Cleanslate, the stewards of 53rd Street, returning to Hyde Park this spring

Cleanslate, the stewards of 53rd Street, returning to Hyde Park this spring

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Cleanslate, the street beautification company that removed litter and snow from 53rd Street until funding dried up in 2011, will return this spring. The 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing District employed Cleanslate to remove litter, clean sidewalks and remove snow from the district from 2009 through 2011. The district’s relationship(…)

Locals protest shrinking CPS cash for arts, physical ed

Locals protest shrinking CPS cash for arts, physical ed

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nicole Losurdo, arts education coordinator of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Arts Education, discussed the CPS Arts plan and part of the physical education (PE) plan last Wednesday at the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council meeting. CPS has created plans to meet the state and city requirements(…)

Longtime political figure Lou Silverman dies; services announced

Influential Hyde Park political strategist and builder of real estate apartments Louis Silverman passed away Monday, April 21 at the age of 83. A New York City native, Silverman came to Hyde Park first as a U. of C. student and became a political organizer with the Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI). It was his(…)

Edwardo’s closed, U. of C. seeking new tenant

Edwardo’s closed, U. of C. seeking new tenant

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Edwardo’s pizzeria, 1321 E. 57th St., a longtime presence on Hyde Park’s retail strip on 57th Street, closed Sunday evening. General Manager Roman Sarias said he took a photo of the restaurant’s last pizza and customers – U. of C. alumni – to mark the occasion. “What I will miss(…)

Community improv show holding auditions this week

A new comedy improv show sponsored by the Hyde Park Community Players will be holding auditions this week. Auditions for “Drones, Clones and Phones: I Know What You Did Last Summer,” will take place at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, and from 10(…)

Murray Elementary winning CPS Battle of the Books

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School’s 4th through 8th grade students won their divisional matches in the CPS Battle of the Books competition. The 4th to 6th team earned enough points to advance to the Battle of the Books City Championship, where they will compete against the other top 14 schools across(…)

Kenwood Academy students heading to Springfield for statewide history competition

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Several Kenwood Academy High School students are headed to Springfield to compete in the statewide history fair competition. On April 5, 7th and 8th grade students from Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., competed in the Chicago Metro Junior History Fair at DePaul University. Seventh graders Keith Calloway, who presented(…)

Kenwood’s college On-Track system lauded

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Derrius Quarles known nationally as “The Million Dollar Scholar” and a multitude of seniors who’ve received Millennium Gates Scholarships over the past five years always attribute a large part of their success to the counselors from Kenwood Academy High School’s Freshman On-Track Program. According to a new study released(…)