Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Interreligious Leadership Award given to CTS student

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Teresa Pasquale Mateus has been named this year’s winner of the Chicago Theological Seminary’s (CTS) Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Interreligious Leadership Award. Mateus is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity at CTS and won the Leadership Award based on her submitted essay. Her essay, titled, “Mitakuye Oyasin: A Call to(…)

Chicago Bulls to host charity event at MSI

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) will host their 17th annual holiday party on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. The holiday party is for students between the ages of 5-13 who reside in CHA family housing(…)

Man killed in Cornell Park

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A 33-year-old man was shot and killed Friday afternoon, Dec. 2, in Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Avenue. Curtis Knowells was sitting in the park with his girlfriend when an unknown individual wearing a ski mask exited a green vehicle and fired a weapon striking the victim in the head.(…)

U. of C. President signs letter in support of DACA

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) President Robert J. Zimmer signed a statement, Tuesday, Nov. 28, in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. DACA is an immigration policy created in 2012 by President Barack Obama, for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as(…)

HP Players perform poetic verse in newest production

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players (HPCP) is bringing back the times of poetic verses and verbal splendor through their latest production, “The Lady’s Not for Burning.” Originally written by Christopher Fry in the 1940s, the play, directed by Player Paul Baker, is set in the 1400s in the midst of(…)

Missing person report

Missing person report

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A 39-year-old woman in the area is missing. Jennifer McNair was last seen, Wednesday, Nov. 30 on the 5600 block of South Martin Luther King Dr. McNair is black, has a dark complexion, brown eyes and a heart tattoo on her left arm. She is 5-foot-8-inches tall, 220 pounds and(…)

Obama Foundation presents presidential center to Montgomery Place

Obama Foundation presents presidential center to Montgomery Place

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Residents in Hyde Park and other surrounding neighborhoods are excited for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC), which is slated to be built in Jackson Park. The Obama Foundation, met with senior citizens, Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Montgomery Place, 5500 S. South Shore Dr., to discuss the center. The library is(…)

Pro-Life protestors challenge Planned Parenthood President

Pro-Life protestors challenge Planned Parenthood President

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer As Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, presented a lecture, Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the University of Chicago School of Law Laird Bell Law Quadrangle, 1111 E. 60th St., a small group of pro-life protestors lined the sidewalk outside the building to confront Richards. The group,(…)

Police alert residents following robberies

By TONIA HILL
 Staff Writer Police are giving notice to residents in the area of robbery related incidents that occurred this month. In both incidents, the offenders approached the victims on the sidewalk pulled out a handgun and demanded property from the victims before fleeing the area. The incidents occurred within 10 minutes of each(…)

Smart café gets new name in honor of benefactor

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., is changing the name of the Smart café to Miriam’s Café in honor of Miriam Graham, who was a longstanding benefactor to the museum. The official dedication will take place tomorrow, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Activities include(…)

McCormick hosts AIDS summit

McCormick hosts AIDS summit

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The McCormick Theological Seminary’s Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies is hosting its 12th annual HIV/AIDS Clergy and Lay Leadership Summit on Saturday, Dec. 3. The summit, titled, “Body Sacredness: Sexuality and the Church in 35 Years of HIV/AIDS,” will take place at the McCormick Theological Seminary,(…)

Home demolition on Woodlawn Avenue exposes landmark designation default

Home demolition on Woodlawn Avenue exposes landmark designation default

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A recent demolition on Woodlawn Ave. is shedding light on an important issue for homeowners in the area, that landmark protection is absent for the majority of homes on Woodlawn Ave., between 55th and 58th streets. The historic house at 5549 S. Woodlawn Ave. has now completely been demolished. The(…)

Art event in Hyde Park homes a longstanding tradition

Art event in Hyde Park homes a longstanding tradition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 45 years, the first weekend in December has offered a chance for art enthusiasts to enjoy local art in a Hyde Park home at the annual Open Art House. According to the Hyde Park Herald’s archives, a group of members from the Reynold’s Club craft class decided to show(…)

HP Community Players perform “The Lady’s Not for Burning”

HP Community Players perform “The Lady’s Not for Burning”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a successful 2015-16 season, the Hyde Park Community Players (HPCP) will be performing their first fully-staged production of the 2016-17 season in two back-to-back weekends for the showing of “The Lady’s Not for Burning.” Written by Christopher Fry, “The Lady’s Not for Burning” takes place in 15th century England(…)

Community groups help refugee family move into Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park community has always been one that is welcoming to diversity and to all walks of life. This coming month, Hyde Park will be welcoming a Syrian refugee family to the neighborhood through the Hyde Park Refugee Project. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., the Hyde Park(…)

Report looks at effectiveness of selective enrollment schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Selective enrollment high schools in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district may not be as better academically compared to other schools as previously perceived. A new report this month from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Consortium on School Research compared students in CPS’ 11 selective enrollment schools at(…)

Report investigates black teens’ interactions with police

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A new report published by University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Legal Forum explores police interactions with black teenagers in Chicago. The report titled  “Youth/Police Encounters on Chicago’s South Side: Acknowledging the Realities” is in collaboration with the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, of U. of C. and the Invisible Institute’s Youth/Police(…)

Kenwood student sings the blues

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Kenwood Academy High School student, Mae Ya Carter Ryan, performed at this year’s Winter Blues and Jazz Festival Sunday, Nov. 27, at the famous blues bar, Buddy Guy’s Legends. Ryan is a sophomore at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., and is on the school’s concert choir. Her voice is(…)

Court Theatre program showcases student talent

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Students in the Court Theatre’s Artist-in-the-Schools program will have the chance to present their work at the 10th Annual Hyde Park Bank High School Performance Festival will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The program will feature scenes monologues and scenic designs by local high school students. This year, student(…)