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Thank you for your help with the Carol and Candles clothing and toy drive

To the Editor: I am so grateful to the Herald and all of the Hyde Parkers who have contributed to the clothing and toy drive for Carols and Candles, the community celebration taking place in Woodlawn at the Institute at Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., this Saturday. We are going to have a(…)

Quality public education doesn’t require genius

To the Editor:  Lin-Manuel Miranda is the creator of the musical Hamilton, what First Lady Michelle Obama has called the “the best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen in my life.” Ask Miranda, a MacArthur Genius Award winner what was the earliest experience that cemented his interest in theatre and(…)

Sophia King for Alderman of the 4th Ward

To the Editor: I believe that I have either lived or worked in the 4th ward almost all of my adult life. I understand that the ward now includes parts of the old 2nd ward, mainly Lake Meadows and Prairie Shores, where my father ran a successful supermarket during my younger days. The entire area(…)

Kenwood defeats Hyde Park in neighborhood rivalry game

Kenwood defeats Hyde Park in neighborhood rivalry game

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS  Sports Writer In the battle for neighborhood bragging rights, the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos upset the Hyde Park High School Thunderbirds 56-45 in their basketball home opener on Thursday night, Dec. 8. “It was our first home game (of the season),” said Marlo Finner, head coach at Kenwood. “It was very(…)

Järvi leads CSO in Sibelius and Prokofiev: hot music from the cold north

Järvi leads CSO in Sibelius and Prokofiev: hot music from the cold north

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic   The small eastern European country of Estonia lies just west of Russia and just south (across the Gulf of Finland) of Finland. So it is not surprising that when Estonia’s most famous conductor took up the baton for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra last week that his program was(…)

Presidential Artwork Artists work on display at Obama Foundation office

Presidential Artwork Artists work on display at Obama Foundation office

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Obama Foundation is giving some Chicago artists the opportunity to display their work at the foundation’s Chicago office in Hyde Park, 5325 S. Harper Ct. Artists from Project Onward spent a year creating pieces for the project. The Bridgeport neighborhood -based organization supports adult artists with mental and developmental(…)

Holiday toy giveaway Montgomery Place resident hosts toy giveaway

Holiday toy giveaway Montgomery Place resident hosts toy giveaway

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The holiday season is upon us and a Montgomery Place resident is celebrating the season of giving by making handcrafted toys for the children of employees at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr. Bill Barron and his wife Dottie set out his handcrafted wooden toys for display, Tuesday afternoon, Dec.(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood WhistleSTOP program relaunched

Hyde Park-Kenwood WhistleSTOP program relaunched

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer In September, the Hyde Park Herald wrote an editorial titled “Time to Revive the WhistleSTOP Program,” due to a rash of robberies that took place in the neighborhood during the summer months. On Dec. 10, the WhistleSTOP program was revived with a mini-launch at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct.,(…)

Objections filed for four candidates in 4th Ward election

Objections filed for four candidates in 4th Ward election

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since the deadline for candidate nominations for the 4th Ward Alderman special election ended on Nov. 28, five objections have been made to four candidates in response to their nomination papers and petitions. The first hearing in regards to these objections took place on Monday, Dec. 12, at the Board(…)

Mother of Cornell Park shooting victim speaks out

Mother of Cornell Park shooting victim speaks out

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A 33-year-old man was killed last Friday, Dec. 2, in Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave. Curtis Nowells was walking in the park with his girlfriend when a black male offender wearing a mask approached him from behind and fired multiple shots before fleeing on foot northbound on Cornell Avenue(…)

LSC members sign petition to stop CPS special ed cuts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This year has been a rough one for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with multiple cuts being made to the budget. CPS recently announced yet another cut, a four percent reduction to special education budgets. Local School Council (LSC) members from across the district wrote a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel,(…)

Hyde Park institutions make way for holiday giving

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In the hustle and bustle of shopping for holiday gifts and planning extravagant parties, donating items to those less fortunate is a reminder to slow down and remember the true reason for the season. Neighbors have plenty of options to give back this holiday season, whether it is winter clothing,(…)