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A self-described enchantress and explorer, Paige Gray continually seeks out new learning and creative experiences. She currently is an English PhD student specializing in children's literature at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, though she hails from the Midwest. After receiving her English BA at Indiana University, she moved to (and fell in love with) Chicago and earned her journalism master's before heading out to the Southwest for print media work in the mountains of Colorado and in Taos, New Mexico, where she was the special sections editor at the award-winning The Taos News. Amid a variety of interests and ambitions, Paige tries to dedicate her life to continual discover and wonder.

Disney school stirs imagination and intrigue

Disney school stirs imagination and intrigue Submitted  on Wed, 01/02/2008 – 17:59. Faculty and parents of a high-performing elementary school in Uptown believe imagination and innovation create successful students, and schools plans to continue with creative programs. At a recent Local School Council (LSC) meeting for Walt Disney Magnet School , 4140 N. Marine Drive, […]

Uptown community group celebrates immigration services

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Submitted on Thu, 12/27/2007 – 15:36. An Uptown organization has been assisting newly arrived Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants for nearly three decades. With butterflies on the program as a symbol of metamorphosis, the Chinese Mutual Aid Association recently celebrated its ongoing efforts and successes. Called “Celebrating Community Building,” the Nov. 14 event, held at […]

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Northwest Chicagoans urge Congress to stay out of Iran

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Submitted on Thu, 12/20/2007 – 17:13. About 20 residents from Chicago’s North Side protested at the office of U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Chicago) last week, urging the congressman to denounce any threat of war with Iran. The event was organized by members of MoveOn.org, a non-profit political advocacy organization. The group delivered a petition with […]

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Uptown school earns national recognition

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Submitted on Thu, 10/25/2007 – 14:30. A blue ribbon school in Uptown recently marked a red letter day. Horace Greeley Elementary School was one of only 12 schools in Illinois to earn top honors from the U.S. Department of Education for high achievement. At a school assembly earlier this month, Greeley students and staff learned […]

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Some transient hotel guests unwelcome in Uptown

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Submitted on Wed, 10/17/2007 – 12:23. Some guests of a transient hotel are not making themselves welcome in Uptown. Community members have complained about vagrancy and gang activity near the 140-unit building that has some longer-term residents as well. At a recent Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy meeting, Sgt. Edward O’Reilly reported complaints of vagrancy and […]

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Wilson Yard’s facelift under way

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Submitted on Mon, 10/15/2007 – 12:34. Despite a forced relocation for his Uptown Tattoo Factory last year, Paul Collurafici holds no grudges. Nor is he concerned about the near decade wait on the Wilson Yard redevelopment, scheduled to be completed in fall 2009. Wilson Yard, between the 4400 and 4600 block of North Broadway St., […]

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Compassion in the courtroom and community

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Submitted on Thu, 10/11/2007 – 12:27. The petite Shelley Sutker-Dermer whisks around her kitchen preparing an almost unimaginable feast for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The menu includes six briskets, sweet and sour meatballs, a vegetable soufflé and tzimmes, a traditional Jewish dish of carrots, sweet potatoes, honey and prunes. Sutker-Dermer cherishes these moments […]

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