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We must defend against paternalism

To the Editor: In his Nov. 5 letter about the University of Chicago Police Department, Michael Scott puts the emphasis where it needs to be: changing the laws. Nothing much will happen without that. Of course police engaged in community policing should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. And we as citizens should(…)

South Side teens boost business and art skills selling Christmas wreaths

South Side teens boost business and art skills selling Christmas wreaths

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Love Unity and Values (LUV) Institute has expanded its entrepreneurial program to include at-risk boys and girls from across the Mid-South Side. This year the LUV Institute is employing 14 boys and girls from Englewood, Woodlawn, Washington Park, Bronzeville, Hyde Park and Oakwood. They will work part-time paid jobs(…)

Ray Elementary principal reports improving scores at “State of the School” address

Ray Elementary principal reports improving scores at “State of the School” address

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School has steered clear of Level 3 low-performing status but has to continue to work on improving its scores, especially in the area of math, said Ray Principal Megan Thole Thursday evening at the “State of the School” address. In November 2013 then-interim principal Toni Hill told(…)

Police issue Hyde Park burglary warning

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police recently warned Hyde Park residents about a string of burglaries in October and November. In each instance the burglar enters through the rear door or basement of a building, usually in the daytime or afternoon but during all hours. Incidents have been reported on Wednesday, Oct. 15, on(…)

Jackson Park restoration likely in progress this December: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Jackson Park restoration likely in progress this December: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park could be well underway by next month. The 139-acre, five-year restoration of native habitats will kick off with invasive tree removal on the north end of the park and the replacement of fish in the Jackson Park lagoon, which is(…)

Kenwood Academy principal awarded CPS fellowship

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School Principal Gregory Jones is one of 21 educators selected as part of the first-ever Chicago Public Schools Principal Fellowship Program. a The program, which is a partnership between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Northwestern University and is supported by an investment from the Chicago Public(…)

Newcomer A10 snags Hyde Park’s second-ever Bib Gourmand

Newcomer A10 snags Hyde Park’s second-ever Bib Gourmand

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A10 is Hyde Park’s latest restaurant to be recognized by Michelin. Last week A10 received a Bib Gourmand, a prestigious Michelin award separate from the tire maker’s coveted stars, which are given yearly to moderately-priced restaurants. Michelin began awarding Chicago restaurants stars and Bib Gourmands in 2011. Until this year(…)

Hyde Park Democrats breeze back into office after quiet election, minor polling glitch

Hyde Park Democrats breeze back into office after quiet election, minor polling glitch

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Election Day was largely uneventful this year in Hyde Park, although one polling place encountered a minor snag. All of Hyde Park and South Kenwood’s incumbent politicians up for re-election last week — each of them Democrats — will keep their seats. State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Christian(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to mark 75 years at annual gala this Thursday

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 75 years of supporting local businesses this Thursday during an anniversary gala to be held at Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The chamber will honor “Businesses Then and Now” at the event, awarding Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd St., and the Hyde Park(…)

Progress on the policing front

To the Editor: On Oct. 29, a broad cross section of the South Side gathered at the Experimental Station to share their concerns about the policies and practices of the University of Chicago Police. In light of issues raised at this public forum, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), proposed that a committee be formed, under her(…)

Is there a plan to protect Hyde Park’s shoreline?

To the Editor: Today I walked the lakefront from 46th Street to 51st Street and found the damage from last Friday’s storm disturbing. The retaining wall at 48th Street is completely missing and the damage to the retaining wall at 51st Street by the overpass is very serious. Ten years past, the Chicago Park District(…)

Voting process needs revisiting

To the Editor: It’s the morning after Election Day, and my NPR station is dutifully telling me about the results — who won, who lost, in the “major” races — and what it will mean to have both houses of Congress under the control of the Republicans. There are also infrequent stories about the trouble(…)

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates coming to DuSable Museum this Thursday

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates coming to DuSable Museum this Thursday

In conjunction with its newest exhibition, “Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Illinois Amistad Commission will present a discussion with Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic and blogger for that publication’s website, where he writes about cultural, social and political(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance returning with “The Nutcracker” this December

Hyde Park School of Dance returning with “The Nutcracker” this December

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is hosting its annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The event, which has been expanded to four performances, will include 175 dancers from four-year-olds to grandparents and more than 100 volunteers. HPSD’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is a 90-minute narrated production, staged(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers eyeing storm-damaged lakefront path in Hyde Park

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers eyeing storm-damaged lakefront path in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Halloween’s cold temperatures, high winds and hail were more than scary in Hyde Park. The harsh weather damaged the lakefront path from 47th to 52nd streets. Repairs are expected to be completed by the end of this week, said Jessica Maxey-Faulkner, spokesman for the Chicago Park District. Repairs around the(…)

17-year-old suspect charged in two sexual assaults along Hyde Park lakefront

17-year-old suspect charged in two sexual assaults along Hyde Park lakefront

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 17-year-old has been charged with assaulting two women on Hyde Park’s lakefront in the last week. Raekwon Franklin, 17, of the 3600 block of South Lake Park Avenue, has been charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and one misdemeanor count of Obstructing Identification. He is(…)

Tellabration celebrating 18 years in Hyde Park this November

Tellabration celebrating 18 years in Hyde Park this November

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A neighborhood storytelling tradition, Tellabration, will return to Hyde Park later this month. An annual evening of simultaneous storytelling events that started in Connecticut in 1988, Tellebration programming has since taken place across the country and around the world. Hyde Park’s 18th annual production of Tellebration is scheduled to take(…)

Hyde Park Art Center to honor supporters, artists at November gala

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) will honor several members of the arts community at its 75th anniversary gala this month, on Nov. 21. Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill will be named cultural leaders, in recognition for their years of commitment to theater, dance, the arts and literature. Sagan(…)

CPD, University of Chicago police issue armed robbery warnings in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have both issued warnings about armed robberies in Hyde Park. Chicago Police News Affairs declined to say if the two agencies are investigating connected robberies, but did say they are working in conjunction. UCPD issued a security(…)

Chicago Police Warns of Break-Ins in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police warned Hyde Park residents about a string of burglaries in October and November. In each instance the burglar enters through the rear door or basement of a building, usually in the daytime or afternoon but during all hours. Incidents have been reported on Wednesday, October 15 on the(…)