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‘Water’ the topic of discussion at I-House science lecture

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Dr. Seth Darling, Argonne National Laboratory scientist and University of Chicago (U. of C.) Institute for Molecular Engineering Fellow, will discuss solutions to the world’s growing demand for fresh water, Wednesday, May 18, at International House, 1414 E. 59th St. The talk, titled “Argonne OutLoud: The End of Water as(…)

Non-profit finds jobs for Hyde Park residents

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A non-profit that connects job seekers with employers has been steadily putting unemployed Hyde Park residents back to work. According to Marie Lynch, the President and CEO of Skills For Chicagoland’s Future (SCF), in 2015 the organization helped 36 people from Hyde Park and Woodlawn find employment with over 20 companies,(…)

Fifth Third Bank robbed again

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Fifth Third Bank, 1420 E. 53rd St., was the victim to another robbery on Friday, May 13. This is the second robbery to hit the bank since March of this year. At approximately 1:08 p.m., a Black male, 5’9” tall, wearing a dark hat and sweatshirt, entered the bank, showed(…)

Organizations gather at Harper Theater to combat gun violence

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Catalyst for Change Chicago is hosting an event to spark conversation about the city’s gun violence epidemic and how citizens can get involved in efforts to end it, Thursday, May 19, at Harper Theater. According to data from the Chicago Tribune, there have been 1,242 shooting victims from Jan. 1(…)

Migratory Bird Day in Jackson Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff WRiter Millions of migratory birds pass through Chicago every year. The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) is celebrating their journey, tomorrow, May 14, with a morning full of activities. From 8 a.m. – noon, in Jackson Park’s Bobolink Meadow (southeast of the Museum of Science and Industry), community members will be(…)

Memorial Service for Dr. Quentin Young

Memorial Service for Dr. Quentin Young

A memorial service for Dr. Quentin Young will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at KAM Isaiah Israel, 5039 S. Greenwood Ave. Young, a Hyde Park native who served the community through his health practice and activism, died Monday, March 7 at the age of 92. He was well known(…)

St. Thomas the Apostle open house and lecture

St. Thomas the Apostle open house and lecture

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Every year, The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust hosts an Architectural Housewalk in Oak Park and River Forest. This year, the tour will expand its reach into Hyde Park with a special program at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. On May 22, the church will open its(…)

Quilting in remembrance at HPAC

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is hosting a special quilting and peace circle to honor those that have been affected by Chicago violence. “Gone But Not Forgotten” is a community quilting project aimed at documenting the names and lives of those killed by the Chicago Police Department. According to(…)

Body pulled from Lake Michigan identified as missing med student Ambrose Monye

Body pulled from Lake Michigan identified as missing med student Ambrose Monye

–Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Cook County Medical Examiner has confirmed that the body pulled from Lake Michigan near Promontory Point, on Sunday, May 8, is that of the missing Hyde Park medical student Ambrose Monye, who was last seen April 22. “Monye was found in the water(…)

Mentor group at Kenwood teaches college preparedness

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A group of high school students meet at Kenwood Academy High School every other Wednesday to get some hands-on mentoring for college preparedness. Lamont Robinson is a mentor through the Kappa League Institute of Chicago Mentoring. He works with 80 male students, about 15 of those students live in Kenwood.(…)

Former Philadelphia Mayor talks cities and presidential candidates at Quad Club

Former Philadelphia Mayor talks cities and presidential candidates at Quad Club

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter spoke at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., on Tuesday, May 11, about the integral role that U.S. Presidents play in the welfare and development of major American cities. Nutter, who currently works as a professor at Columbia(…)

Homeownership program hosts resource fair this weekend

The Renew Woodlawn Homeownership Program, which provides incentives for anyone interested in purchasing a home in the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn, will host a homeowners resource fair at its Hyde Park-based resource center this weekend. The fair will begin with a symbolic ribbon cutting that celebrates the first home closing under the program at 10(…)

Review: “The King and I”

Review: “The King and I”

RECOMMENDED Where: Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through May 22 Tickets: $29-$199 Phone: 312-827-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I expected the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” to be the best I’d ever seen. It wasn’t. While the fourth installment of the Lyric’s American(…)

Review: “Hazel, A Musical Maid in America”

Review: “Hazel, A Musical Maid in America”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through May 29 Tickets: $45-$60 Phone: 630-530-0111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Everybody loves somebody with a can-do spirit. And that’s exactly the image Klea Blackhurst projects as the title character in the world premiere of “Hazel, A Musical Maid in America” at(…)

Review: Teenage cellist offers mature  concert  performance

Review: Teenage cellist offers mature concert performance

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lucie Ticho is a talented cellist from the Chicago suburbs about to embark on the next big step in her career. In the fall she will begin a joint program at Columbia and Juilliard and this summer she will travel to Europe with the National Youth Orchestra of the(…)

Ruth Rose Block Michael, 103

Ruth Rose Block Michael, 103

Ruth Rose Block Michael passed away peacefully, Feb. 17, after a short illness. Block Michael, was born on Aug. 5, 1912 in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada to Violet Wendelboe and Louis Block. Her father owned a piano store and delivered pianos by horse drawn wagon. When the family moved to Hyde Park in the 1920s,(…)

“Strength and Struggle”

“Strength and Struggle”

Chabad center hosts “Strength and Struggle” courses The Rohr Chabad Jewish Center, 5700 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting a six-part course titled “Strength and Struggle.” The course features  Lessons in character from prophets. The courses begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 17. The first course is free.

William Grimshaw,77

William Grimshaw,77

William “Bill” J. Grimshaw, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, after a long illness. For many years the 77 year old was known as an expert on Chicago politics. Grimshaw was born on May 18, 1938, to Elmer J. Grimshaw, a factory worker, and Violet Teppo Grimshaw, who was born in America to Finnish immigrants.(…)

Jackson Park Five Classic Run gets groovy

Jackson Park Five Classic Run gets groovy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), Tri-Master-Youth Division and the SECC are partnering to host a 1960s and 1970s-themed running event on May 14. Costumes are encouraged. The event, titled the Jackson Park Five Classic Run, kicks-off at 7:30 a.m. and includes three different running courses. Participants will choose between a 5(…)

61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer   The 61st Street Farmers Market returns outdoors Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., marking the beginning of warmer weather and weekly markets. The 61st Street Farmers Market is located between Drochester and Blackstone avenues and features dozens of local farms, bakeries and other organic and fresh vendors. The(…)