News In Brief

Kenwood food drive Friday

The Kenwood Academy Music Department is hosting a Thanksgiving concert and food drive. Performances by the concert choir and jazz band will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Kenwood Academy High School Auditorium, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The music department is asking community members to bring a bag of at least(…)

DuSable gets honorary street

The City of Chicago designated Payne Drive as Honorary Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Way during a special ceremony Thursday morning at The DuSable Museum of African American History. Payne Drive, from East Rainey Drive to eastbound Midway Plaisance, will be known as Honorary Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Way. Carol L. Adams, president and CEO of(…)

Remembering Bert Benade

Remembering Bert Benade

The family of Bert Benade invites neighborhood residents and friends to mingle and socialize in remembrance of the late Hyde Park Historical Society board member at an open house from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, at the International House’s Home Room, 1414 E. 59th St. A podium will be open between 1 p.m.(…)

Chabad offering meals

The Rohr Chabad Center will distribute meals to seniors and residents unable to attend a family or group dinner this Thanksgiving. Featured fare will include roast turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, a dinner roll and pumpkin pie. To anonymously suggest a meal recipient, contact the Chabad Jewish Center at the University of Chicago(…)

Farmer’s market becomes year-round event

The 61st Street Farmers Market has moved indoors through the remainder of its season and will be inside the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. The market will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 14 and every fourth Saturday through April. It will be closed on Nov. 30.

Bette Cerf Hill awarded at luncheon

Bette Cerf Hill, founder of the Young Women’s Leadership School of Chicago and wife of Herald publisher Bruce Sagan, was an honoree at the 2013 Personal PAC Annual Awards Luncheon, Monday, Nov. 4. Personal PAC, a pro-choice political action committee, held the luncheon at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave., which national Planned Parenthood(…)

Ray “State of the School” on Wednesday

The Ray Elementary School “State of the School” address will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Interim Principal Toni Hill will deliver the address. The school’s local school council meeting has been rescheduled and will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Congresswoman Kelly visits Hyde Park

Congresswoman Kelly visits Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Second District Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) visited Hyde Park Monday morning for her first event in the neighborhood open to the press since being elected in April. Kelly’s weeklong Economic Development Tour focusing on businesses and jobs began at the Sip and Savor coffee shop, 5301 S. Hyde(…)

Local man charged in April murder

A Hyde Park man was charged with a murder that took place in April on the 1000 block of West 51st Street. Kevin Culverson, 21, of the 700 block of East 50th Place, was charged with first- degree murder and Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered him held on $1.5 million in the death of 15-year-old(…)

After small glitch, Jackson locked up

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Former Hyde Park Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. reported to prison last week, four days early. Jackson was ordered by the court to report to the federal correctional center in Butner, N.C., on Nov. 1. He was initially turned away when he attempted to report on Monday, Oct. 28. He was(…)

Camp Douglas subject of discussion

David Keller, managing director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation, will speak at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5229 S. Lake Park Ave. Keller will discuss the history and group’s archaeological study of the Camp Douglas civil war prison, according to the society. More than 25,000 soldiers were trained(…)

School of dance’s “Nutcracker”

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) concludes its 20th anniversary season with its annual Nutcracker performances in December. This year’s production features a record 170 dancers and, as special guests in the role of Mother Ginger, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wallace Goode. Performances are Dec. 14(…)

Police searching for shooter

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have no new information of the man who was shot on Sunday, Oct. 27. CPD said an unnamed man was shot at 8:55 p.m. Sunday on the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds, including a wound to the head. He was taken to(…)

Ray will discuss state of school

The Ray “State of the School” address will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Toni Hill, interim principal at Ray, will deliver the address. The school’s local school council meeting has been rescheduled and will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. Parents interested in sending their children to William H. Ray(…)

Hyde Park playwright to make debut

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A staged reading of selected works by a young Hyde Park playwright will take place at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. Rachel Baker, daughter of Hyde Park Community Players President Paul Baker and a junior at Coe College in(…)

Man shot Sunday on Cornell Avenue

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A man was listed in serious condition after being shot at 8:55 p.m. Sunday in the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue. An unnamed 55-year-old man sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the body, including a wound to the head, according to representatives of Chicago Police News Affairs. The victim was(…)

St. Thomas hosts architecture talk

St. Thomas hosts architecture talk

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Patrons of the arts or architecture fans may want to look to St. Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Parish. St. Thomas The Apostle recently began a lecture series on the architecture and art contained in the city’s first modern Catholic church. The next lecture in the series will focus on(…)

Murray holds open house for community

The Murray Language Academy Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is sponsoring a community open house and Scholastic Book Fair on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., will be open to the public to provide the community an opportunity to see the school. School administrators and PTO volunteers will be(…)

Red Line finally reopens

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After a five-month shut down for reconstruction the south branch of the Red Line reopened Sunday. A 10.2-mile-long stretch of tracks was completely demolished, rebuilt and replaced over a five-month period that caused riders on Chicago’s South Side to reroute via Metra, Green Line or bus services all summer. The(…)

Shoesmith sports fundraiser

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Shoesmith Elementary School is partnering with The Sports Factory Foundation to host a basketball tournament in November. The tournament is a fundraiser for extra curricular activities at the school. “Peace Movement: A 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament” will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.(…)