Namaste School Closure Threatened In Unionization Push: CTU

Namaste Charter School at 3737 S. Paulina St., Chicago, is the site of recent unionization efforts by teachers and staff.
Namaste Charter School at 3737 S. Paulina St., Chicago, is the site of recent unionization efforts by teachers and staff.
Published May 29, 2019

Namaste Charter School in the McKinley Park neighborhood is threatened with school closure in an effort to block its unionization, according to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). A recent press release from the union stated that the Namaste board of directors will consider a plan to close the school at a closed-door session of its Tuesday, May 28, school board meeting.

"They threatened to shut the school down," said CTU President Jesse Sharkey following last week's bargaining sessions that, for the first time, included discussion of school finances. "The bosses at Namaste would rather close that school down than provide classroom resources."

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Woman Injured in McKinley Park Neighborhood Gunfire

Published May 28, 2019

According to media reports, a 23-year-old woman was injured from gunfire early Monday morning in the 3700 block of South Winchester Avenue, Chicago.

Chicago Sun-Times article said the woman — a passenger in a car — realized she had been shot in the shoulder after hearing gun shots. The incident took place around 3:45 a.m. on Monday, May 27, after which the woman received treatment and was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

Police do not know if she was an intended target, and the woman did not see the shooter, the article said.

Neighborhood Celebrates Veterans with Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony

Officiants remember fallen veterans at the May 27, 2019, Memorial Day ceremony at the William McKinley American Legion Post 231 after the Memorial Day parade through the neighborhood.
Officiants remember fallen veterans at the May 27, 2019, Memorial Day ceremony at the William McKinley American Legion Post 231 after the Memorial Day parade through the neighborhood.
Published May 28, 2019

The McKinley Park neighborhood enjoyed its annual Memorial Day celebrations and observances on Monday, May 27, 2019. Hosted by the McKinley Park Civic Association and the William McKinley American Legion Post 231, the event included a parade kicking off in the morning from the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Parade participants spanned neighborhood organizations and included past parade favorites like the award-winning Thomas Kelly High School Marching Band. At the end of the parade route, marchers, veterans, public officials and neighbors gathered at the American Legion post to honor our nation's veterans with a ceremony and remembrance.

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Get Summer Started with First Farmers Market, Memorial Day Parade This Week in McKinley Park

The route of the 2019 McKinley Park Memorial Day Parade follows the same route as previous years.
The route of the 2019 McKinley Park Memorial Day Parade follows the same route as previous years.
Published May 27, 2019

It's back! One of McKinley Park's most beloved seasonal programs, the McKinley Park Farmers Market returns on Sunday, June 2, to kick off a summer of weekend markets accompanied by live performance. For the 2019 premiere of the farmers market concert series, Lanialoha Lee's Uke Nation brings the vibes of Hawaii to the park with a blowout ukulele jam starting at noon. Warm up for the fun at the weekly Yoga at the Farmers Market, a beginners-friendly session starting at 10 a.m.

The McKinley Park Memorial Day Parade is another harbinger of summer, kicking off this year at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27, from the McKinley Park public library. March along or watch from the sidelines, then join our neighbors and friends for a Memorial Day ceremony honoring our veterans at the William McKinley American Legion Post at 1956 W. 35th St., Chicago.

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Student Engineers Share Their Final Projects, Prep For Horizon Symposium

Araceli, an engineering student at Horizon Science Academy, shows off her final aeronautics project.
Araceli, an engineering student at Horizon Science Academy, shows off her final aeronautics project.
Published May 22, 2019

Students following the engineering program at Horizon Science Academy - McKinley Park are finishing up their final projects to cap off the year and prep for the Horizon Science Academy Engineering Symposium, coming up on Friday, May 24. The high school program, which includes study across engineering disciplines, is yielding results by introducing students to both practical knowledge and engineering career paths.

"Being surrounded by STEM and robotics for the past six years has helped me figure out what I want to do: study mechanical engineering," said Horizon senior Alyssa, who will be attending San Diego State University next year. "Because of classes like physics and engineering, I've learned that I enjoy understanding how things function."

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