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Dyett principal chosen, boundary decisions to be made

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Thursday, Sept. 24, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the new principal to lead Dyett High School when it reopens as an arts-focused open enrollment school next fall. Beulah McLoyd, formerly the principal at Austin neighborhood school Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, 5101 W. Harrison St., will take on(…)

Three proposals in play to resuscitate beleaguered South Side high school

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For the past several months, Charles Campbell, current principal of Dyett High School; The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett, which includes members of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, and Little Black Pearl, which currently operates a Chicago Public Schools contract school for students who are at risk of or already(…)

Chicago police warn of robberies on Harper Avenue

The Chicago Police Department report that two robberies have taken place on Harper Avenue in the past week. In these incidents, the offenders threatened the victims with violence and made off with personal belongings. The first incident occurred on May 23 in the 5700 block of South Harper Avenue at 10:24 p.m. The second incident(…)

Prashant Bhargava, 42

Prashant Bhargava, an acclaimed filmmaker and commercial director known for revealing the extraordinary in the ordinary, died on May 15, 2015, at the age of 42. Prashant was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, his work grounded in its rhythms and spaces. The 1990 Kenwood Academy graduate described himself as “one of(…)

Today and tomorrow, Cream Co.’s plants are for a song – or a poem

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago-based artist collective Cream Co. will give out 2,000 tomato seedlings and 1,000 flowers in exchange for poems this week. The exchange–which began today–will continue through tomorrow at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. Participants are invited to read a poem in exchange for allium flowers and 14 varieties(…)

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, 88

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, Hyde Park educator and social advocate, died on May 20, 2015. She was 88. Dugas worked for the Head Start Program, the State of Illinois’ Institute for Juvenile Research and for the Chicago Child Care Society as a supervising teacher for 25 years until her retirement. Dugas chaired the Jones-Swift Scholarship fund(…)

Beverly Lowe Daniels, 93

Beverly Lowe Daniels, 93, educator, formerly of Chicago’s Woodlawn, South Shore and Hyde Park neighborhoods, passed away May 17, 2015 peacefully and surrounded by love at home in Pahrump, Nev. Daniels was married to the late Jack Elbert Daniels Jr.; mother of Roxane Clark-Murphy and Jack Elbert (Kimila) Daniels, III.; stepmother of Kristin M. (the late William) Perkins;(…)

Alice Katherine Harper, 85

Alice Katherine Harper PhD, (nee Hauslein), 85 – community activist, retired administrator, principal and teacher and native of Dover, N.H. – died March 9, 2015, peacefully in her home. Harper was mother of David Willett of Washington; sister of Lucy (Albert Dec.) Jache of Marietta, Ohio; fond aunt of Ann (Len), Ellen (Dale), Heidi, Joyce,(…)

TIF council to provide update on Vue53

TIF council to provide update on Vue53

The 53rd Street Tax Increment Finance Development Council will host a presentation by the developers of Vue53 this Monday. The meeting, to be held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will cover such issues as construction, traffic and the timeline for development of the high-rise, which will sit across from Nichols Park. The meeting(…)

Survey results endorse lights and signage on 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results are in from the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) survey on proposed changes to 57th Street. At a public meeting last Monday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., design consultants discussed the survey, which was circulated online by the SECC and the 5th Ward office. The questionnaire(…)

Three shot at Ellis Avenue near 55th Street

Three people were shot around 12:30 a.m. last night in an alley off Ellis Avenue, according to the University of Chicago Police Department and Chicago police. The victims were shot near 5487 S. Ellis Ave. and fled into a parking garage at 55th Street and Ellis Avenue, according to Marlon Lynch, chief of police at(…)

University of Chicago Police Department to release traffic stop information

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer   The University of Chicago Police Department announced Monday that it will begin releasing daily traffic stop logs beginning in June. It also wants to change the ways the public communicates with the private police force. The increase in transparency is something South Side residents have been demanding from the(…)

Traffic on Lake Shore Drive could be slowed by 35th Street bridge work this weekend

By Lindsay Welbers STAFF WRITER  Traffic along Lake Shore Drive may encounter snarls this weekend, resulting from construction at 35th Street. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced Thursday that construction will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and through noon Saturday, though that may be delayed in case of inclement weather or other problems. Three(…)

Strive Tutoring benefit is this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer If Strive Tutoring exceeds its fundraising goal this year, it will be able to expand its program and help chip away at the number of students on its waiting list. “We’re hoping to raise additional funds to go towards that expansion,” said Angela Paranjape, executive director. “We have a waitlist(…)

Two Dyett plans submitted to CPS

By Daschell Phillips Staff Writer The Bronzeville-based Coalition to Revitalize Dyett and Kenwood-based Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center submitted proposals Monday in response to a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) request for proposals to operate a new school in the Dyett High School building. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett submitted its long-time plan for(…)

Few details in Kimbark shooting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A woman was shot while sitting in a parked car at 62nd Street and Kimbark Avenue on Wednesday. Chicago Police News Affairs said a 46-year-old African American woman sustained a gunshot wound to the right arm and left hand after she was shot at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. The car she(…)

Police Search for Hyde Park resident suspected of stabbing roommate

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer     Chicago Police are searching for a 27-year-old Hyde Park man accused of stabbing his roommate multiple times last night.     Ross Jacobs, of the 5400 block of South Hyde Park Blvd., is suspected of attacking his 27-year-old roommate, causing severe injuries. Police say Jacobs fled the apartment in an(…)

I left my heart in the Tower of London: “The Yeoman of the Guard” at Mandel Hall

I left my heart in the Tower of London: “The Yeoman of the Guard” at Mandel Hall

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What:  “The Yeoman of the Guard” Where: Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. When: Through Sun., Mar. 15 Phone: 773-702-2787 Web: ticketsweb.uchicago.edu Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeoman of the Guard,” reckoned by both its creators as their best collaboration, opened last night at Mandel Hall and continues with two(…)

U. of C. Woodlawn charter school to abandon Wadsworth, build on 63rd Street

U. of C. Woodlawn charter school to abandon Wadsworth, build on 63rd Street

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Representatives from the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement met with the residents of the Greenwood Block Club, community members living on Greenwood Avenue between 63rd and 64th streets, to share U. of C.’s plans to build a new building for the University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus(…)

UCPD meeting to be held by advocates

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The public is invited to a meeting about the University of Chicago Police Department, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the McCormick Tribune Lounge in the Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave. The meeting will be hosted by the Coalition for Equitable Policing, a student organization that wants reforms to the way(…)