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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(…)

U. of C. police gain accreditation

U. of C. police gain accreditation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department was awarded professional accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). UCPD was given Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation, the higher of the agency’s two tiers. UCPD was formally recognized at CALEA’s July 26 conference. UCPD said it is the first private(…)

Chicago Free School preparing to open

Chicago Free School preparing to open

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park families have another school choice this fall. The Chicago Free School is still on schedule to open Sept. 2. Free schools are private, have no principal and everything is decided by community consensus. Everyone in the school from the oldest teacher to the youngest student has a(…)

Dept. of Ed. to investigate Dyett

Dept. of Ed. to investigate Dyett

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Education opened a federal investigation into the Title VI Civil Rights Violations at Dyett High School. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School and Rainbow Push held a press conference Tuesday morning to announce their next steps in preserving and revitalizing the school. In 2011,(…)

Fire at U. of C. building injures 8, leaves hundreds without power

Fire at U. of C. building injures 8, leaves hundreds without power

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Forty-seven emergency medical service and fire vehicles gathered yesterday near an apartment building at 5825 S. Dorchester Ave., after a fire broke out there around 4 p.m. The 15-story, 35-unit building, owned and managed by the University of Chicago (U. of C.), rents to U. of C. faculty and(…)

Hyde Park author to hone craft in Ernest Hemingway’s attic

Hyde Park author to hone craft in Ernest Hemingway’s attic

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park author Annette Gendler will be spending a year writing in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s home, thanks to an Oak Park-based residency program. The literary non-fiction author applied to be the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park’s 2014-2015 Writer in Residence and learned during a trip to Israel(…)

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(…)