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Akiba-Schechter to honor its own at gala event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is hosting its annual benefit to raise money for the school. The benefit will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 23, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive. A special toast will be given in honor of Rebecca Berenson Kirstein,(…)

Crime rises slightly higher in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer In May of last year the Chicago Police Department 2nd District received new leadership. Former Commander Fred Waller was transferred from the 2nd District to the Auburn-Gresham Neighborhood. Terence Williams took his place and implemented a tough-on-crime, broken windows approach to policing in the area. “We want to be aggressive(…)

Harper Court for sale

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has listed Harper Court for sale. The 12-story, mixed-use development was listed with commercial realtor CBRE Group. It includes 224,000 square feet of space and is more than 90 percent leased to retail tenants. As part of the sale the university will sign a 20-year master(…)

LSC election filing extended

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that it has extended its Local School Council (LSC) election candidate-filing deadline from Feb. 26 to March 14. There are still candidate vacancies at every school in Hyde Park. The LSC is an elected group, made up of six parents, two teachers, one non-teaching(…)

Police warn about string of robberies

The Chicago Police Department has warned of a string of robberies to businesses in Hyde Park. In each incident, the offenders approached people on the street or employees leaving a business, produced a weapon and demanded property or access to closed businesses, where they took property. The first incident occurred at 11:50 p.m., Feb. 6,(…)

Lucas, Hobson donate $25M to Lab Schools

George Lucas, the creator of “Star Wars,” and his wife, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, have pledged $25 million to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for an Arts Hall, the university is reporting. “This generous grant will amplify the role of the arts within the core of the distinctive education offered by the Laboratory Schools, and(…)

Public theologian to discuss carbon tax at First Unitarian

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A public theologian will discuss carbon taxes this weekend at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicagoland-based Rev. Terry Gallagher, a minister in the United Church of Christ and former engineer and chemical plant manager, will present the talk at 11:30 a.m. this Sunday, February 23, entitled “Climate Change(…)

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel hosts weekend of talks on the Jewish family

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a weekend of discussion regarding the history and future of the Jewish family structure. After Shabbat service, at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 28, Jonathan Boyarin will present “The Jewish Family in History.” Boyarin is the author of “The Jewish(…)