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African Festival of the Arts coming to Washington Park this weekend

The 25th annual African Festival of the Arts will take place this weekend, Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, in Washington Park. The festival will feature two stages showcasing around 60 performances by poets, dancers and musicians spanning genres from world music to hip hop, as well as a fashion show and dance lessons.(…)

Court Theatre to celebrate 60 years

The Court Theater will celebrate its 60th anniversary with subscribers on Monday, Sept. 15, at Hutchinson Courtyard, 5706 S. University Ave. The event will feature a 6 p.m. buffet and open bar, 7:30 p.m. performances and conversations at Mandell Hall and an 8:30 p.m. champagne toast and dessert. Participants must R.S.V.P. by Aug. 31, and(…)

DuSable Museum hosting family event on financial literacy

The DuSable Museum of African American History is hosting “Kids Count!” a back to school student and family event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 30. The event, which will take place at DuSable, 740 E. 56th Pl., will focus on financial literacy. Families will have the opportunity to open student checking or savings(…)

Open Produce partnering with Silicon Valley upstart to offer deliveries

Open Produce partnering with Silicon Valley upstart to offer deliveries

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., became the first Hyde Park — and South Side —grocer to sign on with online shopping upstart Instacart last week. San Francisco-based Instacart — which raised almost $450 million in investments earlier this summer — currently hires personal shoppers in 11 cities to pick(…)

Obama’s former physician retires after decades at Hyde Park practice

Obama’s former physician retires after decades at Hyde Park practice

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A longtime community fixture and former physician to President Barack Obama, Dr. David Scheiner has retired after 35 years of seeing patients at his Hyde Park practice and in their homes. The Oak Park resident saw his last patient at Advocate Medical Group Hyde Park, 1301 E. 47th St., on(…)

Annual used book sale gearing up for October return, seeking donations

Annual used book sale gearing up for October return, seeking donations

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s (HP-K CC) annual used book sale will return to the Treasure Island courtyard at 55th Street this Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11 to Oct 13. The book sale usually features between 30,000 and 40,000 books, according to organizer Jane Ciacci, an HP-K CC board member(…)

Hales Franciscan High School selects new principal

Hales Franciscan High School selects new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nichole M. Jackson was selected as the new principal of Hales Franciscan High School. Jackson replaces former principal Erica Brownfield, who served for two years. Before coming to Hales Franciscan, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Jackson was the owner of Posh Enterprise, which included a tutoring and recreation center,(…)

Hyde Park man reported missing

Hyde Park man reported missing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have reported 68-year-old Victor E. Rowe missing from the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue since Monday, Aug. 18. Rowe is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with brown eyes, white hair and light complexion. He is an African American man with the medical condition vitiligo,(…)

Yearly Mum and bulb sale returning this September

Yearly Mum and bulb sale returning this September

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The annual mum and bulb sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the atrium of the Hyde Park Shopping Center at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. The Hyde Park Garden Fair hosts two events each year, including one in the spring. Funds raised are(…)

U. of C. ranked 9th best university in the world

U. of C. ranked 9th best university in the world

The University of Chicago takes 9th place in the “Academic Ranking of World Universities” report. The rankings, which are based on the research of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was published in the U.K.-based Times Higher Education on Aug. 15. The University of Chicago’s overall ranking was 89.7 out of 100. The school placed between Columbia(…)

Vue53 site reflects disregard for residents

To the Editor: As a Hyde Park resident of over 20 years, I am appalled with the lack of concern that the University of Chicago has shown for the safety of children and others about the property that they own and endorse for the Vue53 luxury apartments development. I documented through a photo on Aug.(…)

Addenda to Hiroshima Day photo

To the Editor: Thank you for your coverage of the annual Hyde Park peace and justice community remembrance of the day the first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima: August 6, 1945. The Herald photographer Spencer Bibbs’ photo, which appears in color on the front page, captured four of the participants and the essence of(…)

Herald headline gets park plans wrong

To the Editor: Thank you Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul for writing last week’s article about the restoration plan for Jackson Park, utilizing the original Olmsted Plan to create a beautiful, “democratic” park for all to enjoy. Thank you to everyone on the Hyde Park Herald staff for the coverage over the last four years. JPAC and the(…)

Consider coverage more carefully

To the Editor: I was very disappointed in the headlining of the front page article on the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Jackson Park project. I consider that it lifted out one aspect of the work and treated it in a sensationalist manner, inaccurately, and out of context. This is not the only instance in(…)

Jackson Park plan is beneficial

To the Editor: I am the Chicago Park District volunteer steward for Wooded Island and am a member of the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC). Wearing these two hats, I often weigh proposals of the Park District on a scale to balance the interests of the Park District with those of the residents around Jackson(…)

At what cost does our budget come?

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE The General Assembly approved a $35.3 billion state budget this spring. While there were some spending reductions, we were able to maintain most funding for health and human services. In fact, we restored some cuts in the state program that funds medical care for the poor: low-income adults will(…)

Considering the Jackson Park fishkill

There is much to like about the plans for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Jackson Park facelift, named Project 506. We have carefully reported the details of this proposal and provided links to the plan published by the USACE on our website. All of this coverage has been done with the tacit support(…)

Missing Person

Missing Person

August 27, 2014 By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have reported 68-year-old Victor E. Rowe missing from the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue since Monday. Rowe is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with brown eyes, white hair and light complexion. He is an African American man with the skin condition(…)

Going to hell at Ravinia

Going to hell at Ravinia

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” with its splendid libretto by Da Ponte, returned to Ravinia in two performances last week. Conductor James Conlon led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a pack of capable singers in this tale of the libertine Don Juan who, after both merry antics and terrible crimes, finally(…)