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Glass Slipper Project returns to Bronzeville to help students pick prom outfits

Glass Slipper Project returns to Bronzeville to help students pick prom outfits

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Glass Slipper Project is setting up shop in Bronzeville again this year for teen girls across the city whose families can’t afford high-priced dresses for prom. The Glass Slipper Project (GSP), which was founded by Hyde Park native Dorian Carter, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5(…)

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer At 32-year-old University of Chicago paleontology research scholar Nizar Ibrahim isn’t sure how he is going to top the first major find of his career. Ibrahim presented the first semiaquatic dinosaur ever found to Hyde Park last Thursday at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. He discovered the 50(…)

Local tries, but Toni staying out of race

Local tries, but Toni staying out of race

A member of the Hyde Park Historical Society and a leader in the city’s preservation community has shared an online petition asking Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to back Chuy Garcia in next month’s runoff election for mayor. Prospects of the petition pushing Preckwinkle into the endorsement are slim, however. The petition, by Jack(…)

Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Attendance and grade point average are the best indicators of whether middle school students will do well in high school and not standardized test scores, according to a report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR). In the report, “Looking forward to High School and(…)

Ray getting room

Ray getting room

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School was awarded the Lowes Toolbox grant. The school will use the $5,000 grant to build a family resource center, according to Ray Principal Meagan Thole. Members of the school’s Culture and Climate Committee met with parents and volunteers Saturday morning at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark, Ave.,(…)

For Jay Travis supporters, the momentum of last year’s election continues

For Jay Travis supporters, the momentum of last year’s election continues

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new political action committee that grew out of Jay Travis’ primary bid last year for state representative is playing a role in this year’s municipal elections. Founded last December, People United for Action (PUA) has made its first ever political endorsements: mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia and 4th Ward(…)

Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Next week the Chicago Planning Commission will take on the issue of transferring parkland for a presidential library. The commission will meet 11 a.m. Monday, March 9, in City Council Chambers, City Hall, second floor, 121 N. LaSalle St. The University of Chicago proposed using more than 20 acres of(…)

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Tanika Island has been named the new director of the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP). Island’s recent promotion builds on a 14-year career at the Urban Education Institute, where she most recently served as chief academic officer of the UChicago Charter School and interim director(…)

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society Preschool Center in Hyde Park is receiving recognition and rewards for its dedication to early childhood education. The Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) earned the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois. The organization has also been awarded $5,000 by the Staples Foundation.(…)

The numbers behind Alderman Leslie Hairston’s relationship with MAC Properties

The numbers behind Alderman Leslie Hairston’s relationship with MAC Properties

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer MAC Property Management, Hyde Park’s second largest private property owner, has been at the center of several claims made by aldermanic candidates in the upcoming election. Fourth Ward candidate Norman Bolden was the first to invoke the company’s name at an aldermanic forum, saying at a Jan. 10 event sponsored(…)

Jackie Robinson team member speaks out: “Chicago knows we’re champions”

Jackie Robinson team member speaks out: “Chicago knows we’re champions”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Brandon Green, who is a member of the Jackie Robinson West Little League Baseball team, spoke out against the league’s decision to demote his team at a press conference Feb. 11 hosted by Rainbow Push. The Little League Baseball organization released a statement Thursday,(…)

Harper Theater sales double what was expected

Harper Theater sales double what was expected

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Harper Theater’s ticket sales are double what was expected when it first reopened its doors three years ago. In 2014 the theater sold 148,000 tickets, two times more than it expected to sell after its $13 million renovation. Theater owner Tony Fox said that he has no complaints, despite(…)

City Hyde Park progressing on schedule, set to open in early 2016

City Hyde Park progressing on schedule, set to open in early 2016

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park is progressing on schedule, as construction continued on its fourth floor last week. “I think we’ve had the typical challenges in a Chicago winter so of course the snowstorm this week was a something to deal with but in general the entire project has worked through the(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host annual dinner later this month

Hyde Park Historical Society to host annual dinner later this month

The Hyde Park Historical Society annual dinner will honor two neighborhood residents who restored a decaying home on the 5700 block of South Harper Avenue and a local historian. Lauren Moltz and John Clement, owners of the Rosalie Villas District home at 5735 S. Harper Ave., will receive the 2015 Marian and Leon Despres Preservation(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council to host first workday of 2015

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council to host first workday of 2015

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council will be hosting its first workday of the year later this month. The workday, scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. on Feb. 21 at the southwest corner of Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will include a survey of the park, discussion(…)

Kenwood Broncos basketball team makes school history with Red-Central victory

Kenwood Broncos basketball team makes school history with Red-Central victory

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer For the first time in school history, the Kenwood Broncos (16-5, 10-0) finished undefeated in the Chicago Public League Red Central Conference with a victory over longtime rivals Dunbar Vocational High School on Senior Night. “We understood the importance of this game,” said Broncos head coach Marlo Finner. “We knew(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Robie House could be Chicago’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Park Service, the body that nominates significant landmarks in the U.S. to be considered for the honorary designation, nominated 10 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings last week. “Through its World Heritage Sites the United States can share with(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society comes out against using parkland for Obama Library

Hyde Park Historical Society comes out against using parkland for Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society said it opposes using public parkland for the Obama Presidential Library In a statement released recently HPHS said it “strongly supports siting the Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s Southside.” “Our respect for President Obama is immeasurable and his legacy is beyond doubt. However, building the(…)

Ray Elementary students number one in chess league

Ray Elementary students number one in chess league

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Chess Club won first place in its section in the Chicago Scholastic Chess League Renaissance Knights Competition. Melinda Burgin and Henry Samra, 5th graders at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., were two of the five team members that competed in the competition earlier this month.(…)