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New 53rd Street SSA starts with a wish list

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Researching future programs proved the main subject at the third monthly meeting for the commissioners of the Special Service Area No. 61 for Hyde Park, last Wednesday, June 25. Potential projects include adding a free trolley to run throughout the SSA footprint, starting an urban garden and branding the(…)

South Shore Opera Company presents sizzling concert

South Shore Opera Company presents sizzling concert

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It was a generous evening of music when the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago presented their free June concert in the spacious Paul Robeson Theater. This gleaming hall is one of the many gorgeous rooms in the South Shore Cultural Center where the SSOCC is an arts and(…)

Gerald Ratner dead at 100

U. of C. benefactor and law school alum Gerald Ratner died last Friday, June 20, at the age of 100. Ratner, who advised the politically-influential, billionaire Crown family on legal matters, gave the U. of C. $15 million toward its $51 million gym, which was completed in 2003 and named after him. In 2006, he(…)

Asia brings Hyde Park yogurt

Asia brings Hyde Park yogurt

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has another option for frozen yogurt in the neighborhood. Red Mango, an international chain founded in South Korea, celebrated its soft open at 5221 S. Harper Court last week. The store sells gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher, non-fat and low-fat yogurts. Toppings include syrups, fruit and cereals. Each portion is(…)

Two grandpas, one idea

Two grandpas, one idea

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer 2Grandpa’s Publishing is a homegrown operation — literally. Hyde Parker Stuart M. Rankin, 77, runs the children’s books publisher with his business partner, Al Hawkins, out of his apartment at the Newport Condominiums, 4800 S. Beach Drive. “We don’t have any office space,” Rankin said in an elegantly furnished room(…)

School news: Ray interim, Ph.D. first

School news: Ray interim, Ph.D. first

New interim principal at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Elena Savoy is the new interim principal at Ray Elementary School. The school’s previous interim principal, Antonia Hill, took over as the interim principal at Drake Elementary School. The Ray local school council could not decide on a permanent principal during its search this(…)

Canter’s closure and the question of race

To the Editor: Canter Middle School, formerly housed at 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., has closed, and Ald. Will Burns (4th) is leading the drive to install Kenwood Academy’s Academic Center in its stead. This move replaces an open enrollment junior high school with a selective enrollment junior high school. At his community meeting on Monday,(…)

All races can produce good teachers

To the Editor: I just received the June 18 issue of the Herald and would like to comment on the article re the Ray School principalship. I have never taught at Ray School or in Hyde Park. I spent 21 years in CPS on the Southwest Side in multi-racial, multi-ethnic situations, as a reading and(…)