Al Klinger invites Hyde Park to his birthday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Long-time Hyde Park resident Al Klinger is inviting everyone and anyone that’s interested to his 90th birthday party, on May 15, at Regent’s Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. Before retiring in 1999, Klinger worked as a physician in Hyde Park for over three decades. He was also instrumental in(…)

CNN series gets screening at DuSable

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, April 7, the DuSable Museum of African American History will hold a special screening of the CNN Original Series, “United Shades of America.” Comedian W. Kamau Bell, who is featured in the new series, will be at the DuSable, 740 E. 56th Pl., to discuss the documentary series. “United(…)

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago teachers stayed out of their classrooms and took to the streets today protesting as part of a citywide “Day of Action”. The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) began protesting outside of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at 6:30 a.m. today with organized protests and events that lasted throughout the day. Locally,(…)

Obama to discuss Supreme Court nominee at U. of C. Law School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer President Barack Obama will make an appearance in Hyde Park next week to discuss his Supreme Court justice nomination with University of Chicago (U. of C.) law students. Obama recently selected federal appellate judge Merrick Garland as his choice to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat left by Antonin Scalia,(…)

Lab School finds new high school principal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an extensive search that began at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the University of Chicago Laboratory High School (U-High) finally appointed Stephanie Weber as the new principal for the high school. U-High, 1362 E. 59th St., conducted the search alongside the national recruitment firm, Carney, Sandoe &(…)

U. of C. scientists discuss molecular-level breakthroughs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a free, two-hour event on Wednesday, April 6, scientists from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute for Molecular Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory will speak on the molecular-level scientific breakthroughs that are changing the course of our future. The event, titled “Future Science: Small Scale, Big Impact,”(…)

KAM Isaiah Israel talks institutional racism

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The congregation of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a two-day event on institutional racism and community solutions next weekend, April 8-9. Hyde Park journalist Jamie Kalven and University of Chicago professor Craig Futterman, who were both instrumental in the reporting surrounding the Laquan McDonald case,(…)

Rainbow PUSH to hold Saturday rally for Chicago State University

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In the wake of employee layoffs at Chicago State University (CSU) due to lack of funding, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., is calling on help from South Side communities. Jackson announced today a rally in support of CSU will take place this Saturday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Rainbow PUSH(…)

New playgrounds planned for Nichols Park

New playgrounds planned for Nichols Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two new playground complexes will soon be coming to Nichols Park, according to Nichols Park Advisory Council (NPAC) President Stephanie Franklin. They will replace both the park’s ‘baby playground,’ at the park’s southwest corner near Kimbark Ave., and ‘big-kids playground,’ near 54th St. and Kenwood Ave. Franklin said that the(…)

Blackstone Bicycle Works transfers management

Blackstone Bicycle Works transfers management

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jamel “J.T.” Triggs, 26, and Jermell Akins, 21, have both been repairing bicycles at Blackstone Bicycle Works, 6100 S. Dorchester Ave., since their early teenage years. Their years of apprenticeship paid major dividends, last week, when Triggs and Akins were tapped to oversee the management of the bike shop. Blackstone(…)

Grandparents connection Bret Harte students meet with Montgomery Place residents

Grandparents connection Bret Harte students meet with Montgomery Place residents

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Eighth graders from Bret Harte Elementary School and senior residents at Montgomery Place had the chance to spend an afternoon together through WTTW’s program, Grandparent Connection. On March 23, 38 students from Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St., visited their neighbors at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., for an(…)

HP Transitional Housing Project hosts Taste of Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP) will host its 11th annual “Taste of Hyde Park” fundraising event, Saturday, April 2, at St. Paul and the Redeemer Church, 4945 S. Dorchester. The event will feature an eclectic assortment of food from various neighborhood restaurants as well as an auction and(…)

First Thursdays discounts HP businesses to offer deals and activities on first Thursdays

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Thursday nights are about to be the popular night out in Hyde Park through the new First Thursday events. Beginning April 7, every first Thursday of the month will mean special discounts, deals and activities at neighborhood businesses. Over 40 restaurants and stores are participating on the kick-off event on(…)

New Hyde Park-based choir for seniors formed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new choir is in town geared at senior singers that are looking to spark back some creativity through song. The national chorale organization, Encore, is dedicated to providing adults ages 55 and older with professionally conducted chorale programs. Encore is bringing two opportunities to get involved Illinois with new(…)

Anti-violence group hosts Sunday meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The anti-violence organizations Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) and Hyde Park-Kenwood Residents for a Safer Chicago are holding an organizational meeting this Sunday, April 3, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and(…)

CPS announces childcare sites for April 1 walkout

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today that it has designated over 250 sites, including over 100 of its schools, as places for students to be safe, fed and engaged during the April 1 teachers’ one-day walkout lead by Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU). Local sites include the Nichols Park Fieldhouse, 1355(…)

Hyde Park author discusses South Side book

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Natalie Moore will stop by the International House (I-House) on Thursday, March 31 to discuss her new book, “THE SOUTH SIDE: A portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Moore will be in conversation with author Rick Perlstein at the I-House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., beginning(…)

U. of C. Law School focuses on Flint

By SAM RAPPAPORT Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) attorneys Evan Feinauer, Sarah Tallman and Anjali Waikar will discuss the litigation efforts they’ve launched on behalf of Flint, Mich. residents,Tuesday, March 29, at the University of Chicago’s Law School, 1111 E. 60th St. During the discussion, the lawyers will focus on the legal efforts of the(…)

UCPD implements body-worn cameras

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will begin using body-worn cameras this April, according to a March 23 statement from the university. During the initial stages of the program, approximately 20 patrol officers will be outfitted with the cameras. However, the university said that by the outset of the(…)

Hyde Park activities for Easter Sunday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents can celebrate Easter Sunday, March 27, with two special events in the neighborhood. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., will have its annual Easter Day service starting at 11 a.m. The adult and children’s choir will sing during the service. After the service, children are invited(…)