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Hyde Park area chief is now CPS education chief

Janice Jackson has been named the Chief Education Officer of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Prior to her appointment, Jackson was the Network Chief of Network 9, which included overseeing schools in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Jackson also previously served as acting principal for Westinghouse and Al Raby high schools. CPS has not yet confirmed Jackson’s(…)

Dyett grads invite community to celebrate

A picnic celebrating the final 13 graduates of Dyett High School will take place at 4 p.m., July 26, on the school’s campus at 555 E. 51st St. The school is inviting the entire community to celebrate the Dyett students and enjoy food, a DJ, games and participate in a trunk party for Dyett 13(…)

Historical society to tour historic homes

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) is hosting a free program and tour of historic Rosalie Villas, the 1880s houses on Harper Avenue between 57th and 59th streets — including the restored interior of this year’s Despres Preservation Award winner. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. at HPHS, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. For(…)

JCC launching swim program for special needs community

The Jewish Community Centers of Chicago (JCC) has launched a swimming program that provides instruction to children and adults with specials needs. The Aquatics Inclusion Program introduces water safety and swim programs to Chicago-area residents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Aquatics Inclusion Program will be offered at JCC’s Hyde Park location, 5200 S.(…)

Upcoming movies on the Midway

Beginning Wednesday, July 22, the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement will sponsor Midweek @ the Midway: 2015 Movies in the Park. The theme of this year’s series is “Bring the Movies to Life.” Moviegoers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters from the films. There will be some “Frozen” characters on(…)

Sidewalk sale coming this weekend

Businesses on 53rd, 55th and 57th streets will be participating in a neighborhood sidewalk sale. The Hyde Park Summer Sidewalk Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 23 to July 25. Businesses such as Ace Hardware, Walgreens, Belle Up Boutique, Anastasia, Hyde Park Records, Toys et Cetera and 57th Street Books(…)

Tacos slated for Ribs ‘N’ Bibs

The former Ribs ‘N Bibs building, 5300 S. Dorchester Ave., is currently under construction and will soon be the home of the Hyde Park Taco Station. The restaurant is expected to open in mid-September, according to restaurant owner Edgar Vasquez. Vasquez describes Hyde Park Taco Station as Mexican fast gourmet street food made from farm-fresh(…)

Herb Kent to be honored at Hyde Park event

Herb Kent to be honored at Hyde Park event

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Music abounds in Hyde Park this summer, with multiple free concerts happening throughout the neighborhood each week. Newly added to the roster of events is a free open-air music series at Harper Court, co-hosted by the University of Chicago and Eric Williams, owner of the recently-opened jewelry and apparel shop(…)

New curator picked at Logan Center

New curator picked at Logan Center

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Yesomi Umolu has been appointed as the new curator at the Logan Center for the Arts. Starting Aug. 3, Umolu will oversee exhibitions and work closely with the university and city to develop new art programs. “In Yesomi, we have found a curator who will advance the adventurous, collaborative and(…)

Tom Huyck, 77

Tom Huyck, 77

Long-time Hyde Park resident and lawyer, William Thomas “Tom” Huyck passed away peacefully in his sleep July 10 after a long illness. He was 77. Huyck was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Dartmouth College before becoming a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for almost 50(…)

Don Willard, 73

Don Willard, 73

Hyde Park resident Don Willard passed away peacefully in his home on July 12, 2015, surrounded by family. The glioblastoma brain tumor that took his life was discovered on May 3. Willard was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1942. He served with the US Air Force, graduated from Boston College in 1968 and came to(…)

Washington Park stand is growing

Washington Park stand is growing

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Washington Park Farm Stand, where neighborhood high school students grow all the plants and produce, has returned this summer. The Washington Park Farm Stand, which is sponsored by the Chicago Botanic Garden and Windy City Harvest Markets, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct.(…)

Jackson Park restoration moving

Jackson Park restoration moving

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern The restoration of Jackson Park continues steadily, with the first phase of restoration complete and the second in progress. Managed by a partnership between the Chicago Park District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the ecological restoration aims to revitalize the park’s various habitats and populations of native species.(…)

A 40-year-old apology to David Axelrod

A 40-year-old apology to David Axelrod

By Cheryl Kravitz Sometimes things take awhile. Saying “you were right” is one of them. I peaked pretty young. I started working as a journalist at the age of 18 on the South Side of Chicago, best known for Bad Boy Leroy Brown, Barack Obama, and, in many circles, David Axelrod. By the age of(…)

Locals report on aging conference

Locals report on aging conference

Editor’s note: Members of the Hyde Park Older Women’s League (OWL) and Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) wrote this letter sharing their thoughts on this year’s White House Conference on Aging. The White House Conference on Aging is held every 10 years. This year it was held in Washington, D.C., on July 13 and streamed(…)

Silver Room brings adult storytelling tradition to Hyde Park

Silver Room brings adult storytelling tradition to Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The art of storytelling has long been passed down within African culture as a means to share rich oral history. Later, storytelling passed onto Blacks in America, who utilized the oral traditions to transcend the harsh conditions of slavery and give voice to the struggles and triumphs they faced on(…)

Hip-Hop pastor Julian DeShazier wins Emmy

Hip-Hop pastor Julian DeShazier wins Emmy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Local pastor and hip-hop artist Julian DeShazier, also known by his stage-name ‘J.Kwest,’ recently won an Emmy for his role in a short film commemorating the 75th anniversary of the classic Billie Holliday song “Strange Fruit.” In late June, DeShazier was one of a team of filmmakers that received an(…)

Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Monday evening’s storm brought an abrupt halt to the Jackson Park Advisory Council’s annual potluck picnic, but not before the community had a chance to come together, socialize and celebrate the progress that has been made in the last year towards restoring parks and recreational spaces throughout Hyde Park and(…)

CPS budget hurts local schools

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jesse Ruiz, interim CEO for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), said in a press conference on Monday, July 13, that CPS would lose $106 million in funding from the state this year. The statement comes as Chicago schools are presented with individual budgets for fiscal year 2016. “We’re disappointed that Springfield(…)

Dyett group squares off against local politicians

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Bronzeville community organization is pitting itself against Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Ald. Will Burns (4th) in an effort to bring an open enrollment, Chicago Public Schools (CPS)-operated high school into the neighborhood. Members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School along with Bronzeville residents and CPS teachers gathered(…)