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61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer   The 61st Street Farmers Market returns outdoors Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., marking the beginning of warmer weather and weekly markets. The 61st Street Farmers Market is located between Drochester and Blackstone avenues and features dozens of local farms, bakeries and other organic and fresh vendors. The(…)

KOCO annual convention

KOCO annual convention

KOCO’s annual convention celebrates So. side trauma center and Dyett High School activists The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) is hosting its annual convention Saturday, May 14, at King College Prep High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd.  State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3) and Veronica Morris-Moore, they youth organizer that helped lead the campaign that won a(…)

Mother’s Day events in HP

Mother’s Day events in HP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Celebrate your mother in Hyde Park at various neighborhood events going on for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. On Thursday, May 5, at Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., there will be a Mother’s Day Stories and Crafts for children ages 5 and up beginning at 4(…)

Art Fair looking for volunteers

Art Fair looking for volunteers

The 57th Street Art Fair Committee is looking for volunteers to help the days of the Fair: Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th. The committee needs people to help at four information booths (answering questions, giving directions, etc.), to be booth sitters for artists needing to take a break, to help with volunteer recruitment,(…)

Annual Spring Garden Fair

Annual Spring Garden Fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 57th Annual Spring Garden Fair is set for May 13 through the 14 at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave. Thousands of plants will be available to purchase during the two-day event and all proceeds benefit the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. Both annuals and perennials(…)

CSRPC anniversary lecture

CSRPC anniversary lecture

The University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its annual public lecture and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party with guest lecturer Kathleen Neal Cleaver. From 1967 to 1971, Cleaver was the communications secretary of the Black Panther(…)

Adrienne Jane Archia, 53

Adrienne Jane Archia, 53

Adrienne Jane Archia suffered a sudden, tragic cardiac arrest and lapsed into a coma just prior to the holidays this past December.  After a two-week hospitalization she passed away peacefully from this life on Dec. 29, 2015.  Born in Milwaukee, WI in 1962, Archia was the beloved wife of Robert Braye, and loving mother of(…)

70-year-old missing

70-year-old missing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer James Bell, a 70-year-old South Side resident, has been missing since April 5, 2016, according to Chicago police. He was last seen in the area of 6100 S. Kenwood Ave., on Monday, April 4, wearing a navy blue baseball cap, jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and a vest. Police described Bell(…)

U. of C. Lab School finds new high school principal

U. of C. Lab School finds new high school principal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an extensive search that began at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the University of Chicago Laboratory High School (U-High) finally appointed Stephanie Weber as the new principal for the high school. U-High, 1362 E. 59th St., conducted the search alongside the national recruitment firm, Carney, Sandoe &(…)

KAM Isaiah Israel talks race

KAM Isaiah Israel talks race

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The congregation of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a two-day event on institutional racism and community solutions this weekend, April 8-9. Hyde Park journalist Jamie Kalven and University of Chicago professor Craig Futterman, who were both instrumental in the reporting surrounding the Laquan McDonald case,(…)

Tour highlights architecture of Hyde Park schools

Tour highlights architecture of Hyde Park schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Four Hyde Park schools were featured in Chicago Architecture Foundation’s “Schools by Bus” tour on Saturday morning. The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) took a look at the historical and modern architecture at Ray Elementary School, 5361 S. Kimbark Ave.; St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave.; Hyde Park(…)

LSC elections on the horizon school forums begin

LSC elections on the horizon school forums begin

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local School Council (LSC) elections happen next week, and area schools have begun to host their open forums to introduce the interested candidates. Ray Elementary School, 5361 S. Kimbark Ave., held their forum March 31. A total of five parents, two community members and four Ray staff members are running(…)

Ray, Murray, Ancona, U. of C. Charter in school news

Ray, Murray, Ancona, U. of C. Charter in school news

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local teachers recognized Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., Principal Megan Thole and Ray teacher Andrea McGehee were recognized as part of the 2016 class of the National Board Certified Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers. Thole and McGehee were part of a group of teachers that engaged in over(…)

Dorothy Naomi Eldridge Green passed away on March 14. She was 89. 

Dorothy Naomi Eldridge Green passed away on March 14. She was 89. 

Hyde Park resident Dorothy Naomi Eldridge Green was born on July 31, 1926 in Chicago to Johnella and Charles Henry Eldridge. The second child to her older sister, Harriet Elizabeth Eldridge. Eldridge Green attended John Farren Elementary School, DuSable High School and graduated with a degree in teaching and liberty science at Pestalozzi-Frobel Teacher’s College.(…)

Kenwood Broncos dominate in baseball season opener

Kenwood Broncos dominate in baseball season opener

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Thanks to a first inning explosion that featured 17 runs on seven hits and eight walks by the Broncos offense, the Kenwood Academy High School boys baseball team improved to 1-0 on the season with a 20-0  shutout victory over Juarez High School on March 18, at Newport Baseball Field.(…)

Annual prayer breakfast at St. Thomas the Apostle

Annual prayer breakfast at St. Thomas the Apostle

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 13th Annual Prayer Breakfast for the St. Thomas the Apostle Church will be held on Saturday, April 2. The event is put on each year by the church’s Madonna Della Strada Ladies Auxiliary and will be held at St. Thomas School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 10 a.m. The(…)

Janet Louise Kohrman, 97

Janet Louise Kohrman, 97

Janet Louise Kohrman (née Geiger), 97, of Chicago, IL passed away on March 14, 2016. Much loved for her wonderful intellect, thoughtful counsel, graceful manner, charm and humor, she lived a strong, remarkable and productive life. Her endless curiosity and adventurous spirit challenged and inspired.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Kohrman,(…)

Kenwood, Kozminski, Ray and Akiba in school news

Kenwood, Kozminski, Ray and Akiba in school news

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local schools are found with asbestos There is potentially dangerous asbestos in about 200 Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Kenwood Academy High School, 5105 S. Blackstone Ave., and Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St., both have the health hazard inside of its buildings. According to Asbestos Nation, a campaign to(…)

Leonardo Herzenberg, 82

Leonardo Herzenberg, 82

Leo “Nardi” Herzenberg, 82, passed away in Chicago on Wednesday, March 9, with his wife and daughters by his side. He died of respiratory failure followed by sepsis after an unexpected hospitalization. Herzenberg was born in Oruro, Bolivia in 1934. His family, Ashkenazi Jews, had emigrated first from Latvia to Poland, and finally to Bolivia.(…)

Sam Guard takes time to reflect on 90 years of life

Sam Guard takes time to reflect on 90 years of life

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Sam Guard, who celebrated his 90th birthday last month, has seen it all. In his 90 years on this planet, he’s seen much of what can possibly be observed in the scope of any human life. With the passing of his wife in 2015, Guard continues to tread into the(…)