CHPV fundraising brunch

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) will host a “Magical Benefit Brunch” as a special fundraising event. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Polo Café, 3322 S. Morgan St., in the Bridgeport neighborhood. Tickets are $100 for CHPV members(…)

A look at Stony Island Arts Bank one year later

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A little over a year ago, the former Southmoor Bank and Trust building was a 92-year-old deteriorating structure that had stood vacant for decades. Now, the building has a new purpose by bringing back to life the surrounding community as the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave.(…)

Hyde Park Used Book Sale weekend approaching

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Used Book Sale will take place Oct. 8 through Oct. 10 at the Hyde Park Shopping Center Plaza at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue as the yearly event for book lovers to restock their shelves. Although this is the book fair’s 10th year being run by(…)

UCPD Chief focuses on community, transparency

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Sunday, Sept. 18, University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) Chief Fountain Walker was the guest speaker at an event hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference.  During the event, Walker addressed the community about how the UCPD and Hyde Park residents can work together to create a safer more welcoming(…)

Bret Harte LSC talks construction plans for Solstice

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At Wednesday night’s Local School Council (LSC) meeting for Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., the main topic of discussion was the construction plans for the upcoming Studio Gang-designed Solstice on the Park development. The 26-story building will sit next door to the school at 1634 E. 56th St.(…)

4th Ward Alderman Candidate Forum

On Thursday, Sept. 22, a 4th Ward Candidates Forum will take place at Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., at 6 p.m. Candidates have until Nov. 28 to file their nominating papers with the minimum amount of 473 signatures. The special election for the 4th Ward Alderman will be held on Feb. 28,(…)

Beyond a mammogram 5K Run/Walk

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The incidence of breast cancer among African American women is slightly lower than it is for Caucasian women, however, the mortality rate is 39 percent higher. This startling statistic and her own battle with the disease spurred Ontisar Freelain and her husband to action in support of finding a cure.(…)

Auditions for HP Community Players

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players announced two audition dates for their upcoming December production of “The Lady’s Not for Burning.” Auditions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Auditions will be held at(…)

Attempted robbery on Dorchester Avenue

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer At approximately 1:40 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, a University of Chicago (U. of C.) student walking westbound in the 5800 block of South Dorchester Avenue was approached by an unknown individual riding a bicycle. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s cellphone. The victim refused to hand over(…)

WHPK back with temporary time slots

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer As of Monday morning, Sept. 19, at 7 a.m., 88.5 FM WHPK was back on the air with a somewhat truncated lineup that will remain flexible while the station “readjusts” according to the radio station’s Facebook post. In an email sent out to student and community DJs on Sept. 17,(…)

Teachers retention discussion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, Sept. 22, Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., host an education event organized by the Illinois Humanities titled, “Our Teachers –How to Get Them, How to Keep them.” Thursday night’s discussion will focus on teacher retention in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and how to attract and(…)

Crime Alert: Strong Armed Robberies

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department has released an alert to citizens in the 2nd District of two strong-armed robberies that occurred Sept. 14th and 16th. In these incidents, two to four offenders approached victims and demanded or forcibly removed personal property from the victims. The incident on Sept. 14 occurred in(…)