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New librarian at Ray aims for lively environment

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Linda Collins is the new librarian at Ray Elementary School. She succeeds Leslie Travis, who retired on June 30 having served at the school for 21 years. Collins has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Purdue University; a master’s degree in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction from National(…)

University demolishes Woodlawn building

University demolishes Woodlawn building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer An aging apartment building owned by the University of Chicago was demolished recently and the site will be turned into green space. The 27-unit, three-story walkup apartment building, at 6005-6011 S. Woodlawn Ave., was demolished because “maintaining the quality of life for residents there would have required a multi-million-dollar overhaul(…)

Jazz topic of discussion at HPHS

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park Jazz Society board members Judith Stein and Almarie Wagner will present a talk entitled “Jazz in Hyde Park” at 7 p.m. today, at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. The duo will share newspaper articles from years past about jazz in the(…)

Children’s Book Fair hosts Read for the Record

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Jumpstart Children First organization will be at the Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair on Sept. 22 to introduce the community to its Read for the Record Program. The Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair will take place from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, in Nichols Park at(…)

Sign Language

Sign Language

Sign Language for Beginners. 10-10:40 a.m., every Friday, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, early childhood room, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org. Pre-registration recommended. Sign Language. 10:45-11:15 a.m., every Friday, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, early childhood room, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org. Pre-registration required.

Painting and Play Doh.

Painting and Play Doh.

Painting and Play Doh. 10 a.m.-noon, every Monday, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, art room, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org, $9 drop-in, $45 10-day pass, $65 monthly pass. Children paint and play with Play Doh. Runs through Aug. 18.

Musical Story Time with Ms. Rachel

Musical Story Time with Ms. Rachel

Musical Story Time with Ms. Rachel. 10-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m., every Tuesday, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, early childhood room, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org.

Timuel Black goes to D.C.

Timuel Black goes to D.C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Venerated historian, teacher and civil rights activist Timuel Black was honored in Washington, D.C., on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Black, 94, traveled to the nation’s capital to receive the honor last month. Martin Luther King Jr. asked Black to organize locally to bring Chicagoans to the(…)