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Archdiocese secures demolition permit for Shrine of Christ

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Archdiocese of Chicago has secured a demolition permit for the structurally damaged Shrine of Christ the King Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., according to a spokeswoman for the Catholic authority. The development raises questions about the Archdiocese’s plans surrounding the fire-devastated building. Demolition appeared avoidable when, at a Feb.(…)

Kenwood, CPS schools protest with morning “walk-in”

Kenwood, CPS schools protest with morning “walk-in”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School was one of about 100 public schools across Chicago this morning to participate in a “walk-in” hosted by the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU). At 8:15 a.m., around 100 people gathered outside of Kenwood, 5105 S. Blackstone Ave., at 51st Street and Harper Avenue to stand in(…)

Creative Mansion celebrates African American inventors

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Creative Mansion Children’s Academy is hosting its annual Invention Convention next week in celebration of Black History Month. The public is invited to visit Creative Mansion, 4745 S. Ellis Ave., from 10 a.m. – noon Feb. 22-26 to see the student showcase at the Invention Convention. Students from ages 2-6(…)

Review: “Cabaret”

Review: “Cabaret”

RECOMMENDED Where: The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe When: through Feb. 21 Tickets: $25-$108 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you didn’t see director Sam Mendes and co-director/choreographer Rob Marshall’s revisionist revival of “Cabaret” for Roundabout Theatre Company in 1998 (which built on Mendes’ 1993 London revival), or the revival of the revival(…)

Global Voices “Roots & Rhymes: A Black Culture Showcase”

Global Voices “Roots & Rhymes: A Black Culture Showcase”

By Sara Zhou Global Voices Metcalf Fellow In celebration of Black History Month and in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First Great Migration, the Global Voices Performing Arts Series at International House will be partnering with Soul Poetry Cafe and local Chicago artists to present “Roots & Rhymes: A Black Culture Showcase.” The(…)

Hales advances to second round of catholic league playoffs

Hales advances to second round of catholic league playoffs

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Thanks to 21 points and five assist from senior guard Nick McKenzie, the Hales Franciscan Spartans prevailed over the St. Ignatius Wolfpack 70-67 to advance to the second round of the Chicago Catholic League Playoffs. “We played very well tonight as a team,” said Gary London, head coach of Hales(…)

Kenwood advances to final four of city playoffs

Kenwood advances to final four of city playoffs

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer For the first time in school history, the Kenwood Academy Broncos Basketball Team advanced to the Final Four of the Chicago Public League City Playoffs with a 73-65 win over Westinghouse High School on Saturday, Feb. 14.   “It feels good to make history,” said Marlo Finner, head coach of(…)

U. of C. scientists play role in discovery of gravitational waves

U. of C. scientists play role in discovery of gravitational waves

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Physicists working with the Laser Interferometer Graviational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced on Feb. 11 that for the first time in history, gravitational waves had been detected. The finding corroborates Albert Einstein’s 1915 theory of general relativity, which predicated that certain cosmic events would produce gravitational waves that could be detected from(…)

Chicago Police Task Force hears residents’ concerns

Chicago Police Task Force hears residents’ concerns

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The newly formed, mayor-appointed Chicago Police Accountability Task Force listened to South Side community members air their grievances at a public forum on Thursday Feb. 11. The forum was held at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., and featured comments by many Chicago residents who felt(…)

Kenneth J. Washington 1957-2016

Kenneth J. Washington 1957-2016

Hyde Park resident Kenneth Washington died on Tuesday, Feb. 9. He was passionate about martial arts, in particular Tang Soo Do. He was an active participant in the Hyde Park 4th of July parade with Fitzgerald’s Martial Arts. He was also an active member of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. Washington is survived by(…)

Elected official decision-making reform needed

To the Editor: Thank you Gabriel Piemonte for reminding all of us that our decision processes matter, based on your long community engagements including recent editorship of the Hyde Park Herald. (“Let’s be careful and actively involved in our next choice for alderman, “ 2/3/16, p. 4). And thank you Herald Park Herald for continuing to open(…)

Project 120 getting ahead of itself

To the Editor: I attended the February 8, 2016, presentation by Project 120 representatives and am concerned about their plans to build a music pavilion in Jackson Park east of Darrow Bridge and to put a regular traffic-bearing road across the bridge.  The resulting noise and crowds are not what Jackson Park needs, nor what(…)

I  oppose the closing of the Shrine for technical reasons

To the Editor: Editor’s note: This letter was written to the Committee on Historic Landmarks and sent as an open letter to several newspapers including the Hyde Park Herald. This letter is written to voice my opposition to the demolition of the Shrine of Christ the King in Woodlawn, not only because of the Shrine’s(…)

Hundreds attend annual Folk Festival at U. of C.

Hundreds attend annual Folk Festival at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The 56th Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival drew hundreds of students and community members to Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., last weekend for two days of workshops, lectures and performances by dozens of folk bands. Despite being cut down to two days, Feb. 13-14, from the festival’s normal(…)

I-House graduate residents fight displacement

I-House graduate residents fight displacement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In 1932, John D. Rockefeller founded the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) International House (I-House), 1414 E. 59th St., with the express mission of providing “students of different nationalities and diverse cultures with the opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect, understanding and international(…)

Project 120 talks Jackson, Washington Parks

Project 120 talks Jackson, Washington Parks

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer O’Donnell said that the high speeds of cars cutting through Washington Park via 55th St. have made the area unsafe for pedestrians. “This is a park, not a highway,” she said. “We want to discourage high-speed travelers.” O’Donnell suggested road diets and revamped cross-walks as possible solutions for a more(…)

Mitchell endorsed by statewide teacher’s union

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois Education Association (IEA), a statewide teacher’s union, is endorsing State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in his bid for reelection. The association, which endorsed Mitchell’s opponent Jay Travis during the 2014 primary election, endorsed Mitchell during the general election after Travis lost the primary race. This election year, the(…)

City begins process to replace Burns

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) will have his last day in his political career on March 1. What’s next for the 4th Ward that encompasses Hyde Park, Kenwood, Bronzeville, Washington Park and the South Loop is appointing a replacement. According to a press release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on Feb.(…)

Court Theatre to showcase students’ performance skills

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Court Theatre’s Artists-in-the-Schools program is preparing to host its 9th Annual Hyde Park Bank High School Performance Festival on Friday, Feb. 19. The festival brings students from six South Side schools, including Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., to showcase the work they have accomplished with the help(…)

Kozminski, city schools affected by CPS budget cuts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At the Kozminksi Elementary School local school council (LSC) meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9, Principal Bernadette Glover told LSC members about drastic cuts from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Glover and principals from across the city attended a district wide meeting Feb. 9 where CPS CEO Forrest Claypool announced that $20 million(…)