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Hyde Parker Kurt Summers takes on new role as Chicago treasurer, prepares for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago’s new treasurer is a Hyde Parker with a campaign based in the neighborhood. Goldman Sachs veteran and Harvard Business School graduate Kurt Summers, 35, was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last October just two days after Stephanie Neely announced her resignation. Three weeks after being approved by City Council,(…)

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti talks Hyde Park politics

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bob Fioretti is staking political positions to the left of Mayor Rahm Emanuel — including on Hyde Park issues — as the 2nd Ward alderman’s campaign to unseat him heats up. Fioretti, a supporter of Bronzeville activist Jay Travis, during her primary bid against state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) last(…)

Kenwood Academy teacher gains National Board Certification

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School teacher Stavroula Sparagis is one of 85 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher that received national board certification in 2014. National board-certified teachers endure a rigorous certification process to obtain certification and become lead educators in the industry and their schools. Sparagis is an English teacher(…)

MLK Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend returns to K.A.M. Isaiah Israel

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will host its sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18. This year’s theme focuses on climate change and civil rights, two topics that K.A.M. president Robert Nevel sees as fundamentally linked. “One of the things Dr. King(…)

Hyde Park youth advocate Bryan Samuels recognized

Bryan Samuels, director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, was recognized by the Bright Promises Foundation for his work to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. The Bright Promises Foundation, which is a 140-year-old organization that invests in organizations that are doing trailblazing work for children, awarded Hyde Park resident Samuels with the(…)

First Unitarian Church hosting holiday sale this weekend

The final Green Holidayze sale of the year at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be held this weekend. The annual sale, now in its third year, includes donated items from the neighborhood and the congregation. Organizer Cindy Pardo said this year’s sale includes a great array of new and gently used items,(…)

Kenwood Academy, U. of C. Lab and Bret Harte in school news

Community talks on Academic Center move to begin at next Community Action Council meeting at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The first of a series of community discussions about Kenwood’s 7th and 8th grade Academic Center moving to the 4959 S. Blackstone Ave. building that once housed Canter Middle School will take(…)

Choir to perform candlelit Christmas concert at Augustana Lutheran Church

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Augustana Lutheran Church will host a holiday concert by Chicago Choral Artists at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 5. “A Candlelight Christmas” will feature a capella works by around 12 composers centuries apart from each another, ranging from Tomas Luis de Victoria and Trevor Patrick Watkin to George Frideric Handel(…)