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Don Willard, 73

Don Willard, 73

Hyde Park resident Don Willard passed away peacefully in his home on July 12, 2015, surrounded by family. The glioblastoma brain tumor that took his life was discovered on May 3. Willard was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1942. He served with the US Air Force, graduated from Boston College in 1968 and came to(…)

Washington Park stand is growing

Washington Park stand is growing

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Washington Park Farm Stand, where neighborhood high school students grow all the plants and produce, has returned this summer. The Washington Park Farm Stand, which is sponsored by the Chicago Botanic Garden and Windy City Harvest Markets, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct.(…)

Jackson Park restoration moving

Jackson Park restoration moving

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern The restoration of Jackson Park continues steadily, with the first phase of restoration complete and the second in progress. Managed by a partnership between the Chicago Park District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the ecological restoration aims to revitalize the park’s various habitats and populations of native species.(…)

A 40-year-old apology to David Axelrod

A 40-year-old apology to David Axelrod

By Cheryl Kravitz Sometimes things take awhile. Saying “you were right” is one of them. I peaked pretty young. I started working as a journalist at the age of 18 on the South Side of Chicago, best known for Bad Boy Leroy Brown, Barack Obama, and, in many circles, David Axelrod. By the age of(…)

Locals report on aging conference

Locals report on aging conference

Editor’s note: Members of the Hyde Park Older Women’s League (OWL) and Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) wrote this letter sharing their thoughts on this year’s White House Conference on Aging. The White House Conference on Aging is held every 10 years. This year it was held in Washington, D.C., on July 13 and streamed(…)

Silver Room brings adult storytelling tradition to Hyde Park

Silver Room brings adult storytelling tradition to Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The art of storytelling has long been passed down within African culture as a means to share rich oral history. Later, storytelling passed onto Blacks in America, who utilized the oral traditions to transcend the harsh conditions of slavery and give voice to the struggles and triumphs they faced on(…)

Hip-Hop pastor Julian DeShazier wins Emmy

Hip-Hop pastor Julian DeShazier wins Emmy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Local pastor and hip-hop artist Julian DeShazier, also known by his stage-name ‘J.Kwest,’ recently won an Emmy for his role in a short film commemorating the 75th anniversary of the classic Billie Holliday song “Strange Fruit.” In late June, DeShazier was one of a team of filmmakers that received an(…)

Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

Iowa Pavilion restoration pulls neighborhood together

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Monday evening’s storm brought an abrupt halt to the Jackson Park Advisory Council’s annual potluck picnic, but not before the community had a chance to come together, socialize and celebrate the progress that has been made in the last year towards restoring parks and recreational spaces throughout Hyde Park and(…)