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String of robberies near university

String of robberies near university

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department’s 2nd District has released a statement alerting residents of Hyde Park about three related incidents of robbery that have taken place in recent months. Incident times and locations are listed below: 5200 Block of S. University Ave. on August 17, 2015 at approximately 11:30 P.M. 5400(…)

Review: Sometimes the best things in life really are free

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The upcoming classical music and opera season (soon to be previewed in these pages) offers numerous occasions for you to empty your wallet. So it’s worth taking notice when valuable events are free of charge. Discussed here are four performances this month, two in Hyde Park and two downtown,(…)

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown, 73

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown, 73

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown slipped away on March 24, 2015 in Chicago, after a lengthy illness. McCarthy Brown was born October 3, 1941, in Omaha, Nebraska, daughter of James and Mary Loveridge McCarthy. McCarthy Brown was a long-time resident of Hyde Park, Chicago. She held a BA in International Studies from Ohio State University(…)

U of C Charter chair chosen

U of C Charter chair chosen

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Aug. 20, Liz Thompson succeeded Margot Pritzker as the governing board chair of the University of Chicago Charter School. Thompson is a member of the university’s board of trustees and has served the charter school’s governing board since 2010. In addition to her roles with the University of Chicago(…)

DuSable picks new museum head

DuSable picks new museum head

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The board of Trustees of the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., has named Perri L. Irmer as the museum’s new president and CEO. Irmer is an attorney, architect, public policy advocate and facilities management professional that was born, raised and still lives in the Hyde(…)

KOCO names new education organizer

KOCO names new education organizer

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), 4242 S. Cottage Grove Ave., has named Princella “Jaribu” Lee as the new education organizer, in replace of Jitu Brown. KOCO has been serving the South Side community since 1960 to improve public, local, and education policies in the area. KOCO develops new generations(…)

Celebrity designer brings “pop-in” shop to 53rd St.

Celebrity designer brings “pop-in” shop to 53rd St.

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fashionistas had the opportunity to rack up on clothing from Chicago-based designer, Jermikko Shoshanna, during her Labor Day weekend “pop-in” in Hyde Park. Shoshanna described her visit as a “pop-in” shop as opposed to a pop up shop because she took over the Anastasia Boutique, 1500 E. 53rd St., Thursday,(…)

Axelrod talk at The Promontory

Axelrod talk at The Promontory

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer David Axelrod visited The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 3, for a conversation with John Bouman, President of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law. Shriver Center members and donors made up the small crowd that listened to Axelrod recount tales from his journey from Hyde Park(…)

New furniture store replaces Hyde Park clothing boutique on 53rd St.

New furniture store replaces Hyde Park clothing boutique on 53rd St.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new business is moving into the neighborhood on the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. Modern Cooperative, a furniture and home accessories store, will be taking the place of the clothing boutique Anastasia at 1500 E. 53rd St. The store will also be utilizing the space currently(…)

City renders verdict on Dyett High School

City renders verdict on Dyett High School

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an 18-day hunger strike that rocked a South Side community and caught the attention of the nation, the long-awaited decision has been made for Dyett High School. “Working with community partners, we arrived at a solution that meets multiple needs,” said a press release from Chicago Public Schools (CPS).(…)

Two fatal shootings within one week leave Kenwood residents alarmed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A small memorial for Tyris Jackson, Kenwood’s most recent casualty to gun violence, currently stands in the narrow, grass field that dissects the street in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard. Empty tequila bottles and burned-down candles surround the base of a tree on which two posters and three(…)

Saving the stray cats of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The feline friends of Hyde Park have a place to go other than neighborhood streets, thanks to the work of Hyde Park Cats. Since 2008, Hyde Park Cats (HPC) have taken care of outdoor cats either by aiding in their health, or helping them become adopted into caring homes. Ruth(…)

Chicago Free School and City Elementary share a space

Chicago Free School and City Elementary share a space

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 8:15 a.m., students of the Chicago Free School, which is a private, democratically-run school serving grades pre-k through 8th, huddled on the steps of K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Lauren Beitler, the school’s founder, greeted students and parents as they arrived. This is Chicago Free(…)

Kenwood Academic Center has first day in new building

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Today was the first day of the school year for many Chicago students, but it was also the first time that Kenwood Academy High School’s Academic Center would be run in its own building. Kenwood’s 7th and 8th graders will now matriculate in what was once Canter Middle School building,(…)

Ancona outdoor learning space not quite ready for use

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One look at Ancona School’s outdoor learning space, and it seems the project is far from completion with dirt piles and half built structures. According to Ari Frede, the Head of the School, the three part playground will not be accessible for tomorrow’s first day of school, but the project(…)

The hunger strikers respond to Dyett decision with demands

The hunger strikers respond to Dyett decision with demands

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A decision for Dyett has been made, but for the twelve hunger strikers, the fight isn’t over. On the 19th day of the hunger strike, a day after CPS announced that Dyett will be an arts-based open enrollment school, the hunger strikers held a press conference on the front lawn(…)

Reginald Sanson Funeral

Reginald Sanson Funeral

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Friends and family members gathered at United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St., on Friday morning for the funeral of Reginald Sanson. On Aug. 25, Sanson was shot to death in his car at 1500 E. 50th St. The case is unsolved, with no suspects in custody. Hundreds(…)

Why hunger strikers will continue to starve for Dyett

To the Editor The parents, grandparents and community members from the Committee to Revitalize Dyett, that have engaged in a 19 day hunger strike, were rightfully outraged when CPS CEO Forest Claypool announced a last minute, somewhat clandestine plan for Dyett High School. Flanked by a group of “leaders,” the majority of whom have either(…)

Dyett decision made

Dyett decision made

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an 18-day hunger strike that rocked a South Side community and caught the attention of the nation, the long-awaited decision has been made for Dyett High School. “Working with community partners, we arrived at a solution that meets multiple needs,” said a press release from Chicago Public Schools (CPS).(…)

Dyett dominates budget forum

Dyett dominates budget forum

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of a three-stop tour, Mayor Rahm Emanuel came to the South Side last night for his 2016 Budget Forum to an unsettled crowd. The meeting took place at 6:30 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Dr. Even before the meeting started, the main topic(…)