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Head of academic center laid off as Kenwood struggles with more CPS cuts

Head of academic center laid off as Kenwood struggles with more CPS cuts

By SAM RAPAPPORT Staff Writer As Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., gears up for the 2015-16 school year and prepares to expand its academic center into the Canter Building next door, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., principal Gregory Jones must deal with the realities of a Chicago Public School budget crisis. On Saturday,(…)

Man shot, killed inside car on Dorchester Ave.

Man shot, killed inside car on Dorchester Ave.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Tuesday evening at approximately 6 p.m., 25-year-old Reginald Sampson was fatally shot while inside of his vehicle in the 5000 block of South Dorchester Avenue. According to a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department (CPD), Sampson suffered gunshot wounds to the upper body after the occupant of a passing(…)

New furniture store replaces clothing boutique on 53rd

New furniture store replaces clothing boutique on 53rd

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new business is moving into the neighborhood on the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. Modern Cooperative, a furniture and home accessories store, will be taking the place of the clothing boutique Anastasia at 1500 E. 53rd St. The store will also be utilizing the space currently(…)

Arts Bank poised to open

Arts Bank poised to open

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The South Side will be getting another structure dedicated to art with the opening of the Stony Island Arts Bank, but with a focus on collective archives. The Stony Island Arts Bank is set to officially open in October, in the previous location of the Stony Island Trust & Savings(…)

Storied mural re-dedicated

Storied mural re-dedicated

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After 43 years of admirers and three months of restoration, the Under the City Stone mural was officially dedicated on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Caryl Yasko, who was the original muralist, returned to Hyde Park in May to give the mural a much needed paint job. She was overjoyed to see(…)

Local Filmmaker debuts documentary about South Side

Local Filmmaker debuts documentary about South Side

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer Cyrus Dowlatshahi cast aside all expectations, four years ago, when he began trekking around Englewood with a camera and aspirations for a feature length film. “Interesting stuff happens all the time,” Dowlatshahi said. “Something would happen, I knew that much going in. I’ve always loved the South Side. It’s a(…)

Burns and Travis pen letters regarding well-being of Dyett

Burns and Travis pen letters regarding well-being of Dyett

Editor’s note: As the Chicago Public School Board’s hearing for the future of Dyett High School draws near (Sept. 15), education advocacy groups and elected officials express their opinions about the best plan of action for the school.

Spoken word artist reflects on 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Spoken word artist reflects on 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Multi-media musician and artist Tovi Khali is bringing the sound and narrative of New Orleans to The Promontory on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with her show entitled “French Quarter Style: A Musical Celebration of Resilience and the Preservation of Ole’ Orleans.” “French Quarter Style” will be performed as a choreopoem, a(…)

Rep. Mitchell introduces Fund Education First Act in response to CPS crisis

Rep. Mitchell introduces Fund Education First Act in response to CPS crisis

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) introduced a piece of legislation, Thursday, Aug. 13, aimed at addressing the underfunding of Illinois public education and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In a press conference Thursday morning, Mitchell, along with state Rep. Arthur Turner (D-9) and Ald. Will Burns (4th), announced the “Fund Education(…)

Art brings two generations of Hyde Parkers together

Art brings two generations of Hyde Parkers together

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A collaborative art project infused two generations together to create art and foster relationships between high school students and the residents at Montgomery Place Retirement Community. Urban Gateways Chicago sponsored Crosswalks, an eight-week art program in which young students were paired with a resident from Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore(…)

New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A larger-than-life street art installation is taking over Hyde Park with portraits of familiar community members. Hyde Park Heroes features 15 Hyde Parkers as depicted in large-scale banners in various locations around the community. Chris Devins was inspired to explore the identity of the community he has called home his(…)

Community goes on hunger strike for Dyett High School

Community goes on hunger strike for Dyett High School

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In a last-ditch effort to call attention to what they believe is an unfair request for proposal (RFP) process led by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), protestors gathered at Dyett High School on Monday morning to participate in a hunger strike. Anger has been building up in the community about the(…)

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Controversy and confusion have surrounded Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., for some time about its future role in the Hyde Park-Kenwood community. A request for proposal (RFP) process was established last year, and CPS has remained quiet, for the most part, on the decision process. Members of the(…)

New store is going to the dogs

New store is going to the dogs

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In its third week of business, Hyde Park’s newest pet store, Sprocket and Stone, 1013 E. 53rd St., has gone to the dogs … in a good way. “Dogs walking by actually pull their owners towards the door,” said owner Sophie Phillips. “I think they must smell our bone selection(…)

Neighbor airs concerns about planned 53rd Street boutique hotel

Neighbor airs concerns about planned 53rd Street boutique hotel

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer Marva Arnold has witnessed the transformation of 53rd Street into a commercial hub in recent years. She and her daughter have lived in their home at 5317 S. Dorchester Ave. for 27 years. Arnold said that her house, built in 1860, is the oldest standing house in Hyde Park. The(…)

Boutique hotel planned for 53rd Street

Boutique hotel planned for 53rd Street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A boutique hotel may soon be coming to the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue in Hyde Park. At a meeting hosted by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) on Tuesday, July 28, developers from Smart Hotels LLC laid out preliminary plans for a 90-room hotel equipped with a restaurant(…)

Ald. Hairston points to maintenance, access problems at 63rd Street Beach

Ald. Hairston points to maintenance, access problems at 63rd Street Beach

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 63rd Street Beach, 6300 S. Lake Shore Dr., has been frustrating beach goers lately due to the increasing lack of care for its facilities and features. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has been pushing for the Chicago Park District to make the interactive water feature at the beach more available(…)

Blossom house attracts worry

Blossom house attracts worry

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following the controversial debate over a proposed bed-and-breakfast in 2013, the future plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright George Blossom House, 4858 S. Kenwood Ave., have been a mystery. The house, which Frank Lloyd Wright designed while working as a draftsman for Adler and Sullivan in 1892, was sold on(…)

CPS starts conversation about retention policy

CPS starts conversation about retention policy

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) met last Thursday to discuss the proposed retention policy at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The council met to begin conversations on options for an updated retention policy at surrounding schools because of the current high retention rates, specifically among 3rd graders and minority(…)

Jimmy Carter visits Hyde Park

Jimmy Carter visits Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Friday, July 24, former President Jimmy Carter held a book signing at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., for the release of his new memoir, “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.” Hundreds of people hoping to procure a signed copy of the former president’s new book streamed(…)