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Midway Plaisance Park gaining advisory council, new officers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Elections for officers in the new Midway Plaisance Park advisory council (PAC) will take place next week. The revived PAC will pick its first roster of officers in years at the meeting, which is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, at the ice rink at 1130(…)

City Hyde Park signing up retailers for 2016

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park is about to get crafty. City Hyde Park, the Mac Properties development currently under construction at 51st Street and Lake Park Avenue, recently signed leases with Michael’s and Marshall’s. Michael’s sells craft supplies, Marshall’s offers moderately priced clothing. Both would be expected in the first half of 2016.(…)

U. of C. police to release more information, but some say its not enough

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department announced last Monday changes to policies that neighborhood residents have publicly challenged. UCPD will begin releasing daily traffic stop logs in June. It also will change the ways the public communicates with the private police force. An increase in transparency is something South Side(…)

Awards and a hiatus in park news

JPAC Wins Award The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) has won the first award of its kind from the Chicago Parks Foundation. JPAC was one of ten groups to win the foundation’s first-ever Park Advisory Council Award. The award was presented March 28 at the Park Advisory Council Conference at Harry S. Truman College. A(…)

U. of C. Law School to examine police relationship with youth

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Law School will host a conference addressing the relationship between the police and the public it protects. The Youth/Police Conference hopes to continue the ongoing conversation about how the police interact with African American youth in urban America. The scheduled list of speakers includes Hyde Park(…)

Hyde Park Youth Symphony to host 60th Anniversary Spring Benefit

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Music, science and celebration will all come together next month at the Hyde Park Youth Symphony’s 60th Anniversary Spring Benefit. The Hyde Park Youth Symphony has chosen a New Orleans Mardi Gras theme for its benefit that will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May(…)

University of Chicago planning for construction on South Woodlawn Avenue

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has plans to begin construction on the 5700 block of South Woodlawn Avenue. The U. of C. applied to add onto the rear of 5730 S. Woodlawn Ave., and alter the front to make the building more accessible. It is currently used for office space. Because(…)

Lots to do to celebrate Earth Day in Hyde Park

Park Cleanups Several park cleanups will take place this month to mark Earth Day. On Saturday, April 18, Earth Day cleanups will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Elm Park, 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave, and Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St, at its field house. A later set of cleanups that day will(…)

Murray Elementary court ruling, starry night and spring benefit in school news

Judge rules on civil rights case against principal of Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah threw out a civil suit Thursday brought by teacher Lincoln Brown who claimed Murray principal Greg Mason and Chicago Public Schools violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights by suspending him without pay for(…)

Bret Harte Elementary students headed to D.C. this spring

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte Elementary School 8th graders have raised enough money to visit Washington, D.C., this spring. This event is a highlight for the school’s first graduating 8th grade class since the 2002 -2003 school year. From April 22 to April 24, 27 students from the graduating class at Bret(…)

At the Hyde Park Art Center, it’s a matter of timecapsules

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center is inviting the public to contribute to a time capsule, as part of a planned expansion. The time capsule — scheduled to open on Hyde Park Art Center’s (HPAC) 100th anniversary — will be located in its new Guida Family Creative Wing. HPAC will break(…)

Israeli music coming to K.A.M. synagogue Sunday

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will host a symphonic youth band from Israel on April 5. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature 55 Israeli musicians between 12 and 18 years old. The K’far Vradim symphonic youth band will stop at K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.,(…)

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(…)