Police alert Hyde Parkers about robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police recently issued a warning about robberies at the north end of Jackson Park. The robberies occurred in the vicinity of the south 5600 and 5700 blocks between Stony Island Avenue and Everett Drive in June. In the instances, three offenders approached victims, displayed a handgun and announced(…)

Ray Elementary Local School Council abandons task of picking new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary Local School Council did not choose a new principal Thursday at its final meeting of the school year. The group is leaving the process up to the incoming members of the council, said LSC chairman Gordon Mayer. The meeting, which took place in the lunchroom at(…)

4th on 53rd returning to Hyde Park, seeks help

4th on 53rd returning to Hyde Park, seeks help

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Once again this year, in celebration of July 4th, Hyde Parkers in the annual 4th on 53rd Parade will march from Hyde Park Bank to Nichols Park. “It’s just a wonderful thing to do on July 4th,” Stephanie Franklin, president of the Nichols Park Advisory Council and event chair,(…)

Slim chance of Currie contest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State representative Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) is one step closer to running unopposed this fall. The Chicago GOP filed its final five of 13 candidates running in this year’s general election on June 2, a list that included no challenger for the 25th District. “We can’t slate anybody after this,”(…)

U. of C. starts on new dorm

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago broke ground on the site of the 800-bed dormitory that will replace Pierce Hall on Friday. The North Campus Dorm will be under construction until September 2016. The Studio Gang designed residence hall and dining commons will house primarily undergraduates. The three buildings will house a(…)

Novelty pizza shop closes

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Homemade Pizza closed its doors suddenly at all of its locations on May 30, including its Hyde Park store at 1546 E. 55th St. The closing was one of more than 20 for Chicago-based Homemade Pizza, which began selling customers pre-made pies to cook at home in 1997. Though the(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council tackles middle school education

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council tackles middle school education

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul and Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writers Heather Patay, program director of the Math, Science and Technology for Quality Education program at Northeastern Illinois University, discussed the purpose and elements of a quality middle school education Wednesday evening at the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) meeting. The council, which was born(…)

Art fair back

Art fair back

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The 57th Street Art Fair is celebrating its 67th year with a lot of new additions to its two-day event. The 57th Street Art Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 7, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 8, at 57th Street(…)

Quilters to learn from Africa

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Lakeside Quilting Guild is hosting a lecture and trunk show titled “Safari Through African Folklore Embroidery” next week at Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St. Fiber artist Catherine Redford will be a guest speaker at the event, which will include embroidered samples and interactive discussion on South(…)

Obama Library at Reese site?

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The former Michael Reese Hospital site is among the contenders as a location for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. The Michael Reese site has 37 acres of wide-open land on the city’s lakefront. It has been vacant since the hospital closed in 2008. In 2008, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley borrowed(…)

Ray LSC stumbles on way to picking principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) voted to postpone its selection of a new principal at its special meeting Wednesday night. The parents as well as the governing body was fractured in its response to the candidates chosen by the LSCs Principal Screening Committee. After a closed(…)

Principal screening team rejects interim principal Antonia Hill

Principal screening team rejects interim principal Antonia Hill

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) principal screening committee hosted a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday night so that parents and community members could hear from the three final candidates for the principal position. The absence of the school’s interim principal as a finalist and the lack of(…)

Study says library will bring revenue into city

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago commissioned a study that determined a Barack Obama Presidential Library on the South Side would be an economic boon to the city. The report was done by Anderson Economic Group and completed last month. It studied the economic activity as a result of the coveted library’s(…)

Trauma center push runs all week

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma care advocates last week held a week-long series of informational sessions, protests, sit-ins and marches to demand a Level 1 adult trauma care center on the South Side. The week of protests brought greater attention to the demand for a Level 1 trauma care center, to treat victims of(…)

Seminary Co-op finds leader

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Board of Directors of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore named Jeff Deutsch as the next director of the bookstore beginning July 1. Deutsch previously worked at the co-op bookstore at Stanford University where he was director of stores since 2012. Before that he ran the Cal Student Store at the(…)

Ray principal finalists don’t include Interim Principal Toni Hill

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents and community members were disheartened to see that Ray Elementary School interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill was not one of the final candidates at the principal screening forum Tuesday evening. The lack of diversity among the panel of candidates was also a concern. The local school council (LCS)(…)

Sam Greenlee, late author of “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” dead at 83

South Side author Sam Greenlee died May 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Born in Chicago in 1930, Greenlee grew up in Woodlawn. He attended Englewood High School, and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Chicago. Following a stint at the U.S. Information Agency, he published his most famous novel,(…)

Woodlawn, Washington Park mull Obama library

Woodlawn, Washington Park mull Obama library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Residents of Woodlawn and Washington Park say that the Obama Presidential Library would bring jobs, economic prosperity and increased attention to the greater South Side. Many in Woodlawn and Washington Park see the library as a real opportunity to bring economic development to their neighborhood, while finding uses for vacant(…)

Coming flurry of retail action in Hyde Park

Coming flurry of retail action in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer At Earl Shapiro Hall on Monday, May 12 the University of Chicago hosted a neighborhood discussion, the second in as many years, to increase its communication with Hyde Park residents. Among the topics covered were the fact that the U. of C. has turned the street around Harper Court’s office(…)

Trauma center advocates strike again

Trauma center advocates strike again

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma center advocates staged a sit in at a construction site near the University of Chicago Medical Center Monday morning. The Trauma Care Coalition (TCC), an organization of South Side residents demanding that the University of Chicago build a Level 1 adult trauma center on its campus, halted work at(…)