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Budget cuts roil local schools

Budget cuts roil local schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public schools in Hyde Park held community meetings last week to discuss their sharply reduced preliminary budgets for the 2013-2014 school year. An all-schools meeting was also held by the parent group Raise Your Hand for Illinois Education. The group is demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel return tax increment(…)

Annual parade returns for its 21st year

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern Since a community retreat examining crime, parking and business on 53rd street in March of 1992 inspired the idea, the Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Fourth on 53rd, has become a Hyde Park annual tradition. Ringing in its 21st year, the parade has been attended by the community’s diverse(…)

Music teachers aid program

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern The annual Performathon hosted by the Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP) raised $845 for the hunger programs at the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council. The two-day recital held at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. South Shore Drive, on June 8 and 9, and the Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake(…)

Raoul to study pensions

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Amid Illinois’ deepening budget woes, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) has been chosen to chair a newly-formed conference committee on pensions. The Illinois General Assembly voted to create the committee last Wednesday. The group will begin meeting this Thursday to seek a way to lessen the burden of(…)

Ray preschool slots

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After a flurry of calls and letters from Ray Elementary School parents, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is adding another Preschool for All classroom next school year at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., which will allow more neighborhood children to attend. CPS recently changed the criteria for admission to its(…)

Weekly Meditation Class

Weekly Meditation Class

Weekly Meditation Class. 7:30 p.m. every Sunday, Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., Suite No. 302, 773-358-2998, chaturangafitness.com, free. A graduated class of mindfulness of breathing for the development of calm and clarity. Beginners always welcome.

Ray to get added preschool class – if enough parents apply

Ray to get added preschool class – if enough parents apply

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After a flurry of calls and letters from Ray Elementary School parents, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is adding another Pre School for All classroom next school year at Ray, which will allow more neighborhood children to attend. CPS is looking for at least 40 children to fill the classroom.(…)

Hudson Lapore remembered by family, friends, U. of C. community

Hudson Lapore remembered by family, friends, U. of C. community

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The family of Austin Hudson-Lapore, the 20-year-old University of Chicago student whose body was pulled from Lake Michigan on Wednesday, said his death was an accident but took comfort in knowing he died doing what he loved. “Austin loved watching the weather. A stormy night on the lakefront with some(…)

O’Gara and Wilson closing its doors

O’Gara and Wilson closing its doors

Longtime Hyde Park used book sellers O’Gara and Wilson is closing up shop in Hyde Park, according to a post on its Facebook page. The store, 1448 E. 57th St., will relocate to Chesterton, Ind., just beyond the Indiana border. “After decades in Hyde Park, O’Gara & Wilson is upping stakes this summer and moving(…)

Body found in Lake Michigan identified as U. of C. student

Body found in Lake Michigan identified as U. of C. student

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A body found in Lake Michigan was identified this afternoon as that of a local student reported missing last week. The medical examiner’s office said the body was missing University of Chicago student Austin Hudson-Lapore, according to the Sun-Times. U. of C. President Robert Zimmer also confirmed the identity of(…)

Tinina Burns returned to her family

Tinina Burns returned to her family

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing on May 30 had returned to her family by June 5, Police News Affairs said on Tuesday June 18. Police consider the case closed. Tinina Burns was reported missing from the 5500 block of South Everett Avenue on May 29 at 2 p.m.

Review: Chicago Ensemble closes season with flair

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Chicago Ensemble’s 36th Hyde Park season came to a close on the Sunday of Alumni Weekend with a pleasant afternoon concert at International House, 1414 E. 59th St., replete with champagne and many smiling faces. The concert opened with the Trio-sonata in C Major by J.J. Quantz, performed(…)

Review: “The Glass Menagerie”

RECOMMENDED Where: Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through July 28 Tickets: $37 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I didn’t go to Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.’s acclaimed production of “The Glass Menagerie” at Angel Island this past winter, so I was glad its transfer to Theater Wit provided a(…)

Review: “Reverb”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. When: through June 23 Tickets: $25-$30 Phone: 773-728-7529 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you have a taste for gonzo Chicago theater in the service of a most distasteful subject, check out the local premiere of Leslye Headland’s “Reverb” at Redtwist Theatre. In the course(…)

Editorial: More shenanigans at CPS

This has been a school year of endless anxiety for thousands of students, parents and teachers in the Chicago Public Schools. A list of more than 100 school closures led to 50 schools ultimately being shuttered. You would think everyone deserved a breather after endless public meetings and a herculean effort on the part of(…)

DuSable remembers Civil War

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the DuSable Museum of African American History will be holding a Civil War reenactment on Sunday, June 23. The event, “A Sight Unlike Any Other: The Civil War and the Colored Soldier,” will be taking place at the museum, 740(…)

U. of C. graduates thousands despite inclement weather

Last weekend the University of Chicago awarded 2,811 graduate students and 1,197 undergrads with degrees following convocation on Saturday. Saturday’s 515th Convocation ceremony was dampened by rain but was held despite predicted thunderstorms on the university’s Main Quadrangle.

Didjeridu fest Thursday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Rockefeller Chapel will be holding a meditation session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, complete with music and a subsequent period of silence to mark the arrival of the longest day of the year. The solstice event, which has taken place at the chapel for several years now, is(…)

Fourth on 53rd seeking volunteers

With Independence Day approaching, Hyde Parkers can start looking forward to the 21st annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, the 4th on 53rd Parade. Since its launch in 1992, the event has enjoyed participation from the community’s diverse population, coining its motto, “everyone marches, nobody watches.” Families can join in on a variety of(…)

Make Music returns to HP

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Grab a sandwich and take next Friday’s lunch break at the Midway Skating Rink, or any number of Hyde Park places, to listen to live music. Make Music Chicago will spend its second year playing live music all day in Hyde Park. This is the celebration of live music’s third(…)