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Supreme Court denies citizens a chance to vote for non-partisan redistricting

To the Editor: “You have sat here too long for any good you are doing. Depart, I say, and let us be done with you.” Oliver Cromwell speaking to the Rump Parliament May 14, 1653. For the second time in a strictly partisan vote the state Supreme Court has denied the citizens a chance to(…)

Thank you for your concern for our kids

To the Editor: A warm thank you to members of the Hyde Park/Kenwood/Bronzeville community from Mothers and Men Against Senseless Killings (MASK) for your generous donations to our school supply drive for children in Englewood. We were out collecting four times in the neighborhood, and were overwhelmed by how many of you, from all walks(…)

Review: Lyric stars shine at free pre-season concert at Millennium Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago hosted its annual “Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” concert Friday night to a happy and appreciative audience, in spite of the threat of rain. The Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, along with a wide range of soloists, all directed by Lyric Opera music(…)

Alice Ruth Marcson, 93

Alice Ruth Marcson, 93

Alice Ruth Marcson (Tootsie Solomon) passed away at home on September 2 at the age of 93. Marcson was born in Chicago on July 14, 1923. Her parents Harry and Jenny Solomon owned The Hyde Park Pantry, at 53rd and Ellis; She attended Kozminski Elementary School, Hyde Park High School and studied Zoology at the University of Chicago. She and her(…)

Conrad Albery Wennerberg, 84

Conrad Albery Wennerberg, 84

Conrad Albert Wennerberg, a familiar figure to many Hyde Park residents, died at his home on the afternoon of Sept. 8. Wennerberg was a fixture at the Promontory Point dating back to the early1960s. “[Conrad] was the ‘old man’ of the Point in the great Hemingway tradition,” recalled his friend, Sherry Gutman, who affectionately refers(…)

“Respect Life” project created in Washington Park

“Respect Life” project created in Washington Park

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Driving through the winding trails of Washington Park it’s easy to see why it was once a contender for the Obama Presidential Center. But if you look closer you can see something else. There is disrepair, seldom used tennis courts and now a handful of what will be 25 reminders(…)

Anne Gulley chosen as new AP of Murray Elementary

Anne Gulley chosen as new AP of Murray Elementary

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer There’s a new wildcat at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., with the addition of Anne Marie Gulley as the new assistant principal. Gulley brings with her eight years of experience in education, including early childhood teaching and an assistant principal role at Gallistel Language Academy on Chicago’s East(…)

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years in Hyde Park

Children’s Book Fair celebrates 30 years in Hyde Park

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer On Sunday, Sept. 11, Hyde Park residents came together on the south side of Nichols Park to celebrate 30 years of children’s stories during the Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair. Celebrities Tigger and Curious George were on hand to mingle with families as they perused book vendors, Powell’s Books Chicago(…)

Montgomery Place grows greens with hydroponic gardening

Montgomery Place grows greens with hydroponic gardening

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Walk through the large Montgomery Place backyard garden, and among the green grass and vibrant flowers you’ll see two tall plastic towers, about the size of a pot but the height of a person. There is the gentle sound of flowing water softly humming from within the towers, and a(…)

Off-leash dog park still desired by Hyde Park residents

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Chicago Park District (CPD) website lists 23 dog friendly parks across the city, however, the majority of them can only be found around downtown and the north side leaving dog owners in Hyde Park with very few options. Every few years the topic of a dog park opening in(…)

Bixler playlot frequenters still dissatisfied with Chicago Park District

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer It has only been a little over two months since representatives from the Chicago Park District (CPD) attended the advisory council meeting with hat in hand apologizing for the abrupt nature in which the Chicago Plays initiative without any prior notice, fenced off Bixler and removed the existing, beloved play(…)

Practice makes perfect: tips for South Side Pie Challenge

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In just one week, it will officially be fall, which can only mean one thing: it’s pie time. The 5th Annual South Side Pie Challenge will take place this year on Saturday, Nov. 5, but it’s never too early to practice baking the perfect pie. Benjamin Rogers, the general manager(…)

Annual Arts and Crafts show returns

The 11th Annual Hyde Park Arts and Crafts Adventure will take place Saturday and Sunday Sept. 24 and 25 in the outdoor courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1526 E. 55th St. Admission is free both days, and lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on(…)

OPC to hold court during jazz concert

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Michael Strautmanis, vice president for community relations, made the second of what will likely be dozens of meetings to engage with the community about the latest developments in the Obama Presidential Center project Monday, Sept. 12, at the monthly Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) meeting. “First of all I just(…)

“Hyde Park’s Longest Poem” to be displayed at Hyde Park Art Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A few weeks ago, the Indie City Writers filled up a 42-foot long piece of parchment full of poetic words about Hyde Park, and on Saturday, Sept. 17, “Hyde Park’s Longest Poem” will be on display for the community at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. K.B.(…)

U. S. News & World Report ranks U. of C. the third best school in the nation

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer This year Hyde Park’s own University of Chicago ranked third according to the U. S. News & World Report rankings released today, tying with Yale University. Princeton University took first place followed by Harvard University, which was second. Last year the U. of C. scored a three-way tie for fourth(…)

U. of C. alumnus leaves Cleveland clinic to head new transplant institute

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer After a national search, transplant surgeon, researcher, educator and alumni Dr. John Fung, PhD, FACS, has been selected as chief of the Section of Transplantation Surgery and director of the new University of Chicago Medical Transplantation Institute (UCMTI). Fung, a highly respected surgeon with more than 30 years of experience(…)

Concrete traffic procession headed to the University of Chicago

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell’s concrete-encased Cadillac, “Concrete Traffic” (1970), returns to the University of Chicago (U. of C.) during a public procession that traces the history of the colossal sculpture. The program begins at noon on the plaza outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where “Concrete Traffic” will(…)

Comer Children’s Hospital partners with Mariano’s

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital is partnering with Mariano’s to launch a month-long give more fundraising campaign for lifesaving pediatric medical care and research. As part of the partnership, shoppers at Mariano’s can make add-on donations to their purchases in increments of $1, $5 or $10 to(…)

Campus North Residential Commons open to students; retail open to community

Campus North Residential Commons open to students; retail open to community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Throughout this week, 800 University of Chicago (U. of C.) students will begin to move in to their new home at Campus North Residential Commons, 5500 S. University Ave. The building, designed by Studio Gang, began construction in October of 2014 and now it is finally open with features that(…)