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Memorial planned for U. of C. law student killed in crash

Memorial planned for U. of C. law student killed in crash

Laura Anne LaPlante, 26, of Hancock, N.H., died May 2 from injuries sustained during a car crash on Lake Shore Drive, when a car traveling the wrong way collided with her vehicle. LaPlante distinguished herself among her classmates as a leader whose sharp intellect was matched by her kindness. She was a third year student(…)

Rodfei Zedek congregants recall terror under Nazi regime

Rodfei Zedek congregants recall terror under Nazi regime

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Three members of Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will share their childhood stories of Nazi-era Europe early next week. The panel discussion, which serves as this year’s final meeting of the Congregation Rodfei Zedek Sisterhood, will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19, at the(…)

Second City-trained director bringing improv back to Hyde Park

Second City-trained director bringing improv back to Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Improvisational performer and software development executive Dan Friedrich recently purchased office space at East Park Tower. The space will serve as both a software company and an improv theater, said Friedrich. The 4,000-square-foot space, which he has named the “Silicon Gargoyle,” is located on the ground floor of the(…)

Advocates say U. of C. can afford trauma center, presidential library

Advocates say U. of C. can afford trauma center, presidential library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some South Siders would like to see the University of Chicago have the Barack Obama Presidential Library, but want a trauma care center first. Advocates on the South Side of Chicago have been lobbying the university to add a Level 1 adult trauma care center to its medical center since(…)

Kenwood Academy hires new basketball coach

Kenwood Academy hires new basketball coach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Marlo Finner is the new head basketball coach of Kenwood Academy High School. Finner replaced coach Jim Maley, who was terminated from the position, amidst parent protest, in March. Finner became head basketball coach at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on April 24. Before coming to Kenwood, Finner was(…)

Private funds being raised for Army’s Corps’ $5-10M Jackson Park rehab

Private funds being raised for Army’s Corps’ $5-10M Jackson Park rehab

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Key details about the cost and funding of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) planned restoration of Jackson Park were shared at a public meeting last week. Community members met with representatives from the USACE and Chicago Park District (CPD) last Tuesday to hear about and discuss their five-year,(…)

U. of C. seeks to raise funds ahead of major projects

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago formally launched the largest fundraising campaign in its history last week. The U. of C. plans to raise $4.5 billion before the end of the decade. President Robert Zimmer will stay on through 2019, the university said in a press release. The U. of C. has(…)

Review: “The Sound of Music”

Where: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through May 25 Tickets: $29-$199 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The 1965 movie “The Sound of Music,” starring Julie Andrews, is one of the greatest musicals ever put on film. Millions of people who have seen the screen version(…)

Review: “The Sound of Music”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through May 25 Tickets: $29-$199 Phone: 312-332-2244 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I had very high hopes for “The Sound of Music,” the second annual installment in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s five-part American Musical Theater Initiative. After all, the resources available(…)

Hyde Park Garden Fair returns

The Hyde Park Garden Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the shopping plaza by Treasure Island. The 55th annual garden fair will split its profits. Forty percent of the profits will be donated to the(…)

Jackson Park restoration topic at upcoming meeting

A public meeting concerning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) planned restoration of Jackson Park will take place this week. The meeting will be hosted by the USACE and the Chicago Park District at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at the Jackson Park field house, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. On April 12,(…)

Hyde Parker killed in Afghanistan

Hyde Parker killed in Afghanistan

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park pediatrician was killed while working with children in Afghanistan. Dr. Jerry Umanos was killed when a member of the Afghan security guard opened fire on foreign doctors on Tuesday, April 24. Three Americans, including Umanos, were killed. Umanos worked at the CURE International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan,(…)

Kenwood Academy collecting shoes for those in need

Kenwood Academy collecting shoes for those in need

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Spanish II classes at Kenwood Academy High School are collecting gently used shoes for those in need all over the world. For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood to collect shoes for Share Your Soles, a Chicago-based non-profit that(…)

Thanks to Strive’s supporters

To the Editor: On behalf of Strive Tutoring, I extend a sincere thank you to the individuals and local businesses that supported Strive’s Annual Spring Benefit on April 5. We owe a special thanks to Hyde Park Bank, which graciously allowed us to hold the event at the beautiful and historic 53rd Street Bank location.(…)

Thanks to La Rabida’s volunteers

To the Editor: As National Volunteer Month of April comes to a close, I want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank all who give selfless gifts of their time and talents this month and throughout the year. Your labors of love and compassion make the collective community a more vibrant space. Whether you(…)

Garden Fair is around the corner

To the Editor: The 55th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair takes place on Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Look for our ad in the May 14 Herald. You’ll find thousands of plants: annuals, perennials, container plants, hanging baskets, shrubs, vines and roses, ground covers,(…)

Landing the Obama library

Landing the Obama library

Long before anyone else but the president was thinking about it, we at the Herald began wondering about the presidential library: How would we ensure it came to the South Side of Chicago? Where would it be built? We shared our questions with our readers and you kindly joined in on the speculation. Well, we(…)

Plan to provide East Hyde Park permits appears to be fizzling

Plan to provide East Hyde Park permits appears to be fizzling

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Residents of the 5400 block of South Shore Drive and their neighbors may not be the first Hyde Parkers with permit parking after all. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) heard from residents of the area at a meeting at the Shoreland, 5454 S. Shore Drive, Thursday night. Residents said they were concerned(…)

City affirms Harte Elementary land transfer with Antheus Capital

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chicago City Council re-approved a land transfer agreement with Antheus Capital, which includes upgrades to Bret Harte Elementary School, at their April meetings. The agreement, which was originally approved in 2008, gives Antheus a small strip of land once owned by CPS in exchange(…)

Cleansate to return this June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Cleanslate will begin beautification on the entire 53rd Street Special Service Area (SSA) corridor as early as June 1, managing director Brady Gott said. The organization helps people who are challenged by homelessness, poverty or incarceration to receive training for long-term employment. While they are in training for a job(…)