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U-High Maroons in strong start to season dominate Lisle Lions 52-36

U-High Maroons in strong start to season dominate Lisle Lions 52-36

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer After witnessing a buzzer beater in the first game of the Lisle High School Basketball Tournament, the 2-0 University-High Maroons stormed the court on Friday night with one thing on their mind, “A blow out victory,” said assistant coach Rob Ley. The Maroons would make Ley look like a prophet as(…)

Hyde Park Herald player of the week: Bronco Joell Davis

Hyde Park Herald player of the week: Bronco Joell Davis

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Name: Joell Davis School: Kenwood Academy Varsity Team: Boys Basketball Height: 6 feet, 2 inches Jersey no.: 5 Weight: 200 pounds Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward Year: Senior The Hyde Park Herald High School basketball player of the week is Kenwood Broncos senior captain Joell Davis. Davis is a transfer from Northhampton High School in Boston, Mass., and is entering his senior season as the starting shooting(…)

Strong start for Kenwood Broncos in tournament

Strong start for Kenwood Broncos in tournament

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In their first year playing in the 11th Annual Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic Basketball Tournament, the Kenwood boys varsity basketball team made a statement in their first game of the season against the Rich Central High School Olympians. “It’s important that we play with a lot of energy and intensity(…)

Lady Broncos dominate over Simeon

Lady Broncos dominate over Simeon

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Kenwood Lady Broncos improved to 4-0 on the season with a 64-40 blowout over basketball powerhouse Simeon Career Academy on Saturday afternoon in their home opener that revealed a newly renovated facility. “We want are students to have the best,” said Coach Jim Maley, head boys varsity basketball coach of the Kenwood Broncos. “During(…)

Hyde Park kids in “Nutcracker”

Hyde Park kids in “Nutcracker”

Several Hyde Park kids will perform in this year’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” with the Joffrey Ballet in a 23-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Dec. 6 through Dec. 28. During its 26th annual performance of Robert Joffrey’s version of “The Nutcracker,” the full Joffrey company will joined onstage(…)

Local group helping at-risk youth through holiday wreath business

Local group helping at-risk youth through holiday wreath business

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer This year Hyde Parkers can deck the halls and foster an entrepreneurial spirit in at-risk girls. The Luv Institute, 1507 E. 53rd St., is teaching young women from the Department of Juvenile Justice career development the fundamentals of running a business by making and selling Christmas wreaths. The program is(…)

Kenwood Bronco Stephen Williams knows the score

Kenwood Bronco Stephen Williams knows the score

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Name: Stephen Williams School: Kenwood Academy Varsity Team: Boys Basketball Height: 5’ 11” Jersey No.: 11 Weight: 165 pounds Position: Point Guard Year: Junior The Hyde Park Herald High School Basketball Player of The Week is Kenwood Academy’s Stephen Williams. A transfer from St. Ignasius High School in 2012, Williams is beginning his junior season as the starting point(…)

Hyde Parker’s torch song

Hyde Parker’s torch song

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Parker Ruth Fuerst will sing in a Wicker Park cabaret show this week. The show, entitled “Thank You for the Music,” will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at Davenport’s Piano Bar, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. Fuerst will perform, with area singers Carol Weston(…)

A story to remember

A story to remember

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Holocaust survivor and Hyde Park resident Herman Cohn spoke last Tuesday at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., in an event hosted by the University of Chicago Chabad Center to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a night of terror widely recognized as the start of the(…)

Nancy Hays to get bridge

Nancy Hays to get bridge

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jackson Park may soon be home to the Nancy Hays Memorial Bridge. The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners last week approved renaming the north bridge on Wooded Island after the former Hyde Park Herald photographer and neighborhood activist. The renaming will happen following a 45-day comment period, which will(…)

Fellows to join Axelrod group

Fellows to join Axelrod group

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP) has indicated it plans to host six visiting fellows during the winter quarter. A list of winter fellows has not yet officially been announced. But IOP Communications Manager Esther Kang has confirmed a report that next quarter’s fellows will include:(…)

Jackson pushes for progress

Jackson pushes for progress

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Jesse Jackson Sr. was host to elected officials and clergy and community leaders from across the state Tuesday evening at Rainbow/PUSH headquarters. The group is organizing a conference in Springfield to work toward creating a unified agenda to take to Illinois legislators. The group, which included U.S. Rep. Bobby(…)

Hyde Park Players present “Dangerous Liaisons” this weekend

Hyde Park Players present “Dangerous Liaisons” this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Community Players will present “Dangerous Liaisons” this weekend and next at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The anachronistic production is based on Christopher Hampton’s 1985 adaptation of the 18th century French novel, a tale of two idle French aristocrats and their schemes to seduce(…)

Urban institute gets leader

Urban institute gets leader

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Cornelia Grumman was named the new director of policy and strategic communications at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI). Grumman is a national leader in education policy advocacy and communication and will begin on Nov. 20. Grumman’s appointment is part of UEI’s plan to improve schooling nationwide.(…)

Hyde Park native pens book

Hyde Park native pens book

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park native Richard Pollak will read from his new memoir, “After the Barn,” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. The 79-year-old New York City-based author and journalist, who grew up in Hyde Park between 1937 and 1952,(…)

Hyde Parker donates sweets

Hyde Parker donates sweets

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Robyn Rice-Foster will join more than 30 chocolatiers in contributing a variety of their chocolate-based creations to the 12th Annual AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s World of Chocolate gala. The gala, which is hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), was created to commemorate World AIDS(…)

UCPD review backs decision

UCPD review backs decision

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Independent Review Committee (IRC) for the University of Chicago Police Department determined that the department was largely correct in the way it handled complaints against itself last year. The IRC released its annual audit of the UCPD late last month. The IRC reviews complaints alleging excessive force, violation of(…)

Kenwood basketball coach pushes excellence

Kenwood basketball coach pushes excellence

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Name: Jim Maley Position: Head Boy’s Varsity Basketball Coach School: Kenwood Academy Mascot: Broncos Conference: Public League Red Central Previous Record: 5-4 conference, 15-12 overall Current Record: 0-0 conference, 0-0 overall Previous Ranking: No. 4 Current Ranking: No. 1 Jim Maley is currently entering his third season as the head boy’s varsity basketball coach and is a former graduate(…)

Student wins award

Student wins award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A student at St. Thomas the Apostle School won first place in Hyde Park Bank’s “Why I Love My School” essay contest. Hyde Park Bank President Mike McGarry will visit St. Thomas the Apostle School at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, to personally congratulate 4th grader Dika Chidame for(…)

Exhibit at Open Produce

Exhibit at Open Produce

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park grocer Open Produce will host an opening reception for a new exhibit at the store, 1635 E. 55th St., from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., tomorrow. The show is the latest in the store’s monthly series of on-site art exhibits, inaugurated last July and founded by(…)