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Missing person report

Missing person report

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A 39-year-old woman in the area is missing. Jennifer McNair was last seen, Wednesday, Nov. 30 on the 5600 block of South Martin Luther King Dr. McNair is black, has a dark complexion, brown eyes and a heart tattoo on her left arm. She is 5-foot-8-inches tall, 220 pounds and(…)

Obama Foundation presents presidential center to Montgomery Place

Obama Foundation presents presidential center to Montgomery Place

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Residents in Hyde Park and other surrounding neighborhoods are excited for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC), which is slated to be built in Jackson Park. The Obama Foundation, met with senior citizens, Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Montgomery Place, 5500 S. South Shore Dr., to discuss the center. The library is(…)

Pro-Life protestors challenge Planned Parenthood President

Pro-Life protestors challenge Planned Parenthood President

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer As Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, presented a lecture, Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the University of Chicago School of Law Laird Bell Law Quadrangle, 1111 E. 60th St., a small group of pro-life protestors lined the sidewalk outside the building to confront Richards. The group,(…)

McCormick hosts AIDS summit

McCormick hosts AIDS summit

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The McCormick Theological Seminary’s Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies is hosting its 12th annual HIV/AIDS Clergy and Lay Leadership Summit on Saturday, Dec. 3. The summit, titled, “Body Sacredness: Sexuality and the Church in 35 Years of HIV/AIDS,” will take place at the McCormick Theological Seminary,(…)

Home demolition on Woodlawn Avenue exposes landmark designation default

Home demolition on Woodlawn Avenue exposes landmark designation default

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A recent demolition on Woodlawn Ave. is shedding light on an important issue for homeowners in the area, that landmark protection is absent for the majority of homes on Woodlawn Ave., between 55th and 58th streets. The historic house at 5549 S. Woodlawn Ave. has now completely been demolished. The(…)

Art event in Hyde Park homes a longstanding tradition

Art event in Hyde Park homes a longstanding tradition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 45 years, the first weekend in December has offered a chance for art enthusiasts to enjoy local art in a Hyde Park home at the annual Open Art House. According to the Hyde Park Herald’s archives, a group of members from the Reynold’s Club craft class decided to show(…)

HP Community Players perform “The Lady’s Not for Burning”

HP Community Players perform “The Lady’s Not for Burning”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a successful 2015-16 season, the Hyde Park Community Players (HPCP) will be performing their first fully-staged production of the 2016-17 season in two back-to-back weekends for the showing of “The Lady’s Not for Burning.” Written by Christopher Fry, “The Lady’s Not for Burning” takes place in 15th century England(…)

Ald. Sophia King reflects on half a year in office

Ald. Sophia King reflects on half a year in office

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since taking office about seven months ago, Ald. Sophia King (4th) is heading into the Feb. 28 special election with her accomplishments in tow in hopes of proving to 4th Ward constituents that she is the best person for the job. King said the main thing she has done since(…)

HP  mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

HP  mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Dr. Hema Pokharna has been teaching Nonviolent Communication for 21 years on Monday nights at Regents Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. She teaches the practices of Marshall Rosenberg, who created Nonviolent Communication teachings in the 1960s. The practice of Nonviolent Communication can help foster a peaceful response rather than(…)

First annual Chicago Podcast Festival launched in HP

First annual Chicago Podcast Festival launched in HP

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The first annual podcast festival in the City of Chicago was held Thursday night, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19 at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. A podcast is a digital media file that is made available to stream on the Internet. Listeners are then able to download(…)

“Shared Eye” latest exhibit at Renaissance Society

“Shared Eye” latest exhibit at Renaissance Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The latest exhibition at the Renaissance Society, 5811 S. University Ave., explores imagery and ambiguity through mixed-media pieces. At first glance, the work of “Shared Eye” may seem like a collage of unintentional objects, but New York-based artist, Sadie Benning, had a specific idea for the composition of each and(…)

CPS to reinstate Safe Passage program at Shoesmith

CPS to reinstate Safe Passage program at Shoesmith

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The lack of Safe Passage workers at Shoesmith Elementary School was part of the discussion during its local school council (LSC) meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16. According to school officials, Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., has not had Safe Passage workers for the school for about a year and a half.(…)

Christmas around the world exhibit opens at MSI

Christmas around the world exhibit opens at MSI

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry kicked off the holidays by opening its Christmas Around the World and the Holidays of Light exhibit, Thursday, Nov. 17. The exhibit showcases more than 50 decorated trees surrounded by a 45-foot-tall “Grand Tree” wrapped in 30,000 twinkling lights. Today, the Grand Tree was(…)

CPS to reinstate Safe Passage program at Shoesmith

CPS to reinstate Safe Passage program at Shoesmith

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The lack of Safe Passage workers at Shoesmith Elementary School was part of the discussion during its local school council (LSC) meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16. According to school officials, Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., has not had Safe Passage workers for the school for about a year and a half.(…)

Mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

Mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hema Pokharna has been teaching Nonviolent Communication for 21 years on Monday nights at Regents Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. She teaches the practices of Marshall Rosenberg, who created Nonviolent Communication teachings in the 1960s. The practice of Nonviolent Communication can help foster a peaceful response rather than a(…)

Korean War Veteran impacts African American history

Korean War Veteran impacts African American history

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writers As a civil rights leader, a Korean War Veteran, an educator and an advocate for social justice, Hyde Park resident James W. Johnson has impacted so many lives throughout his illustrious career. Now a retired professor of history from the University of Alabama A & M, Johnson has influenced students, politicians,(…)

Mobile tattoo shop offers free airbrush tattoos

Mobile tattoo shop offers free airbrush tattoos

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Chicago Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., is hosting a free airbrush tattoo event in Hyde Park tonight from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The mobile tattoo shop is on Lake Park West Avenue between 53rd and 54th streets, steps away from The Promontory. The goal of the(…)

Rowdy Halloween night results in damage

Rowdy Halloween night results in damage

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last week’s “Halloween Purge” on Monday, Oct. 31, resulted in arrests, damaged vehicles and mobs of young people taking over the streets of Hyde Park. According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), 10 juvenile arrests were made on Halloween night, including three (two females and one male) for disorderly conduct,(…)

Target opens in Hyde Park

Target opens in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Target had its official grand opening on Sunday, Nov. 6, after a soft opening last week. After an announcement in March that a Target would be the core retailer of the Vue53 development, 1330 E. 53rd St., the Target Corporation held two hiring events at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015(…)