Hyde Park Older Women’s League to host meeting Saturday

Nora Super, executive director of the White House 2015 Conference on Aging, will be one of three guest speakers at the Older Women’s League’s fall meeting on Oct. 11. Super will talk about the administration’s vision for the upcoming conference. Other guest speakers include Carol Gardner, founder of Zelda Wisdom, a multi-million dollar greeting card(…)

Oscar Brown remembered

Oscar Brown remembered

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Members of Hyde Park’s jazz community will host a memorial for Oscar Brown Jr. on Friday. Brown, who would have turned 88 on Friday, died in 2005. His daughters, jazz musicians Maggie Brown and Africa Brown, will perform as The 2 Brown Sisters at Promontory, 5331 S. Lake Park Ave.,(…)

New U. of C. program seeks to ease cost of undergraduate education

New U. of C. program seeks to ease cost of undergraduate education

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Building on its plan to make sure qualified low-income students graduate debt free, the University of Chicago announced its “No Barriers” initiative at a press conference Wednesday morning at its Gleacher Center building downtown. No Barriers is a program that provides students of all backgrounds and economic circumstances with(…)

Ancona to host discussion series on sex and gender

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will host a series of discussions on the subject of gender and sexuality at its Honest Conversations symposium. Honest  Conversations  is a parent-organized discussion group that meets at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., about five times during the year to discuss issues such as race, gender,(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society seeking award nominations

Hyde Park Historical Society seeking award nominations

The Hyde Park Historical society is seeking nominations for its annual Paul Cornell and Marian and Leon Despres awards through Nov. 1. The Despres Award recognizes organizations, individuals and institutions for outstanding achievements in preserving Hyde Park’s architectural heritage. Any project or building within the bounds of Hyde Park Township — including 35th through 139th(…)

Hyde Park Ph.D. student named Amtrak writer-in-residence

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sixth-year U. of C. graduate student and Hyde Parker Korey Gerard Garibaldi will take part in Amtrak’s first-ever writer’s residency. Garibaldi is one of 24 writers-in-residence —and 16,000 applicants — selected go on a free, round-trip writing retreat in a sleeper cabin. The train travel enthusiast, whose past journeys have(…)

Violent crime in Hyde Park in steady decline

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Violent crime over last summer was down significantly from the previous summer, according to data provided by the Chicago Police Department. Violent crime, defined by CPD as murder, criminal sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, robbery or battery, has been on a steady decline since 2009, the oldest year with data available.(…)

Hyde Parkers discuss 55th Street’s future at CDOT meeting

Hyde Parkers discuss 55th Street’s future at CDOT meeting

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) hosted a public meeting Monday evening to gather community input for what could be a long-term, multimillion-dollar project to spruce up Hyde Park’s 55th Street corridor. Around 20 community members divided among four tables were each assigned to compile a(…)