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Director seeks ’63 strike participants

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor As the 50th anniversary of the 200,000-strong Oct. 22, 1963 boycott against Chicago Public Schools overcrowding and then-superintendent Benjamin WIllis approaches, Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn is directing a documentary on the event, and he is looking for Hyde Parkers who were involved in the historic school strike.(…)

Kenwood music department holds spring festival

The music department at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is holding its spring arts band festival. The festival takes place at the school at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31. Tickets for the event are $10.

Police warning follows area robberies

The Chicago Police Department has issued an alert regarding robberies in Hyde Park. In the reported incidents, one at 9 p.m. on May 12 on the 1600 block of East 55th Street and another at 6 a.m. on May 16 on the 5300 Block of South Kimbark Avenue, the “offenders approached victims and took property(…)

Canter grieves loss of teacher

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park community is mourning the death of Canter Middle School teacher Paul Goldsmith who died due to complications from a heart attack on Thursday, May 16. Goldsmith, a long time Chicago Public School (CPS) math teacher, had been working at Canter for the past four years until(…)

New police commander talks tough

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department 2nd District Commander Fred Waller was transferred last month to the Gresham neighborhood’s 6th District, where he serves as commander. The 2nd District’s new commander, Terence Williams, told neighborhood residents on Monday night at Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) ward meeting that he takes a zero-tolerance approach to(…)

SSA detailed: Proposal may increase taxes by 40 percent

SSA detailed: Proposal may increase taxes by 40 percent

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The proposed 53rd Street special service area would largely overlap with the tax increment financing district, but if approved would have a huge affect on tax bills for those businesses and residences. An SSA would initially add .65 percent to the tax base from which the property’s tax bill is(…)

Canter gains one year phase out

Canter gains one year phase out

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of keeping Canter Middle School open for another year to allow the school’s current 7th grade class to graduate. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced in March that several schools across the city would be closed(…)

Local schools gird for changes

Local schools gird for changes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Changes are underway for Ray, Bret Harte and Shoesmith elementary schools as they prepare for the phase out of Canter Middle School. Earlier in this school year, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., was on its school closing list for underutilization. After(…)