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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(…)

U. of C. Lab School director steps down

U. of C. Lab School director steps down

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) Laboratory Schools Director, Robin Appleby, announced in a letter to the lab community yesterday, May 25, that she will be resigning from the position after only two years. “Over the past two years, we have been engaged in the complex and satisfying work(…)

Revamped Clarke’s Diner is open for business

Revamped Clarke’s Diner is open for business

  By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The new and improved Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd St., will have a soft opening this weekend to test the waters on the refurbished restaurant. Franchise owner Tom Tsatas said that they will be up and running Friday, May 27, but that they are still in the process of(…)

53rd Street boutique hotel approved

53rd Street boutique hotel approved

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Plan Commission approved the proposal from Smart Hotels, LLC to move forward with the boutique hotel on 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue at a meeting last Thursday, May 19. The hotel’s plan includes a seven-story building with 100 rooms, a ground floor restaurant and a rooftop amenity area.(…)

U. of C. students rally to democratize the university

U. of C. students rally to democratize the university

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The (I)IRON Student Network, a coalition of University of Chicago (U. of C.) student organizations, held an on-campus rally, Thursday, May 19, that drew just over 200 people. Organizers said that the event, loosely titled “The Protest to Democratize the University,” aimed to highlight the institution’s persistent neglect of student-body(…)

Akiba student competes in National Spelling Bee

Akiba student competes in National Spelling Bee

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Hyde Park student is competing in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee this week in National Harbor, Md. Sarah Campbell is an eighth grade student at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., and has been involved in spelling bees since she was in third grade. At first,(…)

Montgomery Place promotes interaction through play

Montgomery Place promotes interaction through play

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., is holding a special event on Thursday, June 9, to promote a playful lifestyle in older age. Resident of 10 years, Phyllis Booth, is organizing the “Enriching Our Lives Through Playful Connections” event, which includes lunch and a tour, beginning at 11 a.m. “The(…)

Violence and mental health the focus of discussion at Harper Theater

Violence and mental health the focus of discussion at Harper Theater

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The most likely cause of death for Black men in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 34 is murder, according to the Center for Disease Control. A group of anti-violence activists asked Hyde Park residents to think long and hard about this reality, at a presentation in Harper(…)

CTA bus collides with car in 5400 block of South Lake Park

CTA bus collides with car in 5400 block of South Lake Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A CTA bus collided with a Nissan sedan in the 5400 block of South Lake Park Avenue, Wednesday, at approximately 2:15 p.m. While none of the three occupants in the Nissan were hurt, a small number of CTA passengers reported injuries, according to responders at the scene. Jade Rhea, one(…)

Whole Foods opens in June

Whole Foods opens in June

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The opening date for Whole Foods in the City Hyde Park development is set for Wednesday, June 22. Whole Foods’ own version of a ribbon cutting ceremony, a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony,” is set for 8:45 a.m. and the store will be open for shopping at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers(…)

Future students excited for Dyett’s art programs

Future students excited for Dyett’s art programs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., is preparing to open its doors to students after a year of being closed, this time as an arts-based school. On Thursday, May 12, Dyett Principal Beulah McLoyd held an evening mixer for incoming students and their families at the Blanc Gallery, 4445(…)