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Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) held its final hearing for Canter Middle School Wednesday evening. Representatives from CPS made the case for why the school should be closed and community members and local elected officials made the case for why the school should remain open. Canter Middle School, 4959 S.(…)

Voting on 5th Ward budget begins

Voting on 5th Ward budget begins

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Participatory budgeting has been well received in the Fifth Ward, but it may be a few years before it becomes a household name. Maria Hadden, project coordinator for The Participatory Budgeting Project, said about 35 people arrived to the first participatory budgeting expo on April 10 at the Gary Comer(…)

Bus route change strands Lake Park group

Bus route change strands Lake Park group

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern A change to a Hyde Park bus route has some residents, including Ald. Will Burns (4th), worried. Service on the No. 28 bus, which travels south on Lake Park Avenue, has been restricted between 47th and 55th streets. As it stands, the bus turns onto 51st Street instead of continuing(…)

Hillel chooses new director

Hillel chooses new director

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Newberger Hillel, 5715 S. Woodlawn Ave., has a permanent executive director for the first time in a year. Andrea Hoffman has been the interim executive director since September, but accepted the job permanently in March. Hoffman has been working with the Hillel Foundation at both the national and local levels(…)

Hyde Park makes Canter’s case

Hyde Park makes Canter’s case

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents, teachers, students and community members gathered this week at two Chicago Public Schools (CPS) community meetings to urge the district to keep Canter Middle School open. On March 21, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced that several schools across the city, including Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Ray receives interim principal

Ray receives interim principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Burnham Elementary School Network Chief John Price introduced Ray Elementary School to its new interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill Thursday evening at the school’s monthly local school council (LSC) meeting. Hill worked as a scientist at Abbott Labs before starting her second career as an educator and then an(…)

Fifth Ward voting on budget

Fifth Ward voting on budget

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Fifth Ward residents will be the first South Siders to have a voice on how their alderman spends her discretionary menu money. Any Fifth Ward resident aged 16 years or older has the opportunity vote on a variety of proposals that would repair streets, paint murals, alleviate traffic hazards or(…)

Hyde Park rallies to save Canter

Hyde Park rallies to save Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents, teachers, students and community members gathered Monday at the first of two Chicago Public Schools (CPS) community meetings to urge the district to keep Canter Middle School open. On March 21, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced that several schools across the city, including Canter, 4959 S.(…)

CPS puts Hyde Park’s middle school experiment under the gun

CPS puts Hyde Park’s middle school experiment under the gun

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer On Jan. 23, 2002, the Chicago Board of Education approved what was then called the Canter Middle School Global Village. Now the community will gather once again to try to save the school they formed at a series of Chicago Public School community meetings. “It’s a real good example(…)

U. of C., Hyde Park Herald alum Axelrod opens Institute of Politics

U. of C., Hyde Park Herald alum Axelrod opens Institute of Politics

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Obama strategist David Axelrod came to Hyde Park Monday morning to cut the ribbon for his newly opened University of Chicago Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. Following an a capella performance including the national anthem and the hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by six Chicago(…)

Following online petition, Harper Theater will show “42”

Following online petition, Harper Theater will show “42”

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL The Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., will be playing “42″ after all, following an online petition by the cinema and an exchange between owner Tony Fox and a company offical. Fox told the Herald Thursday evening that Warner Bros., the Jackie Robinson biopic’s distributor, originally would not provide him with the(…)

Ray principal, vice principal removed

Ray principal, vice principal removed

On the eve of a major influx of students at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., both the principal and vice principal have been abruptly removed, according to a document sent to the Herald. “This letter is to inform you that [Ray Principal] Ms. Tatia Beckwith and [Vice Principal] Mr. Jeffrey Alstadt have been(…)

New chapter for Ancona’s Wishne

New chapter for Ancona’s Wishne

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer In the midst of the Ancona School’s 50th-year celebration, school head Bonnie Wishne announced her retirement so that she can help plan for the school’s next 50 years. After 35 years at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Wishne announced that she will retire in 2015. Wishne made the announcement(…)

Parents protest cuts at club

Parents protest cuts at club

By DASCHEL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents whose children attend The Children’s House of Miss Tammie (CHOMT), a Montessori School located inside the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) have started a letter writing campaign to keep the school from being moved out of the building. The school’s director was aware that her stay(…)

Liquor permit for 53rd Street spot back to square one

Liquor permit for 53rd Street spot back to square one

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s attempt to allow liquor sales on a portion of 53rd Street has failed. The petition filed with the Chicago City Clerk’s office by the U. of C. to overturn the prohibition on the sale of liquor in a portion of Hyde Park was denied. The city(…)

Canter is in CPS crosshairs

Canter is in CPS crosshairs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School is one of the 54 schools on Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) closing list. Parents and community members said they are reaching out to elected officials to try to keep the school open. Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced on Thursday that several schools across the(…)

Shoreland close to opening doors

Shoreland close to opening doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Shoreland Hotel should have renters by August and construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Peter Cassel, spokesman for Antheus Capital, said the gut rehab of the historic former hotel is about two-thirds complete. Once the $50 million renovation is finished, the Shoreland, 5454(…)

Locals pan high-rise

Locals pan high-rise

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers gathered to debate the merits and faults of the proposed 13-story apartment and retail building expected to be constructed on 53rd Street. Nearly 100 people came to Augustana Lutheran Church on Monday, March 18, many to voice concern that the building is too tall and out of proportion(…)