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Diehards fight for Canter

Diehards fight for Canter

By LINDSAY WELBERS and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Hyde Parkers aren’t through fighting to keep Canter Middle School open. The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) Schools Committee voted to explore forming a Community Action Council (CAC) at its meeting Wednesday night at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave. A CAC would consist of community(…)

Antheus to ease Harte traffic

Antheus to ease Harte traffic

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Although there are no immediate plans to move forward on the building of the Solstice on the Park condominiums, Antheus Captial plans to honor its commitment to help solve the hazardous pick-up and drop-off conditions at Bret Harte Elementary School. In 2008, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved a land(…)

SECC begins traffic study

SECC begins traffic study

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission has begun a study to determine what the developments along 53rd Street and in the neighborhood overall will do to the traffic in Hyde Park. SECC executive director Wendy Walker Williams said the study came as a result of the 53rd Street Visioning Workshops. Traffic,(…)

LA Fitness will cost customers

LA Fitness will cost customers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park patrons of the 47th Street LA Fitness can choose to transfer their memberships to the 53rd Street club when it opens, but it is likely to cost them. Ald. Will Burns (4th) spoke on behalf of the 47th Street LA Fitness at the Fourth Ward meeting on Monday(…)

Quentin Young documentary nabs funding in 11th hour

Quentin Young documentary nabs funding in 11th hour

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It came down to the wire, but the funding for a documentary on a prominent Hyde Park physician came through. The Kickstarter to fund “The Good Dr. Young,” a documentary on Quentin Young, a decades-long Hyde Parker and vocal advocate for single-payer health care, came through in its final hours(…)

No. 20 Young propels Kenwood closer to playoffs

No. 20 Young propels Kenwood closer to playoffs

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer On a cold brisk Saturday afternoon at Ekersall Stadium, high school football fans witnessed one of the greatest individual first half performances in Chicago Public League Football history. Kenwood Academy star runningback, No. 20 Derrick Young, exploded for a Public League record five touchdowns, while compiling 200 all-purpose yards in a(…)

Push to keep Canter open

Push to keep Canter open

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee is hosting a “Future of Canter Meeting.” The meeting is open to parents and community members who are interested in keeping the middle school open. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone(…)

South Side Pie Challenge redux

South Side Pie Challenge redux

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The second annual South Side Pie Challenge will take place in Hyde Park in November. The program is currently seeking contestants and volunteers. The pie challenge will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray Principal(…)

Fire breaks out behind Lake Park BP

Fire breaks out behind Lake Park BP

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A fire broke out late Tuesday afternoon behind a BP gas station, 5130 S. Lake Park Ave. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., a firetruck stood on 52nd Street while a small team of firefighters in the alleyway behind the station sprayed a wooden fence with water. “[The fire] came(…)

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

By Joseph Phillips Sports Reporter After a tough road loss to Englewood-Urban Prep last week at Gately Stadium, the Kenwood Academy Broncos would return to the field on Friday night against the DuSable Panthers with one thing on their mind: “A win,” said Broncos Head Coach Darnell Jones. “We need this one, we need this(…)

New Lab annex opens doors

New Lab annex opens doors

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The nursery through primary school students from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are settling into the newly-built Earl Shapiro Hall. The school was built from the ground up with pre-K through 2nd graders in mind. Staff and faculty at the school, which was named after 1956 Lab school(…)

U. of C. unveils incubator

U. of C. unveils incubator

By JEFFREY BISHKU AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hoping to spur entrepreneurship on campus, University of Chicago representatives unveiled plans last week for the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a startup incubator that will span the west side of the intersection of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue by late 2014. U. of C. President Robert Zimmer(…)

U. of C. startup hub coming to 53rd Street

U. of C. startup hub coming to 53rd Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The University of Chicago wants more homegrown startups. Hoping to foster cooperation between U. of C. affiliates and entrepreneurs, university representatives unveiled Friday plans for the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a startup incubator that will span the west side of the intersection of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue.(…)

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

Seminary Co-op’s Cella retires

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Master curator and bibliophile Jack Cella, general manager of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, will retire from his self-described “dream job” at the top academic bookstore Sunday, more than 40 years after he began work there as a part-time employee. “It’s been a spectacular life. I’ve gotten to know(…)

Demo to begin for City HP

Demo to begin for City HP

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The old buildings at the Village Shopping Center should be demolished in coming weeks. Peter Cassel, director of community development for Antheus Capital, told the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council on Monday, Sept. 30, that the buildings should be gone by the end of the year. Construction on the 17-story(…)

Police search for assailant

Police search for assailant

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on the 5900 block of Cornell Avenue. During the assault, which occurred on the edge of Jackson Park at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday Oct., 1, a man was walking down the street with his genitals exposed when he(…)

Suit filed over Vue53 site

Suit filed over Vue53 site

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Four Hyde Park residents announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25, that they filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago for its decision earlier this year to rezone 53rd Street’s so-called “McMobil” site. The lawsuit was filed in late August with the Circuit Court of(…)

Local child actor in Steppenwolf show

Local child actor in Steppenwolf show

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer William Burke, recent graduate of Ray Elementary School, will star in a production of “Lord of the Flies” in Steppenwolf Theater’s Young Adults 2013-2014 series. Burke, 14, will play the character Bill in the production, which tells the story of a group of English boys stranded on a deserted(…)

Car break-ins plague locals

Car break-ins plague locals

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Car break-ins in Hyde Park in September were up almost three times over the same period last year, Chicago Police said. Officer Jose Estrada, spokesman for Chicago Police News Affairs, said in 2012 Hyde Park had 13 reported car break-ins from Sept. 1 through Sept. 27. During the same time(…)

Canter principal wants to take students to D.C.

Canter principal wants to take students to D.C.

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School is seeking donations to send its final 8th grade class to Washington, D.C., in the spring. “This is our last year, so we want to go out with a bang,” said Colleen Conlan, principal at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., which Chicago Public Schools voted to(…)