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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(…)

Fatal shooting near MSI

Fatal shooting near MSI

Two shootings took place around 7:20 p.m. on Sunday night at the 5600 block of South Everett Avenue, killing one victim and sending another to the hospital, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. A 34-year-old man was dead on scene after sustaining two gunshot wounds to the back of the head and a 41-year-old man(…)

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(…)

Principal screening team rejects interim principal Antonia Hill

Principal screening team rejects interim principal Antonia Hill

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) principal screening committee hosted a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday night so that parents and community members could hear from the three final candidates for the principal position. The absence of the school’s interim principal as a finalist and the lack of(…)

Trauma center advocates strike again

Trauma center advocates strike again

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma center advocates staged a sit in at a construction site near the University of Chicago Medical Center Monday morning. The Trauma Care Coalition (TCC), an organization of South Side residents demanding that the University of Chicago build a Level 1 adult trauma center on its campus, halted work at(…)

Coming flurry of retail action in Hyde Park

Coming flurry of retail action in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer At Earl Shapiro Hall on Monday, May 12 the University of Chicago hosted a neighborhood discussion, the second in as many years, to increase its communication with Hyde Park residents. Among the topics covered were the fact that the U. of C. has turned the street around Harper Court’s office(…)