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Tutoring group floods

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Strive Tutoring experienced a setback earlier this month after a broken valve on a water pipe damaged the third floor, a kitchen, a stairwell and two computers. “There was a lot of damage to our offices. Thankfully all of our tutoring space is in perfectly good shape and our refurbished(…)

Service imposters perpetrate robbery

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A robbery occurred earlier this month at a Kenwood building managed by Wolin-Levin, Inc., according to residents and a company official. The Feb. 6 incident went unreported in crime blotters provided to the Herald this month by Second District police. However, in a Feb. 15 e-mail to the(…)

Actor brings personal story to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Actor Charles Dutton will present his one-man show “From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on Stage” at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts this week. At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday the three-time Emmy Award winner will present the story of his own life in a(…)

Ancona explores intentional diversity

The Ancona School will host its 50th Anniversary Education Symposium on Saturday March 2. The symposium is for educators, school leaders, parents and the community to discuss the importance and challenge of authentic diversity in schools. During the symposium, Ancona will share insights on integrating a multicultural curriculum and results from research based on The(…)

Lutherans go sustainable

By JEFFERY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The refectory at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., has been changing the way it does business with a focus on sustainability. Ben Randall, a native of Northern Michigan who worked at Chicago hotels and restaurants before becoming the refectory’s chef, has overseen(…)

Shoreland is landmarked

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Shoreland Hotel, 5454 S. Shore Dr., has been named a landmark by the City Council. Currently being rehabbed to make space for rental apartments, the hotel was once host to Amelia Earhart and Elvis Presley, among other notables. After World War II, when apartment-hotel renters — who provided a(…)

South Siders protest school rules

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Grassroots Education Movement recently testified before Arne Duncan at a U.S. Department of Education hearing in Washington, D.C., on the impact and civil rights violations resulting from the unchecked closings and turnarounds of schools serving predominantly low-income, students of color. The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), which has(…)

University to consolidate facilities management

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Facilities Services will be moving out of three separate buildings and into one modern facility at the end of next year. The university recently announced its plans to build an 86,000 square foot, two-story building on the vacant lot at 5201 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The(…)

Burns seeks energy drink sales ban

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) told constituents last week that he supports legislation introduced by Ald. George Cardenas (12th) that would prohibit selling energy drinks to minors. Cardenas, who is the chairman of the City Council Health Committee, introduced the legislation to City Council last year. Burns said he supports the(…)

New a capella group debuts at Rockefeller

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant-to-the-editor Choir group Chicago a capella will gives the debut performance for its new program, “Spirit/Breath/Voice,” Saturday, Feb. 9 at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 8 p.m. The concert, a combination of religious and secular music performed by the choir of 10, will include works by renaissance Italian composer Tomas(…)

Booth booster gives $5M gift

John Edwardson, a member of the University of Chicago’s board of trustees and the former CEO of CDW, a Vernon Hills-based technology company, has donated $5M to the university’s School of Business. Edwardson, who graduated with an MBA from the school in 1972, currently chairs its Council on Chicago Booth. He was the CEO of(…)

Promontory items nod to Piccadilly

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The old Piccadilly Theater has been closed for decades but Hyde Parkers will be able to see pieces of the old movie house when they visit The Promontory. The future home of a music venue, bar and and restaurant will be decorated with pieces of the old theater, which was(…)

Mandel Hall facelift done

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mandel Hall was reopened recently after being restored to its original condition. The 109-year-old room was brought in line with modern accessibility standards while maintaining the original look of the hall. Seats were upgraded to create greater accessibility. To accommodate for the extra width the seats take up, two rows(…)

Ray teacher gets school supplies award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chandra Garcia, 6th grade teacher at Ray Elementary School, won an award from Chicago Public Schools and Office Max for being one of CPS’s outstanding teachers. Garcia was one of 100 teachers to receive the honor. She received a new desk chair and $1,000 worth of supplies for her(…)

Little Black Pearl expanding scope of youth served

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Little Black Pearl was recently approved by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to offer alternative education to post secondary students through its new alternative school program. In the 2013-2014 school year Options Laboratory Alternative High School, the school that is currently in place at Little Black Pearl, 1060 E. 47th(…)

SECC reflects on ’12

SECC reflects on ’12

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission had a productive year, said Executive Director Wendy Walker Williams. The SECC in the previous year focused on the Violent Crime Prevention Initiative. The VPCI used grant funding to create a safety task force to work with the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, or CAPS program.(…)

Columnist visits Hyde Park

Columnist visits Hyde Park

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg, author of the 2012 book, “You Were Never in Chicago” gave a talk to a small audience in the basement of Blackstone Library, 4949 S. Lake Park Ave., last Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m., as part of the Friends of Blackstone Branch(…)

CPS’s new track

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer All schools in Hyde Park and citywide will be on the same calendar track in the 2013-2014 school year. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved the one-track school system at its January board meeting. All schools were on a Track R regular school calendar where school started in August and(…)

HPAC artist master of surprising

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Aliyah, a junior at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), lifted her foam horse from a piece of newspaper on the studio floor. An imperfection in the mold she had used left a large, saucer-shaped blob on its head, and she warned that she “hadn’t done it right.”(…)

Teachers helping at Blackstone

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon recently announced the expansion of the Chicago Public Library’s homework help program “Teacher in the Library.” The “Teacher in the Library” after-school homework program has been a part of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) for 12 years. The current program is(…)