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Local youth win Golden Apples

Phoenix Steele, a student at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., and Amy Northrup, a student at the University of Chicago Lab High School, 1362 E. 59th St., are 2013 Golden Apple Scholarship recipients. The Golden Apple Foundation is celebrating its 25th year in service as a non-profit organization known for recognizing excellent(…)

Canter cares Annual 3-on-3 basketball tourney for research

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School students are in the process of planning their annual 3 on 3 Sickle Cell Basketball Tournament. The tournament, which will take place on June 7, is a testament to the care and support families receive at Canter, said the Powell family. Every year around Christmas the(…)

Local parks win playground equipment competition

Local parks win playground equipment competition

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Five Hyde Park area playgrounds will receive new equipment in the next year. The first two playgrounds, at Jackson Park, 5625 S. Stony Island Ave., near the field house, and Bessie Coleman Park, 5445 S. Drexel Ave., will have new playgrounds installed after winning the first round of the Chicago(…)

Interactive 57th Street Art Fair Map

Interactive 57th Street Art Fair Map

Hyde Park Herald presents the Interactive 57th Street Art Fair Map. To explore the map and learn more about the artists click here

Chaturanga launches charitable program

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park Yoga studio Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., will be holding three free six-week classes in the Washington Park neighborhood this summer and is seeking donations online through the end of June from anyone interested in helping to cover their cost. The classes, part of(…)

Canter students share their creations at Hyde Park Art Center exhibit

Canter students share their creations at Hyde Park Art Center exhibit

By Maria Castellucci Herald Intern Miriam G. Canter Middle School’s art exhibit “Passages” will be on display and pieces will be for sale at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) May 26 through August 4. The partnership between HPAC, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., and Canter’s art club began last year when Canter art teacher Wilma(…)

Girl reported missing from Everett Avenue

Girl reported missing from Everett Avenue

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 15-year-old girl was reported missing from the 5500 block of South Everett Avenue, according to a release by the Chicago Police Department Thursday afternoon. Tinina Burns is described as a 5’8” Black female with brown hair and eyes, and light skin with freckles, weighing approximately 110 pounds. She was(…)

UCPD protesters challenge U. of C.-backed findings

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago released the final report following the investigation after a trauma care protest in January resulted in four arrests and another in February where a police officer went undercover posing as a protestor. Patricia Brown Holmes at Schiff Hardin LLP was contracted as an independent body to(…)

Thanks to Board of Ed

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) I am pleased that the members of the Chicago Board of Education agreed with our community and with me that it makes no sense to deny Canter Middle School seventh graders the chance to finish their 8th grade year in place. Closing the school now would have meant(…)

Canter vote a good start

Canter vote a good start

The Chicago Board of Education voted last week to phase out Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., instead of abruptly closing the school’s doors at the end of this year. This means a shock wave that would have affected half of Hyde Park’s elementary schools and many, many families has been averted. We congratulate(…)

Mesa’s McMobil parking numbers are all wrong

To the Editor: At the May 7 meeting of the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council, Mesa Development claimed that it was providing 230 parking spaces for the McMobil development, which exceeded the 200 parking spaces required under existing zoning. This claim is contradicted by the traffic study prepared by Mesa’s consultant, KLOA. The traffic study(…)

Restore our historical density with McMobil plan

To the Editor: I am writing in support of the Vue53 development. Many letters have already been written in favor (and against) this development. I wanted to take a historical prospective. Hyde Park used to be a more urban neighborhood that had a denser population and several thriving commercial districts. During Urban Renewal, the population(…)

Happy to see Vue53 has city support

To the Editor: I was happy to see the Chicago Plan Commission passed the plan to build Vue 53. I think it is an improvement for Hyde Park. When I walk down 53rd Street from Lake Park to Ellis avenues, I notice how underdeveloped Ellis to Kenwood avenues is. The building is in scale for(…)

Thanks to supporters of Kenwood student

To the Editor: Eva Lewis, 8th grader at Kenwood Academy High School Academic Center, and I, Valerie Andrews-Lewis, Eva’s mother, would like to thank all of our supporters for their very generous contributions in making it possible for Eva to represent Illinois and Kenwood Academy as a participant in the Kenneth E. Behring National History(…)

ArtShould in HP

A showcase featuring the artwork of students from several schools in the Hyde Park neighborhood will take place on May 31. The exhibit is free and open to the entire community. ArtShould is a children’s arts program, which was founded and is run by students from the University of Chicago. The students recruit volunteers from(…)

Director seeks ’63 strike participants

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor As the 50th anniversary of the 200,000-strong Oct. 22, 1963 boycott against Chicago Public Schools overcrowding and then-superintendent Benjamin WIllis approaches, Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn is directing a documentary on the event, and he is looking for Hyde Parkers who were involved in the historic school strike.(…)

Kenwood music department holds spring festival

The music department at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is holding its spring arts band festival. The festival takes place at the school at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31. Tickets for the event are $10.

Police warning follows area robberies

The Chicago Police Department has issued an alert regarding robberies in Hyde Park. In the reported incidents, one at 9 p.m. on May 12 on the 1600 block of East 55th Street and another at 6 a.m. on May 16 on the 5300 Block of South Kimbark Avenue, the “offenders approached victims and took property(…)

Canter grieves loss of teacher

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park community is mourning the death of Canter Middle School teacher Paul Goldsmith who died due to complications from a heart attack on Thursday, May 16. Goldsmith, a long time Chicago Public School (CPS) math teacher, had been working at Canter for the past four years until(…)

New police commander talks tough

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department 2nd District Commander Fred Waller was transferred last month to the Gresham neighborhood’s 6th District, where he serves as commander. The 2nd District’s new commander, Terence Williams, told neighborhood residents on Monday night at Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) ward meeting that he takes a zero-tolerance approach to(…)