Diversity discussion at U. of C. Laboratory School

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Lab) opened up the conversation about diversity and the importance of understanding the role it plays in the educational space during a Diversity Advisory Committee meeting, Nov. 16, at Earl Shapiro Hall, 5800 S. Stony Island Ave. “We need to engage in that conversation(…)

Q&A with Hyde Park Author

By SUMMER DIAB Intern Hyde Park resident Latoya Nicole Benson recently self-published her inspirational book “Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Purpose: 21 Ways to Walk Boldly Into the Life You Were Created to Live.” She spoke to the Herald about her own experience of taking extraordinary steps to create the life she envisioned for herself as(…)

Makeover for 55th St.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members, business owners and University of Chicago representatives gathered last Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Catholic Theological Seminary, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., to hear the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) plans for the future of 55th Street. The presentation was the third in a series of meetings aimed at(…)

Mitchell and Lu discuss paid leave bill

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) talked about the pressing issue for paid leave for employees, Nov. 19, at a panel discussion with Deputy Labor Secretary, Chris Lu. Lu and Mitchell discussed the importance of paid leave with a group of politicians, nonprofit organizations and employees at Honey Butter Fried Chicken(…)

Teachers question interview process for principal evaluation at Murray

By Summer Diab Intern Teachers at Murray Elementary School questioned the interview process for principal evaluation, Nov. 21, during the school’s annual state of the school address and local school council (LSC) meeting. Every four years the LSC has to vote on whether it wants to renew the contract of its current principal or search for(…)

Ray braces for funding cuts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ray Elementary School Principal Megan Thole spoke to a group of concerned parents, Nov. 19, in the school’s cafeteria about the possible financial implications of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) continuing budget woes. “There is a budget deficit and it is scary and it is real,” Thole said at the outset(…)

Small business Saturday shopping in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Black Friday, shoppers rush to the big chain and department stores offering discounts on TVs, clothing and electronics. On Small Business Saturday, shoppers are able to support their community businesses by shopping locally…and without the stampeding crowds. The Southeast Chicago Commission (SECC), along with Bank of America and Downtown(…)

Trauma care activists meet at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A group of Trauma Care Coalition (TCC) activists currently banned from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) campus risked arrest last Wednesday, Nov. 18, when they held a teach-in in the basement of the university’s Stuart Hall, 5835 S. Greenwood Ave. The activists in question were barred from the(…)

Rainbow PUSH hopes for peace

Rainbow PUSH hopes for peace

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While Chicago holds its breath for the possibility of violent outbreaks when the video of how 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was killed is released this evening, the local Rainbow PUSH Coalition is hoping for a more peaceful scenario. Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, 930 E. 50th St.,(…)

Thursday Thanksgiving potluck

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host its 3rd Annual Hyde Park Community Thanksgiving Potluck on Thursday, Nov. 26. From 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., everyone from the community is welcome to join in on a Thanksgiving Day celebration inside the church’s Gorder Hall.(…)

Volunteers needed for Chicago Free School care package project

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As the winter cold season is approaching, now, more than ever, is the time to help the 2,000 homeless youth of Chicago. On Saturday, Nov. 21, students, teachers and families from the Chicago Free School, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will gather at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park to(…)

HPNC creates scholarship fund

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Today, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., announced the establishment of a scholarship fund that will assist children enrolled in its after-school program. A challenge grant from the Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Smith Fund at the Chicago Community Trust of $25,000 made it possible for HPNC(…)

Film exploring sexuality and religion to premiere at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Renowned independent filmmaker, and part-time South Side resident, D. Channsin Berry, who’s previous movies include “A Different Shade of Love,” “My Father’s Music…Jazz” and “The Black Line,” is bringing his newest documentary, “The Church House: Sexuality In The Black Church,” to Hyde Park on Dec. 4. The film, which is(…)

Teacher curriculum fair at Kenwood

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Teachers for Social Justice will host a curriculum fair at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. This is the 14th year of the curriculum event that includes exhibits and workshops. The main goal for the annual event is for(…)

Historic Jackson Park bridge faces long road to restoration

Historic Jackson Park bridge faces long road to restoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer With construction on Wooden Island scheduled for completion in six months, the condition of the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge is posed to inconvenience many Chicagoans hoping to experience a revamped Jackson Park. Five years ago, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) called into question the safety of the Darrow Bridge,(…)

Einstein Bros. Bagels opens on Monday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Einstein Bros. Bagels officially opens its doors in its Harper Court location Nov. 23. The bagel and coffee chain will be open daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Over 50 employees have been hired locally to work at the storefront at 5225 S. Harper Ct. Gary Pahl, the brand(…)

U. of C. celebrates national labs

U. of C. celebrates national labs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer kicked off an event titled “The University of Chicago and Affiliated Laboratories: Powerful Partners in Transformative Science” on Friday, Nov. 13, by pointing to the continued prominence of the university as a national leader is scientific developments. The event, which(…)

Independent hotel reopens as La Quinta

Independent hotel reopens as La Quinta

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A ribbon cutting ceremony last month marked the official transformation of the former Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr., into a La Quinta Inn. The building recently pulled through a 2-year period of renovations aimed at modernizing the facility. The new hotel is equipped with a breakfast(…)

Hyde Park writers group formed

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The act of writing is a solitude act between the writer, the pen and the paper but local group Indie City Writers are trying to change that for South Side authors. The weekly group that is made up of diverse writers meets to create, refine, share and learn about their(…)

Tellabration returns

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Storytelling is so much more than “once upon a times” and “happily ever afters.” The art of modern storytelling is captivating an audience with the spoken word and going through that journey in the story with the orator. The 19th Annual Tellabration will celebrate these storytellers on Nov. 22 at(…)