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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(…)