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U. of C. goals at Schuster site clear

To the Editor: Your Aug. 21 article “U. of C. denies plans for site” misrepresents my comments about the Schuster Building in a way that confuses the issue. As the Herald previously reported, the university is planning a thorough renovation of the building, which is in need of repairs. The long-term goals of that project(…)

Book fair back in Sept.

Book fair back in Sept.

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The 27th annual Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair is on the horizon. On Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., families can head to Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., to buy books, meet costumed characters and authors and participate in other activities. Rebecca Janowitz, a previous organizer of the(…)

Kenwood, Ray in school news

Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The Kenwood Academy Jazz Band has been invited to play at the Chicago Jazz Festival for the seventh consecutive year. The band will play at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Pavilion Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park. Ray Elementary(…)

Question over lots

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern After Woodlawn residents voiced their concerns over vacant lots in their neighborhood, the U. of C. has reaffirmed its desire to “be a good neighbor,” but isn’t making specific promises in every case. At a Civic Engagement community meeting held at the School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th(…)

Whole foods on track for 2015 arrival

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Whole Foods is still planning on opening its first South Side store inside City Hyde Park in 2015, despite neighborhood rumors to the contrary. “I’m happy to report that there’s no truth to the rumor,” said Eli Ungar, principal at Antheus Capital. “People like to speculate about these things.” Antheus(…)

Elder abuse is misunderstood, underreported

By ANDREW HOLZMAN According to the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), 11,840 reports of elder abuse were received by state authorities in fiscal year 2012. Study after study has shown that many more cases go unreported. In some of those 11,840 reported cases, the neglect or abuse was willful. That someone would take advantage of(…)

Kenwood head gets honor

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School Principal Gregory Jones was selected to the 2014 program of Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship. Jones was the only Chicago Public Schools employee to be selected this year. The Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship program, which has been in place since 1983, selects leaders from various companies,(…)

Resident tries to slow Blackstone

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Steve Benson is preparing a petition for the installation of speed bumps on Blackstone Avenue between 59th and 57th streets. Benson said he wants the speed bumps installed for the safety of pedestrians, especially children, who live in the area and is drafting the petition to(…)