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Head of academic center laid off as Kenwood struggles with more CPS cuts

Head of academic center laid off as Kenwood struggles with more CPS cuts

By SAM RAPAPPORT Staff Writer As Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., gears up for the 2015-16 school year and prepares to expand its academic center into the Canter Building next door, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., principal Gregory Jones must deal with the realities of a Chicago Public School budget crisis. On Saturday,(…)

Man shot, killed inside car on Dorchester Ave.

Man shot, killed inside car on Dorchester Ave.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Tuesday evening at approximately 6 p.m., 25-year-old Reginald Sampson was fatally shot while inside of his vehicle in the 5000 block of South Dorchester Avenue. According to a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department (CPD), Sampson suffered gunshot wounds to the upper body after the occupant of a passing(…)

Metra trying to fix water leakage problems

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer According to a Metra spokesperson, the transit company is working to address track-level water problems that have played a role in the closings of three Hyde Park businesses. Wallace Goode, the Executive director of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, has been aware of tension between local businesses and Metra(…)

Bret Harte principal to receive fellowship

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Shenethe Parks, principal at Bret Harte Elementary School, has been chosen as one of 20 principals to participate in a professional development program. “I am excited about the learning that’s ahead and am motivated by the opportunity,” Parks said. The Chicago Public Education Fund, in partnership with Northwestern University, selected(…)

Locals muse over the next move for the Obamas

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While the Presidential Library has claimed its home on the South Side, President Obama and his family will probably not be returning once his term ends. The Obamas’ residential home, 5046 S. Greenwood Ave., in Hyde Park has remained vacant while the family has been busy in Washington, D.C., and(…)

University’s Community Programs Accelerator seeks nonprofits to assist

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This fall, the University of Chicago is offering the Community Programs Accelerator (CPA) for a second year. The program helps develop and strengthen nonprofit organizations in local areas, with the goal of helping communities grow and thrive. The program assists the organizations through funding, or human team support. Last year,(…)

DuSable Museum hosts ceremony in memory of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago’s first non-native settler, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, will be the subject of a memorial ceremony taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to noon at Pioneer Court, 401 North Michigan Avenue. The memorial is open to the public and is hosted by The DuSable Park Coalition. Following(…)

New furniture store replaces clothing boutique on 53rd

New furniture store replaces clothing boutique on 53rd

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new business is moving into the neighborhood on the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. Modern Cooperative, a furniture and home accessories store, will be taking the place of the clothing boutique Anastasia at 1500 E. 53rd St. The store will also be utilizing the space currently(…)

Hunger Strikers to hold candlelight vigil tonight

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On the 16th day of the Dyett High School hunger strike, protestors and supporters will join the strikers for a candlelight vigil. The 12 hunger strikers and the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett will gather outside of the Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., by the DuSable bust at 7:30 p.m.(…)

No reponse from Fourth Ward office

To the Editor: My name is Larry A. Green a resident of the 4th Ward and I have been trying for months to get a drain cleaned at the corner of 52nd street and Kimbark. I have called the 4th ward office as well as reported it by 311 and no seems to care about(…)

Burns needs to deal with real problems

To the Editor: I feel disgusted that my alderman, Will Burns, is putting forth resolutions about a movie tax credit in response to what accounts say is the working title of a Spike Lee film based in a neighborhood that isn’t even part of his ward. If that’s not enough, all of this is going(…)

Back to school picnic at 63rd Street beach

Head down to the 63rd St. Beach Pavilion on Sunday, August 30, for the annual 5th Ward back-to-school picnic. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and include Tumblers, the South Shore Drill Team and more. The event is free, and backpacks will be given out to appropriately aged children with parents.

Review: Mattila’s masterful moments at the Martin Theatre

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Opera star Karita Mattila took the small stage at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre this month for a song recital which showcased her vocal talents in an intimate setting, making for a wonderful evening of music. The Finnish soprano opened with four songs by Brahms, juxtaposing hard-hitting big sound with evocative(…)

Review: “South Pacific”

Review: “South Pacific”

RECOMMENDED Where: Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston When: through Aug. 30 Tickets: $34-$94 Phone: 847-920-5360 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Don’t go to “South Pacific” at Cahn Auditorium expecting any big surprises. Light Opera Works’ approach to musicals is very traditional, and this revival of the Richard Rodgers (music) and(…)

Award included local authors

Award included local authors

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern In a few months, some of the most notable artists affiliated with Chicago will come together to celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s work and award him the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. These artists include local Hyde Park authors such as Sara Paretsky and Blue Balliett. The Carl Sandburg Literary Award honors an(…)

Local beaches get Wi-Fi

Local beaches get Wi-Fi

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern With the recent additions of 57th Street Beach and 31st Street Beach on Aug.13, a total of seven Chicago beaches now offer free Wi-Fi to those on location. Other Wi-Fi enabled beaches include North Avenue, Osterman/Hollywood, Foster, and Rainbow. Free beach Wi-Fi in Chicago is possible in part by Everywhere(…)

Local businesswoman awarded

Local businesswoman awarded

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Hyde Park business owner has been named the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Women’s Business Development Center. Maya Khan, managing director at Nova Driving School, 5503 S. Harper Ave., will be recognized for her business management skills as a local Chicago entrepreneur. Khan, who opened the Hyde(…)

Chicago jazz club scene to stop off in Hyde Park

Chicago jazz club scene to stop off in Hyde Park

ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago’s jazz scene will migrate to Hyde Park for the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 30th Annual Jazz Club Tour on Sept. 2. The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., will be one of the locations the tour stops, alongside renowned music venues such as Green Mill and Reggie’s. Jake Austen, the(…)

Kahil El’Zabar comes to Hyde Park this Wednesday

Kahil El’Zabar comes to Hyde Park this Wednesday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago jazz musician Kahil El’Zabar will perform in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., on Wednesday, August 26th, at 6pm, exactly one month before the start of the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival. The El’Zabar quartet includes Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Junius Paul on bass and Dennis Winslett on alto(…)

Amy Apfel Kass, 75

Amy Apfel Kass, 75

Amy Apfel Kass died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at home in Washington, D.C. She was a teacher at The College of the University of Chicago. Born Amy Judith Apfel in 1940, Kass grew up in New York City, where she graduated from the High School of Music and Art. She was educated in the College(…)