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Barbara’s right where you left her

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie’s (D-25) office is still where it’s been for years, at 1303 E. 53rd St. It’s just a little bit harder to find. It now sits shrouded by wooden paneling — but still accessible — along with retail spaces near the corner of chef Matthias Merges’ planned Japanese restaurant, Yusho. Merges(…)

Soul Reunion returning to Hyde Park Records

Soul Reunion returning to Hyde Park Records

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer WHPK DJs will be presenting their seasonal Soul Reunion celebration from 1-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St. The first Soul Reunion event of the year — which coincides with Record Store Day — is one of three such annual events presented by(…)

Piccolo Mondo chosen by Consulate General of Argentina to mark annual celebration of wine

Piccolo Mondo chosen by Consulate General of Argentina to mark annual celebration of wine

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Piccolo Mondo will be marking the fourth annual Malbec World Day with a public tasting of the wine from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. The day of the international celebration, established by an Argentine wine promoter and supported by the Argentinean government, marks the 1853 establishment(…)

Family seeks contributions to Max Isaac Allender Memorial Fund

Family seeks contributions to Max Isaac Allender Memorial Fund

Max Allender passed away March 5, weeks before his second birthday. The young Hyde Parker, who was born at 26 weeks with his twin Coral, went on his first outing last August with his mother, to Bixler Playlot, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave. The family is asking for funds to pay for Max’s funeral expenses through(…)

Local Golden Apples, transgender teacher in Hyde Park school news

Local Golden Apples, transgender teacher in Hyde Park school news

Kenwood student awarded Golden Apple Scholarship: Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Kenwood Academy High School student Jermecia Trenell was selected as a 2014 Golden Apple Scholar. Trenell was one of 175 scholars to receive Golden Apple Scholarships from The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program. The program is designed to prepare future teachers to thrive(…)

Hyde Parker helps students achieve prom dreams

Hyde Parker helps students achieve prom dreams

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Glass Slipper Project is celebrating its 15th year of helping teen girls across the city, whose families can’t afford pricey gowns, find dresses for prom. The boutique also has a new location this year. The Glass Slipper Project (GSP), which was founded by Hyde Park native Dorian Carter,(…)

Chicago Harris Study: Kindergarten too easy

Chicago Harris Study: Kindergarten too easy

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Offering more advanced content to kindergarteners regardless of their economic background can save school systems money, according to a new study from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Past policies such as smaller classroom sizes and extended school days, which can be expensive for cash strapped districts such(…)

Permit parking plans disappointing

To the Editor: I was disappointed to read the April 2 story outlining plans for permit parking in the 5th Ward. All this will do is push the problem to the next block. This is not a solution that serves the community. Ever drive to North Side neighborhoods where permit parking is ubiquitous? Ubiquitously annoying,(…)