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Local eyecare specialist joins forces to build business

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern After 15 years of running an eyecare practice solo, Hyde Park resident Dr. Cynthia Reynolds-Temple of Hyde Park’s Concept Eye Care, Ltd. 1621 E. 55th St., has begun to bring in new doctors while preparing to merge with another practice. Concept Eye Care, which sells eyewear and provides eye(…)

Harper Court sold for $112M

Harper Court sold for $112M

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago sold ownership of Harper Court to one of Israel’s largest insurance institutions, while the university will retain a master lease for the entire development. The university sold the 12-story building and parking garages to CLAL Insurance Company for $112 million. The city of Chicago approved the(…)

U. of C. police gain accreditation

U. of C. police gain accreditation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department was awarded professional accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). UCPD was given Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation, the higher of the agency’s two tiers. UCPD was formally recognized at CALEA’s July 26 conference. UCPD said it is the first private(…)

Chicago Free School preparing to open

Chicago Free School preparing to open

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park families have another school choice this fall. The Chicago Free School is still on schedule to open Sept. 2. Free schools are private, have no principal and everything is decided by community consensus. Everyone in the school from the oldest teacher to the youngest student has a(…)

Murray elementary teachers tackle science education

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Five Murray Elementary School teachers recently participated in the Golden Apple Inquiry Science Institute (ISI) learning program. The weeklong training introduced methods on how to teach science using an inquiry-based approach. Teachers Keniesha Charleston (1st grade), LuAnn Lawson (2nd), Lorelei Nadel (3rd) Angelica Alvarado (3rd) and Arleta Ingram (7th-8th(…)

Smart and DuSable museums to host free day next month

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and the DuSable Museum of African American History will participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual “Museum Day Live!” event. On Sept. 27 more than 1,000 participating museums — including Smart, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., and DuSable 740 E. 56th(…)

Deadline nears for business pitches

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Organizers are gearing up for their first ever entrepreneurial pitch competition, dubbed “South Side Pitch,” which will take place Oct. 1 in the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) Sky Deck, on the 11th floor of 5235 S. Harper Court. All interested entrepreneurs are asked to submit their applications by Monday,(…)