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Windy City Seniors dominate tournament 

Windy City Seniors dominate tournament 

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Thanks to the superb play of former American Basketball Association (ABA) great Lloyd Batts, who led all scorers with 29 points, the Windy City Seniors Basketball Team would prevail in a 70-43 blowout victory over the Fort Wayne Seniors in front of a small crowd on Sunday afternoon in the(…)

Fellowship, friendship and fitness

Fellowship, friendship and fitness

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer At some point or another we have all heard the saying: age is nothing but a number. Well, no one seems to take that message to heart more than the Windy City Senior Basketball League, one of the oldest recreational leagues in the country for men 50 and over. The(…)

Arthur M. Sussman, 73

Arthur M. Sussman, 73

Arthur M. Sussman, former General Counsel at the University of Chicago and former Vice President at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, passed away Wednesday evening in Chicago, at the age of 73, due to complications associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Sussman was also an engaged citizen(…)

South Side Pitch 2016

South Side Pitch 2016

Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation 1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor Thursday, October 6, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ***Event is free and open to the public. Attendee registration is required and opens in Septermber***­ southsidepitch.com/apply

Chicago Native to host environment-related camp at U. of C.

Chicago Native to host environment-related camp at U. of C.

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Chicago-native and Cornell University Junior Dejah Powell has been passionate about the environment for years. She has been involved in several environmental research opportunities and met former president Bill Clinton through the Clinton Global Initiative which focuses on issues of the environment, education and global poverty. This month, from Aug.(…)

Margaret (Peggy) Grant, 98

Margaret (Peggy) Grant, 98

Margaret (Peggy) Grant passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the age of 98.  Her affiliation with the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park was a central part of her life. Grant had been a Hyde Park resident as a teenager attending the University of Chicago Laboratory High School, and moved back for the rest of her(…)

Hyde Park native debuts album on pain, loss and love

Hyde Park native debuts album on pain, loss and love

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In 2009, the same year he graduated from Hyde Park High School, Jeremiah Kibble lost his best friend in a shooting. Kibble knew the young man who committed the murder. They had gone to school together and lived just blocks apart. “It really hurt, and it changed me,” Kibble said(…)

Hyde Park Community Players host Friday staged reading

Hyde Park Community Players host Friday staged reading

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players (HPCP) will host their monthly staged readings on Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Each monthly reading features a one-hour staged reading in a literary salon style. Attendees can experience different kinds of theater(…)

HP woman participates in Cancer awareness campaign

HP woman participates in Cancer awareness campaign

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern At age 36, Hyde Park resident Mary Clare Bietila had a new job and a five-year-old child. That same year she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The disease is rare for people her age: most contract leukemia it before the age of five or after the age of(…)

Robert “Bud” Lifton, 94

Robert “Bud” Lifton, 94

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Robert “Bud” Lifton, who spent over 50 years active in the Hyde Park community, passed away on Friday, July 29. Lifton would have been 95 years old on Aug. 26. Lifton lived in Hyde Park beginning in the late 1930s. As an adult, he lived on 52nd Street and then(…)

Community members voice ongoing concerns about local post office

Community members voice ongoing concerns about local post office

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For some time now, residents have had complaints regarding the United States Postal Service (USPS) finance station, 1510 E. 55th St. After a temporary Internet outage on Monday, July 25, complaints reemerged. According to Mark Reynolds, the Chicago district spokesperson for USPS, the outage was related to an issue with(…)

Mary Ella Smith, 80

Mary Ella Smith, 80

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mary Ella Smith, who was former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s fiancé, passed away on Thursday, June 9. Smith died at her Washington Park home after succumbing to an illness. She was 80 years old. Smith grew up in Chicago and was an elementary school teacher for most of her life,(…)

U. of C. research center expansion breaks ground

U. of C. research center expansion breaks ground

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The University of Chicago (U. of C.) broke ground on Monday for a new addition to its astrophysics research center, according to the real estate site CP Executive. The project is expected to be finished in 2017. The project includes a two-story expansion of the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space(…)

Mehmet Polat Trio brings world music to University Church

Mehmet Polat Trio brings world music to University Church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Academy of Music is bringing the Mehmet Polat Trio to University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., for a concert on Aug. 21. The Mehmet Polat Trio draws its roots from the Ottoman, ancient Anatolian, Balkan and West African music traditions. The Ney, Lora and Oud are the three(…)

Memorial Service for Ramon (Ray) Hoff

Memorial Service for Ramon (Ray) Hoff

A memorial service to celebrate the life of physicist and University of Chicago alumnus Ramon (Ray) Hoff, will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday Aug. 7. The service will take place at Disciples Divinity House Library (first floor), 1156 E. 57th St. The house is a white stone building between University Church and First(…)

Two multi-generation Hyde Park families joined in marriage of their children

Two multi-generation Hyde Park families joined in marriage of their children

By CHARLES and ROBERTA L. BERNSTEIN Two second generation native Hyde Parkers, who grew up and were educated in Hyde Park but had never met until they were out of school and out in the working world,  were married on June 26, 2016, at the South Shore Cultural Center. Rabbi Sharon Braus of IKAR, of(…)

Joan Lesser Koblick, 83

Joan Lesser Koblick, 83

Joan Lesser Koblick, a Hyde Park resident since 1964, died on Feb. 6 at Bernard Mitchell Hospital after being taken ill earlier that day. She was 83. Koblick was born in New York City and graduated from Pratt Institute there before moving to the West Coast. After a decade in Eugene, Ore., and the San(…)

Timothy Clarence Gray, 48

Timothy Clarence Gray, 48

On June 14, 2016, Timothy Clarence Gray, son of Billie Jean Miller Gray, died at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA after courageously battling a challenging illness for several years. After high school, Gray left his mother’s Hyde Park home and moved to Atlanta. He attended Morehouse College, once he graduated he immediately went to business(…)

University of Chicago appoints interim dean for humanities dept.

University of Chicago appoints interim dean for humanities dept.

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The University of Chicago recently announced President Robert Zimmer’s appointment of Anne Walters Robertson as interim Dean of the Division of Humanities. Robertson’s appointment was effective July 1 and she will serve until the term ends next year. Prior to her appointment as Humanities Dean, Robertson chaired the Department of(…)

Jennie Mendelson, 94

Jennie Mendelson, 94

Jennie Mendelson (nee Rosenberg) died on June 28 at the age of 94. Mendelson grew up in New Jersey, attended Newark College of Engineering and moved to Hyde Park in Chicago with her late husband Saul Mendelson in the late 1940’s. Later they moved to South Shore. Mendelson was active in politics and a generous(…)