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Closures in Hyde Park result from university threat

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following an online threat of a shooting at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) that surfaced last night, some Hyde Park businesses and schools shut their doors today for safety concerns. U. of C. announced last night that all classes and campus activates would be cancelled on Monday due(…)

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus to perform at Parker’s

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) will stop at Parker’s, A Natural Dog & Cat Market, 1342 E. 55th St., to perform selections from its holiday show “Miracle on Thirty-Funk Street!” Parker’s store manager Michael Sheets, a member of the chorus along with assistant store manager(…)

Report states UIC student responsible for threats of gun violence

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Illinois at Chicago released a statement, Monday, Nov. 30, at around noon, which said that one of its students living off-campus had been arrested as part of the FBI investigation into threats made against students and staff at University of Chicago (U. of C.) No threats were(…)

HPSD takes the stage for 13th year

By ALLISON MATYUS Once a year, the lights at the Mandel Hall dim, the curtains open and the Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) entertains the audience with their spectacular performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The 13th annual performance promises a holiday show to wow the community, and this year is no exception. From Dec.(…)

Diversity discussion at U. of C. Laboratory School

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Lab) opened up the conversation about diversity and the importance of understanding the role it plays in the educational space during a Diversity Advisory Committee meeting, Nov. 16, at Earl Shapiro Hall, 5800 S. Stony Island Ave. “We need to engage in that conversation(…)

Q&A with Hyde Park Author

By SUMMER DIAB Intern Hyde Park resident Latoya Nicole Benson recently self-published her inspirational book “Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Purpose: 21 Ways to Walk Boldly Into the Life You Were Created to Live.” She spoke to the Herald about her own experience of taking extraordinary steps to create the life she envisioned for herself as(…)

Makeover for 55th St.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members, business owners and University of Chicago representatives gathered last Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Catholic Theological Seminary, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., to hear the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) plans for the future of 55th Street. The presentation was the third in a series of meetings aimed at(…)

Mitchell and Lu discuss paid leave bill

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) talked about the pressing issue for paid leave for employees, Nov. 19, at a panel discussion with Deputy Labor Secretary, Chris Lu. Lu and Mitchell discussed the importance of paid leave with a group of politicians, nonprofit organizations and employees at Honey Butter Fried Chicken(…)

Teachers question interview process for principal evaluation at Murray

By Summer Diab Intern Teachers at Murray Elementary School questioned the interview process for principal evaluation, Nov. 21, during the school’s annual state of the school address and local school council (LSC) meeting. Every four years the LSC has to vote on whether it wants to renew the contract of its current principal or search for(…)

Ray braces for funding cuts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ray Elementary School Principal Megan Thole spoke to a group of concerned parents, Nov. 19, in the school’s cafeteria about the possible financial implications of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) continuing budget woes. “There is a budget deficit and it is scary and it is real,” Thole said at the outset(…)

Small business Saturday shopping in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Black Friday, shoppers rush to the big chain and department stores offering discounts on TVs, clothing and electronics. On Small Business Saturday, shoppers are able to support their community businesses by shopping locally…and without the stampeding crowds. The Southeast Chicago Commission (SECC), along with Bank of America and Downtown(…)

Trauma care activists meet at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A group of Trauma Care Coalition (TCC) activists currently banned from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) campus risked arrest last Wednesday, Nov. 18, when they held a teach-in in the basement of the university’s Stuart Hall, 5835 S. Greenwood Ave. The activists in question were barred from the(…)

Thursday Thanksgiving potluck

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host its 3rd Annual Hyde Park Community Thanksgiving Potluck on Thursday, Nov. 26. From 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., everyone from the community is welcome to join in on a Thanksgiving Day celebration inside the church’s Gorder Hall.(…)

Volunteers needed for Chicago Free School care package project

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As the winter cold season is approaching, now, more than ever, is the time to help the 2,000 homeless youth of Chicago. On Saturday, Nov. 21, students, teachers and families from the Chicago Free School, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will gather at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park to(…)

HPNC creates scholarship fund

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Today, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., announced the establishment of a scholarship fund that will assist children enrolled in its after-school program. A challenge grant from the Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Smith Fund at the Chicago Community Trust of $25,000 made it possible for HPNC(…)

Teacher curriculum fair at Kenwood

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Teachers for Social Justice will host a curriculum fair at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. This is the 14th year of the curriculum event that includes exhibits and workshops. The main goal for the annual event is for(…)

Einstein Bros. Bagels opens on Monday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Einstein Bros. Bagels officially opens its doors in its Harper Court location Nov. 23. The bagel and coffee chain will be open daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Over 50 employees have been hired locally to work at the storefront at 5225 S. Harper Ct. Gary Pahl, the brand(…)

Hyde Park writers group formed

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The act of writing is a solitude act between the writer, the pen and the paper but local group Indie City Writers are trying to change that for South Side authors. The weekly group that is made up of diverse writers meets to create, refine, share and learn about their(…)

Tellabration returns

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Storytelling is so much more than “once upon a times” and “happily ever afters.” The art of modern storytelling is captivating an audience with the spoken word and going through that journey in the story with the orator. The 19th Annual Tellabration will celebrate these storytellers on Nov. 22 at(…)

CPS gives Kenwood top rating

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School was one of only two open enrollment neighborhood Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in the high school category to receive the highest score of level 1+ on school quality in 2015. CPS releases its School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) report once a year and recently announced the(…)