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Lagoon needs fresh water source, not poison

To the Editor: Thank you for Jeffery Bishku-Aykul’s article about how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to poison the Jackson Park Lagoon in order to kill off all of the fish (Hyde Park Herald, Sept. 17, p.1). It seems to me that the entire concept here is fraught and undesirable. Why keep(…)

A personal trainer hits her stride with a growing gym

A personal trainer hits her stride with a growing gym

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When Annie Padrid opened her own gym she left her full time job, spent her savings and was working out of her home. Only two and a half years later The Space has nearly 400 clients and 20 employees. It will almost double its physical space in October. The Space,(…)

Legacy of service going strong at Kenwood soup kitchen

Legacy of service going strong at Kenwood soup kitchen

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Standing near three women preparing collard greens at the soup kitchen at Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., Pastor Leroy Sanders explained that “denomination has no place here.” Two of the volunteers, after all, belonged to different congregations. But they’re not the only volunteers that do. Sanders’(…)

Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) voted to offer a principal contract to Megan Thole at its meeting Thursday night. The selection concludes a search that extended across two school years and two LSC administrations. Thole has been one of two assistant principals at Ray since July.(…)

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The collaborators who documented the Seminary Co-op Bookstore from its beginnings in a corner of a basement to its spacious Woodlawn Avenue storefront are preparing to release a book. Megan Doherty and Jasmine Kwong, both University of Chicago graduates, began collaborating in 2012 when they heard the bookstore was moving.(…)

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park and South Side religious leaders marched Thursday to demand a level 1 adult trauma care center on the University of Chicago campus. Members of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Kenwood United Church of Christ, St. Philip Lutheran Church, University Church and the Jewish Clergy Across Chicagoland joined(…)

Jay Travis heading Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville resident Jay Travis, who challenged state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in the Democratic primary earlier this year, has signed on as coordinator for CTU President Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee. Travis, who began serving in the new role three weeks ago, says hundreds have reached out to volunteer. “We’ve(…)

USDA: Harold Washington Park birds likely killed by toxins

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Toxins in the water likely led to the deaths of more than a dozen birds at the model yacht basin at Harold Washington Park, according to a biologist from the USDA, which has been investigating the matter. The 18 mallard carcasses the USDA collected earlier this month were too degraded(…)