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Ray preschool slots

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After a flurry of calls and letters from Ray Elementary School parents, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is adding another Preschool for All classroom next school year at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., which will allow more neighborhood children to attend. CPS recently changed the criteria for admission to its(…)

Art Center resident “ideating”

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center’s newest artist-in-residence is hoping to bring people together and maybe facilitate new friends and ideas. HPAC summer artist-in-residence Jen Delos Reyes and Green Lantern Press will host a public session of “Speed Ideating” around content from their collaboration book “Service Media.” Speed Ideating follows the(…)

Preckwinkle seeking reelection

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Cook County Board President and former Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) is running for her second term in her current office. Preckwinkle was elected to the board in 2010. She served the Fourth Ward as alderman for four terms. Preckwinkle told supporters on Tuesday, June 11, that she sought another term(…)

Three youths reported missing in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Two students were reported missing by Chicago Police on Friday. Naomi Knight, 18, was last seen on the 6100 block of South Woodlawn Avenue on Monday, June 10 at 7:15 a.m. She was last seen wearing a pink and white striped top, blue jeans, light brown Timberland boots and a(…)

Local teacher headed to Library of Congress

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Brian Pletsch, a United States history teacher at the University of Chicago Charter School’s Carter G. Woodson Middle School Campus, has been selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. Pletsch, who teaches 7th(…)

U. of C. courses online and free

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Casual learners interested in taking a University of Chicago class but not taking out student loans or reenrolling in college have the opportunity to study at the university for free. The university has partnered with Coursera, a company that offers free, notfor- credit courses from colleges and universities online. Two(…)

Reizner leaves TIF council

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jo Reizner resigned from her position on the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council last week. Reizner was among the founding members of the council in 2000. She served as committee chair for the bulk of that time. “I’ve been involved in the development of our community in various ways for(…)

Local youth win Golden Apples

Phoenix Steele, a student at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., and Amy Northrup, a student at the University of Chicago Lab High School, 1362 E. 59th St., are 2013 Golden Apple Scholarship recipients. The Golden Apple Foundation is celebrating its 25th year in service as a non-profit organization known for recognizing excellent(…)