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Roofing talk Sunday

The last in a series of lectures on home restoration, “This Old (Hyde Park) House,” will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Bogdan Bosak, president of Jefferson Park-based Conrad Roofing, will present a talk entitled, “Historic, Waterproof, Affordable and Still Beautiful.” For more information,(…)

Al Sharpton coming to DuSable

The Rev. Al Sharpton will visit the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21. He will be promoting his latest book, entitled “The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership.” Admission will be $5, and free for those who buy Sharpton’s book(…)

Despres lecture series returns

Despres lecture series returns

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Leon Despres Lecture Series returns for its fourth season next week when Paul Durica and Bill Savage come to the Blackstone Library to discuss “Chicago By Day and Night.” The book is a recently re-edited version of a pamphlet that was distributed to tourists visiting Chicago for the 1893(…)

GenTech in HP

GenTech in HP

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer GenTech Digital Media & STEM Education Center has added a Hyde Park location for its Saturday Program. The program prepares students for high-demand fields in digital media and science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM). The program, which previously held classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University(…)

Unitarians advocate for gay rights

Unitarians advocate for gay rights

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Members of First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be traveling to Springfield next Tuesday, Oct. 22, to show their support for gay marriage. The congregants will join others at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, scheduled to take place on the same day(…)

DuSable screening “’63 Boycott”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will host a screening and discussion of the documentary “’63 Boycott,” Tuesday, Oct. 22, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the boycott against Chicago Public Schools (CPS) overcrowding. Gordon Quinn, director of the project, is still searching for past CPS students who(…)

Ald. Hairston seeks to avoid new high-rise bill

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) wants to exempt residential buildings from an ordinance that would require all very large buildings to make their energy consumption data public. The ordinance, which passed City Council last month, currently requires all buildings more than 50,000 square feet to publicly report their energy use data(…)

U. of C. unveils incubator

U. of C. unveils incubator

By JEFFREY BISHKU AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hoping to spur entrepreneurship on campus, University of Chicago representatives unveiled plans last week for the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a startup incubator that will span the west side of the intersection of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue by late 2014. U. of C. President Robert Zimmer(…)

Editorial: Lawsuit reflects need for input

Plenty of Hyde Parkers may be unhappy about the proposed high-rise across from Nichols Park on 53rd Street, but just a handful of residents have decided to do something about it. As a result, a lawsuit was recently filed against the city of Chicago, claiming the zoning changes required to build the project are illegal.(…)

More crime reporting needed

In response to “Police search for assailant” at hpherald.com: To the Editor: Thank you for your timely post about this latest violence in our neighborhood. What mystifies me is how violence has become such a part of the Chicago lifestyle that often it is not highlighted front and center in our newspapers or by the(…)

Reviewer saw different play

To the Editor: After reading Anne Spiselman’s review of “Pullman Porter Blues” it became glaringly clear to me why I don’t base my entertainment choices on the reviews of critics. Evidently Ms. Spiselman and I didn’t see the same play. I found “Pullman Porter Blues” highly entertaining and totally accurate. If Ms. Spiselman had an(…)

Come and tend a memorial garden

To the Editor: I am writing to invite readers of the Herald to participate in a workday at a special Hyde Park garden. Amanda’s Garden, at the corner of 56th Street and Kenwood Avenue, near Ray Elementary School, is a space dedicated to the memory of Amanda Carter, a Ray School second grader who was(…)

Community left out of U. of C. planning

To the Editor: I read about the incubator space that the University of Chicago announced on Friday, Oct. 11. I am writing in response to the announcement, and in the hopes that others will chime in; this is our community, our neighborhood, and our voices need to be heard. I am life long Hyde Parker(…)

Event at Amanda’s

Ray Elementary School is inviting the community to join them on Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Amanda’s Garden. Amanda’s Garden, which is located at the northwest corner of the school, 5631 S. Woodlawn Ave., is a space dedicated to the memory of Amanda Carter, a Ray School second grader who was(…)

Vue53 developer gives update

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jim Hansen, principal at Mesa Development, declined to comment on a lawsuit filed by four Hyde Parkers to stop construction of the 13-story tower Vue 53. Mesa Development was not named as a party on the lawsuit. “I think this is America. We have a process to adjudicate these things(…)

U. of C. startup hub coming to 53rd Street

U. of C. startup hub coming to 53rd Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The University of Chicago wants more homegrown startups. Hoping to foster cooperation between U. of C. affiliates and entrepreneurs, university representatives unveiled Friday plans for the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a startup incubator that will span the west side of the intersection of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue.(…)