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Lauranita Taylor Dugas, 88

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, 88

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, Hyde Park educator and social advocate, died on May 20, 2015. She was 88. Dugas worked for the Head Start Program, the State of Illinois’ Institute for Juvenile Research and for the Chicago Child Care Society as a supervising teacher for 25 years until her retirement. Dugas chaired the Jones-Swift Scholarship fund(…)

Ephraim Miller, 84

Ephraim Miller, 84

Ephraim Miller, a Hyde Park resident throughout the 1970s and 1980s, passed away the morning of May 28, in Beaverton, Ore. Miller was born to Russian, Jewish immigrant parents on Sept. 8, 1930, in New York City. From New York, Miller traveled to Boston to study chemical engineering at MIT. While in Boston working as(…)

Prashant Bhargava, 42

Prashant Bhargava, 42

Prashant Bhargava, an acclaimed filmmaker and commercial director known for revealing the extraordinary in the ordinary, died on May 15, 2015, at the age of 42. Bhargava was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, his work grounded in its rhythms and spaces. The 1990 Kenwood Academy graduate described himself as “one of(…)

Raul Hinojosa, 86

Raul Hinojosa, 86

Dr. Raul Hinojosa died peacefully at the age of 86 in his beautiful home named “El Paraiso” – Paradise – in the state of Morelos, Mexico, where he spent winters with his wife and visiting family and friends. At his side were his son Jorge and wife Berta of 62 years. Dr. Hinojosa had been(…)

Health, gardens, ratings in school news

Health, gardens, ratings in school news

Parent health seminar at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. Murray Elementary School will be the host of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Network 9 Parent Health Seminar. The network formed the parent health seminar to promote healthy living for families on the South Side. Parents are invited to learn more about how to(…)

Thanks to all our volunteers of Hyde Park Garden Fair

To the Editor: On behalf of all the members of the Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee, and the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, I’m writing to express our thanks to our loyal volunteers and shoppers at the 56th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair on May 15 and 16. Thanks also, to the Herald for the recent photo(…)

South Shore sees most of 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money

South Shore sees most of 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Most of the 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money was allocated to South Shore, according to a public document published online. The document contains a list of each ward’s 2014 menu money allocations as of March 11, 2015, according to a city official consulted by the Herald. Each year, every alderman(…)

Herman Cohn: businessman and much more

Herman Cohn: businessman and much more

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Passers by may have spotted Herman Cohn on any Thursday afternoon savoring his favorite dish, chicken pot pie, at Valois Restaurant, 1518 E. 53rd St. Joined on occasion by some of the city’s esteemed politicians, business people and, of course, our President, Herman Cohn has been a regular at this(…)

Midway Park advisory council officials elected

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After two failed attempts, a meeting held at Midway Plaisance, on Wednesday, May 27, saw the election of officials for a Midway Park Advisory Council (PAC). Bronwyn Nichols-Lodato was named president, Don McGruder was named vice president and Radiah Smith-Donald was assigned treasurer. Bylaws were discussed, voted on and submitted,(…)

LGBTQ exhibit at Regenstein Library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit shows the University of Chicago and Hyde Park have long been home to a sometimes visible, sometimes closeted LGBTQ community. Curated by U. of C. Ph.D. candidate Lauren Stokes and alum Monica Mercado, “Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles” takes place through June 12 in the Special Collections Research(…)

Chamber of commerce to host Hyde Park Brew Fest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is inviting Hyde Parkers to drink beer outdoors this weekend. The first-ever Hyde Park Brew Fest will take place Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, in the parking lot behind BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. A beer garden will be open from noon(…)

Review: “The Herd”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June14 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In the hands of a lesser company than Steppenwolf Theatre, the U.S. premiere of actor-playwright Rory Kinnear’s first play, “The Herd,” might come across as just another dysfunctional family drama. But director Frank(…)

Architect, Patricia O’Donnell, talks on Jackson Park in Russian conference

The Obama Library isn’t the only South Side attraction getting global attention: World-famous landscape architect Patricia O’Donnell is scheduled to give a talk on Jackson Park in Russia next month. O’Donnell, principal at Vermont-based Heritage Landscapes LLC, will discuss the park at the 52nd World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects in St.(…)

Harper Avenue to be renamed for Oscar Brown Jr.

Harper Avenue to be renamed for Oscar Brown Jr.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A section of South Harper Avenue will be named after poet, playwright, activist and South Side native Oscar Brown Jr. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, Harper Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd streets, will be cordoned off to allow for a street naming ceremony. Brown’s daughters, Maggie Brown and(…)

Hales struggles, Kenwood enters new building in school news

Hales struggles, Kenwood enters new building in school news

Sinking enrollment may mean the end for Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. A dramatic drop in enrollment due to population decline in Chicago, a slow recovery from the economic recession and increased competition from selective enrollment and charter schools has had an adverse effect on Hales Franciscan, according to Principal Nichole(…)

Runners need to be mindful of walkers

To the Editor: Does the Hyde Park community realize that the proliferation of joggers on sidewalks has become a safety hazard? Yes. Ask a local resident about leaving a store and almost being run down by a guy or gal in short  shorts. It has become a very common occurrence. When stepping out of a business or(…)