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Reavis joins new schools network

Reavis joins new schools network

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Reavis Elementary School is a part of a newly established network of schools whose administrators and teachers will receive hands-on professional development as a part of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) “reinvestment schools” program. Reavis, 834 E. 50th St., is no longer a part of the Burnham Network School Area(…)

DARE residence to hold flea market

DARE residence to hold flea market

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor A fundraiser flea market will take place in the parking lot of the Disabled Adults Residential Enterprises, 1616 E. 55th St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The first-ever sale will feature vendors at tables and racks selling a wide variety of wares including(…)

Renaming for Brazier raises questions about expense, choice

Renaming for Brazier raises questions about expense, choice

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to rename Stony Island Avenue after a prominent South Side pastor does not sit well with Hyde Park residents on that street. Emanuel last week proposed renaming Stony Island Avenue from 56th Street to 130th Street after Dr. Arthur M. Brazier, a civic leader and prominent(…)

Music venue for 53rd Street

Music venue for 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park should have a new music venue and restaurant by the end of this year. The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., will begin serving “hearth-based” food when it opens its doors to patrons and musicians in late 2013, owner Bruce Finkelman said at a Fifth Ward meeting hosted at(…)

Deco building may gain car wash

Deco building may gain car wash

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The owners of a parking garage will request a zoning change to allow it to provide car-washing services on its lower level. The owners of the Deco Arts building, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave., will submit a request to rezone the property from B3-5 to C2-5 which attorney Sara K.(…)

Timuel Black goes to D.C.

Timuel Black goes to D.C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Venerated historian, teacher and civil rights activist Timuel Black was honored in Washington, D.C., on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Black, 94, traveled to the nation’s capital to receive the honor last month. Martin Luther King Jr. asked Black to organize locally to bring Chicagoans to the(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Clothing store coming to Hyde Park

Clothing store coming to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Shoppers in Hyde Park will soon be able to buy belts, shoes and socks right on 53rd Street. Sir & Madam, a Ukrainian Village-based boutique and the latest pop up shop on 53rd Street, plans to open its doors in October. The shop will operate at 1504 E. 53rd St.,(…)

U. of C. denies plans for site

U. of C. denies plans for site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago says it has no plans for the Schuster Building after renovation is completed. Almost all of the businesses inside the Schuster Building, which until recently housed Kimonti Salon, Lake Beauty Supply and Hyde Park Cigars, have either closed shop or moved within the neighborhood after their(…)

Chicago center struggling

Chicago center struggling

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago has been at the center of a national debate about gun violence for months. The city’s regular appearances for its violence in the national media has earned Chicago a reputation that is harming the Chicago Center, a Hyde Park-based urban studies program. The Chicago Center for Urban Life and(…)

Work study

Work study

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute’s exhibit “Our Work: Modern Jobs — Ancient Origins” opened on Aug. 20 and will run through Feb. 23. The exhibit explores the correlation of the modern workplace to its ancient origins. Highlights of the exhibit at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 5th St., include portraits feature(…)

HP Gyros out, new business a mystery

HP Gyros out, new business a mystery

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park Gyros, 1368 E. 53rd St., has closed permanently. The restaurant’s lease expired, and Mac Properties spokesman Peter Cassel is remaining mum regarding the tenant that will replace it. Cassel claimed the owner of the store, and not Mac, was responsible for the failure to renew the lease. A sign(…)

K.A.M. leadership transition

K.A.M. leadership transition

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel has been shuffling its leaders around in recent months. Rabbi Frederick Reeves came to K.A.M. II in July from The Temple in Atlanta, Ga., where he served as Associate Rabbi for eight years. His move came on the heels of Robert Nevel assuming leadership of the board(…)