U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill all Jackson Park lagoon fish and replace them

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Say goodbye to the fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. As part of a five-year federally-funded restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill all lagoon fish and replace them with new ones. The lagoon’s dominant species are currently carp and bullhorns,(…)

Ancona announces new head

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School has selected Ari Frede as its new head of school. Beginning in September Frede will serve part time as head of school elect along side the school’s current head Bonnie Wishne. Before coming to Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Frede served in several teaching and administrative roles in(…)

Harper Court sold for $112M

Harper Court sold for $112M

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago sold ownership of Harper Court to one of Israel’s largest insurance institutions, while the university will retain a master lease for the entire development. The university sold the 12-story building and parking garages to CLAL Insurance Company for $112 million. The city of Chicago approved the(…)

U. of C. police gain accreditation

U. of C. police gain accreditation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department was awarded professional accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). UCPD was given Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation, the higher of the agency’s two tiers. UCPD was formally recognized at CALEA’s July 26 conference. UCPD said it is the first private(…)

Chicago Free School preparing to open

Chicago Free School preparing to open

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park families have another school choice this fall. The Chicago Free School is still on schedule to open Sept. 2. Free schools are private, have no principal and everything is decided by community consensus. Everyone in the school from the oldest teacher to the youngest student has a(…)

Dept. of Ed. to investigate Dyett

Dept. of Ed. to investigate Dyett

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Education opened a federal investigation into the Title VI Civil Rights Violations at Dyett High School. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School and Rainbow Push held a press conference Tuesday morning to announce their next steps in preserving and revitalizing the school. In 2011,(…)

Murray elementary teachers tackle science education

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Five Murray Elementary School teachers recently participated in the Golden Apple Inquiry Science Institute (ISI) learning program. The weeklong training introduced methods on how to teach science using an inquiry-based approach. Teachers Keniesha Charleston (1st grade), LuAnn Lawson (2nd), Lorelei Nadel (3rd) Angelica Alvarado (3rd) and Arleta Ingram (7th-8th(…)

Fire at U. of C. building injures 8, leaves hundreds without power

Fire at U. of C. building injures 8, leaves hundreds without power

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Forty-seven emergency medical service and fire vehicles gathered yesterday near an apartment building at 5825 S. Dorchester Ave., after a fire broke out there around 4 p.m. The 15-story, 35-unit building, owned and managed by the University of Chicago (U. of C.), rents to U. of C. faculty and(…)

Smart and DuSable museums to host free day next month

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and the DuSable Museum of African American History will participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual “Museum Day Live!” event. On Sept. 27 more than 1,000 participating museums — including Smart, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., and DuSable 740 E. 56th(…)

Missing Hyde Park woman washes ashore

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer   The body of a 75-year-old woman was pulled from Lake Michigan at Promontory Point on Monday. The body was identified as Sofija Pastuovich, 75, of the 5400 block of South East View Park, was last seen at 10 p.m. Sunday night. She was pulled from Lake Michigan at 2:11(…)

Hyde Park woman reported missing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A woman is missing from the 5400 block of South East View Park. Sofija Pastuovich, 75, was last seen at 10 p.m. Sunday night. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds with blue eyes, grey hair and a fair complexion. She was last seen wearing two-piece pajamas.(…)

Hyde Park author to hone craft in Ernest Hemingway’s attic

Hyde Park author to hone craft in Ernest Hemingway’s attic

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park author Annette Gendler will be spending a year writing in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s home, thanks to an Oak Park-based residency program. The literary non-fiction author applied to be the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park’s 2014-2015 Writer in Residence and learned during a trip to Israel(…)

Hyde Parkers launching TV series

Hyde Parkers launching TV series

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents and husband and wife Irami and Bonnie Osei-Frimpong, founders of Another Chance Productions, are using several locations in Hyde Park to film their first pilot “Disciples.” “Disciples,” a political drama set in a Midwestern Protestant church centering around Michelle Lee, a young pastor struggling to find the political touch required to serve her church(…)

Burglaries hassle Hyde Parkers

Chicago Police have issued an alert about burglaries in Hyde Park in July. In the burglaries the offenders enter buildings and residences and take property at various times throughout the day and at locations across the neighborhood including: During the daytime or evening hours of July 7 on the 5300 block of South Greenwood Avenue(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host oral history program

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will host their fifth annual “Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories” program on Aug. 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive. This is the event’s third year being held at Montgomery Place. “Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories,” which is recorded for(…)