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Resident offers free Thanksgiving meals

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For six years, Hyde Park resident Sharon Carney has provided a Thanksgiving meal to the homeless. This year, she has received some help from Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Lake Shore Dr., with a $400 donation to pay for the meal. “I feed the homeless because they are not invisible—-I see(…)

Metra fare to increase

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Hyde Park residents that take the Metra to commute to work, school, or for leisure activities will see an increase in the fare next year. On Friday, Nov 11, the Metra Board approved a $1.06 billion dollar budget that provides $781.2 million and $279.5 million for capital improvements in 2017.(…)

Shop small in Hyde Park this Saturday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Skip the long lines and crowded stores on Black Friday and instead, do holiday shopping at locally owned businesses on Saturday, Nov. 26, for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday happens every year the day after Black Friday to promote shopping small for the holidays to support the businesses that(…)

70th Annual Latke-Hamantash debate at Mandel Hall tonight

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Laktke or Hamantash? The 70-year-old debate will once take place at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., Tuesday night, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The debate tradition has been in practice since 1946 and will include University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty members from various departments who will hash(…)

U. of C.’s Legal Forum’s new paper investigates black teens’ interactions with police

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A new paper published by University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Legal Forum explores police interactions with black teenagers in Chicago. The paper is in collaboration with the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, of U. of C. and the Invisible Institute’s Youth/Police Project. The article reports on what the authors; Professor(…)

Thanksgiving traditions in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place on Thursday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Hyde Park Interfaith Council has been sponsoring a community Thanksgiving celebration of all faiths for over 90 years. The service will feature readings and chants(…)

U. of C. student robbed

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A University of Chicago student was robbed Friday night, Nov 18. At 6:20 p.m. the student was walking on the sidewalk off campus on 54th Place at South Ellis Avenue when the student was approached by three unknown suspects. One of the three had a weapon and demanded the victim’s(…)

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.(…)

20th Annual Hyde Park Tellabration takes place this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This Sunday, Nov. 20, the 20th Annual Tellabration will take place in Hyde Park. This neighborhood storytelling tradition is a part of national day of storytelling where Tellabration events take place across the country and around the world. Over 40 storytellers will visit Hyde Park to share personal narratives, classic(…)

JPAC Turkey Trot race postponed until Tuesday

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council’s (JPAC) 10th annual Turkey Trot, which was scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18 has been postponed until Tuesday, Nov., 22. The Turkey Trot is a mile-long race for children. Each race is divided by age group: 4-6 year olds, 9-12 year olds, and 12-15 year olds.(…)

Mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

Mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer 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 a(…)

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light 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(…)

Police urge residents to be careful after reports of multiple robberies

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Chicago Police are asking residents in the Hyde Park area to be careful as a result of two robberies in the area on Wednesday night, Nov. 16. In both incidents two-to-three offenders exited a vehicle described by victims as a white van or gray SUV, possibly a Jeep, surrounded the(…)

U. of C. student robbed

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A University of Chicago student was robbed on Wednesday night, Nov. 16, off campus. The student was walking on the 5400 block of South Drexel Avenue at 7 p.m. when he was approached by two unknown men, according to Chicago Police. The men demanded that the student hand over his(…)

Promontory to kick off Chicago Podcast Festival

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The first annual podcast festival in the City of Chicago kicks off in Hyde Park. The festival begins its tour at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., Thursday, Nov. 17, and presents shows at other locations through Nov. 19. Festival Producer Jonathan Pitts came up with the idea to(…)

Chicago Community Chorus to perform at West Point Baptist Church

The Chicago Community Chorus will perform its annual Songs of the Season concert at West Point Baptist Church, 3566-3572 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Saturday, Dec. 10. The concert, which is titled Great Joy Part 2, will feature selections from Michael McElroy, Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red’s work Great Joy- A Gospel Celebration. The concert will(…)

U. of C. soccer teams advance to NCAA Sweet 16

U. of C. soccer teams advance to NCAA Sweet 16

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The No.1 ranked University of Chicago Maroons men’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 after a 4-0 shutout victory over the Westminster College (MO) Blue Jays on Sunday night, Nov. 13, at Stagg Field, 5530 E. Ellis Ave. “A great first half,” said Mike Babst, head coach of the University of(…)

Eerie climate at school after presidential election

To the Editor:  I walk down the hallways. A certain eeriness is present. The eeriness that was present when, in seventh grade, I walked the streets of Paris after Charlie Hebdo. It was quiet. The usual sounds were not there. No teachers laughing together over coffee, no students causally watching Netflix on their laptops during(…)

Kenwood Track situation

To the Editor:  Its not surprising to find out that the athletic field at Kenwood is falling apart and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) won’t repair it. It doesn’t matter who owns the property, it’s about making the track and field better for our local students. As someone who has a great deal of experience in(…)

Kenwood’s basketball teams host Midnight Madness

Kenwood’s basketball teams host Midnight Madness

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer To kick off the 2016-17 Illinois High School Association basketball season, the Kenwood Academy Broncos hosted the third annual Midnight Madness event, in honor of the boys and girls varsity basketball teams on Wednesday night, Nov. 9.   “I enjoyed the atmosphere tonight,” said Manny Patterson, senior and star center at(…)