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Hyde Park Art Center asks what it means to be in the middle

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit, “The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle,” opened recently at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5520 S. Cornell Ave., featuring around 20 works by 10 artists exploring the concept of the middle, as its name suggests. “This idea came about on the occasion of this year, which is(…)

U. of C. reveals trauma discussion underway

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center president Sharon O’Keefe told a state review board that it is in talks with other area medical providers about the South Side’s trauma care needs. At a Wednesday hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, O’Keefe was asked to comment on(…)

Local leaders leave Chicago for Wyoming

Hyde Park pastor Larry Turpin and education activist Julie Woestehoff have moved to Wyoming Woestehoff had been executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education since 1995. The group, which played a key role in fighting for the School Reform Act of 1998, which established local school councils, has been a fierce critic of charter(…)

U. of C. in trauma care talks with South Side providers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center president Sharon O’Keefe told a state review board that it is in talks with other area medical providers about the South Side’s trauma care needs. At a Wednesday hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, O’Keefe was asked to comment on(…)

St. Thomas gives technology lab facelift

St. Thomas gives technology lab facelift

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle successfully completed its Race for Education fundraiser. Proceeds and donations from the event contributed to a complete upgrade of the school’s technology lab. The Race for Education is one of the primary fundraisers at St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., which uses money raised through(…)

Kenwood High School student played for Jackie Robinson West team

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Brandon Green is one of eight Chicago Public School students who played this season for the Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League baseball team. The team made it to the championship game of the Little League World Series, where they lost to South Korea.(…)

Hyde Park Kiwanis may call it quits

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kiwanis Club may be in the final weeks of its 88-year life as a local institution. Kiwanis treasurer Jon Will e-mailed a statement to chapter members on Aug. 18 alerting them that a Sept. 2 meeting would be convened to vote on whether to disband. Will said(…)