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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(…)

U. of C. IOP Winter Fellows

U. of C. IOP Winter Fellows

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago recently announced the list of Fellows for the upcoming Winter quarter who will participate in public forums and lead off-the-record seminars. Four of the six Fellows are veteran political strategists while two of them are journalists. The Fellows are as follows:(…)

Q and A with Kenwood Girl’s Varsity Basketball Coach Andre Lewis

Q and A with Kenwood Girl’s Varsity Basketball Coach Andre Lewis

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Hyde Park Herald Name: Andre Lewis Position: Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach School: Kenwood Academy Mascot: Broncos Conference: Windy City Central Conference Previous Record: 6-2 conference, 19-9 overall Current Record: 0-0 conference, 0-0 overall Previous Ranking: No. 9 Current Ranking: None Andre Lewis is entering his fourth season as Head Girl’s Varsity Basketball Coach of Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. During his(…)

Reavis joins CPS budget fight

Reavis joins CPS budget fight

By SUMMER DIAB Intern Reavis Elementary School will join schools in the Bronzeville neighborhood, Nov. 23, for Communication Action Day. Parents, students, teachers and community members will participate in this day of action from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at DuSable High School Campus, 4934 S. Wabash Ave., to express their concerns for the Chicago(…)

Hyde Park institutions receive IncentOvate grants

Hyde Park institutions receive IncentOvate grants

By GEORGIA GEIS Special Contributor Hyde Park’s DuSable Museum of African American History and Court Theatre have been awarded the competitive IncentOvate Program grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). The IncentOvate Program, now in its second year, provides funding for innovative new programs that highlight collaboration between cultural institutions(…)

Richard Landau, man of purpose in field of medicine, dead at 99

Richard Landau, man of purpose in field of medicine, dead at 99

For more than half a century, Richard L. Landau was a demanding professor of medicine, performing path-breaking research into the effects of human hormones and treatment of hormone-related diseases while building a world-renowned endocrinology program at the University of Chicago. Dr. Landau died Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Montgomery Place, an assisted living facility in Hyde(…)

Carol L. Browning, 79

Carol L. Browning, 79

Carol LaVeta (Kohl) Browning passed away on October 12, 2015. Browning was a longtime resident of Hyde Park, maintaining a home in the neighborhood since 1976. Browning was born in a small farm house outside Edinburgh, Illinois on January 16, 1936. She excelled academically and musically as a child, taking two grades in one year,(…)

Another great South Side Pie day

Another great South Side Pie day

By SUMMER DIAB Herald Intern The fourth year of the South Side Pie Challenge was a success and every dollar raised was donated to Hyde Park and Kenwood Hunger programs. Adults, children and college students gathered, on Nov. 7, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., to sample an array of pies.(…)

Irma Pickens

Irma Pickens

Irma Pickens, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, began her eternal rest Thursday, October 29, 2015.  She is best known as “The mastermind behind the Pickens Family!” Pickens met her husband of 56 years, jazz pianist Willie Pickens, when she was an aspiring vocalist. Willie Pickens moved to Hyde Park in 1958 from Milwaukee(…)

R&B performer makes DuSable appearance

R&B performer makes DuSable appearance

By GEORGIA GEIS Special Contributor Terisa Griffin, Chicago’s own Rhythm and Blues diva, knows something about love and loss. And it is this knowledge she pours into her latest CD, Revival of Soul. Chicago fans can celebrate with Griffin at her Pink Carpet CD release concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at DuSable Museum(…)

South Parks Workshop coming to Washington Park

South Parks Workshop coming to Washington Park

The Chicago Park District, Project 120 and Heritage Landscapes are inviting the public to a “South Parks Workshop” on Monday, Nov. 9, from 2-7 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Russell Dr., which is the colonnaded building at the center of the park. The day starts off with(…)

Historical society seeks Despres nominations

Historical society seeks Despres nominations

The Hyde Park Historical Society is seeking nominations for its annual Despres Award which is given to individuals, institutions or organizations for outstanding achievements in the preservation of Hyde Park’s architectural heritage. Any project or building within the bounds of Hyde Park Township – 35th Street to 139th Street, State Street to Lake Michigan –(…)

Broncos fall short in playoffs

Broncos fall short in playoffs

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer In the first round of the 2015 IHSA State Playoffs, the 4th seeded Kenwood Broncos fell to the 16th seeded Deerfield Warriors 49-6 on Saturday evening at Gately Stadium. “Tough loss for our guys.”said coach Jack Ramsey of Kenwood Academy. “We prepared very well for our opponent but fell short(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society seeks nominations for the 2016 Paul Cornell Award

Hyde Park Historical Society seeks nominations for the 2016 Paul Cornell Award

The Hyde Park Historical Society is currently seeking nominations for Paul Cornell Awards, named after Hyde Park Township’s founder. These awards recognize individuals and organizations whose work exemplify the values and objectives of the society: recording Hyde Park’s history, preserving Hyde Park artifacts and documents, education, and promoting public interest in Hyde Park history.  The(…)