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SECC reflects on ’12

SECC reflects on ’12

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission had a productive year, said Executive Director Wendy Walker Williams. The SECC in the previous year focused on the Violent Crime Prevention Initiative. The VPCI used grant funding to create a safety task force to work with the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, or CAPS program.(…)

Columnist visits Hyde Park

Columnist visits Hyde Park

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg, author of the 2012 book, “You Were Never in Chicago” gave a talk to a small audience in the basement of Blackstone Library, 4949 S. Lake Park Ave., last Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m., as part of the Friends of Blackstone Branch(…)

CPS’s new track

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer All schools in Hyde Park and citywide will be on the same calendar track in the 2013-2014 school year. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved the one-track school system at its January board meeting. All schools were on a Track R regular school calendar where school started in August and(…)

HPAC artist master of surprising

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Aliyah, a junior at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), lifted her foam horse from a piece of newspaper on the studio floor. An imperfection in the mold she had used left a large, saucer-shaped blob on its head, and she warned that she “hadn’t done it right.”(…)

Teachers helping at Blackstone

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon recently announced the expansion of the Chicago Public Library’s homework help program “Teacher in the Library.” The “Teacher in the Library” after-school homework program has been a part of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) for 12 years. The current program is(…)

Local pols join jobless youth talk

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) will join state and local legislative, educational, civic and community leaders for a hearing on youth joblessness. A diverse group of youth will testify on their experiences and the opportunities that employment and education provide. Additionally, education and youth advocacy(…)

Kenwood student in D.C.

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School sophomore Arianna Alexander was chosen by the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference to attend the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. The High School Presidential Inaugural Conference is held every four years in conjunction with the inauguration of the president and vice president of the(…)

Gun violence talk draws big names to U. of C.

Gun violence talk draws big names to U. of C.

A high-profile discussion on firearms, “The Politics of Guns in America,” took place Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. Institute director Darren R. Riesberg and top Obama strategist David Axelrod spoke briefly at the start of the program and panel members, who included Mayor Rahm Emanuel,(…)

Zines get their day at Regenstein

The Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago Library, 1100 E. 57th St., opened the exhibit “My Life is an Open Book: D.I.Y. Autobiography” Monday Jan. 14. The exhibit features “zines,” or small, self-published magazines, primarily written by women. A major cultural phenomenon in the 1980s and 90s, zines circulated among friends and(…)

King celebrated at DuSable next Monday

The DuSable Museum of African American History will begin its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration with a live screening of the inauguration of President Barack Obama for his second term at President of the United States of America. The inauguration broadcast will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, and end following(…)

Sharing spaces returns with Augustana tour

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Interfaith Council is resuming its Sharing Sacred Spaces tour this month. This second round of tours will be held monthly through May. On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3:30 p.m., the council will lead a tour of Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Civil rights inform Logan Center exhibit

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Canadian artists Duane Linklater and Brian Jungen, whose Logan Center exhibit “Modest Livelihood” addresses civil rights issues behind a wave of recent protests in Canada, will speak in the tower’s Performance Penthouse, 915 E. 60th St., next Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. Logan Center visual arts program(…)

Manz organ series fundraiser

Manz organ series fundraiser

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Paul Manz Organ Series is hosting its first fundraiser in order to keep the series running. The Paul Manz Organ Series, which is now in its seventh season, is a lunch time musical performance that takes place from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of(…)

New scholarship at DuSable seeks to help mothers

New scholarship at DuSable seeks to help mothers

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum announced the launch of a new scholarship that will support single mothers who wish to return to school. The late Dorothy Lajewel Myree, who was a social worker and teacher in Chicago Public Schools, requested that The Dr. Margaret Burroughs Scholarship Fund be established for African(…)

Local music director to lead University Chorus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mollie Stone was named the acting assistant conductor of the University of Chicago’s University Chorus. She will be directing the University Chorus Winter Concert, which will take place in March. Stone received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 2001, her master’s degree in conducting from Westminster Choir College(…)

Reagan apts. slated for teardown

Reagan apts. slated for teardown

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago filed for a permit on December 27 to demolish the home where former President Ronald Reagan briefly lived as a child. The building is rated orange under the City of Chicago Historic Resources Survey, meaning it may have some noteworthy history or architectural value to keep(…)

Harper builder McHugh helping

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Sharon Carney, of Carney Cleaning Service, partnered with McHugh Construction to help give back through out the whole month of December. Carney said McHugh, the lead construction company at the Harper Court development, donated over 300 turkeys to area churches, donated gloves, hats and scarves for HIV patients at Provident(…)

Kilwins opens, invents Hyde Park dessert

Kilwins opens, invents Hyde Park dessert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Kilwins has begun offering its sweet treats in time for the holidays. The chocolate and candy shop opened its doors last week. Owner and Hyde Parker Jackie Jackson celebrated the soft opening of her second Kilwins store location in Chicago, at 5226 S. Harper St., on Saturday, Dec. 22. “We(…)

Hyde Park Records brings DJs to the neighborhood

Hyde Park Records brings DJs to the neighborhood

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St., has been spinning wax in-house for the last few months. Kevin Jones said Hyde Park’s only record store has been giving professional and amateur DJs an opportunity to spin tracks in the store to help promote their work. On Saturday, Dec. 22, Chicago-born(…)

Theaster Gates to rehab Stony Island bank

Theaster Gates to rehab Stony Island bank

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago coordinator of arts programming Theaster Gates is expected to take ownership of the former Southmoor Bank and Trust just south of Hyde Park next month. The Chicago City Council is expected to approve transferring the title for the vacant bank at the January City Council meeting, said(…)