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Kenwood students show art in statewide exhibition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE), which will take place Sunday, March 6, will include work from five students from Kenwood Academy High School. From 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., 93 schools from across the state will show off(…)

Theater: Thornton Wilder and the Hyde Park Connection

by Anne Spiselman Everybody knows that Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” which starts performances at Goodman Theatre on March 5 starring Kristine Nielsen as Dolly Gallagher Levi, was the inspiration for the musical, “Hello, Dolly!” What fewer people realize is that the idea for the play “germinated” in Hyde Park. At least that’s the story according(…)

Ancien Cycles welcomed into Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancien Cycles was officially welcomed into the neighborhood last night with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. The new cycle store and café at 1558 E. 53rd St. is for healthy lifestyle enthusiasts looking for a little something extra. One of(…)

Kenwood teacher suspended

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School music teacher, Daniel Berry, was suspended after the school was made aware of online videos of him making derogatory comments about Jews and Muslims. The videos posted to Berry’s YouTube channel go back as far as July 2015, the most recent post on Feb. 20. In(…)

Kenwood loses two staff members in more budget cuts from CPS

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced yesterday that on top of $120 million in budget cuts and layoffs in the administrative department so far this year, that even more layoffs will have to be made, including teachers. CPS will cut 62 employees including 17 teachers. Due to the cuts, Kenwood Academy(…)

DuSable kicks off series on race and the media

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will host a panel of acclaimed Black filmmakers and musicians on Friday, March 11, for a discussion on race and the entertainment business. The event is titled “Hollywood Comes to the Du.” It will be moderated by CBS reporter,(…)

Diversity job fair on Saturday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Saturday, Feb. 27, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools is hosting a job fair aimed at teachers, staff and administrators of color interested in careers at independent schools. The event will run from 9 a.m.-noon at Gordon Parks Arts Hall, 5815 S. Kimbark Ave. Latin School of Chicago and(…)

Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Clinic changes ownership

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 35 years, Dr. Thomas Wake has served Hyde Park residents at the Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Clinic. Wake recently announced that he and Dr. Marcia Hutchings will be turning over the business to Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Joe Whalen. Williams, the medical director at the clinic, has(…)

Apartment fire injures one

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A high-rise apartment fire on Tuesday night in Hyde Park left one person injured, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.  At approximately 10:30 p.m., the fire department responded to a call of a fire on the 10th floor of the 17-story residential building at 5421 S. Cornell Ave. (…)

Farmer’s Market to add musicians for 2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Special Service Area (SSA) is looking for live musicians to spice up the shopping atmosphere during the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market 2016 market season, this Spring. “Last year we had a few musicians perform unannounced on an informal basis, and it was a great addition to the ambiance of(…)

HPKCAC reading event this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Conference (HPKCAC) is hosting a free education-focused event this Saturday for the community. “It’s All About Reading” will take place Feb. 27 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St. The event will focus on helping parents support children(…)

Kenwood teacher suspended for offensive comments in online videos

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School music teacher, Daniel Berry, was suspended after the school was made aware of online videos of him making derogatory comments about Jews and Muslims. The videos posted to Berry’s YouTube channel go back as far as July 2015 the most recent post Feb. 20. In most(…)

Community members gather to discuss election for 4th Ward

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An open meeting to discuss the next alderman of the 4th Ward will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced that he would be resigning March 1 to take the role of director of Midwest policy and(…)

U. of C. class focuses on Obama Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer One anthropology class at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is giving students the chance to develop their own visions for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) before it’s much anticipated arrival on the South Side. The class, titled “Debating and Designing The Obama Presidential Center,” is led by professor(…)

Archdiocese secures demolition permit for Shrine of Christ

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Archdiocese of Chicago has secured a demolition permit for the structurally damaged Shrine of Christ the King Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., according to a spokeswoman for the Catholic authority. The development raises questions about the Archdiocese’s plans surrounding the fire-devastated building. Demolition appeared avoidable when, at a Feb.(…)

Creative Mansion celebrates African American inventors

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Creative Mansion Children’s Academy is hosting its annual Invention Convention next week in celebration of Black History Month. The public is invited to visit Creative Mansion, 4745 S. Ellis Ave., from 10 a.m. – noon Feb. 22-26 to see the student showcase at the Invention Convention. Students from ages 2-6(…)

Mitchell endorsed by statewide teacher’s union

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois Education Association (IEA), a statewide teacher’s union, is endorsing State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in his bid for reelection. The association, which endorsed Mitchell’s opponent Jay Travis during the 2014 primary election, endorsed Mitchell during the general election after Travis lost the primary race. This election year, the(…)

City begins process to replace Burns

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) will have his last day in his political career on March 1. What’s next for the 4th Ward that encompasses Hyde Park, Kenwood, Bronzeville, Washington Park and the South Loop is appointing a replacement. According to a press release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on Feb.(…)

Court Theatre to showcase students’ performance skills

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Court Theatre’s Artists-in-the-Schools program is preparing to host its 9th Annual Hyde Park Bank High School Performance Festival on Friday, Feb. 19. The festival brings students from six South Side schools, including Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., to showcase the work they have accomplished with the help(…)

Kozminski, city schools affected by CPS budget cuts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At the Kozminksi Elementary School local school council (LSC) meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9, Principal Bernadette Glover told LSC members about drastic cuts from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Glover and principals from across the city attended a district wide meeting Feb. 9 where CPS CEO Forrest Claypool announced that $20 million(…)