Monthly Archives: March 2013

Don’t deny education for all

By TIMUEL D. BLACK I am fortunate that on Friday, Feb. 15, I have been invited to be a guest at President Obama’s appearance at Hyde Park High School, where I was a faculty member for more than two years. I had friends that attended Hyde Park High School more than 50 years ago. I(…)

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Patricia Breckenridge plans to run against Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis in the upcoming CTU election in May. Breckenridge said displaced teachers were not represented well during last year’s contract negotiations. “During the strike we weren’t allowed to bargain for the recall of teachers,” said(…)

Poll rejects McMobil plan

A majority of the respondents to a text poll conducted by the Hyde Park Herald in recent weeks reject the 13-story high-rise development proposed by Mesa Development LLC at the Mobil gas station and former Mcdonalds site across from Nichols Park, known as the McMobil site to Hyde Parkers. More than 60 percent of voters —(…)

U. of C. police under scrutiny

U. of C. police under scrutiny

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department will be subject to increased scrutiny after its interactions with protesters in recent months have upset students and community members. The University of Chicago will review the policies and practices that led to the allegedly violent arrests of four protestors outside of the Center(…)

Climate change petition delivered

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Students at the University of Chicago aren’t remaining silent in their demand that the university stop investing its money in companies that deal in coal and fossil fuels. “The petition is something we’ve been working on getting signed all quarter,” said Marissa Lieberman-Klein, a fourth year anthropology student. The student(…)

Foster parent group fundraiser

Envision Unlimited’s foster parent advisory council will be sponsoring a bake sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at 5333 S. Greenwood Ave. The Chicago-based non-profit assists and provides for special needs children. Proceeds from the sale will go to Envision Unlimited’s Foster Care Program and children they serve, according to(…)

Local schools updates

Murray The 7th and 8th grade boys basketball team at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., advanced to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) City Finals by beating Beasley Elementary School, 5255 S. State St., 45 to 41, in four overtimes in the Burnham Park Network Championship game. The finals will take place at 4:45(…)

MAC wants Regents Park rezoned

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer MAC Properties’ request for a zoning change to bring Regents Park in line with is previous uses was approved by the zoning board last month, Peter Cassel said. The zoning change would allow MAC to open the gym to the public and add amenities. After Antheus Capital, the financial arm(…)

McMobil meeting Mon.

Hyde Park residents will meet next week to discuss the size and scale of the proposed 13-story residential and retail building proposed for the McMobil Site on 53rd Street. The Citizens for Appropriate Retail and Residential Development will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., to discuss(…)

Seminary Co-op talk

The Hyde Park Historical Society is hosting a presentation on the stories and people that made the former home of the Seminary Co-op such a distinctive place. University of Chicago alumni Jasmine Kwong and Megan E. Doherty will give a first look at “The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project: Capturing the Bookstore’s Distinctive Character and History”(…)

Div. head breakfast chat

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The annual Knights of Columbus Ladies’ Auxiliary prayer breakfast is set for Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. this year. Headlining the event is University of Chicago Divinity School Dean Margaret M. Mitchell. Proceeds have in the past established scholarships for children from low-income families at St. Thomas the Apostle(…)

Jazz artist at Hyde Park Records

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Jazz artist Phil Cohran will play a free concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St. The 85-year-old trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, whose full name is Kelan Phil Cohran, is a Mississippi native who lives in Chicago and has played for(…)

Africa bound: Kenwood students part of after-school group

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Seven students from area schools, including Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will travel this summer to Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa. The students are part of a faith-based after-school program called Young Life. The students will take a 24-hour plane ride this July to a summer camp in(…)

Send McMobil plan back to drawing board

To the Editor: There is a plan before our political leaders to build a monstrous 13-story high-rise structure at the so-called McMobil site on 53rd Street across from Nichols Park. This building should not be built. The proposed structure is grossly out of proportion with its surroundings and would degrade the quality of life for(…)

McMobil plan is a needed development

To the Editor: In response to Ms. Franklin’s “alternative to the McMobil plan” (letters, Feb. 27, p.4), it is equally important to hear the voices of those who support this architecturally pleasing and well-designed building on 53rd Street. This building will provide the most needed yet currently absent element to 53rd Street, additional market rate(…)

Franklin right on McMobil plan

To the Editor: Regarding the McMobil project, Stephanie Franklin has it exactly right. The next, and more difficult step, is to induce the university and the developer to listen. James M. Ratcliffe Write a Letter

Schools group vents concerns

Schools group vents concerns

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of parents and community members attended the neighborhood’s second Hyde Park Community Area Residents Empowering Schools (HPCARES) meeting to discuss ways that they could work together to advocate for their schools. HPCARES is a member group of the social justice group Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation(…)

Hyde Park votes

Hyde Park votes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer South Hyde Parkers had the opportunity to cast their ballots on Tuesday Feb., 26 in the primary for the House seat formerly occupied by Jesse Jackson Jr. Robin Kelly, former Illinois state representative and Chief Administrative Officer under Toni Preckwinkle, sailed to reelection Tuesday receiving 79 percent of Hyde Parkers’(…)

Ancona explores diversity for 50th

Ancona explores diversity for 50th

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School continued with its 50 year anniversary celebration last Saturday by hosting a symposium to discuss how the school has created and cultivated a diverse school environment for the past 50 years. The event, titled “50 Years of Diversity: Teaching and Learning at the Ancona School,” took(…)

Suspect arrested

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with one felony count of bank robbery on Monday, March 4, after allegedly taking $1,874 from Fifth Third Bank, 1420 E. 53rd St., on Friday, March 1. Robert D. Shaw, 54, of 527 E. 51st St., was charged with one count of bank robbery.(…)