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Kenwood Academy Broncos football team wins in season finale

Kenwood Academy Broncos football team wins in season finale

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In their final game of the 2014 regular season, the Kenwood Broncos prevailed over conference rivals Chicago Bulls College Prep 12 to 6 on Friday night at Lane Tech Field. In the first quarter, the Broncos fell behind early after a five-yard touchdown run by running back No. 3 Durome(…)

DuSable CEO Carol Adams retiring at end of 2014

DuSable CEO Carol Adams retiring at end of 2014

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Carol Adams, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History announced that she will retire at the end of the year. Adams, whose retirement officially begins on Dec. 31, 2014, joined the museum on Nov. 9, 2009. During her retirement Adams plans to begin a private(…)

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club to celebrate its 105th year

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club to celebrate its 105th year

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club will host a gala to celebrate 105 years in the neighborhood. HPNC’s gala will give parents the opportunity to spend a night out, with child care provided, to enjoy music, food, drink and view photos from the club’s history. The gala will take place at(…)

St. Thomas the Apostle’s new science lab opens after first upgrade in decades

St. Thomas the Apostle’s new science lab opens after first upgrade in decades

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle school held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of its new science lab. This is the first upgrade the science lab has had in more than 80 years. Through the school’s Race for Education fundraiser and a donation from an anonymous benefactor, St. Thomas,(…)

Indie director Will Adams and Hyde Parker Rich Nayer back with new film

Indie director Will Adams and Hyde Parker Rich Nayer back with new film

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker Rich Nayer has collaborated again with independent director Will Adams for a new film. Nayer is the co-executive producer for “Sex Ain’t Love,” Adams’ fifth film. Starring Aubrey Marquez and Tiffany Higginbotham, the film is a comedy focusing on the life of a poet, Zeke, who is juggling(…)

University of Chicago offering disaster-prep seminars for local leaders

University of Chicago offering disaster-prep seminars for local leaders

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago is offering a seminar for leaders and elected officials to help them prepare for unforeseen disasters. “Leading Through Crisis” launched on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Harris School of Public Policy. Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, and Daniel Diermeier, dean of the Harris(…)

Hyde Park eatery Wok N Roll closes silently

Hyde Park eatery Wok N Roll closes silently

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Wok N Roll has closed and is moving, according to new signage at the Chinese restaurant at 1408 E. 53rd St. “Sorry we are closed, new location coming soon. – WR,” reads a sign currently posted on the restaurant’s door. When and where the restaurant will be moving was not(…)

Hyde Park Community Players start season with a scare

Hyde Park Community Players start season with a scare

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will be kicking off its next season with their fifth annual Halloween-season radio show, “An Evening of Horror and Suspense in the Old Time Radio Tradition.” This year’s show will feature five stories told with sound effects and interspersed with mock commercials offering comic relief,(…)

Kozminski Elementary library to gain $1000 in books with new grant

Kozminski Elementary library to gain $1000 in books with new grant

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is giving Kozminski Elementary School a $1,000 grant to purchase new books for its library. Like many other public schools, the library at Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., has had challenges securing the funding needed to maintain its library. Vicki Long, member of the(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society and Hyde Park Art Center team up for panel discussion

Hyde Park Historical Society and Hyde Park Art Center team up for panel discussion

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will lead a panel discussion on the history of the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) this weekend. The talk, entitled “Where It All Began: The History of the Hyde Park Art Center,” will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct.(…)

Indian film exploring Obama’s influence to make U.S. debut at Doc Films

Indian film exploring Obama’s influence to make U.S. debut at Doc Films

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The U.S. premiere of “Om Obama” will take place at 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Doc Films at the University of Chicago in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. The screening will be followed by Q and A session with director Janaki Vishwanathan. “Om Obama” is a(…)

Non-profit HotHouse arts festival coming to Hyde Park this weekend

Non-profit HotHouse arts festival coming to Hyde Park this weekend

The HotHouse will launch its “Old and New Dreams Festival” at the Promontory this weekend. HotHouse, a nonprofit arts organization, will culminate its yearlong celebration series with the “Old and New Dreams Festival,” a three-day arts festival that will take place at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., on Oct. 17 through Oct. 19(…)

U. of C. Lab High School newspaper continues award streak

U. of C. Lab High School newspaper continues award streak

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory High School’s student paper, the U-High Midway, recently received the All American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association. This is the 49th consecutive year the student paper has received the honor. National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) is a nonprofit membership organization exclusively for(…)

Museum of Science and Industry maze reveals world of patterns

Museum of Science and Industry maze reveals world of patterns

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers might not always see them, but nature’s fingerprints are all over the neighborhood. Not just in parks or the lakefront, either. Robie House’s lines and windows follow the same geometric ratio as the spiral of a nautilus. So do soda cans, Ventra cards and the human wing span.(…)

Battery smoke draws firefighters to Harper Avenue

Battery smoke draws firefighters to Harper Avenue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Four fire trucks responded to heavy smoke at a Harper Avenue apartment building last Monday afternoon. Firefighters responded to a 4:49 p.m. alarm at 5120 S. Harper Ave., where smoke from overheated computer batteries spread through the building, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. Smoke began spewing onto(…)

U. of C.’s Chicago Innovation Exchange opening Oct. 16

U. of C.’s Chicago Innovation Exchange opening Oct. 16

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Innovation Exchange, the U. of C.’s new startup business incubator, will officially open next Thursday, Oct. 16, on the second floor of the Harper Building, 1452 E. 53rd St. On the heels of a soft opening earlier in the week, a ribbon cutting will take place there on(…)

Hyde Park Produce joins meat elite

Hyde Park Produce joins meat elite

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park Produce has joined an elite class of meat merchants. Brooklyn-based meat and cheese supplier Boar’s Head has named the grocer’s delicatessen a “Deli of Distinction,” making it the second in Chicago and one of 18 across the country. The store at 1226 E. 53rd St. marked the occasion(…)

US Army Corps of Engineers awards contract for Jackson Park restoration

US Army Corps of Engineers awards contract for Jackson Park restoration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded a contract for its 139-acre, five-year restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park. The USACE has chosen West Dundee, Ill.-based Applied Ecological Services (AES) to restore Jackson Park according to its plans. So far, it has awarded AES a $4.3 million(…)

Hyde Parker Bryan Samuels to receive lifetime achievement award

Hyde Parker Bryan Samuels to receive lifetime achievement award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Bryan Samuels will be the recipient of the Bright Promises Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Samuels will be one of three award honorees at the foundation’s annual awards event in November. Formerly known as the Illinois Humane Society, the Bright Promises Foundation works with organizations to develop(…)