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The Legacy Ends

Omaha's oldest social service agency closed earlier this year with a whimper, not a bang. The Wesley House Community Center, a United Methodist Church mission since 1872, has ended 139 years of service, confirmed Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede, interim executive director and head of United Methodist Ministries in Omaha. The agency's two-acre, twin-building campus at 2001 North 35th St. will be sold,...

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<p>Curriculum at Underwood Hills focuses on 21st century-learning — technology and communication skills — and each student has access to their own laptop.  </p>

Still in Focus

The rumors were starting to pile up like the early January snow surrounding Underwood Hills Focus School. Faced with looming state budget cuts, the innovative elementary school near 90th Street and Western Avenue was in danger of closing. Last December the Elkhorn school district was the first to pull out of the collaborative venture with the Westside and Omaha school districts. Twenty percent of...

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FILM: “Of Gods and Men” held over at Film Streams

We just got word that due to popular demand, Film Streams is holding over Of Gods and Men for an extra week, through May 26. (It was reported in the print edition of The Reader that the film would be closing May 19.) This, of course, means two things: One, Of Gods and Men must be really, really good; and two, you have that much more of a reason to go read Michael J. Krainak's review, which you...

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MUSIC: Jazz on the Green lineup announced

Beloved Omaha summer staple Jazz on the Green will once again make its home at Midtown Crossing for 2011, running six consecutive Thursdays from July 7-Aug. 11. Here's the lineup: Thursday, July 7: Tiempo Libre (Cuban-inspired, dance-inducing jazz) Thursday, July 14: Incendio (Latin guitar, world fusion) Thursday, July 21: Omaha Big Band (Classic Big Band, toe-tapping swing) Thursday, July 28:...

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<p>Seniors Treasure Anderson and Daniel Mayorga-Alvarez are two of 45 members of St. Peter Claver’s 2011 graduating class.  </p>

The Graduates

Four years ago Daniel Mayorga-Alvarez and Treasure Anderson took the challenge of enrolling in a new high school with strict disciplinary codes, high academic standards and the requirement of working a paid internship. The teens signed on to the inaugural, all-freshman class at St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey High School. The Cristo Rey Network affords youths from low-income families a quality...

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Once More With Feeling

Rumors about the impending demise of a north Omaha cultural institution began flying last fall when Loves Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St., took an extended break from normal operations. Even the hint of trouble alarmed the African American community and city-county officials, who view LJAC as a linchpin for an envisioned 24th and Lake revival. The North Omaha Development Project, the...

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On Edge

Sitting across the table from Mark Christensen, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed state senator from Imperial, I can't help but wonder if he's packing heat. After all, the National Rifle Association-endorsed Christensen, 48, has introduced some of the most radical gun-rights bills in the country, including a measure that would have allowed teachers to carry guns in school. Another, the so-called...

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Sun Reflection

See also: Tax form led Sun to Boys Town's 'hidden' assets When readers picked up their March 30, 1972 issue of the weekly Sun Newspaper, they could hardly believe their eyes. The small but enterprising paper with multiple neighborhood editions had called out a venerable Omaha institution, Boys Town, in crusading journalistic fashion terms. No crime was alleged, but rather the violation of a...

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