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Gas leak disrupts traffic flow on Ellis

Gas leak disrupts traffic flow on Ellis

Andrew Holzman Herald Intern An email sent by the University of Chicago to its community Tuesday morning warned of a gas leak at 59th Street and Ellis Avenue. A spokesperson for the university said that a gas line had been struck during ongoing excavation in the area. After an evacuation and street closure in the(…)

Wall demo will leave vacuum

Wall demo will leave vacuum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The graffiti wall on 53rd Street has been an artistic outlet and medium for a generation of Hyde Park and South Side artists. The wall, along with the Mobil gas station and car wash, 1330 E. 53rd St., will be demolished later this summer to make way for a 13-story(…)

Herald adds blog to online offerings

Herald adds blog to online offerings

The Hyde Park Herald has once again expanded its online offerings, adding a blog to its website, HeraldBlog. The focus of HeraldBlog is to increase opportunities for interactive participation by readers, according to Herald Vice President and General Manager Susan J. Walker. “We are embracing the trend of readers becoming contributors through HeraldBlog,” Walker said.(…)

Bridgeport Coffee to open in art center

Bridgeport Coffee to open in art center

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Employees at the Bridgeport Coffee Company’s second Chicago cafe will begin training next week, in the lead up to the store’s Aug. 1 opening, according to manager Kim Hayward. Most staff have already been chosen for the shop, located in Istria Cafe’s previous space at the Hyde Park(…)

Students part of group exploring solutions to urban violence

Students part of group exploring solutions to urban violence

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Students from Kenwood Academy and Dyett high schools will join students from other nearby public schools this summer in the My Life, My Research, New Citizens program. The students will work together to devise violence prevention programs for their schools and communities. A grant given to Quad Community Development(…)

Chaka Khan to get Blackstone Ave. honor

Chaka Khan to get Blackstone Ave. honor

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chaka Khan, legendary singer-songwriter and Kenwood Academy High School alum, will visit Chicago later this month for a street naming ceremony and established day proclamation. On Saturday, July 27 at 2pm, Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st streets will be named Chaka Khan Way. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Will(…)

Wall thrives through respect

Wall thrives through respect

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The graffiti wall behind the Mobil station along 53rd Street has operated in the grey area between legal and illegal since the early ‘90s. But for the bulk of that time it has been a generally low-conflict zone where talented street artists can practice painting, memorialize a friend or make(…)

Longtime Lab educator retires

Longtime Lab educator retires

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Beatrice Harris, home economics teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Middle School, announced her retirement after 40 years as an educator. She said her goodbyes to the school during her keynote address at the middle school graduation. Harris taught home economics at the Lab School, 1362 E. 59th(…)

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When demolition begins on the Mobil station on 53rd Street later this summer — to make way for the Vue53 development — the whole site will be leveled. That includes one of the most varying and accessible artistic venues in Chicago. The long, low wall that extends from the eastern(…)

Nile moves, new deli coming to 55th St.

Nile moves, new deli coming to 55th St.

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The far end of the commercial strip located at the northwest corner of 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue will house two new restaurants by this fall. The Nile Restaurant opened its new, roughly 2,600 square foot space on June 14, while Chicago Heights-based Bergstein’s NY Deli owner Bill(…)

House returns to Hyde Park

House returns to Hyde Park

By MARIA CASTELLUCCI Herald Intern The 23rd Annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion, a daylong celebration of house music hosted by the Chosen Few DJs, will be held July 6 at Jackson Park. The huge event has performances by the Chosen Few DJs, a group of popular house music deejays who came together in the(…)

Point off limits for private event this weekend

Point off limits for private event this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Somebody’s getting hitched; just who wedding bells will be ringing for is the secret. Workers began erecting a large tent in the center of Promontory Point Monday. The tent, which is longer than a football field, will be fully cleaned up by Tuesday July 2. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said(…)

O’Gara and Wilson closing up

O’Gara and Wilson closing up

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park bookshop O’Gara and Wilson, 1448 E. 57th St., will pack up its books and leave for Indiana by August. The store, according to its website, traces its lineage back to 1882. Douglas Wilson, who shares the shop with his wife Jill, is the current owner.   Wilson attributed the move to two(…)

Budget cuts roil local schools

Budget cuts roil local schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public schools in Hyde Park held community meetings last week to discuss their sharply reduced preliminary budgets for the 2013-2014 school year. An all-schools meeting was also held by the parent group Raise Your Hand for Illinois Education. The group is demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel return tax increment(…)

Ray to get added preschool class – if enough parents apply

Ray to get added preschool class – if enough parents apply

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After a flurry of calls and letters from Ray Elementary School parents, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is adding another Pre School for All classroom next school year at Ray, which will allow more neighborhood children to attend. CPS is looking for at least 40 children to fill the classroom.(…)

Hudson Lapore remembered by family, friends, U. of C. community

Hudson Lapore remembered by family, friends, U. of C. community

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The family of Austin Hudson-Lapore, the 20-year-old University of Chicago student whose body was pulled from Lake Michigan on Wednesday, said his death was an accident but took comfort in knowing he died doing what he loved. “Austin loved watching the weather. A stormy night on the lakefront with some(…)

O’Gara and Wilson closing its doors

O’Gara and Wilson closing its doors

Longtime Hyde Park used book sellers O’Gara and Wilson is closing up shop in Hyde Park, according to a post on its Facebook page. The store, 1448 E. 57th St., will relocate to Chesterton, Ind., just beyond the Indiana border. “After decades in Hyde Park, O’Gara & Wilson is upping stakes this summer and moving(…)

Body found in Lake Michigan identified as U. of C. student

Body found in Lake Michigan identified as U. of C. student

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A body found in Lake Michigan was identified this afternoon as that of a local student reported missing last week. The medical examiner’s office said the body was missing University of Chicago student Austin Hudson-Lapore, according to the Sun-Times. U. of C. President Robert Zimmer also confirmed the identity of(…)

Tinina Burns returned to her family

Tinina Burns returned to her family

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing on May 30 had returned to her family by June 5, Police News Affairs said on Tuesday June 18. Police consider the case closed. Tinina Burns was reported missing from the 5500 block of South Everett Avenue on May 29 at 2 p.m.

Local school budgets shrunk

Local school budgets shrunk

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer With only one week to figure out how to stretch smaller budgets at schools with increasing populations, public schools in Hyde Park are hosting meetings and inviting the community to discuss and review their preliminary budgets. Since Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) announcement of school closings in May, there seems(…)