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South Side Pitch seeks to advance local entrepreneurs

South Side Pitch seeks to advance local entrepreneurs

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer If you hurry, you still have just enough time apply for the third annual South Side Pitch showcase. Applications for the “Shark Tank” style contest for local entrepreneurs are due tonight, Aug. 19, by midnight. South Side Pitch is in search of applicants that are committed entrepreneurs with creative business(…)

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Jackson Park might have gotten the Obama Presidential Center but on Labor Day weekend locals and visitors alike will flock to Washington Park in celebration of the 27th Annual African Festival of the Arts. This festival, which will take place Sept. 2-5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Washington(…)

One year later: Dyett hunger strikers celebrate, reflect

One year later: Dyett hunger strikers celebrate, reflect

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(…)

The TCC awaits details of U. of C. trauma center advisory board

The TCC awaits details of U. of C. trauma center advisory board

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern On Aug. 8, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) released an application for membership on a Community Advisory Board for their level I adult trauma center set to open in 2018. In light of this release, members of the groups that originally pushed for the construction of the center(…)

Woodlawn Voices and Visions program to host screening

Woodlawn Voices and Visions program to host screening

BY SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Woodlawn residents Gabriel Piemonte and Rhoda Freelon founded Woodlawn Voices and Visions to teach local high school students creative ways to convey a message. Now in its third year, the six-week videography program will display its students’ work at a Logan Center screening, 915 E 60th St, on Aug. 20(…)

Volunteers essential part of the “crew” at La Rabida

Volunteers essential part of the “crew” at La Rabida

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Retirement. Interest in medicine. Staying active. The kids—always, the kids. These are just a few of the reasons that the diverse range of volunteers at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S Promontory Dr., keep coming back, week after week, year after year. Whether they work at the information desk, the(…)

Hyde Park resident wins state pie making contest

Hyde Park resident wins state pie making contest

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Molly Herron is not new to pie making: the Hyde Park resident has been in every South Side Pie Challenge since its inception in 2012. Herron recently took her skills to the State Fair in Springfield and walked away with third place for the best berry pie in Illinois. Herron’s(…)

Lights, camera, action: Acting classes at HPNC

Lights, camera, action: Acting classes at HPNC

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Jossie Harris Thacker, who was one of Kennan Ivory Wayans’ dancing “Fly Girls” on the comedy show “In Living Color,” will be teaching an acting class for youth at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). Classes happen weekly on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. and are geared towards(…)

U. of C. starts Clarke’s eviction process

U. of C. starts Clarke’s eviction process

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) began eviction proceedings for Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd St., Tuesday morning, Aug. 16. This morning an eviction sign was posted to the door of the diner and a locksmith was seen changing the locks to the establishment. Calmetta Coleman, the director of(…)

Sister Cities Delegation visits Hyde Park and South Side

Sister Cities Delegation visits Hyde Park and South Side

By SONIA SCHLESINGER 
Herald Intern Chicago-Shanghai Sister Cities Subcommittee on Social Services for the Older Population sponsored a delegation’s trip to Chicago last week. The group spent time in Hyde Park last Thursday, Aug. 4. While in Hyde Park, the delegation met with Montgomery Place CEO Deborah Hart to learn about retirement programs. They then(…)

U. of C. evicts Clarke’s Diner

U. of C. evicts Clarke’s Diner

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago released a statement today about Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd St., which is one of their tenants: “The University of Chicago is committed to attracting and supporting businesses that contribute to the vitality of Hyde Park and meet the needs of local residents and visitors,” said(…)

Community members announce run for 4th Ward Ald.

Community members announce run for 4th Ward Ald.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The special election for the 4th Ward Alderman is still six months away, but candidates are already lining up in hopes of landing on the Feb. 28 ballot. Former alderman Will Burns resigned in March, and since then, community members have been focusing on the future aldermanic leadership for the(…)

South Side hosts first police accountability community hearing

South Side hosts first police accountability community hearing

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Outrage over police violence has rocked the nation recently, and, since the November 2015 release of a video in which 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the Windy City has been right in the middle of it all. Less than a mile away from(…)

Hyde Park Farmers Market attendance increases

Hyde Park Farmers Market attendance increases

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern After four years at Harold Washington Playlot Park (2010-2014), 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., the South East Chicago Commission/Special Service Area of Hyde Park-sponsored (SECC/SSA) Farmers Market returned last summer to Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., where it had been originally. Since then, attendance has increased, according to SSA(…)

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Jossie Harris Thacker, who was one of Keenan Ivory Wayans’ dancing “Fly Girls” on the comedy show “In Living Color,” will be teaching an acting class for youth at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). Harris Thacker, who is now an award-winning actress, will lead her first W.A.Y. (Who Are You) acting class from 10(…)

City leaders expect Obama Presidential Center to draw visitors from around the globe

City leaders expect Obama Presidential Center to draw visitors from around the globe

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a Wednesday morning press conferences on the steps of the Museum of Science and Industry, city and community leaders promised a new wave of economic development would accompany the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) to the South Side. The presentation included comments from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama Foundation Chair Martin(…)

12-year-old missing girl found

12-year-old missing girl found

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Hearld Intern The 12-year-old girl, who went missing from Hyde Park Tuesday, Aug. 2, has been found, according to the Chicago Police Department. The girl, Shaniah Everhart, had last been seen on Monday, Aug. 1 at 54th Street and Ingleside Avenue and often played basketball, according to the police. The police could(…)

Hales Franciscan High School suspends school year

Hales Franciscan High School suspends school year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School announced on Wednesday, July 27, that it is suspending its upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The school’s board of directors made the decision to suspend next year’s programs but will resume in the 2017-2018 school year. According to Melody Spann Cooper, the chairwoman of the Hales Franciscan(…)