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Hyde Parkers launching TV series

Hyde Parkers launching TV series

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents and husband and wife Irami and Bonnie Osei-Frimpong, founders of Another Chance Productions, are using several locations in Hyde Park to film their first pilot “Disciples.” “Disciples,” a political drama set in a Midwestern Protestant church centering around Michelle Lee, a young pastor struggling to find the political touch required to serve her church(…)

New group fighting gun violence in South Side wards

New group fighting gun violence in South Side wards

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A new gun violence prevention group, The It’s Time Organization (TITO), held its first fundraiser last Wednesday evening, July 23, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ave. TITO plans to support established violence prevention programs through partnering and investing, focusing on the 3rd, 4th(…)

Lots of parking in Hyde Park, but most of it private: study

Lots of parking in Hyde Park, but most of it private: study

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has plenty of parking, it’s just not publicly accessible. That was what a study, commissioned by the South East Chicago Commission and carried out by T. Y. Lin International, found. Jim Considine, chief planner with T. Y. Lin International, presented the results at the 53rd Street Tax Increment(…)

New executive director at Neighborhood Club

New executive director at Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sarah Diwan has been named the new executive director of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Outgoing executive director Jennifer Bosch recommended Diwan for the promotion. Diwan was the director of Early Childhood Programs at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., before she assumed the role of(…)

New data reveals how Hyde Parkers use Divvy

New data reveals how Hyde Parkers use Divvy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Little more than a year since the City of Chicago launched its Divvy bicycle rideshare program, ample data is emerging about how Hyde Parkers use the service. Since its launch on June 28, 2013, Divvy has grown from 75 to 300 stations. A Herald(…)

Following June shooting, police detail measures at Jackson Park meeting

Following June shooting, police detail measures at Jackson Park meeting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department is stepping up enforcement in parks along the lakefront this summer to help prevent violence. At its monthly Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) meeting on Monday, July 14, at the Iowa Building, 5600 S. Lake Shore Drive, Third District Captain Sean Loughlan said CPD has increased its(…)

MetroSquash building new digs in Woodlawn

MetroSquash building new digs in Woodlawn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer MetroSquash, a nonprofit organization based in Hyde Park, will begin construction this week on an $8 million new facility in Woodlawn. The building permit was issued last week by the City of Chicago and the building will open its 21,000 square foot facility at 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue(…)

New committee, position at U. of C. may signal tougher sex assault stance

New committee, position at U. of C. may signal tougher sex assault stance

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s revised sexual misconduct policy went into effect on July 1. The new approach creates a university-wide disciplinary committee for allegations of student sexual assault or unlawful discrimination. Previously cases were handled by the dean of students. If further disciplinary action was deemed necessary, a committee from(…)

Jewish school growing, focusing on latest teaching strategies

Jewish school growing, focusing on latest teaching strategies

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A Hyde Park-based Jewish after-school and Sunday School program will host workshops for Jewish educators from around the country next month. “Having spent three years working on the tools and strategies for our education approach, we’re ready to start sharing it more broadly,” said Rabbi Rebecca Milder, founder of(…)

New Ray Elementary local school council re-starts principal search process

New Ray Elementary local school council re-starts principal search process

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray families will have to wait even longer before they get a new principal. Ray Elementary School’s new local school council held its first organizational meeting July 1. The group also held a second meeting to vote on the next steps in it principal selection process, where they decided(…)

Anne Marie Miles plans to challenge Alderman Leslie Hairston again

Anne Marie Miles plans to challenge Alderman Leslie Hairston again

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park attorney Anne Marie Miles is betting that the second time’s the charm: she says she plans to challenge Ald. Leslie Hairston in the 2015 municipal election. Miles was one of four challengers to Hairston in the last citywide election in 2011, capturing approximately 21 percent of the vote(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park–Kenwood Community Action Council elected its first official board members at its June 25 meeting. The newly elected leaders will take office on July 1. Denise Hill, mother of two Ray Elementary School students and a youth ministry leader, and LaKeisha Hamilton, Ray and Kenwood Academy High(…)

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Safety in Jackson Park is the focus of renewed attention after a shooting there last Sunday that killed one man and wounded another. Last Monday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) held a meeting at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive, attended by 3rd District Cmdr. James Jones and 2nd District Sgt.(…)

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Hyde Park mother is organizing a city-wide art show to raise the profile of childhood cancer. Tracey Harmon is the founder of Naomi’s Fund, a non-profit named for her daughter, who died at age 8 in 2010 of an undifferentiated sarcoma after three years of remission. The group received(…)

Selective enrollment middle school will replace Canter

Selective enrollment middle school will replace Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) held a town hall meeting at Kenwood Academy High School June 16 to discuss moving its academic center into the now-vacant Canter Middle School building. Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., completed its one-year phase out and closed on June 30. City Council announced(…)

Chicago Theological Seminary may house Hyde Park Suzuki Institute

Chicago Theological Seminary may house Hyde Park Suzuki Institute

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The head of one of Hyde Park’s most popular music programs found new digs for the school after losing their current location. The Hyde Park Suzuki Institute Capital Campaign Kick off Concert to cover the cost of its relocation to the Chicago Theological Seminary in the fall. The event(…)