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HPKCC collects used books for annual book sale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC) has started collecting books for the upcoming Hyde Park Used Book Sale, which happens Saturday, Oct. 9 through Monday, Oct. 11. Book donations can be made at the bottom of the stairs at Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St. This year marks the(…)

#HashtagLunchbag preps meals for the homeless

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer #HashtagLunchbag is a charity movement dedicated to empowering and inspiring humanity to reap the benefits of giving through social media. It is a perfect example of how a small group of people on a local level can make a tremendous impact, one small act at a time. The next #HashtagLunchbag(…)

Hyde Park Kenwood Legends host block club party

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Hyde Park Kenwood Legends (HPKL) youth baseball league is hosting a Block Club Party on Sept. 3. HPKL is hosting the party in partnership with PlayStreets Chicago an initiative to support neighborhoods closing off streets to have safe, active events. The party, which is free of charge, will take(…)

Nando’s Peri-Peri likely to replace Clark’s

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer According to recent city building permits, the South African chicken chain Nando’s Peri-Peri will replace Clark’s Diner, which was evicted by the University of Chicago, earlier this month. On Tuesday, the city issued permits to Burton Heiss, the owner of Nando’s Peri-Peri for $70, 000 in interior renovations for the(…)

No “trigger warnings,” “safe spaces” for incoming freshmen

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer In a letter sent to the University of Chicago’s incoming class of 2020, Wednesday, Dean of Students John Ellison, warned students there would be no cancelling invitations of guests whose views may seem controversial (trigger warnings) or places where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their(…)

Studs Turkel biographer to discuss work at 57th Street Books

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Author Alan Wieder will be visiting 57th Street Books on September 15 to discuss his biography about the famous Chicagoan broadcaster, “Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, But Mostly Conversation.” Well known for being a storyteller, Studs Turkel was an acclaimed author, radio host, historian and supporter of civil rights. He knew(…)

Rap icon to discuss and sign new book

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History in conjunction with the Seminary Co-op Bookstores will present rap music legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, who will be there to discuss and sign copies of his new book “Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide,” on Friday, Aug. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9(…)

Changes at local CPS schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tuesday, Sept. 6 is the first day of school for students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, and Hyde Park schools will have some changes for the start of the new academic year. Kozminski Uniforms Students at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 56th St., will be showing up to school in(…)

WHPK’s office number now used by U. of C. Medical Center

The University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) radio station WHPK has been shut down since Monday, Aug. 5 due to a bedbug outbreak. The phone in its studio rings continually with no voice message explaining why the station went dark and the number to the station’s main office is now the number of the U.(…)

Fashion walk in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A vibrant fashion show will fill the streets of Hyde Park this Saturday, Aug. 27. BLKLST, a Chicago-based clothing company that boasts bold prints, unique fabrics and “wearable art,” will premiere its Fall 2016 collection through this weekend’s Urban Decadence showcase. The fashion walk starts at 3 p.m. on 5200(…)

Rummage sale in Washington Park

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Saturday, Aug. 27, the Washington Park Residents Advocacy Council will hold its second annual rummage sale. The rummage sale will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The group will set up in the parking lot directly behind the Fieldhouse, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. According to council(…)

Children’s Book Fair approaching

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The 30th annual Children’s Book Fair will take place Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Nichols Park, 355 E. 53rd St. The fair has grown over time and now serves as a showcase for local booksellers and different organizations serving the community. Some vendors this year include(…)

Washington Park Vet center on the verge of a comeback

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Remake The World Vet Center (RTW) located directly across from Washington Park was in danger of shuttering for good in the wake of a disastrous surprise walk through by Chicago’s Department of Buildings. That was in April 2015 but what difference a year and a half can make. John Worthy(…)

Dyett hunger strikers celebrate school victory

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Aug. 17, 2015, a group of South Side community members decided to go on a hunger strike to preserve Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., as a neighborhood school. Due to the tenacity of the 12 hunger strikers, who participated in a liquid-only fast for 34 days, Chicago(…)

WPAC foresee benefits from Presidential Center

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Earlier this month the Obama Foundation announced that Jackson Park will have the honor of housing the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). While some community members might see the decision to choose Jackson Park over Washington Park as a slight, don’t tell that to the Washington Park Advisory Council. The clear(…)

Promontory hosts back to school party to collect school supplies

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., is hosting a back to school silent party on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 10 p.m. Out in the open the Promontory will be music free but people will have on headphones as they listen and dance to the same music at the silent(…)

South Side scavenger hunt

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer BING Art Books is hosting a Finding Black Joy scavenger hunt in and around Hyde Park Saturday, Aug. 27. Through the scavenger hunt BING wants to put the spotlight on black culture, businesses, connections to nature and other cultural gems. The car-less scavenger hunt will give participants the opportunity to(…)

Harper Theater to show “Southside with You”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, Aug. 25, Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., will host a special screening of “Southside with You” at 7 p.m. The movie was partly filmed in Hyde Park last summer with scenes including the University of Chicago campus as well as Kimbark Plaza. The screenplay follows Barack and(…)

Two South Side men arrested on weapon and drug possession charges

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Willie Terrell Daniels, 24 and Brandon West, 25 were arrested Thursday Aug. 18 when officers responded to call on a person with a gun selling drugs on the 6200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue. According to the report, officers observed West sitting with a handgun protruding from his hip(…)

New AP chosen for Murray

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ann Gulley has been announced as the new assistant principal for Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. Gulley was chosen by an Ad Hoc search team who made their decision on Friday, Aug. 19. Gulley will be at a meet and greet at the school tomorrow at 6 p.m.(…)