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Local organizations launch Community Benefits Agreement campaign

Local organizations launch Community Benefits Agreement campaign

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Bronzeville Regional Collaborative (BRC), Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), Prayer in Action Collective (PAC) and Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) met Thursday, Sept. 29, at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., to launch the campaign for the Obama Library Center Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). The organizations, which go(…)

Friends of the Park give lecture on site of Obama Presidential  Center

Friends of the Park give lecture on site of Obama Presidential Center

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Friends of the Park (FOP) co-founder Victoria Post Ranney held a lecture at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Sept. 29, to discuss the historical context of Jackson Park and Frederick Law Olsted’s vision for the park and to offer other issues to consider as preparations for the(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival celebrates 10 years

Hyde Park Jazz Festival celebrates 10 years

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer First time artists and seasoned musicians performed at several venues in Hyde Park during the 10th annual Hyde Park Jazz Fest (HPJF), Sept. 24-25. Despite some rain, the two-day event was enjoyed by those who attended. The Willie Pickens Quartet opened the festival with a concert on the Midway Plaisance.(…)

Midnight madness hits a lull

Midnight madness hits a lull

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Saturday night, Sept. 24, the University of Chicago in partnership with the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce hosted an event along 57th street that was meant to generate buzz and excitement among the community and students alike. Elise Zao, a freshman from New York, appreciated the event. “This is a(…)

Citizen Newspaper Publisher William “Bill” Garth, Sr. Dies at 79

Citizen Newspaper Publisher William “Bill” Garth, Sr. Dies at 79

Hyde Park resident William “Bill” Garth, Sr., Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Citizen Newspaper Group Inc. (CCNG) and Chairman of the Chatham Business Association (CBA) died on Friday, September 23, 2016. He was 79. A pillar in the community, Garth led the Citizen with a steady hand and worked hard to make the news(…)

4th Ward candidates talk public safety, development and neighborhood improvement at first forum

4th Ward candidates talk public safety, development and neighborhood improvement at first forum

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The special election for the 4th Ward alderman is getting more active as the Feb. 28 election approaches. Tonight, Sept. 21, five hopeful candidates participated in a community forum to introduce themselves to voters. Gregory Livingston, Ebony Lucas, Gerald Scott McCarthy, Marcellus Moore, Jr. and Tameka Walton answered questions concerning(…)

New Dyett has $14 million in updates for arts-focused school

New Dyett has $14 million in updates for arts-focused school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The new Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts, 555 E. 51st St., opened its doors to parents and the community Wednesday night during an open house event to present the $14 million in improvements and changes of the school. Principal Beulah McLoyd said that the infrastructure of the(…)

AYSO fosters sportsmanship and builds communities

AYSO fosters sportsmanship and builds communities

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Saturday, Sept. 17th marked the start of the fall season of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) in Jackson Park and despite the wet grass, the excitement was palpable. AYSO Hyde Park/Kenwood has been in the community since 1991 offering soccer programs to families with children ages 3 – 18.(…)

Musicians tune in to Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Musicians tune in to Hyde Park Jazz Festival

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 10th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival features about 200 musicians on its diverse lineup scattered over 13 stages with 34 shows. Some of those 200 musicians are South Side locals who are honored to play in their own backyard. Victor Goines is a clarinetist and saxophonist who has played(…)

The Obama Foundation hosts community meet and greet

The Obama Foundation hosts community meet and greet

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Friday, Sept.16, during the final performance of the Jazz in the Courtyard series at Harper Court, new neighbors, The Obama Foundation, set up a welcome station to “introduce ourselves to our neighbors in the community,” said Michael Strautmanis, vice president of community relations. Consultants with the foundation had tables set(…)

University of Chicago breaks ground on new trauma care unit

University of Chicago breaks ground on new trauma care unit

By Meredith Ogilvie Staff Writer Thursday Sept. 15, the University of Chicago Medicine broke ground on a new and expanded emergency department that will not only offer Level 1 adult trauma care but bring economic growth back to the south side, according to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. “We’re grateful to the university not only for what(…)

University of Chicago celebrates groundbreaking of new charter school building

University of Chicago celebrates groundbreaking of new charter school building

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer On Wednesday Sep.14, several groups and community leaders from the Hyde Park and Woodlawn area gathered together to celebrate the University of Chicago (U. of C.) groundbreaking ceremony for the building of its new facility, the U. of C. Charter School Woodlawn Campus (UCW), located at 6300 S. University Ave.(…)

“Respect Life” project created in Washington Park

“Respect Life” project created in Washington Park

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Driving through the winding trails of Washington Park it’s easy to see why it was once a contender for the Obama Presidential Center. But if you look closer you can see something else. There is disrepair, seldom used tennis courts and now a handful of what will be 25 reminders(…)

Anne Gulley chosen as new AP of Murray Elementary

Anne Gulley chosen as new AP of Murray Elementary

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer There’s a new wildcat at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., with the addition of Anne Marie Gulley as the new assistant principal. Gulley brings with her eight years of experience in education, including early childhood teaching and an assistant principal role at Gallistel Language Academy on Chicago’s East(…)

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years in Hyde Park

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years in Hyde Park

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer On Sunday, Sept. 11, Hyde Park residents came together on the south side of Nichols Park to celebrate 30 years of children’s stories during the Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair. Celebrities Tigger and Curious George were on hand to mingle with families as they perused book vendors, Powell’s Books Chicago(…)

Montgomery Place grows greens with hydroponic gardening

Montgomery Place grows greens with hydroponic gardening

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Walk through the large Montgomery Place backyard garden, and among the green grass and vibrant flowers you’ll see two tall plastic towers, about the size of a pot but the height of a person. There is the gentle sound of flowing water softly humming from within the towers, and a(…)

Campus North Residential Commons open to students; retail open to community

Campus North Residential Commons open to students; retail open to community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Throughout this week, 800 University of Chicago (U. of C.) students will begin to move in to their new home at Campus North Residential Commons, 5500 S. University Ave. The building, designed by Studio Gang, began construction in October of 2014 and now it is finally open with features that(…)

USPS offers reward for attempted robbery suspect

USPS offers reward for attempted robbery suspect

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect who attempted to rob U.S. Postal Service employees on the 5400 block of South Harper Avenue. The attempted armed robbery occurred between 5:30 p.m. and 6(…)

“When Penny Met POTUS” author visits Children’s Book Fair

“When Penny Met POTUS” author visits Children’s Book Fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One of the best parts of the annual Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair are the visiting authors. This year, among the four authors coming to the fair to read their stories and sign their books is Rachel Ruiz, the author of “When Penny Met POTUS.” In the book, Penny’s mom(…)

Rap icon tackles mental illness in new autobiography

Rap icon tackles mental illness in new autobiography

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Darryl McDaniels, one third of the groundbreaking hip hop group “Run-D.M.C., appeared Friday night, Aug. 26, at the DuSable Museum of African American History to discuss his latest autobiography “Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide.” Run-DMC came into fruition as a band in 1981 in Hollis, Queens, New York with(…)