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Daschell Phillips named Herald editor

Daschell Phillips named Herald editor

Gabriel Piemonte, editor of the Hyde Park Herald for the past 9 years, has resigned to pursue other personal interests. Daschell M. Phillips has been named the new editor. Phillips has worked at the Herald for almost a decade and created and covered the schools beat. The staff changes were announced by Publisher Bruce Sagan(…)

Be sure to join in the 4th on 53rd Parade this Saturday

To the Editor: Thanks for your wonderful article about our 4th on 53rd Parade Grand Marshal Joan Steggemann. We are honored to have her as grand marshal for this year’s Hyde Park July Fourth festivities and it means a lot to us that you took the time to write about her. We’d also like to(…)

Kenwood Academy’s Academic Center relocates to Canter building

Kenwood Academy’s Academic Center relocates to Canter building

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s Academic Center, a selective enrollment middle school, is making final preparations to move into the vacant building that once housed Canter Middle School. In a June 23 presentation to the community, Harrison Stale, project director consultant to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and Gregory Jones, principal of(…)

4th on 53rd Parade returns to Hyde Park this Saturday

4th on 53rd Parade returns to Hyde Park this Saturday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Independence Day, the 4th on 53rd Parade returns to Hyde Park, continuing a tradition that has brought all corners of the community together for 24 years. Well over 1,000 spectators and participants are expected to turn out for the parade, which will feature appearances by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th),(…)

Promontory brings Seun Kuti, Egypt 80 to Hyde Park

Promontory brings Seun Kuti, Egypt 80 to Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The global sounds of Afrobeat came alive in Hyde Park at the Promontory music venue last week, as Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 put a musical spell on the crowd last Tuesday. Seun Kuti is the youngest son of the world renowned Nigerian artist, Fela Kuti. Fela became an international(…)

A10 offers Hyde Parkers a new food experience

A10 offers Hyde Parkers a new food experience

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Hyde Parkers don’t have to travel too far from their backyards for a food adventure, thanks to A10. Chef Josef Giacomino is executing a compelling menu filled with Italian and French inspired dishes. Named for the highway that connects Nice, France to Liguria, Italy, A10 has been establishing itself as(…)

Crime near University of Chicago brings residents’ safety into question

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A recent violent crime in the 5300 block of South Cottage Grove has left one resident questioning the security of her neighborhood. Chantelle Allen, a parent and health insurance saleswoman, lives one block away from University of Chicago Medical center facilities and less than half a mile from the university(…)

Dusable Museum to screen summer movies

The DuSable Museum of African American History is pleased to presents the 2015 edition of the Chicago Park District’s “Movies In The Parks” beginning Saturday, June 20, and ending on Saturday, August 15. The museum will present screenings of popular, family-friendly films in addition to an invitation to experience the DuSable Mobile Museum. The films(…)

La Rabida commemorates outpatient center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer La Rabida Children Hospital is selling engraved bricks to commemorate the opening of its outpatient center. For $100, benefactors can have 3 lines engraved in a brick that will be placed in front of the new outpatient center. One such brick has been engraved with the name of Serta Williams,(…)

A Wailing Wall for Chicago

To the Editor: Chicago needs its own Wailing Wall to mourn the loss of so many to gun violence. If a climbing wall can’t be erected safely in Grant Park, how about a memorial boxwood hedge maze. Kids could roam through it; those who have lost loved ones already feel like they’re lost in a(…)

Even Hyde Parkers agree: Hurray for Blackhawks

Even Hyde Parkers agree: Hurray for Blackhawks

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The Blackhawks championship reportedly brought together two million people from all over the state to celebrate the team’s third cup in six years. Sporting a red and black Stan Mikita jersey while at the parade, Hyde Park resident Anna Morris said she has been a Blackhawks fan for “forever.” She(…)

William Richmann Schick, 72

William Richmann Schick, 72

William “Bill” Schick, 72, died at home on June 6, 2015, while preparing to watch the second Stanley Cup game with his wife, Jacqueline Kirley. He had been in hospice care for cancer since February. Bill was born in Chicago on August 17, 1942, but was raised in La Porte, Indiana, by his mother, Lois(…)

“J” William Halfpenny, 85

“J” William Halfpenny, 85

“J” William Halfpenny of Villa Park died June 15 at age 85. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he lived most of his life in Hyde Park, where as a locksmith, hardware specialist and foreign-car mechanic, he acquired many friends. Additionally, “J” was a passionate numismatist and sportscar racing fan. He was the fond father of Jay William Halfpenny and loving grandfather(…)

City owes CHA residents what it promised them

By JAY TRAVIS It is possible to desire an increase in commercial development in the 3rd and 4th wards, and also expect the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and elected officials to honor the agreement to replace the percentage of public housing units promised in the CHA’s Plan for Transformation. It’s irresponsible to imply that a(…)

Review: “On Your Feet”

RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through July 5 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-773-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re a fan of Gloria and Emilio Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, the pre-Broadway world premiere of “On Your Feet” is likely to … well, bring you to your feet, as it(…)

City Hyde Park moving on up

City Hyde Park moving on up

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Real estate development in Hyde Park is seeing growth that is dramatically reshaping the neighborhood. City Hyde Park, 1501 E. Hyde Park Blvd., is one of these new additions to the community. According to director of community development for Mac Properties Peter Cassel, City Hyde Park is currently scheduled for the(…)

Become, Dr Dominica McBride help Hyde Park non-profits

Become, Dr Dominica McBride help Hyde Park non-profits

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Spotlighting businesses that are making a difference in the community, Become organization, a non-profit based here in Hyde Park, is “Helping communities amplify their resources for a socially just world,” according to its founder, Dr. Dominica McBride. McBride, a Hyde Park resident, said Become sets out to create empowerment throughout(…)

Making the case: Groups vie for Dyett High School

Making the case: Groups vie for Dyett High School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staf Writer Parents and community members gathered Wednesday evening, June 17, to discuss the fate of Walter H. Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St. Three proposals vying for control over the future of the Dyett High School building were presented to the public. Representatives from the offices of Ald. Will Burns(…)

University of Chicago students learn about consulting

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Teaching graduate and postdoctoral students the ‘ins and outs’ of the competitive field of consulting, UChicago Grad, which is a career resource to all grad students, offered a week-long consulting intensive summer camp last week. More than 100 students attended this session, which consisted of a day introducing the consulting(…)

Kwame Raoul pushes SB 1304 through Illinois General Assembly

By SAM RAPPAORT Staff Writer On May 30, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill aimed at improving the relations between police officers and the communities they serve. The law enforcement reform package, Senate Bill 1304, will have a major impact on the operations of Chicago police departments. Hyde Park politicians were instrumental in moving(…)