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Local parks get needed facelift

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Jackson Park’s Dickerson Playlot, located along the 1600 block of 56th Street, and the playground at Bessie Coleman Park, 5445 S. Drexel Ave., will be open this month after renovations were made as part of a Chicago Park District (CPD) initiative. Bessie Coleman Park’s playground opened Tuesday, Oct.(…)

U. of C. students reprise unauthorized guide to university

U. of C. students reprise unauthorized guide to university

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Disorientation Guide, a University of Chicago student-published primer for incoming classes on campus life and the South Side, has returned from hiatus with a 2013 edition. Inaugurated in 2010, the publication, known alternatively as the DisO’ guide, offers an unofficial, critical introduction to the school, its administration(…)

Kenwood Broncos fall short in Urban Prep match

Kenwood Broncos fall short in Urban Prep match

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS In the IHSA Football Game of The Week, the Kenwood Academy Broncos (2-4) fell to the Englewood Urban Prep Lions (3-3), 32-12 on Saturday afternoon at Gately Stadium, host of Urban Prep’s Home Coming Week. Both teams entered conference play (Windy City) with a 2-1 record, knowing that with a win, one could leap frog the other. Before kickoff, Head Coach Darnell Jones(…)

With tongue in cheek, a bit of Hyde Park “history”

To the Editor: The following letter may be of interest to your readers, particularly those who take an interest in the historical character of the neighborhood. I found it working on our house, after tearing out a particularly hideous piece of cabinetry from the 1960s. It is a letter to the editor of your very(…)

Stony naming for Brazier has many flaws

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) Dear Alderman Hairston: I will be unable to attend the community meeting mentioned in your newsletter about renaming S. Stony Island Avenue. I am opposed to renaming it, for the late Bishop Arthur Brazier or for anyone else, however deserving. My reasons are(…)

McMobil project remains in shadow

To the Editor: The McMobil proponents (the University of Chicago and Mesa Development) have deliberately misled the public on the shadows of McMobil. Ald. Will Burns (4th) has gone along with this and refused to get Mesa to produce a more complete and telling shadow study. Mesa produced a “shadow study” for the 53rd Street(…)

Theater review misses point of play

To the Editor: I am writing in regard to the theatre review written by Ms. Anne Spiselman on “Pullman Porter Blues” currently running at the Goodman Theatre. I have been a season ticket holder for some 30 years and this play is one of the best ever run at the Goodman. The staging was exquisite,(…)

University not talking straight about plans

To the Editor: The Herald’s Oct. 2 article on the lawsuit filed by neighborhood residents who object to the university’s proposed high-rise at the McMobil site included a statement by Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for the University of Chicago’s Department of Civic Engagement. According to Ms. Coleman, there were “a series of workshops that(…)