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CPS hosts Back-to-School for new academic year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., is hosting a back-to-school celebration on Monday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is promoting the start of a new school year with 13 different kick-off events located throughout the city. “Our dedicated students and staff(…)

Jazz festival donates to Hyde Park Food Pantry

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Food Pantry, located at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., received a generous donation from the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. The annual weeklong Chi-Town Jazz Festival has been going on since 2010 and performs jazz concerts at various venues throughout the city. All proceeds from the(…)

Residents want Hyde Park/Indiana bus route restored

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Kenwood residents, senior citizens in Washington Park retirement homes, and interns at the Midwest academy met Monday, Aug. 1, at the Kennicott Park Field House, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave., to discuss extension of the Bronzeville/Union Station (#1) bus route to 64th Street and Stony Island Avenue. The route ran(…)

Ancona adds garden to Outdoor Learning Space

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The final phase of the Outdoor Learning Space at Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., will be completed on Aug. 27 with the addition of a garden. The Outdoor Learning Space was completed at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year and includes an expansive playground, a nature area with(…)

Oral history returns at Hyde Park Historical Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) 8th Annual Oral History Program will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The program focuses on sharing memories and stories about Hyde Park experiences throughout the years. This year’s theme for the program is “Memories of Hyde Park(…)

SMART Museum to host Red Line Service speaker series

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Red Line Service, an organization that does art projects and other cultural programming with Chicago’s homeless population, is coming to the University of Chicago’s SMART Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., this month. The group will host multiple conversations about what life is like for the homeless population, or(…)

French film in the park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council (HWPAC), along with the French Consulate of Chicago, will host a special foreign film on Friday, Sept. 16. The French film “The Class” will screen at the park at 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., in French but with English subtitles. A short concert will(…)

Community meeting on Obama Library to discuss benefits agreement

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) is partnering up with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) again to host the second community meeting about the Obama Presidential Library this Wednesday, Aug. 10. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake(…)

CPS announces staff layoffs, how area schools will be affected

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last week, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced annual staffing changes for the upcoming school year for staff members across the district. Several schools in Hyde Park will be affected by the cuts. In total, 508 teachers from 387 schools will be impacted. In addition, 521 school support personnel will be(…)

Oriental Institute to host program teaching children about writing

 Herald Intern The University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., will host a program for children to teach them about the evolution of writing at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. The event will be hands-on and will present a timeline of how writing began, changed, branched into different alphabets, and(…)

Target announces opening date, job fairs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Target that will be located inside of Vue53, 1346 E. 53rd St., announced that it will be opening for shoppers on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The retailer plans to host two job fairs to hire a total of 75 employees at the Hyde Park location. Job fairs will take place(…)

U of C to form community advisory board for trauma center

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Following the December 2015 announcement that the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) will build a level I trauma center on its Hyde Park campus, the university is now seeking this input on the logistics of the center. The university is forming a 15-person community advisory board to work with(…)

Student organization wary of UCPD expansion

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student organization is pushing back against the school’s plans to grow its private police force, whose coverage zone extends from 37th Street to 64th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive. In a July 27 statement, university President Robert Zimmer announced(…)

Network 9 gets new chief

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Felicia Sanders is the new Network Chief for Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Network 9, which includes schools within the Hyde Park, Bronzeville and Woodlawn neighborhoods. Sanders, who replaced former Network 9 Chief, Jerrold Washington, has worked at CPS for 25 years, more recently as a deputy network chief. Network Chiefs(…)

“Bixler is Back” celebration this Saturday

Bixler Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave., closed briefly last month after the playground’s equipment was torn down as part of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! program. To celebrate its re-opening, the Bixler Playlot Park Advisory Council will host a “Bixler is Back” bash tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the park. The event(…)

WHPK closes temporarily due to bedbugs

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern University of Chicago’s radio station WHPK, which broadcasts to Hyde Park and the South Side, has been temporarily closed due to a bed bug outbreak at its studio in the university’s Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave. According to a statement from the university News Office, the station’s studio has been closed(…)

Hats in the ring: Three community members announce run for 4th Ward Alderman

Since Will Burns’ untimely resignation in March, many community members have been focusing on the future of aldermanic leadership for the 4th Ward, which covers parts of Bronzeville, Kenwood and Hyde Park. Thursday night, Aug. 4, three community members announced their plans to run in the special election for 4th Ward Alderman in February 2017.(…)

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Jossie Harris Thacker, who was one of Keenan Ivory Wayans’ dancing “Fly Girls” on the comedy show “In Living Color,” will be teaching an acting class for youth at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). Harris Thacker, who is now an award-winning actress, will lead her first W.A.Y. (Who Are You) acting class from 10(…)