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Wooded Island news: good and not-so-good

To the Editor: There is good news and not-such-good news about the Osaka Japanese Garden and the Wooded Island.  The good news is that it is very likely that the fence surrounding the Island and lagoon will come down sometime next month.  The not-such-good-news, depending on one’s perspective, is that the occasion for this will(…)

Celebrating the return of the nurse midwife unit at U. of C.

To the Editor: I celebrate The University of Chicago Hospitals for re-opening its nurse midwife unit this month. I was one of the pregnant and new mothers who led the protest to stop the closure of the practice 13 years ago.  I feel vindicated and elated that the University of Chicago (U. of C.) now(…)

A splendid celebration at Fantasie Nègre III

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Chicago Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1919 to promote performance opportunities for classically trained Black musicians. Later that year it became the first branch of the newly formed National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM). CMA and NANM have championed Black performers, composers and music scholars with concerts,(…)

Ann Marie Usher, 84

Ann Marie Usher, 84

Ann Marie Usher, jazz enthusiast and long-time resident of Hyde Park for over 60 years, has died. She made her transition on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Born December 19, 1931, Ann Marie graduated from Wendell Phillips High School and went on to matriculate from Chicago Teachers College. She spent over 30 years as a systems(…)

Aline Owens Young, 83

Aline Owens Young, 83

Aline Owens Young passed away on Aug. 10 from cancer in Marietta, GA. Young was born on Aug. 10, 1933 in Mobile, AL. and was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde. Young lived in Hyde Park for over 40 years and was a devoted member of the Hyde Park Historical Society. She was a(…)

Memorial service for Jane Bergman Stone

Memorial service for Jane Bergman Stone

A memorial for Jane Bergman Stone will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, in the Hyde Park apartment where she lived for some 30 years. She died on June 18, 2016, at the age of 84.  Her family invites friends and neighbors to share memories at the Newport, 4800 S. Chicago Beach(…)

Wenche Nilsen Haverkamp, 74

Wenche Nilsen Haverkamp, 74

Wenche Nilsen Haverkamp died on Sunday, July 24, of apparent complications from treatments for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She was born on November 7, 1942 in Horten, Norway, the daughter of Murray and Ingrid (Karlsen) Nilsen. At age six, she immigrated with her family to the United States, moving to Jersey City, N.J., where she lived until(…)

Rap icon tackles mental illness in new autobiography

Rap icon tackles mental illness in new autobiography

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Darryl McDaniels, one third of the groundbreaking hip hop group “Run-D.M.C., appeared Friday night, Aug. 26, at the DuSable Museum of African American History to discuss his latest autobiography “Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide.” Run-DMC came into fruition as a band in 1981 in Hollis, Queens, New York with(…)

Pockets striving for continued success in Hyde Park

Pockets striving for continued success in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Small businesses are what makes Hyde Park the unique neighborhood it is, but more and more, these independently owned businesses are struggling. So far in 2016, six of the nine storefronts that have closed were run by small business owners. Many have said it’s a struggle to compete with the(…)

NKOCCC supports Binny’s move

NKOCCC supports Binny’s move

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The North Kenwood Oakland Conservation Community Council voted last night to support Michael Binstein, owner of Binny’s Beverage Depot, as he moves forward with plans to relocate the store at 1531 E. 53rd St., which is an “Express” location, to the vacant storefront next to Ross Dress For Less at(…)

Montgomery Place celebrates 25th anniversary

Montgomery Place celebrates 25th anniversary

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Montgomery Place celebrated its 25th anniversary with a staff and resident party on Sept. 1. Staff and residents mingled while eating buffet-style lunch, enjoying entertainment from a balloon artist and magician, and played a team game of beanbag toss. “It’s a celebration of years and years of providing services, a(…)

M.A.S.K. extends supply drive, hosts kids block party

M.A.S.K. extends supply drive, hosts kids block party

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) has announced that it will extend its Back to School Fund and Supply Drive to Sept. 4 . The drive will culminate with a massive block party with food and games on 75th Street and Stewart Avenue. “We fed our kids all summer, preventing shootings,(…)