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Pastor celebrates 50 years in service

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Leon Finney, Jr. will be celebrating 50 years in community organizing and ministry tonight, Nov 4, at his church the Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church. The church will also be hosting the 2016 MET Jubilee Peace Planter Awards. Just recently, Finney was honored by his alma mater, the McCormick Theological Seminary,(…)

Cornell Nature Play Park set to open Saturday

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Cornell Nature Play Park is slated to open to the public this Saturday, Nov. 5. The park’s play area is located on the east side of Cornell Avenue between 54th and 55th streets and was in need of restoration. Last year, the Cornell Park Advisory Council (CPAC) came together to(…)

South Side Pie Challenge this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Get your taste buds ready, because the 5th Annual South Side Pie Challenge is this Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Pies will range from fruit, nut, sweet potato/pumpkin and crème for tasting categories. All contestants must drop off their pies at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club,(…)

Dr. Richard “Dick” Wang, 88

A celebration of life ceremony for jazz enthusiast Richard “Dick” Wang will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Wang was well known in the jazz community as an educator, advisor and dedicated proponent for the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and cultivator of other(…)

Theaster Gates’ Rebuild program to host auction of student work

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A local Chicago artist recently announced the launch of an initiative to train unemployed and underemployed people on the South Side of Chicago. University of Chicago Arts Professor Theaster Gates, who is the founder of the Rebuild Foundation, recently launched Dorchester Industries, which falls under the umbrella of the Rebuild’s(…)

Retail sees festival benefits

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Neighborhood events and festivals are proving to be beneficial in providing entertainment to residents of Hyde Park. The festivals are also benefitting the businesses where these events are taking place, according to those who monitor retail trends in the community. A Tuesday, Oct. 25, retail forum that brought out Hyde(…)

Polsky Politics Panelists talk politics and technology

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute of Politics (IOP) co-hosted a talk on Thursday, Oct. 27, on how technology has changed and will change the elections process. Election season is in full swing, with only less than a week until Election Day. Four panelists came together at the(…)

OWL League talking politics Saturday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The monthly meeting of the Hyde Park Older Women’s League (OWL) will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5. Steve Edwards, the Executive Director of the Illinois Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago will discuss “How did we get to this point in our political/historical history?” Edwards has spent(…)

Season’s end at Amanda’s

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Garden Committee will hold the final workday of the season for Amanda’s Garden on Saturday, Nov.5, from 10 a.m. to noon. Amanda’s Garden, which is located at the northwest corner of the school, 5631 S. Woodlawn Ave., is a space dedicated to the memory of Amanda(…)

RevCom group member defies U. of C. campus ban

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have permanently banned Noche Diaz, a member of the Get Into the Revolution National Organizing Tour (RevCom) from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) campus, a group whose aim is to, “recruit and organize people into(…)

Police quell disturbance on 53rd street

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer A disturbance took place on Saturday night, Oct. 29, on 53rd Street between Lake Park and Dorchester avenues that resulted in Chicago police blocking off 53rd Street to traffic. Reportedly, teens were hanging out in the area when the scene became out of control. “I saw a group of teenagers(…)

City Services Resource Fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 4th Ward is hosting a City Services Resource Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 2., at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees can meet directly with city departments to learn more about services and programs. Confirmed departments include Business Affairs, Streets and Sanitation, Chicago(…)

Kenwood principal warns of Halloween activity on 53rd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer According to a letter to parents from Kenwood Academy High School’s principal, Gregory Jones, a “Halloween Purge” is supposed to occur on 53rd Street beginning at 4 p.m. today. Jones said in the letter that this is not organized by Kenwood students and that the school has contacted both the(…)

Halloween letter from Principal Jones

Dear Parent/Guardian: I am writing to inform you that the school received a message via social media that a “Halloween Purge” will occur in the Hyde Park neighborhood, at 53th Street. The scheduled time is 4:00 p.m. However, it could be later in the evening. A “Halloween Purge” refers to the gathering of teenagers to(…)

“Under the Gun” documentary shown at Harper Theater

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer The People for a Safer Society hosted what could be its final screening of the documentary “Under The Gun” for residents and civic leaders of the Hyde Park community Thursday night, Oct. 28, at Harper Court Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave. “With today’s escalating gun violence, people may feel powerless(…)

Michael Jackson tribute at Logan Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A special performance commemorating one of the world’s most revered pop stars will take place, Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. “The King of Pop Live” is a Michael Jackson tribute show that features a live band, choreographed dancers, and outstanding visual effects featuring the(…)

Panelists talk politics and technology at Polsky

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute of Politics (IOP) co hosted a talk earlier today, Oct. 27, on how technology has changed and will change the elections process. Election season is in full swing, with only 11 days until Election Day. Four panelists came together at the Polsky(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust League Host Housing Tour

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust League is hosting the “October After Hours at The Robie House,” 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., Oct 28, for Trust members and non-members of the community. During the event, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests can observe some of Frank Lloyd(…)

Top 10 Halloween events in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Whether it’s family fun or spooky scares you’re in search of, Hyde Park has multiple events throughout the neighborhood leading up to Halloween night. Friday, Oct. 28 Kozminski’s Fall Harvest Festival Kozminski Community Academy Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St., will have a family fun fall themed event that will(…)

University of Chicago Divinity School Welcomes Nigerian Author

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer The University of Chicago Divinity School,1025 E. 58th St., hosted author Maudlyne Ihejirika and her mother Angelina Ihejirika to discuss their book “Escape from Nigeria: A Memoir of Faith, Love and War,” during their Wednesday Lunch Session, Oct. 26. “We’ve waited a long time to tell her story,” said Maudlyne(…)