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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(…)

Woodlawn, Washington Park mull Obama library

Woodlawn, Washington Park mull Obama library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Residents of Woodlawn and Washington Park say that the Obama Presidential Library would bring jobs, economic prosperity and increased attention to the greater South Side. Many in Woodlawn and Washington Park see the library as a real opportunity to bring economic development to their neighborhood, while finding uses for vacant(…)

Ray candidate forum for the public announced

The Ray Elementary School principal candidate’s forum will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, in the auditorium at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. This is an opportunity for Hyde Parkers to meet the final three candidates, according to local school council member Don Willard.

Second City-trained director bringing improv back to Hyde Park

Second City-trained director bringing improv back to Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Improvisational performer and software development executive Dan Friedrich recently purchased office space at East Park Tower. The space will serve as both a software company and an improv theater, said Friedrich. The 4,000-square-foot space, which he has named the “Silicon Gargoyle,” is located on the ground floor of the(…)

Advocates say U. of C. can afford trauma center, presidential library

Advocates say U. of C. can afford trauma center, presidential library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some South Siders would like to see the University of Chicago have the Barack Obama Presidential Library, but want a trauma care center first. Advocates on the South Side of Chicago have been lobbying the university to add a Level 1 adult trauma care center to its medical center since(…)

Kenwood Academy hires new basketball coach

Kenwood Academy hires new basketball coach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Marlo Finner is the new head basketball coach of Kenwood Academy High School. Finner replaced coach Jim Maley, who was terminated from the position, amidst parent protest, in March. Finner became head basketball coach at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on April 24. Before coming to Kenwood, Finner was(…)

Private funds being raised for Army’s Corps’ $5-10M Jackson Park rehab

Private funds being raised for Army’s Corps’ $5-10M Jackson Park rehab

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Key details about the cost and funding of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) planned restoration of Jackson Park were shared at a public meeting last week. Community members met with representatives from the USACE and Chicago Park District (CPD) last Tuesday to hear about and discuss their five-year,(…)

Hyde Park man reported missing

Hyde Park man reported missing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A man last seen on the 600 block of East 52nd Street was reported missing to Chicago Police Department. Parchia Tolbert, 35, is described at 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion and weighing 180 pounds. He has a tattoo marked “Parchia” on(…)