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Community meeting on Obama Library to discuss benefits agreement

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) is partnering up with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) again to host the second community meeting about the Obama Presidential Library this Wednesday, Aug. 10. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake(…)

CPS announces staff layoffs, how area schools will be affected

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last week, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced annual staffing changes for the upcoming school year for staff members across the district. Several schools in Hyde Park will be affected by the cuts. In total, 508 teachers from 387 schools will be impacted. In addition, 521 school support personnel will be(…)

Oriental Institute to host program teaching children about writing

 Herald Intern The University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., will host a program for children to teach them about the evolution of writing at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. The event will be hands-on and will present a timeline of how writing began, changed, branched into different alphabets, and(…)

Target announces opening date, job fairs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Target that will be located inside of Vue53, 1346 E. 53rd St., announced that it will be opening for shoppers on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The retailer plans to host two job fairs to hire a total of 75 employees at the Hyde Park location. Job fairs will take place(…)

U of C to form community advisory board for trauma center

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Following the December 2015 announcement that the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) will build a level I trauma center on its Hyde Park campus, the university is now seeking this input on the logistics of the center. The university is forming a 15-person community advisory board to work with(…)

Student organization wary of UCPD expansion

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student organization is pushing back against the school’s plans to grow its private police force, whose coverage zone extends from 37th Street to 64th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive. In a July 27 statement, university President Robert Zimmer announced(…)

Network 9 gets new chief

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Felicia Sanders is the new Network Chief for Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Network 9, which includes schools within the Hyde Park, Bronzeville and Woodlawn neighborhoods. Sanders, who replaced former Network 9 Chief, Jerrold Washington, has worked at CPS for 25 years, more recently as a deputy network chief. Network Chiefs(…)

“Bixler is Back” celebration this Saturday

Bixler Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave., closed briefly last month after the playground’s equipment was torn down as part of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! program. To celebrate its re-opening, the Bixler Playlot Park Advisory Council will host a “Bixler is Back” bash tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the park. The event(…)

WHPK closes temporarily due to bedbugs

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern University of Chicago’s radio station WHPK, which broadcasts to Hyde Park and the South Side, has been temporarily closed due to a bed bug outbreak at its studio in the university’s Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave. According to a statement from the university News Office, the station’s studio has been closed(…)

Hats in the ring: Three community members announce run for 4th Ward Alderman

Since Will Burns’ untimely resignation in March, many community members have been focusing on the future of aldermanic leadership for the 4th Ward, which covers parts of Bronzeville, Kenwood and Hyde Park. Thursday night, Aug. 4, three community members announced their plans to run in the special election for 4th Ward Alderman in February 2017.(…)

CPS Back-to-school events prepare students for new academic year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., is hosting a back-to-school celebration on Monday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is promoting the start of a new school year with 13 different kick-off events located throughout the city. “Our dedicated students and staff(…)

Chicago Native to host environment-related camp on University of Chicago campus

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Chicago-native and Cornell University Junior Dejah Powell has been passionate about the environment for years. She has been involved in several environmental research opportunities and met former president Bill Clinton through the Clinton Global Initiative which focuses on issues of the environment, education and global poverty. This month, from Aug.(…)

Police search for two men connected to several Hyde Park robberies

The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) issued three security alerts involving suspects that the victims described as two African American males, 17-20 years-of-age, one wearing a blue jogging suit, the other wearing a green jogging suit driving a dark colored sedan, possibly a Chrysler. The first incident was reported at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday,(…)

CAF features Hyde Park in Studio Gang tour

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is hosting a tour of Studio Gang architecture in Hyde Park this Saturday, Aug. 6. The tour will highlight Jeanne Gang’s designs of City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave.; the renovation of the Shoreland, 5454 S. Shore Dr., and a peak at the almost(…)

Jazz at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The music of jazz’s most prominent vibraphonists will be featured in a concert at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., Wednesday, Aug. 17. The concert is part of the museum’s “2016 Sounds of History” jazz series. During the event, which will take place on the(…)

Bronzville farm supplies summer menu at Yusho, A10

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern On the 4500 block of South Federal Street in Bronzeville, flanked by Metra tracks on one side and the now-defunct Robert Taylor Homes housing project on the other, lies the quarter-acre urban farm that grower Jen Rosenthal uses for her business, Planted Chicago. A couple of neighborhoods away in Hyde(…)

Hyde Park organizations awarded to collaborate youth projects

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Three Hyde Park organizations are the recipients of the $1,000 Acting Up prize presented by the Chicago Community Trust and GoodCity that will go towards a collaborated project between South Side organizations. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave.; the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell(…)

U. of C. student sues fraternity over hazing incident

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student is suing the Illinois chapter and national organization of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Dylan Kanaan, who enrolled at the U. of C. in 2014, filed the suit in Cook County Circuit on July 15 against the fraternity and 13 of its(…)

14-year-old shot in Kenwood

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern A 14-year-old male was shot in the Kenwood neighborhood Tuesday, Aug. 2, at approximately 9:50 p.m., according to the Chicago Police Department. The boy was sitting on his front porch on the 5000 block of South Drexel Boulevard when shots were fired from a black Sedan. He was hit in(…)