Ray’s new principal takes cues from teachers in her vision for the school

Ray’s new principal takes cues from teachers in her vision for the school

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Megan Thole, the new principal of Ray Elementary School, spoke about her vision for the school at Tuesday night’s local school council (LSC) meeting. Thole began by telling the parents and community members of Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., a little about her personal background. The Logan Square resident(…)

Senior services program weeks away from launch

Senior services program weeks away from launch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sammie Dortch is the inaugural executive director of the developing Chicago Hyde Park Village. The senior services program is hosting a launch party next month to celebrate its official opening. Dortch is a gerontologist, who recently retired after 17 years as the chair of an interdisciplinary Harold Washington College(…)

A year of culmination and new beginnings at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club’s board of directors held its annual meeting Thursday night, Sept. 18. Leadership changes, program growth, space usage, building upgrades and the club’s 105th anniversary gala were topics of discussion during the meeting. Past director Jennifer Bosch received praise from the board for her work(…)

No trauma care, but trauma counsel support from U. of C. Medical Center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer While the South Side still does not have an adult trauma care center, the University of Chicago Medical Center is helping to provide counseling for survivors of violence. UCMC, Northwestern Medicine and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago will work with Bright Star Church, 735 E. 44th St., to combat(…)

Smoke brings four firetrucks to Harper Ave. apartment building

Smoke brings four firetrucks to Harper Ave. apartment building

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Four firetrucks responded to an incident on the 5100 block of Harper Avenue late Monday afternoon. The incident took place at an apartment building 5120 S. Harper Ave., where smoke began spewing onto the sidewalk a few minutes past 5 p.m. Firefighters removed an object appearing to be the source(…)

Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

Ray Elementary Vice Principal Megan Thole selected as principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) voted to offer a principal contract to Megan Thole at its meeting Thursday night. The selection concludes a search that extended across two school years and two LSC administrations. Thole has been one of two assistant principals at Ray since July.(…)

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

Seminary Co-op stories grow into a book

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The collaborators who documented the Seminary Co-op Bookstore from its beginnings in a corner of a basement to its spacious Woodlawn Avenue storefront are preparing to release a book. Megan Doherty and Jasmine Kwong, both University of Chicago graduates, began collaborating in 2012 when they heard the bookstore was moving.(…)

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park and South Side religious leaders marched Thursday to demand a level 1 adult trauma care center on the University of Chicago campus. Members of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Kenwood United Church of Christ, St. Philip Lutheran Church, University Church and the Jewish Clergy Across Chicagoland joined(…)

Jay Travis heading Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville resident Jay Travis, who challenged state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in the Democratic primary earlier this year, has signed on as coordinator for CTU President Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee. Travis, who began serving in the new role three weeks ago, says hundreds have reached out to volunteer. “We’ve(…)

USDA: Harold Washington Park birds likely killed by toxins

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Toxins in the water likely led to the deaths of more than a dozen birds at the model yacht basin at Harold Washington Park, according to a biologist from the USDA, which has been investigating the matter. The 18 mallard carcasses the USDA collected earlier this month were too degraded(…)

Police issue alert regarding burglaries

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department issued a warning Wednesday about a string of burglaries in Hyde Park. In August and September the burglars entered through the rear of the building during the day. Burglaries were reported on the 5200 block of South Ingleside Avenue on the morning of August 25, the 900(…)

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) officially launched his re-election campaign Friday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr. Cook County Board President — and former 4th Ward Alderman — Toni Preckwinkle gave Burns her endorsement, saying “as senior members of the party we have to help those(…)

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Keeping with its goal to have a transparent principal selection process, the Ray Elementary School local school council held an unprecedented principal candidate forum Thursday evening. All of the candidates interested in the school were invited to the forum to speak to the Ray community. “We’ve been working since(…)

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has revealed new details about its plan to poison the Jackson Park lagoon and replace its entire stock of fish. As part of a $5- to $10-million federally funded, 139-acre restoration project to restore native habitats at Jackson Park, the USACE will kill(…)

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The path to becoming Fifth Ward alderman may be an uphill one for first-time candidate Jedidiah Brown, but the South Shore resident is eager to plunge into politics after years as a community activist and pastor. Brown is the president of the Young Leaders Alliance, a community service non-profit, and(…)

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

The University of Chicago is one of four final contenders to host the Obama Presidential Library. The foundation announced Monday that the U. of C., the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York City and the University of Hawaii are the finalists. The four universities will submit a formal proposal that includes(…)

Bolden’s back: Businessman to seek 4th Ward spot

Bolden’s back: Businessman to seek 4th Ward spot

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville restaurateur, club owner and former WGCI executive Norman Bolden has confirmed that he plans to run against Ald. Will Burns (4th) in the upcoming 2015 municipal election. The confirmation follows Burns’ Friday announcement that he is seeking reelection at a press conference attended by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle(…)

Columnist rules out Reese site for Obama library

Sun Times columnist Lynn Sweet is reporting that several of her sources rule out the Michael Reese site in Bronzeville and another site further south as options for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Lakeside, a development just east of South Shore that sits on the former U.S. Steel site, is also nixed by Sweet’s sources. Obama(…)

USDA investigating bird deaths at Harold Washington Park pool

USDA investigating bird deaths at Harold Washington Park pool

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating bird remains strewn about the model yacht basin at the Harold Washington Playlot Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Hyde Parker Carol Horton first reported the “disturbing sight” to Hyde Parkers yesterday, via the Good Neighbors Google Group. “I was walking my dog(…)

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The new school year brings another school choice for Hyde Park families. Despite a major hiccup in location, The Chicago Free School opened its doors for the first time on Sept. 2. The parents, board members and teachers of the Free School, which is a private school that has(…)