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Q&A with Hyde Park Author

By SUMMER DIAB Intern Hyde Park resident Latoya Nicole Benson recently self-published her inspirational book “Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Purpose: 21 Ways to Walk Boldly Into the Life You Were Created to Live.” She spoke to the Herald about her own experience of taking extraordinary steps to create the life she envisioned for herself as(…)

Makeover for 55th St.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members, business owners and University of Chicago representatives gathered last Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Catholic Theological Seminary, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., to hear the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) plans for the future of 55th Street. The presentation was the third in a series of meetings aimed at(…)

Mitchell and Lu discuss paid leave bill

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) talked about the pressing issue for paid leave for employees, Nov. 19, at a panel discussion with Deputy Labor Secretary, Chris Lu. Lu and Mitchell discussed the importance of paid leave with a group of politicians, nonprofit organizations and employees at Honey Butter Fried Chicken(…)

Teachers question interview process for principal evaluation at Murray

By Summer Diab Intern Teachers at Murray Elementary School questioned the interview process for principal evaluation, Nov. 21, during the school’s annual state of the school address and local school council (LSC) meeting. Every four years the LSC has to vote on whether it wants to renew the contract of its current principal or search for(…)

Ray braces for funding cuts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ray Elementary School Principal Megan Thole spoke to a group of concerned parents, Nov. 19, in the school’s cafeteria about the possible financial implications of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) continuing budget woes. “There is a budget deficit and it is scary and it is real,” Thole said at the outset(…)

Small business Saturday shopping in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Black Friday, shoppers rush to the big chain and department stores offering discounts on TVs, clothing and electronics. On Small Business Saturday, shoppers are able to support their community businesses by shopping locally…and without the stampeding crowds. The Southeast Chicago Commission (SECC), along with Bank of America and Downtown(…)

Trauma care activists meet at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A group of Trauma Care Coalition (TCC) activists currently banned from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) campus risked arrest last Wednesday, Nov. 18, when they held a teach-in in the basement of the university’s Stuart Hall, 5835 S. Greenwood Ave. The activists in question were barred from the(…)

School ratings change, still good standing

School ratings change, still good standing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) recently released its yearly rating of its schools, known as the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) for 2015. The ratings are 1+, 1, 2+, 2 and 3, from highest to lowest. Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., received the highest score of a level(…)

Thursday Thanksgiving potluck

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host its 3rd Annual Hyde Park Community Thanksgiving Potluck on Thursday, Nov. 26. From 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., everyone from the community is welcome to join in on a Thanksgiving Day celebration inside the church’s Gorder Hall.(…)

Volunteers needed for Chicago Free School care package project

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As the winter cold season is approaching, now, more than ever, is the time to help the 2,000 homeless youth of Chicago. On Saturday, Nov. 21, students, teachers and families from the Chicago Free School, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will gather at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park to(…)

HPNC creates scholarship fund

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Today, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., announced the establishment of a scholarship fund that will assist children enrolled in its after-school program. A challenge grant from the Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Smith Fund at the Chicago Community Trust of $25,000 made it possible for HPNC(…)

Film exploring sexuality and religion to premiere at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Renowned independent filmmaker, and part-time South Side resident, D. Channsin Berry, who’s previous movies include “A Different Shade of Love,” “My Father’s Music…Jazz” and “The Black Line,” is bringing his newest documentary, “The Church House: Sexuality In The Black Church,” to Hyde Park on Dec. 4. The film, which is(…)

Teacher curriculum fair at Kenwood

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Teachers for Social Justice will host a curriculum fair at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. This is the 14th year of the curriculum event that includes exhibits and workshops. The main goal for the annual event is for(…)

School News

School News

There will be a Dyett High School community meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the Coleman Building, 4655 S. Dearborn St. The Teachers for Social Justice will be hosting a Curriculum Fair from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Ray Elementary School,(…)

Historic Jackson Park bridge faces long road to restoration

Historic Jackson Park bridge faces long road to restoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer With construction on Wooden Island scheduled for completion in six months, the condition of the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge is posed to inconvenience many Chicagoans hoping to experience a revamped Jackson Park. Five years ago, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) called into question the safety of the Darrow Bridge,(…)

Einstein Bros. Bagels opens on Monday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Einstein Bros. Bagels officially opens its doors in its Harper Court location Nov. 23. The bagel and coffee chain will be open daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Over 50 employees have been hired locally to work at the storefront at 5225 S. Harper Ct. Gary Pahl, the brand(…)

Review: Unforgettable “Wozzeck” at Lyric Opera

What: Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 North Wacker Dr. When: Through Nov. 21 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck” is one of the 20th century’s great art masterpieces. The new production currently on offer at Lyric Opera of Chicago is a thoughtful and searing depiction of a common(…)

Review: “Good for Otto”

Review: “Good for Otto”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Nov. 22, Dec. 3-20, Jan.14-Feb. 7 Tickets: $20-$35 Phone: 773-283-7071 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If David Rabe weren’t a renowned playwright responsible for works such as “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel,” “Sticks and Bones,” “Streamers,” and “Hurlyburly,” I doubt his “Good for(…)

Review: “Chapter Two”

RECOMMENDED Where: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. When: through Dec. 20 Tickets: $25-$45 Phone: 773-891-8985 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Write about what you know is the advice often given to would-be authors, and playwright Neil Simon has proven better than most how autobiography—or semi-autobiography—can be the key to success. First produced(…)

Hales Franciscan High School sports teams on the rise

Hales Franciscan High School sports teams on the rise

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Hyde Park Herald With over 50 years of sports history on Chicago’s South Side, Hales Franciscan High School has produced one of the most successful athletic programs in the state of Illinois (17 League Titles, 16 State Regional Titles, 8 State Sectional Titles, 6 State Super-Sectional Titles, 3 State Titles and 2 Chicago Catholic League(…)