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KOCO continues demand for green tech school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) hosted a town hall meeting on Thursday, April 14, about Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., and updates on collaboration between the school and KOCO. Last year, members of KOCO and the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett fought for Dyett to reopen as a(…)

St. Thomas highlights its stars in annual Starry Night benefit

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., is gearing up for its annual fundraiser night on Saturday, April 23. St. Thomas will host its “Starry Night” signature benefit beginning at 6 p.m. “Starry Night” is the main fundraising event for the school, and last year, the event(…)

A. O. Scott visits Hyde Park

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer New York Times film critic A. O. Scott spent the past weekend discussing the nature of his work with Hyde Park residents. Scott is the author of the recently published book, “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.” On Saturday, April 16, he paid(…)

First Unitarian Church accredited as a “Green Sanctuary”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sunday, April 17, Hyde Park’s First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., celebrated its recent accreditation as a Green Sanctuary congregation. The honor came from the Unitarian Universalist Association and took over three years to earn. Allan Lindrup, First Unitarian’s Green Sanctuary Group Chairman, said the award came after(…)

Hyde Park pair leads Bandung Philharmonic in premiere concert

Hyde Park pair leads Bandung Philharmonic in premiere concert

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At the outset of this year, Hyde Park residents Robert Nordling and Michael Hall traveled to Bandung, Indonesia, to oversee the creation of the city’s first professional orchestra. On April 23, the two men will witness the fruits of their labor when the Bandung Philharmonic gives its Premiere Concert in(…)

Earth Day events in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer    Earth Day is this Friday, April 22, and there are plenty of ways to get involved in the neighborhood.    On Thursday, kids ages 5 and up can participate in the Earth Day Celebration at Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.(…)

Project 120 hosts “Garden of the Phoenix” event

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Project 120, a non-profit organization that is partnering with the Chicago Park District to rehabilitate Chicago’s South Parks, is inviting the public to a free event on May 1, in Jackson Park. The day is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., when Project 120 President Robert Karr will give a(…)

Blackstone book sale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., is having a Spring Book Sale on April 30 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale will have a wide collection of genres, from children’s books to young adult, and both paperback and hardcover editions of popular favorites. All proceeds from(…)

U. of C. healthcare expansion met with level of skepticism

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As the University of Chicago (U. of C.) moves forward with its plan to increase access to healthcare on the city’s South Side, some Hyde Park residents are struggling to accept the initiative at face value. In September 2015, following years of community pressure, the university announced that it would(…)

Chamber chooses new Brew Fest location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce has decided on a new location for the 4th Annual Hyde Park Brew Fest. After community complaints, the chamber decided that the popular summertime event would not be in Nichols Park. The fest will now be held on Harper Avenue between 52nd Street and(…)

High School LSC election results

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The high school local school council (LSC) elections were held on April 14. LSC representatives for high schools in Hyde Park include: Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Timothy Miller-Parent Joy Clendenning-Parent Michael Ewing-Parent Nicole Hayes-Parent Melba Allen-Parent Eric Jenkins-Community Brittany Croone-Community Genesis Taylor-Young-Teacher Brian Hester-Teacher Kristin Flowers-Non-Teacher(…)

Elementary School elections results

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The elementary school local school council (LSC) elections were held Wednesday, April 13. LSC representatives for schools in Hyde Park include: Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St. Elizabeth Herring-Parent Erica Walker-Parent Darryl Williams-Parent Eric Johnson-Parent Robert Jr. James-Parent Rodney Shelley-Parent Caroline Anderson-Community William Sweetland-Community Kendra Williams-Teacher Adam Schwartz-Teacher Acceshia(…)

Center for the Study of Race Politics, and Culture anniversary lecture

The University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its annual public lecture and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party with guest lecturer Kathleen Neal Cleaver. From 1967 to 1971, Cleaver was the communications secretary of the Black Panther(…)

U. of C. Medicine hosts town hall meeting at Augustana 

U. of C. Medicine hosts town hall meeting at Augustana 

The Chicago Hyde Park Village and The SHARE Network is inviting community members to a town hall meeting from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 for an update on University of Chicago Medicine’s plans for expanded health care on the South Side. Leif Elsmo, executive director of community and external affairs at University(…)

CPS reports vacant slots on local school councils

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) elections are today, but for some schools, not enough people are running for the council. According to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), each LSC should be made up of six parents, two community members, two teachers, one non-teacher staff member and the school’s principal. Using(…)

Report shows racial disparities in college graduation rates

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer New research from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) explores the racial disparities of college graduation rates. Micere Keels, associate professor of human development at the U. of C., took the lead in a project that compiled the graduation rates, according to race, of more than 1,800 colleges and(…)

Hyde Park businessmen use chess app to help students excel

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer When it comes to a Chess Master, few can compete with the likes, ranks and royalties of 11-time World Chess Champ and legend , Bobby Fischer. But when it comes to the business of chess, three visionaries from Hyde Park would hope to challenge that perception by investing in the many lives(…)

HP Neighborhood Club 3-on-3 Basketball tournament

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club hosted its first Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, April 10, at the University of Chicago’s Gerald Ratner Center, 5530 S. Ellis Ave. “We call it the Hyde Park Classic,” said Sarah Diwan, executive director of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). “It’s our first year hosting(…)

Part Eighteen: The Booklover

Part Eighteen: The Booklover

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS Leaving the city pavements at Twelfth Street, we struck across the prairie, with its velvety turf roads, and following the curve of the shore of Lake Michigan came to the enchanting ground of gravel ridges with deep loam hollows between which tell of receding waters. All of the ridges were decorated with oak(…)

Review: A magical recorder

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Performance Hall at the Logan Center for the Arts was the venue for a spectacular evening of early music when the University of Chicago Presents hosted Dorothee Oberlinger, an unforgettable virtuoso on the recorder. Oberlinger is a supremely agile and versatile musician. She put her prowess on display(…)