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Hyde Park trees need care

Hyde Park trees need care

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park is known for its lush landscaping and towering trees that seem to be a nature lovers’ oasis in a city that is made up of concrete and metal, but recent events have caused ash trees to disappear in alarming numbers. Since the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle(…)

Margaret Scott Meyer, 92

Margaret Scott Meyer, 92

On August 24, 2015, in the University of Virginia Hospital, Margaret Scott Meyer, 92, passed into a realm where she is no doubt enjoying all she said she wanted from the afterlife: “Veuve Cliquot champagne, St. André cheese, and dark chocolate.” Born in 1923 in Seattle, Washington, she was the daughter of Bert J. Scott,(…)

Local stars in Richard Pryor play

Local stars in Richard Pryor play

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer “Unspeakable,” A play illustrating the life and career of comedy legend Richard Pryor, is making its Chicago debut, Oct. 6, at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Hyde Park resident and actress Ginneh Thomas holds several different roles in the play, the most prominent being the(…)

Kenwood Broncos dominate 41-0 in conference match

Kenwood Broncos dominate 41-0 in conference match

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer On a cold Friday night at Eckersall Stadium, the Kenwood Broncos (4-2,4-0) hosted conference foes South Shore Academy in a game featuring several of the State of Illinois’ (IHSA) top recruits of the 2015-16 season. “It was their homecoming night,” said Jack Ramsey, new head varsity football coach for Kenwood(…)

Students explore Hyde Park through scavenger hunt

Students explore Hyde Park through scavenger hunt

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) students will get a lesson in localizing themselves to their new neighborhood with the Hyde Park Hunt. From Oct. 5 until Friday, Oct. 9 first-year students at U. of C. are invited to partake in a scavenger hunt competition to familiarize themselves with the(…)

Lunch with heart at hashtag event

Lunch with heart at hashtag event

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A humanity service movement has made Hyde Park its permanent home for its monthly workshops at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. #HashtagLunchbag started out as a small community service effort in California that took social media by storm when people used the hashtag, “#HashtagLunchbag” in their social media(…)

Jackson Park lagoon thriving

Jackson Park lagoon thriving

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Last winter, as part of the $5-$10 million federally funded project to restore Jackson Park’s native habitats, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) poisoned the Jackson Park lagoon for the purpose of killing its invasive species of fish. Rotenone, a naturally occurring, plant-derived insecticide, was used to eliminate the(…)

Dorchester project receives award

Dorchester project receives award

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Dorchester Art and Housing Collaborative has received Project of the Year by Landmarks Illinois, a group that advocates for the protection of historic properties. Theaster Gates Jr. professor and director of arts and public life at the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts was the lead on the(…)

Q and A with the new Kenwood head football coach

Q and A with the new Kenwood head football coach

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Name: Jack Ramsey Position: Head Varsity Football Coach School: Kenwood Academy Mascot: Broncos Conference: Windy City Conference Previous Record: 5-4 conference, 15-12 overall Current Record: 0-0 conference, 0-0 overall Previous Ranking: No. 4 Current Ranking: None Jack Ramsey is entering his first season as Head Varsity Football Coach of Kenwood Academy. Prior to his hiring, Ramsey excelled in a number of(…)

Circus coming to Washington Park

Circus coming to Washington Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The UniverSoul Circus is coming to Washington Park on Tuesday, Sept. 22, for performances that will run through Oct. 18. Audience members can expect an interactive combination of circus arts, theater and music that spans the genres of pop, R&B, Latin, hop-hop, jazz and gospel. The troupe is celebrating 20(…)

Open Letter to Alderman Will Burns on the Dyett Hunger Strike

Open Letter to Alderman Will Burns on the Dyett Hunger Strike

September 16, 2015 Open Letter to Alderman Will Burns on the Dyett Hunger Strike from Julie Woestehoff, former Executive Director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) Dear Will, We first met many years ago when you were State Senator Emil Jones’s education aide. Many of us in the Chicago school reform community were impressed(…)

Pamela Vickers Haley

Pamela Vickers Haley

A memorial service for longtime Hyde Park resident Pamela Haley will be held Sunday, Sept. 20th at 5:30 p.m. in Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago quadrangle, 1025 E. 58th St. She died with serenity and grace July 21st. Her death from adeno carcinoma followed 6 months hospice administered at home by her devoted(…)

George W. Reed Jr., 94

George W. Reed Jr., 94

George Warren Reed, Jr., 94, died at home in Chicago of natural causes on August 31, 2015. Born in Washington, D.C., on September 25, 1920, he was the eldest of George Warren Reed and Eleanor Belle (Newman) Reed’s three children. He attended public school in D.C. Graduating from Dunbar High School in 1938 and he(…)

Institute of Politics announces fellows

Institute of Politics announces fellows

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) has announced five new fellows for this year’s fall quarter. The fellows are all leading political practitioners and will remain in residence at the university as they lead weekly seminars on subjects of national significance. Each week one of the fellows will(…)

New art exhibit explores the sense of touch

New art exhibit explores the sense of touch

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The newest exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center isn’t just visually stimulating, but incorporates, and encourages, the sense of touch in a setting that usually only uses our sense of sight. “Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty” is the most recent set-up in the Kanter-McCormick Gallery at the Hyde Park Art(…)

U of. C Institute of Politics announces fall quarter fellows

U of. C Institute of Politics announces fall quarter fellows

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) has announced five new fellows for this year’s fall quarter. The fellows are all leading political practitioners and will remain in residence at the university as they lead weekly seminars on subjects of national significance. Each week one of the fellows will(…)

String of robberies near university

String of robberies near university

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department’s 2nd District has released a statement alerting residents of Hyde Park about three related incidents of robbery that have taken place in recent months. Incident times and locations are listed below: 5200 Block of S. University Ave. on August 17, 2015 at approximately 11:30 P.M. 5400(…)

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown, 73

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown, 73

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown slipped away on March 24, 2015 in Chicago, after a lengthy illness. McCarthy Brown was born October 3, 1941, in Omaha, Nebraska, daughter of James and Mary Loveridge McCarthy. McCarthy Brown was a long-time resident of Hyde Park, Chicago. She held a BA in International Studies from Ohio State University(…)

U of C Charter chair chosen

U of C Charter chair chosen

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Aug. 20, Liz Thompson succeeded Margot Pritzker as the governing board chair of the University of Chicago Charter School. Thompson is a member of the university’s board of trustees and has served the charter school’s governing board since 2010. In addition to her roles with the University of Chicago(…)

DuSable picks new museum head

DuSable picks new museum head

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The board of Trustees of the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., has named Perri L. Irmer as the museum’s new president and CEO. Irmer is an attorney, architect, public policy advocate and facilities management professional that was born, raised and still lives in the Hyde(…)