Murray principal to be retained

Murray principal to be retained

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A unanimous vote of nine to zero resulted in the retaining of Murray Elementary School principal, Gregory Mason, at Wednesday night’s Local School Council (LSC) meeting. The open meeting began at 5:30 p.m. at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., where 10 people spoke on Mason’s accomplishments and handling of the(…)

Haitian artist’s work on display at Blackstone Library

Haitian artist’s work on display at Blackstone Library

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jean Yves Hector, 20, is a painter from Camp-Perrin, Haiti. For the past six months, Hector has lived in Hyde Park through a residency program with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC),4654 N. Racine Ave. Twelve pieces of Hector’s work have recently gone on display in the Main Adult(…)

Meeting on Sunday brainstorms how to halt demolition of Woodlawn Church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Coalition to Save The Institute of Christ the King Church, a newly formed group fighting for the preservation of the historic but severely fire-damaged church building at 6401 S. Woodlawn, will host a meeting this Sunday, Jan. 17, to dialogue with community members on how to combat the structure’s(…)

Winners announced for annual HPHS dinner

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) esteemed awards have been announced. The awards will be presented at the annual HPHS dinner on Feb. 27. The 2016 Paul Cornell award goes to Almarie Wagner and Judith Stein for their continued work with the Hyde Park Jazz Society. The(…)

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Scholars, politicians, journalists and law enforcement professionals have, over recent months, debated, in public forums throughout the city, the most effective ways of manufacturing trust between residents of Chicago’s most neglected neighborhoods and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which is currently embroiled in a crisis of public relations following multiple,(…)

Supporters speak out at Brutus kick-off campaign

Supporters speak out at Brutus kick-off campaign

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Patrick Brutus’ kick-off campaign event brought out supporters and volunteers to back him up on his candidacy for the U.S. Representative of the 1st Congressional District in Illinois. Even though his candidacy has been announced since Nov. 30, Brutus and his supporters celebrated a kick-off event on Jan. 7 at(…)

Laughs abound at The Revival on opening week

Laughs abound at The Revival on opening week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer You can expect the unexpected at The Revival, but that’s of course in part due to the improv comedy shows four nights a week at Hyde Park’s new comedy theater. The thing about comedy is, sometimes the jokes are told over and over again. We’ve all heard the same joke(…)

Local artist explores new creativity in art show

Local artist explores new creativity in art show

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As Robert Borja sat in his living room in Hyde Park surrounded by dozens of his paintings hanging and explaining their various meanings, you could guess that he has a passion for painting, but you would not guess that up until recently, he never explored this passion. “I wanted to(…)

Principal quality program

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new non-profit organization has been announced by the Principal Quality Working Group to assist in the training and support of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principals. The Principal Quality Working Group (PQWG) is a group of various members from educational institutions and was created by CPS to take a look(…)

Historic Church inches closer to demolition

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer About 70 people crowded into room 201A of City Hall, on Thursday, Jan. 7, to plead with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to block the pending demolition of an historic Woodlawn church that erupted in flames on Oct. 7, 2015. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is made-up of nine members(…)

Hyde Park pair to create orchestra in Indonesia

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two acclaimed Hyde Park musicians, who also happen to be neighbors, have teamed up to start a world-class orchestra in the city of Bandung, Indonesia. Conductor Robert Nordling and violinist Michael Hall, artists who have both traveled the world to display their craft, live in the same building in the(…)

Washington Park job fair

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago is partnering a with variety of South Side organizations to bring a job and resource fair to Washington Park this Friday, Jan. 15. The event, geared toward 18 – 24 year-olds not in school or in school part-time, includes job readiness workshops, employer interviews and job(…)

Packed reimagines dumplings in new Hyde Park restaurant

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Get your taste buds ready: Packed Dumplings is opening in Hyde Park on Friday. The fast-causal restaurant promises uniquely created combinations of dumplings prepared by Chef Michael Sheerin. Sheerin has lended his talent to renowned restaurants such as Blackbird and Embeya, but along with partner Aaron DiMaria, is creating something(…)

NY Times columnist talks sports at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Tuesday, Jan. 12, as part of its fellows program, the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics will host New York Times columnist Juliet Macur for a conversation titled “The Power and Poltics of Sports: Why Games Aren’t Just Games Anymore.” Macur has written for the New York Times since(…)

King Day at the DuSable

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s one week away from the annual Martin Luther King celebration at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. The full day celebration on Jan. 18 will take place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with scheduled events throughout the day. Poetry by The Young Chicago(…)

Indie City Writers holds first reading

Indie City Writers holds first reading

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Next Thursday, Jan. 14, the Indie City Writers will hold their first reading at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., nine of the members of the South Side writing group will read from their own works—from fiction to nonfiction and poetry to short(…)