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A dancer’s dream comes true

A dancer’s dream comes true

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Over 170 dancers will make up this year’s Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) “Nutcracker” performance, but one performer in particular is especially excited to have the opportunity to be in the show. Ladonna Freidheim has a minor disability, but it comes with physical limitations. Freidheim trained to be a(…)

New Hyde Park dog walking service has track app

New Hyde Park dog walking service has track app

By SUMMER DIAB Herald Intern On Oct. 1, a new business opened up in Hyde Park called Hyde Bark Dog Walking. The service uses an app called Pet Check Technology™ to enhance efficiency and clients’ peace of mind. LeAnna Quartuccio, owner of Hyde Bark Dog Walking, 5445 S. Harper Ave., said she always dreamed of(…)

Hyde Park photo group featured at Great Frame Up

Hyde Park photo group featured at Great Frame Up

By SUMMER DIAB Intern The Hyde Park Photo Study Group has been selected as December’s Artist of the Month at The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St. Hyde Park Photo Study Group is made up of 11 retired professional photographers: Clara Carson, Paul Carson, Charles Fischer, Mark Gelula, William Hammett, Robin Heiss, Jerlyn Maloy,(…)

Chicago Elite Classic hosts breakfast of champions

Chicago Elite Classic hosts breakfast of champions

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer On Saturday morning, Dec. 5, businessmen, politicians and some of the top athletes from across country gathered to host “the 2015 Chicago Elite Classic Breakfast of Champions,” held at the Hyatt Regency downtown. “There will be thousands of people coming to watch and see these young men play,” said Kurt(…)

Berwanger only Heisman trophy winner from school in Illinois

Berwanger only Heisman trophy winner from school in Illinois

By TOM EMERY Special Contributor Quick: How many Heisman Trophy winners have come from schools in the state of Illinois? Answer: Only one. And not from the schools you may think. The sole Heisman winner from a college football team in Illinois is Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago, who received the first Heisman(…)

Kenwood Broncos start basketball season with wins

Kenwood Broncos start basketball season with wins

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Broncos Madness a huge hit On a cold Saturday night, Nov. 21, at Kenwood Academy High School, a standing room only crowd of 1,000 plus fans packed the gymnasium to witness the start of the basketball season for the Kenwood Broncos Boys Varsity Basketball Team. “It’s Midnight Madness,” said Zion(…)

Hales fall to Hilcrest in season opener

Hales fall to Hilcrest in season opener

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In their first game of the 2015-16 season, the Hales Franciscan Spartans fell to the Hillcrest Hawks 83-50, in a blow out loss at the Chicago Heights Classic held at Bloom Township High School on Monday night, Nov. 23. “We’ve lost five senior starters from last years team,” said Gary(…)

School News

School News

A special celebration at The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave. Community members, students, faculty and friends of The Ancona School are invited to the second annual Ancona Day, Sunday Dec. 6, from noon-3 p.m. on the new Outdoor Learning Space. The event will feature games, entertainment, food and hot chocolate. Register for the event(…)

University of Chicago Updates

University of Chicago Updates

Renaissance Society celebrates centennial The Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., is celebrating its one hundredth year in existence with an exhibition titled, “Let Us Celebrate While Youth Lingers And Ideas Flow, Archives 1915-2015.” The exhibition, which is based at Midway Studios, 929 E. 60th St., but also extends to the Renaissance Society’s headquarters on(…)

Hales hosts “Midnight Madness” Game

Hales hosts “Midnight Madness” Game

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer To kick-off its 2015 basketball season, Hales Franciscan High School students, faculty and alumni teamed up to host its annual fundraiser event “Spartan’s Midnight Madness.” “We gathered here tonight for a special occasion to celebrate our tradition in basketball, while raising money for a good cause,” said Matthew Humphreys, former(…)

Obama Foundation chair speaks at charter gala

Obama Foundation chair speaks at charter gala

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer and Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) were only a few of the notable guests at a University of Chicago Charter School Gala, Saturday, Nov. 21, at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., in which Obama(…)

Holiday hunger relief programs

Holiday hunger relief programs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s that time of year where we indulge in second helpings and treat dessert as its own meal, but the abundance of delicious food for the holidays is not always the case for everyone. The hunger programs of Hyde Park work year round to ensure community members in need get(…)

A Hyde Park star is born

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While most kids are learning multiplication and playing hide and seek, 8-year-old Grier Burke of Hyde Park is balancing school with her professional acting career. From Nov. 25 through Jan. 3, Burke will appear in the holiday production, “A Christmas Story”, directed by Nick Bowling at the Paramount Theatre in(…)

School ratings change, still good standing

School ratings change, still good standing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) recently released its yearly rating of its schools, known as the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) for 2015. The ratings are 1+, 1, 2+, 2 and 3, from highest to lowest. Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., received the highest score of a level(…)

School News

School News

There will be a Dyett High School community meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the Coleman Building, 4655 S. Dearborn St. The Teachers for Social Justice will be hosting a Curriculum Fair from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Ray Elementary School,(…)

Hales Franciscan High School sports teams on the rise

Hales Franciscan High School sports teams on the rise

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Hyde Park Herald With over 50 years of sports history on Chicago’s South Side, Hales Franciscan High School has produced one of the most successful athletic programs in the state of Illinois (17 League Titles, 16 State Regional Titles, 8 State Sectional Titles, 6 State Super-Sectional Titles, 3 State Titles and 2 Chicago Catholic League(…)