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Young singers command the stage at Lyric Opera’s Rising Stars concert

Young singers command the stage at Lyric Opera’s Rising Stars concert

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is a training program for young, emerging opera singers which offers instruction and performance opportunities for talented singers. The Rising Stars concert is an annual event that turns the main stage at the Civic Opera House over(…)

Dorothy Naomi Eldridge Green passed away on March 14. She was 89. 

Dorothy Naomi Eldridge Green passed away on March 14. She was 89. 

Hyde Park resident Dorothy Naomi Eldridge Green was born on July 31, 1926 in Chicago to Johnella and Charles Henry Eldridge. The second child to her older sister, Harriet Elizabeth Eldridge. Eldridge Green attended John Farren Elementary School, DuSable High School and graduated with a degree in teaching and liberty science at Pestalozzi-Frobel Teacher’s College.(…)

Ray, Murray, Ancona, U. of C. Charter in school news

Ray, Murray, Ancona, U. of C. Charter in school news

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local teachers recognized Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., Principal Megan Thole and Ray teacher Andrea McGehee were recognized as part of the 2016 class of the National Board Certified Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers. Thole and McGehee were part of a group of teachers that engaged in over(…)

Time for clean elections across Chicago

To the Editor: Voter disenfranchisement is real in this country, as we saw in Arizona’s March 22nd presidential primary election, where tens of thousands of voters — particularly in non-white and working class communities — were denied the right to cast ballots that counted. We’ve seen this dynamic grow since 2013, when the Supreme Court(…)

HP Transitional Housing Project hosts Taste of Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP) will host its 11th annual “Taste of Hyde Park” fundraising event, Saturday, April 2, at St. Paul and the Redeemer Church, 4945 S. Dorchester. The event will feature an eclectic assortment of food from various neighborhood restaurants as well as an auction and(…)

First Thursdays discounts HP businesses to offer deals and activities on first Thursdays

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Thursday nights are about to be the popular night out in Hyde Park through the new First Thursday events. Beginning April 7, every first Thursday of the month will mean special discounts, deals and activities at neighborhood businesses. Over 40 restaurants and stores are participating on the kick-off event on(…)

New Hyde Park-based choir for seniors formed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new choir is in town geared at senior singers that are looking to spark back some creativity through song. The national chorale organization, Encore, is dedicated to providing adults ages 55 and older with professionally conducted chorale programs. Encore is bringing two opportunities to get involved Illinois with new(…)

Anti-violence group hosts Sunday meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The anti-violence organizations Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) and Hyde Park-Kenwood Residents for a Safer Chicago are holding an organizational meeting this Sunday, April 3, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and(…)

CPS announces childcare sites for April 1 walkout

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today that it has designated over 250 sites, including over 100 of its schools, as places for students to be safe, fed and engaged during the April 1 teachers’ one-day walkout lead by Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU). Local sites include the Nichols Park Fieldhouse, 1355(…)

Hyde Park author discusses South Side book

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Natalie Moore will stop by the International House (I-House) on Thursday, March 31 to discuss her new book, “THE SOUTH SIDE: A portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Moore will be in conversation with author Rick Perlstein at the I-House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., beginning(…)

U. of C. Law School focuses on Flint

By SAM RAPPAPORT Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) attorneys Evan Feinauer, Sarah Tallman and Anjali Waikar will discuss the litigation efforts they’ve launched on behalf of Flint, Mich. residents,Tuesday, March 29, at the University of Chicago’s Law School, 1111 E. 60th St. During the discussion, the lawyers will focus on the legal efforts of the(…)

UCPD implements body-worn cameras

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will begin using body-worn cameras this April, according to a March 23 statement from the university. During the initial stages of the program, approximately 20 patrol officers will be outfitted with the cameras. However, the university said that by the outset of the(…)

Hyde Park activities for Easter Sunday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents can celebrate Easter Sunday, March 27, with two special events in the neighborhood. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., will have its annual Easter Day service starting at 11 a.m. The adult and children’s choir will sing during the service. After the service, children are invited(…)

April 1 Day of Action approved by CTU

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted in favor of a daylong walkout for April 1st. CTU voted 486 to 124 to authorize the Day of Action at a union meeting March 23. The Day of Action was organized in response to Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) plans to cut teachers’ pay(…)

DuSable Museum partners with the Smithsonian

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., announced, March, 23, that it is beginning a collaborative partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The museum’s recently granted “Smithsonian Affiliation” will allow DuSable to borrow Smithsonian artifacts and access traveling exhibits. The partnership will also provide(…)

Jamie Kalven awarded Ridenhour Courage Prize

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park-based journalist Jamie Kalven is the 2016 recipient of The Ridenhour Courage Prize, an award given out by the Nation Institute and Fertel Foundation that recognizes an individual’s “courageous and life-long defense of the public interest and passionate commitment to social justice.” Kalven, the founder and executive director of(…)