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Cleansate to return this June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Cleanslate will begin beautification on the entire 53rd Street Special Service Area (SSA) corridor as early as June 1, managing director Brady Gott said. The organization helps people who are challenged by homelessness, poverty or incarceration to receive training for long-term employment. While they are in training for a job(…)

Longtime political figure Lou Silverman dies; services announced

Influential Hyde Park political strategist and builder of real estate apartments Louis Silverman passed away Monday, April 21 at the age of 83. A New York City native, Silverman came to Hyde Park first as a U. of C. student and became a political organizer with the Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI). It was his(…)

Community improv show holding auditions this week

A new comedy improv show sponsored by the Hyde Park Community Players will be holding auditions this week. Auditions for “Drones, Clones and Phones: I Know What You Did Last Summer,” will take place at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, and from 10(…)

Murray Elementary winning CPS Battle of the Books

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School’s 4th through 8th grade students won their divisional matches in the CPS Battle of the Books competition. The 4th to 6th team earned enough points to advance to the Battle of the Books City Championship, where they will compete against the other top 14 schools across(…)

Kenwood Academy students heading to Springfield for statewide history competition

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Several Kenwood Academy High School students are headed to Springfield to compete in the statewide history fair competition. On April 5, 7th and 8th grade students from Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., competed in the Chicago Metro Junior History Fair at DePaul University. Seventh graders Keith Calloway, who presented(…)

Rappers and non-profits team up for youth jobs program and Jackson Park music festival

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rap artists and native Chicagoans Common and Kanye West have partnered with the Chicago Urban League to create the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative. The collaborative will offer year-round jobs to youth and host an annual music festival in Jackson Park. Common and his Common Ground Foundation; Andrea L. Zopp,(…)

Campus panel tackles youth challenges, violence and gangs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For many young African American males in Chicago, not being a part of a gang is not an option. At a University of Chicago Institute of Politics panel discussion titled “The Chicagoland Lens: A Look at Chicago Public Schools,” held at the Quadrangle Club Thursday evening, University of Chicago(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) seeking input on aldermanic menu cash

Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) office recently announced two community meetings to discuss how the ward’s discretionary funds will be spent this year. Last year the 5th Ward adopted a process dubbed participatory budgeting, in which residents voted on how to spend $1 million in aldermanic menu money. Beginning this week, constituents from each of the(…)