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Project 120 hosts “Garden of the Phoenix” event

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Project 120, a non-profit organization that is partnering with the Chicago Park District to rehabilitate Chicago’s South Side Parks, is inviting the public to a free event on May 1, in Jackson Park. The day is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., when Project 120 President Robert Karr will give(…)

HP seniors host discussion on aging communities

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A community forum co-sponsored by the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and the Older Women’s League (OWL) Hyde Park chapter will focus on “Aging Friendly Communities” on Chicago’s South Side. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 7 at the University of Chicago’s Community Programs Accelerator,(…)

Security Alert: Student held at gunpoint and fondled

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 23, a University of Chicago (U. of C.) student was held at gunpoint and fondled, according to a security alert from university police. The incident occurred at approximately 4:05 a.m. on South Kenwood Avenue near 58th Street. University police reported that a(…)

Prince tribute show at Promontory

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In honor of the late music legend, Prince, The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., will host a special tribute show on Tuesday, April 26, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. DJ Kwest-On will feature Prince’s best music, videos and artifacts of the artist’s influential music career that spoke to(…)

JPAC hosts Earth Day activities

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In celebration of Earth Day, the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) is hosting a weekend full of work projects and events. All of the activities will take place on Saturday, April 23, and are free and open to the public. From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a Beach(…)

4th Ward community meeting to discuss new alderman

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Monday, April 25, the third meeting of the “Future of the Fourth Ward” group will take place at 7 p.m. at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. This will be the first meeting the group has had since Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Sophia King interim alderman of the 4th(…)

Anti-violence activists recruit Hyde Park residents

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A pop-up lemonade stand on 53rd Street near Harper Avenue, on Wednesday, April 20, offered free, cold beverages to passing community members. The anti-violence organization Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) organized the stand as a way to recruit Hyde Park residents to become involved in their movement. MASK started on(…)

Panel discussion on models for aging communities

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A community forum co-sponsored by the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and the Older Women’s League (OWL) Hyde Park chapter will focus on “Aging Friendly Communities” on Chicago’s South Side. The event takes place on May 7, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., at University of Chicago’s Community Programs Accelerator,(…)

“Poem in Your Pocket Day” offers discounts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Two Hyde Park Bookstores will participate in “Poem in Your Pocket Day” on April 21. “Poem in Your Pocket Day” is a national event celebrated in schools, libraries, bookstores, parks and workplaces across the country. Customers at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., and 57th Street Books, 1301(…)

KOCO continues demand for green tech school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) hosted a town hall meeting on Thursday, April 14, about Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., and updates on collaboration between the school and KOCO. Last year, members of KOCO and the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett fought for Dyett to reopen as a(…)

St. Thomas highlights its stars in annual Starry Night benefit

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., is gearing up for its annual fundraiser night on Saturday, April 23. St. Thomas will host its “Starry Night” signature benefit beginning at 6 p.m. “Starry Night” is the main fundraising event for the school, and last year, the event(…)

A. O. Scott visits Hyde Park

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer New York Times film critic A. O. Scott spent the past weekend discussing the nature of his work with Hyde Park residents. Scott is the author of the recently published book, “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.” On Saturday, April 16, he paid(…)

First Unitarian Church accredited as a “Green Sanctuary”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sunday, April 17, Hyde Park’s First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., celebrated its recent accreditation as a Green Sanctuary congregation. The honor came from the Unitarian Universalist Association and took over three years to earn. Allan Lindrup, First Unitarian’s Green Sanctuary Group Chairman, said the award came after(…)

Earth Day events in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer    Earth Day is this Friday, April 22, and there are plenty of ways to get involved in the neighborhood.    On Thursday, kids ages 5 and up can participate in the Earth Day Celebration at Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.(…)

Project 120 hosts “Garden of the Phoenix” event

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Project 120, a non-profit organization that is partnering with the Chicago Park District to rehabilitate Chicago’s South Parks, is inviting the public to a free event on May 1, in Jackson Park. The day is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., when Project 120 President Robert Karr will give a(…)

Blackstone book sale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., is having a Spring Book Sale on April 30 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale will have a wide collection of genres, from children’s books to young adult, and both paperback and hardcover editions of popular favorites. All proceeds from(…)

U. of C. healthcare expansion met with level of skepticism

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As the University of Chicago (U. of C.) moves forward with its plan to increase access to healthcare on the city’s South Side, some Hyde Park residents are struggling to accept the initiative at face value. In September 2015, following years of community pressure, the university announced that it would(…)

Chamber chooses new Brew Fest location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce has decided on a new location for the 4th Annual Hyde Park Brew Fest. After community complaints, the chamber decided that the popular summertime event would not be in Nichols Park. The fest will now be held on Harper Avenue between 52nd Street and(…)

High School LSC election results

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The high school local school council (LSC) elections were held on April 14. LSC representatives for high schools in Hyde Park include: Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Timothy Miller-Parent Joy Clendenning-Parent Michael Ewing-Parent Nicole Hayes-Parent Melba Allen-Parent Eric Jenkins-Community Brittany Croone-Community Genesis Taylor-Young-Teacher Brian Hester-Teacher Kristin Flowers-Non-Teacher(…)

Elementary School elections results

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The elementary school local school council (LSC) elections were held Wednesday, April 13. LSC representatives for schools in Hyde Park include: Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St. Elizabeth Herring-Parent Erica Walker-Parent Darryl Williams-Parent Eric Johnson-Parent Robert Jr. James-Parent Rodney Shelley-Parent Caroline Anderson-Community William Sweetland-Community Kendra Williams-Teacher Adam Schwartz-Teacher Acceshia(…)