U of C to form community advisory board for trauma center

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Following the December 2015 announcement that the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) will build a level I trauma center on its Hyde Park campus, the university is now seeking this input on the logistics of the center. The university is forming a 15-person community advisory board to work with(…)

Student organization wary of UCPD expansion

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student organization is pushing back against the school’s plans to grow its private police force, whose coverage zone extends from 37th Street to 64th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive. In a July 27 statement, university President Robert Zimmer announced(…)

Network 9 gets new chief

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Felicia Sanders is the new Network Chief for Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Network 9, which includes schools within the Hyde Park, Bronzeville and Woodlawn neighborhoods. Sanders, who replaced former Network 9 Chief, Jerrold Washington, has worked at CPS for 25 years, more recently as a deputy network chief. Network Chiefs(…)

“Bixler is Back” celebration this Saturday

Bixler Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave., closed briefly last month after the playground’s equipment was torn down as part of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! program. To celebrate its re-opening, the Bixler Playlot Park Advisory Council will host a “Bixler is Back” bash tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the park. The event(…)

WHPK closes temporarily due to bedbugs

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern University of Chicago’s radio station WHPK, which broadcasts to Hyde Park and the South Side, has been temporarily closed due to a bed bug outbreak at its studio in the university’s Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave. According to a statement from the university News Office, the station’s studio has been closed(…)

Hats in the ring: Three community members announce run for 4th Ward Alderman

Since Will Burns’ untimely resignation in March, many community members have been focusing on the future of aldermanic leadership for the 4th Ward, which covers parts of Bronzeville, Kenwood and Hyde Park. Thursday night, Aug. 4, three community members announced their plans to run in the special election for 4th Ward Alderman in February 2017.(…)

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Jossie Harris Thacker, who was one of Keenan Ivory Wayans’ dancing “Fly Girls” on the comedy show “In Living Color,” will be teaching an acting class for youth at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). Harris Thacker, who is now an award-winning actress, will lead her first W.A.Y. (Who Are You) acting class from 10(…)

CPS Back-to-school events prepare students for new academic year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., is hosting a back-to-school celebration on Monday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is promoting the start of a new school year with 13 different kick-off events located throughout the city. “Our dedicated students and staff(…)

Chicago Native to host environment-related camp on University of Chicago campus

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Chicago-native and Cornell University Junior Dejah Powell has been passionate about the environment for years. She has been involved in several environmental research opportunities and met former president Bill Clinton through the Clinton Global Initiative which focuses on issues of the environment, education and global poverty. This month, from Aug.(…)

Police search for two men connected to several Hyde Park robberies

The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) issued three security alerts involving suspects that the victims described as two African American males, 17-20 years-of-age, one wearing a blue jogging suit, the other wearing a green jogging suit driving a dark colored sedan, possibly a Chrysler. The first incident was reported at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday,(…)

CAF features Hyde Park in Studio Gang tour

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is hosting a tour of Studio Gang architecture in Hyde Park this Saturday, Aug. 6. The tour will highlight Jeanne Gang’s designs of City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave.; the renovation of the Shoreland, 5454 S. Shore Dr., and a peak at the almost(…)

Jazz at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The music of jazz’s most prominent vibraphonists will be featured in a concert at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., Wednesday, Aug. 17. The concert is part of the museum’s “2016 Sounds of History” jazz series. During the event, which will take place on the(…)

City leaders expect Obama Presidential Center to draw visitors from around the globe

City leaders expect Obama Presidential Center to draw visitors from around the globe

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a Wednesday morning press conferences on the steps of the Museum of Science and Industry, city and community leaders promised a new wave of economic development would accompany the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) to the South Side. The presentation included comments from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama Foundation Chair Martin(…)

12-year-old missing girl found

12-year-old missing girl found

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Hearld Intern The 12-year-old girl, who went missing from Hyde Park Tuesday, Aug. 2, has been found, according to the Chicago Police Department. The girl, Shaniah Everhart, had last been seen on Monday, Aug. 1 at 54th Street and Ingleside Avenue and often played basketball, according to the police. The police could(…)

Hales Franciscan High School suspends school year

Hales Franciscan High School suspends school year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School announced on Wednesday, July 27, that it is suspending its upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The school’s board of directors made the decision to suspend next year’s programs but will resume in the 2017-2018 school year. According to Melody Spann Cooper, the chairwoman of the Hales Franciscan(…)

Bronzville farm supplies summer menu at Yusho, A10

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern On the 4500 block of South Federal Street in Bronzeville, flanked by Metra tracks on one side and the now-defunct Robert Taylor Homes housing project on the other, lies the quarter-acre urban farm that grower Jen Rosenthal uses for her business, Planted Chicago. A couple of neighborhoods away in Hyde(…)

Hyde Park organizations awarded to collaborate youth projects

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Three Hyde Park organizations are the recipients of the $1,000 Acting Up prize presented by the Chicago Community Trust and GoodCity that will go towards a collaborated project between South Side organizations. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave.; the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell(…)

U. of C. student sues fraternity over hazing incident

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student is suing the Illinois chapter and national organization of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Dylan Kanaan, who enrolled at the U. of C. in 2014, filed the suit in Cook County Circuit on July 15 against the fraternity and 13 of its(…)