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Players latest show coming in April

The Hyde Park Community Players’ spring production of playwright Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor” be performed from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 at the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Directed by Bill Hohnke, the comedy’s four performances include two evening shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as two(…)

Website seeks to inform on school closings

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parent group Illinois Raise Your Hand has joined Apples to Apples and the Open Data Institute to launch schoolcuts.org, a website with information about school closings and other information geared toward parents whose children attend Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The site lists the 129 schools that fit within CPS’s(…)

Antheus seeks funding

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park is one step closer to having its financial ducks in a row so construction can start. The Jeanne Gang designed building was initially scheduled to begin construction in the fall of 2013 but financial hurdles delayed the project. On Friday the City of Chicago Committee on Finance(…)

DuSable explores water issues

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer DuSable Museum of African American History will host a panel discussion titled “Watered Down” to discuss issues surrounding the global water crisis. The discussion, which will take place at DuSable, 740 East 56th Pl., from 6:29 p.m. to 8:29 p.m. on Friday, March 22, is in conjunction with the(…)

Hyde Parker helps garden neophytes

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Spring means warmer weather, longer days and for some neighborhood residents, a return to gardening. Hyde Parker Debra Hammond is one of them. The consultant for non-profits with an MBA from the University of Chicago is also the founder of The Kitchen Gardener, an internet-based small business that(…)

St. Thomas teacher recognized

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Jaclyn McNamee, second grade teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School, won a Heart of the School Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools. McNamee was one of 16 elementary and secondary school teachers and staff members chosen for the annual award. The award is(…)

Condemning McMobil monstrosity

To the Editor: This is to express my agreement with the opinion of the Hyde Park Herald, and of Franklin, Kaufman, Lipinski, Pamelas and White, and of Ratcliffe, as well as that of every Hyde Parker with whom I have spoken, condemning the planned McMobil monstrosity. I also express my dismay about the letter by(…)

Deeper meaning in our recurring worries

To the Editor: After a thorough reading of the letters about Harper Court and McMobil, do we recognize an underlying concern? After thoughts about the view, scale, anonymity, traffic and parking and transportation, is there a common angst? Hyde Park-Kenwood has its identity. We are an active, broadly interested community with a right to think(…)

Hyde Park needs McMobil development

To the Editor: I fully support the efforts of Mesa Development LLC to revitalize 53rd Street with its high-rise and leased commercial space where the Mobil gas station is now located. As a parent with a full-time job and very busy children, I welcome the opportunity to secure more stores and restaurants with quality options(…)

Quality of life harmed by McMobil project

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Dear Alderman Burns: In my third year as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, I moved out of the dorms and into a beautiful privately-owned building at 5221 S. Kenwood Ave. I chose it because it was an older building seeping with(…)

McMobil project scale bad for Hyde Park

To the Editor: Since the building currently proposed for the “McMobil” site on 53rd Street would be directly across from Nichols Park, the Nichols Park Advisory Council feels it is appropriate for us to express our concerns. We believe the primary benefit of a mixed-use development on that site will be to fill in the(…)

U. of C. students’ activism hopeful sign

To the Editor: In the fight against climate change, the student-led campaign encouraging colleges and universities to end their fossil-fuel investments is a genuinely hopeful sign. While financial analyses have shown that divestiture won’t negatively impact institutional portfolios, doing the right thing shouldn’t require a fiscal rationale. Education is based on the principle that knowledge(…)

Salonen charms in cohoots with Yo-Yo Ma

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, returned once again recently to wintry Chicago to lead the CSO and to collaborate with one of the world’s most admired cellists. Saturday night, March 2, at Symphony Center, Salonen opened a well-proportioned concert with a(…)

Review “An American Story for Actor and Orchestra”

RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through April 14 Tickets: $60-$65 Phone: 312-988-9000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Hershey Felder has carved out a niche crafting portraits of famous dead composers, and Chicago audiences have enjoyed his individualistic interpretations of George Gershwin, Frederic Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Leonard Bernstein in(…)

“Afro Beats” at the Logan Center

The Fulcrum Point New Music Project ensemble is presenting a performance from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. The program, entitled “Afro Beats Family Concert,” features music by Paquito d’Rivera and Thelonious Monk performed by musicians Morikeba Kouyate, Idy(…)

Music teachers add church venue

Music teachers add church venue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP) is organizing the three-part MTHP Artist Series concerts at The United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E 53rd St., slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. this Monday, March 18. The performances will be MTHP’s first in the building, and will benefit both(…)

Don’t deny education for all

By TIMUEL D. BLACK I am fortunate that on Friday, Feb. 15, I have been invited to be a guest at President Obama’s appearance at Hyde Park High School, where I was a faculty member for more than two years. I had friends that attended Hyde Park High School more than 50 years ago. I(…)

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Patricia Breckenridge plans to run against Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis in the upcoming CTU election in May. Breckenridge said displaced teachers were not represented well during last year’s contract negotiations. “During the strike we weren’t allowed to bargain for the recall of teachers,” said(…)

Poll rejects McMobil plan

A majority of the respondents to a text poll conducted by the Hyde Park Herald in recent weeks reject the 13-story high-rise development proposed by Mesa Development LLC at the Mobil gas station and former Mcdonalds site across from Nichols Park, known as the McMobil site to Hyde Parkers. More than 60 percent of voters —(…)

U. of C. police under scrutiny

U. of C. police under scrutiny

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department will be subject to increased scrutiny after its interactions with protesters in recent months have upset students and community members. The University of Chicago will review the policies and practices that led to the allegedly violent arrests of four protestors outside of the Center(…)