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Annual parade returns for its 21st year

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern Since a community retreat examining crime, parking and business on 53rd street in March of 1992 inspired the idea, the Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Fourth on 53rd, has become a Hyde Park annual tradition. Ringing in its 21st year, the parade has been attended by the community’s diverse(…)

Music teachers aid program

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern The annual Performathon hosted by the Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP) raised $845 for the hunger programs at the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council. The two-day recital held at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. South Shore Drive, on June 8 and 9, and the Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake(…)

Raoul to study pensions

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Amid Illinois’ deepening budget woes, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) has been chosen to chair a newly-formed conference committee on pensions. The Illinois General Assembly voted to create the committee last Wednesday. The group will begin meeting this Thursday to seek a way to lessen the burden of(…)

Ray preschool slots

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After a flurry of calls and letters from Ray Elementary School parents, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is adding another Preschool for All classroom next school year at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., which will allow more neighborhood children to attend. CPS recently changed the criteria for admission to its(…)

Art Center resident “ideating”

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center’s newest artist-in-residence is hoping to bring people together and maybe facilitate new friends and ideas. HPAC summer artist-in-residence Jen Delos Reyes and Green Lantern Press will host a public session of “Speed Ideating” around content from their collaboration book “Service Media.” Speed Ideating follows the(…)

Preckwinkle seeking reelection

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Cook County Board President and former Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) is running for her second term in her current office. Preckwinkle was elected to the board in 2010. She served the Fourth Ward as alderman for four terms. Preckwinkle told supporters on Tuesday, June 11, that she sought another term(…)

Three youths reported missing in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Two students were reported missing by Chicago Police on Friday. Naomi Knight, 18, was last seen on the 6100 block of South Woodlawn Avenue on Monday, June 10 at 7:15 a.m. She was last seen wearing a pink and white striped top, blue jeans, light brown Timberland boots and a(…)

Local teacher headed to Library of Congress

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Brian Pletsch, a United States history teacher at the University of Chicago Charter School’s Carter G. Woodson Middle School Campus, has been selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. Pletsch, who teaches 7th(…)