Daily Archives: April 23, 2013

Making the case for keeping Canter Middle School open

By HANNAH HAYES On behalf of HYDE PARK CARES Canter Middle School is a key school in this community and one among 54 proposed to be closed with very serious consequences for our children. It is clear from the testimony over the last few weeks that Canter is a school that works – for the(…)

Some suggested ways to keep Canter

Editor’s note: The following is an open letter addressed to Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Dear Ms. Byrd-Bennett: I have some ideas that might be useful to you regarding the proposed school closings. It is my opinion that not all 50-something schools need to be closed; a precious few, such as Canter Middle School,(…)

McMobil project will help the neighborhood

To the Editor: I am writing to support the proposed development on 53rd Street at the Mobil gas station site. My family resides in Hyde Park, my children attend school in the neighborhood and we all participate in numerous cultural and community activities in the area. In short, Hyde Park is our home and we(…)

Add me to the “pro- McMobil” roster

To the Editor: I am writing to add my name to the many neighbors and businesses that support the proposed “McMobil” site project put forward by Mesa Development. It is wonderful to have a developer with such a strong commitment to quality of community life interested in working in our community on this project and(…)

Ald. Burns, why won’t you fight for Canter?

Dear Ald. Will Burns (4th): I have so many questions concerning school closings and your part in it. I want to ask you why you fought so hard to keep all of the schools in your ward open but Canter. Was Canter the sacrificial lamb? Why are you negotiating plans with CPS before you seek(…)

Magyars make marvelous music

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic This season’s Classic Concert Series of the University of Chicago Presents came to a close a week ago Friday night in Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., with a spirited performance by the Keller String Quartet: András Keller and Zsófia Környei, violins; Zoltán Gál, viola; and Judit Szabó, cello.(…)

Memorial service for Juergen Droegemueller

On Sunday, April 28, at 12:30 p.m., family and friends will gather at Bond Chapel, 1025 E. 58th St., to celebrate the life of Juergen Droegemueller. Droegemueller was a generous, caring member of Hyde Park who tended his garden and the neighborhood. He was one of the first volunteers at the Museum of Science and(…)

HIV testing at the university

Free and anonymous HIV testing will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the University of Chicago’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave. The testing is provided by the Center on Halsted, a Lakeview LGBT community center, and will take place in room 302 of the(…)

Holder, Ashcroft on panel

Attorney General Eric Holder and his predecessor under President George W. Bush, John Ashcroft, will be in Hyde Park from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, to participate in a University of Chicago (U. of C.) Institute of Politics panel discussion, “Restoring Justice: The Legacy of Edward Levi.” The program, which is(…)

Players bring Oedipus to Hyde Park

The Hyde Park Community Players are bringing a play inspired by “Oedipus Rex” to the neighborhood. “Oedipus! The Musical,” written by John Poole, is a collaboration between the Players and the UChicago Classical Entertainment Society, and will be performed on the first three weekends in May at Ida Noyes, 1212 E. 59th St., the first(…)

Tibetan comes to Hyde Park to discuss peace

Tibetan Buddhist leader Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., as part of a weekend-long conference, “Imagining Peace.” At that evening’s event, entitled “Creating Enlightened Society,” Mipham will “reflect on how we may achieve a peaceful society” according to the conference’s website, imaginingpeace.org.(…)

TIF committee to see McMobil design May 7

The design committee of the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing District Advisory Council will review the design of the much-discussed high-rise proposed for 53rd Street across from Nichols Park, at the “McMobil” site, 1330 E. 53rd St. and the adjacent vacant lot to the east. The committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May(…)

“Sahmat” at the Smart

“Sahmat” at the Smart

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The aesthetic and the political dovetail seamlessly at the Smart Museum’s temporary exhibit, “Sahmat: Art and Activisim in India since 1989.” The show, on display since Feb. 14 and through June 9 at the Smart, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., houses the artwork and recorded performances of those affiliated(…)

News: U. of C. tough to get into

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It’s getting harder and harder to get into the University of Chicago. This year the school admitted a record low number of applicants to its undergraduate school. The university sent offers to 2,676 of the 30,369 applicants to the college, setting an 8.8 percent acceptance rate for the 2013-2014 school(…)

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) held its final hearing for Canter Middle School Wednesday evening. Representatives from CPS made the case for why the school should be closed and community members and local elected officials made the case for why the school should remain open. Canter Middle School, 4959 S.(…)

Voting on 5th Ward budget begins

Voting on 5th Ward budget begins

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Participatory budgeting has been well received in the Fifth Ward, but it may be a few years before it becomes a household name. Maria Hadden, project coordinator for The Participatory Budgeting Project, said about 35 people arrived to the first participatory budgeting expo on April 10 at the Gary Comer(…)

Bus route change strands Lake Park group

Bus route change strands Lake Park group

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern A change to a Hyde Park bus route has some residents, including Ald. Will Burns (4th), worried. Service on the No. 28 bus, which travels south on Lake Park Avenue, has been restricted between 47th and 55th streets. As it stands, the bus turns onto 51st Street instead of continuing(…)

Hillel chooses new director

Hillel chooses new director

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Newberger Hillel, 5715 S. Woodlawn Ave., has a permanent executive director for the first time in a year. Andrea Hoffman has been the interim executive director since September, but accepted the job permanently in March. Hoffman has been working with the Hillel Foundation at both the national and local levels(…)