Monthly Archives: April 2013

“Sahmat” at the Smart

“Sahmat” at the Smart

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The aesthetic and the political dovetail seamlessly at the Smart Museum’s temporary exhibit, “Sahmat: Art and Activisim in India since 1989.” The show, on display since Feb. 14 and through June 9 at the Smart, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., houses the artwork and recorded performances of those affiliated(…)

News: U. of C. tough to get into

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It’s getting harder and harder to get into the University of Chicago. This year the school admitted a record low number of applicants to its undergraduate school. The university sent offers to 2,676 of the 30,369 applicants to the college, setting an 8.8 percent acceptance rate for the 2013-2014 school(…)

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) held its final hearing for Canter Middle School Wednesday evening. Representatives from CPS made the case for why the school should be closed and community members and local elected officials made the case for why the school should remain open. Canter Middle School, 4959 S.(…)

Voting on 5th Ward budget begins

Voting on 5th Ward budget begins

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Participatory budgeting has been well received in the Fifth Ward, but it may be a few years before it becomes a household name. Maria Hadden, project coordinator for The Participatory Budgeting Project, said about 35 people arrived to the first participatory budgeting expo on April 10 at the Gary Comer(…)

Bus route change strands Lake Park group

Bus route change strands Lake Park group

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern A change to a Hyde Park bus route has some residents, including Ald. Will Burns (4th), worried. Service on the No. 28 bus, which travels south on Lake Park Avenue, has been restricted between 47th and 55th streets. As it stands, the bus turns onto 51st Street instead of continuing(…)

Hillel chooses new director

Hillel chooses new director

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Newberger Hillel, 5715 S. Woodlawn Ave., has a permanent executive director for the first time in a year. Andrea Hoffman has been the interim executive director since September, but accepted the job permanently in March. Hoffman has been working with the Hillel Foundation at both the national and local levels(…)

Ray receives interim principal

Ray receives interim principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Burnham Elementary School Network Chief John Price introduced Ray Elementary School to its new interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill Thursday evening at the school’s monthly local school council (LSC) meeting. Hill worked as a scientist at Abbott Labs before starting her second career as an educator and then an(…)

Hyde Park makes Canter’s case

Hyde Park makes Canter’s case

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents, teachers, students and community members gathered this week at two Chicago Public Schools (CPS) community meetings to urge the district to keep Canter Middle School open. On March 21, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced that several schools across the city, including Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

We should delay Canter closure

By ALD. WILL BURNS (4th) I attended the public meeting held Monday, April 8, 2013 to listen to the concerns of the Canter School community. I wanted to hear from the community so that I could, as alderman, amplify those concerns to the Chicago Board of Education. I have worked to save many of the(…)

I Googled the McMobil project, and I like it

To the Editor: I recently got curious about what the proposed Mesa development on 53rd Street actually looks like, so I did a little Google search and ended up with forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?p=6062439. It’s an interesting website that shows several renderings of the building, as well as photos of the hotel going up at 53rd Street and(…)

Lots of reasons to keep Canter open

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to a number of Chicago Public Schools officials and local politicians. As a follow-up to the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s general resolution to keep all the Chicago Public Schools open, we write to support keeping, in particular, Canter Middle School, as an ongoing school. We write with the(…)

Making the case for Canter Middle School

To the Editor: Chicago Public Schools needs to reconsider the pending decision to close Canter Middle School. As a CPS teacher and the wife of a Canter teacher, as well as a parent of future Ray Elementary students, I am appalled that Canter is on the closing list. It does not make educational sense to(…)

McMobil plan will benefit Hyde Park and Kenwood

To the Editor: I’d like to express my agreement with the Coalition for Equitable Community Development’s letter in the March 27 Herald. Their letter states some of the benefits that the proposed “McMobil site” project will have for Hyde Park-Kenwood. The letter underscores the economic realities that the project’s opponents have ignored or overlooked. Further,(…)

McMobil project good for the whole neighborhood

To the Editor: The development on 53rd Street will encourage new businesses to open in Hyde Park and create the benefits that come with a more vibrant business district. A vibrant business district provides convenient access to much-needed retailers and entertainment. It provides employment opportunities. It provides support and volunteers for local community events. A(…)

SECC backs McMobil development

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to James Hanson, principal at Mesa Development LLC, the developers of the proposed high-rise at the McMobil site across from Nichols Park Dear Mr. Hanson: The South East Chicago Commission has been involved in leading and facilitating visioning workshops in which members of the Hyde Park community have(…)

Oriental Institute taking kids on dig

The Oriental Institute (OI), 1155 E. 58th St., will once again bring Chicago high school students on one of its digs in Israel. The OI High School program will take students from Rowe-Clark High School, 3645 W. Chicago Ave., on a dig. Students learn about Israel and the Middle East, as well as archaeology. The(…)