Local schools on closure list

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After reviewing the recommendations of the Chicago Public School’s Commission on School Utilization, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced that high schools and Level-1 high-performing schools will not be considered for the school-closing list CPS is required to release by March 31. This announcement does not affect several Hyde(…)

Regents gym to allow public

Regents gym to allow public

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Regents Park Apartments has requested a zoning change that would bring the building in line with modern zoning requirements and pave the way to admitting the public to the property’s gym and added building amenities. “We’ve been working. We had a community meeting in October and have got a whole(…)

Istria closes its doors

Istria closes its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Istria Café, located inside of the Hyde Park Art Center, closed its doors on Sunday, Jan. 20. The café shut its doors at 5030 S. Cornell Ave. with little advance notice, said HPAC executive director Kate Lorenz. Istria owners could not be reached at this time. “Their management made that(…)

Ray kids continue healthy course

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School has been chosen to take part in a healthy eating pilot project for Chicago Public Schools Nutrition and Support Services and the Office of Student Health and Wellness. CPS is also looking for parents who want to be a part of its Parent Food Advisory Group.(…)

Magill retires

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer University of Chicago Laboratory School Director David Magill announced that he plans to retire in June 2014. The university has appointed a task force to find his replacement. Magill, who has been the director of the schools for about 11 years, said he is announcing his retirement early so the(…)

Dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building

Dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building

A dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building, the Center for Care and Discovery, was held Monday. Dignitaries, including many from Hyde Park, attended the discussion of the economic impact of the new facility. State Rep. Barbara Flynn-Currie (D-25) attended, and state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) along with Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th)(…)

Ray biking

Ray biking

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School was awarded two pedal-powered bicycles from Climate Cycle’s 2012 Green Schools Grant. The electricity generated from the bikes will be used to power items used in several of the school’s extracurricular programs. Climate Cycle, a Chicago-based non-profit founded to build youth awareness about global warming, provides(…)

Neighborhood club growing

Neighborhood club growing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is continuing to add new programs that supplement its After School Learning Lab program. “We offer continuity across childhood offerings that work for each age,” said Sarah Diwan, director of Early Childhood Programs at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. High School Programs The HPNC(…)