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Menu cash, wages, a survey and a senior ball in ward news

Fifth Ward residents can expect to wait three more months to find out exactly how Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) 2014 menu money is being spent. Last spring, four groups of residents, one from each of the ward’s four neighborhoods — Hyde Park, South Shore, Woodlawn and Greater Grand Crossing — submitted recommendations on how to(…)

Hyde Park Ph.D. student named Amtrak writer-in-residence

Hyde Park Ph.D. student named Amtrak writer-in-residence

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sixth-year U. of C. graduate student and Hyde Parker Korey Gerard Garibaldi will take part in Amtrak’s first-ever writer’s residency. Garibaldi is one of 24 writers-in-residence – and 16,000 applicants – selected go on a free, round-trip writing retreat in a sleeper cabin. The train travel enthusiast, whose past journeys(…)

Online sex assault list sparks debate at U. of C.

Online sex assault list sparks debate at U. of C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After an anonymous posting online listing men who have allegedly committed acts of sexual violence against students on campus, the University of Chicago responded by releasing a statement regarding free speech. In a letter university President Robert Zimmer and provost Eric Isaacs released on Thursday, the school affirmed that the(…)

Mirrors and mazes at the Museum of Science and Industry

Mirrors and mazes at the Museum of Science and Industry

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Get lost in the mathematical patterns found in nature at a new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. Next week, MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will unveil a new permanent exhibit, “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze.” The exhibit will explain the mathematical patterns in nature(…)

Oktoberfest returning to Hyde Park

Oktoberfest returning to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago and South East Chicago Commission will host an Oktoberfest celebration from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 4, in Nichols Park. For the first time since it began in 2011, the event will take place on the south end of Nichols Park, near 55th(…)

Unitarians present Voodou music program

Unitarians present Voodou music program

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago-based Crossing Borders Music Collective will perform Haitian folk and classical songs at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 5, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. The program, entitled “The Real Voodou,” has already been performed six times across the Chicago area. The Hyde Park show will feature(…)

Rights impinged of Dyett students

To the Editor: A people that does not know its history is destined to repeat it. Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in(…)

Darrow Bridge deserves restoration

To the Editor: The Jackson Park Advisory Council salutes the federal government for providing tens of millions of dollars to construct three pedestrian bridges over South Lake Shore Drive between 35th and 43rd streets (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 14, 2014). Convenient access to Lake Michigan for residents of South Kenwood, Oakwood and the slightly more distant(…)

Hyde Park trolley gains momentum

Hyde Park trolley gains momentum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The final results from a survey gauging Hyde Park’s support for a trolley on 53rd Street said it would be popular in the neighborhood. The trolley would be funded by the 53rd Street Special Service Area, an additional property tax levied to buildings in a corridor primarily along 53rd Street(…)

Ray’s new principal takes cues from teachers in her vision for the school

Ray’s new principal takes cues from teachers in her vision for the school

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Megan Thole, the new principal of Ray Elementary School, spoke about her vision for the school at Tuesday night’s local school council (LSC) meeting. Thole began by telling the parents and community members of Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., a little about her personal background. The Logan Square resident(…)

Senior services program weeks away from launch

Senior services program weeks away from launch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sammie Dortch is the inaugural executive director of the developing Chicago Hyde Park Village. The senior services program is hosting a launch party next month to celebrate its official opening. Dortch is a gerontologist, who recently retired after 17 years as the chair of an interdisciplinary Harold Washington College(…)

A year of culmination and new beginnings at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club’s board of directors held its annual meeting Thursday night, Sept. 18. Leadership changes, program growth, space usage, building upgrades and the club’s 105th anniversary gala were topics of discussion during the meeting. Past director Jennifer Bosch received praise from the board for her work(…)

No trauma care, but trauma counsel support from U. of C. Medical Center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer While the South Side still does not have an adult trauma care center, the University of Chicago Medical Center is helping to provide counseling for survivors of violence. UCMC, Northwestern Medicine and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago will work with Bright Star Church, 735 E. 44th St., to combat(…)

Police issue area burglary warning

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department issued a warning Wednesday about a string of burglaries in Hyde Park. In August and September the burglars entered through the rear of the buildings during the day. Burglaries were reported on the 5200 block of South Ingleside Avenue on the morning of Aug. 25, the 900(…)

Tech repair shop opens on 55th Street

The Tech Box, a computer, tablet and phone repair store, recently opened in Hyde Park. Owner Nick Xu said he chose the name because his services are not limited to computers. They provide both walk-in diagnostic and repair and regular on-site services. The Tech Box, 1623 E. 55th St., will serve both small businesses and(…)

Review: “Death Tax” and “Isaac’s Eye”

Review: “Death Tax” and “Isaac’s Eye”

BOTH SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED “Death Tax” Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through Oct. 12 Tickets: $40-$65 Phone: 312-337-0665 “Isaac’s Eye” Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Dec. 7 Tickets: $35-$75 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Two prominent companies are opening(…)

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.(…)