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Hales Franciscan High School selects new principal

Hales Franciscan High School selects new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nichole M. Jackson was selected as the new principal of Hales Franciscan High School. Jackson replaces former principal Erica Brownfield, who served for two years. Before coming to Hales Franciscan, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Jackson was the owner of Posh Enterprise, which included a tutoring and recreation center,(…)

Hyde Park man reported missing

Hyde Park man reported missing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have reported 68-year-old Victor E. Rowe missing from the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue since Monday, Aug. 18. Rowe is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with brown eyes, white hair and light complexion. He is an African American man with the medical condition vitiligo,(…)

Yearly Mum and bulb sale returning this September

Yearly Mum and bulb sale returning this September

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The annual mum and bulb sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the atrium of the Hyde Park Shopping Center at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. The Hyde Park Garden Fair hosts two events each year, including one in the spring. Funds raised are(…)

U. of C. ranked 9th best university in the world

U. of C. ranked 9th best university in the world

The University of Chicago takes 9th place in the “Academic Ranking of World Universities” report. The rankings, which are based on the research of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was published in the U.K.-based Times Higher Education on Aug. 15. The University of Chicago’s overall ranking was 89.7 out of 100. The school placed between Columbia(…)

Open Produce seeking to sell alcohol

Open Produce seeking to sell alcohol

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Independent grocer Open Produce will apply for a license to sell beer and wine, co-owner Steven Lucy said at a community meeting convened by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) last Wednesday. Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., seeks to sell six-packs of craft beers and a selection of wines in the(…)

Author, preservationist Devereux Bowly Jr. dies

Author, preservationist Devereux Bowly Jr. dies

Lifelong Hyde Park resident Devereux Bowly Jr. was a man of many professions, passions and talents.  For most of his professional life, he was an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, providing help to people living in poverty. Bowly was also a respected historian, author, preservationist, community leader and owner of two(…)

CDOT official says Darrow Bridge will remain closed for years

CDOT official says Darrow Bridge will remain closed for years

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Clarence Darrow Bridge will likely remain closed for for several more years before pedestrians can use it. That’s according to Chicago Department of Transportation assistant chief engineer for bridges Luis Benitez, who told an audience at last Monday’s Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting that the bridge’s repair will(…)

Feds investigating civil rights violations at Dyett High School

Feds investigating civil rights violations at Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Education opened a federal investigation into alleged Title VI civil rights violations at Dyett High School. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School and Rainbow Push held a press conference Tuesday, Aug. 12, to announce their next steps in preserving and revitalizing the school. In(…)

What’s in a name? SECC replaces annual festival series, launches web page by same name to promote Hyde Park

What’s in a name? SECC replaces annual festival series, launches web page by same name to promote Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) has replaced the annual Celebrate Hyde Park festivals with the Discover Hyde Park Experience Series, coinciding with the launch of a similarly titled webpage promoting Hyde Park. The series includes the neighborhood’s annual George Franklin Summer Memorial Summer Sunday concerts, Children’s Book Fair, Oktoberfest(…)

Woodlawn vegan eatery moving to 57th Street

Woodlawn vegan eatery moving to 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Woodlawn vegan restaurant B’Gabs Goodies will be moving to 1450 E. 57th St., the former location of the now-closed Florian Restaurant. Although owner and Hyde Parker Gabrielle Darvassy has not yet set a date for the move, she says the new restaurant will feature an expanded menu and more locally(…)

Little Black Pearl to hold fundraiser on beach

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern In association with the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” series – an effort to encourage summer programming in neighborhood parks – the Little Black Pearl (LBP), 1060 E. 47th St., will host their upcoming fundraiser, Pearl Fest, by 39th Street Beach, 1099 E. Oakwood Blvd. The(…)

La Rabida, brick by brick, builds support

La Rabida, brick by brick, builds support

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer La Rabida Children’s Hospital recently raised thousands of dollars to support its new outpatient wing by selling engraved brick pavers. “It’s a nice, fun thing that people can do to donate to the hospital and make a gift but have something physically there to show their support,” said Marilyn Williams,(…)

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel finds a cantor to fill vacant position

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel finds a cantor to fill vacant position

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel appointed Cantor David Berger to fill the vacant role at the synagogue. The Buffalo Grove-born cantor came back to the area after living in Los Angeles, living and working in a Jewish musical tradition, he said. His first challenges at K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will be in preparing for the(…)

New Hyde Park Day School location to open doors next Thursday

New Hyde Park Day School location to open doors next Thursday

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Day School is hosting an open house barbecue for students and parents on Aug. 21 at its new location in the Woodlawn neighborhood. For the past five months The Hyde Park Day School (HPDS) has been transitioning from its Hyde Park location at 1375 E. 60th(…)

Local eyecare specialist joins forces to build business

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern After 15 years of running an eyecare practice solo, Hyde Park resident Dr. Cynthia Reynolds-Temple of Hyde Park’s Concept Eye Care, Ltd. 1621 E. 55th St., has begun to bring in new doctors while preparing to merge with another practice. Concept Eye Care, which sells eyewear and provides eye(…)

Deadline nears for business pitches

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Organizers are gearing up for their first ever entrepreneurial pitch competition, dubbed “South Side Pitch,” which will take place Oct. 1 in the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) Sky Deck, on the 11th floor of 5235 S. Harper Court. All interested entrepreneurs are asked to submit their applications by Monday,(…)

Bookstore hosts ’70s book launch for local historian

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern The Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., will celebrate the release of historian Rick Perlstein’s new book, “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan,” Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. The timeframe discussed in the book – the 1970s – will serve as(…)