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Fifth Ward chooses menu projects

Fifth Ward chooses menu projects

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Approximately 100 Fifth Ward residents chose to spend Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) menu money on a community garden and improved street lighting. Kim Webb, Hairston’s chief of staff, said an urban garden at 2301 E. 71st St., received the most votes, 78. The garden would be a self-sustaining place for(…)

Ancona’s Zeus Preckwinkle to retire

Ancona’s Zeus Preckwinkle to retire

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Zeus Preckwinkle, 7th and 8th grade math and science teacher at the Ancona School, will retire at the end of the school year. “I bumped into one of my former students I taught when I worked at Harvard [Elementary School], who is now 47,” Preckwinkle said. “After I talked(…)

Kenwood students headed to Brazil

Kenwood students headed to Brazil

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School students Shana Littleton and Sydnie Chassagne were awarded BP Scholarships and will spend the 2013-2014 school year as intercultural exchange students studying in Brazil through the AFS-USA Intercultural Program. Chassagne, a junior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., said she found the BP Scholarship in(…)

Herald revamps archives service

Herald revamps archives service

The Hyde Park Herald archives receives a dramatic facelift beginning this week, with a new set of tools for searching past issues in the Historical Archive and a Text Only Collection of recent issues of the Herald going back to 2010. The new digital collections are as complete a set of the 131-year-old community newspaper(…)

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) held its final hearing for Canter Middle School Wednesday evening. Representatives from CPS made the case for why the school should be closed and community members and local elected officials made the case for why the school should remain open. Canter Middle School, 4959 S.(…)

Voting on 5th Ward budget begins

Voting on 5th Ward budget begins

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Participatory budgeting has been well received in the Fifth Ward, but it may be a few years before it becomes a household name. Maria Hadden, project coordinator for The Participatory Budgeting Project, said about 35 people arrived to the first participatory budgeting expo on April 10 at the Gary Comer(…)

Bus route change strands Lake Park group

Bus route change strands Lake Park group

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern A change to a Hyde Park bus route has some residents, including Ald. Will Burns (4th), worried. Service on the No. 28 bus, which travels south on Lake Park Avenue, has been restricted between 47th and 55th streets. As it stands, the bus turns onto 51st Street instead of continuing(…)

Hillel chooses new director

Hillel chooses new director

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Newberger Hillel, 5715 S. Woodlawn Ave., has a permanent executive director for the first time in a year. Andrea Hoffman has been the interim executive director since September, but accepted the job permanently in March. Hoffman has been working with the Hillel Foundation at both the national and local levels(…)