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New leader for Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer   Sarah Diwan has been named the new executive director of Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Outgoing executive director Jennifer Bosch recommended Diwan for the promotion. Diwan was the director of Early Childhood Programs at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., before she assumed the role of(…)

Ray LSC back to square one

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray families will have to wait even longer before they get a new principal. Ray Elementary School’s new local school council held its first organizational meeting July 1. The group also held a second meeting to vote on the next steps in it principal selection process, where they decided(…)

Police alert Hyde Parkers about robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police recently issued a warning about robberies at the north end of Jackson Park. The robberies occurred in the vicinity of the south 5600 and 5700 blocks between Stony Island Avenue and Everett Drive in June. In the instances, three offenders approached victims, displayed a handgun and announced(…)

Ray LSC stumbles on way to picking principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) voted to postpone its selection of a new principal at its special meeting Wednesday night. The parents as well as the governing body was fractured in its response to the candidates chosen by the LSCs Principal Screening Committee. After a closed(…)

Seminary Co-op finds leader

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Board of Directors of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore named Jeff Deutsch as the next director of the bookstore beginning July 1. Deutsch previously worked at the co-op bookstore at Stanford University where he was director of stores since 2012. Before that he ran the Cal Student Store at the(…)

Ray principal finalists don’t include Interim Principal Toni Hill

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents and community members were disheartened to see that Ray Elementary School interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill was not one of the final candidates at the principal screening forum Tuesday evening. The lack of diversity among the panel of candidates was also a concern. The local school council (LCS)(…)

Sam Greenlee, late author of “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” dead at 83

South Side author Sam Greenlee died May 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Born in Chicago in 1930, Greenlee grew up in Woodlawn. He attended Englewood High School, and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Chicago. Following a stint at the U.S. Information Agency, he published his most famous novel,(…)

Citing need for trauma care, locals briefly halt medical center construction

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma care center advocates staged a sit in at a construction site by the University of Chicago Medical Center Monday morning. The Trauma Care Coalition (TCC), an organization of South Side residents demanding that the University of Chicago build a Level 1 adult trauma care center on its campus, halted(…)

Ray candidate forum for the public announced

The Ray Elementary School principal candidate’s forum will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, in the auditorium at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. This is an opportunity for Hyde Parkers to meet the final three candidates, according to local school council member Don Willard.

Botched carjacking leaves victim badly hurt

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer   A man is listed in critical condition after an attempted carjacking last week left him pinned beneath another car. A 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile with one count each of felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor criminal damage to property. At 10:56(…)

Hyde Park man reported missing

Hyde Park man reported missing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A man last seen on the 600 block of East 52nd Street was reported missing to Chicago Police Department. Parchia Tolbert, 35, is described at 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion and weighing 180 pounds. He has a tattoo marked “Parchia” on(…)

Get to know Nichols Park

The Nichols Park Advisory Council is hosting a new member meet and greet at 7 p.m. tonight, at the park’s field house, 1355 E. 53rd St. Group members help plan Hyde Park’s annual 4th of July festivities, as well as a summer concert series in the park. For more information, call Nichols Park Advisory Council President Stephanie Franklin(…)

Kenwood finds new basketball coach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Marlo Finner is the new head basketball coach of Kenwood Academy High School. Finner replaced coach Jim Maley, who was terminated from the position, amidst parent protest, in March. Finner became head basketball coach at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on April 24. Before coming to Kenwood, Finner was(…)

Weigh in on Jackson Park plans next week

A public meeting concerning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s (USACE) planned restoration of Jackson Park will take place next week. The meeting will be hosted by the USACE and the Chicago Park District at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at the Jackson Park field house, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. On April 12,(…)

Longtime political figure Lou Silverman dies; services announced

Influential Hyde Park political strategist and builder of real estate apartments Louis Silverman passed away Monday, April 21 at the age of 83. A New York City native, Silverman came to Hyde Park first as a U. of C. student and became a political organizer with the Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI). It was his(…)

Kenwood’s college On-Track system lauded

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Derrius Quarles known nationally as “The Million Dollar Scholar” and a multitude of seniors who’ve received Millennium Gates Scholarships over the past five years always attribute a large part of their success to the counselors from Kenwood Academy High School’s Freshman On-Track Program. According to a new study released(…)

5th Ward budget group member releases recommendations

Anne Marie Miles – 5th Ward attorney, former aldermanic candidate and member of Ald. Leslie Hairston’s committee to review infrastructure needs in the ward – released earlier this afternoon the meeting minutes and recommendations from the group to Hairston. The recommendations will be considered by Hairston’s office, which has sought input from the ward’s four(…)

Man reported missing by police

Man reported missing by police

A man who can often be seen on the 4700 block of South Drexel Boulevard was reported missing by the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday. Michael Cardine, 57, was last seen wearing a black skull cap. He is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a(…)

Something fishy in Hyde Park

Something fishy in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parker Neil Shubin’s work studying paleontology at the University of Chicago has taken him to places as far away as Canada’s arctic north and South Africa. However much of his PBS series “Your Inner Fish” is a Hyde Park story, he said. The three part PBS series “Your Inner(…)

Fair Trader hatches new plan

Cindy Pardo is pushing back. For years, Pardo has watched the available space and opportunities for artists in Hyde Park and the broader South Side dwindle, and she has decided to do something about it. Both an artist and a businesswoman, Pardo is sending out feelers for an idea she hatched recently to create a(…)