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Health starts with teeth

By DR. YETTA G. MCCULLOM In 1988 my husband traveled to Chicago to find a place for our family to start our lives together. Hyde Park was the location he felt would be best for his young family to thrive. Having lived here, it’s no surprise this community has nurtured so many great ideas and(…)

Starting simply to acknowledge changing world

By ANGELA HABR-PARANJAPE We are living in a changing world. But are we willing to change with it? “The sky is falling!” We heard the pre-apocalypse cries. Then the apocalypse came and went and we’re still here, facing the same overwhelming predicaments we had hoped the apocalypse would wipe away: a contracting economy, environmental crises(…)

Murray kudos

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer Murray Elementary School and Dyett High School received honors from the Illinois State Board of Education as part of the Illinois Honor Roll, which celebrates the accomplishments of exemplary Illinois public schools. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., and Dyett, 555 E. 51st St., are two of 75 CPS schools(…)

Bengal culture on display at U. of C.

The University of Chicago’s South Asian Sound Interventions Series (SASI) is bringing together a group of musicians and academics for a series of events entitled “Performing the Bengal Borderlands: Music, Movement and Encounter” this week. The series will explore music from Bengal’s borderlands, the area around India’s border with Pakistan. Events will include a workshop(…)

Fundraiser for Akiba Schechter school

The Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., will hold its annual benefit dinner and silent auction Sunday, March 3. The dinner will feature “The 3 Painters,” an art and performance group. This year, it will honor Dr. Avy Dachman and Yisrala Dachman. Dr. Avy has served on the school’s board of directors,(…)

Lutherans go sustainable

By JEFFERY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The refectory at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., has been changing the way it does business with a focus on sustainability. Ben Randall, a native of Northern Michigan who worked at Chicago hotels and restaurants before becoming the refectory’s chef, has overseen(…)

Shoreland is landmarked

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Shoreland Hotel, 5454 S. Shore Dr., has been named a landmark by the City Council. Currently being rehabbed to make space for rental apartments, the hotel was once host to Amelia Earhart and Elvis Presley, among other notables. After World War II, when apartment-hotel renters — who provided a(…)

South Siders protest school rules

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Grassroots Education Movement recently testified before Arne Duncan at a U.S. Department of Education hearing in Washington, D.C., on the impact and civil rights violations resulting from the unchecked closings and turnarounds of schools serving predominantly low-income, students of color. The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), which has(…)