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It’s time for an elected board

By JAY TRAVIS The facts recently shared by the Chicago Tribune in its series regarding the Chicago Public Schools’ issuance of $1 billion in auction rate securities coupled with risky interest rate swaps was not news to parents, community organizers and labor leaders who have vigilantly worked to expose the misuse of funds intended for(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host talk on artist Cyrus Leroy Baldridge

Hyde Park Historical Society to host talk on artist Cyrus Leroy Baldridge

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Jay Mulberry will present the artwork of Cyrus Leroy Baldridge Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Hyde Park Historical Society. “I’ve been trying to open up a space for him to be recognized,” Mulberry said of the illustrator and oil painter. “He was very prominent but left(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference approves budget boosting program funds

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference approves budget boosting program funds

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) has approved its budget for the 2014-2015 year. The approximately $31,500 budget was approved at HP-K CC’s November meeting, which was attended by around 25 people, according to President George Rumsey. HP-K CC’s authorized expenses amount to roughly the same amount of money(…)

Hyde Park man charged in November shooting

Hyde Park man charged in November shooting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man is being held without bail after a shooting last month left one person dead. Paris Walker-Rush, 25, is being held without bail for violating his probation after a fatal shooting on Nov. 21. Walker-Rush was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony(…)

Friends of the Parks say Obama library plans endanger Washington, Jackson parks

Friends of the Parks say Obama library plans endanger Washington, Jackson parks

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jackson and Washington parks are among the ten most endangered parks in Chicago. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, Friends of the Parks (FOTP) released its Top Ten Watch List of Endangered Parks and Open Spaces, the first list of its kind for the 40-year-old advocacy group. FOTP gave Jackson Park its(…)

Chicago’s brand-new futuristic data sensors to debut in Hyde Park

Chicago’s brand-new futuristic data sensors to debut in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park will be home to some of the city’s first data sensors, as part of a partnership between Argonne National Laboratory and the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology. The University of Chicago will receive in total around a dozen of the curved, rectangular sensor nodes, which will be(…)

Choir to perform candlelit Christmas concert at Augustana Lutheran Church

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Augustana Lutheran Church will host a holiday concert by Chicago Choral Artists at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 5. “A Candlelight Christmas” will feature a capella works by around 12 composers centuries apart from each another, ranging from Tomas Luis de Victoria and Trevor Patrick Watkin to George Frideric Handel(…)

Local artists to sell work at Annual Crafts Open House this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The 43rd Annual Crafts Open House, a local tradition showcasing area artists’ work, will return to Kenwood this Saturday, Dec. 6. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hutchins House, 4810 S. Ellis Ave., featuring a group of eight mostly Chicago- and Hyde Park-area artists(…)

Hales Franciscan High School unveils “urban food forest”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School partnered with the Chicago Wisdom Project to create an urban food forest that was recently dedicated on the school’s campus. Since the summer, students from Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., and staff and volunteer members from Hyde Park-based Chicago Wisdom Project have worked together(…)

Holiday art sale to raise funds for Hyde Park Art Center classes and students

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Art students will sell their work at a fundraiser running this Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC). The HPAC tradition will feature anywhere from 25 to 50 artists from the center’s classes, according to Director of Education Mike Nourse. Art on sale(…)

A winning “Porgy and Bess”

A winning “Porgy and Bess”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Like so many great operas, “Porgy and Bess” was not initially a hit. Critics were underwhelmed when it premiered in the 1930s and when the Civil Rights Movement found its stride, many considered this folk opera to be deprecating to the African Americans who made up its characters. We’ve(…)

Kwanzaa bazaar coming to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, South East Chicago Commission and the Volunteer Artists of America will host the “Pre-Kwanzaa: Holiday Bazaar” at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec.(…)

Lace up: Midway rink ready to reopen

The Midway Plaisance ice rink will open this Friday, Nov. 28, and remain operational through March 1 of next year. Located at 1130 Midway Plaisance North, the rink will be open for skating from noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays(…)

Work misguided at Jackson Park

To the Editor: I don’t get it. Not long ago, workers and bulldozers destroyed dozens (hundreds?) of trees between the railroad tracks and LSD, leaving behind a sparsely wooded wasteland, ostensibly because the trees were not native. Now we’re beginning a project to kill dozens more trees and poison all of the fish in Jackson(…)

The road from 55th Street to Hollywood

The road from 55th Street to Hollywood

From the July 21, 2004, special anniversary section of the Hyde Park Herald, pages 8 and 9. Bill Murray, John Candy, Joan Rivers, Martin Short, Jim and John Belushi, Gilda Radner — American comedians whom many of us have enjoyed through the years. And the root of their comedy is on 55th Street in the(…)

Hyde Park native Billy Jonas releases new album, reflects on success

Hyde Park native Billy Jonas releases new album, reflects on success

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer It shocked Billy Jonas to realize that his childhood dream of making “music anytime, anywhere, about anything, for anyone,” has come to pass. “I originally made my music for adults then the children of the adults began to like it,” said the musician. “Both can enjoy it on their(…)