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HPAC exhibit features Canter students’ art

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Canter Middle School–led art exhibit will be on display at the Hyde Park Arts Center (HPAC) this month. The exhibit will also be an opportunity for farewell, closure, and reflection to the students and their families should Chicago Public Schools (CPS) vote to close the school, said an(…)

TIF council hears McMobil plans

TIF council hears McMobil plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Board subcommittee on planning and development meeting moved from Kenwood Academy’s little theater into the large auditorium to accommodate the crowd at Tuesday’s discussion of the proposed high rise development at the McMobil site. Roughly 150 Hyde Parkers discussed changes to the planned development, now(…)

Judge backs CPS decision to close Canter

Judge backs CPS decision to close Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released the verdicts of independent judges that were commissioned to reside over the district’s final school closing hearings. Several of the reports, which were released last week, made cases for why some schools shouldn’t be closed — but the closing of Canter was not contested.(…)

Experts weigh in on McMobil zoning requirements

Experts weigh in on McMobil zoning requirements

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers were given a crash course in zoning last week, the evening prior to a committee of the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council’s discussion on the proposed 13-story mixed use building on 53rd Street. Mesa Development has requested a zoning change and submitted a planned development proposal for the(…)

U. of C. students, HP Village collaborate on program

U. of C. students, HP Village collaborate on program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village, in partnership with a new University of Chicago student group, will launch a drop-in pilot program for seniors living in Hyde Park. Mather Lifeways, an Evanston, Ill.–based senior advocacy organization has given the group a grant to start up the program. The drop-in pilot(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance gears up for celebration

Hyde Park School of Dance gears up for celebration

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is preparing for its 20th anniversary with “En Avant,” a celebration featuring a variety of dance performances this June. In anticipation of the event, HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye reflects over the past 20 years and looks forward to many more. “En(…)

Fifth Ward chooses menu projects

Fifth Ward chooses menu projects

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Approximately 100 Fifth Ward residents chose to spend Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) menu money on a community garden and improved street lighting. Kim Webb, Hairston’s chief of staff, said an urban garden at 2301 E. 71st St., received the most votes, 78. The garden would be a self-sustaining place for(…)

Ancona’s Zeus Preckwinkle to retire

Ancona’s Zeus Preckwinkle to retire

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Zeus Preckwinkle, 7th and 8th grade math and science teacher at the Ancona School, will retire at the end of the school year. “I bumped into one of my former students I taught when I worked at Harvard [Elementary School], who is now 47,” Preckwinkle said. “After I talked(…)

Kenwood students headed to Brazil

Kenwood students headed to Brazil

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School students Shana Littleton and Sydnie Chassagne were awarded BP Scholarships and will spend the 2013-2014 school year as intercultural exchange students studying in Brazil through the AFS-USA Intercultural Program. Chassagne, a junior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., said she found the BP Scholarship in(…)

Herald revamps archives service

Herald revamps archives service

The Hyde Park Herald archives receives a dramatic facelift beginning this week, with a new set of tools for searching past issues in the Historical Archive and a Text Only Collection of recent issues of the Herald going back to 2010. The new digital collections are as complete a set of the 131-year-old community newspaper(…)

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(…)