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Murray Language Academy turns 60

Murray Language Academy turns 60

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer On Sunday, Dec. 14, Murray Elementary School turned 60, according to principal Greg Mason. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., opened in 1954. The school opened partially on Dec. 8 and by Dec. 14 construction on the building was complete and the staff, faculty and students were able to utilize(…)

Kenwood Academy teacher gains National Board Certification

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School teacher Stavroula Sparagis is one of 85 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher that received national board certification in 2014. National board-certified teachers endure a rigorous certification process to obtain certification and become lead educators in the industry and their schools. Sparagis is an English teacher(…)

MLK Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend returns to K.A.M. Isaiah Israel

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will host its sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18. This year’s theme focuses on climate change and civil rights, two topics that K.A.M. president Robert Nevel sees as fundamentally linked. “One of the things Dr. King(…)

University of Chicago submits final Obama library bid

University of Chicago submits final Obama library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago submitted its final bid last week to bring the Obama Presidential Library to the South Side. In the run up to the Thursday deadline more details were released about what the university presented to the Obama Foundation, including information on other institutions it would partner with,(…)

B’Gabs Goodies opens new location on 57th Street

B’Gabs Goodies opens new location on 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Vegan restaurant B’Gabs Goodies opened its new location on 57th Street Thursday. B’Gabs’ new space at 1450 E. 57th St. has remained unoccupied since its previous tenant, Caffe Florian, closed in August 2010. B’Gabs’ former Woodlawn location at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. closed on Oct. 18, according to owner Gabrielle(…)

South East Chicago Commission buys holiday wreaths made by South Side youth

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission recently purchased 70 holiday wreaths from the Love Unity and Values Institute to decorate the neighborhood. The LUV Institute helps at-risk youth by providing paid, part-time jobs during the holiday season. Marquita Sanders, who works with the LUV Institute, said the wreaths will be used(…)

A new law to allow recording of police

You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. And in Illinois, you have the right to record police officers. That wasn’t always the case. In March, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down one of the nation’s harshest eavesdropping laws — a statute responsible for the arrest and prosecution of(…)

Hyde Park’s weekend holiday trolley nets 50 riders a day

Hyde Park’s weekend holiday trolley nets 50 riders a day

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer In its first week shuttling shoppers through the neighborhood, Hyde Park’s new business-subsidized trolley served about 50 riders per day. While that number is about half of what program manager Eric Reeves was hoping for, he isn’t discouraged. Black Friday, the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, was the(…)