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At 95, he keeps his stride

At 95, he keeps his stride

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “Do you see 1340? Keep looking,” Taylor Lucy, owner of Mr T’s Shoe Services, 1007 E. 53rd St., told a customer scanning shelves full of numbered bags of shoes. No dice. Lucy went to the back of his store and found the black shoes with clear heels. “I see it!(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park–Kenwood Community Action Council elected its first official board members at its June 25 meeting. The newly elected leaders will take office on July 1. Denise Hill, mother of two Ray Elementary School students and a youth ministry leader, and LaKeisha Hamilton, Ray and Kenwood Academy High(…)

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Safety in Jackson Park is the focus of renewed attention after a shooting there last Sunday that killed one man and wounded another. Last Monday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) held a meeting at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive, attended by 3rd District Cmdr. James Jones and 2nd District Sgt.(…)

U. of C. official discusses university bid for Obama library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U. of C. Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas detailed the university’s bid for the Obama library at Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) monthly meeting last week, touting the benefits of a mid-South Side location but cautioning that the competition from New York was considerable. The University of Chicago submitted(…)

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Hyde Park mother is organizing a city-wide art show to raise the profile of childhood cancer. Tracey Harmon is the founder of Naomi’s Fund, a non-profit named for her daughter, who died at age 8 in 2010 of an undifferentiated sarcoma after three years of remission. The group received(…)

New 53rd Street SSA starts with a wish list

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Researching future programs proved the main subject at the third monthly meeting for the commissioners of the Special Service Area No. 61 for Hyde Park, last Wednesday, June 25. Potential projects include adding a free trolley to run throughout the SSA footprint, starting an urban garden and branding the(…)

South Shore Opera Company presents sizzling concert

South Shore Opera Company presents sizzling concert

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It was a generous evening of music when the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago presented their free June concert in the spacious Paul Robeson Theater. This gleaming hall is one of the many gorgeous rooms in the South Shore Cultural Center where the SSOCC is an arts and(…)

Gerald Ratner dead at 100

U. of C. benefactor and law school alum Gerald Ratner died last Friday, June 20, at the age of 100. Ratner, who advised the politically-influential, billionaire Crown family on legal matters, gave the U. of C. $15 million toward its $51 million gym, which was completed in 2003 and named after him. In 2006, he(…)