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Local music director to lead University Chorus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mollie Stone was named the acting assistant conductor of the University of Chicago’s University Chorus. She will be directing the University Chorus Winter Concert, which will take place in March. Stone received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 2001, her master’s degree in conducting from Westminster Choir College(…)

Reagan apts. slated for teardown

Reagan apts. slated for teardown

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago filed for a permit on December 27 to demolish the home where former President Ronald Reagan briefly lived as a child. The building is rated orange under the City of Chicago Historic Resources Survey, meaning it may have some noteworthy history or architectural value to keep(…)

Harper builder McHugh helping

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Sharon Carney, of Carney Cleaning Service, partnered with McHugh Construction to help give back through out the whole month of December. Carney said McHugh, the lead construction company at the Harper Court development, donated over 300 turkeys to area churches, donated gloves, hats and scarves for HIV patients at Provident(…)

Kilwins opens, invents Hyde Park dessert

Kilwins opens, invents Hyde Park dessert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Kilwins has begun offering its sweet treats in time for the holidays. The chocolate and candy shop opened its doors last week. Owner and Hyde Parker Jackie Jackson celebrated the soft opening of her second Kilwins store location in Chicago, at 5226 S. Harper St., on Saturday, Dec. 22. “We(…)

Hyde Park Records brings DJs to the neighborhood

Hyde Park Records brings DJs to the neighborhood

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St., has been spinning wax in-house for the last few months. Kevin Jones said Hyde Park’s only record store has been giving professional and amateur DJs an opportunity to spin tracks in the store to help promote their work. On Saturday, Dec. 22, Chicago-born(…)

Theaster Gates to rehab Stony Island bank

Theaster Gates to rehab Stony Island bank

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago coordinator of arts programming Theaster Gates is expected to take ownership of the former Southmoor Bank and Trust just south of Hyde Park next month. The Chicago City Council is expected to approve transferring the title for the vacant bank at the January City Council meeting, said(…)

Hope Church comes to K.A.M.

Hope Church comes to K.A.M.

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Churches are a prominent fixture in Hyde Park, where steeples peer above the neighborhood’s low-rise apartments and foliage-lined streets. Yet what may be the neighborhood’s newest church, might also be its hardest to spot. The non-denominational Hope Church of Chicago — a Black South Side congregation numbering fewer(…)

Conference funds history project

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Hyde Park Historical Society has received a $500 grant from the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC). The money will be used to support the Society’s oral history project, which has begun a new effort to preserve the story of the conference and its community. Kathy Huff, a(…)

U. of C. student wins programming prize

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A fourth-year University of Chicago student took top honors at the Illinois Technology Association’s third annual Fall Challenge. Bill Waldrep, who is also a member of the U. of C. computer programming team, took home a $5,000 prize. The Fall Challenge is a tournament for students at Illinois universities to(…)

Local teachers get Oppenheimers

Teachers from five schools in Hyde Park and Bronzeville neighborhoods were awarded the 2013 Oppenheimer Family Foundation Teacher Incentive Grants. Each year the Oppenheimer Family Foundation awards grants to selected Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers, administrators, counselors and social workers. The grants, which can be up to $2,000 each, go to support creative educational opportunities(…)

Natural, local oils for the body

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park mother and entrepreneur Sarah Thompson calls it her “gift to the neighborhood.” Thompson’s preservative-free lotion, My Body Garden, is one she has been making from scratch for years at her neighborhood home. She hopes to start selling it to the community starting early next year at(…)

Goodsell leaving after 30 years

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After 30 years at Hyde Park Bank Tim Goodsell is heading for greener pastures. Literally, he’s going to learn to train horses in Michigan. The Hyde Park Bank board director, who spent most of the last three decades as the bank president, is leaving after Wednesday. “I’ve arranged with a(…)

Unitarians hold green fundraiser

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor A holiday season fundraiser sale will take place at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, and from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Dubbed the “Green Holidayze Bazaar,” it features such items as books,(…)

CAPS dates for 2013 still not set

The 2nd District police department has yet to announce when next year’s Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) beat meetings will take place. The CAPS program’s $3.5 million funding will be axed under the 2013 Chicago budget. Despite the cuts, 2nd District spokesperson Felicia Square told the Herald Nov. 3 that its CAPS beat meetings —(…)

Dining hall shut down

The Chicago Department of Public Health ordered the U. of C. to shut down Cathey Dining Hall, Thursday, Nov. 28, after the cafeteria failed a follow-up health inspection the same day. A department report from Nov. 20 cited “40-45 small flies,” “75-100 mice droppings” and an “outside garbage area not properly maintained” featuring “excessive” grease,(…)

Cerf Hill brings science to her art at HPAC

By BY DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Among the recently opened exhibits at the Hyde Park Art Center is work by Chicago artist Bette Cerf Hill, an installation of paintings and string drawings. The exhibit “String Theory” will be on display in the center’s entrance area through February. “String Theory” is a collaboration of work(…)