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New chapter for Ancona’s Wishne

New chapter for Ancona’s Wishne

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer In the midst of the Ancona School’s 50th-year celebration, school head Bonnie Wishne announced her retirement so that she can help plan for the school’s next 50 years. After 35 years at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Wishne announced that she will retire in 2015. Wishne made the announcement(…)

Parents protest cuts at club

Parents protest cuts at club

By DASCHEL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents whose children attend The Children’s House of Miss Tammie (CHOMT), a Montessori School located inside the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) have started a letter writing campaign to keep the school from being moved out of the building. The school’s director was aware that her stay(…)

Liquor permit for 53rd Street spot back to square one

Liquor permit for 53rd Street spot back to square one

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s attempt to allow liquor sales on a portion of 53rd Street has failed. The petition filed with the Chicago City Clerk’s office by the U. of C. to overturn the prohibition on the sale of liquor in a portion of Hyde Park was denied. The city(…)

Canter is in CPS crosshairs

Canter is in CPS crosshairs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School is one of the 54 schools on Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) closing list. Parents and community members said they are reaching out to elected officials to try to keep the school open. Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced on Thursday that several schools across the(…)

Shoreland close to opening doors

Shoreland close to opening doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Shoreland Hotel should have renters by August and construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Peter Cassel, spokesman for Antheus Capital, said the gut rehab of the historic former hotel is about two-thirds complete. Once the $50 million renovation is finished, the Shoreland, 5454(…)

Locals pan high-rise

Locals pan high-rise

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers gathered to debate the merits and faults of the proposed 13-story apartment and retail building expected to be constructed on 53rd Street. Nearly 100 people came to Augustana Lutheran Church on Monday, March 18, many to voice concern that the building is too tall and out of proportion(…)

Hyde Park opens doors to zine scene

Hyde Park opens doors to zine scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor “Agency.” “Imperfections.” “Glue sticks.” “Honoring creative and intellectual autonomy.” These are just a few of the ways visitors at this year’s Chicago Zine Fest described “zines,” or self-published magazines, to Sarah Wenzel, bibliographer for literatures of Europe and the Americas at Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. Wenzel(…)

MSI animals exhibit launched

MSI animals exhibit launched

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Squids use jet propulsion to move at high speeds. Sheep can only move their tails horizontally, but goats have an extra bone that allows them to move their tails vertically. Ninety-seven percent of the animals in the world are invertebrates. Those are all facts visitors learn before even getting to(…)

University seeks to reverse alcohol ban

University seeks to reverse alcohol ban

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The precinct where upscale Japanese restaurant Yusho intends to open this summer hasn’t allowed for the sale of alcohol in over 20 years, but that may change by the end of the week. University of Chicago spokesman Calmetta Coleman said 57 signatures were collected on a petition to reverse a(…)

Music teachers add church venue

Music teachers add church venue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP) is organizing the three-part MTHP Artist Series concerts at The United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E 53rd St., slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. this Monday, March 18. The performances will be MTHP’s first in the building, and will benefit both(…)

U. of C. police under scrutiny

U. of C. police under scrutiny

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department will be subject to increased scrutiny after its interactions with protesters in recent months have upset students and community members. The University of Chicago will review the policies and practices that led to the allegedly violent arrests of four protestors outside of the Center(…)

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Patricia Breckenridge plans to run against Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis in the upcoming CTU election in May. Breckenridge said displaced teachers were not represented well during last year’s contract negotiations. “During the strike we weren’t allowed to bargain for the recall of teachers,” said(…)

Schools group vents concerns

Schools group vents concerns

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of parents and community members attended the neighborhood’s second Hyde Park Community Area Residents Empowering Schools (HPCARES) meeting to discuss ways that they could work together to advocate for their schools. HPCARES is a member group of the social justice group Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation(…)

Hyde Park votes

Hyde Park votes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer South Hyde Parkers had the opportunity to cast their ballots on Tuesday Feb., 26 in the primary for the House seat formerly occupied by Jesse Jackson Jr. Robin Kelly, former Illinois state representative and Chief Administrative Officer under Toni Preckwinkle, sailed to reelection Tuesday receiving 79 percent of Hyde Parkers’(…)

Ancona explores diversity for 50th

Ancona explores diversity for 50th

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School continued with its 50 year anniversary celebration last Saturday by hosting a symposium to discuss how the school has created and cultivated a diverse school environment for the past 50 years. The event, titled “50 Years of Diversity: Teaching and Learning at the Ancona School,” took(…)