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Mary Ella Smith, 80

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mary Ella Smith, who was former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s fiancé, passed away on Thursday, June 9. Smith died at her Washington Park home after succumbing to an illness. She was 80 years old. Smith grew up in Chicago and was an elementary school teacher for most of her life,(…)

Insomnia Cookies soon to open in Hyde Park

 Herald Intern Late-night cookie chain Insomnia Cookies will arrive in Hyde Park, come the start of the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) 2016-17 academic year. The store will be located in U. of C.’s new dormitory, 1105 E. 55th St, North Campus Residential Commons, as one of several dining options on(…)

Logan Center to host blogging event

 Herald Intern University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., will host a class on blogging this evening at 5:30 p.m. The class, led by University of Chicago alum, Preston Thomas, will consider blogging communities and demographics, types of blogs, comment sections on blogs, content creation, social media(…)

Community meeting for 1400 Hyde Park building proposal

Ald. Sophia King (4th ) is hosting a community meeting, Thursday, July 21, to share information about the residential condo project proposed for 1400 E. Hyde Park Blvd. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.

22-year-old man shot in Kenwood

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern A 22-year-old man was shot in the Kenwood neighborhood Wednesday night and taken to Stroger hospital in serious condition. According to police, at approximately 10:50 p.m. the man was walking down the 4900 block of South Woodlawn Avenue when another man approached on foot and shot the victim in the(…)

U. of C. Medicine professor dies in traffic crash

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of. C) professor died Wednesday morning after being struck by a car during his morning jog in the 1900 block of E. 67th St. The university identified the professor as Dr. Gary Toback, who had taught in the U. of C. Department of Medicine for(…)

Bike tour explores art stops on South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., is hosting an art-themed bike ride Saturday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour will be led by Erika Dudley, the senior program manager for the Civic Knowledge Project at the University of Chicago, and Patric McCoy, the(…)

Chicago physics conference features U. of C. scientists

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The biennial International Conference on High Energy Physics, the world’s largest gathering of physicists, is coming to Chicago this August and dozens of University of Chicago (U. of C.) scientists will be participating. The conference, which runs from Aug. 3-10, will draw over 1,200 scientists from around the world to(…)

Seminary Co-Op to host poetry reading

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The Seminary Co-Op bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host a poetry reading on Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m. Poets John Koethe and David Trinidad will be reading from their latest works, “The Swimmer” and “Notes on a Past Life.” Koethe, author of “The Swimmer,” has published nine poetry(…)

St. Thomas alumni prepare for school reunion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Elementary and high school experiences can shape a person’s interests and future for life. In the case of alumni at St. Thomas the Apostle School (STA). 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., even decades later, the school still resonates with them. “I am very proud to have gone to a Catholic School,”(…)

University of Chicago sells three residence halls to 3L real estate

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern For months, residents of the University of Chicago dormitories that closed at the end of the 2015-16 school year have speculated on the future of their now former residence halls. Yesterday, Chicago Real Estate Daily wrote that the university of has sold three of these dorms to 3L real estate.(…)

Musical performance at HPNC

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Music students will show off their skills at a special Music Teachers of Hyde Park performance this Friday, July 22. The program features music students from ages 7 to 14 years old who will perform pieces by composers such as Mozart and Nielsen on the flute, violin, viola, cello and(…)

French film movie screening in Harold Washington Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer “The Class,” a French film by Laurent Cantet, will be shown in Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., this Sunday, July 24. The event is free and will be preceded by refreshments and a performance from the Quentin Coaxum Quartet. The event is the result of a partnership(…)

Hyde Park Kenwood Legends hosts “Playstreet” events

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Hyde Park Legends baseball league will host its fourth and fifth of eight “Playstreet” events on July 23 and 30. The events will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Berkeley Avenue between 44th and 45th streets. The Legends’ “Playstreet” events, which began in June, include double dutch, foursquare,(…)

Independent Voters of Illinois hold annual dinner in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) will hold its 72nd annual Independence Day Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Hyde Park this Thursday, July 21. The night’s theme is “Preserving Our Independence In A New Era For Justice.” For the better part of a century, IVI-IPO has worked to(…)

Full moon alert

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This week marks another full moon, and there are two chances to view it during moon watches on Tuesday, July 19, and Wednesday, July 20. Tuesday night’s moon watch begins at 7:45 p.m. for an 8:02 p.m. moonrise. On Wednesday night, the moon watch meets at 8:30 p.m. for an(…)

Two teens shot in Kenwood

A shooting occurred near 47th Street and Ellis Avenue at about 12:50 a.m. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. A 16-year-old was wounded and rushed to a hospital and is expected to survive. The incident is under investigation. No one is in custody.

Budget cuts for CPS

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced individual school budgets for the upcoming 2016-17 school year yesterday, July 14. For local neighborhood schools, the average budget cuts sit at about a 2.8 percent decrease from the previous budget, which is a lot smaller than the 20 to 30 percent cuts CPS predicted(…)

Binny’s to move to 47th Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Binny’s Beverage Depot in Hyde Park, located at 1531 E. 53rd St., will be relocating to a bigger location on 47th Street. The current location at the Hyde Park Bank Building is 3,500 square feet and with the move, the new store, located inside the shopping center at 1320(…)

Shoesmith provides free meals through CPS program

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., is one of 50 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that are a part of the LunchStop Program that provides free meals in the summer. The summer meal program by CPS provides meals to both students of the school, as well as children 1(…)