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Parents question sameness in Ray Elementary principal search finalists

Parents question sameness in Ray Elementary principal search finalists

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The issue of race dominated discussions during the principal search this year at Ray Elementary School. While the local school council (LSC) and principal screening committee (PSC) both stand by the colorblind approach they used to select finalists, parents kept the issue of race in the forefront of the(…)

Locals rally to save Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School held a rally at the high school Thursday evening. The group also marched to the home of Ald. Will Burns (4th) in protest of his response to their plan for the school. In 2012, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) voted to phase out(…)

Program at Kozminski Elementary puts films into focus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The International Children’s Media Center recently hosted an interactive screening of short children’s films for parents and students who participated in the center’s My First Media program at Kozminski Elementary School. During the screening families saw 10 short films from eight countries. The International Children’s Media Center (ICMC) is(…)

U. of C. flirts with a “Team Obama”

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago is dangling the possibility of partnership to several Chicago institutions, including the Museum of Science and Industry and the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, if the Obama Presidential Library comes to the South Side. The U. of C. is having conversations with organizations, including the(…)

Teens unnerve some locals

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Due to a large gathering of teenagers, Chicago Police Department (CPD) and University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) were called to Harper Court over Memorial Day weekend. The incident took place around 1400 to 1500 E. 52nd St. on Saturday, May 24, between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Though(…)

Help out with the 4th on 53rd this year

To the Editor: Thank you so much for the wonderful article in last week’s “Hyde Park Herald” about the upcoming 4th on 53rd Parade in Hyde Park. It’s great that Hyde Parkers will know about the festivities planned for the Fourth of July in the neighborhood. We are excited about the big day and still looking for(…)

Burns weighs in on fate of Dyett High

Editor’s note: The following letter was recently distributed by Ald. Will Burns (4th). To the Editor: On June 9, the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School held a press conference on the future of the school. There have been some false, misleading rumors about where I stand on Dyett High School, so I’d like to set(…)

Burns support should go further

To the Editor: I was very happy to see that Ald. Will Burns (4th) has publicly stated that he supports Dyett remaining open as an open enrollment, high quality, neighborhood public high school. However we need an alderman who will not only use his words but his actions to actively work to make sure that(…)

Get involved with local schools now

To the Editor: Now is the time. Now is the time to get involved in the Hyde Park/Kenwood Community Action Council (CAC). There is so much going on that directly affects our schools. Now is the time to give what you can, however that looks — simply attending a monthly meeting, applying for membership, joining a committee, running(…)

We are not impressed with Burns

To the Editor: The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School is interested to see that Ald. Will Burns (4th) is taking a public stand on keeping Dyett open as a public, open-enrollment, neighborhood high school. In response to his June 12 e-blast “Where I stand on Dyett High School, the Facts”, we would like to(…)

New director takes reins at Hyde Park Angels

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Hyde Park Angels (HPA), a group that invests in and advises selected startup companies, is seeking a new managing director following the departure of former Managing Director Karin O’Connor. Founded by a group of University of Chicago Booth School of Business students in the Executive MBA program, HPA has(…)

Robbery warning for Hyde Park

Robbery warning for Hyde Park

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(…)

Hyde Parker applies for advisory council at Harold Washington Playlot Park

Hyde Parker applies for advisory council at Harold Washington Playlot Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker Timika Hoffman-Zoller has applied to form a new advisory council for Harold Washington Playlot Park, which will host its first meeting on July 7 at the field house at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. Hoffman-Zoller, who is currently president of the Elm Park Advisory Council, was inspired(…)

Awards at Lutheran School of Theology today

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., will award six people with its Distinguished Alumni Award on Wednesday evening. Recipients are chosen for their community engagement, leadership in mission, vision for the future and new theological perspectives. David G. Abrahamson will receive the Excellence in Parish Ministry Award. Diane Dardon will(…)

Sneak peek at Bruce Finkelman’s Promontory next week

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival will host a benefit concert at the Promontory Restaurant and Club next week. The festival benefit will be among the first events at the new venue. Promontory owner Bruce Finkelman had not by Herald press time announced when the venue will officially open. The jazz festival will host its benefit(…)

King Haile Selassie’s grandson to visit DuSable Museum

Ethiopia’s King Haile Selassie’s grandson, Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, will make a stop in Hyde Park later this month on a visit to Chicago. Prince Selassie will give a talk from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29 at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 940 E. 56th Place, entitled “The Origins of(…)