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Joe Ward

Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown Reporter

After Coronavirus Hits McCutcheon, Teachers Urge A Halt To Reopening: ‘I Don’t Feel Safe Returning To School’

Two McCutcheon staffers contracted coronavirus in the past week and eight others have been forced to quarantine. That has caused staffing shortages as some students return to classrooms.

New Podcast Details Glitzy Beginnings And Sordid History Of Edgewater Hospital: ‘These Stories Blew Our Minds’

Edgewater residents Todd Ganz and Stephani Young's podcast series charts the rise and fall of the infamous hospital, which closed in 2001 following a massive insurance fraud scandal.

COVID-19 Cluster At Uptown’s McCutcheon School Leaves 8 Staffers Quarantined, Just 1 Teacher In Building, Union Says

The Uptown elementary school is in "chaos" due to the coronavirus cases, Chicago Teachers Union officials said.

‘Save The High Ridge YMCA’: Neighbors, Aldermen Rally To Rescue Soon-To-Be-Closed Location

More than 200 community members went to a meeting to discuss the High Ridge Y's fate, but YMCA officials did not attend the event.

Teacher At Uptown’s McCutcheon School Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Forcing Principal, 4 Others Into Quarantine

School will continue as planned despite the positive cases, CPS said. But staffers say they're concerned it took days to notify others about the infection.

Rogers Park’s A Just Harvest Gets $50,000 Donation From Chicago Wolves: ‘It Really Makes A Difference’

The food insecurity and social justice nonprofit will use the funds to expand grocery delivery services and start a drop-in mental health clinic.

Edgewater Historical Society Museum Vandalized After Brick Thrown Through Window, Smashing ‘Chicago 7’ Exhibit

The museum window displayed items from its "Trial Of The Chicago 7" exhibit, but the motive of the vandalism is unclear.

In Backing CPS Reopening, Health Department Studied COVID-19 In Catholic Schools — Which Presents Problems, Critics Say

A study by the city's health department monitoring coronavirus spread in the Catholic School system shows in-person learning is relatively safe, city officials said. But some educators say the study is flawed.

With Rogers Park Art Gallery’s Closure, Glenwood Sculpture Garden In Limbo: ‘I Really Hope It’s Not Left To Decay’

The coronavirus pandemic caused the closure of the Rogers Park Art Gallery, which managed the Glenwood Sculpture Garden. No one has taken on the garden's upkeep yet.

To Protect Chicago’s Piping Plovers, Group Wants Montrose Beach Nesting Ground Added To Nature Preserve

The endangered piping plovers have chosen a sliver of Montrose Beach as their yearly nesting ground. The space should be added to the nearby dunes natural area, conservationists say.

Would New Development On Uptown’s Clark Street Help Immigrant Businesses Or ‘Upend’ Neighborhood? Residents Are Mixed

"For Sale" signs have been popping up along an Uptown retail stretch for years. A project could help turn things around, but some residents fear more building could hurt longtime business owners.

Rogers Park Refugee Nonprofit Takes Over Space In Former St. Jerome School, Doubling Ability To Tutor Kids

Madonna Mission has moved from a Sheridan Road storefront into the former St. Jerome School building.

Rogers Park’s Indie Movie Theater Turns Into Coronavirus Testing Center: ‘We Find Ourselves Called To Action’

The New 400 Theater is offering COVID-19 tests and antibody tests. They're free for people without insurance.

Mangy Coyote Pups Rescued From Rosehill Cemetery And Being Treated Thanks To Neighbors’ Calls For Help

The two coyote pups have lost most of their fur to mange but were rescued by animal control on Christmas Eve.

Chicago’s Struggling Indie Venues See ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel’ With $15 Billion Save Our Stages Bill

The relief bill is a positive sign, entertainment industry experts say, but its success will depend on how and when the money is doled out to closed venues.

Local School Councils Pushing Chicago Public Schools To Halt Reopening Efforts: ‘We Reject This Plan’

At least three local school councils have passed resolutions asking CPS to halt its school reopening plans, saying it's not safe for students, teachers and families at this stage of the pandemic.

Rogers Park’s St. Ignatius Parish To Close, But Neighbors Eye Jesuit ‘Mission Center’ For Church Campus

St. Ignatius dates back to 1907, when the Jesuit order bought the Rogers Park land that houses Loyola University.

A Christmas Tradition For Foster Teens Was Canceled By Coronavirus. Here’s How You Can Help Them

A Christmas tradition for foster teens about to age out of the system was canceled due to the pandemic. Here's how neighbors can step up.

Cedar Street Bringing 180 Apartments To Uptown Corner, Second Part Of Massive Broadway Building Project

Cedar Street received initial approval for a two-building, 180 unit development at Broadway and Winona that will complement its 342-unit complex across the street.

$250 Million Old Town Project With 450 Apartments Approved By Key City Commission

The Shops at Big Deahl project would include three residential buildings, a fitness center and a public park.

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