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New murder mystery novel draws from Hyde Park

New murder mystery novel draws from Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker K.B. Jensen has published a new murder mystery novel, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood and her professional life. Entitled “Painting with Fire,” her book tells the story of an unemployed woman sharing an apartment with a man who has a shadowy past, on the heels of a murder(…)

U. of C. faculty to take on fossil fuel divestment

U. of C. faculty to take on fossil fuel divestment

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Four University of Chicago faculty members will tackle the issue of U. of C. divestment from fossil fuels at an upcoming panel discussion. The event, presented by the UChicago Climate Action Network (UCAN), will take place next Monday, May 19, from 6-8 p.m., at International House, 1414 E. 59th St.(…)

Hyde Park man charged in murder role

Hyde Park man charged in murder role

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with illegally selling the gun that was used in the murder of a 14-year-old girl two weeks ago. Robert James, 34, of the 1300 block of East Hyde Park Avenue, was charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct — false report of offense(…)

Memorial planned for U. of C. law student killed in crash

Memorial planned for U. of C. law student killed in crash

Laura Anne LaPlante, 26, of Hancock, N.H., died May 2 from injuries sustained during a car crash on Lake Shore Drive, when a car traveling the wrong way collided with her vehicle. LaPlante distinguished herself among her classmates as a leader whose sharp intellect was matched by her kindness. She was a third year student(…)

Rodfei Zedek congregants recall terror under Nazi regime

Rodfei Zedek congregants recall terror under Nazi regime

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Three members of Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will share their childhood stories of Nazi-era Europe early next week. The panel discussion, which serves as this year’s final meeting of the Congregation Rodfei Zedek Sisterhood, will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19, at the(…)

Hyde Parker killed in Afghanistan

Hyde Parker killed in Afghanistan

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park pediatrician was killed while working with children in Afghanistan. Dr. Jerry Umanos was killed when a member of the Afghan security guard opened fire on foreign doctors on Tuesday, April 24. Three Americans, including Umanos, were killed. Umanos worked at the CURE International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan,(…)

Kenwood Academy collecting shoes for those in need

Kenwood Academy collecting shoes for those in need

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Spanish II classes at Kenwood Academy High School are collecting gently used shoes for those in need all over the world. For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood to collect shoes for Share Your Soles, a Chicago-based non-profit that(…)

University of Chicago hires new deans for college and Graham School

University of Chicago hires new deans for college and Graham School

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago appointed two new deans last week. John “Jay” Ellison will replace Susan Art as dean of the College. Mark Nemec will succeed Dan Shannon as dean of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Ellison has previously worked as an administrator at Harvard. Art(…)

Study affirms value of CPS On-Track program

Study affirms value of CPS On-Track program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Derrius Quarles known nationally as “The Million Dollar Scholar” and a multitude of seniors who received Millennium Gates Scholarships over the past five years always attribute a large part of their success to the counselors from Kenwood Academy High School’s Freshman On-Track Program. According to a new study released(…)

Music Teachers of Hyde Park’s annual Concerto Day this Sunday

Music Teachers of Hyde Park’s annual Concerto Day this Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Music Teachers of Hyde Park will be hosting its 11th annual Concerto Day from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Sunday, April 27, at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. Founded in 2004 by Hyde Park piano teacher Elaine Smith and Daniel Golden, principal violinist for the(…)

K.A.M. gets jazzy for gala event

K.A.M. gets jazzy for gala event

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer KAM Isaiah Israel’s annual fundraiser will celebrate Hyde Park’s jazz roots at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Tammy McCann and her combo will provide entertainment and WBEZ personality Richard Steele will speak. The focus on the evening will be Hyde Park’s position in the history of jazz. McCann is(…)

Christian Mitchell gets Laurene Jobs donation

Christian Mitchell gets Laurene Jobs donation

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell’s (D-26) campaign has raked in tens of thousands of dollars since election day, including a large donation from a prominent West Coast billionaire. Illinois Board of Elections records reveal Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, was reported to have donated(…)

A Seder that’s open to everyone

A Seder that’s open to everyone

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer An interfaith Passover Seder will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St. The biennial tradition is being co-sponsored by Jewish renewal congregation Mishkan Chicago and Hyde Park Muslim Family Circle (HPMFC), a community-based religious group. The interfaith Seder will(…)

Soul Reunion returning to Hyde Park Records

Soul Reunion returning to Hyde Park Records

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer WHPK DJs will be presenting their seasonal Soul Reunion celebration from 1-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St. The first Soul Reunion event of the year — which coincides with Record Store Day — is one of three such annual events presented by(…)

Piccolo Mondo chosen by Consulate General of Argentina to mark annual celebration of wine

Piccolo Mondo chosen by Consulate General of Argentina to mark annual celebration of wine

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Piccolo Mondo will be marking the fourth annual Malbec World Day with a public tasting of the wine from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. The day of the international celebration, established by an Argentine wine promoter and supported by the Argentinean government, marks the 1853 establishment(…)

Family seeks contributions to Max Isaac Allender Memorial Fund

Family seeks contributions to Max Isaac Allender Memorial Fund

Max Allender passed away March 5, weeks before his second birthday. The young Hyde Parker, who was born at 26 weeks with his twin Coral, went on his first outing last August with his mother, to Bixler Playlot, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave. The family is asking for funds to pay for Max’s funeral expenses through(…)

Local Golden Apples, transgender teacher in Hyde Park school news

Local Golden Apples, transgender teacher in Hyde Park school news

Kenwood student awarded Golden Apple Scholarship: Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Kenwood Academy High School student Jermecia Trenell was selected as a 2014 Golden Apple Scholar. Trenell was one of 175 scholars to receive Golden Apple Scholarships from The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program. The program is designed to prepare future teachers to thrive(…)

Hyde Parker helps students achieve prom dreams

Hyde Parker helps students achieve prom dreams

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Glass Slipper Project is celebrating its 15th year of helping teen girls across the city, whose families can’t afford pricey gowns, find dresses for prom. The boutique also has a new location this year. The Glass Slipper Project (GSP), which was founded by Hyde Park native Dorian Carter,(…)

Chicago Harris Study: Kindergarten too easy

Chicago Harris Study: Kindergarten too easy

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Offering more advanced content to kindergarteners regardless of their economic background can save school systems money, according to a new study from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Past policies such as smaller classroom sizes and extended school days, which can be expensive for cash strapped districts such(…)

Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Rodfei Zedek Congregation, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a weekend of programming focusing on Sephardic music. This Friday evening and Saturday morning, guitarist and singer Gerard Edery will incorporate Sephardic melodies into the congregation’s Shabbat services, according to cantor Rachel Rosenberg. On Saturday, the synagogue will host a(…)