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School utilization report finds under enrollment

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kozminski and Reavis elementary schools are two of 313 schools deemed as underutilized based on the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) annual report of how its schools are being utilized. According to the report, Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., is utilizing only 40 percent of its space and resources. As of(…)

IOP hosts panel on police

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Scholars, politicians, journalists and law enforcement professionals have, over recent months, debated, in public forums throughout the city, the most effective ways of manufacturing trust between residents of Chicago’s most neglected neighborhoods and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which is currently embroiled in a crisis of public relations following multiple,(…)

New 53rd St. bike shop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ancien, a new establishment on 53rd St. that combines a bike shop with a cafe, hopes to officially open its doors for business within the next week. Store owners Chris Dimmick and Scott McIntosh are hoping to offer a comfortable and friendly environment to Hyde Parkers on the go. The(…)

Snow shoveling law now in effect

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Winter took a little longer than usual to get here, but there’s no doubt that it’s here now. The City of Chicago placed new regulations for sidewalk snow removal that began Nov. 28, and knowing them could save you a pricey citation. In past years, the fine for residents or(…)

U. of C. signed new MOU

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Dec. 16, the University of Chicago (U. of C) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will outline the collaborations between the university and its surroundings over the next three years. At a ceremony that took place at the Harold Washington Library downtown, the university and seven other(…)

Climate change weekend at KAMII

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer KAM Isaiah Israel (KAMII) is hosting its seventh annual Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend Jan. 15-17. KAMII, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., has been the site of a blooming urban farm and food forest since 2009. In that time, KAMII has harvested more than 20,000 pounds of produce donated to(…)

Chicago Urban League fields suggestions for new CPD superintendent

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in offering meaningful contributions to discussions surrounding the hiring of a new Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent have a chance to do so next week. The Chicago Urban League (CUL), 4510 S. Michigan Ave., is providing community members the opportunity to address members of the Chicago Police(…)

Annual MLK event at Uchicago

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Next Monday, Jan. 11, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a week early, at its 26th Annual MLK Celebration. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Van Jones, a CNN contributor and author, will give(…)

Catch Court Theatre’s new show ahead of premiere

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Starting this Thursday, the Court Theatre is offering a preview showing of its newest play, “Satchmo at the Waldorf.” As part of the Louis Armstrong Festival throughout January and February at various locations throughout the city, the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., will begin previewing the performance in the(…)

Oriental Institute hosts lecture

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in garnering some information on the world’s earliest, documented military encounter should visit the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., this Wednesday, Jan. 6, for a presentation by historians Robert Ritner and Theo van den Hout. The event details the Battle of Kadesh, a(…)

Local rabbi goes to Washington

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Every year, the president of the United States invites Jewish leaders from across the county to a Hanukkah reception at the White House. This year, Hyde Park Rabbi Yossi Brackman of the Rohr Chabad Center at the University of Chicago made the guest list. In early December, Brackman traveled to(…)

Goals met, new learning spaces built at private schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancona The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., said farewell to former school head, Bonnie Wishne, after 35 years at the school. Wishne announced in 2013 that she would retire in 2015. In May, there was an elaborate celebration for Wishne and her legacy with the school, including a party,(…)

Hyde Park public schools rise to challenges in 2015

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Bret Harte Bret Harte’s first 8th grade class in 13 years, 31 students total, graduated on June 15. Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., offered a mixed middle school experience to its students this year, where 8th graders traveled from room-to-room as a group or separate for their various(…)

Trauma center, university police take spotlight in U. of C. news

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers University news It was a busy year for change at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), starting in February, when union nurses at the U. of C. Medical Center voted to authorize a strike. That strike almost happened on April 30, but in early May, the(…)

Hyde Park continues to grapple with violent crime in 2015

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park saw an unusual amount violent crime in 2015. As the City of Chicago wrestled with how to address a surge in homicides across the city, local residents held forums on how to best combat neighborhood crime. In a September community meeting, held at St. Paul and The Redeemer(…)

CPD body-camera program expands into Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and interim Police Superintendent John Escalante announced that the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) body-worn camera program will be extended to six addition police districts, including the Wentworth District (2nd), which encompasses most of Hyde Park. Currently the camera program is only underway in the Chicago(…)

Recycle Christmas trees at Jackson Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The holidays aren’t necessarily over, but to get a head start on taking down your decorations, you can recycle your Christmas tree at Jackson Park. Starting this Saturday until Jan. 16, the Chicago Park District is providing tree recycling at 24 locations, including Jackson Park, 6300 S. Cornell Ave. Ornaments,(…)

Wooded Island opens on weekends

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After New Year’s Day, Hyde Parkers will have the opportunity to spend a few hours of their weekends touring Jackson Park’s Wooden Island at their leisure. The island has been closed since April due to an ongoing effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revitalize the park’s natural(…)

Ring in 2016 at Hyde Park events

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer 2015 is almost over, and for last-minute planners, Hyde Park still has some great options to ring in 2016. To celebrate with little ones, Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., is hosting a New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebration from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Open to children and families of(…)

University Church holds 3rd annual lock-in

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Approximately 60 teenagers from Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods will participate in University Church’s, 5655 S. University Ave., third annual lock-in on Jan. 1. This year organizers from Black Youth Project 100, Assata’s Daughters and Black Lives Matter-Chicago will hold information sessions for those attending the lock-in. University Church Pastor(…)