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“Strength and Struggle”

“Strength and Struggle”

Chabad center hosts “Strength and Struggle” courses The Rohr Chabad Jewish Center, 5700 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting a six-part course titled “Strength and Struggle.” The course features  Lessons in character from prophets. The courses begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 17. The first course is free.

William Grimshaw,77

William Grimshaw,77

William “Bill” J. Grimshaw, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, after a long illness. For many years the 77 year old was known as an expert on Chicago politics. Grimshaw was born on May 18, 1938, to Elmer J. Grimshaw, a factory worker, and Violet Teppo Grimshaw, who was born in America to Finnish immigrants.(…)

Jackson Park Five Classic Run gets groovy

Jackson Park Five Classic Run gets groovy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), Tri-Master-Youth Division and the SECC are partnering to host a 1960s and 1970s-themed running event on May 14. Costumes are encouraged. The event, titled the Jackson Park Five Classic Run, kicks-off at 7:30 a.m. and includes three different running courses. Participants will choose between a 5(…)

61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer   The 61st Street Farmers Market returns outdoors Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., marking the beginning of warmer weather and weekly markets. The 61st Street Farmers Market is located between Drochester and Blackstone avenues and features dozens of local farms, bakeries and other organic and fresh vendors. The(…)

KOCO annual convention

KOCO annual convention

KOCO’s annual convention celebrates So. side trauma center and Dyett High School activists The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) is hosting its annual convention Saturday, May 14, at King College Prep High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd.  State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3) and Veronica Morris-Moore, they youth organizer that helped lead the campaign that won a(…)

Brother continues search for Ambrose Monye

Brother continues search for Ambrose Monye

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer No answers have yet surfaced in the investigation into the disappearance of Ambrose Monye, a Hyde Park medical student who was last seen April 22. On Saturday, May 7, members of Monye’s family and a handful of volunteers took part in a search that spanned Jackson Park, but turned up(…)

Kenwood students receive big money in scholarships

Kenwood students receive big money in scholarships

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As the school year comes to a close, Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is seeing the hard work of its students pay off in various scholarship awards. According to the Assistant Principal, Thomas Frayne, the total amount of money Kenwood students received for scholarships this year is(…)

Daycare inside of HPNC teaches about community

Daycare inside of HPNC teaches about community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Little Inspirations daycare is finally settled into their location at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., after making the transition in 2012. Their focus now is to engage with and get to know the community they call home. The daycare started in 2008 as an at-home(…)

Hairston calls for clarity from Park District and Project 120

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said that she’s in talks with the Chicago Park District (CPD) about holding a community meeting to discuss Project 120’s proposals for Jackson Park. Project 120, the non-profit organization that has been working with CPD to spearhead revitalizations throughout Washington Park, Midway Plaisance and Jackson Park,(…)

Kenwood HS dominates choir competition in Florida 

By Joseph Phillips  Sports Writer  The Kenwood Academy High School Choir won four first place trophies at the 2016 Orlando High School Music Festival, which is held annually, during the last two weeks of April, in Orlando, Fla. With over 2,000 participants at the festival, Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., was one of six choirs(…)

List of candidates who applied for 4th Ward released

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel chose Interim Ald. Sophia King (4th) out of 18 candidates who applied for the position, but who else was she up against? The Hyde Park Herald obtained information about each candidate through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the City of Chicago. The information obtained(…)

Garden Fair explores Hyde Park’s green thumb

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer About 50,000 plants will be available at the 57th Annual Spring Hyde Park Garden on May 13 and 14. The garden fair has come a long way since its inception, which began when a group of women in the neighborhood traded plants and began growing gardens during the time of(…)

Upcoming Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce events

Hyde Park Chamber May Third Wednesday 05/18/16 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. A10 1462 E. 53rd St. “Taking Customer Service To The Next Level” presented by Dante Mosely, VP Business Development Officer, Hyde Park Bank & Shundra Johnson, Consultant, ALL4U Consulting & Media “How do you define customer service in today’s world when there are so many customer(…)

Hyde Park tours feature urban history lessons

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The history of Hyde Park is most encompassed in its buildings, stories of development and renewal of past, present and future that give insight into the rich history of the neighborhood. At first glance, one might not know the urban influence that has swept across Hyde Park, but cue in(…)

State board approves U. of C. healthcare expansion

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Board approved the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine’s proposed healthcare expansion, Tuesday, May 10, at a hearing in Normal, Ill. The nine-member, governor-appointed board unanimously endorsed the university’s plan, which will bring a Level 1 adult trauma center to Hyde Park. “With(…)

Packed closes its doors

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Packed Dumplings, 1321 E. 57th St., has officially closed. The restaurant had only been open for about five months. Owner Aaron DiMaria and partner Chef Mike Sheerin opened Packed in January with a vision for unique dishes served up in a fast-casual way. A sign on Packed’s closed door states(…)

CHPV flea market sale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) is hosting a special Village Drop-In tomorrow, May 11, with a giant flea market sale. The flea market will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. The flea market will be free and lunch(…)

Volunteers needed for citywide park cleanup

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Parks Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Park District, is searching for volunteers for “It’s Your Park Day,” a citywide clean up event on June 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Throughout the day, community residents will partner with park advisory council members to mulch trees,(…)

Awards continue to roll in for Hyde Park journalist

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park journalist Jamie Kalven received his third journalism honor since the beginning of this year when, on Friday, May 6, The Chicago Headline Club named Kalven the winner of the group’s 2016 Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting. The judges that bestowed the honor said that “Sixteen(…)

Kenwood students collect old shoes for international cause

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School ’s Annual Shoe Drive is taking place during the month of May and the school is looking for shoes from the community. Students in the Spanish 2 class have partnered with Share Your Soles to donate shoes to Mexico and Honduras. The shoe drive will benefit(…)