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Popcorn lady files Metra complaint

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Gloria Henderson, former owner of Glorious Confectionery, a popcorn shop once located at 1551 E. 51st St., filed a complaint June 20 with the Circuit Court of Cook County against her onetime landlord, Metra. Henderson, whose five-year lease for the space located under Metra’s train tracks ended April(…)

We won justice before. We can win it again.

By Tim Black People refer to him simply as “Trayvon.” As if we knew him personally. We identify so closely with him and with his parents. We think of Trayvon as a beloved young son of the entire African American people. His anguished parents displayed great dignity throughout the trial. Around our kitchen tables, it’s(…)

Montgomery Place and the CCRC Structure

By Andrew Holzman Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Drive, is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). CCRCs address the entire process of aging, from complete independence graduating to acute care, in one facility. Outside of CCRCs, there are probably about as many living options available specifically to seniors as there are to the general population,(…)

What’s a Village: Villages in The Context of Existing State Bureaucracy

By Andrew Holzman The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV), one of the three organizations hosting me as I write this column series, is the local product of a national movement. Throughout the United States, you can find “villages,” groups of seniors who have come together to help each other age actively. Members of a village(…)

Wall demo will leave vacuum

Wall demo will leave vacuum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The graffiti wall on 53rd Street has been an artistic outlet and medium for a generation of Hyde Park and South Side artists. The wall, along with the Mobil gas station and car wash, 1330 E. 53rd St., will be demolished later this summer to make way for a 13-story(…)

Interim at Ray resigns old post

Interim at Ray resigns old post

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School’s Interim Principal Antonia “Toni” Hill resigned from her position as principal of Pershing East Elementary School. Pershing East was consolidated with Pershing West Elementary School and its local school council is searching for a new principal to lead its expanded pre-k through 8th grade curriculum. Hill(…)

Liberal studies retirement

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The longtime dean of the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies announced his retirement last week. Dan Shannon has been dean of the school since 1996. He will formally step down from the job at the end of June 2014. A faculty committee chaired by(…)

Police issue alert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police News Affairs issued a warning after a man attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl into his vehicle on the 5000 block of South Dorchester Avenue. News Affairs said an African American male, either in his late 30s or early 40s, with a dark complexion, bald head, heavy build(…)

Shoreland to have fastest internet in city

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When residents begin moving into The Shoreland this September, they will have the fastest Internet service in any rental apartment in Chicago. MAC Property Management is nearly complete with the rehabilitation on the building, which operated as a luxury hotel for most of its life, and later as a dormitory.(…)

Resident links art and the outdoors

By Yasmine Laasraoui Herald Intern In recent years, Hyde Park’s Promontory Point has been host to evenings of artistic expression around a fire pit, called Art is Bonfire. Since 2011, Hyde Park resident Tiffanie Beatty has brought spoken word poets outdoors in this bi-annual social event. Beatty “wanted to create something a little more out(…)

Herald adds blog to online offerings

Herald adds blog to online offerings

The Hyde Park Herald has once again expanded its online offerings, adding a blog to its website, HeraldBlog. The focus of HeraldBlog is to increase opportunities for interactive participation by readers, according to Herald Vice President and General Manager Susan J. Walker. “We are embracing the trend of readers becoming contributors through HeraldBlog,” Walker said.(…)

Bikes beat cars at Medici

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It’s about to get much easier to ride your bike to Medici on 57th — and the surrounding business corridor — but it will also get slightly more difficult to drive there. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have plans to install 25 bike parking corrals(…)

Ray needs leeway

For months, Antonia “Toni” Hill has been leading Ray Elementary School as its interim principal, following the removal of Tatia Beckwith. Owing to what has to be a technicality, Ray has been unable to conduct a formal search for a principal because the position is not officially vacant. Meanwhile, Hill has proven herself a capable(…)

Review: “Big Lake Big City”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave, When: through Aug. 25 Tickets: $36-$79 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The world premiere of “Big Lake Big City” opened at Lookingglass Theatre to great expectations. Local playwright Keith Huff catapulted to fame when his gritty two-character Chicago cop drama,(…)

Aging need not close off options

By ANDREW HOLZMAN You know the image well: an elderly man or woman sits at home, perhaps watching television, alone and depressed. This vision for retirement saturates our culture — we see the “crazy cat lady” trope repeated on television, and comments we make in passing reveal a view of getting old that seems primarily(…)

Ald. Burns ignoring needs of seniors

To the Editor: Dating back to April of 2012, seniors from Judge Slater Apartments and Judge Slater Annex, just north of 43rd Street on Cottage Grove Avenue, have mailed in excess of 30 letters of complaint to Ald. Will Burns (4th), the Chicago Housing Authority and others about the deplorable health and safety conditions that(…)

No. 28 bus should return to old route

To the Editor: I am disappointed with the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) promises to give us transit with the No. 28 bus to businesses along Lake Park Avenue up to 55th Street. As you know, the No. 6 and the No. 28 turn left on Hyde Park Boulevard, leaving those of us who live on(…)

Remember the star behind Chaka Khan

To the Editor: It’s nice to read that the 5000 block of South Blackstone Avenue will be honorarily named after former Kenwood High student Chaka Khan, as I am sure this will raise the market value of my 1978 Kenwood diploma. But I’m sure Ms. Khan would agree that an even longer length of nearby(…)

Millionaire digs discussed at OI

The University of Chicago is hosting a free lecture titled “The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis’s Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings” at the Oriental Institute. Guest speaker John M. Adams, a Chicago native and director emeritus of the Orange County, Calif., Public Library, will discuss Theodore Davis, an American millionaire who(…)

HP jazz festival releases lineup

The Hyde Park Jazz festival released the schedule and lineup for its September event. This year’s event, which takes place in 13 venues throughout the neighborhood, is in its seventh year. More than 30 performers have been booked on 13 stages. Headliners include drummer Dana Hall, Grammy nominee Gerald Clayton and Anat Cohen and Douglas(…)