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Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Like many other Hyde Parkers, Carolyn Rhodes wanted to try Harper Court’s newest restaurant, Porkchop. But when she went, she couldn’t get in. “There’s no handicap door, no sign — not there. I waited,” said Rhodes, who uses a wheelchair. “I waited for someone, even from the outside to come(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said Monday that she would like to see the same penalties for carrying guns in parks as near schools. “I think this is something good that can come out of something not so good,” said Hairston, who shared her plan at a meeting yesterday at Montgomery(…)

Parents question sameness in Ray Elementary principal search finalists

Parents question sameness in Ray Elementary principal search finalists

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The issue of race dominated discussions during the principal search this year at Ray Elementary School. While the local school council (LSC) and principal screening committee (PSC) both stand by the colorblind approach they used to select finalists, parents kept the issue of race in the forefront of the(…)

U. of C. flirts with a “Team Obama”

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago is dangling the possibility of partnership to several Chicago institutions, including the Museum of Science and Industry and the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, if the Obama Presidential Library comes to the South Side. The U. of C. is having conversations with organizations, including the(…)

4th on 53rd returning to Hyde Park, seeks help

4th on 53rd returning to Hyde Park, seeks help

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Once again this year, in celebration of July 4th, Hyde Parkers in the annual 4th on 53rd Parade will march from Hyde Park Bank to Nichols Park. “It’s just a wonderful thing to do on July 4th,” Stephanie Franklin, president of the Nichols Park Advisory Council and event chair,(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council tackles middle school education

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council tackles middle school education

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul and Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writers Heather Patay, program director of the Math, Science and Technology for Quality Education program at Northeastern Illinois University, discussed the purpose and elements of a quality middle school education Wednesday evening at the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) meeting. The council, which was born(…)

Art fair back

Art fair back

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The 57th Street Art Fair is celebrating its 67th year with a lot of new additions to its two-day event. The 57th Street Art Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 7, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 8, at 57th Street(…)

Ray LSC stumbles on way to picking principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) voted to postpone its selection of a new principal at its special meeting Wednesday night. The parents as well as the governing body was fractured in its response to the candidates chosen by the LSCs Principal Screening Committee. After a closed(…)