Jewish school growing, focusing on latest teaching strategies

Jewish school growing, focusing on latest teaching strategies

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A Hyde Park-based Jewish after-school and Sunday School program will host workshops for Jewish educators from around the country next month. “Having spent three years working on the tools and strategies for our education approach, we’re ready to start sharing it more broadly,” said Rabbi Rebecca Milder, founder of(…)

New Ray Elementary local school council re-starts principal search process

New Ray Elementary local school council re-starts principal search process

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray families will have to wait even longer before they get a new principal. Ray Elementary School’s new local school council held its first organizational meeting July 1. The group also held a second meeting to vote on the next steps in it principal selection process, where they decided(…)

Anne Marie Miles plans to challenge Alderman Leslie Hairston again

Anne Marie Miles plans to challenge Alderman Leslie Hairston again

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park attorney Anne Marie Miles is betting that the second time’s the charm: she says she plans to challenge Ald. Leslie Hairston in the 2015 municipal election. Miles was one of four challengers to Hairston in the last citywide election in 2011, capturing approximately 21 percent of the vote(…)

DuSable Museum commemorates cartoons

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History is commemorating the 40th anniversary of 1970s Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive Black characters for the first time in television history in its exhibit “Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution.” The traveling exhibit opened at the museum on June 27 and(…)

Lab School places in national math and science competition

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern For the first time, members of the University of Chicago Laboratory High School science team attended and placed at a national competition hosted by the Technology Students Association (TSA). The competition, titled “Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS),” was part of the larger national TSA conference at(…)

Obama library board shifts members

By Lindsay Welbers Staff Writer President Barack Obama named his half-sister and a former senior advisor as members to the board of the foundation that will choose the location of the presidential library. The foundation also pushed the date it will announce a shortlist of potential hosts back to mid-September. It still expects to have(…)

Ray LSC back to square one

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray families will have to wait even longer before they get a new principal. Ray Elementary School’s new local school council held its first organizational meeting July 1. The group also held a second meeting to vote on the next steps in it principal selection process, where they decided(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park–Kenwood Community Action Council elected its first official board members at its June 25 meeting. The newly elected leaders will take office on July 1. Denise Hill, mother of two Ray Elementary School students and a youth ministry leader, and LaKeisha Hamilton, Ray and Kenwood Academy High(…)

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Safety in Jackson Park is the focus of renewed attention after a shooting there last Sunday that killed one man and wounded another. Last Monday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) held a meeting at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive, attended by 3rd District Cmdr. James Jones and 2nd District Sgt.(…)

U. of C. official discusses university bid for Obama library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U. of C. Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas detailed the university’s bid for the Obama library at Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) monthly meeting last week, touting the benefits of a mid-South Side location but cautioning that the competition from New York was considerable. The University of Chicago submitted(…)

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Hyde Park mother is organizing a city-wide art show to raise the profile of childhood cancer. Tracey Harmon is the founder of Naomi’s Fund, a non-profit named for her daughter, who died at age 8 in 2010 of an undifferentiated sarcoma after three years of remission. The group received(…)

New 53rd Street SSA starts with a wish list

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Researching future programs proved the main subject at the third monthly meeting for the commissioners of the Special Service Area No. 61 for Hyde Park, last Wednesday, June 25. Potential projects include adding a free trolley to run throughout the SSA footprint, starting an urban garden and branding the(…)

Selective enrollment middle school will replace Canter

Selective enrollment middle school will replace Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) held a town hall meeting at Kenwood Academy High School June 16 to discuss moving its academic center into the now-vacant Canter Middle School building. Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., completed its one-year phase out and closed on June 30. City Council announced(…)

Chicago Theological Seminary may house Hyde Park Suzuki Institute

Chicago Theological Seminary may house Hyde Park Suzuki Institute

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The head of one of Hyde Park’s most popular music programs found new digs for the school after losing their current location. The Hyde Park Suzuki Institute Capital Campaign Kick off Concert to cover the cost of its relocation to the Chicago Theological Seminary in the fall. The event(…)

Fatal shooting near MSI

Fatal shooting near MSI

Two shootings took place around 7:20 p.m. on Sunday night at the 5600 block of South Everett Avenue, killing one victim and sending another to the hospital, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. A 34-year-old man was dead on scene after sustaining two gunshot wounds to the back of the head and a 41-year-old man(…)

Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

Community criticizes lack of accessibility at Harper Court

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Like many other Hyde Parkers, Carolyn Rhodes wanted to try Harper Court’s newest restaurant, Porkchop. But when she went, she couldn’t get in. “There’s no handicap door, no sign — not there. I waited,” said Rhodes, who uses a wheelchair. “I waited for someone, even from the outside to come(…)

U. of C. puts in Obama library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago was one of a handful of organizations to submit a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library last week. The university emphasized its connections with area nonprofits, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, XS Tennis and the Boys & Girls Club. The university(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said Monday that she would like to see the same penalties for carrying guns in parks as near schools. “I think this is something good that can come out of something not so good,” said Hairston, who shared her plan at a meeting yesterday at Montgomery(…)

Pop-up boutique Sir and Madame to leave Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sir and Madame, 1420 E. 53rd St., will close this Sunday to make way for a new pop-up. The Ukranian Village-based retailer’s Hyde Park pop-up was slated to close in March, according to co-owner and neighborhood resident Autumn Merritt. Instead, it stayed open for nine months before announcing its closure(…)

Harvard School reunion this weekend

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Harvard St. George private school is launching an all-school reunion this week. The event includes a multitude of activities that will take place between June 20 and 22. Highlights include an All-Star Reunion celebration of dinner, open bar, dancing, special presentations and a live performance by the Chi-Lites. The(…)