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Farmer’s markets returning to Hyde Park

Farmer’s markets returning to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With warm weather on its way, two Hyde Park farmers markets are returning outdoors. Following a monthly schedule indoors this winter, the 61st Street Farmers Market will be held weekly outside Experimental Station, 6100 S. Dorchester Ave, beginning this Saturday, May 16. The market will be open 9 a.m. to(…)

Chicago Free School finding its way

Chicago Free School finding its way

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer It’s the beginning of the school day on a foggy Wednesday morning at the Chicago Free School. Students in founder Lauren Beitler’s 3-5 grade class sit around several desks that have been pushed together to discuss plans for Thursday and Friday. Each one writes down the ingredients they plan(…)

Community mulls plans for 57th Street

Community mulls plans for 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results of the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) second survey on 57th Street were revealed last week. They were shared last Monday, May 4, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., where around 25 Hyde Parkers joined SECC Executive Director Wendy Walker Williams and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) to(…)

Humanities in focus at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

Humanities in focus at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School’s new middle school humanities classes are helping teachers and students obtain academic honors. Sarah Campbell, Shira Friedman-Parks, Isabel Kucher, Bina Wilens, Zoe Weiner and Sarah Winitzer, 7th graders at Akiba, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., had a successful round at the Regional History Fair in Springfield,(…)

Jackson Park Advisory Council to host fundraiser Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will host a fundraiser this Sunday, May 17, at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Drive. The fundraiser, entitled “Sundae in the Park with JPAC,” will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will include a historical presentation on the(…)

Part Fourteen: Lincoln’s Hyde Park

Part Fourteen: Lincoln’s Hyde Park

The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turned to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that currently or in the past have defined the urban fabric. By SUSAN(…)

Laughter through tears: The Chicago Ensemble at International House

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Chicago Ensemble offered a splendid concert on Sunday at International House, clearly establishing why they have been a fixture on the Chicago music scene for 38 years. In a performance with many superb moments, they made the greatest effect with two works exploring Jewish themes. Dmitri Shostakovich’s rich(…)

Make your business dreams come true

By PATTI KIDWELL President, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce The year 2015 is moving along at a rapid pace. As we begin the month of May and warmer days become more frequent, one’s attention is no longer about the weather and instead returns to one’s favorite daydream at work: “It’s time to start my own(…)

Police deserve our respect

To the Editor: For 25 years, my father served as a police officer. His dedication to public service is one of the reasons why I chose public service as well. My father didn’t talk much about his work, except to point out how difficult it was, and potentially dangerous. I suspect that his reticence was(…)

Another cost from oil addiction

To the Editor: I often awaken at between 3 and 4 in the morning to hear rumbling in the distance. It turns out that rumbling is the wheels of railroad cars on the tracks. It goes on for hours. The Chicago Tribune disclosed what is behind this foreboding noise. These BNSF Railway trains with 103(…)

Housing project’s fundraising success

To the Editor: The Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project’s (HPTHP) major annual fundraising event, the Taste of Hyde Park, was held on April 18 and was again a success, raising approximately $8,000 after expenses. A hundred friends of HPTHP enjoyed the opportunity to sample food from 23 area restaurants and other food and drink establishments,(…)

Campus police bill dangerously flawed

To the Editor: On April 24, the Illinois House unanimously passed a bill — HB 3932 — that would establish transparency standards under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act for private campus police forces. Introduced by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26), the bill was drafted in(…)

Millions in scholarship money for 2015 Kenwood High School graduates

Millions in scholarship money for 2015 Kenwood High School graduates

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Several Kenwood Academy High School students have earned more than $4 million in scholarships from organizations including the Gates Millennium Foundation, Posse Chicago Foundation and the Golden Apple Foundation. Simone Johnson, senior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is the recipient of the Latin Performance Scholarship offered at Monmouth(…)

Kenwood High School students donate shoes overseas

Kenwood High School students donate shoes overseas

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Spanish II students at Kenwood Academy High School collected and donated 651 pairs of shoes to those in need as a part of the Share Your Soles shoe drive. For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., to(…)

New Hyde Park choir raising money for Nepal earthquake victims

New Hyde Park choir raising money for Nepal earthquake victims

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Hyde Park-based women’s choir is using their debut concert to raise money for those who were adversely affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Le Cantanti di Chicago, (“The Singing Women of Chicago”), a 16-member choir formed by Hyde Park resident Dhilanthi Fernando, will perform works written exclusively for(…)

U. of C. Police Department announces new advisory committee, but details lacking

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will create an advisory committee, but there are no specific details yet on who will be a part of the group and how it will be formed. The university said the aim of the new group is to foster cooperation and communication between(…)