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It’s time to use concrete at the Point

To the Editor: Hyde Park is a remarkable mix of liberal and conservative. Liberal in most things political but remarkably conservative when it comes time for any local changes. Consider the Point. In 2001 a vocal group protested the lakefront renovation and successfully blocked the Point’s renewal. Ten years later we have a Point that(…)

“Nutcracker” back in HP

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will perform “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. This year’s production of Tchaikovsky’s perennial holiday-season favorite is the School’s 14th since its first at Mandel Hall in(…)

Historical society throws party

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual holiday party is this Saturday, Dec. 15, and the community is invited to attend and share stories about life in Hyde Park. The event takes place at the historical society’s headquarters at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., a restored cable car waiting station that dates from the late 1800s,(…)

“Chinatown” at Experimental Station

A book launch and reception will take place this Saturday, Dec. 15, at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. “Chinatown,” a graphic novel and the inaugural book publishing of Sun Bros, will be available, as well as a gallery preview of future Sun Bros artwork and projects. The authors and artists behind “Chinatown” will be(…)

U. of C. announces artists in residence

The University of Chicago Arts and Public Life initiative last Wednesday revealed the five artists who will participate in its 2012-13 artists-in-residence program, according to a Dec. 5 prepared statement. Artists-in-residence will include cellist Tomeka Reid, former Wilco guitarist LeRoy Bach, spoken-word performer and writer Avery R. Young, photographer Cecil McDonald Jr. and filmmaker Cauleen(…)

Local teachers get Oppenheimers

Teachers from five schools in Hyde Park and Bronzeville neighborhoods were awarded the 2013 Oppenheimer Family Foundation Teacher Incentive Grants. Each year the Oppenheimer Family Foundation awards grants to selected Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers, administrators, counselors and social workers. The grants, which can be up to $2,000 each, go to support creative educational opportunities(…)

PD 43 deal gains accolades

PD 43 deal gains accolades

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Woodlawn Home Owners Association and the University of Chicago will receive the Marian and Leon Despres award from the Hyde Park Historical Society for their work on Institutional Planned Development 43. Institutional Planned Development 43, or PD43, is a document that governs how the U. of C. uses its(…)

Natural, local oils for the body

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park mother and entrepreneur Sarah Thompson calls it her “gift to the neighborhood.” Thompson’s preservative-free lotion, My Body Garden, is one she has been making from scratch for years at her neighborhood home. She hopes to start selling it to the community starting early next year at(…)

Goodsell leaving after 30 years

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After 30 years at Hyde Park Bank Tim Goodsell is heading for greener pastures. Literally, he’s going to learn to train horses in Michigan. The Hyde Park Bank board director, who spent most of the last three decades as the bank president, is leaving after Wednesday. “I’ve arranged with a(…)

Kenwood counselor heads to D.C.

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School Counselor Shelby Wyatt is one of five finalists that will fly to Washington, D.C., for the American School Counselor Association’s Counselor of the Year Award. Wyatt, who has a background in business administration, began his career as a substitute teacher in 1987. He became a(…)

Historical society announces award winners

Historical society announces award winners

The Hyde Park Historical Society has announced its annual awards to individuals and community organizations that have provided exceptional service in the preservation of Hyde Park Township history, structures and landscape. The 2013 Paul Cornell Awards winners are: The Jackson Park Advisory Council, Louise McCurry, President, for the restoring the Park’s natural areas, establishing a(…)

Students ask U. of C. to divest from fossil fuel investments

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Casual chit-chat and office banter at the University of Chicago president’s office was interrupted Friday when roughly two dozen students arrived to deliver a letter urging the university to divest from stock in companies which extract fossil fuels. Plain-clothes and uniformed police officers were on hand to receive the students,(…)

Review “Jeff Garlin: ‘Closer Than I Appear’”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Dec. 16 Tickets: $25 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Reviewing a Jeff Garlin show is almost an exercise in futility, because it changes every night. The Second City alum, co-star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and frequent voice-over artist (in Pixar films)(…)

Review “Failure: A Love Story”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., upstairs When: through Dec. 30 Tickets: $35-$50 Phone: 773-871-3000 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If Victory Gardens Theater were presenting “Failure: A Love Story” as a work-in-progress to supplement its regular reason, I’d be perfectly comfortable with the decision. Staged by director Seth Bockley(…)

Shoesmith LSC discusses future of school

Shoesmith LSC discusses future of school

Shoesmith Elementary School’s local school council (LSC) held its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday night in the school’s cafeteria. Meeting discussions included: The Professional Personnel Leadership Committee (PPLC)- PPLC consists of seven elected staff members representing each grade level, plus the two teacher members of the LSC. The PPLC will develop and formally present(…)

Wendy Williams appointed to energy committee

Wendy Williams appointed to energy committee

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer South East Chicago Commission executive director Wendy Walker Williams recently was appointed to a committee to help the city narrow down the field of eligible candidates who will bid to provide electricity for the city. Williams was asked to serve, she said, because of her background as a community leader(…)