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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(…)

Landing the Obama library

Landing the Obama library

Long before anyone else but the president was thinking about it, we at the Herald began wondering about the presidential library: How would we ensure it came to the South Side of Chicago? Where would it be built? We shared our questions with our readers and you kindly joined in on the speculation. Well, we(…)

Plan to provide East Hyde Park permits appears to be fizzling

Plan to provide East Hyde Park permits appears to be fizzling

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Residents of the 5400 block of South Shore Drive and their neighbors may not be the first Hyde Parkers with permit parking after all. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) heard from residents of the area at a meeting at the Shoreland, 5454 S. Shore Drive, Thursday night. Residents said they were concerned(…)

Kenwood finds 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(…)

Weigh in on Jackson Park plans next week

A public meeting concerning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s (USACE) planned restoration of Jackson Park will take place next week. The meeting will be hosted by the USACE and the Chicago Park District at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at the Jackson Park field house, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. On April 12,(…)

Educator Sue Duncan’s lifelong passion as seen through the lens

Educator Sue Duncan’s lifelong passion as seen through the lens

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A sneak preview of “Remember Me Sue,” a documentary about the life-changing work of educator Sue Duncan, was shown Thursday evening at the ShowPlace ICON Theater in the South Loop. Duncan, her family and many of her past and present pupils were in attendance to celebrate the film and(…)

Cleanslate, the stewards of 53rd Street, returning to Hyde Park this spring

Cleanslate, the stewards of 53rd Street, returning to Hyde Park this spring

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Cleanslate, the street beautification company that removed litter and snow from 53rd Street until funding dried up in 2011, will return this spring. The 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing District employed Cleanslate to remove litter, clean sidewalks and remove snow from the district from 2009 through 2011. The district’s relationship(…)

Locals protest shrinking CPS cash for arts, physical ed

Locals protest shrinking CPS cash for arts, physical ed

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nicole Losurdo, arts education coordinator of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Arts Education, discussed the CPS Arts plan and part of the physical education (PE) plan last Wednesday at the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council meeting. CPS has created plans to meet the state and city requirements(…)

Edwardo’s closed, U. of C. seeking new tenant

Edwardo’s closed, U. of C. seeking new tenant

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Edwardo’s pizzeria, 1321 E. 57th St., a longtime presence on Hyde Park’s retail strip on 57th Street, closed Sunday evening. General Manager Roman Sarias said he took a photo of the restaurant’s last pizza and customers – U. of C. alumni – to mark the occasion. “What I will miss(…)

Man reported missing by police

Man reported missing by police

A man who can often be seen on the 4700 block of South Drexel Boulevard was reported missing by the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday. Michael Cardine, 57, was last seen wearing a black skull cap. He is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a(…)

Ray local school council finally free to pick principal after delay

Ray local school council finally free to pick principal after delay

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council chose members for its principal selection committee at its April meeting. The school has been led by an interim principal for about a year after its previous principal was abruptly removed from her post. At the meeting the LSC at Ray, 5631(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released a feasibility study for a 30-day public review for proposed restorations of Jackson Park. The study is the culmination of discussions between the USACE and the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), Chicago Park District and Project 120, a non-profit developing plans(…)

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The City announced in early April that the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will install 20 miles of bike lanes through the summer, including a stretch along Stony Island Avenue between 56th and 63rd streets. The federally funded Stony Island Avenue lanes will not be barrier protected and will instead(…)

Election results for Hyde Park LSCs

Election results for Hyde Park LSCs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public elementary and high schools held elections for their local school councils (LSC) last week during report card pick-up day. Many of the schools have a majority of new representatives on their councils. The LSC is an elected group, made up of six parents, two teachers, one non-teaching staff(…)

New group of parents on local school council

New group of parents on local school council

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of parents who said they are concerned about the direction in which Ray Elementary School is going have formed a group called “Stand Up for Ray.” The group said its goal is to advocate for less testing, restore playtime and maintain a diverse student population in hopes(…)