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OI links past and present

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute is prepping for its Aug. 20 opening of the “Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins” exhibit. The show includes photos of Hyde Park residents and compares the work they do now to its origins. “We’re making connections between the ancient world and the modern world,”(…)

Local youth dreams of big leagues

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Eleven young Hyde Parkers are headed to Puerto Rico for a baseball tournament. “The Lou Collier Baseball Stars,” a team comprising two nine-year-olds, an eight-year-old and eight 10-year-olds, is at the top of one of the American Amateur Baseball Congress’ American regions, and will face off against nine other champion(…)

Popcorn lady files Metra complaint

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Gloria Henderson, former owner of Glorious Confectionery, a popcorn shop once located at 1551 E. 51st St., filed a complaint June 20 with the Circuit Court of Cook County against her onetime landlord, Metra. Henderson, whose five-year lease for the space located under Metra’s train tracks ended April(…)

We won justice before. We can win it again.

By Tim Black People refer to him simply as “Trayvon.” As if we knew him personally. We identify so closely with him and with his parents. We think of Trayvon as a beloved young son of the entire African American people. His anguished parents displayed great dignity throughout the trial. Around our kitchen tables, it’s(…)

Montgomery Place and the CCRC Structure

By Andrew Holzman Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Drive, is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). CCRCs address the entire process of aging, from complete independence graduating to acute care, in one facility. Outside of CCRCs, there are probably about as many living options available specifically to seniors as there are to the general population,(…)

What’s a Village: Villages in The Context of Existing State Bureaucracy

By Andrew Holzman The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV), one of the three organizations hosting me as I write this column series, is the local product of a national movement. Throughout the United States, you can find “villages,” groups of seniors who have come together to help each other age actively. Members of a village(…)

Wall demo will leave vacuum

Wall demo will leave vacuum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The graffiti wall on 53rd Street has been an artistic outlet and medium for a generation of Hyde Park and South Side artists. The wall, along with the Mobil gas station and car wash, 1330 E. 53rd St., will be demolished later this summer to make way for a 13-story(…)

Interim at Ray resigns old post

Interim at Ray resigns old post

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School’s Interim Principal Antonia “Toni” Hill resigned from her position as principal of Pershing East Elementary School. Pershing East was consolidated with Pershing West Elementary School and its local school council is searching for a new principal to lead its expanded pre-k through 8th grade curriculum. Hill(…)