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Do Not Submit open mic storytelling series to kick off this year in Hyde Park Friday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Annual North Side storytelling open mic “Do Not Submit” is expanding across the city — including to Hyde Park. “Do Not Submit” started in 2012 in Wrigleyville and took place last year in Lakeview’s Powells Books, before it closed. This year’s expansion is an effort to get Chicagoans beyond the(…)

Alds. Hairston, Burns split on move to eliminate red-light cameras

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park aldermen split on an effort to force a vote on an ordinance that would eliminate the city’s controversial red-light cameras by 2018. Introduced by Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) last October, the ordinance was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Public Way. Six aldermen — including Leslie Hairston (5th) —(…)

New exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry examines the science of everyday life

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry recently opened an exhibit that hopes to explain the simple materials that make day-to-day life happen. “Materials Science” opened at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., in the Lower Level galleries on Thursday and will stay through January 2016. Broken into two galleries, one(…)

St. Thomas the Apostle to host prayer breakfast, anti-violence talk

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church will host a prayer breakfast and fundraiser on Saturday. The 12th annual breakfast, hosted by the Madonna Della Strada Ladies Auxiliary – Knights of Columbus, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Rev. Andrew C.(…)

Kenwood Academy language students collect shoes for those in need worldwide

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Spanish Department at Kenwood Academy High School is collecting gently used shoes for those in need all over the world. For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood to collect shoes for Share Your Soles, a Chicago-based non-profit that collects(…)

Former Hyde Parker might go to Mars

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mars One, a Dutch not-for-profit organization, has set the ambitious goal of sending 24 people to colonize Mars in ten years. Mead McCormick, now a California resident but a 2009 graduate of the University of Chicago, hopes to take some of the filmmaking skills she learned in Hyde Park to(…)

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel to close nursery school — for now

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Nursery School is closing after this school year. The synagogue’s board of directors voted last Monday night to close the nursery school and postpone enrollment for the next school year due to the resignation of the director of education. Sarah Court resigned from her position as(…)

Local group seeking letters of support for Dyett High School proposal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett is seeking letters of community support as it prepares to enter the Chicago Public Schools request for proposals (RFP) process in April, according to a representative that attended a recent Wednesday night Hyde Park Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) meeting. “An open enrollment(…)

U. of C. planning new building for Woodlawn charter school

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Plans to build a new school building for University of Chicago Charter Schools’ Woodlawn Campus are in the works, according to the school’s leadership. For the past few months, representatives from University of Chicago Charter Schools have been hosting community meetings to discuss future plans for University of Chicago(…)

Mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia weighs in on Hyde Park issues

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia is trying to woo voters across the city disappointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, including in Hyde Park. The Cook County commissioner’s take on the neighborhood — including an emphasis of the impacts of gentrification and opposition to using parkland for the Obama Library — has(…)

Chicago Park District approves Obama Library land transfer

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District Board voted unanimously Wednesday to transfer 20 acres of land from either Jackson or Washington Park if Barack Obama chooses either place for his presidential library. The University of Chicago proposed using more than 20 acres from either park as a location for the Barack Obama(…)

Trauma advocacy program at Hyde Park Union Church receives part of $2M grant

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago’s Citizens for Change program, which is located at Hyde Park Union Church, received part of a $2 million grant awarded to the Chicago Department of Public Health to help families dealing with youth violence. Susan Johnson resigned from her role as pastor at the church to do(…)

Upcoming production of “Merchant of Venice,” discussion to explore religious tolerance

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Elements Theatre Company is bringing its show “A Pound of Flesh: Exploring Qualities of Mercy when Encountering the Other,” to Hyde Park during its first Chicago tour. The theatre will also host a panel discussion about accepting differences, which is a featured theme in the play. Chicago Theological(…)

Dyett RFP, Hales Franciscan athletes and Ray resource center in school news

Chicago Public School’s Dyett RFP catches the eye of Little Black Pearl, 1060 E. 47th St. Several news outlets reported last Wednesday that Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy High School plans to submit a proposal for the Dyett High School building. In December, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) issued a request for proposals for(…)

Cornell Park gains advisory council

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Cornell Park Advisory Council has officially formed. Around 20 people met to finalize the group’s application and bylaws Monday, Jan. 26 at Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., according to president Norman Bell. “I’m very pleased with the responsiveness of the Park District,” said Bell, who submitted the(…)

Nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center authorize strike

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 1,500 union nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center voted to authorize a strike last week if bargaining negotiations fail. The members of National Nurses United voted on Thursday to authorize a one-day strike if negotiations with the administration at UCMC do not improve. A strike date has(…)