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New Hyde Park choir raising money for Nepal earthquake victims

New Hyde Park choir raising money for Nepal earthquake victims

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Hyde Park-based women’s choir is using their debut concert to raise money for those who were adversely affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Le Cantanti di Chicago, (“The Singing Women of Chicago”), a 16-member choir formed by Hyde Park resident Dhilanthi Fernando, will perform works written exclusively for(…)

U. of C. Police Department announces new advisory committee, but details lacking

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will create an advisory committee, but there are no specific details yet on who will be a part of the group and how it will be formed. The university said the aim of the new group is to foster cooperation and communication between(…)

Midway Plaisance Park gaining advisory council, new officers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Elections for officers in the new Midway Plaisance Park advisory council (PAC) will take place next week. The revived PAC will pick its first roster of officers in years at the meeting, which is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, at the ice rink at 1130(…)

Nails in the coffin

Nails in the coffin

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What: “A Coffin in Egypt” Where: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. When: Through May 3 Tickets: $35 – $125 Contact: chicagooperatheater.org. Frederica von Stade is a much admired and loved American mezzo-soprano. And rightly so: even as she approaches 70, her voice is captivating(…)

We need proper lighting on 57th St.

To the Editor: The article “More lighting, new signage on 57th Street approved by majority in new survey” failed to account for the opinions held by many of the residents near the proposed 57th Street improvements. At the public meeting it was in general agreement that the limited South East Chicago Commission funding would be(…)

Make sure Vue53 keeps parking promise

To the Editor: It was not surprising to see that the city is taking care of MAC Property Management by providing two parking spaces on Kenwood Avenue for its use for valet parking during the construction of Vue53 (Herald, 4/15/2015). Isn’t it good to see that the parking impacts of Vue53 are being ameliorated for(…)

Blackstone features local author

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Friends of Blackstone Library will host their monthly Despres Family Memorial Lecture this evening. Author Cyn Vargas will read from her new book, “On The Way,” at 6:30 p.m. at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. She will also discuss her work and field questions from audience members.(…)

Knights of Columbus talking health

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In its first event of the year, a local Knights of Columbus council will host a health talk this weekend at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. Knights of Columbus (KOC) Madonna Della Strada Council treasurer James Rydel will give a talk focusing on chronic kidney disease(…)

Spruce Park advisory council elects first-ever officers

Spruce Park advisory council elects first-ever officers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Spruce Park Advisory Council has elected its first officers. Around a dozen people came to the park advisory council’s (PAC) second-ever meeting last Monday, April 20, according to President Carol Moy. Along with Moy, the council elected a vice president, Joseph Bernstein; secretary, Mark A. Graham, and treasurer, I.V.(…)

K.A.M. lectures on conflict

K.A.M. lectures on conflict

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A weekend of lectures at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will focus on the state and society of the Middle East from World War I to the present. K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a series of lectures and panels examining the history of modern day Syria, Yemen and Iran(…)

Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School art students are taking their art beyond the school walls to the neighborhood diner. The drawings, photographs, digital collages and paintings of 14 members of the National Arts Honors Society at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., are on display at Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd(…)

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Conference (KOCO) said last Tuesday it was ready to comply with a state audit, but that it had questions about the political motivations at play. On April 17 the Illinois House unanimously passed HR 324, which calls for an audit of the group. The resolution –(…)

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A contractor has the option to keep Wooded Isle closed for five years until Jackson Park is fully restored, but is seeking to reopen it earlier. The island was closed to pedestrians two weeks ago as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park. The project(…)

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) riled local education activists last week for opposing a bill that would let students opt out of taking state administered tests. HB 306 – introduced by state Rep. Will Guzzardi in January – is currently under consideration in the Illinois House. Last Monday, Currie(…)

Campus police bill passes House

Campus police bill passes House

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Illinois House on Friday passed HB 3932, legislation that would require private campus police to release the same information as municipal police. The bill – introduced in February by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) – passed unanimously. The bill was(…)

Army Corps proposes barrier at Jackson Harbor

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a new groin at the entrance of the Jackson Harbor. The public had until Friday, April 17 to comment on the 1,000-foot groin — 300 feet of steel and 700 feet of stone — designed to prevent sediment from accumulating in the harbor. The new structure will(…)