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Anti-violence group hosts Sunday meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The anti-violence organizations Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) and Hyde Park-Kenwood Residents for a Safer Chicago are holding an organizational meeting this Sunday, April 3, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and(…)

CPS announces childcare sites for April 1 walkout

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today that it has designated over 250 sites, including over 100 of its schools, as places for students to be safe, fed and engaged during the April 1 teachers’ one-day walkout lead by Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU). Local sites include the Nichols Park Fieldhouse, 1355(…)

Hyde Park author discusses South Side book

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Natalie Moore will stop by the International House (I-House) on Thursday, March 31 to discuss her new book, “THE SOUTH SIDE: A portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Moore will be in conversation with author Rick Perlstein at the I-House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., beginning(…)

U. of C. Law School focuses on Flint

By SAM RAPPAPORT Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) attorneys Evan Feinauer, Sarah Tallman and Anjali Waikar will discuss the litigation efforts they’ve launched on behalf of Flint, Mich. residents,Tuesday, March 29, at the University of Chicago’s Law School, 1111 E. 60th St. During the discussion, the lawyers will focus on the legal efforts of the(…)

UCPD implements body-worn cameras

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will begin using body-worn cameras this April, according to a March 23 statement from the university. During the initial stages of the program, approximately 20 patrol officers will be outfitted with the cameras. However, the university said that by the outset of the(…)

Hyde Park activities for Easter Sunday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents can celebrate Easter Sunday, March 27, with two special events in the neighborhood. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., will have its annual Easter Day service starting at 11 a.m. The adult and children’s choir will sing during the service. After the service, children are invited(…)

April 1 Day of Action approved by CTU

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted in favor of a daylong walkout for April 1st. CTU voted 486 to 124 to authorize the Day of Action at a union meeting March 23. The Day of Action was organized in response to Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) plans to cut teachers’ pay(…)

DuSable Museum partners with the Smithsonian

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., announced, March, 23, that it is beginning a collaborative partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The museum’s recently granted “Smithsonian Affiliation” will allow DuSable to borrow Smithsonian artifacts and access traveling exhibits. The partnership will also provide(…)

Jamie Kalven awarded Ridenhour Courage Prize

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park-based journalist Jamie Kalven is the 2016 recipient of The Ridenhour Courage Prize, an award given out by the Nation Institute and Fertel Foundation that recognizes an individual’s “courageous and life-long defense of the public interest and passionate commitment to social justice.” Kalven, the founder and executive director of(…)

Obama Foundation rep. vows to partner with community for Presidential Center

Obama Foundation rep. vows to partner with community for Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Obama Foundation’s recently appointed Vice President of Civic Engagement, Michael Strautmanis, assured neighborhood residents, at a 5th Ward meeting, Tuesday, March 22, that the community will hold significant weight in upcoming dialogues surrounding the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). Strautmanis is a Chicago native with close ties to the Obamas.(…)

Adult coloring at 57th Street Books

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Saturday afternoon, illustrator, author and food stylist Jessie Kanelos Weiner will lead a coloring workshop, and you don’t have to be a kid to join in. The workshop will be held at 2 p.m. March 26 at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Weiner’s new book “Edible Paradise:(…)

Obama is setting a high bar for next U. S. President

Obama is setting a high bar for next U. S. President

Editor’s Note: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha arrived in Cuba on Sunday, March 20. This is the first time a U.S. President has traveled to Cuba in about 88 years. This column is in response to Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. By Rev. Jesse Jackson(…)

Kenwood Broncos dominate in baseball season opener

Kenwood Broncos dominate in baseball season opener

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Thanks to a first inning explosion that featured 17 runs on seven hits and eight walks by the Broncos offense, the Kenwood Academy High School boys baseball team improved to 1-0 on the season with a 20-0  shutout victory over Juarez High School on March 18, at Newport Baseball Field.(…)

Two pleasing  ensembles

Two pleasing ensembles

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last Friday the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble presented an interesting program of music for countertenor and violin. The performance took place at the unlikely hour of 11 a.m. in a Lakeview residential building, but had all the musical drama and sophistication of a glitzy Friday night event. The highlights(…)

Review: “The  Matchmaker”

Review: “The Matchmaker”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through April 10 Tickets: $25-$82 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Don’t go to “The Matchmaker” expecting “Hello, Dolly!,” the beloved 1964 musical based on Thornton Wilder’s 1954 play. You’ll miss the songs and be less likely to appreciate the wit and wisdom(…)

Annual prayer breakfast at St. Thomas the Apostle

Annual prayer breakfast at St. Thomas the Apostle

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 13th Annual Prayer Breakfast for the St. Thomas the Apostle Church will be held on Saturday, April 2. The event is put on each year by the church’s Madonna Della Strada Ladies Auxiliary and will be held at St. Thomas School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 10 a.m. The(…)

Janet Louise Kohrman, 97

Janet Louise Kohrman, 97

Janet Louise Kohrman (née Geiger), 97, of Chicago, IL passed away on March 14, 2016. Much loved for her wonderful intellect, thoughtful counsel, graceful manner, charm and humor, she lived a strong, remarkable and productive life. Her endless curiosity and adventurous spirit challenged and inspired.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Kohrman,(…)

Kenwood, Kozminski, Ray and Akiba in school news

Kenwood, Kozminski, Ray and Akiba in school news

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local schools are found with asbestos There is potentially dangerous asbestos in about 200 Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Kenwood Academy High School, 5105 S. Blackstone Ave., and Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St., both have the health hazard inside of its buildings. According to Asbestos Nation, a campaign to(…)

Southside Hub of Production leaving Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) is packing up the shop and moving out of its 57th Street storefront at the end of the month, however, owner Laura Shaeffer said that it’s not “goodbye” for good. “We will be around in some form or another,” Shaeffer said, who is also(…)

Glass Slipper Project gearing up to dress teens for prom

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For many teenage girls, their high school prom is their big Cinderella moment and for 18 years now, the Glass Slipper Project has been playing the role of the fairy godmother by making those dreams of the perfect prom come true. The Glass Slipper Project started back in 1998 by(…)