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Kenwood, Ray in school news

Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The Kenwood Academy Jazz Band has been invited to play at the Chicago Jazz Festival for the seventh consecutive year. The band will play at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Pavilion Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park. Ray Elementary(…)

Whole foods on track for 2015 arrival

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Whole Foods is still planning on opening its first South Side store inside City Hyde Park in 2015, despite neighborhood rumors to the contrary. “I’m happy to report that there’s no truth to the rumor,” said Eli Ungar, principal at Antheus Capital. “People like to speculate about these things.” Antheus(…)

Question over lots

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern After Woodlawn residents voiced their concerns over vacant lots in their neighborhood, the U. of C. has reaffirmed its desire to “be a good neighbor,” but isn’t making specific promises in every case. At a Civic Engagement community meeting held at the School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th(…)

Book fair back in Sept.

Book fair back in Sept.

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The 27th annual Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair is on the horizon. On Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., families can head to Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., to buy books, meet costumed characters and authors and participate in other activities. Rebecca Janowitz, a previous organizer of the(…)

Vandervoort recognized for service

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Jackson Park Advisory Council has awarded its first “Golden Lady Volunteer of the Year Award” to Hyde Parker Fran Vandervoort. In her case, though, it’s being called the “volunteer of the decades” award. Vandervoort has been volunteering for JPAC since 2004, when she returned to the parks after working(…)

U. of C. seeks to improve water

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named a new director for its water research initiative at the Institute for Molecular Engineering. Steven Sibener began serving his two-year term on July 1. The water initiative is new, only launching in June. The initiative is in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev(…)

Readers support Hales co-ed choice

Hales is changing, and Herald readers like it. As recently reported in the Herald, Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is accepting young women as students for the first time since its founding in the 1960s. Shortly after breaking the news of the transition, the Herald asked readers to participate in a(…)

Jacksons sentenced

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Former Hyde Park Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison, after pleading guilty to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign funds. His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), was sentenced to 12 months for filing a false tax return. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, unrelated(…)