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Coming together to support the young

Coming together to support the young

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The African American Alumni Committee of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration will host a discussion about young, African American males on Feb. 15. The symposium, “Black Young Men in America: Rising Above Social and Racial Prejudice, Trauma and Educational Disparities,” will discuss how to effectively(…)

Open Produce Kenwood art is a surprise hit

Open Produce Kenwood art is a surprise hit

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., is showcasing a group exhibit featuring art by students of Kenwood Academy High School. The drawings and paintings, which are all based on a botanical theme, were inspired by a December field trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory. “They spent the whole day walking(…)

La Rabida opens new wing to provide outpatient care

La Rabida opens new wing to provide outpatient care

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Jackson Park hosted the grand opening of its new outpatient center Monday. Past and present patients, community members and elected officials attended the ceremony and shared their memories and gratitude for the hospital. La Rabida, which was built during the World’s Columbian Exposition(…)

Cafe meant to support Seminary Co-op finally poised to open

Cafe meant to support Seminary Co-op finally poised to open

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The long-awaited Plein Air Cafe will open next door to the Seminary Co-op Bookstore on March 1, according to co-owner Soo Choi. Construction on the 40-seat cafe at 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. is complete and the necessary permits have been obtained. Finishing touches are finally being made to the eatery,(…)

Kenwood bests DuSable

Kenwood bests DuSable

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer The Kenwood Broncos Wrestling team defeated the DuSable Panthers 27-24 in a round robbin match held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos were excited to kick off their first match of the season and were looking to make a statement against the Panthers. “Our goal is to finish first in(…)

Local pols target minimum wage

Local pols target minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With primary elections less than six weeks away, Hyde Park representatives at the state and city level are pushing for a higher minimum wage. Since last fall, state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) has been sponsoring a bill that would raise the Illinois minimum wage, and just last week Alds.(…)

Local blogger is rising

Local blogger is rising

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Blogger Mikki Kendall is no stranger to controversy. The Hyde Park native has made many Internet friends and enemies, tackling such sensitive topics as abortion, race and gender inequality with unapologetic candor. She has also achieved as of late a certain kind of fame on the web, which has spread(…)

Kenwood Academy students excelling in Regional Science Fair, moving to citywide

Kenwood Academy students excelling in Regional Science Fair, moving to citywide

Kenwood Academy High School students Sebastian Augusthy (11th grade), Carlos Cortes (10th), Bennett Hensey (11th), Waylan Mui (10th) and Ariel Judah (11th) represented the school Thursday at the Regional Science Fair at Chicago State University. Out of the five students, four of them — Augusthy, Cortes, Hensey and Mui — advanced to the citywide science(…)

Locals take control of presidential library bid

Locals take control of presidential library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer announced his support for a library housing artifacts from Barack Obama’s presidency located on the South Side of Chicago on Friday. Zimmer’s statement came on the same day that the formal process of finding a location for the library and museum began. The Barack(…)

Ancona revisits diversity at event

Ancona revisits diversity at event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will host its second annual Diversity Symposium on March 1. The symposium is for educators, school leaders, parents and the community to discuss the importance and challenges of diversity. This year’s discussion will focus on diversity on a broader level by exploring the many faces, misconceptions(…)

The hidden treasure behind the posh at Merge’s A10

The hidden treasure behind the posh at Merge’s A10

By Homa Bash Medill News Serice Casell Lewis winds his way around the newly opened restaurant effortlessly, running up and down stairs from the prep area to the kitchen countless times each shift. “Your glutes will thank me,” said Chef John Vermiglio, laughing as he dashes by. Every inch of the kitchen is buzzing as(…)

Despres awards announced

Despres awards announced

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will award the Marian and Leon Despres Preservation Awards to the developers who rehabilitated the Harper Theater and the Shoreland Hotel. Jim Hennessy, associate vice president for commercial and real estate operations at the University of Chicago will accept the award for the work done(…)

Ray, Kenwood in school news

Ray, Kenwood in school news

Students advance from regional to citywide science fair at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray Elementary School 6th and 7th graders participated in the Burnham and Fulton Park Regional Science Fair last Friday at Malcolm X College. Four students — 6th graders Elvis Wolcott, Marcelo Gutierrez and Joden Soberano and 7th grader Hope Richard —(…)

Lab School campaign ends

Lab School campaign ends

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Lab+ Campaign closed at the end of 2013 having successfully met its $55 million goal, according to David Magill, director of the Lab Schools. In 2008, the University of Chicago Board of Trustees approved a request from the Lab Schools, 1362 E. 59th(…)

Music news at Kenwood Academy

Music news at Kenwood Academy

String Orchestra Kenwood Academy High School’s revived string orchestra will perform at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert, Jan. 22, at the South Shore Cultural Center. After several years of silence, the string orchestra at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., has been reestablished under the direction of Ernestine Fleming-Jones. Since its re-launch, the orchestra(…)

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After competing against musicians from high schools across the city, Giancarlo Jerry, a junior at Kenwood Academy High School, was selected to be a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) Senior Jazz Band and the IMEA Senior Concert Band later this month. He is the first instrumentalist at(…)