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Eugenie R, Mirelowitz, 88

Eugenie R, Mirelowitz, 88

Hyde Park resident Eugenie Victoria Mirelowitz (née Rivkin) passed away on March 27, surrounded by family. She was 88 years old. Mirelowitz was an educator in New York and Chicago, who taught at the elementary school and university level. Rivkin was born in Brooklyn in 1926, the youngest of three children. She was named after(…)

Sandra McVicker Rosenfield, 78

Sandra McVicker Rosenfield, 78

Long-time Hyde Park resident Sandra McVicker Rosenfield passed away unexpectedly from fulminant pneumonia at 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, at her residence in Monticello, Ill. She was 78 years old. Rosenfield was born on Feb. 13, 1937 in Normal, Ill., to Lewis and Alberta McVicker. She was a graduate of Bement High School and Northwestern(…)

Leslie L. Fant, 76

Leslie L. Fant, 76

Leslie L. Fant succumbed to this life on June 30, 2015, at Montgomery Place Retirement Community and Home Care Services. Fant was an educator who is remembered for his dedication to mentoring hundreds of kids in Hyde Park and Englewood. Fant was born to Virginia Randolph and Robert Fant on March 18, 1939, in Bowling(…)

Local pols need to talk straight about budget

To the Editor: While the state budget impasse continues, state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) still support the spending plan passed by the legislature promising to cover essential services but with a deficit of more than $3 billion (See their articles in the June 17 Herald). Gov. Bruce Rauner(…)

Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

By Alexis Miller Staff Writer The downtown crowds and humidity didn’t stop Hyde Park resident Rachel Keller from enjoying this year’s Taste of Chicago at Grant Park. Keller has been consistently coming to the Taste since she was in high school at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. “I always loved the fact that I(…)

Local barista makes music his business

Local barista makes music his business

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer At the heart of Hyde Park there is an enterprising beat that resonates through many of the residents and those people drawn to the community. Fred Freeman, known as Oplus in the music industry, is one of those Hyde Parkers, who views the world from an entrepreneurial lens. Although you(…)

Ald. Burns, Pfleger speak on “Chiraq”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Rev. Michael Pfleger were featured in a panel discussion at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday, July 9, that addressed the controversial title of Spike Lee’s latest film, “Chiraq.” Burns has been outspoken against the movie’s title for some time. He has gone so(…)

Focus Desk helps special learners

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Nancy Dellamore, once a Hyde Park Day School parent, is pioneering a new classroom desk that adapts to students’ learning styles. The Focus Desk, an easily-adjustable workstation, is a product of Marvel Group Inc., a Chicago-based furniture company that Dellamore and her husband co-own. For more than a decade, Dellamore(…)

Barbara Flynn Currie presents temporary budget for state

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Thursday, July 9, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to fund critical services and state workers’ salaries until August. The House passed the $2.3 billion temporary budget on a 71-19 vote. The fiscal year began July 1 with no comprehensive, annual budget in place. State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie(…)

Part Fifteen: Taken for a Ride

Part Fifteen: Taken for a Ride

A monthly series presented by the Hyde Park Herald and Susan O’Connor Davis, author of “Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park,” published by University of Chicago Press. By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS There are some who move from place to place without so much as a backward glance. But for many of us the thought of leaving the(…)

Review: Grant Park Music Festival weathers the storms

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Weather was certainly an annoying factor during the first week of the 2015 Grant Park Music Festival. The mid-week opening night was cool and looked to be rainy, which kept some people away even though the evening remained dry. On the other hand, the first Saturday night performance of(…)

Review: “Doubt: A Parable”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre at Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave. When: through July 19 Tickets: $35-$75 Phone: 773-975-8150 What’s a moral person to do when she becomes absolutely convinced that a great evil is being perpetrated even though she has no concrete proof and the powers that be make it impossible to rectify the(…)

Review: “The Birds”

Review: “The Birds”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Griffin Theatre Company at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through July 19 Tickets: $35 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Strangers stuck in claustrophobic surroundings with little chance of escape: It is a perfect scenario for a psychological thriller. Add the imminent apocalypse courtesy of terrifying creatures right outside,(…)

Local film maker previews work

Local film maker previews work

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Hyde Parkers recently got a sneak preview of the director’s cut screening of the short film “B Love” at the University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture. “B-Love,” co-directed – by Shahari Moore, who is the Historian Emeritus for the Cosby Screenwriting Program at The(…)

Kenwood student joins the Icebox Derby

Kenwood student joins the Icebox Derby

By Emma Herman Herald Intern Kenwood resident and high school student Mikayola Martinez will be one of 30 girls competing this summer in the second annual Icebox Derby, hosted by ComEd. The competition, aimed at encouraging girls to study Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)-related fields, challenges the high schoolers to build race cars out(…)

Hyde Park farmers market roundup

Hyde Park farmers market roundup

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern Hyde Park hosts two local farmers markets, which are especially popular during the summer season. An oasis in the food desert just beyond Hyde Park’s southern border, the 61st Street Farmers Market continues into summer with fresh goods of July seasonality, such as corn, green beans, tomatoes, melons, peaches and(…)