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Murray LSC calls for principal’s resignation

Murray LSC calls for principal’s resignation

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer   The Local School Council (LSC) at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., requested the resignation of the school’s principal at its monthly meeting, Wednesday, June 15. At the meeting, LSC chairwoman, Lesle Honoré Smith, read a resolution that the LSC plans to submit calling for principal Gregory Mason to resign.(…)

Murray keeps assistant principal

Murray keeps assistant principal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., has found a way to retain its assistant principal. “Because of the community members that rallied to keep me at the school, Murray worked something out for me to stay,” said Murray Assistant Principal Rhonda Butler. On May 25, the Murray Local School(…)

Kenwood School of Ballet celebrates fourth year with a recital

Kenwood School of Ballet celebrates fourth year with a recital

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kristi Mosbey has been teaching her students at the Kenwood School of Ballet the perfect pirouettes and tendus for four years now, and she is finally seeing the results of her hard work bloom in her students’ technique. “I’m that teacher that’s on the floor on my hands and knees(…)

Kurt Elling returns ‘home’ for performance in Hyde Park

Kurt Elling returns ‘home’ for performance in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling gave an electrifying performance at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Sunday, June 12. The performance was part of the annual N’DIGO Foundation Gala, an event that raises funds to cover the college tuitions of deserving Chicago youths. Elling, who(…)

Ancona marketing director takes new position in California

Ancona marketing director takes new position in California

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After six years at The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Fiona Farrahi will have her last day at the school on July 17 in order to pursue further career opportunities. Farrahi came to Ancona as the admissions director in 2010 and is leaving as the admissions marketing communications director.(…)

Second City show features Hyde Park comedians

Second City show features Hyde Park comedians

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Editor Hyde Park residents Lisa Beasley and Aasia Lashay Bullock are part of the six-person comedy group in The Second City e.t.c.’s 40th Revue, “A Red Line Runs Through It.” In “A Red Line Runs Through It,” which is now playing at The Second City e.t.c. Theatre, 230 W. North Ave. (2nd(…)

CCCS and HPAC partner for a service day of art

CCCS and HPAC partner for a service day of art

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer About 50 kids at the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) had a morning of arts and crafts, Friday, June 10, thanks to a collaboration with the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) and Deloitte Chicago. Eighteen volunteers from the consulting firm, Deloitte, guided kids through different art projects with the help(…)

Shop owner remembers Ali

Shop owner remembers Ali

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Leroy Cain, former owner of the renowned Hyde Park Hair Salon, remembers the excitement and chaos that neighborhood resident Muhammad Ali would cause when he’d go get a haircut. “He started coming in my shop around ’72, ’73,” Cain reflected from a padded chair inside Cain’s Barber College, 365 E.(…)

U. of C. student body president allowed to graduate

U. of C. student body president allowed to graduate

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) administrators have put Student Body President Tyler Kissinger on “disciplinary probation” as a result of his involvement in a May 19 protest in which he and 34 other students briefly occupied the university’s administrative building. Despite this, Kissinger, a fourth-year undergraduate student, will be(…)

U. of C. student body president faces disciplinary action

U. of C. student body president faces disciplinary action

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) student body president Tyler Kissinger is facing disciplinary action following his participation in a May 19 sit-in inside the university’s administrative building. The May 19 sit-in was coupled with a student protest, titled “Rally to Democratize the University,” which was prompted, according to event(…)

4th on 53rd Grand Marshall shares memories of past parades

4th on 53rd Grand Marshall shares memories of past parades

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Every year, the 4th on 53rd Parade gets a Grand Marshall; someone who truly embodies the spirit of Hyde Park and is honored to lead the parade down 53rd Street. This year, one of the founders of the very first parade, Nancy Stanek, gets her time to shine as Grand(…)

Gas leak on 52nd Street

Gas leak on 52nd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At approximately 1:30 p.m., June 7, street construction caused a gas leak that lead to an evacuation of the 1300 block of East 52nd Street. According to Scott Alwin, a spokesperson from Peoples Gas Company, an electrical contractor working on the street struck a gas line. Alwin said Peoples Gas(…)

Willie Pickens leads open jam session at Hyde Park Union Church

Willie Pickens leads open jam session at Hyde Park Union Church

– Photo courtesy of Urban Aspirations By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A jam session featuring young jazz students and Hyde Park’s own Willie Pickens will take place at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Avenue, on Thursday, June 9. The event is one of many performances coordinated by Urban Aspirations, an inner city performing(…)

Artwork of Little Black Pearl students featured at the Union League Club

Artwork of Little Black Pearl students featured at the Union League Club

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Students at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy (LBP), 1060 E. 47th St., had the opportunity to showcase their artwork in a real gallery setting in collaboration with the Union League Club of Chicago. For the second year in a row, the partnership between the two has focused on(…)

New building planned for corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue

New building planned for corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Ranquist Development Group is planning to build a new four-story residential building at 1400 E. Hyde Park Blvd. The site is currently a 55-space parking lot on the Northeast corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue. The new development, which will be designed by Northworks Architects + Planners,(…)

Proposed music pavilion the focus of discussion at Jackson Park planning meeting

Proposed music pavilion the focus of discussion at Jackson Park planning meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over 100 South Side residents crowded into a small event room at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., on Tuesday, May 31, hoping to get clarity on future projects slated for Jackson Park. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) called the meeting in response to a growing number of community(…)

Missing Hyde Park woman found

Missing Hyde Park woman found

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Hyde Park woman who went missing last week has been safely located, according to law enforcement. Tanya Martin, 45, went missing last Wednesday, May 25, from the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive. Police issued a statement on Wednesday, June 1, saying that Martin had been safely located,(…)

Shoesmith holds rally in support of CPS 20 for 20

Shoesmith holds rally in support of CPS 20 for 20

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer All 516 students at Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., participated in a rally on the afternoon of Thursday, May 26, as part of the 20 for 20 campaign hosted by Chicago Public Schools (CPS). CPS students are 20 percent of the state’s total enrollment and the families and(…)

St. Thomas School Principals to transition in June

St. Thomas School Principals to transition in June

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a 49-year education career, St. Thomas the Apostle School principal, Candace Scheidt, will retire at the end of June. Scheidt will be replaced by current assistant principal, Tim Gallo, but is confident he will continue the work she has implemented at the school over her five years of leading(…)

LSC meeting talks about sudden firing of Murray assistant principal

LSC meeting talks about sudden firing of Murray assistant principal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An emergency Local School Council (LSC) meeting was called last night to discuss the sudden termination of the Murray Language Academy Assistant Principal, Rhonda Butler. Butler was fired on Monday, May 16, by Principal Gregory Mason, after working there for two years, and the school’s staff and parents had to(…)