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Tours to highlight faith spaces

To the Editor: Thank you for the piece in the Oct. 24 issue entitled “Interfaith Council hosts lecture series.” I would like to point out that it is not so much a lecture series as a series of open houses at various houses of worship. While the tours include commentary about each venue’s art and(…)

Harper halloween a success again

To the Editor: Not booo! But, hurrah! I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the many people on Harper Avenue between 57th and 59th streets who put so much imagination and effort and money into creating an exciting and unusual “Halloween Center” for Hyde Park. Year after year I send newcomers and(…)

A fond farewell — and thanks — to Village Foods

To the Editor: Farewell to longstanding 4th Ward business and community partner, Village Foods. Thank you for the generous food and general merchandise donation. It will serve a great cause and be used for our upcoming 4th Ward holiday community events: The Annual Thanksgiving Feed the Needy and The Annual Christmas Food Basket Donations. Throughout(…)

Vote — for yourself and your community

BY STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) I voted this past week, and I encourage you to do the same. With early voting available to all registered voters now through Nov. 3, we have little excuse to avoid our civic duty and cherished right. With my ballot cast, I now turn my attention to making certain(…)

A rough budget season in Springfield hurts important programs

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) The spring session of the Illinois General Assembly saw some winners—and some losers. I’ll write about the winners another time. This report focuses on the people who depend upon the state for help and for services but who found themselves with the short end of the stick this(…)

Thinking seriously about food

By GABRIELLE DARVASSY I can’t tell you how excited I am to have an opportunity to write in my local community newspaper. You may have read in the July 7 edition of the Herald that my husband, Ron, and I have opened a vegan and raw restaurant, B’Gabs Goodies located at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Challenging us to make a change

By ANGELA HABR-PARANJAPE As I flipped through real estate ads in the Herald a few weeks ago, my heart did a jig at one bold-faced heading: “Energy-conscious Co-op Association.” “Wow, could we finally be catching on?” I wondered to myself. I’m no longer in the market for property, but three years ago when I was,(…)

Taking another look at plastic use

By ANGELA HABR-PARANJAPE I had always thought of myself as a responsible pet owner. Retracing the steps of my golden retriever, Rudy, on our walk down 53rd Street, I would be sure to collect every bit of his “mess.” A bread bag, perhaps used a time or two before, would do the job fine. I’d(…)