Funding sought for 57th Street mural

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Donations to the 57th Street Underpass Mural Project, which entails the installation of panel mosaics in the west underpass connecting Jackson Park to the Museum of Science and Industry, could receive a partly matching contribution by 3Arts, a Chicago non-profit organization promoting area artists. The project will obtain(…)

Players have a new complex

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players (HPCP) have collaborated with the University of Chicago Classical Entertainment Society to present their first play together “Oedipus! The Musical!” “It’s Mel Brooks writing a parody of Oedipus with songs by Weird Al Yankovic,” said writer John Poole. The show is a modern parody of(…)

Harper Avenue shooting leaves one dead, one injured

The Chicago Police Department is reporting one man dead and another injured following a shooting inside an apartment building in the 5200 block of South Harper Avenue last night after midnight. At approximately 12:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, two males were standing in a hallway in an apartment building when they were approached by a third(…)

Hairston releases sample ballot for participatory budget vote

Hairston releases sample ballot for participatory budget vote

A sample ballot for ward improvement items to be selected by popular vote by 5th Ward residents was released this afternoon. On it are items that were presented at the recent expo days, ranging from mural creation to bike lanes to street repair. Residents can visit http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/137989948?access_key=key-2o71qhtv7mbi5feftt97 to see a complete list of the range(…)

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

Neighborhood pleads Canter’s case at final CPS hearing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) held its final hearing for Canter Middle School Wednesday evening. Representatives from CPS made the case for why the school should be closed and community members and local elected officials made the case for why the school should remain open. Canter Middle School, 4959 S.(…)

Voting on 5th Ward budget begins

Voting on 5th Ward budget begins

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Participatory budgeting has been well received in the Fifth Ward, but it may be a few years before it becomes a household name. Maria Hadden, project coordinator for The Participatory Budgeting Project, said about 35 people arrived to the first participatory budgeting expo on April 10 at the Gary Comer(…)

Bus route change strands Lake Park group

Bus route change strands Lake Park group

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern A change to a Hyde Park bus route has some residents, including Ald. Will Burns (4th), worried. Service on the No. 28 bus, which travels south on Lake Park Avenue, has been restricted between 47th and 55th streets. As it stands, the bus turns onto 51st Street instead of continuing(…)

Hillel chooses new director

Hillel chooses new director

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Newberger Hillel, 5715 S. Woodlawn Ave., has a permanent executive director for the first time in a year. Andrea Hoffman has been the interim executive director since September, but accepted the job permanently in March. Hoffman has been working with the Hillel Foundation at both the national and local levels(…)