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JPW applauds Ald. Hairston’s push for more community involvment in Project 120

To the Editor: Jackson Park Watch (JPW) is a community initiative dedicated to ensuring that community members have a decisive voice in any major changes made to Jackson Park.  In particular, JPW has focused on the varied and changing proposals for the north end of the Park that have been advanced by Project 120 over the(…)

Hyde Park med-student’s disappearance evades answers

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago police are continuing their search for a 28-year-old, fourth-year medical student who went missing from Hyde Park over a week ago. Ambrose Monye, a University of Guadalajara med-student on a two-year rotation at Jackson Park Hospital, 7531 S. Stony Island Ave., was last seen on Friday, April 22, as(…)

New app for free curbside parking designed with Hyde Parkers in mind

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents know all too well the scenario of drving around the neighborhood multiple times in an attempt to find that one, open curbside parking spot. It’s become a daily routine for the lives of city drivers, and a new app is trying to change that. Manos Chatzopoulos, a(…)

HP author celebrates book launch

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident and group organizer of The Indie City Writers, K.B. Jensen, is celebrating the launch of her new book, “A Storm of Stories” at a May 7 book launch. “A Storm of Stories” is four years in the making for Jensen, and is in a way, an experiment(…)

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club welcomes AAU basketball

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club and the Chicago South Side Thunder Amature Athletic Union (AAU) Basketball Team are looking to align their events, games and fundraisers with organizations and businesses throughout the community. “We are a non profit basketball program,” said Alan Ferguson, co founder and head coach of the(…)

Oliver Stone discusses “Untold History of The United States” at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone will discuss his new TV series, “The Untold History of The United States,” at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) this Thursday, May 5. The event, which runs from 5 p.m.-7p.m., is hosted by the university’s Institute of Politics and History Department. Following a(…)

First Thursday event adds new additions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last month’s inaugural First Thursday event benefited Hyde Park businesses. This Thursday, May 5, the event will happen again with a few new additions. Based on feedback from shoppers, the event will start at 5 p.m. this month and the deals will run until 8 p.m., instead of last month’s(…)

Burglary alert in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago police are alerting Hyde Park residents of two burglaries that took place in the neighborhood during the month of April. On both occasions, an offender gained entry into a residence and stole property from inside. In one of the instances, a victim investigating noises by his back door was(…)

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(…)

Light post falls on Kenwood student

Light post falls on Kenwood student

At approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2, a streetlight post in the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue fell onto a group of Kenwood Academy High School students, according to Chicago Police. One female student suffered a fractured leg in the incident. Bystanders and a police officer on the scene helped to pull(…)

Hairston stops Segway kiosk from moving to Harold Washington Park

Hairston stops Segway kiosk from moving to Harold Washington Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) stopped the Chicago Park District (CPD) from placing a Segway storage kiosk in Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. At a 5th Ward community meeting on Tuesday, April 26, Hairston said that the park district had been unyielding in its plans to relocate the(…)

Fundraiser concert for Japan earthquakes

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Le Cantanti di Chicago choir will perform a special show on Sunday, May 1, as part of an effort to raise funds in recovery efforts for Japan. Japan experienced two separate earthquakes within two days on April 14 and April 16 at magnitudes of 6.5 and 7.3, respectively. The(…)

Bike rack installations

Special Service Area (SSA) #61 will host two bike rack installation ceremonies Monday, May 2. The first Hyde Park bike rack installation will take place at noon in front of Valois, 1518 E. 53rd St. The new Interim Ald. Sophia King (4th) is expected to attend. The second Hyde Park bike rack installation will take(…)

U. of C. clerical workers fight for higher wages

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) clerical workers are calling for higher wages as they negotiate a new, three-year contract with the university. Members of the Teamsters Local 743 union, which works with over 700 clerical workers at the U. of C., rallied outside of the university’s administrative building at(…)

Weekend festival to talk about changes in Chicago’s issues

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Awaken Chicago will host a three-day event to discuss inequality and violence and what Chicagoans can do to try to initiate change. The event, which will include panel discussions and workshops, will take place at both Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., and at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th(…)

Art Fair Committee looking for volunteers

The 57th Street Art Fair Committee is looking for volunteers to help the days of the Fair: Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th. The committee needs people to help at four information booths (answering questions, giving directions, etc.), to be booth sitters for artists needing to take a break, to help with volunteer recruitment,(…)

Shrine of Christ the King restoration underway

Shrine of Christ the King restoration underway

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Tuesday, April 26, workers from the Ruffin Construction Company were busy clearing away charred debris inside the fire-ravaged Shrine of Christ the King church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave. According to Canon Matthew Talarico, the work marks the beginning of Phase 1 of the church’s restoration process. In total, five(…)

Marshalls announces the opening date of its City Hyde Park store

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Marshalls Department Store will open its City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave., location on May 19, according to store representatives. City Hyde Park’s other established retailers, Whole Foods and Michaels have not released opening dates but Peter Cassel, the director for community development for Mac Properties, said that the(…)

Missing Persons Report

Missing Persons Report

Ambrose Monye was reported missing on Wednesday, April 27 at 10:36 a.m. Monye is a 28-year-old African American Male, who is 5’10,” weighs 180 lbs. and has black hair and brown eyes. Monye was last seen on Sunday, April 17 in the area of Jackson Park hospital, 7531 S. Stony Island Ave. He frequents coffee(…)

Kids take part in spring break activities at HPNC

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS  Sports Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club hosted its first spring break camp for kids in Hyde Park between the ages 5-13. “A lot of our programs follow [Chicago Public Schools’] calendar,” said Blair Root, Out of School Time Program Director for the HPNC, 5480 S Kenwood Ave. “So when CPS is(…)