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Ray receives interim principal

Ray receives interim principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Burnham Elementary School Network Chief John Price introduced Ray Elementary School to its new interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill Thursday evening at the school’s monthly local school council (LSC) meeting. Hill worked as a scientist at Abbott Labs before starting her second career as an educator and then an(…)

Hyde Park makes Canter’s case

Hyde Park makes Canter’s case

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents, teachers, students and community members gathered this week at two Chicago Public Schools (CPS) community meetings to urge the district to keep Canter Middle School open. On March 21, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced that several schools across the city, including Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

We should delay Canter closure

By ALD. WILL BURNS (4th) I attended the public meeting held Monday, April 8, 2013 to listen to the concerns of the Canter School community. I wanted to hear from the community so that I could, as alderman, amplify those concerns to the Chicago Board of Education. I have worked to save many of the(…)

I Googled the McMobil project, and I like it

To the Editor: I recently got curious about what the proposed Mesa development on 53rd Street actually looks like, so I did a little Google search and ended up with forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?p=6062439. It’s an interesting website that shows several renderings of the building, as well as photos of the hotel going up at 53rd Street and(…)

Lots of reasons to keep Canter open

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to a number of Chicago Public Schools officials and local politicians. As a follow-up to the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s general resolution to keep all the Chicago Public Schools open, we write to support keeping, in particular, Canter Middle School, as an ongoing school. We write with the(…)

Making the case for Canter Middle School

To the Editor: Chicago Public Schools needs to reconsider the pending decision to close Canter Middle School. As a CPS teacher and the wife of a Canter teacher, as well as a parent of future Ray Elementary students, I am appalled that Canter is on the closing list. It does not make educational sense to(…)

McMobil plan will benefit Hyde Park and Kenwood

To the Editor: I’d like to express my agreement with the Coalition for Equitable Community Development’s letter in the March 27 Herald. Their letter states some of the benefits that the proposed “McMobil site” project will have for Hyde Park-Kenwood. The letter underscores the economic realities that the project’s opponents have ignored or overlooked. Further,(…)

McMobil project good for the whole neighborhood

To the Editor: The development on 53rd Street will encourage new businesses to open in Hyde Park and create the benefits that come with a more vibrant business district. A vibrant business district provides convenient access to much-needed retailers and entertainment. It provides employment opportunities. It provides support and volunteers for local community events. A(…)

SECC backs McMobil development

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to James Hanson, principal at Mesa Development LLC, the developers of the proposed high-rise at the McMobil site across from Nichols Park Dear Mr. Hanson: The South East Chicago Commission has been involved in leading and facilitating visioning workshops in which members of the Hyde Park community have(…)

Oriental Institute taking kids on dig

The Oriental Institute (OI), 1155 E. 58th St., will once again bring Chicago high school students on one of its digs in Israel. The OI High School program will take students from Rowe-Clark High School, 3645 W. Chicago Ave., on a dig. Students learn about Israel and the Middle East, as well as archaeology. The(…)

Robie lauded in PBS buildings show

Robie lauded in PBS buildings show

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be featured as one of the “10 Buildings that Changed America,” in PBS’ similarly titled program. The WTTW production airing at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, includes the home, constructed between 1909 and 1910, alongside such buildings as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s(…)

Spring fling at Chaturanga

A series of free yoga, pilates and dance workshops will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., suite no. 302. Dubbed Spring Fest, the event, which is open to the public, will feature raffle prizes and food, as well as a dance(…)

TIF questions to be answered at Room 43

Hyde Parkers interested in learning more about tax increment financing districts, or TIFs, have the opportunity to ask questions next month. The Concerned TIF 4th Ward Committee will host Tom Tresser, a guest speaker from The Civic lab, in an attempt to answer questions about TIFs. The meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. on(…)

Woodlawn summit at SSA

The Fourth Annual Woodlawn Community summit, entitled “We Are One,” will take place from 8:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St., with nationally-syndicated TV judge Greg Mathis as its keynote speaker. The free event, organized by The South East Chicago(…)

Local star returns for film screening

Local star returns for film screening

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Dusan Brown and his family recently returned to Chicago for a special screening of the movie “42.” Brown makes his big screen debut in the movie, which is about baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s life as the first African American to play for a major league baseball(…)

K.A.M. gala features “42”

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel’s annual fundraiser will feature a preview of a future Hyde Park restaurant and a visit to 53rd Street newcomer Harper Theater. K.A.M.’s new rabbi, Frederick Reeves, will attend. Reeves previously served as associate rabbi at The Temple in Atlanta. Matthias Merges will serve food similar to what(…)

Hyde Park makes Canter’s case

Hyde Park makes Canter’s case

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents, teachers, students and community members gathered this week at two Chicago Public Schools (CPS) community meetings to urge the district to keep Canter Middle School open. On March 21, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced that several schools across the city, including Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Ray receives interim principal

Ray receives interim principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Burnham Elementary School Network Chief John Price introduced Ray Elementary School to its new interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill Thursday evening at the school’s monthly local school council (LSC) meeting. Hill worked as a scientist at Abbott Labs before starting her second career as an educator and then an(…)

Fifth Ward voting on budget

Fifth Ward voting on budget

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Fifth Ward residents will be the first South Siders to have a voice on how their alderman spends her discretionary menu money. Any Fifth Ward resident aged 16 years or older has the opportunity vote on a variety of proposals that would repair streets, paint murals, alleviate traffic hazards or(…)

Kelly gets HP vote

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Robin Kelly sailed to an easy victory Tuesday in the race for the Second District Congressional seat. Democratic nominee Kelly took nearly 80 percent of the total votes cast in Cook County. She received more than 90 percent within Chicago. In Hyde Park, where 3,487 registered voters are represented in(…)