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K.A.M. seeking gardener

K.A.M. seeking gardener

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel and the Kenwood United Church of Christ are looking for a volunteer production manager for their two gardens in Hyde Park/Kenwood. The organic fruits and vegetables raised in the gardens are sent to soup kitchens and other hot meal programs on Chicago’s South Side. K.A.M., 1100(…)

UCPD protesters challenge U. of C.-backed findings

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago released the final report following the investigation after a trauma care protest in January resulted in four arrests and another in February where a police officer went undercover posing as a protestor. Patricia Brown Holmes at Schiff Hardin LLP was contracted as an independent body to(…)

New police commander talks tough

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department 2nd District Commander Fred Waller was transferred last month to the Gresham neighborhood’s 6th District, where he serves as commander. The 2nd District’s new commander, Terence Williams, told neighborhood residents on Monday night at Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) ward meeting that he takes a zero-tolerance approach to(…)

Canter grieves loss of teacher

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park community is mourning the death of Canter Middle School teacher Paul Goldsmith who died due to complications from a heart attack on Thursday, May 16. Goldsmith, a long time Chicago Public School (CPS) math teacher, had been working at Canter for the past four years until(…)

Spurlock gains real estate partner

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer As of last week, Hyde Park realtor Jeanne Spurlock has partnered with Tom Bretz of Century 21 Affiliated. The office, located at 5508 S. Lake Park Ave., will be known as Century 21 Affiliated Jeannie Spurlock Group, Bretz said. Bretz said very little will change, as far as customers and(…)

Village launches drop-in program

Village launches drop-in program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village, in partnership with a new University of Chicago student group, will launch a drop-in pilot program for seniors living in Hyde Park. Mather Lifeways, an Evanston–based senior advocacy organization, has given the group a grant to start up the program. The drop-in pilot will(…)

Fair Trader closes its doors

Fair Trader closes its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Fair Trader closed up shop last weekend. “We’re closing because we don’t have enough business to stay open. That’ll do the trick,” co-owner Cindy Pardo said. “Between the economy and the high cost of rent and I’m not sure what else we just are not able to keep the(…)

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park popcorn vendor Gloria Henderson’s lease on a retail space under the Metra Electric line officially expired Tuesday, April 30. The closing of Glorious Confectionary Le Noir, located at 1551 E. 51st St., followed a strained relationship between Henderson and her landlord, Metra, from whom she began(…)

Art fair bouncing back this year

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The annual 57th Street Art fair will take place the first weekend in June. The number of artists participating in the event is expected to increase this year, according to a committee member. Irene Patner, who has been a member of the 57th Street Art Fair Committee for about(…)

Hyde Park Garden Fair this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The 54th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Hyde Park Shopping Center’s courtyard, located at 1526 E. 55th St. The sale features between 40,000 and 50,000 hand-picked(…)

Chaturanga yoga from Egypt

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor A workshop on ancient Egyptian-inspired yoga, entitled “Yoga of the Pharoahs: Candlelight Kemetic Yoga Class,” will be held on the evening of Friday, May 10, from 7:45 to 10 p.m. at Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., Suite 302. The free, one-time class on a practice called(…)

Orly’s owner taking it easy

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Big Easy, Hyde Park’s Cajun restaurant, closed its doors so that the owner Dave Shopiro can focus on his catering business. “I am doing mostly catering right now, that’s the trajectory the business has been going in anyway,” Shopiro said. Shopiro said his health problems and the struggles of(…)

Ancona celebrates 50 years in style

Ancona celebrates 50 years in style

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Ancona School held its 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 4, downtown at the Chicago Marriott, 520 N. Michigan Ave. Friends and family of Ancona gathered in their finery to celebrate a school that began from humble beginnings to become one of the most sought-after private schools in(…)

Local youths head to China

Local youths head to China

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents and King College Prep High School students Ghana Horton, Nicolette Robinson and Raymond Turner are three of 20 students who will travel to China this summer with the Chicago Urban League’s Mission to China program. The Chicago Urban League has launched a series of fundraising campaigns(…)

“Sahmat” at the Smart

“Sahmat” at the Smart

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The aesthetic and the political dovetail seamlessly at the Smart Museum’s temporary exhibit, “Sahmat: Art and Activisim in India since 1989.” The show, on display since Feb. 14 and through June 9 at the Smart, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., houses the artwork and recorded performances of those affiliated(…)

News: U. of C. tough to get into

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It’s getting harder and harder to get into the University of Chicago. This year the school admitted a record low number of applicants to its undergraduate school. The university sent offers to 2,676 of the 30,369 applicants to the college, setting an 8.8 percent acceptance rate for the 2013-2014 school(…)

Local star returns for film screening

Local star returns for film screening

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Dusan Brown and his family recently returned to Chicago for a special screening of the movie “42.” Brown makes his big screen debut in the movie, which is about baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s life as the first African American to play for a major league baseball(…)

K.A.M. gala features “42”

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel’s annual fundraiser will feature a preview of a future Hyde Park restaurant and a visit to 53rd Street newcomer Harper Theater. K.A.M.’s new rabbi, Frederick Reeves, will attend. Reeves previously served as associate rabbi at The Temple in Atlanta. Matthias Merges will serve food similar to what(…)

AG Raoul? Not so fast

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13), is interested in the Illinois’ Attorney General seat, but he’s focusing on the job he has now. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that Raoul had hopes of taking the seat if its current occupant, Lisa Madigan, decides to run for governor. “There are people who(…)

Hyde Park mom takes on CPS

Hyde Park mom takes on CPS

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer A Hyde Park parent and blogger who goes by the name of Southside CPS Mom has launched a blog called Chicago Public Fools. She said she chose the title, which is a parody of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), to grab the attention of both parents and CPS administrators. Southside(…)