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Ray to get added preschool class – if enough parents apply

Ray to get added preschool class – if enough parents apply

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After a flurry of calls and letters from Ray Elementary School parents, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is adding another Pre School for All classroom next school year at Ray, which will allow more neighborhood children to attend. CPS is looking for at least 40 children to fill the classroom.(…)

Hudson Lapore remembered by family, friends, U. of C. community

Hudson Lapore remembered by family, friends, U. of C. community

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The family of Austin Hudson-Lapore, the 20-year-old University of Chicago student whose body was pulled from Lake Michigan on Wednesday, said his death was an accident but took comfort in knowing he died doing what he loved. “Austin loved watching the weather. A stormy night on the lakefront with some(…)

O’Gara and Wilson closing its doors

O’Gara and Wilson closing its doors

Longtime Hyde Park used book sellers O’Gara and Wilson is closing up shop in Hyde Park, according to a post on its Facebook page. The store, 1448 E. 57th St., will relocate to Chesterton, Ind., just beyond the Indiana border. “After decades in Hyde Park, O’Gara & Wilson is upping stakes this summer and moving(…)

Body found in Lake Michigan identified as U. of C. student

Body found in Lake Michigan identified as U. of C. student

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A body found in Lake Michigan was identified this afternoon as that of a local student reported missing last week. The medical examiner’s office said the body was missing University of Chicago student Austin Hudson-Lapore, according to the Sun-Times. U. of C. President Robert Zimmer also confirmed the identity of(…)

Tinina Burns returned to her family

Tinina Burns returned to her family

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing on May 30 had returned to her family by June 5, Police News Affairs said on Tuesday June 18. Police consider the case closed. Tinina Burns was reported missing from the 5500 block of South Everett Avenue on May 29 at 2 p.m.

Local school budgets shrunk

Local school budgets shrunk

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer With only one week to figure out how to stretch smaller budgets at schools with increasing populations, public schools in Hyde Park are hosting meetings and inviting the community to discuss and review their preliminary budgets. Since Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) announcement of school closings in May, there seems(…)

Teacher heads to Arctic

Teacher heads to Arctic

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nell Kemp, 7th grade science teacher at Kenwood Academy High School’s Academic Center, is taking a trip to Alaska to study the influence of wolf spiders on the structure and function of food webs in the Arctic. From June 27 to Aug. 3, Kemp will work with a team(…)

Students lauded for histories of Hyde Park

Students lauded for histories of Hyde Park

By MARIA CASTELLUCCI Herald Intern The Hyde Park Historical Society will host its annual History Fair Program June 22 at the Lutheran School of Theology, 5500 E. 55th St., honoring students’ excellence for their historical projects. The honored students were winners at the Chicago Metro History Fair and presented projects that are about Hyde Park(…)

Three youths reported missing in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Two students were reported missing by Chicago Police on Friday. Naomi Knight, 18, was last seen on the 6100 block of South Woodlawn Avenue on Monday, June 10 at 7:15 a.m. She was last seen wearing a pink and white striped top, blue jeans, light brown Timberland boots and a(…)

Dance program presents recital

Dance program presents recital

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS StaffWriter The I Twirl Dance Programs held its first school dance recital Friday, June 7, at The Ancona School. The program will host its community dance recital on June 22. I Twirl is a ballet-based dance program that also offers other types of dance including Hip Hop, Latin and Broadway Jazz.(…)

Montessori school relocates

Montessori school relocates

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS StaffWriter The Children’s House of Miss Tammie Montessori School moved out of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club and into its new location at The United Church of Hyde Park on May 31. The school is in a larger, more welcoming environment, said the school’s founder Tammie Crutcher. The Children’s House of(…)

Condo owners balk at SSA plan

Condo owners balk at SSA plan

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents who live within the recently proposed special service area boundaries in buildings without any retail component expressed their frustration at a lack of inclusion on Thursday night. The SSA is largely focused on 53rd Street improvements but stretches beyond that retail corridor. An SSA would levy an(…)

UCMC says no to trauma center

UCMC says no to trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago Medicine executive vice president Kenneth Polonsky held a public meeting last week to discuss why the hospital and school are not planning to open an adult trauma care center on campus in the foreseeable future. Polonsky and Dorianne Miller, the director at the Center for Community Health(…)

Local parks win playground equipment competition

Local parks win playground equipment competition

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Five Hyde Park area playgrounds will receive new equipment in the next year. The first two playgrounds, at Jackson Park, 5625 S. Stony Island Ave., near the field house, and Bessie Coleman Park, 5445 S. Drexel Ave., will have new playgrounds installed after winning the first round of the Chicago(…)

Interactive 57th Street Art Fair Map

Interactive 57th Street Art Fair Map

Hyde Park Herald presents the Interactive 57th Street Art Fair Map. To explore the map and learn more about the artists click here

Canter students share their creations at Hyde Park Art Center exhibit

Canter students share their creations at Hyde Park Art Center exhibit

By Maria Castellucci Herald Intern Miriam G. Canter Middle School’s art exhibit “Passages” will be on display and pieces will be for sale at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) May 26 through August 4. The partnership between HPAC, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., and Canter’s art club began last year when Canter art teacher Wilma(…)