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Knights of Columbus talking health

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In its first event of the year, a local Knights of Columbus council will host a health talk this weekend at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. Knights of Columbus (KOC) Madonna Della Strada Council treasurer James Rydel will give a talk focusing on chronic kidney disease(…)

Spruce Park advisory council elects first-ever officers

Spruce Park advisory council elects first-ever officers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Spruce Park Advisory Council has elected its first officers. Around a dozen people came to the park advisory council’s (PAC) second-ever meeting last Monday, April 20, according to President Carol Moy. Along with Moy, the council elected a vice president, Joseph Bernstein; secretary, Mark A. Graham, and treasurer, I.V.(…)

K.A.M. lectures on conflict

K.A.M. lectures on conflict

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A weekend of lectures at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will focus on the state and society of the Middle East from World War I to the present. K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a series of lectures and panels examining the history of modern day Syria, Yemen and Iran(…)

Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School art students are taking their art beyond the school walls to the neighborhood diner. The drawings, photographs, digital collages and paintings of 14 members of the National Arts Honors Society at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., are on display at Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd(…)

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Conference (KOCO) said last Tuesday it was ready to comply with a state audit, but that it had questions about the political motivations at play. On April 17 the Illinois House unanimously passed HR 324, which calls for an audit of the group. The resolution –(…)

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A contractor has the option to keep Wooded Isle closed for five years until Jackson Park is fully restored, but is seeking to reopen it earlier. The island was closed to pedestrians two weeks ago as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park. The project(…)

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) riled local education activists last week for opposing a bill that would let students opt out of taking state administered tests. HB 306 – introduced by state Rep. Will Guzzardi in January – is currently under consideration in the Illinois House. Last Monday, Currie(…)

Campus police bill passes House

Campus police bill passes House

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Illinois House on Friday passed HB 3932, legislation that would require private campus police to release the same information as municipal police. The bill – introduced in February by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) – passed unanimously. The bill was(…)

Army Corps proposes barrier at Jackson Harbor

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a new groin at the entrance of the Jackson Harbor. The public had until Friday, April 17 to comment on the 1,000-foot groin — 300 feet of steel and 700 feet of stone — designed to prevent sediment from accumulating in the harbor. The new structure will(…)

Review: “Travesties”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through May 3 Tickets: $42.50-$52.50 Phone: 773-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic No one has a talent for teasing a whole world of ideas out of a few historical tidbits like Tom Stoppard. In the brilliant 1974 “Travesties,” he uses the(…)

Review: “Carousel”

Review: “Carousel”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through May 3 Tickets: $29-$199 Phone: 312-827-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re familiar with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” the first thing you may notice about Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of the 1945 Broadway musical is that the setting(…)

Chicago Hyde Park Village raising funds to thank a supporter

Chicago Hyde Park Village raising funds to thank a supporter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Hyde Park Village volunteer, former Herald intern and University of Chicago (U. of C.) student Andrew Holzman has come up with an innovative way to make sure that the neighborhood senior services organization he helped establish continues on once he leaves Hyde Park. Holzman, who will be going(…)

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed for summer

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed for summer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Wooded Isle has been closed off to the public. The closure is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) multi-million dollar restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, which includes grading of the island’s shoreline, creating new outlooks and improving its pathway. “All of the woody(…)

Strive thanks Hyde Park for helping hand

To the Editor: On behalf of Strive Tutoring, I offer my sincere appreciation for your support of Strive’s April 11 Spring Benefit. In particular, I would like to acknowledge Hyde Park Bank for their partnership and hospitality; and Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center, Kenwood Liquors, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Pizza Capri, Piccolo Mondo, Uncle Joe’s, Hyde Park Produce(…)

UCPD announcement a modest step

To the Editor: Last week, I received an email from the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) announcing that it would began publicizing the university’s policing information on its website. I was thoroughly underwhelmed. Then I began reading news accounts of praises from various community activists, journalists and professors as to what a(…)

Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin to be honored Saturday

Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin to be honored Saturday

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A day-long event celebrating unsung Civil Rights hero Bayard Rustin will take place this weekend. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., there will be panels and a keynote address marking Rustin’s contributions to the movement. His partner, Walter Naegle, will serve(…)

More lighting, new signage on 57th Street approved by majority in new survey

More lighting, new signage on 57th Street approved by majority in new survey

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results are in from the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) survey on proposed changes to 57th Street. At a public meeting last Monday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., design consultants discussed the survey, which was circulated online by the SECC and the 5th Ward office. The questionnaire(…)

City Hyde Park signing up retailers for 2016

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park is about to get crafty. City Hyde Park, the Mac Properties development currently under construction at 51st Street and Lake Park Avenue, recently signed leases with Michael’s and Marshall’s. Michael’s sells craft supplies, Marshall’s offers moderately priced clothing. Both would be expected in the first half of 2016.(…)

U. of C. police to release more information, but some say its not enough

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department announced last Monday changes to policies that neighborhood residents have publicly challenged. UCPD will begin releasing daily traffic stop logs in June. It also will change the ways the public communicates with the private police force. An increase in transparency is something South Side(…)

Awards and a hiatus in park news

JPAC Wins Award The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) has won the first award of its kind from the Chicago Parks Foundation. JPAC was one of ten groups to win the foundation’s first-ever Park Advisory Council Award. The award was presented March 28 at the Park Advisory Council Conference at Harry S. Truman College. A(…)