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K.A.M. teaches kids gardening skills

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Spaces are still available for the KAM Isaiah Israel Food Justice and Sustainability Leadership Development summer program for teens. The third annual program, at K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., allows students to learn about gardening, while growing food that will benefit their neighborhood, learning practical skills and understand different(…)

Murals made for 57th Street underpasses

Murals made for 57th Street underpasses

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The pedestrian underpasses along 57th Street from the Museum of Science and Industry have been decorated courtesy of Hyde Park students and the Chicago Public Art Group. The group has been working on installing murals in the underpasses since 2006 and is nearing completion on both of them. The first(…)

O’Gara and Wilson closing up

O’Gara and Wilson closing up

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park bookshop O’Gara and Wilson, 1448 E. 57th St., will pack up its books and leave for Indiana by August. The store, according to its website, traces its lineage back to 1882. Douglas Wilson, who shares the shop with his wife Jill, is the current owner.   Wilson attributed the move to two(…)

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(…)