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Early Halloween festivities in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Halloween is kicking off early this year with two weekend events to get you in the spirit to scare. On Saturday, the 61st Street Farmer’s Market, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., will have pumpkin carving from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers can purchase a locally grown pumpkin at the market,(…)

Location Change for boutique hotel follow up meeting

53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue boutique hotel follow up meeting. 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., 2nd floor,west lounge. The follow up meeting is part two of a meeting first held in August where developers from Smart Hotels, LLC proposed a 90-room boutique hotel equipped with a restaurant(…)

Pie time on the South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Prepare your ovens, and your taste buds, for the 4th Annual South Side Pie Challenge scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7. Since 2012, amateur bakers from college professors to grandparents and even children have competed for the title of “Best Pie on the South Side.” Kate Agarwal, the Co-Founder of the(…)

Man shot near U. of C. facilities

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A 35-year-old man was shot near University of Chicago facilities Saturday night. Police said that the incident took place in the 6100 block of S. Ellis Ave., only a step away from the University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th St. The victim was reportedly sitting in a parked(…)

St. Thomas festival a success

By SUMMER DIAB Herald Intern St. Thomas the Apostle School held a wines and steins harvest festival to raise money for the school on Saturday night in Hyde Park. Representatives of St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., said they were very excited about the happening, since it was their first time having a wine and(…)

Mentoring group tips hat to Chicago Child Care Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Helping both parents and children for over 50 years in Hyde Park, the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) has been recognized by the Illinois Mentoring Partnership for its Next Step program in receiving a Gold Star designation. CCCS, located at 5467 S. University Ave., is one of six establishments in(…)

Activist fights for Scammon Garden

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Peter Zelchenko, a community activist and University of Chicago Lab School parent, has initiated an effort to protect the name and accessibility of a section of the Lab School campus. Following the recent completion of Lab School’s Gordon Parks Arts Hall, Zelchenko created an online petition calling on university president(…)

DuSable screens Halloween movies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will host an Oct. 31 event, entitled “Don’t Be Scurred,” in which four scary movies with mostly Black casts and Black leading actors will be screened in the museum’s theater, 740 E. 56th Pl. In addition to the films, activities include “creepy crafts”(…)

Scholarship the focus of HPNC’s annual fundraiser

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club will unveil its new scholarship fund for youth attending the club’s afterschool programs during its 106th Anniversary Gala next month. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) is inviting the community to help celebrate its 106th year from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6(…)

Local innovations featured during Chicago Ideas Week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Innovative structures in Hyde Park and nearby South Side neighborhoods were featured during the 5th Annual Chicago Ideas Week. Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) partners with innovative businesses and venues to get ideas rolling across the city. Each year 156 events are scheduled across the city including workshops, discussions, parties and(…)

Kenwood School Fundraiser

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s big homecoming is on Friday, and to kick it off, there will be a fundraiser party with live entertainment at The Promontory tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will benefit the school directly, and all proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go(…)

New Dyett principal ready to move school forward

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Beulah McLoyd will fill the position of principal of Dyett High School starting the 2016-2017 school year. McLoyd has been an educator in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school system for 15 years and resides in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Prior to leading Dyett, 555 E. 51st St., she was the(…)

Burns argues against charter school moratorium

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sept. 24, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) introduced a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion. The resolution calls on the Illinois State Board of Education and the Chicago Board of Education to halt charter school growth for the 2015-16 school year. The resolution has been signed by(…)

Hyde Parkers’ view of gangs challenged by activists

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the past few months, violence edging into the confines of Hyde Park has left residents questioning how to take action. At a community meeting on Sept. 21, held in response to an Aug. 25 shooting that killed a man in the 1500 block of E. Dorchester Avenue, Hyde Park(…)

Where to watch tonight’s Democratic debate in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer There are two viewing parties in Hyde Park tonight for those who want to learn more about the candidates who plan to run as democrats in the 2016 presidential election. The Cove Lounge, 1750 E. 55th St., and at the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), 1448 E. 57th St., will(…)

U. of C. announces new law school dean

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Thomas J. Miles has been chosen as the new dean of the University of Chicago Law School. Miles succeeds Michael H. Schill, who recently became president of the University of Oregon. Miles has served on the law school faculty since 2005. His new appointment as dean begins November 1. “Tom(…)

St. Thomas wines and dines

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fall is in full swing, and the St. Thomas the Apostle School is inviting the community to celebrate this colorful season at their Wines and Steins Harvest Festival this Saturday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event at St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., will feature 14 wines to(…)

Rev. Jackson, McCarthy speak about September’s death rates

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. spoke out against what is being called the deadliest September in 13 years. At an Oct. 1 Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) press conference, which was held at the intersection of 51st Street and Drexel Avenue—the site of a Sept. 16 shooting—Jackson advocated for stricter gun laws.(…)

U. of C. report finds that suspension rates relate to race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer According to a new report from the University of Chicago (U. of C.), racial disparities among Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students are one of the driving forces of suspension rates. The consortium report, which took two and a half-years to fully research, looks at how discipline is related to schools’(…)

Pedestrian safety discussed in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park is by-and-large a driving neighborhood. A majority of the community gets in their car and drives to where they need to go, but others do prefer the Chicago way of walking to destinations. In a community that is driver-focused, pedestrian safety has become a main concern. According to(…)