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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(…)

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(…)

Hyde Park school groups work together to map assets

Hyde Park school groups work together to map assets

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Action Council is working in partnership with University of Chicago education policy student group Block 58 to create an asset map for parents with school-aged children. Shaz Razul, director of community programs at University of Chicago (U. of C.) and member of the HP-K(…)

Nothing will rain on Joan’s parade

Nothing will rain on Joan’s parade

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Joan’s Studio for The Performing Arts closed its doors on June 5, after serving the Hyde Park community for more than 20 years. Joan Steggemann, the owner and founder of Joan’s Studio, first opened up shop in January 1995. “I hoped that this institution would give kids an appreciation for(…)

Grants and kudos in Hyde Park school news

Grants and kudos in Hyde Park school news

Urban Education Institute professor receives prestigious teaching award at University of Chicago, 5801 S. Ellis Ave. Sara Ray Stoelinga, the Sara Liston Spurlark Director of the Urban Education Institute, has won the University of Chicago’s Quantrell Award. The award is given annually to faculty members for outstanding teaching at the college and is considered the(…)

End of an era at Dyett High School

End of an era at Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As of Herald press time, the last graduating class of the phased-out Dyett High School was slated to graduate Tuesday morning at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. All 13 seniors were accepted into college and three of the students received full or partial(…)