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Addenda to Hiroshima Day photo

To the Editor: Thank you for your coverage of the annual Hyde Park peace and justice community remembrance of the day the first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima: August 6, 1945. The Herald photographer Spencer Bibbs’ photo, which appears in color on the front page, captured four of the participants and the essence of(…)

Herald headline gets park plans wrong

To the Editor: Thank you Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul for writing last week’s article about the restoration plan for Jackson Park, utilizing the original Olmsted Plan to create a beautiful, “democratic” park for all to enjoy. Thank you to everyone on the Hyde Park Herald staff for the coverage over the last four years. JPAC and the(…)

Consider coverage more carefully

To the Editor: I was very disappointed in the headlining of the front page article on the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Jackson Park project. I consider that it lifted out one aspect of the work and treated it in a sensationalist manner, inaccurately, and out of context. This is not the only instance in(…)

Jackson Park plan is beneficial

To the Editor: I am the Chicago Park District volunteer steward for Wooded Island and am a member of the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC). Wearing these two hats, I often weigh proposals of the Park District on a scale to balance the interests of the Park District with those of the residents around Jackson(…)

At what cost does our budget come?

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE The General Assembly approved a $35.3 billion state budget this spring. While there were some spending reductions, we were able to maintain most funding for health and human services. In fact, we restored some cuts in the state program that funds medical care for the poor: low-income adults will(…)

Considering the Jackson Park fishkill

There is much to like about the plans for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Jackson Park facelift, named Project 506. We have carefully reported the details of this proposal and provided links to the plan published by the USACE on our website. All of this coverage has been done with the tacit support(…)

Missing Person

Missing Person

August 27, 2014 By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have reported 68-year-old Victor E. Rowe missing from the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue since Monday. Rowe is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with brown eyes, white hair and light complexion. He is an African American man with the skin condition(…)

Going to hell at Ravinia

Going to hell at Ravinia

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” with its splendid libretto by Da Ponte, returned to Ravinia in two performances last week. Conductor James Conlon led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a pack of capable singers in this tale of the libertine Don Juan who, after both merry antics and terrible crimes, finally(…)

“All Our Tragic”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: The Hypocrites at the Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through October 5 Tickets: $75, $30 for partial show; call for details Phone: 773-525-5991 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you see The Hypocrites’ premiere of “All Our Tragic,” founding artistic director/adapter/director Sean Graney’s mash up of the 32 surviving Greek tragedies,(…)

Volunteers needed for Bret Harte Elementary service day

Bret Harte Elementary School is seeking volunteers for a service day. MAC Property Management, which recently made upgrades to the playground at Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St., is sponsoring a service day for the school. The service day will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 23. School year preparations will(…)

Open Produce seeking to sell alcohol

Open Produce seeking to sell alcohol

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Independent grocer Open Produce will apply for a license to sell beer and wine, co-owner Steven Lucy said at a community meeting convened by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) last Wednesday. Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., seeks to sell six-packs of craft beers and a selection of wines in the(…)

Author, preservationist Devereux Bowly Jr. dies

Author, preservationist Devereux Bowly Jr. dies

Lifelong Hyde Park resident Devereux Bowly Jr. was a man of many professions, passions and talents.  For most of his professional life, he was an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, providing help to people living in poverty. Bowly was also a respected historian, author, preservationist, community leader and owner of two(…)

CDOT official says Darrow Bridge will remain closed for years

CDOT official says Darrow Bridge will remain closed for years

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Clarence Darrow Bridge will likely remain closed for for several more years before pedestrians can use it. That’s according to Chicago Department of Transportation assistant chief engineer for bridges Luis Benitez, who told an audience at last Monday’s Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting that the bridge’s repair will(…)

Feds investigating civil rights violations at Dyett High School

Feds investigating civil rights violations at Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Education opened a federal investigation into alleged Title VI civil rights violations at Dyett High School. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School and Rainbow Push held a press conference Tuesday, Aug. 12, to announce their next steps in preserving and revitalizing the school. In(…)

What’s in a name? SECC replaces annual festival series, launches web page by same name to promote Hyde Park

What’s in a name? SECC replaces annual festival series, launches web page by same name to promote Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) has replaced the annual Celebrate Hyde Park festivals with the Discover Hyde Park Experience Series, coinciding with the launch of a similarly titled webpage promoting Hyde Park. The series includes the neighborhood’s annual George Franklin Summer Memorial Summer Sunday concerts, Children’s Book Fair, Oktoberfest(…)

Woodlawn vegan eatery moving to 57th Street

Woodlawn vegan eatery moving to 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Woodlawn vegan restaurant B’Gabs Goodies will be moving to 1450 E. 57th St., the former location of the now-closed Florian Restaurant. Although owner and Hyde Parker Gabrielle Darvassy has not yet set a date for the move, she says the new restaurant will feature an expanded menu and more locally(…)

Army Corps planning fishkill

Army Corps planning fishkill

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 (USACE) plans to kill all lagoon fish and replace them with new ones. The lagoon’s dominant species are currently carp and(…)

Ancona School selects new leader

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 alongside the school’s current head Bonnie Wishne. Frede, who is currently a doctoral candidate in Urban Education Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago,(…)

Appeal seeks to halt construction on Vue53 building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Neighbors surrounding the former McMobil site have filed an appeal they hope will prevent a 155-foot-tall building from going up in their backyard. The appeal was filed on July 17 in the First Judicial District Appellate Court of Illinois. Michael Scott, James DesJardins, Mark Graham and Lorraine Pettigrew, who all(…)