News In Brief

Police release warning on robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago oolice issued a community alert about an increase in strong-arm robberies in the area of 51st to 55th streets between south Ellis and Blackstone avenues in December. The offenders approach victims during school dismissal time and announce a robbery, CPD said. The offenders then take the victims’ property. The(…)

Murray wins food drive

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For the third time in four years, Murray Elementary School has won The Chicago Bulls’ Holiday Food Drive. Each year, the Chicago Bulls partner with Midway Moving and Storage and Vienna Beef to collect non-perishable food items for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Holiday Food Drive. This year Murray,(…)

Ald.’s aid steals mink

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer An assistant to Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston was arrested after allegedly stealing a mink coat belonging to a prominent South Side resident earlier this month. Chicago Police Department said Lynette Hill, 54, of the 2500 block of East 72nd Street, was charged with one felony count of theft of(…)

Changing of guard on Seminary Co-op board

Two members stepped down and another two joined the Seminary Co-op Bookstore’s board of directors at its Dec. 9 shareholders meeting. Chair Bill Gerstein and member Levi Stahl, publicity manager for the University of Chicago Press, both left the board. University of Chicago economist Austin Goolsbee and Joyce Feuer, owner of Joyce’s Event and Party(…)

ITwirl Dance Program to hold recital

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Students attending the Hyde Park-based ITwirl Dance Programs will perform a holiday dance recital at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. ITwirl, founded in 2012, is a dance school for children ages 2-and-a-half and up and adults. It is based at(…)

Nichols Park Advisory Council to examine garden remodel

The next Nichols Park Advisory Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Nichols Park field house, 1355 E. 53rd St. The agenda includes plans for remodeling the Learning Garden, located south of the park across from St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. For more information, call(…)

Argonne director will be next U. of C. provost

Argonne National Laboratory Director Eric D. Isaacs will succeed outgoing University of Chicago Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum, the school announced last Thursday. Last October, Rosenbaum was appointed President of the California Institute of Technology, a position he will assume next July.

Wright B&B forum

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference will host an informational meeting next week on the proposal to renovate two Frank Lloyd Wright houses into a bed-and-breakfast. HP-K CC has officially taken no position on the proposal but will host a panel of experts on architecture, Kenwood, zoning and licensing, and the current state of the homes.(…)

TIF meeting cancelled

This month’s 53rd Street TIF advisory council meeting has been cancelled, according to the South East Chicago Commission (SECC). For more information and updates, call the SECC at 773-324-6926 or visit secc-chicago.org.

One really bad day: Gets shot, goes to prison

A Hyde Park man was charged with a felony after he was injured in a physical confrontation on the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue last month. Roy Malava, 55, of the 5300 block of South Cornell Avenue, was charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Police arrived(…)

Former Ramada soon to be La Quinta Inn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, formerly the Ramada, has been sold to La Quinta Inn recently. Earl Adams, director of sales and marketing, for the hotel at 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr., announced the sale on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The hotel will remain open during renovation, which will include updating(…)

Vietnamese eats coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A new Vietnamese restaurant will be opening on 55th Street early next year. Entrepreneur Vince Srisak expects to open Pho 55 in mid-January. The casual dining restaurant is now under construction at 1611 E. 55th St., directly to the east of Thai 55 Restaurant, which Srisak also owns.(…)

Herald, LaRabida seek donors

The Hyde Park Herald is partnering with LaRabida Children’s Hospital this holiday season to provide for the needy children and families who benefit from the hospital’s award-winning facility. While generous donors help out during the holidays with toys and winter wear, the hardships for many of the families that visit LaRabida during difficult times go(…)

ACA questions answered

An Affordable Care Act sign-up help session will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. A GetCovered Illinois representative will be at the library tomorrow and next Thursday to help people sign up for health coverage. The event is being sponsored by(…)

Experimental Station takes on Concealed Carry

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Experimental Station is accepting proposals for responses to Illinois’ new Firearm Concealed Carry Act, which will legalize guns in public spaces next January. Proposals may be for drawings, websites, paintings architecture, sculpture, performance and conceptual works. The call for proposals, due Dec. 6, will be followed by a(…)

Herald, LaRabida gift drive

The Hyde Park Herald is partnering with LaRabida Children’s Hospital this holiday season to provide for the needy children and families who benefit from the hospital’s award-winning facility. While generous donors help out during the holidays with toys and winter wear, the hardships for many of the families that visit LaRabida during difficult times go(…)

TLC wins award

The TLC Management Company won six awards in the 21st Annual Chicagoland Apartment Marketing and Management Excellence (CAMME) Awards. The CAMME Awards are given annually to honor multi-family housing companies and professionals that have demonstrated excellence in the previous year. Plaisance Apartments Maintenance Professional, Luis Alvarado, The Flamingo’s Assistant to the Property Manager, Ryan Bilby and(…)

Council to fight for Canter

The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) Schools Committee is hosting a Community Action Council planning meeting Wednesday, Dec. 4. The committee is inviting all parents, school administrators, and community and business members to attend the meeting, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone(…)

New group to be formed for Cornell Park

Fifth Ward Ald. Leslie Hairston is accepting volunteers for the first formal Cornell Park Advisory Council. Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave., has never had an official advisory council. It hopes to be ready in time for spring planting. Youth volunteers are strongly encouraged, as well as anybody interested in gardening or installing playground equipment.(…)

Burns eyes businesses

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Ald. Will Burns (4th) introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would require publicly traded companies seeking city favors to disclose how much they pay in state income taxes. Thirteen aldermen, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), have co-sponsored the Chicago Corporate Reponsibility and Tax Disclosure Act. The legislation would apply(…)