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WHPK back with temporary time slots

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer As of Monday morning, Sept. 19, at 7 a.m., 88.5 FM WHPK was back on the air with a somewhat truncated lineup that will remain flexible while the station “readjusts” according to the radio station’s Facebook post. In an email sent out to student and community DJs on Sept. 17,(…)

Teachers retention discussion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, Sept. 22, Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., host an education event organized by the Illinois Humanities titled, “Our Teachers –How to Get Them, How to Keep them.” Thursday night’s discussion will focus on teacher retention in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and how to attract and(…)

Crime Alert: Strong Armed Robberies

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department has released an alert to citizens in the 2nd District of two strong-armed robberies that occurred Sept. 14th and 16th. In these incidents, two to four offenders approached victims and demanded or forcibly removed personal property from the victims. The incident on Sept. 14 occurred in(…)

Used Book Sale weekend approaching

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Used Book Sale will take place Oct. 8 through Oct. 10 at the Hyde Park Shopping Center Plaza at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue as the yearly event for book lovers to restock their shelves. Although this is the book fair’s 10th year being run by(…)

Fountain Walker to address the community

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Sunday, Sept. 18, Fountain Walker, chief of the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will discuss the Universities policing strategies and the role he sees the UCPD playing in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood. In the last year, the UCPD significantly increased patrols and visibility on campus and in targeted areas(…)

Films on the lake

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Culture Services division of the French Embassy in conjunction with the Chicago Park District is hosting a screening of the award winning French film “The Class” at Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. on Friday, Sept. 16. The film follows Francois Marin, a French literature teacher at(…)

The Obama Foundation hosts community meet and greet

The Obama Foundation hosts community meet and greet

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Friday, Sept.16, during the final performance of the Jazz in the Courtyard series at Harper Court, new neighbors, The Obama Foundation, set up a welcome station to “introduce ourselves to our neighbors in the community,” said Michael Strautmanis, vice president of community relations. Consultants with the foundation had tables set(…)

University of Chicago breaks ground on new trauma care unit

University of Chicago breaks ground on new trauma care unit

By Meredith Ogilvie Staff Writer Thursday Sept. 15, the University of Chicago Medicine broke ground on a new and expanded emergency department that will not only offer Level 1 adult trauma care but bring economic growth back to the south side, according to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. “We’re grateful to the university not only for what(…)

Bret Harte LSC talks construction plans for Solstice

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At Wednesday night’s Local School Council (LSC) meeting for Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., the main topic of discussion was the construction plans for the upcoming Studio Gang-designed Solstice on the Park development. The 26-story building will sit next door to the school at 1634 E. 56th St.(…)

University of Chicago celebrates groundbreaking of new charter school building

University of Chicago celebrates groundbreaking of new charter school building

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer On Wednesday Sep.14, several groups and community leaders from the Hyde Park and Woodlawn area gathered together to celebrate the University of Chicago (U. of C.) groundbreaking ceremony for the building of its new facility, the U. of C. Charter School Woodlawn Campus (UCW), located at 6300 S. University Ave.(…)

4th Ward Alderman Candidate Forum

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, Sept. 22, a 4th Ward Candidates Forum will take place at Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., at 6 p.m. Candidates have until Nov. 28 to file their nominating papers with the minimum amount of 473 signatures. The special election for the 4th Ward Alderman will(…)

Final Jazz in the Court performance

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The final performance of this summer’s Jazz in the Courtyard and Jazz in the Court event will be on Friday, Sept. 16. Ray Silkman will close out the summer music performances at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper CT., from noon to 2 p.m. Silkman is known for his expert saxophone(…)

Rôti Modern Mediterranean coming to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Rôti Modern Mediterranean announced, Wednesday, Sept. 14, that it will soon open a location in Hyde Park. Rôti, 1526 E. 53rd St., is a Chicago-based, fast-casual restaurant with Mediterranean style food featuring customizable dishes like rice plates, wraps, pita sandwiches and salads. Side dishes include hummus or falafels. “We’re so(…)

University of Chicago professors advocate for safe spaces

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Several weeks after University of Chicago (U. of C.) Dean of Students John Ellison sent a letter to the incoming freshman class that denounced the creation of “intellectual safe spaces” and the use of trigger warning, a group of professors have advocated for students to have freedom to create such(…)

Hairston still civic-minded after attack

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), a well-known protestor was arrested Sept. 10, at 3:43 p.m. in the 1700 block of East 67th Street for one felony count of threatening a public official and one misdemeanor count of resisting/obstructing a police officer following an alleged confrontation over gun violence.(…)

Mt. Carmel falls short in comeback attempt over Loyola

Mt. Carmel falls short in comeback attempt over Loyola

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Mt. Carmel Caravan fell short of their comeback attempt after a 35-28 loss to the top-rated Loyola Ramblers at Gately Stadium during the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Game of The Week, Friday, Sept. 9. The Ramblers (3-0, 1-0) would outscore the Caravan (2-1, 1-0) 28-0 in the first 18 minutes of the half, leading(…)

Urge inspection of potential safety hazards at Metra in Hyde Park

To the Editor: Urge inspection of potential health and safety hazards in Metra properties in Hyde Park. The Metra retail properties under the tracks are using unsafe and illegal methods to address water damage in ceiling supports. Gutters are not legal to be installed inside, yet Metra has installed gutters in their retail stores. This(…)

Supreme Court denies citizens a chance to vote for non-partisan redistricting

To the Editor: “You have sat here too long for any good you are doing. Depart, I say, and let us be done with you.” Oliver Cromwell speaking to the Rump Parliament May 14, 1653. For the second time in a strictly partisan vote the state Supreme Court has denied the citizens a chance to(…)

Thank you for your concern for our kids

To the Editor: A warm thank you to members of the Hyde Park/Kenwood/Bronzeville community from Mothers and Men Against Senseless Killings (MASK) for your generous donations to our school supply drive for children in Englewood. We were out collecting four times in the neighborhood, and were overwhelmed by how many of you, from all walks(…)

Review: Lyric stars shine at free pre-season concert at Millennium Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago hosted its annual “Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” concert Friday night to a happy and appreciative audience, in spite of the threat of rain. The Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, along with a wide range of soloists, all directed by Lyric Opera music(…)