Talking SSA: Member of SSA committee details advantages

Talking SSA: Member of SSA committee details advantages

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The advisory board for the proposed 53rd Street Special Services Area met on Thursday, Feb. 21 to discuss potential boundaries for the area, and spending priorities should the levy be approved. “We didn’t come to any conclusions or any decisions,” said Wendy Walker Williams, executive director of the South East(…)

Kozminski celebrating successes

Kozminski celebrating successes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Family and community members were invited to Kozminski Elementary School, where several students were given medals for their work at an honor roll ceremony last week. The ceremony was the realization of the goals of the school’s principal, Myron Hester, who a year ago endeavored to transform Kozminski into(…)

Trauma protests gaining steam

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Students and other South Siders marched Saturday from 60th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue to University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer’s home on campus to demand expanded access to trauma care in Hyde Park. The march took place on the day the university opened operations at its $700 million hospital(…)

Local teachers receive highest honors

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park teachers were among 49 across the city to receive National Board Certification through the the Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) Nurturing Teacher Leadership (NTL) professional development and candidate support program. Cherianne Barry, Amy Hiller and Nicole Ludwig from Ariel Elementary School, 1119 E. 46th St.; Megan Grib and(…)

Space leased, U. of C. scrambles to honor terms

Space leased, U. of C. scrambles to honor terms

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A precinct that was voted dry in the 1990s has created a snag for an upscale Japanese restaurant intending to open up in Hyde Park. Former Charlie Trotter’s chef Matthias Merges wasn’t aware that the sale of liquor was prohibited when he announced plans to bring a second branch of(…)

Harper leased — with no locals

Harper leased — with no locals

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court’s retail element is almost entirely rented out, nearly 100 percent full including the space at the building being constructed, as well as in the associated projects at the former Borders building and the Harper Theater. The retail presence at the new Harper Court will be almost entirely one(…)

New group to advocate for public schools in Hyde Park

New group to advocate for public schools in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents, community members, teachers and administrators from schools in Hyde Park gathered together at Kozminski Elementary School Saturday to discuss how they keep their neighborhood schools open. Representatives from schools in Hyde Park, including Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St.; Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St.;(…)

Ray off of CPS closure list

Ray off of CPS closure list

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released a list of 129 schools last week that are being considered for closure. Ray Elementary School was removed after showing up on an initial list, but the fate of three other Hyde Park schools is still hanging in the balance. Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark(…)