray.” The group said its goal is to advocate for less testing, restore playtime and maintain a diverse student population in hopes(…)

Raoul’s pension struggle

Raoul’s pension struggle

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new bill sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) that would change how city pensions are funded now awaits Gov. Quinn’s signature, following its passage in the General Assembly last week. Senate Bill 1922 would end annually compounded benefit increases and require larger contributions from workers participating in two(…)

Suzuki seeking new location

Suzuki seeking new location

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer At the beginning of the year, Hyde Park Suzuki Institute (HPSI) founder and director Lucinda Ali-Landing received unexpected news. She was told by leaders of the Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park that she would have to move her school out of the church by August 16. Since then,(…)

Summer festival likely ending

Summer festival likely ending

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The popular summer festival that is part of the Celebrate Hyde Park series will very likely be cancelled this year, according to Wallace Goode, executive of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. At least one of the other two Celebrate Hyde Park festivals will take place this year, he said.(…)

Workshop to discuss planned $10M Jackson Park pavilion this weekend

Workshop to discuss planned $10M Jackson Park pavilion this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A workshop to discuss a planned $10 million pavilion in Jackson Park will be taking place at 2 p.m. this Saturday, at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. The event is being organized by the U. of C. Office of Civic Engagement and Project 120, a non-profit planning a(…)

UCPD review gives locals and students a chance to vent

UCPD review gives locals and students a chance to vent

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department held a public forum Wednesday as part of its bid for professional certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). More than 30 students from the university attended the event to voice their concerns that UCPD has policies and faults(…)

Kenwood student advances in CPS Citywide Science Fair

Kenwood student advances in CPS Citywide Science Fair

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School 11th graders Sebastian Augusthy and Bennett Hensey won gold medals in late March for their science projects at the Chicago Public Schools Citywide Science Fair at the Museum of Science and Industry. Out of the 315 CPS students who participated at the citywide science fair,(…)

Joy Clendenning and Juliana Stratton (left and center), both candidates for one of the parent representative seats on the Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., local school council (LSC), speak with Kenwood parent Dawn Payton as she enters the school to pick up her daughter’s report card Tuesday morning. Hyde Parkers and parents(…)

Something fishy in Hyde Park

Something fishy in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parker Neil Shubin’s work studying paleontology at the University of Chicago has taken him to places as far away as Canada’s arctic north and South Africa. However much of his PBS series “Your Inner Fish” is a Hyde Park story, he said. The three part PBS series “Your Inner(…)

CPS looking to public and aldermen for closed school site reuses

CPS looking to public and aldermen for closed school site reuses

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking help from aldermen to gather community input on what should happen to school buildings once the schools have been closed. At the March City Council meeting, aldermen were asked to host town hall meetings to get community input on how Chicago Public Schools(…)

Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School’s local school council announced that it is joining Murray Elementary, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and other schools across the nation that are seeking to put an end to high stakes testing. At its March meeting, the local school council (LSC) at Ray, 5631 S.(…)