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Ray principal removed

On the eve of a major influx of students at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., both the principal and vice principal have been abruptly removed, according to a document sent to the Herald. “This letter is to inform you that [Ray Principal] Ms. Tatia Beckwith and [Vice Principal] Mr. Jeffrey Alstadt have been(…)

Arrestees weigh in on scrutiny to UCPD

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A protest in January ended with a reignited the call for a trauma care center on the South Side of Chicago. It also created calls from University of Chicago staff, faculty and students to review the university’s police department’s policies and practices after four were arrested and many treated roughly.(…)

HP house classes

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Historical Society is holding a series of talks on home preservation titled, “This Old (Hyde Park) House,” scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. every third Sunday for the next four months at The Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. According to Jack(…)

Andy Austin, drawing from experience

Andy Austin, drawing from experience

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A Hyde Park resident since 1994, Andy Austin is well-known among some in the neighborhood for her involvement with the University of Chicago “Revels,” a yearly comedic play incorporating the area’s historical events and figures. More remarkable, however, is the story of Austin’s 44-year career as a freelance(…)

Kenwood student competing in science fair

Kenwood student competing in science fair

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools Science Fair took place Friday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Students from two local high schools presented their projects at the citywide competition. This year’s science fair, a three-day event titled “Meeting Global Needs through Science, Technology,(…)

Players’ latest is coming soon

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Players will present “The Good Doctor” from April 12 to 14 at the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. “The Good Doctor” is a series of short skits based on the writings on 19th century Russian novelist Anton Chekov and adapted for the stage by “Odd Couple”(…)

Hyde Parker helps garden neophytes

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Spring means warmer weather, longer days and for some neighborhood residents, a return to gardening. Hyde Parker Debra Hammond is one of them. The consultant for non-profits with an MBA from the University of Chicago is also the founder of The Kitchen Gardener, an internet-based small business that(…)

DuSable explores water issues

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer DuSable Museum of African American History will host a panel discussion titled “Watered Down” to discuss issues surrounding the global water crisis. The discussion, which will take place at DuSable, 740 East 56th Pl., from 6:29 p.m. to 8:29 p.m. on Friday, March 22, is in conjunction with the(…)

Antheus seeks funding

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park is one step closer to having its financial ducks in a row so construction can start. The Jeanne Gang designed building was initially scheduled to begin construction in the fall of 2013 but financial hurdles delayed the project. On Friday the City of Chicago Committee on Finance(…)

Jazz artist at Hyde Park Records

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Jazz artist Phil Cohran will play a free concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St. The 85-year-old trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, whose full name is Kelan Phil Cohran, is a Mississippi native who lives in Chicago and has played for(…)

Div. head breakfast chat

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The annual Knights of Columbus Ladies’ Auxiliary prayer breakfast is set for Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. this year. Headlining the event is University of Chicago Divinity School Dean Margaret M. Mitchell. Proceeds have in the past established scholarships for children from low-income families at St. Thomas the Apostle(…)

Logan exhibit echoes French landscapes

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Attention to detail define both the gallery space and art at painter David Schutter’s new exhibit, “Renditions,” on display at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. The show’s four paintings and one print are not only based on landscape art by 19th century French painter Jean-Baptist-Camille Corot:(…)

Kindergarten for Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced last week that every CPS school, including those in Hyde Park, would offer full-day kindergarten starting next school year. According to CPS, children who attend a quality, full-day kindergarten demonstrate notable academic advantages in later years over(…)

HOME Gallery returns to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) director and co-founder Laura Shaeffer is inviting artists, musicians and the public into her family’s home, located at 1407 E. 54th Pl., next Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Shaeffer will host 15 artists, including SHoP co-founder John Preus, as well as(…)

Suspect arrested

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with one felony count of bank robbery on Monday, March 4, after allegedly taking $1,874 from Fifth Third Bank, 1420 E. 53rd St., on Friday, March 1. Robert D. Shaw, 54, of 527 E. 51st St., was charged with one count of bank robbery.(…)

University to demolish Ingleside Hall for park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago plans to demolish Ingleside Hall, 956 E. 58th St., to expand the quad and create more green space on campus. The university made the announcement Wednesday at the Cummings Life Science Center, 920 E. 58th St. The U. of C. is working with the city to(…)