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Obama Foundation chair speaks at charter gala

Obama Foundation chair speaks at charter gala

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer and Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) were only a few of the notable guests at a University of Chicago Charter School Gala, Saturday, Nov. 21, at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., in which Obama(…)

Holiday hunger relief programs

Holiday hunger relief programs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s that time of year where we indulge in second helpings and treat dessert as its own meal, but the abundance of delicious food for the holidays is not always the case for everyone. The hunger programs of Hyde Park work year round to ensure community members in need get(…)

A Hyde Park star is born

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While most kids are learning multiplication and playing hide and seek, 8-year-old Grier Burke of Hyde Park is balancing school with her professional acting career. From Nov. 25 through Jan. 3, Burke will appear in the holiday production, “A Christmas Story”, directed by Nick Bowling at the Paramount Theatre in(…)

Diversity discussion at U. of C. Laboratory School

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Lab) opened up the conversation about diversity and the importance of understanding the role it plays in the educational space during a Diversity Advisory Committee meeting, Nov. 16, at Earl Shapiro Hall, 5800 S. Stony Island Ave. “We need to engage in that conversation(…)

Q&A with Hyde Park Author

By SUMMER DIAB Intern Hyde Park resident Latoya Nicole Benson recently self-published her inspirational book “Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Purpose: 21 Ways to Walk Boldly Into the Life You Were Created to Live.” She spoke to the Herald about her own experience of taking extraordinary steps to create the life she envisioned for herself as(…)

Makeover for 55th St.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members, business owners and University of Chicago representatives gathered last Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Catholic Theological Seminary, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., to hear the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) plans for the future of 55th Street. The presentation was the third in a series of meetings aimed at(…)

Mitchell and Lu discuss paid leave bill

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) talked about the pressing issue for paid leave for employees, Nov. 19, at a panel discussion with Deputy Labor Secretary, Chris Lu. Lu and Mitchell discussed the importance of paid leave with a group of politicians, nonprofit organizations and employees at Honey Butter Fried Chicken(…)

Teachers question interview process for principal evaluation at Murray

By Summer Diab Intern Teachers at Murray Elementary School questioned the interview process for principal evaluation, Nov. 21, during the school’s annual state of the school address and local school council (LSC) meeting. Every four years the LSC has to vote on whether it wants to renew the contract of its current principal or search for(…)

Ray braces for funding cuts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ray Elementary School Principal Megan Thole spoke to a group of concerned parents, Nov. 19, in the school’s cafeteria about the possible financial implications of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) continuing budget woes. “There is a budget deficit and it is scary and it is real,” Thole said at the outset(…)

Small business Saturday shopping in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Black Friday, shoppers rush to the big chain and department stores offering discounts on TVs, clothing and electronics. On Small Business Saturday, shoppers are able to support their community businesses by shopping locally…and without the stampeding crowds. The Southeast Chicago Commission (SECC), along with Bank of America and Downtown(…)

Trauma care activists meet at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A group of Trauma Care Coalition (TCC) activists currently banned from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) campus risked arrest last Wednesday, Nov. 18, when they held a teach-in in the basement of the university’s Stuart Hall, 5835 S. Greenwood Ave. The activists in question were barred from the(…)

School ratings change, still good standing

School ratings change, still good standing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) recently released its yearly rating of its schools, known as the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) for 2015. The ratings are 1+, 1, 2+, 2 and 3, from highest to lowest. Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., received the highest score of a level(…)

Thursday Thanksgiving potluck

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host its 3rd Annual Hyde Park Community Thanksgiving Potluck on Thursday, Nov. 26. From 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., everyone from the community is welcome to join in on a Thanksgiving Day celebration inside the church’s Gorder Hall.(…)

Volunteers needed for Chicago Free School care package project

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As the winter cold season is approaching, now, more than ever, is the time to help the 2,000 homeless youth of Chicago. On Saturday, Nov. 21, students, teachers and families from the Chicago Free School, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will gather at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park to(…)

HPNC creates scholarship fund

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Today, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., announced the establishment of a scholarship fund that will assist children enrolled in its after-school program. A challenge grant from the Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Smith Fund at the Chicago Community Trust of $25,000 made it possible for HPNC(…)

Film exploring sexuality and religion to premiere at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Renowned independent filmmaker, and part-time South Side resident, D. Channsin Berry, who’s previous movies include “A Different Shade of Love,” “My Father’s Music…Jazz” and “The Black Line,” is bringing his newest documentary, “The Church House: Sexuality In The Black Church,” to Hyde Park on Dec. 4. The film, which is(…)