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CPS starts conversation about retention policy

CPS starts conversation about retention policy

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) met last Thursday to discuss the proposed retention policy at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The council met to begin conversations on options for an updated retention policy at surrounding schools because of the current high retention rates, specifically among 3rd graders and minority(…)

Campus organization’s claims raise UCPD questions

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer In the current national climate surrounding campus police, the most remote events can have reverberations in Hyde Park. On July 19, an unarmed man was shot in the head by a University of Cincinnati police officer at a traffic stop outside of campus confines. The officer has since pleaded not(…)

Aldermen probe allegations of backlogged rape kits; could impact local case

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Alds. Edward M. Burke (14th) and Carrie Austin (34th) have asked the City of Chicago Committee on Finance to examine a state laboratory’s backlog of unprocessed rape kits involving sexual assaults in Chicago. A Hyde Park resident said she has reached out to the aldermen to make plans to rally(…)

Hyde Parkers bash Metra app

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Metra is trying to modernize its paper ticket purchase system, but some Hyde Park organizations believe the company is going about it the wrong way. On July 22, Metra held a board meeting to defend its idea for a free ticket app, where riders would download tickets onto their smartphones(…)

Oral history project returns to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society invites the community to attend the Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories: An Oral History Program on Aug. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Located at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., the goal of the event is to invite people to share their memories about faith(…)

Sibelius scores sparkle at Grant Park

Sibelius scores sparkle at Grant Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1956). To mark this milestone, the Grant Park Music Festival placed a trio of Sibelius compositions in a performance held last Tuesday night at the South Shore Cultural Center. The concert featured 20th and(…)

“The Diary of Anne Frank”

“The Diary of Anne Frank”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books of Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic While Writers Theatre is building an ultramodern new home, the ambitious Glencoe company is also showing off how much it has been able to accomplish in its tiny original space at(…)

Sparks fly at Hyde Park Metra stop

Saturday, July 25, at approximately 9 p.m., bright flashes of light could be seen emanating from the 51st Street Metra station in Hyde Park. Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis said the event was linked to the electrical problems of train 142, which left University Park at 7:40 p.m. The train’s difficulties culminated near the 51st Street(…)

Storytelling event in Elm Park

The Elm Park Advisory Council is hosting “Strangers No More: Stories of Connection,” a time where strangers will gather and connect by sharing their life stories. “Strangers No More” will begin at 3 p.m., Aug. 1, at Elm Park, 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged(…)

Hyde Park Art Center residencies immerse creators

Hyde Park Art Center residencies immerse creators

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The local art scene in Hyde Park is getting an international flare, thanks to the residency program at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Since 2012, the Jackman Goldwasser Residency Program has allowed local, national and international artists to showcase their art and work collaboratively with the(…)

Local author Sara Paretsky launches new book

Local author Sara Paretsky launches new book

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Hyde Park author Sara Paretsky will celebrate the launch of her new book “Brush Back” Thursday at the Seminary Co-op. “Brush Back” will be the next in a book series revolving around V. I. Warshawski, a Chicago investigator. The author has produced 17 books in the series over 33 years.(…)

Hyde Park remembers Hiroshima

Hyde Park remembers Hiroshima

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima, Japan, the community is welcomed to join a remembrance gathering at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the site of the Henry Moore sculpture on South Ellis Avenue. Activists and advocates will be in attendance at the(…)

New leadership at Music Teachers of Hyde Park

New leadership at Music Teachers of Hyde Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Pianists Donna Lee Fackenthal and Dhilanthi Fernando were recently appointed to leadership roles in the Music Teachers of Hyde Park program, an organization that provides music lessons and performances for the neighborhood. Fackenthal, who is the new president of Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP), is an independent piano teacher(…)

Traveling bikes, art coming to Hyde Park

Traveling bikes, art coming to Hyde Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Imagine biking a whole theater set across the country to perform shows at various locations and venues. Agile Rascal “Traveling Bike Theatre” is doing just that. The theatre, composed of seven Bay Area artists, is traveling across the United States this summer to perform their play “Synopsis.” At 8 p.m.(…)

Local lawyer elected to board

Local lawyer elected to board

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Christopher Niro has been elected to the established Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF). Niro, a senior associate at the Niro, Haller & Niro law firm in Chicago, will be taking on duties as a Young Lawyers Division Liaison. Niro said he is honored(…)

MSI showing kids science can be cool

MSI showing kids science can be cool

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) again partnered with the Chicago Public Library system this year to bring hands-on science experience to kids. Over the last half of July, teenagers interning at MSI lead science-related activities at various library locations across the city. Attending children follow high school interns(…)

Montgomery Place striving to serve changing needs

To the Editor: We appreciate the thoughtful report on the recent White House Conference on Aging prepared by Hyde Park Older Women’s League (OWL) and Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV). Everyone associated with Montgomery Place shares their commitment to providing the finest services and programs for older adults in our community. We concur with the(…)

Jimmy Carter visits Hyde Park

Jimmy Carter visits Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Friday, July 24, former President Jimmy Carter held a book signing at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., for the release of his new memoir, “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.” Hundreds of people hoping to procure a signed copy of the former president’s new book streamed(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) hosts meeting after shooting

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) hosts meeting after shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Wednesday, July 22, community members, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and University of Chicago police and City of Chicago police officials convened at Renaissance Place, 5200 S. Ellis Ave., to address a recent shooting in the 5200 block of South Drexel Avenue. The shooting occurred on July 14, at approximately(…)

The future of Wright’s Blossom House still in question

The future of Wright’s Blossom House still in question

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following the controversial debate over a proposed bed-and-breakfast in 2013, the future plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright George Blossom House, 4858 S. Kenwood Ave., have been a mystery. The house, which Frank Lloyd Wright designed while working as a draftsman for Adler and Sullivan in 1892, was sold on(…)