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Akiba-Schechter, Murray, Preschool-for-All in latest school news

Akiba-Schechter, Murray, Preschool-for-All in latest school news

Annual Benefit at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave. The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is hosting its annual benefit to raise money for the school. The benefit will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 23, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive. A special tribute will be given to(…)

Hyde Parker Brunell Donald says she and Tio Hardiman will win against Quinn in next week’s primary

Hyde Parker Brunell Donald says she and Tio Hardiman will win against Quinn in next week’s primary

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park resident and attorney Brunell Donald is running for lieutenant governor in this year’s Democratic primary, joining the ticket of gubernatorial challenger Tio Hardiman, former director of violence prevention non-profit CeaseFire. Donald formerly served as a prosecutor and public defender for Cook County. The Northern Illinois University and John Marshall Law(…)

Hairston finds budget solutions

Hairston finds budget solutions

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) discussed last week how the ward’s discretionary funds would be spent in the aftermath of its short-lived participatory budgeting (PB) program. In 2012, the ward became the fourth in the city to implement PB, a process by which constituents vote on how to spend the area’s(…)

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to accept high school artwork for display at U.S. Capitol

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to accept high school artwork for display at U.S. Capitol

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2) will be participating in this year’s annual Congressional Art Competition. Her two district offices will be accepting original artwork from district high schoolers between April 14 and 19. On April 26, Kelly will announce a winner whose piece will be exhibited at the U.S. Capitol.(…)

University of Chicago alumni demand sexual assault policy reform in open letter

University of Chicago alumni demand sexual assault policy reform in open letter

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago alumni have submitted an open letter to their alma mater demanding sexual assault policy reform that they called for in the 1990s. In a letter to U. of C. President Robert Zimmer dated Feb. 13, a group called Alumni for a Student Assault Policy said “We are(…)

Chicago Innovation Exchange awarded $275K

Chicago Innovation Exchange awarded $275K

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Innovation Exchange, a business incubator housed inside Harper Court, awarded $275,000 to its inaugural class of students. The CIE is the University of Chicago’s space for business and technological development. It currently occupies space on the 11th floor of Harper Court, but when fully operational will also occupy(…)

Kenwood Broncos defeat rivals U-High Maroons with 60-foot buzzer-beater

Kenwood Broncos defeat rivals U-High Maroons with 60-foot buzzer-beater

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Hyde Park Herald On Thursday night at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., 6-foot-2 shooting guard Xavier Edwards would drain one of the most remarkable shots of his career and maybe school history. Edwards would haul a 60-foot, half-court buzzer-beater shot to defeat neighborhood basketball rivals the U-High Maroons in a 60-58(…)

Murray Elementary local school council statement on testing

Murray Elementary local school council statement on testing

Note from the local school council: The following resolution was approved at the Murray Language Academy LSC meeting on Feb. 19, 2014 by a 9-0 vote with one absence and the principal abstaining. For further information about the Murray LSC resolution please contact Secretary Michael J. Scott at mjscottuic@gmail.com or 773-957-6953. Further information about the(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance preparing for “The Nightengale”

Hyde Park School of Dance preparing for “The Nightengale”

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will present an original production of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. The ballet performance by HPSD, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.,(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance names new executive director

Hyde Park School of Dance names new executive director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Terra Schultz has been named executive director of the Hyde Park School of Dance. She replaced Mariam Thiam, who served as executive director from 2011 to 2013. Schultz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, with degrees in theater and communications. Prior to returning to the Hyde(…)

Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor visiting Blackstone Library tonight

Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor visiting Blackstone Library tonight

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor will present the next Despres Memorial Family Lecture at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Blackstone Ave. Okarafor will read from her latest novel “Who Fears Death,” and short story collection, “Kabu Kabu,” at the event, which is being hosted by Friends of(…)

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The deadline to apply to run in the Chicago Public Schools local school council (LSC) election is 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26. Parent and community members who are interested in running for the LSC must complete an original Candidate Nomination Form, a Criminal Conviction Disclosure Form, and a Telephone(…)

Petition to repair Darrow bridge in circulation

Petition to repair Darrow bridge in circulation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council will be collecting signatures soon to repair the Clarence Darrow Bridge. The bridge, located at the north entrance to Wooded Island, is the closest entrance to the Japanese Garden from the parking lot. Since late last year, the Darrow Bridge, named for Hyde Parker and(…)

Ancona to roll out new Montessori program offerings

Ancona to roll out new Montessori program offerings

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will be rolling out new Montessori program offerings for its pre-primary students in the fall. The programs will offer a longer day and include dual language instruction, according to Ancona Head Bonnie Wishne. Starting September 2014, parents of 3 to 6 year olds will have the(…)

Storied law professor George Anastaplo dies

Storied law professor George Anastaplo dies

George Anastaplo, 88, a Hyde Parker who became widely known for arguing his own case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday, Feb. 14. Anastaplo was born Nov. 7, 1925 in St. Louis, Mo., to Greek immigrants Theodore Anastaplo and Margarita Syriopulou. After serving in World War II as a navigator for the(…)

DuSable feted at DuSable

DuSable feted at DuSable

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History in partnership with the Illinois Amistad Commission will host “Suite DuSable: A Vision of Faith,” by renowned composer Renee’ Baker. The symphony will be performed in celebration of the museum’s namesake, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, the first settler in Chicago. “Suite DuSable:(…)