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Holiday hunger relief programs

Holiday hunger relief programs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s that time of year where we indulge in second helpings and treat dessert as its own meal, but the abundance of delicious food for the holidays is not always the case for everyone. The hunger programs of Hyde Park work year round to ensure community members in need get(…)

A Hyde Park star is born

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While most kids are learning multiplication and playing hide and seek, 8-year-old Grier Burke of Hyde Park is balancing school with her professional acting career. From Nov. 25 through Jan. 3, Burke will appear in the holiday production, “A Christmas Story”, directed by Nick Bowling at the Paramount Theatre in(…)

Diversity discussion at U. of C. Laboratory School

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Lab) opened up the conversation about diversity and the importance of understanding the role it plays in the educational space during a Diversity Advisory Committee meeting, Nov. 16, at Earl Shapiro Hall, 5800 S. Stony Island Ave. “We need to engage in that conversation(…)

Q&A with Hyde Park Author

By SUMMER DIAB Intern Hyde Park resident Latoya Nicole Benson recently self-published her inspirational book “Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Purpose: 21 Ways to Walk Boldly Into the Life You Were Created to Live.” She spoke to the Herald about her own experience of taking extraordinary steps to create the life she envisioned for herself as(…)

Makeover for 55th St.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members, business owners and University of Chicago representatives gathered last Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Catholic Theological Seminary, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., to hear the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) plans for the future of 55th Street. The presentation was the third in a series of meetings aimed at(…)

Mitchell and Lu discuss paid leave bill

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) talked about the pressing issue for paid leave for employees, Nov. 19, at a panel discussion with Deputy Labor Secretary, Chris Lu. Lu and Mitchell discussed the importance of paid leave with a group of politicians, nonprofit organizations and employees at Honey Butter Fried Chicken(…)

Teachers question interview process for principal evaluation at Murray

By Summer Diab Intern A hearing about whether to retain Greg Mason as the Murray Elementary School Principal turned into an intense three-hour debate, Nov. 21, during the school’s annual state of the school address and local school council (LSC) meeting. Every four years the LSC has to vote on whether it wants to renew(…)

Ray braces for funding cuts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ray Elementary School Principal Megan Thole spoke to a group of concerned parents, Nov. 19, in the school’s cafeteria about the possible financial implications of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) continuing budget woes. “There is a budget deficit and it is scary and it is real,” Thole said at the outset(…)