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CPS Back-to-school events prepare students for new academic year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., is hosting a back-to-school celebration on Monday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is promoting the start of a new school year with 13 different kick-off events located throughout the city. “Our dedicated students and staff(…)

Chicago Native to host environment-related camp on University of Chicago campus

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Chicago-native and Cornell University Junior Dejah Powell has been passionate about the environment for years. She has been involved in several environmental research opportunities and met former president Bill Clinton through the Clinton Global Initiative which focuses on issues of the environment, education and global poverty. This month, from Aug.(…)

Police search for two men connected to several Hyde Park robberies

The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) issued three security alerts involving suspects that the victims described as two African American males, 17-20 years-of-age, one wearing a blue jogging suit, the other wearing a green jogging suit driving a dark colored sedan, possibly a Chrysler. The first incident was reported at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday,(…)

Hey ding a ding a ding: Shakespeare on the South Side

Hey ding a ding a ding: Shakespeare on the South Side

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic William Shakespeare died in 1616 and cultural institutions the world over are celebrating Shakespeare 400, a commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his death. Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, sponsored by the Chicago Park District, is just one small part of this massive celebration. One of their events took(…)

Review: “Between  Riverside and Crazy”

Review: “Between Riverside and Crazy”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Aug. 21 Tickets: $20-$89 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Nothing is as it seems in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Between Riverside and Crazy,” the messy dysfunctional extended-family drama enjoying a well-acted Chicago premiere directed by Yasen Peyankov at(…)

CAF features Hyde Park in Studio Gang tour

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is hosting a tour of Studio Gang architecture in Hyde Park this Saturday, Aug. 6. The tour will highlight Jeanne Gang’s designs of City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave.; the renovation of the Shoreland, 5454 S. Shore Dr., and a peak at the almost(…)

Jazz at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The music of jazz’s most prominent vibraphonists will be featured in a concert at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., Wednesday, Aug. 17. The concert is part of the museum’s “2016 Sounds of History” jazz series. During the event, which will take place on the(…)

Hyde Park native debuts album on pain, loss and love

Hyde Park native debuts album on pain, loss and love

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In 2009, the same year he graduated from Hyde Park High School, Jeremiah Kibble lost his best friend in a shooting. Kibble knew the young man who committed the murder. They had gone to school together and lived just blocks apart. “It really hurt, and it changed me,” Kibble said(…)

Hyde Park Community Players host Friday staged reading

Hyde Park Community Players host Friday staged reading

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players (HPCP) will host their monthly staged readings on Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Each monthly reading features a one-hour staged reading in a literary salon style. Attendees can experience different kinds of theater(…)

HP woman participates in Cancer awareness campaign

HP woman participates in Cancer awareness campaign

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern At age 36, Hyde Park resident Mary Clare Bietila had a new job and a five-year-old child. That same year she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The disease is rare for people her age: most contract leukemia it before the age of five or after the age of(…)

Robert “Bud” Lifton, 94

Robert “Bud” Lifton, 94

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Robert “Bud” Lifton, who spent over 50 years active in the Hyde Park community, passed away on Friday, July 29. Lifton would have been 95 years old on Aug. 26. Lifton lived in Hyde Park beginning in the late 1930s. As an adult, he lived on 52nd Street and then(…)

City leaders expect Obama Presidential Center to draw visitors from around the globe

City leaders expect Obama Presidential Center to draw visitors from around the globe

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a Wednesday morning press conferences on the steps of the Museum of Science and Industry, city and community leaders promised a new wave of economic development would accompany the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) to the South Side. The presentation included comments from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama Foundation Chair Martin(…)

12-year-old missing girl found

12-year-old missing girl found

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Hearld Intern The 12-year-old girl, who went missing from Hyde Park Tuesday, Aug. 2, has been found, according to the Chicago Police Department. The girl, Shaniah Everhart, had last been seen on Monday, Aug. 1 at 54th Street and Ingleside Avenue and often played basketball, according to the police. The police could(…)

Community members voice ongoing concerns about local post office

Community members voice ongoing concerns about local post office

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For some time now, residents have had complaints regarding the United States Postal Service (USPS) finance station, 1510 E. 55th St. After a temporary Internet outage on Monday, July 25, complaints reemerged. According to Mark Reynolds, the Chicago district spokesperson for USPS, the outage was related to an issue with(…)

Mary Ella Smith, 80

Mary Ella Smith, 80

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mary Ella Smith, who was former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s fiancé, passed away on Thursday, June 9. Smith died at her Washington Park home after succumbing to an illness. She was 80 years old. Smith grew up in Chicago and was an elementary school teacher for most of her life,(…)

U. of C. research center expansion breaks ground

U. of C. research center expansion breaks ground

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The University of Chicago (U. of C.) broke ground on Monday for a new addition to its astrophysics research center, according to the real estate site CP Executive. The project is expected to be finished in 2017. The project includes a two-story expansion of the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space(…)

Mehmet Polat Trio brings world music to University Church

Mehmet Polat Trio brings world music to University Church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Academy of Music is bringing the Mehmet Polat Trio to University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., for a concert on Aug. 21. The Mehmet Polat Trio draws its roots from the Ottoman, ancient Anatolian, Balkan and West African music traditions. The Ney, Lora and Oud are the three(…)

Memorial Service for Ramon (Ray) Hoff

Memorial Service for Ramon (Ray) Hoff

A memorial service to celebrate the life of physicist and University of Chicago alumnus Ramon (Ray) Hoff, will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday Aug. 7. The service will take place at Disciples Divinity House Library (first floor), 1156 E. 57th St. The house is a white stone building between University Church and First(…)

Hales Franciscan High School suspends school year

Hales Franciscan High School suspends school year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School announced on Wednesday, July 27, that it is suspending its upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The school’s board of directors made the decision to suspend next year’s programs but will resume in the 2017-2018 school year. According to Melody Spann Cooper, the chairwoman of the Hales Franciscan(…)

Bronzville farm supplies summer menu at Yusho, A10

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern On the 4500 block of South Federal Street in Bronzeville, flanked by Metra tracks on one side and the now-defunct Robert Taylor Homes housing project on the other, lies the quarter-acre urban farm that grower Jen Rosenthal uses for her business, Planted Chicago. A couple of neighborhoods away in Hyde(…)