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Little Black Pearl expanding scope of youth served

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Little Black Pearl was recently approved by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to offer alternative education to post secondary students through its new alternative school program. In the 2013-2014 school year Options Laboratory Alternative High School, the school that is currently in place at Little Black Pearl, 1060 E. 47th(…)

SECC reflects on ’12

SECC reflects on ’12

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission had a productive year, said Executive Director Wendy Walker Williams. The SECC in the previous year focused on the Violent Crime Prevention Initiative. The VPCI used grant funding to create a safety task force to work with the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, or CAPS program.(…)

Columnist visits Hyde Park

Columnist visits Hyde Park

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg, author of the 2012 book, “You Were Never in Chicago” gave a talk to a small audience in the basement of Blackstone Library, 4949 S. Lake Park Ave., last Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m., as part of the Friends of Blackstone Branch(…)

Ray chasing top tier status

Ray chasing top tier status

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School “State of the School” address took place last Thursday. The school’s ranking, budget and extra-curricular programs were top discussion points during the meeting. The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) longer school day mandate, readjustment of the school year due to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike(…)

Revels take on 1893

Revels take on 1893

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor The longstanding Quadrangle Club Revels return this year Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., at 8 p.m. with “The Impossible City,” a comedic play recognizing the legacy of Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition. The group first performed at the Quadrangle(…)

CPS’s new track

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer All schools in Hyde Park and citywide will be on the same calendar track in the 2013-2014 school year. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved the one-track school system at its January board meeting. All schools were on a Track R regular school calendar where school started in August and(…)

Local service connects neighbors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park’s neighbors are about to get a little friendlier. Good Neighbors, a popular Google Group that started for the residents of a few blocks around 55th Street and Kimbark Avenue in 2006, has been opened to all residents of Hyde Park. “It was supposed to be a neighborhood thing,”(…)

McMobil back

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Advisory Council is expected to hear from the University of Chicago and developers about the future of the McMobil site on 53rd Street. The McMobil site, a parcel of land consisting of a vacant lot and a Mobil gas station and car(…)

Parents supportive but worn by strike

Parents supportive but worn by strike

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS StaffWriter Parents spoke out last week about the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) strike. They are in support of teacher’s rights but want children off the street and back in school. Falandra Amick, who has two children at Reavis Elementary School, 834 E. 50th St., said she supported the teachers strike but(…)

Teachers bring strike to the streets

Teachers bring strike to the streets

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers continued to strike last week, targeting specific places of conflict in Hyde Park as the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the CPS school board continued contract negotiations. Teachers, who wore their signature red shirts and carried large picket signs, marched and protested Tuesday at(…)

UCMC demonstrators protest treatment

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer University of Chicago graduate students held a press conference today to speak out about what they said was rough treatment they and other demonstrators received for peaceably protesting the lack of a trauma center at the U. of C. Medical Center. The group also made attempts to deliver petitions(…)

Teachers end strike but stay alert

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A contract agreement was made between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and teachers and students returned to school last Wednesday after a seven-day strike. This is still not a time of rest for the union, said CTU President, Karen Lewis. After going through the(…)

4th Ward breakfast this Saturday

January’s Fourth Ward Democratic Organization Breakfast Meeting will take place this Saturday at Monumental Baptist Church, 729 E. Oakwood Blvd at 10 a.m. According to the organization’s executive director, Dianna Thompson, speakers include Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Ald. Will Burns (4th), and state Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), and Kristin Mitchell (D-26). Thompson also(…)

Review “The Motherf**ker with the Hat”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through March 3 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re captivated by damaged, self-deluded, dysfunctional urban characters, then Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Motherfu**ker with the Hat” is one for you. Savvily staged for Steppenwolf Theatre by ensemble member Anna(…)

McMobil on TIF agenda

On Wednesday, Jan. 30 the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The committee will discuss the University of Chicago’s redevelopment of the vacant lot next to the Mobil gas station on 53rd Street, commonly called the McMobil site. It will also discuss the(…)

Proposal for Cottage Grove sites

A community meeting to discuss a plot of land on the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue will take place at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at the Friend Center, 800 E. 55th St., classroom B-319. The land, owned by the University of Chicago, includes a vacant parcel of land that formerly held the(…)