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Math excludes Broncos from playoffs; Englewood trounced

Math excludes Broncos from playoffs; Englewood trounced

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer After hearing the news earlier in the week that they were mathematically eliminated from the Chicago Public League Football playoffs, the Kenwood Broncos would take out their frustrations on TEAM-Englewood in a 52-to-8 drubbing on “Senior Day” at Eckersall Stadium. “We heard the news earlier this week,” said Kenwood coach Darnell Jones. “Chicago(…)

Field Museum shines a light on the Exposition

Field Museum shines a light on the Exposition

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer For six months 120 years ago Hyde Park was the center of global attention. The Field Museum recreates the Columbian Exposition that took place in Jackson Park in its newest temporary exhibit, “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.” The exhibit opened on Friday and will remain at(…)

Theater criticizes studios

Theater criticizes studios

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Harper Theater will show “12 Years A Slave” beginning Friday, Nov. 1, two weeks after blasting distributor 20th Century Fox’s decision to exclude it from the film’s initial release. The movie was originally released Oct. 18. Earlier that week, Harper Theater posted a petition on Change.org highlighting its(…)

Italian in Hyde Park

Italian in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Chef Matthias Merges will open his third restaurant, the widely-anticipated northern Italian-inspired A10, next Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 1462 E. 53rd St. Named after the highway connecting northern Italy and southern France, A10 will have a menu that includes 35 dinner items, 21 lunch offerings and 18 brunch(…)

Herald player of the week: Rhomel Fields 

Herald player of the week: Rhomel Fields 

Name: Rhomel Fields School: Kenwood Academy Height: 6 feet 3 inches Jersey #: No. 2 Weight: 175 pounds Position: QB/DB Year: Senior Our Hyde Park Herald High School Football Player of The Week is Kenwood Academy star quarterback Rhomel Fields. Fields is currently ranked third in the city (No. 3) with four 300-yard passing games and several multi-touchdown games. Being(…)

Library named for Tyree

Library named for Tyree

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center dedicated a diabetes education library to James C. Tyree, who chaired companies like the Sun-Times Media Group, Mesirow Financial Holdings and sat on the UCMC board. Tyree died in 2011 at the medical center. The Cook County medical examiner ruled he died from an(…)

Art of Disney on display at MSI

Art of Disney on display at MSI

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Walt Disney’s father moved to Chicago to help construct the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and 120 years later the only building that still stands is hosting an exhibit for the man’s most famous son. “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” opened at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700(…)

Hyde Park homes on TV once again

Hyde Park homes on TV once again

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Two Hyde Park homes will be featured in an upcoming ABC drama, “Mind Games.” An episode of the series, expected to air next spring, will include shots at two houses located on the 4900 block of Woodlawn Avenue. “What we were looking for was a fairly upscale house,(…)

Players’ new season includes Shakespeare, improv

Players’ new season includes Shakespeare, improv

BY JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Community Players will kick off their fifth season with its classic Halloween-time performance this Saturday, Oct. 26. The players will present for the fourth year a radio variety show in which actors perform spooky scripts onstage, “An Evening of Horror and Suspense: In the Old(…)

Despres lecture series returns

Despres lecture series returns

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Leon Despres Lecture Series returns for its fourth season next week when Paul Durica and Bill Savage come to the Blackstone Library to discuss “Chicago By Day and Night.” The book is a recently re-edited version of a pamphlet that was distributed to tourists visiting Chicago for the 1893(…)

Unitarians advocate for gay rights

Unitarians advocate for gay rights

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Members of First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be traveling to Springfield next Tuesday, Oct. 22, to show their support for gay marriage. The congregants will join others at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, scheduled to take place on the same day(…)

GenTech in HP

GenTech in HP

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer GenTech Digital Media & STEM Education Center has added a Hyde Park location for its Saturday Program. The program prepares students for high-demand fields in digital media and science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM). The program, which previously held classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University(…)

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.(…)

Lutheran div students get boost

Lutheran div students get boost

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer An unprecedented number of new Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago master of divinity students received scholarships that will cover their full tuition. Anna Ernst, Elizabeth Christensen, Toby Chow, Samuel Nelson, Brooke DeJong, Kathryn Jacob, Samantha Pfalzgraf, Levi Powers, Megan Clausen, Megan Casper, Paul Eldred and Matthew Zemanick all(…)

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(…)

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(…)

New bakery thrives at Piccolo Mondo

New bakery thrives at Piccolo Mondo

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A long-established Hyde Park restaurant reopened after a two-week hiatus less one deli but with the addition of a vibrant bakery. Piccolo Mondo, 1642 E. 56th St., an Italian restaurant that has been a Hyde Park staple for the better part of three decades, reopened in August with an Argentine(…)

New Open Produce exhibit Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park grocer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., will hold an opening reception for its new exhibit of Chicagoland photographer Chris Trott’s work from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 5. The show is part of a series that kicked off in the space last July(…)

New librarian at Ray aims for lively environment

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Linda Collins is the new librarian at Ray Elementary School. She succeeds Leslie Travis, who retired on June 30 having served at the school for 21 years. Collins has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Purdue University; a master’s degree in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction from National(…)

University demolishes Woodlawn building

University demolishes Woodlawn building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer An aging apartment building owned by the University of Chicago was demolished recently and the site will be turned into green space. The 27-unit, three-story walkup apartment building, at 6005-6011 S. Woodlawn Ave., was demolished because “maintaining the quality of life for residents there would have required a multi-million-dollar overhaul(…)