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World Sport aids CPS

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has a new partnership with World Sport Chicago (WSC) to promote participation in its 30+20+10 pilot physical education program. CPS implemented the 30+20+10 program to improve the health and wellness of Chicago’s students. It is a part of the city’s faceted public health agenda Healthy(…)

U. of C. receives $10M gift to improve public schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) received a $10 million gift to help it continue its work in enhancing the state of urban schools in Chicago and nationwide. Chicago philanthropists Paula and James Crown committed the large monetary gift to the program to support UEI’s student achievement,(…)

Court’s Newell gains award

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell won the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Foundation’s (SDCF) Zelda Finchandler Award last week. The prestigious distinction, which comes with an unrestricted $5,000 grant, is awarded by the New York City-based foundation to “an oustanding director or choreographer making an exceptional contribution(…)

Kenwood teen driving competition

Kenwood Academy High School students are rallying community members to commit to safe driving. Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is participating in Celebrate My Drive, a State Farm-sponsored program that teaches teens how to have fun but also be responsible when driving. The program also helps schools raise money for school improvements such as enhancements(…)

Murray holds open house for community

The Murray Language Academy Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is sponsoring a community open house and Scholastic Book Fair on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., will be open to the public to provide the community an opportunity to see the school. School administrators and PTO volunteers will be(…)

Red Line finally reopens

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After a five-month shut down for reconstruction the south branch of the Red Line reopened Sunday. A 10.2-mile-long stretch of tracks was completely demolished, rebuilt and replaced over a five-month period that caused riders on Chicago’s South Side to reroute via Metra, Green Line or bus services all summer. The(…)

Shoesmith sports fundraiser

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Shoesmith Elementary School is partnering with The Sports Factory Foundation to host a basketball tournament in November. The tournament is a fundraiser for extra curricular activities at the school. “Peace Movement: A 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament” will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.(…)

Review: “The Table”

Review: “The Table”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $35 Phone: 312-595-5600 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The magic of theater is magnificently on display in “The Table,” the World’s Stage Series season opener at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Created by Great Britain’s Blind Summit Theatre, this 70-minute show(…)

Review: “The Old Man and The Old Moon”

RECOMMENDED Where: PinPen Theatre Co. at Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Imaginative storytelling and inventive stagecraft come together in the Midwest premiere of “The Old Man and The Old Moon,” PigPen Theatre Co.’s charmingly homespun play with music at Writers Theatre in(…)

Lab’s new building a danger to birds

To the Editor: The new Laboratory School annex on Stony Island Avenue, celebrated in your Oct. 16 article, sits across the street from one of the most celebrated spots for viewing migratory birds in Chicago, namely Jackson Park and the Wooded Isle, where tens of thousands of warblers, orioles, tanagers, thrushes, thrashers, vireos and other(…)

Kudos to plaintiffs in Vue53 lawsuit

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Herald as a public acknowledgement of the lawsuit filed by Michael Scott and three other Hyde Park residents in response to the Vue53 development, as reported in the Oct. 2 issue of the newspaper. Dear Michael: As president of the Winston Court Condominium Association (WCCA), I(…)

Hyde Park is awash in dinosaurs

To the Editor: I wonder if Dr. Paul Soreno is aware of the remarkable group of dinosaurs that have been active in Hyde Park this past summer and early autumn? All seem to fall under the genus, Chicago Water Management. On Dorchester Avenue, where I live, there has been a large creature with a white(…)

Art of Disney on display at MSI

Art of Disney on display at MSI

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Walt Disney’s father moved to Chicago to help construct the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and 120 years later the only building that still stands is hosting an exhibit for the man’s most famous son. “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” opened at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700(…)

No. 20 Young propels Kenwood closer to playoffs

No. 20 Young propels Kenwood closer to playoffs

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer On a cold brisk Saturday afternoon at Ekersall Stadium, high school football fans witnessed one of the greatest individual first half performances in Chicago Public League Football history. Kenwood Academy star runningback, No. 20 Derrick Young, exploded for a Public League record five touchdowns, while compiling 200 all-purpose yards in a(…)

Hyde Park homes on TV once again

Hyde Park homes on TV once again

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Two Hyde Park homes will be featured in an upcoming ABC drama, “Mind Games.” An episode of the series, expected to air next spring, will include shots at two houses located on the 4900 block of Woodlawn Avenue. “What we were looking for was a fairly upscale house,(…)

Players’ new season includes Shakespeare, improv

Players’ new season includes Shakespeare, improv

BY JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Community Players will kick off their fifth season with its classic Halloween-time performance this Saturday, Oct. 26. The players will present for the fourth year a radio variety show in which actors perform spooky scripts onstage, “An Evening of Horror and Suspense: In the Old(…)

On corporate giveaways

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) asks for a state handout to facilitate the company’s decision to stay in Illinois. ADM is a Fortune 100 company with sales last year that reached nearly $90 billion. ADM would like to leave Decatur, its home of 44 years, and move to Chicago,(…)

Push to keep Canter open

Push to keep Canter open

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee is hosting a “Future of Canter Meeting.” The meeting is open to parents and community members who are interested in keeping the middle school open. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone(…)

South Side Pie Challenge redux

South Side Pie Challenge redux

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The second annual South Side Pie Challenge will take place in Hyde Park in November. The program is currently seeking contestants and volunteers. The pie challenge will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray Principal(…)

Art at Ray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School hired Lori Dana as its new art teacher. The decision to hire the teacher was based partly on a survey issued to the community from the school’s local school council (LSC). Chicago Public Schools (CPS) budget cuts left only room for one arts education teacher and(…)