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First Unitarian holds holiday event

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host its second annual Green Holidayze Bazaar this weekend. The holiday fundraiser sale, featuring donations to the church ranging from clothes to decorations, baked goods and a tea room cafe, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on(…)

Free school gaining steam

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Another inquiry session for the Chicago Free School will take place in Hyde Park next month. Educator Lauren Beitler is interested in launching a school that emphasizes a democratic process in the neighborhood. Beitler, who is a graduate of the University of Chicago Urban Education Initiative program, will host(…)

Review: “Appropriate”

RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Dec. 8 Tickets: $20-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 Everyone behaves inappropriately in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins “Appropriate” at Victory Gardens Theater, and they also attempt to appropriate evidence of a horrific history for their own ends. The playwright, too, could be accused of appropriation: He’s a young African(…)

TIF meeting cancelled

This month’s 53rd Street TIF advisory council meeting has been cancelled, according to the South East Chicago Commission (SECC). For more information and updates, call the SECC at 773-324-6926 or visit secc-chicago.org.

U. of C. owes schools for Harper Court TIF $

To the Editor: Now that the University of Chicago has taken direct ownership of the Harper Court project structures (it has owned the land, through its real estate development arm, for some time), we are faced with the undeniable fact that the $23.4 million TIF subsidy for this development was for the university’s benefit. Half(…)

Happy to see changes on 53rd Street

To the Editor: At 69 years of age, I’m happy to see improvements to our shopping options. Without a car, I am frequently on 53rd Street visiting my old favorites Kimberly Lee and Supreme. Recently I’ve added Comfort Me to my list of places to shop. My cousin and I visit the theater once a(…)

57th Street Books a book lover’s paradise

To the Editor: I moved to Hyde Park and told a North Side book-loving friend that I could now live happily ever after, for there was hardly a direction I could walk without encountering a bookstore. He looked at me solemnly and said, “Why, it’s like an alcoholic moving in above a tavern.” Part of(…)

One really bad day: Gets shot, goes to prison

A Hyde Park man was charged with a felony after he was injured in a physical confrontation on the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue last month. Roy Malava, 55, of the 5300 block of South Cornell Avenue, was charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Police arrived(…)

Former Ramada soon to be La Quinta Inn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, formerly the Ramada, has been sold to La Quinta Inn recently. Earl Adams, director of sales and marketing, for the hotel at 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr., announced the sale on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The hotel will remain open during renovation, which will include updating(…)

Vietnamese eats coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A new Vietnamese restaurant will be opening on 55th Street early next year. Entrepreneur Vince Srisak expects to open Pho 55 in mid-January. The casual dining restaurant is now under construction at 1611 E. 55th St., directly to the east of Thai 55 Restaurant, which Srisak also owns.(…)

Herald, LaRabida seek donors

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(…)

ACA questions answered

An Affordable Care Act sign-up help session will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. A GetCovered Illinois representative will be at the library tomorrow and next Thursday to help people sign up for health coverage. The event is being sponsored by(…)

Ray kids lend holiday helping hand to tornado victims in Washington, Ill.

Ray kids lend holiday helping hand to tornado victims in Washington, Ill.

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School student Aiden Goldberg led his 4th grade class in an effort to send care packages to victims of the recent tornado outbreak in Washington, Ill., last month. On Nov. 17, several towns in the Midwest were ravaged by tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. The effects of the(…)

U-High Maroons in strong start to season dominate Lisle Lions 52-36

U-High Maroons in strong start to season dominate Lisle Lions 52-36

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer After witnessing a buzzer beater in the first game of the Lisle High School Basketball Tournament, the 2-0 University-High Maroons stormed the court on Friday night with one thing on their mind, “A blow out victory,” said assistant coach Rob Ley. The Maroons would make Ley look like a prophet as(…)

Hyde Park Herald player of the week: Bronco Joell Davis

Hyde Park Herald player of the week: Bronco Joell Davis

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Name: Joell Davis School: Kenwood Academy Varsity Team: Boys Basketball Height: 6 feet, 2 inches Jersey no.: 5 Weight: 200 pounds Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward Year: Senior The Hyde Park Herald High School basketball player of the week is Kenwood Broncos senior captain Joell Davis. Davis is a transfer from Northhampton High School in Boston, Mass., and is entering his senior season as the starting shooting(…)

Strong start for Kenwood Broncos in tournament

Strong start for Kenwood Broncos in tournament

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In their first year playing in the 11th Annual Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic Basketball Tournament, the Kenwood boys varsity basketball team made a statement in their first game of the season against the Rich Central High School Olympians. “It’s important that we play with a lot of energy and intensity(…)