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Thanksgiving hosted at LaRabida

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor LaRabida Children’s Hospital is hosting a free Thanksgiving meal for patients, their families and the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. The event is a 53-year-old joint initiative between the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the lakefront hospital for children with chronic illnesses,(…)

Dyett closure may impact Kenwood

Dyett closure may impact Kenwood

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) held a press conference Friday afternoon at its headquarters denouncing Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) decision to phase out Dyett High School. The organization said that CPS is creating a “School Desert” in the Bronzeville community and should Dyett close, Kenwood Academy High School(…)

Herald, LaRabida gift drive

The Hyde Park Herald is partnering with LaRabida Children’s Hospital this holiday season to provide for the needy children and families who benefit from the hospital’s award-winning facility. While generous donors help out during the holidays with toys and winter wear, the hardships for many of the families that visit LaRabida during difficult times go(…)

Burns eyes businesses

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Ald. Will Burns (4th) introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would require publicly traded companies seeking city favors to disclose how much they pay in state income taxes. Thirteen aldermen, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), have co-sponsored the Chicago Corporate Reponsibility and Tax Disclosure Act. The legislation would apply(…)

New group to be formed for Cornell Park

Fifth Ward Ald. Leslie Hairston is accepting volunteers for the first formal Cornell Park Advisory Council. Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave., has never had an official advisory council. It hopes to be ready in time for spring planting. Youth volunteers are strongly encouraged, as well as anybody interested in gardening or installing playground equipment.(…)

Council to fight for Canter

The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) Schools Committee is hosting a Community Action Council planning meeting Wednesday, Dec. 4. The committee is inviting all parents, school administrators, and community and business members to attend the meeting, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone(…)

TLC wins award

The TLC Management Company won six awards in the 21st Annual Chicagoland Apartment Marketing and Management Excellence (CAMME) Awards. The CAMME Awards are given annually to honor multi-family housing companies and professionals that have demonstrated excellence in the previous year. Plaisance Apartments Maintenance Professional, Luis Alvarado, The Flamingo’s Assistant to the Property Manager, Ryan Bilby and(…)

Local group helping at-risk youth through holiday wreath business

Local group helping at-risk youth through holiday wreath business

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer This year Hyde Parkers can deck the halls and foster an entrepreneurial spirit in at-risk girls. The Luv Institute, 1507 E. 53rd St., is teaching young women from the Department of Juvenile Justice career development the fundamentals of running a business by making and selling Christmas wreaths. The program is(…)

Shine a light on business

By ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) Chicago — like the State of Illinois — is in fiscal crisis. Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s 2010 Annual Report states on page 14 that fully two-thirds of corporations operating in Illinois paid NO corporate income tax to the state. When the state grants tax breaks to large corporations,(…)

Commentary: Fight for protections in fracking bill

Commentary: Fight for protections in fracking bill

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) With the support of the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental advocates, the General Assembly approved and Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation last spring to regulate fracking operations in downstate Illinois. Hydraulic fracking differs from traditional methods of mining underground gas and oil as(…)

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Kenwood Bronco Stephen Williams knows the score

Kenwood Bronco Stephen Williams knows the score

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Name: Stephen Williams School: Kenwood Academy Varsity Team: Boys Basketball Height: 5’ 11” Jersey No.: 11 Weight: 165 pounds Position: Point Guard Year: Junior The Hyde Park Herald High School Basketball Player of The Week is Kenwood Academy’s Stephen Williams. A transfer from St. Ignasius High School in 2012, Williams is beginning his junior season as the starting point(…)

Hyde Parker’s torch song

Hyde Parker’s torch song

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Parker Ruth Fuerst will sing in a Wicker Park cabaret show this week. The show, entitled “Thank You for the Music,” will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at Davenport’s Piano Bar, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. Fuerst will perform, with area singers Carol Weston(…)

University buys back Harper Court five days after ribbon cutting

University buys back Harper Court five days after ribbon cutting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago purchased the newly-opened, retail complex and 12-story office tower Harper Court. “The University’s contract with Harper Court Partners allowed for the University to purchase the property, including Phase II, for approximately $98 million,” said Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for Civic Engagement at the U. of(…)

Kenwood Takes on Big Data

Kenwood Takes on Big Data

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Dozens of students from four South Side schools visited the University of Chicago campus last Thursday to learn about the analysis of large data sets to improve city services, including 12 students from Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. At a four-hour seminar and workshop at(…)

CPS pans Ray performance

CPS pans Ray performance

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer How to achieve greater gains on tests and increase attendance were the two main topics discussed Wednesday night at Ray Elementary School during its “State of the School” address. If the school does not make gains over the next few months it could lead to designation as a low-ranking(…)

Harper greystones deserve preservation

Antheus Capital’s decision demolish three historic greystones on the 5100 block of Harper Avenue to pave the site for parking has, in our view, no redeeming justification. We fear the announcement marks a turning point in the way the New Jersey-based company is thinking about its responsibilities in the neighborhood. When Antheus founder Eli Unger(…)

Jackson pushes for progress

Jackson pushes for progress

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Jesse Jackson Sr. was host to elected officials and clergy and community leaders from across the state Tuesday evening at Rainbow/PUSH headquarters. The group is organizing a conference in Springfield to work toward creating a unified agenda to take to Illinois legislators. The group, which included U.S. Rep. Bobby(…)

Kenwood food drive Friday

The Kenwood Academy Music Department is hosting a Thanksgiving concert and food drive. Performances by the concert choir and jazz band will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Kenwood Academy High School Auditorium, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The music department is asking community members to bring a bag of at least(…)

DuSable gets honorary street

The City of Chicago designated Payne Drive as Honorary Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Way during a special ceremony Thursday morning at The DuSable Museum of African American History. Payne Drive, from East Rainey Drive to eastbound Midway Plaisance, will be known as Honorary Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Way. Carol L. Adams, president and CEO of(…)