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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.(…)

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The collaborators who documented the Seminary Co-op Bookstore from its beginnings in a corner of a basement to its spacious Woodlawn Avenue storefront are preparing to release a book. Megan Doherty and Jasmine Kwong, both University of Chicago graduates, began collaborating in 2012 when they heard the bookstore was moving.(…)

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park and South Side religious leaders marched Thursday to demand a level 1 adult trauma care center on the University of Chicago campus. Members of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Kenwood United Church of Christ, St. Philip Lutheran Church, University Church and the Jewish Clergy Across Chicagoland joined(…)

Jay Travis heading Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville resident Jay Travis, who challenged state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in the Democratic primary earlier this year, has signed on as coordinator for CTU President Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee. Travis, who began serving in the new role three weeks ago, says hundreds have reached out to volunteer. “We’ve(…)

USDA: Harold Washington Park birds likely killed by toxins

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Toxins in the water likely led to the deaths of more than a dozen birds at the model yacht basin at Harold Washington Park, according to a biologist from the USDA, which has been investigating the matter. The 18 mallard carcasses the USDA collected earlier this month were too degraded(…)

Police issue alert regarding burglaries

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 building during the day. Burglaries were reported on the 5200 block of South Ingleside Avenue on the morning of August 25, the 900(…)