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Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Safety in Jackson Park is the focus of renewed attention after a shooting there last Sunday that killed one man and wounded another. Last Monday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) held a meeting at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive, attended by 3rd District Cmdr. James Jones and 2nd District Sgt.(…)

U. of C. official discusses university bid for Obama library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U. of C. Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas detailed the university’s bid for the Obama library at Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) monthly meeting last week, touting the benefits of a mid-South Side location but cautioning that the competition from New York was considerable. The University of Chicago submitted(…)

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Hyde Park mother is organizing a city-wide art show to raise the profile of childhood cancer. Tracey Harmon is the founder of Naomi’s Fund, a non-profit named for her daughter, who died at age 8 in 2010 of an undifferentiated sarcoma after three years of remission. The group received(…)

New 53rd Street SSA starts with a wish list

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Researching future programs proved the main subject at the third monthly meeting for the commissioners of the Special Service Area No. 61 for Hyde Park, last Wednesday, June 25. Potential projects include adding a free trolley to run throughout the SSA footprint, starting an urban garden and branding the(…)

South Shore Opera Company presents sizzling concert

South Shore Opera Company presents sizzling concert

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It was a generous evening of music when the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago presented their free June concert in the spacious Paul Robeson Theater. This gleaming hall is one of the many gorgeous rooms in the South Shore Cultural Center where the SSOCC is an arts and(…)

Gerald Ratner dead at 100

U. of C. benefactor and law school alum Gerald Ratner died last Friday, June 20, at the age of 100. Ratner, who advised the politically-influential, billionaire Crown family on legal matters, gave the U. of C. $15 million toward its $51 million gym, which was completed in 2003 and named after him. In 2006, he(…)

Asia brings Hyde Park yogurt

Asia brings Hyde Park yogurt

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has another option for frozen yogurt in the neighborhood. Red Mango, an international chain founded in South Korea, celebrated its soft open at 5221 S. Harper Court last week. The store sells gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher, non-fat and low-fat yogurts. Toppings include syrups, fruit and cereals. Each portion is(…)

Two grandpas, one idea

Two grandpas, one idea

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer 2Grandpa’s Publishing is a homegrown operation — literally. Hyde Parker Stuart M. Rankin, 77, runs the children’s books publisher with his business partner, Al Hawkins, out of his apartment at the Newport Condominiums, 4800 S. Beach Drive. “We don’t have any office space,” Rankin said in an elegantly furnished room(…)

School news: Ray interim, Ph.D. first

School news: Ray interim, Ph.D. first

New interim principal at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Elena Savoy is the new interim principal at Ray Elementary School. The school’s previous interim principal, Antonia Hill, took over as the interim principal at Drake Elementary School. The Ray local school council could not decide on a permanent principal during its search this(…)

Canter’s closure and the question of race

To the Editor: Canter Middle School, formerly housed at 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., has closed, and Ald. Will Burns (4th) is leading the drive to install Kenwood Academy’s Academic Center in its stead. This move replaces an open enrollment junior high school with a selective enrollment junior high school. At his community meeting on Monday,(…)

All races can produce good teachers

To the Editor: I just received the June 18 issue of the Herald and would like to comment on the article re the Ray School principalship. I have never taught at Ray School or in Hyde Park. I spent 21 years in CPS on the Southwest Side in multi-racial, multi-ethnic situations, as a reading and(…)

Selective enrollment middle school will replace Canter

Selective enrollment middle school will replace Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) held a town hall meeting at Kenwood Academy High School June 16 to discuss moving its academic center into the now-vacant Canter Middle School building. Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., completed its one-year phase out and closed on June 30. City Council announced(…)

Chicago Theological Seminary may house Hyde Park Suzuki Institute

Chicago Theological Seminary may house Hyde Park Suzuki Institute

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The head of one of Hyde Park’s most popular music programs found new digs for the school after losing their current location. The Hyde Park Suzuki Institute Capital Campaign Kick off Concert to cover the cost of its relocation to the Chicago Theological Seminary in the fall. The event(…)

Fatal shooting near MSI

Fatal shooting near MSI

Two shootings took place around 7:20 p.m. on Sunday night at the 5600 block of South Everett Avenue, killing one victim and sending another to the hospital, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. A 34-year-old man was dead on scene after sustaining two gunshot wounds to the back of the head and a 41-year-old man(…)

Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Like many other Hyde Parkers, Carolyn Rhodes wanted to try Harper Court’s newest restaurant, Porkchop. But when she went, she couldn’t get in. “There’s no handicap door, no sign — not there. I waited,” said Rhodes, who uses a wheelchair. “I waited for someone, even from the outside to come(…)

U. of C. puts in Obama library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago was one of a handful of organizations to submit a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library last week. The university emphasized its connections with area nonprofits, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, XS Tennis and the Boys & Girls Club. The university(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said Monday that she would like to see the same penalties for carrying guns in parks as near schools. “I think this is something good that can come out of something not so good,” said Hairston, who shared her plan at a meeting yesterday at Montgomery(…)

Harvard School reunion this weekend

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Harvard St. George private school is launching an all-school reunion this week. The event includes a multitude of activities that will take place between June 20 and 22. Highlights include an All-Star Reunion celebration of dinner, open bar, dancing, special presentations and a live performance by the Chi-Lites. The(…)

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(…)