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Marsha’s Music turns 15

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Marsha’s Music, a school that incorporates musical learning into early childhood education, will host a 15th anniversary celebration, Nov. 15, at its new home in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. Marsha Melsheimer, the school’s founder, was a preschool teacher at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Big Shoulders Fund shows its impact at St. Thomas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since 1986, the Big Shoulders Fund has been helping over 85 catholic schools in Chicago and surrounding areas by providing materials, scholarships and resources. One of the schools that benefits from the help of the Big Shoulders Fund is St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. Today, the(…)

Publishing talks at SHoP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer November is National Novel Writing Month, where aspiring writers pour out their words to create the story that has always been in their heads. But what happens after the story is written? Finding a publisher can be a chore for some writers, but self-publishers are making the task at hand(…)

Terisa Griffin CD release concert tonight at DuSable

By GEORGIA GEIS Special Contributor Chicago fans can celebrate with Chicago’s own Rhythm and Blues diva, Terisa Griffin, at a Pink Carpet release concert for her CD “Revival of the Soul” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl.; $30 (VIP $60 includes cocktail reception at(…)

Does community policing work?

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) has long been touted by law enforcement and elected officials as an effective means of addressing the discord between police officers and minority communities. However, The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100), a social justice organization located in Hyde Park (5733 S. University Ave.),(…)

Student organization calls for reform of UCPD oversight committee

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization at the University of Chicago, held a series of events last week with the ultimate goal of encouraging reforms within the university-appointed committee charged with reviewing complaints brought against the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). The CEP’s week of teach-ins,(…)

Improv to return to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An art form that began in Hyde Park is getting a revival, literally, with a newly established comedy club that will dedicate itself to entertaining audiences, and of course, making people laugh along the way. Hyde Park resident John Stoops has always had a love of comedy, particularly improvisational comedy,(…)

Storytelling on Hyde Park’s history

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Hyde Park Historical Society will feature a special presentation about the stories that surround Hyde Park’s history. Susan O’Connor Davis, author of “Chicago’s Hyde Park History”, will discuss little-known stories about the neighborhood and their historic significance. The event will take place at the Augustana(…)

Performance art at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Dread Scott, an acclaimed and unconventional artist, will be at the DuSable Museum of African American History, Nov. 12, for a performance art lecture titled “Dread Scott: Revolutionary Art, Propelling History Forward.” The event will take a look at Scott’s artistic endeavors over the past 25 years, which include installations,(…)

Modern Cooperative celebrates grand opening on Friday

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park will add another unique retailer to its growing list when Modern Cooperative holds its grand opening this Friday. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Modern Cooperative, 1500 E. 53rd St., will show the public what it has to offer in vintage and furniture, handmade décor and one of(…)

Jewish leaders call on U. of C. to keep its trauma care commitments

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Sunday, Nov. 1, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) will host a community meeting urging the University of Chicago to maintain its commitment of bringing trauma care to Chicago’s South Side. On Sept. 10, U. of C. announced it would be partnering with Sinai Health Systems to open(…)

Hyde Park woman the victim of attempted carjacking at gas station

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 25, Hyde Park resident Olivia Spells was the victim of an attempted carjacking at the gas station on the corner of 51st Street and Cornell Avenue. At approximately 2:45 a.m., Spells was driving to her home in the 4800 block of S. Chicago(…)

University of Chicago Medicine earns high safety ratings

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Earlier today, The Leapfrog Group, an industry watchdog that tracks hospital safety nationwide, awarded University of Chicago Medicine (U. of C.) with its 8th consecutive A rating. This places the university’s medical center among an elite group of 133 institutions dubbed by Leapfrog as Straight A hospitals. Since Leapfrog launched(…)

When art and culture collide

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of Chicago Artists Month, the Hyde Park Art Center is hosting a special event this Saturday with a cultural twist. The Night Market: Where Art and Spirit Dance, will take place right outside of the art center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 31.(…)

Journalists speak on political reporting in digital age

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Revered though they were, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite were invoked as relics of the past during a panel discussion last Thursday at the Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53 St., titled “The Future of Politics and Media in the Digital Age.” “Nobody trusts us to be the voice(…)

HPNC looks to the future

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., held its annual board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The meeting outlined a comprehensive strategic plan for the organization that will remain in effect until the end of FY2018. “The priority for the next 2.5 years is to remain doggedly focused(…)

Creative ways to get healed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Students are combatting gunfire with a different kind of fire. Project Fire, a 10-week pilot program aimed at promoting recovery from trauma, gave students the opportunity to use glass blowing as a creative outlet. Project Fire (Fearless Initiative for Recovery and Empowerment) took four students from around the Chicago area,(…)

Complex at 61st and Cottage makes over Woodlawn

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Affordable housing for lower income seniors and a financial resource center are features of a new 65-unit complex on 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. The Burnham at the Woodlawn, 6134 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is part of an effort to increase growth with housing and jobs. The project, which(…)

Chicago Academy of Music holds benefit concert

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park’s new music conservatory, Chicago Academy of Music (CAM), 5655 S. University Ave., is tapping its instructors for a benefit concert that will take place Nov. 7. The full event, which will include a reception, musical performance, fashion show and dance party, is titled “Elevation” and will take place(…)

Hyde Park store reports customer fraud

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Katherine Pottenger, owner of Parker’s: A Natural Dog & Cat Market, 1342 E. 55th St., has reported that three incidents of customer attempted fraud have occurred at her store within the past week. According to Pottenger, in each of the three instances a customer attempted to make a purchase with(…)