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Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Rodfei Zedek Congregation, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a weekend of programming focusing on Sephardic music. This Friday evening and Saturday morning, guitarist and singer Gerard Edery will incorporate Sephardic melodies into the congregation’s Shabbat services, according to cantor Rachel Rosenberg. On Saturday, the synagogue will host a(…)

Hyde Park Community Players take on Shakespeare

Hyde Park Community Players take on Shakespeare

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will mark their fifth anniversary with a production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” This is among the players’ biggest casts, with more than 30 cast members, staging a production of “Romeo and Juliet” over three weekends in April. The players are once again collaborating(…)

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The three greystone buildings on the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue have begun to come down. Antheus Capital purchased the three greystone buildings in 2008 with the intention to renovate and rent them as apartments. Peter Cassel, Antheus spokesman, told the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing Advisory Council last(…)

Fundraising effort pays for Canter Middle School’s D.C. trip

Fundraising effort pays for Canter Middle School’s D.C. trip

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Friends of Miriam G. Canter donated more than $5,200 toward Canter Middle School’s class trip to Washington, D.C. The donation will allow two more students to participate and lowered the cost for those going, according to the school’s principal. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of The Friends of(…)

U. of C. launches local small business initiative

U. of C. launches local small business initiative

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago announced last week an initiative that would put businesses based on the Mid-South Side through a training program that would lead to contracts with the school and medical center. The first class of 10 businesses began training last week: it includes Rome’s Joy Catering, 4455 S.(…)

Kenwood Academy basketball regular season ends positively

Kenwood Academy basketball regular season ends positively

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Reporter In their final home game of the 2013-2014 Illinois High School Association basketball regular season, the Kenwood Broncos defeated the Lincoln Park Lions 63-61 in front of a packed house of crazed fans on “Senior Night” in Kenwood’s gymnasium at the school, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. “This is our last(…)

U. of C. Lab teachers show support for CPS test opt-outs

U. of C. Lab teachers show support for CPS test opt-outs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Faculty Association of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools issued a statement to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) in support of educators for families and teachers who opted out of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in Chicago Public Schools. CPS students take more standardized tests in one(…)

The arts in Hyde Park school news

The arts in Hyde Park school news

Student art walks the runway at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy, 1060 E. 47th St. Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy (LBP) in collaboration with the Bronzeville Visitors Center will host a fashion show featuring the work of LBP students. The show will take place at the academy from 6 p.m. to(…)

Hyde Park remembers artist and advocate Nancy Hays

Hyde Park remembers artist and advocate Nancy Hays

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers marked the end of a three-year struggle on Saturday when they gathered to rename the north bridge to the Wooded Island in Jackson Park after Nancy Hays. Hays was a Herald photographer, parks advocate and social activist, who made her career in Hyde Park until her death in(…)

Days numbered for Harper greystones

Days numbered for Harper greystones

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The three greystone buildings on the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue will be demolished once the ground thaws. Antheus Capital purchased the three greystone buildings in 2008 with the intention to renovate and rent them as apartments. Antheus spokesman Peter Cassel told the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing Advisory(…)

New local schools group officially forms

New local schools group officially forms

Hyde Park-Kenwood has an official Chicago Public Schools Community Action Council (CAC). As a CAC the Hyde Park community will develop strategic plans for elementary and high schools within the boundaries of Robinson Elementary, 4225 S. Lake Park Ave., to the north; Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., to the west; Carnegie Elementary, 1414(…)

Architect adviser revealed for multimillion-dollar Jackson Park project

Architect adviser revealed for multimillion-dollar Jackson Park project

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Chicago lawyer spearheading the redesign of Jackson Park revealed new details at a Thursday talk at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Patricia O’Donnell, principal at Vermont-based Heritage Landscapes LLC, will guide the redesign of Jackson Park in accordance with Frederick Law Olmsted’s original 1895 plan for(…)

Kenwood students join citywide effort to provide CPS with input

Kenwood students join citywide effort to provide CPS with input

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood students Regan Allen and Ryan Stratton are two of 18 students who were chosen as members of the Chicago Public Schools Student Advisory Council (SAC). CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she established the council so that they could share ideas from a student perspective with CPS senior leadership.(…)

Lab principal resigns

Lab principal resigns

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Carol Swainson has resigned from her position as the University of Chicago Laboratory (Lab) Middle School principal. Her term will end in June. In her resignation letter to David Magill, director of the Lab Schools, 1362 E. 59th St., Swainson, who has been the middle school principal since 2012,(…)

CPS briefly opens sale of Canter

CPS briefly opens sale of Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) cancelled its requests for proposals (RFP) for real estate brokerage services just two days after it was released. Several of the schools on the list, including Canter Middle School, were not yet closed. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, CPS released the invitation, which included the property(…)

Akiba-Schechter, Murray, Preschool-for-All in latest school news

Akiba-Schechter, Murray, Preschool-for-All in latest school news

Annual Benefit at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave. The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is hosting its annual benefit to raise money for the school. The benefit will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 23, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive. A special tribute will be given to(…)

Hyde Parker Brunell Donald says she and Tio Hardiman will win against Quinn in next week’s primary

Hyde Parker Brunell Donald says she and Tio Hardiman will win against Quinn in next week’s primary

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park resident and attorney Brunell Donald is running for lieutenant governor in this year’s Democratic primary, joining the ticket of gubernatorial challenger Tio Hardiman, former director of violence prevention non-profit CeaseFire. Donald formerly served as a prosecutor and public defender for Cook County. The Northern Illinois University and John Marshall Law(…)

Hairston finds budget solutions

Hairston finds budget solutions

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) discussed last week how the ward’s discretionary funds would be spent in the aftermath of its short-lived participatory budgeting (PB) program. In 2012, the ward became the fourth in the city to implement PB, a process by which constituents vote on how to spend the area’s(…)

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to accept high school artwork for display at U.S. Capitol

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to accept high school artwork for display at U.S. Capitol

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2) will be participating in this year’s annual Congressional Art Competition. Her two district offices will be accepting original artwork from district high schoolers between April 14 and 19. On April 26, Kelly will announce a winner whose piece will be exhibited at the U.S. Capitol.(…)

University of Chicago alumni demand sexual assault policy reform in open letter

University of Chicago alumni demand sexual assault policy reform in open letter

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago alumni have submitted an open letter to their alma mater demanding sexual assault policy reform that they called for in the 1990s. In a letter to U. of C. President Robert Zimmer dated Feb. 13, a group called Alumni for a Student Assault Policy said “We are(…)