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Halloween Purge teens need guidance and positive outlets

To the Editor:  On Halloween night, I noticed a large group of teens in the McDonald’s parking lot on 53rd. I asked them one by one why they were out so late and their ages. After talking with them, I realized that we must do more to engage our youth in the Hyde Park community(…)

Kathryn Ann (Kay) Clement, 88

Kathryn Ann (Kay) Clement, 88

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Hyde Park resident and longtime activist Kathryn Ann (Kay) Clement, passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. She was 88 years old. A Hyde Park resident for 67 years, Clement, affectionately known as Kay to family and friends was a staunch advocate(…)

Review: A Marvelous and Moving “Don Quichotte”

Review: A Marvelous and Moving “Don Quichotte”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What: “Don Quichotte” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through Dec. 7 Tickets: Lyricopera.org For the first time in nearly a quarter century, Lyric Opera of Chicago has brought “Don Quichotte” to the Civic Opera House. This new-to-Chicago production, which premiered at the San Diego Opera, is(…)

Ald. Sophia King reflects on half a year in office

Ald. Sophia King reflects on half a year in office

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since taking office about seven months ago, Ald. Sophia King (4th) is heading into the Feb. 28 special election with her accomplishments in tow in hopes of proving to 4th Ward constituents that she is the best person for the job. King said the main thing she has done since(…)

HP  mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

HP  mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Dr. Hema Pokharna has been teaching Nonviolent Communication for 21 years on Monday nights at Regents Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. She teaches the practices of Marshall Rosenberg, who created Nonviolent Communication teachings in the 1960s. The practice of Nonviolent Communication can help foster a peaceful response rather than(…)

First annual Chicago Podcast Festival launched in HP

First annual Chicago Podcast Festival launched in HP

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The first annual podcast festival in the City of Chicago was held Thursday night, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19 at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. A podcast is a digital media file that is made available to stream on the Internet. Listeners are then able to download(…)

“Shared Eye” latest exhibit at Renaissance Society

“Shared Eye” latest exhibit at Renaissance Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The latest exhibition at the Renaissance Society, 5811 S. University Ave., explores imagery and ambiguity through mixed-media pieces. At first glance, the work of “Shared Eye” may seem like a collage of unintentional objects, but New York-based artist, Sadie Benning, had a specific idea for the composition of each and(…)

CPS to reinstate Safe Passage program at Shoesmith

CPS to reinstate Safe Passage program at Shoesmith

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The lack of Safe Passage workers at Shoesmith Elementary School was part of the discussion during its local school council (LSC) meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16. According to school officials, Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., has not had Safe Passage workers for the school for about a year and a half.(…)

Christmas around the world exhibit opens at MSI

Christmas around the world exhibit opens at MSI

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry kicked off the holidays by opening its Christmas Around the World and the Holidays of Light exhibit, Thursday, Nov. 17. The exhibit showcases more than 50 decorated trees surrounded by a 45-foot-tall “Grand Tree” wrapped in 30,000 twinkling lights. Today, the Grand Tree was(…)

The Nutcracker returns as Hyde Park holiday tradition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Holiday traditions can be baking homemade cookies with the family, caroling from door to door or having a holiday movie marathon with hot cocoa. For Hyde Park, the holiday tradition that has remained throughout the years is the Hyde Park School of Dance’s (HPSD) annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” The(…)

U. of C. student groups stage protest for DACA protection

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Students from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) staged a protest on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against President-elect Donald Trump and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Included in the protest were students from campus organizations: UChicago Student Action (UCSA), the Organization of Black Students (OBS), Phoenix Survivors Alliance, and el(…)

St. Thomas raises funds for technology in the school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Throughout this month, St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., has been raising money to incorporate technology into students’ curriculum through the “Reach for the STArs” fundraising campaign. Tim Gallo, principal at St. Thomas, said that 75 students in grades 6th through 8th received Google Chromebooks from successful(…)