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Local schools gird for changes

Local schools gird for changes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Changes are underway for Ray, Bret Harte and Shoesmith elementary schools as they prepare for the phase out of Canter Middle School. Earlier in this school year, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., was on its school closing list for underutilization. After(…)

Board votes to delay Canter closure

Board votes to delay Canter closure

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of keeping Canter Middle School open for another year to allow the school’s current 7th grade class to graduate. At its meeting on Wednesday, parents, teachers, students and education advocacy groups from across the city spoke out in(…)

Williams seeks SSA cash from TIF

Williams seeks SSA cash from TIF

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Community members and businesspeople convened at the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Advisory Council meeting Monday, May 13, to discuss and detail the changing face of Hyde Park. Highlights of the meeting, held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., included a proposed neighborhood special service area(…)

Becker-Friedman work to begin

Becker-Friedman work to begin

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Work is expected to begin in June on the future Becker-Friedman Institute’s research pavilion and turning the stretch of 58th Street from University Avenue to Woodlawn Avenue into a pedestrian plaza. Phase 2 of construction on the former Chicago Theological Seminary, 5757 S. University, will begin in mid-June said Alicia(…)

Ancona gala huge success

Ancona gala huge success

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School raised more than $200,000 at its 50th Anniversary Gala earlier this month. The funding will be used to provide scholarships and update technology and playground equipment at the school. The event, which was held at the Chicago Marriott on May 4, had an unprecedented number of(…)

Plan commission endorses Vue53

Plan commission endorses Vue53

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Plan Commission passed the plan to build the 13-story Vue53 at the McMobil site on Thursday. The only vote against the plan was from George Migala, who questioned why the height for the building was necessary. “Why so high?” Migala asked. Mesa Development attorney Graham Grady said that(…)

HPAC exhibit features Canter students’ art

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Canter Middle School–led art exhibit will be on display at the Hyde Park Arts Center (HPAC) this month. The exhibit will also be an opportunity for farewell, closure, and reflection to the students and their families should Chicago Public Schools (CPS) vote to close the school, said an(…)

TIF council hears McMobil plans

TIF council hears McMobil plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Board subcommittee on planning and development meeting moved from Kenwood Academy’s little theater into the large auditorium to accommodate the crowd at Tuesday’s discussion of the proposed high rise development at the McMobil site. Roughly 150 Hyde Parkers discussed changes to the planned development, now(…)

Judge backs CPS decision to close Canter

Judge backs CPS decision to close Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released the verdicts of independent judges that were commissioned to reside over the district’s final school closing hearings. Several of the reports, which were released last week, made cases for why some schools shouldn’t be closed — but the closing of Canter was not contested.(…)

Experts weigh in on McMobil zoning requirements

Experts weigh in on McMobil zoning requirements

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers were given a crash course in zoning last week, the evening prior to a committee of the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council’s discussion on the proposed 13-story mixed use building on 53rd Street. Mesa Development has requested a zoning change and submitted a planned development proposal for the(…)

U. of C. students, HP Village collaborate on program

U. of C. students, HP Village collaborate on program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village, in partnership with a new University of Chicago student group, will launch a drop-in pilot program for seniors living in Hyde Park. Mather Lifeways, an Evanston, Ill.–based senior advocacy organization has given the group a grant to start up the program. The drop-in pilot(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance gears up for celebration

Hyde Park School of Dance gears up for celebration

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is preparing for its 20th anniversary with “En Avant,” a celebration featuring a variety of dance performances this June. In anticipation of the event, HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye reflects over the past 20 years and looks forward to many more. “En(…)

Fifth Ward chooses menu projects

Fifth Ward chooses menu projects

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Approximately 100 Fifth Ward residents chose to spend Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) menu money on a community garden and improved street lighting. Kim Webb, Hairston’s chief of staff, said an urban garden at 2301 E. 71st St., received the most votes, 78. The garden would be a self-sustaining place for(…)

Ancona’s Zeus Preckwinkle to retire

Ancona’s Zeus Preckwinkle to retire

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Zeus Preckwinkle, 7th and 8th grade math and science teacher at the Ancona School, will retire at the end of the school year. “I bumped into one of my former students I taught when I worked at Harvard [Elementary School], who is now 47,” Preckwinkle said. “After I talked(…)

Kenwood students headed to Brazil

Kenwood students headed to Brazil

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School students Shana Littleton and Sydnie Chassagne were awarded BP Scholarships and will spend the 2013-2014 school year as intercultural exchange students studying in Brazil through the AFS-USA Intercultural Program. Chassagne, a junior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., said she found the BP Scholarship in(…)

Herald revamps archives service

Herald revamps archives service

The Hyde Park Herald archives receives a dramatic facelift beginning this week, with a new set of tools for searching past issues in the Historical Archive and a Text Only Collection of recent issues of the Herald going back to 2010. The new digital collections are as complete a set of the 131-year-old community newspaper(…)