Changes in 2014 for local schools

Changes in 2014 for local schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte In 2014, Antheus Capital honored its commitment to help solve the hazardous pick-up and drop-off conditions at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St. In 2008, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved a land transfer agreement with Antheus that included upgrades to Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th(…)

Services today for Helen Lewis Bidwell

Services for Helen Lewis Bidwell will be held in Bond Chapel this afternoon. Helen died on Dec. 9, 2014, in Chicago. She was 79. Helen was born in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24, 1935, the second daughter of Thomas Deane Lewis and Ann Elizabeth Claxton Lewis. The family lived in Bethesda, Md. Helen attended the College(…)

Augustana Lutheran will not host Free School, Suzuki Institute in talks to stay

Augustana Lutheran will not host Free School, Suzuki Institute in talks to stay

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Free School will not be moving to Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park in January as planned. The church is currently in negotiations with its current resident program The Hyde Park Suzuki Institute to remain in place. The Chicago Free School, a private school where everything is(…)

SECC, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce considering summer music festival in Hyde Park

SECC, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce considering summer music festival in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Vitality Committee is exploring hosting a summer music festival. Representatives of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and South East Chicago Commission — both member organizations of the committee — have confirmed that a summer music festival is being considered. Already, some of the proceeds from the(…)

Up to 15 additional acres of parkland planned for Kenwood lakeshore

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District is considering adding 10 to 15 acres of parkland to the area along the lakeshore path. The CPD and Chicago Department of Transportation are seeking public input regarding needed revetments along the Morgan Shoal area, from 45th Street to 51st Street. A revetment proposal, discussed at(…)

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti talks Hyde Park politics

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bob Fioretti is staking political positions to the left of Mayor Rahm Emanuel — including on Hyde Park issues — as the 2nd Ward alderman’s campaign to unseat him heats up. Fioretti, a supporter of Bronzeville activist Jay Travis, during her primary bid against state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) last(…)

Hyde Parker Kurt Summers takes on new role as Chicago treasurer, prepares for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago’s new treasurer is a Hyde Parker with a campaign based in the neighborhood. Goldman Sachs veteran and Harvard Business School graduate Kurt Summers, 35, was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last October just two days after Stephanie Neely announced her resignation. Three weeks after being approved by City Council,(…)

List of 2015 municipal candidates won’t be final until January: Chicago Board of Elections

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The ballot for candidates running in next year’s municipal elections won’t be final until next month, according to Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen. Although the Chicago Board of Elections lists Dec. 18 as the date by which candidates need to be certified for next year’s ballot, Allen said(…)

Non-profit status for Hyde Park Cats

Non-profit status for Hyde Park Cats

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Cats recently achieved a 501©3 status, making it a tax-deductible nonprofit organization. The group has placed more than 500 felines in permanent homes since its founding in 2008. It traps and gives medical care, including spaying or neutering, to feral or abandoned cats in Hyde Park. Cats that(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council officially forms

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council officially forms

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Harold Washington Park now officially has an advisory council. A group of around 10 community residents submitted the necessary paperwork to supervisor Ayanna Peters at the park advisory council’s (PAC) Dec. 1 meeting in the lobby of the Del Prado, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The PAC for the park(…)

Murray Language Academy turns 60

Murray Language Academy turns 60

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer On Sunday, Dec. 14, Murray Elementary School turned 60, according to principal Greg Mason. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., opened in 1954. The school opened partially on Dec. 8 and by Dec. 14 construction on the building was complete and the staff, faculty and students were able to utilize(…)

Kenwood Academy teacher gains National Board Certification

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School teacher Stavroula Sparagis is one of 85 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher that received national board certification in 2014. National board-certified teachers endure a rigorous certification process to obtain certification and become lead educators in the industry and their schools. Sparagis is an English teacher(…)

MLK Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend returns to K.A.M. Isaiah Israel

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will host its sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18. This year’s theme focuses on climate change and civil rights, two topics that K.A.M. president Robert Nevel sees as fundamentally linked. “One of the things Dr. King(…)

Vegan eatery B’Gabs Goodies opens in new Hyde Park location

Vegan eatery B’Gabs Goodies opens in new Hyde Park location

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Vegan restaurant restaurant B’Gabs Goodies opened its new location on 57th Street Thursday. B’Gabs’ new space at 1450 E. 57th St. has remained unoccupied since its previous tenant, Caffe Florian, closed in August 2010. The restaurant’s former Woodlawn location at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. closed on Oct. 18, according to owner Gabrielle Darvassy,(…)

New CPS ratings show Hyde Park schools improving

New CPS ratings show Hyde Park schools improving

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) new school quality ratings were released Wednesday. Most of the schools in Hyde Park improved in ratings. The new school quality ratings are based on data collected during the 2013-14 school year and show that 161 schools achieved the highest rating of Level 1+ and(…)

Hyde Park groups focusing on local elder care needs

Hyde Park groups focusing on local elder care needs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and The Church Home at Montgomery Place hosted two exploratory groups Wednesday to determine the needs of people in Hyde Park who are providing care to others with dementia or other chronic illnesses. When CHPV officially launched its full program in November at Augustana(…)

Hyde Park youth advocate Bryan Samuels recognized

Bryan Samuels, director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, was recognized by the Bright Promises Foundation for his work to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. The Bright Promises Foundation, which is a 140-year-old organization that invests in organizations that are doing trailblazing work for children, awarded Hyde Park resident Samuels with the(…)

First Unitarian Church hosting holiday sale this weekend

The final Green Holidayze sale of the year at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be held this weekend. The annual sale, now in its third year, includes donated items from the neighborhood and the congregation. Organizer Cindy Pardo said this year’s sale includes a great array of new and gently used items,(…)

Kenwood Academy, U. of C. Lab and Bret Harte in school news

Community talks on Academic Center move to begin at next Community Action Council meeting at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The first of a series of community discussions about Kenwood’s 7th and 8th grade Academic Center moving to the 4959 S. Blackstone Ave. building that once housed Canter Middle School will take(…)