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A good deed recounted

To the Editor: Neighborliness and good deeds did not pass away with your great-grandmother. They still exist, right here in Hyde Park. On Monday, July 21, a day of oppressive heat and humidity and terrible air quality, a delightful young woman named Sharon Carver looked up from her desk and noticed a senior citizen out(…)

Vanishing promises made to the poor of our ward

By JAY TRAVIS The commitment by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and local elected officials to ensure one-third of the housing units demolished under the Plan for Transformation is replaced for former public housing residents, and the development of an additional one-third of housing units for working families that need affordable housing on publicly-owned CHA(…)

New group fighting gun violence in South Side wards

New group fighting gun violence in South Side wards

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A new gun violence prevention group, The It’s Time Organization (TITO), held its first fundraiser last Wednesday evening, July 23, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ave. TITO plans to support established violence prevention programs through partnering and investing, focusing on the 3rd, 4th(…)

Lots of parking in Hyde Park, but most of it private: study

Lots of parking in Hyde Park, but most of it private: study

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has plenty of parking, it’s just not publicly accessible. That was what a study, commissioned by the South East Chicago Commission and carried out by T. Y. Lin International, found. Jim Considine, chief planner with T. Y. Lin International, presented the results at the 53rd Street Tax Increment(…)

New executive director at Neighborhood Club

New executive director at Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sarah Diwan has been named the new executive director of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Outgoing executive director Jennifer Bosch recommended Diwan for the promotion. Diwan was the director of Early Childhood Programs at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., before she assumed the role of(…)

Hyde Park Art Center turned over to students

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), 5020 S. Cornell Ave., will hold a reception for a student-curated exhibit on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit’s theme, “Mind the Gap,” explores spaces between objects and people. Nine students from the Curatorial Practices course, part of(…)

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Kenwood High School Academic Center will move into the recently vacated Canter building in the 2015-2016 school year, according to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Burns released a statement July 22 stating that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Barbara Byrd Bennett met with Kenwood(…)

Program serves local, adventuresome youth

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern In an effort to develop new teaching methods, an initiative of the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is hosting more than 70 teenagers from local high schools for a free summer gaming program, titled “Project S.E.E.D.,” through Aug. 7. Project S.E.E.D., which stands for Story Engineering and Enabling(…)