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Activist fights for Scammon Garden

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Peter Zelchenko, a community activist and University of Chicago Lab School parent, has initiated an effort to protect the name and accessibility of a section of the Lab School campus. Following the recent completion of Lab School’s Gordon Parks Arts Hall, Zelchenko created an online petition calling on university president(…)

DuSable screens Halloween movies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will host an Oct. 31 event, entitled “Don’t Be Scurred,” in which four scary movies with mostly Black casts and Black leading actors will be screened in the museum’s theater, 740 E. 56th Pl. In addition to the films, activities include “creepy crafts”(…)

Scholarship the focus of HPNC’s annual fundraiser

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club will unveil its new scholarship fund for youth attending the club’s afterschool programs during its 106th Anniversary Gala next month. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) is inviting the community to help celebrate its 106th year from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6(…)

Local innovations featured during Chicago Ideas Week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Innovative structures in Hyde Park and nearby South Side neighborhoods were featured during the 5th Annual Chicago Ideas Week. Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) partners with innovative businesses and venues to get ideas rolling across the city. Each year 156 events are scheduled across the city including workshops, discussions, parties and(…)

Kenwood School Fundraiser

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s big homecoming is on Friday, and to kick it off, there will be a fundraiser party with live entertainment at The Promontory tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will benefit the school directly, and all proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go(…)

New Dyett principal ready to move school forward

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Beulah McLoyd will fill the position of principal of Dyett High School starting the 2016-2017 school year. McLoyd has been an educator in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school system for 15 years and resides in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Prior to leading Dyett, 555 E. 51st St., she was the(…)

Burns argues against charter school moratorium

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sept. 24, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) introduced a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion. The resolution calls on the Illinois State Board of Education and the Chicago Board of Education to halt charter school growth for the 2015-16 school year. The resolution has been signed by(…)

Hyde Parkers’ view of gangs challenged by activists

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the past few months, violence edging into the confines of Hyde Park has left residents questioning how to take action. At a community meeting on Sept. 21, held in response to an Aug. 25 shooting that killed a man in the 1500 block of E. Dorchester Avenue, Hyde Park(…)