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Fifth Ward voting on budget

Fifth Ward voting on budget

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Fifth Ward residents will be the first South Siders to have a voice on how their alderman spends her discretionary menu money. Any Fifth Ward resident aged 16 years or older has the opportunity vote on a variety of proposals that would repair streets, paint murals, alleviate traffic hazards or(…)

Kelly gets HP vote

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Robin Kelly sailed to an easy victory Tuesday in the race for the Second District Congressional seat. Democratic nominee Kelly took nearly 80 percent of the total votes cast in Cook County. She received more than 90 percent within Chicago. In Hyde Park, where 3,487 registered voters are represented in(…)

New race coming to Hyde Park

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Chicago Youth Philanthropy Group, a University of Chicago student organization, is presenting a spring 5K race in Hyde Park Sunday, April 21. The group attempts to facilitate youth leadership on the South Side. The race will begin and end at the U. of C.’s main quadrangle. Partnering with Run(…)

Schools are the foundations of communities

Schools are the foundations of communities

By TIMUEL D. BLACK Recently, I had the honor of receiving Chicago’s inaugural “Champion of Freedom” award in recognition of social justice and civil rights activism. In presenting the award, Mayor Emanuel discussed his personal commitment to social justice and quality education for all. As grateful as I was to receive this honor, I am(…)

Ray gets new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Burnham Elementary School Network Chief John Price introduced Ray Elementary School to its new interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill Thursday evening at the schools monthly local school council (LSC) meeting. Before coming to Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., Hill was the principal at Pershing East Elementary School, 3113 S.(…)

Hyde Park rallies to save Canter

Hyde Park rallies to save Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park parents, teachers, students and community members gathered Monday at the first of two Chicago Public Schools (CPS) community meetings to urge the district to keep Canter Middle School open. On March 21, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced that several schools across the city, including Canter, 4959 S.(…)

Reconsidering Canter closure

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) Editor’s note: This column was originally published on the Herald website. I share the concern voiced by many in the community about the Chicago Board of Education’s preliminary decision to close Canter Middle School. In terms of becoming the first choice for area middle-schoolers, Canter did not completely(…)

Canter deserves another look

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) As a lifelong Hyde Park resident and parent, I am keenly concerned by the decision to close Canter Middle School, the product of a community vision for our neighborhood’s middle school students. It is not my place as a state legislator to micromanage the affairs of any school district,(…)

Review “Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theater Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through April 14 Tickets: $32-$42 Phone: 773-281-8463 ext. 6 The exoticism and eroticism of the Far East as seen through the lens of the West, and the boorish misbehavior of Westerners who have no real understanding of the East are two tropes at the center(…)

Review “Othello: The Remix”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 15 Tickets: $20-$35 Phone: 312-595-5600 By Anne Spiselman Theater Critic Even if you find the idea of hip-hop Shakespeare bizarre, you have to hand it to the Chicago-bred Q Brothers — known as GQ and JQ — for the audacity(…)

Hyde Parkers too dependent on autos

To the Editor: Hyde Park led the way on recycling in the seventies, so why can’t we lead the way building homes for people without cars? My wife and I are a young couple wanting to start a family in Hyde Park. It would be nice to have other young families move to 53rd Street.(…)

Arguments for McMobil plan don’t add up

To the Editor: One thing the University of Chicago is justifiably proud of is its ability to teach analytical, logical and rational thinking. There are many U of C students and alums here. Why, then, has there not yet been a rational, analytical and logical argument offered to justify putting this particular proposed building on(…)

Mesa weighs in on McMobil project

To the Editor: On behalf of all of my colleagues at Mesa Development, a family-owned, Chicago-based real estate firm committed to smart development, sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship, I would like to thank the many Hyde Park residents and businesses who have expressed support for our proposed development on 1330 E. 53rd St. I would(…)

A piece of Ancona School’s early history

To the Editor: In your recent article about the 50th anniversary of the Ancona School, I saw no mention of some important facts, especially the origin of the student scholarships. Next door to the Ancona School on 48th Street and Dorchester Avenue was a tenement filled with numerous single mothers of rowdy children. The latter(…)

In defence of the McMobil project

To the Editor: In recent weeks there have been many letters in regard to the McMobil site, mostly negative. There are the doomsayers and those who believe “the sky is falling” in regards to traffic and parking. But most predictions of doom are unfulfilled. Years ago there were the same predictions in regard to the(…)

McMobil letter author has hidden agenda

To The Editor: For the sake of transparency, I’d like to bring it to your attention that the “Time for compromise at McMobil site” letter published in your April 3, 2013 issue, was written by a consultant and intern of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Mr. Jason Duba authored quite a passionate letter in(…)

“Night of 100 Stars” gala at DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African American History is hosting its annual “Night of 100 Stars” gala. On Saturday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to midnight, Dusable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., will celebrate its anniversary with a star-filled gala that honors African Americans that have made an impact on the community. Having grown in popularity(…)

Chicago Center gala

Chicago Center gala

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park-based Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture’s (CCULC) yearly spring fundraiser will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at Ignite Glass Studios, 401 N. Armor St. The not-for-profit organization offering college students social work and teaching opportunities in urban communities(…)

Hyde Park Records celebrates

Hyde Park Records celebrates

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park Records and WHPK will mark national Record Store Day for their second year on Saturday, April 20, with DJ sets and artist appearances slated to take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the shop, 1377 E. 53rd St. Record Store Day was founded in(…)

Murray rummage sale

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Language Academy Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be hosting its fourth annual rummage sale on Saturday, April 13, to raise money to assist with providing programs and other resources for the school. The rummage sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym(…)