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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(…)

Life after old Harper Court

Life after old Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When the old Harper Court building was demolished in 2009 to make way for the 12-story office tower, parking structure and retail space that sits there now, many neighborhood-owned businesses were displaced. The move wasn’t bad for everyone. Some businesses relocated and flourished, but others were forced to close up(…)

Schools get mixed grades

Schools get mixed grades

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released 2012 School Progress Reports to parents on report card pick up day. The reports offer a more comprehensive look at the academic and social climate of each school. Charter and alternative schools also received report cards this year. The CPS 2013 School Progress Reports(…)

Kenwood Academy honored for academics

Kenwood Academy honored for academics

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) named Kenwood Academy High School one of the Top Schools of 2013. According to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the 83 percent college enrollment rate at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., exceeds CPS’s average of 59.5 percent. The school’s 80 percent graduation rage(…)

Trauma center pushed

Trauma center pushed

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Advocates for a trauma care center on the South Side were able to take their concerns to the legislators recently. State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3) hosted a hearing of the Senate Public Health Committee Subcommittee on Special Issues to discuss the lack of trauma care centers on the South Side(…)

Murray aims for higher scores

Murray aims for higher scores

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rising to meet the challenge of the state’s newly raised Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) performance expectations for reading and math and encouraging its students to take the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measure of Academic Progress (MAPS) exams more seriously were two of the main topics discussed, Nov. 23,(…)

South Kenwood rejects plans

South Kenwood rejects plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The developer who proposed to buy and rehabilitate two decaying South Kenwood Frank Lloyd Wright homes was surprised last week when Ald. Will Burns (4th) killed the plan at the first meeting. Tawani Enterprises had plans to buy the two adjacent houses, which are currently listed at $1.175 million and(…)

Artisans 21 to close its doors

Artisans 21 to close its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Artisans 21 will close its doors December 24. After its second move since being ousted from the previous Harper Court building in 2009 the artists’ collective will shut its doors on Christmas Eve. Rob Borja, Artisans 21 spokesman, said in a letter that it will close its doors at 5503(…)

$10M plan for Jackson Park

$10M plan for Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) called a public meeting last Monday to unveil a proposal to build a multimillion-dollar visitors center in Jackson Park. Chicago lawyer Robert W. Karr Jr., who is spearheading the project, shared details alongside designer Kulapat Yatrasast, of Culver City, Calif.-based wHY Architecture. Karr is(…)

Hyde Park kids in “Nutcracker”

Hyde Park kids in “Nutcracker”

Several Hyde Park kids will perform in this year’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” with the Joffrey Ballet in a 23-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Dec. 6 through Dec. 28. During its 26th annual performance of Robert Joffrey’s version of “The Nutcracker,” the full Joffrey company will joined onstage(…)

Lady Broncos dominate over Simeon

Lady Broncos dominate over Simeon

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Kenwood Lady Broncos improved to 4-0 on the season with a 64-40 blowout over basketball powerhouse Simeon Career Academy on Saturday afternoon in their home opener that revealed a newly renovated facility. “We want are students to have the best,” said Coach Jim Maley, head boys varsity basketball coach of the Kenwood Broncos. “During(…)

Welcome to Lake Forest

To the Editor: A century ago, Kenwood was an ultra-elite neighborhood with the cream of Chicago’s wealthiest families living in the most extravagant houses in town. A week ago Monday night’s Kenwood community meeting about the conversion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Blossom and McArthur houses to bed and breakfast establishments marked the return of Kenwood(…)

A final farewell from Artisans 21

To the Editor: This is the last opportunity for Artisans 21 to invite all faithful friends of the arts and crafts to its annual Open House Dec. 7 and 8, from noon to 4 p.m. After more than 45 years of providing Hyde Park and Kenwood (actually, all of Chicago) with original ceramics, jewelry, clothing, photography,(…)

Happy birthday to 57th Street Books

To the Editor: Congratulations to the Seminary Co-op Bookstores on the 30th anniversary of its 57th Street Books last month. 57th Street Books fills a place in the literary life of my family and the community that is very special. From its very beginning, my family and I would go to the store most weekends,(…)

Tornadoes remind us of need for trauma center

To the Editor: During Sunday, Oct. 23’s storm, tornado warnings appeared on our television screens, and sirens that people were telling each other were new tornado warning sirens sounded loudly in Hyde Park. Fortunately, we missed the worst of the storm, which hit downstate, where at least five people died. In Peoria, a spokesperson for(…)