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Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) voted to offer a principal contract to Megan Thole at its meeting Thursday night. The selection concludes a search that extended across two school years and two LSC administrations. Thole has been one of two assistant principals at Ray since July.(…)

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The collaborators who documented the Seminary Co-op Bookstore from its beginnings in a corner of a basement to its spacious Woodlawn Avenue storefront are preparing to release a book. Megan Doherty and Jasmine Kwong, both University of Chicago graduates, began collaborating in 2012 when they heard the bookstore was moving.(…)

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park and South Side religious leaders marched Thursday to demand a level 1 adult trauma care center on the University of Chicago campus. Members of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Kenwood United Church of Christ, St. Philip Lutheran Church, University Church and the Jewish Clergy Across Chicagoland joined(…)

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) officially launched his re-election campaign Friday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr. Cook County Board President — and former 4th Ward Alderman — Toni Preckwinkle gave Burns her endorsement, saying “as senior members of the party we have to help those(…)

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Keeping with its goal to have a transparent principal selection process, the Ray Elementary School local school council held an unprecedented principal candidate forum Thursday evening. All of the candidates interested in the school were invited to the forum to speak to the Ray community. “We’ve been working since(…)

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has revealed new details about its plan to poison the Jackson Park lagoon and replace its entire stock of fish. As part of a $5- to $10-million federally funded, 139-acre restoration project to restore native habitats at Jackson Park, the USACE will kill(…)

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The path to becoming Fifth Ward alderman may be an uphill one for first-time candidate Jedidiah Brown, but the South Shore resident is eager to plunge into politics after years as a community activist and pastor. Brown is the president of the Young Leaders Alliance, a community service non-profit, and(…)

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

The University of Chicago is one of four final contenders to host the Obama Presidential Library. The foundation announced Monday that the U. of C., the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York City and the University of Hawaii are the finalists. The four universities will submit a formal proposal that includes(…)

Bolden’s back: Businessman to seek 4th Ward spot

Bolden’s back: Businessman to seek 4th Ward spot

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville restaurateur, club owner and former WGCI executive Norman Bolden has confirmed that he plans to run against Ald. Will Burns (4th) in the upcoming 2015 municipal election. The confirmation follows Burns’ Friday announcement that he is seeking reelection at a press conference attended by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle(…)

USDA investigating bird deaths at Harold Washington Park pool

USDA investigating bird deaths at Harold Washington Park pool

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating bird remains strewn about the model yacht basin at the Harold Washington Playlot Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Hyde Parker Carol Horton first reported the “disturbing sight” to Hyde Parkers yesterday, via the Good Neighbors Google Group. “I was walking my dog(…)

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The new school year brings another school choice for Hyde Park families. Despite a major hiccup in location, The Chicago Free School opened its doors for the first time on Sept. 2. The parents, board members and teachers of the Free School, which is a private school that has(…)

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center will host a block party this weekend to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The free party will take place on the 5000 block of Cornell Avenue, where the Center is located, between noon and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, complete with art workshops, live music(…)

53rd Street trolley would be popular, survey suggests

53rd Street trolley would be popular, survey suggests

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers really like the idea of a free trolley they can take through the shopping corridor along 53rd Street. A trolley would help, in theory, to alleviate traffic congestion and help move shoppers from one end of the business corridor to the other. It would be funded by the(…)

St. Thomas gives technology lab facelift

St. Thomas gives technology lab facelift

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle successfully completed its Race for Education fundraiser. Proceeds and donations from the event contributed to a complete upgrade of the school’s technology lab. The Race for Education is one of the primary fundraisers at St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., which uses money raised through(…)

Missing Person

Missing Person

August 27, 2014 By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have reported 68-year-old Victor E. Rowe missing from the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue since Monday. Rowe is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with brown eyes, white hair and light complexion. He is an African American man with the skin condition(…)

Army Corps planning fishkill

Army Corps planning fishkill

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Say goodbye to the fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. As part of a five-year federally-funded restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to kill all lagoon fish and replace them with new ones. The lagoon’s dominant species are currently carp and(…)

Ancona announces new head

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School has selected Ari Frede as its new head of school. Beginning in September Frede will serve part time as head of school elect along side the school’s current head Bonnie Wishne. Before coming to Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Frede served in several teaching and administrative roles in(…)

Harper Court sold for $112M

Harper Court sold for $112M

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago sold ownership of Harper Court to one of Israel’s largest insurance institutions, while the university will retain a master lease for the entire development. The university sold the 12-story building and parking garages to CLAL Insurance Company for $112 million. The city of Chicago approved the(…)