53rd Street trolley would be popular, survey suggests

53rd Street trolley would be popular, survey suggests

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers really like the idea of a free trolley they can take through the shopping corridor along 53rd Street. A trolley would help, in theory, to alleviate traffic congestion and help move shoppers from one end of the business corridor to the other. It would be funded by the(…)

Hyde Park Art Center asks what it means to be in the middle

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit, “The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle,” opened recently at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5520 S. Cornell Ave., featuring around 20 works by 10 artists exploring the concept of the middle, as its name suggests. “This idea came about on the occasion of this year, which is(…)

U. of C. reveals trauma discussion underway

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center president Sharon O’Keefe told a state review board that it is in talks with other area medical providers about the South Side’s trauma care needs. At a Wednesday hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, O’Keefe was asked to comment on(…)

Local leaders leave Chicago for Wyoming

Hyde Park pastor Larry Turpin and education activist Julie Woestehoff have moved to Wyoming Woestehoff had been executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education since 1995. The group, which played a key role in fighting for the School Reform Act of 1998, which established local school councils, has been a fierce critic of charter(…)

U. of C. in trauma care talks with South Side providers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center president Sharon O’Keefe told a state review board that it is in talks with other area medical providers about the South Side’s trauma care needs. At a Wednesday hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, O’Keefe was asked to comment on(…)

New restaurant poised to open

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chef Matthias Merges plans to open his second Hyde Park restaurant, Yusho, on Saturday, Sept. 13. The opening of the Japanese-inspired restaurant will come on the heels of a prix fixe four-course tasting of its offerings at Merges’ other Hyde Park restaurant, A10, 1462 E. 53rd St. The menu at(…)

Larry Turpin and Julie Woestehoff leave Chicago

Hyde Park pastor Larry Turpin and education activist Julie Woestehoff have moved to Wyoming. Woestehoff had been executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education since 1995. The group has been a fierce critic of charter schools and standardized testing. Her husband, Turpin, was pastor at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd(…)

St. Thomas gives technology lab facelift

St. Thomas gives technology lab facelift

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle successfully completed its Race for Education fundraiser. Proceeds and donations from the event contributed to a complete upgrade of the school’s technology lab. The Race for Education is one of the primary fundraisers at St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., which uses money raised through(…)

Kenwood High School student played for Jackie Robinson West team

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Brandon Green is one of eight Chicago Public School students who played this season for the Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League baseball team. The team made it to the championship game of the Little League World Series, where they lost to South Korea.(…)

Hyde Park Kiwanis may call it quits

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kiwanis Club may be in the final weeks of its 88-year life as a local institution. Kiwanis treasurer Jon Will e-mailed a statement to chapter members on Aug. 18 alerting them that a Sept. 2 meeting would be convened to vote on whether to disband. Will said(…)

Kenwood students study Woodlawn neighborhood as part of U. of C. program

Kenwood Academy High School students Jessica Redmond James, Atlantis George and Banu Newell participated in the Woodlawn Urban Observatory program created by the University of Chicago’s Arts|Science Initiative, a six-week program that allowed the students to use art and scientific disciplines to determine what makes a neighborhood. “Often times visual art, science and social science(…)

Missing Person

Missing Person

August 27, 2014 By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have reported 68-year-old Victor E. Rowe missing from the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue since Monday. Rowe is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with brown eyes, white hair and light complexion. He is an African American man with the skin condition(…)

Army Corps planning fishkill

Army Corps planning fishkill

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Say goodbye to the fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. As part of a five-year federally-funded restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to kill all lagoon fish and replace them with new ones. The lagoon’s dominant species are currently carp and(…)

Ancona School selects new leader

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School has selected Ari Frede as its new head of school. Beginning in September, Frede will serve part time as head of school-elect alongside the school’s current head Bonnie Wishne. Frede, who is currently a doctoral candidate in Urban Education Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago,(…)