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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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)