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St. Thomas highlights its stars in annual Starry Night benefit

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., is gearing up for its annual fundraiser night on Saturday, April 23. St. Thomas will host its “Starry Night” signature benefit beginning at 6 p.m. “Starry Night” is the main fundraising event for the school, and last year, the event(…)

A. O. Scott visits Hyde Park

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer New York Times film critic A. O. Scott spent the past weekend discussing the nature of his work with Hyde Park residents. Scott is the author of the recently published book, “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.” On Saturday, April 16, he paid(…)

First Unitarian Church accredited as a “Green Sanctuary”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sunday, April 17, Hyde Park’s First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., celebrated its recent accreditation as a Green Sanctuary congregation. The honor came from the Unitarian Universalist Association and took over three years to earn. Allan Lindrup, First Unitarian’s Green Sanctuary Group Chairman, said the award came after(…)

Earth Day events in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer    Earth Day is this Friday, April 22, and there are plenty of ways to get involved in the neighborhood.    On Thursday, kids ages 5 and up can participate in the Earth Day Celebration at Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.(…)

Project 120 hosts “Garden of the Phoenix” event

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Project 120, a non-profit organization that is partnering with the Chicago Park District to rehabilitate Chicago’s South Parks, is inviting the public to a free event on May 1, in Jackson Park. The day is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., when Project 120 President Robert Karr will give a(…)

Blackstone book sale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., is having a Spring Book Sale on April 30 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale will have a wide collection of genres, from children’s books to young adult, and both paperback and hardcover editions of popular favorites. All proceeds from(…)

U. of C. healthcare expansion met with level of skepticism

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As the University of Chicago (U. of C.) moves forward with its plan to increase access to healthcare on the city’s South Side, some Hyde Park residents are struggling to accept the initiative at face value. In September 2015, following years of community pressure, the university announced that it would(…)

Chamber chooses new Brew Fest location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce has decided on a new location for the 4th Annual Hyde Park Brew Fest. After community complaints, the chamber decided that the popular summertime event would not be in Nichols Park. The fest will now be held on Harper Avenue between 52nd Street and(…)

High School LSC election results

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The high school local school council (LSC) elections were held on April 14. LSC representatives for high schools in Hyde Park include: Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Timothy Miller-Parent Joy Clendenning-Parent Michael Ewing-Parent Nicole Hayes-Parent Melba Allen-Parent Eric Jenkins-Community Brittany Croone-Community Genesis Taylor-Young-Teacher Brian Hester-Teacher Kristin Flowers-Non-Teacher(…)

Elementary School elections results

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The elementary school local school council (LSC) elections were held Wednesday, April 13. LSC representatives for schools in Hyde Park include: Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St. Elizabeth Herring-Parent Erica Walker-Parent Darryl Williams-Parent Eric Johnson-Parent Robert Jr. James-Parent Rodney Shelley-Parent Caroline Anderson-Community William Sweetland-Community Kendra Williams-Teacher Adam Schwartz-Teacher Acceshia(…)

Center for the Study of Race Politics, and Culture 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(…)

CPS reports vacant slots on local school councils

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) elections are today, but for some schools, not enough people are running for the council. According to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), each LSC should be made up of six parents, two community members, two teachers, one non-teacher staff member and the school’s principal. Using(…)

Report shows racial disparities in college graduation rates

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer New research from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) explores the racial disparities of college graduation rates. Micere Keels, associate professor of human development at the U. of C., took the lead in a project that compiled the graduation rates, according to race, of more than 1,800 colleges and(…)

RIOTcon held at CTS

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual RIOTcon returns to the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) this year with a special focus on social movements. This year’s event is titled “Mapping a Movement” and takes place Friday, April 15 and Saturday, 16 at the CTS, 1407 E. 60th St. Dr. Christophe Ringer, the assistant professor of(…)

Volunteers needed for HP’s 4th on 53rd parade

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Despite the unseasonably cold weather, it’s time to start thinking about the 25th annual 4th on 53rd Parade. Since its inception in 1992, the parade has been pulled off, rain or shine, with a limited amount of volunteers, and 25 years later, getting volunteers to make the magic happen is(…)

50th anniversary of HPNC Pancake Breakfast

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s that time of the year again when the community follows the aroma of maple syrup to the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) for the annual Pancake Breakfast. On Sunday, May 1., the HPNC, 5489 S. Kenwood Ave., will celebrate its 50th pancake breakfast. What started in 1963 has become(…)

Kalven, Futterman talk police reform at KAMII

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago law professor Craig Futterman and Hyde Park journalist Jamie Kalven spoke on the topics of institutional racism and police abuse recently at the KAM Isaiah Israel (KAMII) Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., for the temple’s annual Weinstein Scholar-in-Residence Weekend. The two-day event, April 8 – 9,(…)

Shots fired at 52nd and Lake Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A man opened fire on a vehicle driving near the intersection of 52nd Street and Lake Park Avenue Monday, April 11, at approximately 2 p.m., according to Chicago police. Police said the incident began when an unknown, Black, male offender walked toward the 21-year-old male driver of a 2007 Buick(…)

Sophia King named as 4th Ward Alderman

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday night that Kenwood resident Sophia King was selected as interim Alderman of the 4th Ward. “For almost 30 years, Sophia King has not just lived in the 4th Ward, she has worked to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives there,” Emanuel said(…)

Dyett town hall meeting set for later this week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, April 14, there will be a town hall meeting regarding Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Mount Pisgah Church, 4622 S. King Dr. Chicago Public Schools will reopen the to students at the start of(…)