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Violence down, robberies up in the neighborhood

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Gun violence continues to be an issue for the city of Chicago. According to reports, 2016 has been the most lethal year for the city. As for Hyde Park, burglaries in the neighborhood are on the rise. According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), there were 91 reported incidents of(…)

Ring in the New Year in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The holiday season isn’t over just yet, with New Year’s Eve right around the corner. The Hyde Park neighborhood has various events going on for the last day of 2016 for both the young and the old. For children and families, Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., is(…)

Kimbark Plaza hosts its first Hanukkah ceremony

Kimbark Plaza hosts its first Hanukkah ceremony

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer For the first time, a Hanukkah ceremony was hosted at Kimbark Plaza, on 53rd Street and Woodlawn Avenue. The ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 27, featured the lighting of the Menorah and celebration for Hanukkah. The Rohr Chabad Jewish Center, 5700 S. Woodlawn Ave., erected the 9-foot tall Menorah. “We’ve always(…)

Southside Alderman pleads not guilty to corruption charges

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) pleaded not guilty Friday, Dec. 23 to federal charges of wire fraud, bribery, and extortion. Prosecutors announced news of the indictment Wednesday, Dec. 14. The 20th Ward includes parts of the University of Chicago campus and Washington Park. The 15-count indictment alleges that Cochran used money(…)

Christmas at the Rockefeller

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual Christmas Eve service at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., welcomes the Christmas holiday tomorrow, Dec. 24. The traditional service features carols and a nativity tableau offered by children. The featured soloist for tomorrow’s service is Thomas Weisflog and the Decani, and the Rockefeller Children’s Choir. Organ(…)

U. of C. student robbed

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student was robbed, Thursday evening. The student was walking southbound at approximately 6:48 p.m., on the 5400 block of South Ingleside Avenue, the student was approached from behind two unknown suspects. One suspect implied that he had a weapon and demanded the victim’s(…)

New funding will complete Lakefront Trail Separation Project

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A $12 million donation will fund the completion of the Lakefront Trail Separation Project. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District superintendent Michael P. Kelly along with Kenneth Griffin, who made the donation for the project made the announcement Wednesday, Dec. 21. Emanuel originally announced plans to separate the trail from(…)

Hyde Park Native debuts young adult novel

Hyde Park Native debuts young adult novel

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Hyde Park native and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) graduate, Imani Josey is celebrating the release of her debut novel The Blazing Star. The Blazing Star is a young adult novel, and it follows 16-year-old African-American twin sisters, Portia and Alex on an adventure in which they teleport from Chicago to(…)

Santa visits La Rabida

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Santa Claus is making a personal visit to La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., on Christmas Day to drop off gifts to patients. The a fire truck from Chicago Fire Department will be Santa’s sleigh, and will help drop off donated gifts to approximately 25 patients and their(…)

MAC Properties proposes development for 53rd and Cornell

MAC Properties proposes development for 53rd and Cornell

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At a community meeting last night, Dec. 20, MAC Property Management proposed a residential development to be built in Hyde Park at the northwest corner of 53rd Street and Cornell Avenue. The building, which MAC referred to as 1600 E. 53rd, would house 250 apartment units over 27 stories. It(…)

Fatal stabbing leaves one dead in Kenwood

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A 58-year-old-man was stabbed to death in Kenwood Monday night, Dec. 19. The incident occurred at 7:37 p.m., on the 4300 block of South Ellis Avenue. According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the victim sustained a stab wound to the chest during a domestic dispute. The man was transported(…)

CPAC to host holiday celebration in Cornell Park

By TONIA HILL
 Staff Writer The Cornell Park Advisory Council (CPAC) is dedicating a day to make Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave., livelier. They will host a holiday celebration in the park on Thursday, Dec. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be hot chocolate and deserts as well as a bonfire(…)