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Hyde Park pair leads Bandung Philharmonic in premiere concert

Hyde Park pair leads Bandung Philharmonic in premiere concert

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At the outset of this year, Hyde Park residents Robert Nordling and Michael Hall traveled to Bandung, Indonesia, to oversee the creation of the city’s first professional orchestra. On April 23, the two men will witness the fruits of their labor when the Bandung Philharmonic gives its Premiere Concert in(…)

U. of C. Medicine hosts town hall meeting at Augustana 

U. of C. Medicine hosts town hall meeting at Augustana 

The Chicago Hyde Park Village and The SHARE Network is inviting community members to a town hall meeting from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 for an update on University of Chicago Medicine’s plans for expanded health care on the South Side. Leif Elsmo, executive director of community and external affairs at University(…)

UCHP Quilt Show at United Church of Hyde Park

UCHP Quilt Show at United Church of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 26th Annual Quilt Show is scheduled for Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. Last year was the first time the event was held for two days, and the two-day spread continues this year from noon to 6(…)

70-year-old missing

70-year-old missing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer James Bell, a 70-year-old South Side resident, has been missing since April 5, 2016, according to Chicago police. He was last seen in the area of 6100 S. Kenwood Ave., on Monday, April 4, wearing a navy blue baseball cap, jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and a vest. Police described Bell(…)

Obama discusses Supreme Court nomination

Obama discusses Supreme Court nomination

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty, law students and Illinois politicians all crowded into U. of C.’s Harold J. Green Law Lounge, 1111 E. 60th St., Thursday, April 7, to hear President Barack Obama discuss his recent Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland. Obama, who was a professor of(…)

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago teachers stayed out of their classrooms and took to the streets on April 1 protesting as part of a citywide “Day of Action”. The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) began protesting outside of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at 6:30 a.m. on Friday with organized protests and events that lasted throughout(…)

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore stopped by the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) International House, 1414 E. 59th St., on Thursday, March 31, to discuss her new book, “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Rick Perlstein, a U. of C. graduate and author of “Invisible Bridge:(…)

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in  schools

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A non-profit grassroots organization is getting community members and schools of Hyde Park to stop the junk food propaganda in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Corporate Accountability International (CAI) launched the Value [the] Meal Campaign in Chicago at the beginning of this year. The goal of the campaign is to stop(…)

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The long-awaited Hyde Park Taco Station, 5300 S. Dorchester Ave., will have a soft opening later today and will have an official opening later this week. Owner Edgar Vasquez said he is shooting for Thursday, April 7 or Friday, April 8 for the taco joint’s doors to officially open. The restaurant(…)

New playgrounds planned for Nichols Park

New playgrounds planned for Nichols Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two new playground complexes will soon be coming to Nichols Park, according to Nichols Park Advisory Council (NPAC) President Stephanie Franklin. They will replace both the park’s ‘baby playground,’ at the park’s southwest corner near Kimbark Ave., and ‘big-kids playground,’ near 54th St. and Kenwood Ave. Franklin said that the(…)

Blackstone Bicycle Works transfers management

Blackstone Bicycle Works transfers management

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jamel “J.T.” Triggs, 26, and Jermell Akins, 21, have both been repairing bicycles at Blackstone Bicycle Works, 6100 S. Dorchester Ave., since their early teenage years. Their years of apprenticeship paid major dividends, last week, when Triggs and Akins were tapped to oversee the management of the bike shop. Blackstone(…)

Grandparents connection Bret Harte students meet with Montgomery Place residents

Grandparents connection Bret Harte students meet with Montgomery Place residents

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Eighth graders from Bret Harte Elementary School and senior residents at Montgomery Place had the chance to spend an afternoon together through WTTW’s program, Grandparent Connection. On March 23, 38 students from Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St., visited their neighbors at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., for an(…)

Obama Foundation rep. vows to partner with community for Presidential Center

Obama Foundation rep. vows to partner with community for Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Obama Foundation’s recently appointed Vice President of Civic Engagement, Michael Strautmanis, assured neighborhood residents, at a 5th Ward meeting, Tuesday, March 22, that the community will hold significant weight in upcoming dialogues surrounding the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). Strautmanis is a Chicago native with close ties to the Obamas.(…)

Hyde Park resident starts clean water fund for Flint

Hyde Park resident starts clean water fund for Flint

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park entrepreneur and community organizer Jason Campbell is spearheading a project to bring water filters to youth daycare centers in Flint, Mich. Since April 2014, residents of Flint have been dealing with the repercussions of a poisoned water source. The crisis garnered national attention after it was found that(…)

Herman Cohn, A “Mayor” of Hyde Park

Herman Cohn, A “Mayor” of Hyde Park

    Herman Cohn died Monday, March 21, in Hyde Park. He was 94. The life of Herman Cohn was a life well-lived. He served his country bravely, he served his community tirelessly and he served his men’s store customers with flair. In Cohn’s heyday, some called him the unofficial “Mayor of Hyde Park,” but(…)

Louder Than a Bomb Poetry fest hits DuSable

Louder Than a Bomb Poetry fest hits DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The individual finals for Chicago’s annual Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) poetry competition came to the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., on Thursday, March 17. LTAB founder Kevin Coval has previously called the youth poetry festival “the best political platform in Chicago.” “You will see(…)